We're looking at moving from the city to the suburbs in the near future, primarily to be closer to family, solve the school conundrum, and give the kids a less urban upbringing. It seems like for us, it comes down to weighing the average commute against what we can afford in the near suburbs (much less house/ little to no yard/few updates) vs. the farther out suburbs (more space/actual yard/newer house). We both work in the city, and the difference is probably <30 min commute vs. 1 hr commute on public transportation most of the time.

What would you choose if you were in our shoes? Longer commute/more house or shorter commute/less house.