One of the problems with living in the suburbs is that you often have to take the train to work because of traffic or parking costs in the city. The worst part about commuting to the city is arriving in a train and then having to stand up because all the seats are taken. Had I lived farther away from the city, i.e. in the far outer suburbs, not only are house prices lower but my opportunities for getting a seat on the train are enhanced. When buying a house then consider your transportation needs.