Author: Charlotte Safavi

These Brooklynites are banking on the suburbs to be the best place to raise their young family.

Before finding her calling as an interior designer, Victoria Klein ventured down a few other creative paths. Architecture came first, followed by set design (via a brief stint in Hollywood) and later fashion design, which Klein jumped into upon resettling in her native New York.

Quaint and quiet aren’t adjectives typically associated with Manhattan apartments—even when they’re located on the sleepier edges of the Upper East Side. “I don’t even feel like we live in the city,” fashion executive Jaqui Lividini says of the Carnegie Hill home she shares with her longtime partner and their young daughter. “Our apartment overlooks a street full of trees, and sunlight streams in all day. It’s something you don’t always find in New York.”