As Good Morning America Weekend co-anchor, Paula Faris — who was recently named a new co-host of The View — is used to the hustle and bustle of big-city life. But when the workday’s over, she’s happy to return home to her tranquil suburban neighborhood.

“When I got pregnant with my third child, I realized I couldn’t stand living in NYC anymore!” Paula, 39, reveals to Closer. “We wanted our kids to have a less chaotic upbringing and give them a backyard.”

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Paula on The View with Raven-Symoné, Nicolle Wallace, Molly Sims, and Rosie Perez.

So this year, she and her fellow Midwesterner hubby, real estate agent John Krueger,
found the perfect place for Caroline, 8, JJ, 6, and Landon, 19 months: a 1923 colonial house surrounded by greenery in New York’s Westchester County. “The schools are excellent, and all the light the house attracts was a big draw,” she says. “It makes me feel happy.”

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Their four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house is just a quick ride from Manhattan, and Paula didn’t even have to give up many of the city’s conveniences. “A lot of things we like to do are walkable, which is great when you have a baby who loves the stroller!” she shares. “I can walk to grab a coffee, visit a friend or even head to the beach, which we love. I’m also near the airports, and I never know if I’m going to have to jump on a plane at a moment’s notice!”

They also have a lot more space: 2,500 square feet on a 6,000-plus-square-foot lot where her kids can play. And it was move-in ready: After a big fire several years ago, a good portion of the home (including her spectacular kitchen) was renovated, while classic touches Paula loves, like its original staircase and hardwood floors, remained. “All we did was paint the walls,” she says. “It was that easy.”

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