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Are You Cut out for Life in the Country?

By Allison Halliday | August 27, 2014

Deciding to buy a home is always a huge decision to make, especially as you have to think about where exactly you'd like to live. Quite often this can lead to questions as to whether you're best suited to life in the city or if you’d prefer to live out in the country.

While there are lots of perks to living in a big city and the suburbs, there are also a number of benefits to choosing a more rural environment. An article in has highlighted four good reasons for moving to the country, and the first of which is the effect on stress levels.

Living in a city can be noisy and hectic, not to mention expensive. It can be quite the opposite out in the country where life is more family oriented and centers on low-key activities. Perhaps living in the country could be a good idea if you need to de-stress and are looking for a healthier and quieter life.

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Obviously being in a rural environment brings you closer to nature and much easier access to a healthier outdoor life. Some people find it very fulfilling to reconnect with the natural world.
The cost of living can often be lower in rural parts of the country as land costs and property taxes are all less compared to urban areas. While the overall cost of living may be lower it could take some time to get used to the lack of options for shopping and you may find it much harder to find imported specialty items. The upside is that you probably have greater access to locally grown, seasonal foods.

People living in a rural environment often have a greater sense of community, even though a larger part of land may give you much more privacy than living in the city. City dwellers frequently don't know their neighbors but this can be quite different in rural areas where people choose to put down roots for many years.

While it's easy to think of the country as being a rural idyll, there are quite a few downsides. It's quite easy to feel isolated when living in the country, and some people miss the hustle and bustle of the city and cannot get used to the sounds of the countryside. It may not be the right place for you if you prefer to keep nature at arm’s length or if you have allergies. Although the cost-of-living may be lower, there are still additional costs like running a car and you may need to spend longer commuting to work.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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