Why More People Look for Homes Outside the City

City life can be significant. There are many establishments nearby, everything is a short trip away (or at least, it’s dependent on the traffic), and there’s a lot of activities you can do. But interestingly, more and more people are opting out of city living and are looking for rural or suburban life.

This dispersion could result from the pandemic forcing everyone to spread out in less dense areas, or it could be just people wanting some quiet. Regardless, many people are looking towards a less urban lifestyle. If you’re one of those who are still on the fence about it, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of suburban or rural living. Before you look for houses for sale, make sure you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and that’s what this article is for.

More Overall Space

Many people are choosing to look for real estate outside of the city because of space. Most city properties go up in price the bigger the room, and many small properties are already expensive as they are. When moving outside the city, say to a rural area or the suburbs, you’re more likely to get more size relative to the price you’re paying. You can have a larger house complete with all the rooms you need or want, and you can have more privacy.

It’s Cost-efficient

Changing locations isn’t exactly cheap. You will have to spend a significant amount to purchase a property and to move to that property. Many rural and suburban properties aren’t even affordable to begin with. But you’ll find that it’s more cost-efficient, especially when you factor in size to price ratio and all the added features that come with owning a home. For growing families that want a place that they can freely modify or add to (be it for space or simple conversions), the price is more than worth it.

Enjoy the Calm and Serenity

We can’t deny that city living is loud, extroverted, and highly energetic. Cars are honking, lights are blaring, and people are way too busy to slow down. Simply put, you can stay quiet in the city. If you don’t mind that or find the hustle and bustle of city living exciting, that’s perfectly fine.

But if you want a place that’s a respite, a place that you can spend relaxing nights and days on, then outside the city is the place to go. Suburban areas offer a calm and peaceful environment, all the more if you’re moving to a rural one that’s relatively distant from the city. For people of older age, or those with young kids, this might be a perfect move.

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Better Schooling for Your Kids

Many of the better quality schools are located in suburban areas, for both private and public schools. As a matter of fact, many families are drawn to these areas as they provide great learning opportunities for their children. There’s a stronger sense of community with suburban and rural cultures, too, so arranging playdates, team games, and other extra-curricular activities can be achieved. Not to mention being near other families (and their children) allows you to socialize with others too.

Neighborhoods Are Safer

City life is exciting and fun, but it’s not necessarily the safest. Cities have significantly higher crime rates than rural or suburban areas, and it’s not exactly the best place to raise a family. Especially in highly dense areas, you need to take extra precautions. However, with rural and suburban areas, since the community is tighter, the whole place is generally safer. You can let your children play with your neighbors with no fear in your heart, and you can feel secure knowing that your children will be safe.

Closer to Convenience

City living might have more establishments nearby, or your office might even be close, but that doesn’t mean it’s very convenient. You have to fight through dense crowds, heavy traffic, a fast-paced schedule, and all that noise. Add this to the generally high cost of living in cities; it’s enough to make anyone want to leave. Fortunately, the suburbs (and rural areas) don’t have this. You might have to travel a bit farther for groceries, but they’re still accessible, as well as other amenities like restaurants and service providers.

There are lots of reasons why you should pick suburban or rural living over city living. But it all boils down to whether you want it or not- and whether your family wants to. Have a conversation and decide it over with them; you’ll be sure of the outcome after then.

About the Author

Trevor Norton

Introducing Trevor Norton, an influential author reshaping the urban real estate landscape through Spectrum Magazine. With a diverse background in architecture, finance, and urban planning, Trevor brings a multidimensional perspective to his readers. He dedicates himself to sharing invaluable insights and innovative strategies for navigating the ever-changing urban real estate market. Recognized for his fresh approach, Trevor empowers homebuyers and sellers with expert advice on financing and unlocking the full potential of urban spaces. Through his engaging writing style, Trevor invites you on a transformative journey, guiding you towards the boundless possibilities of urban homeownership.
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