Choosing where to buy a home is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only do different locations affect what type of home you can buy, but also your daily routine, the people you interact with and the type of facilities you have on your doorstep.
A major factor for people in the market for a new UK property, especially for professionals working in cities, is whether to buy in the city or out in the suburbs. Each location has different advantages and supports different lifestyles. If you’re on the fence about where to buy, here are some of the key variables that could help you reach a decision.
Price depends on a number of factors based on which city and which suburbs you’re considering. Typically, a property within a large metropolitan area, particularly within a gentrified district, with its quick and easy access to the pulsating heartbeat of city life, would be more expensive than the same property in a quieter, more distant setting. On top of that, those living in the inner-city setting will spend more in shops, bars and restaurants than suburban dwellers.
Living in the suburbs provides an undeniably more relaxed way of life than in the city; you can escape the hubbub of constant traffic, overflowing bars and pavements full of people. The suburbs are quite literally a breath of fresh air, as you are away from pollution that affects inner city dwellers. They also allow easier access to greenbelt land, facilitating participation in outdoor sports and activities.
For some, the hectic city lifestyle is precisely what draws them to it: bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, galleries… entertainment right at your fingertips. Whether you choose the suburbs or the city may boil down to what kind of life you’re after at this point: if you have children, or are seeking respite from the noise and bright city lights, moving out could be for you; if you’re looking for fun that never stops, look for homes that are right in the urban mix.
The further away from a city you move, the fewer transport facilities you will have access to. This won’t present a problem if you drive, but if you don’t then you may want to stay closer to the city. Your access to work is also hugely affected by transport links. Choosing suburban locations with good transport is key, but commuting costs and journey time must also play a role in deciding whether this is preferable to living in close proximity to your work.