Life outside the city can be hard to imagine for many people. They become so accustomed to the hustle and bustle of frantic activity, that the very notion of leaving it all behind and moving to the countryside is almost unthinkable. The energetic pace, fantastic career opportunities and constant social interaction: these are essential factors for some prospective homebuyers.
For others, however, they can think of nothing better than moving somewhere a little quieter. The British countryside is famous for its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful landscapes, while the sprawling green fields also boast some of the most exciting property developments in the UK.
If you’re unsure whether city or country life is right for you, then we’ve put together some of the big reasons you should consider moving out to the countryside in 2019:
Excellent Value for Money
When buying property out in the country, it could be argued that you’re getting much more for your money. Although the latest Halifax Rural Housing Review shows that the average rural home costs 20% more than similar properties based in the city, country homes are typically much larger and involve much more land.
Everything in the city tends to be squashed together, with close proximity to bars, supermarkets and shops offering much greater levels of convenience. However, this proximity can also make things feel a little cramped, whereas country properties are often much more spacious and offer more room for you to breathe.
Perhaps more importantly, the costs of actually living in the country are significantly lower than the city, while urban lifestyles are notoriously expensive due to the sheer number of nearby shops, activities and facilities to spend your money on.
A More Peaceful Lifestyle
Life in the city can be incredibly stressful at times. The roads are busier, the streets are packed, and everything moves at a relentlessly fast pace. For many people, the pressure of city centre life can prove almost impossible to keep up with, and moving out to the country is a great way of enjoying a slower, more peaceful way of life.
This kind of tranquil environment will inevitably lead to less stress and improved mental health, while the opportunity to get out there and explore the great outdoors could also make you much more physically active. The health benefits of country living should be clear for all to see, bringing residents together with nature and providing plenty of fresh air.
Lower Crime Rates
Some buyers want to move away from the city because they just don’t feel safe. The latest government statistics show that crime rates are much higher in urban areas, with those living in the country far less likely to become a victim of robbery, assault or any other common crime.
In 2016/17, the rate of violence in the country was 14.1 per 1000 population, while this figure rose to 22.2 in more urban areas. Although these figures will obviously fluctuate throughout different parts of the country, there’s no doubt that country life is typically a much safer option, with the lower population helping to create a close community which really look out for each other.
However, you also need to remember that crime can happen anywhere, and you always need to be vigilant no matter where you live.
Living out in the country will bring you much closer to nature, allowing you to soak up the real beauty of the British countryside and explore the greenery. Not only does this open you up to the constant possibility of adventure, but it also lets you enjoy the gorgeous landscapes this country really has to offer.
Rolling hills, sprawling fields and beautiful greenery, the countryside offers a direct contrast to the smog of the city centre. For those hoping to breathe in some cleaner air and enjoy some truly fantastic views, country life is certainly the right way for you to go.
Move to the Country with Blackmore Homes
Blackmore Homes currently has an exciting property development in Somerset, which is sat in a rural location just down the road from Taunton Deane. Based on the beautiful banks of the River Otter in Otterford village, these stunning barn conversions boast 3-5 bedrooms each and offer absolutely incredibly country views.
Alternatively, you might want to consider our homes to buy in Longridge, a quiet town just outside of Preston which is ideal for families and young professionals alike. This development offers the peaceful environment which makes country living so tempting, while the close proximity to such a large urban area means you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Whether you’re dreaming of buying a home out in the country or the bustling city, Blackmore Homes has got a little something for everyone. To find out more about our fantastic developments, you can contact our team today on 0845 643 1263 or [email protected]!