If you’ve always lived in cities or towns and you’re craving a change, a move to the countryside might be on the cards. With house prices in London and other cities across the UK soaring, moving to the countryside is one-way homeowners are getting more bang for their buck.
But it doesn’t just make financial sense to move to the sticks. Here are some of the top reasons why living in the countryside reigns supreme.
According to statistics, the overall crime rate in the UK is increasing by around 8% each year. But one way to get around the high crime rates is moving away from the bigger towns and cities to a sleepy village.
Residents who live rurally are far less likely to be victims of crime, partly because there are far fewer people around. Although we’re not suggesting leaving your front door open when you nip to the shops, you’re generally much safer in the countryside.
It won’t come as a surprise that you’ll see far more nature when you live in the countryside. Being out in the open air has been proven to have positive effects on your physical and mental health, so being immersed in nature is a definite benefit of rural living.
When you live rurally, it’s easy to get out and about for a long Sunday stroll with your loved ones. What could be better than that?
It’s more affordable
Yes, you’ll probably have to travel a little further to get to the nearest shop. But the flip side of that? It’s more affordable.
Living in the countryside is far cheaper than living in a city, generally speaking. Some highly desirable rural areas do come with a hefty price tag. But you’re far more likely to get a bigger house for your budget when you live rurally.
If you don’t fancy living in a cottage, there are plenty of new homes built in rural areas too, so you can just move straight in without having to fix a leaky roof!
You’ll get more space in general
As well as an extra bedroom or two and a nice garden, when you live in the countryside, you’ll get more space in general. In cities, people tend to live in congested areas. If you’re lucky enough to live in a house rather than an a poky apartment, you might find that your home sits on a rat run or is overlooked.
When you move to the country, you’ll have more space to work, live and play.
Moving to the countryside isn’t a decision to take lightly. But if you’re ready to leave the city behind in a bid for a more relaxed pace of life, living rurally certainly does tick a lot of boxes. If you’re brave enough, why not take the plunge?