Should You Build A Home in the Country or in the City?

Posted on January 23, 2024

Homeownership is a big step. When you are building a home, location is extremely important. You may know the general area in which you want to live, and you may even have chosen a home builder; but one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether to live in the country or the city.

The lifestyle each area affords is very distinct, shaped by the population density, community dynamics, and infrastructure. The decision you make will greatly affect your experience. There’s no wrong answer but finding what best suits your needs and fits your lifestyle will make all the difference in your overall happiness and wellbeing. Do you prefer the peace and natural surroundings in the country? Or the vibrant bustle of urban life?

Pros and Cons of Rural Living

Living in the country offers wide open spaces and a chance to connect more closely with nature. When you think about a rural location, you may picture rolling hills, quaint farms, and small, friendly towns. However, rural may just refer to a community that is outside of a city; not necessarily a traditional “country” setting.

  • Pros of Country Life:
    • Often, the cost of living is lower in rural areas, but this can vary from place to place.
    • Housing costs are often more affordable.
    • You’ll have more space for whatever you choose to do. Whether that’s raising animals, building on to your home, or adding a new structure onto your property.
    • You will have more opportunity to spend time outdoors and be closer to nature.
    • The pace is slower and distance from the frenetic city energy gives you the space to live at your own pace.
    • Rural communities are often smaller and more tight knit than the neighbourhoods’ you’ll find in the city, and you are more likely to get to know your neighbors.
  • Cons of Rural Living:
    • Fewer job opportunities.
    • You’ll most likely often need to travel or spend extra money to get the things you need (i.e. Grocery Stores, etc.).
    • Access to utilities can be a challenge.
    • More maintenance and more time, energy, and money spent on a larger property’s upkeep.
    • Rural areas tend to lack public transportation and are not particularly walkable because everything is spread out.

Pros and Cons of Urban Life

City life offers proximity to amenities, plenty to do, and connection with a vibrant, bustling community. There’s always activity and can be very exciting. However, you should think carefully about whether living in the city is right for you. Consider these factors before deciding.

  • Pros of Urban Life:
    • People are all around you and you can meet new people and make new friends every day. While this offers continual exposure to new ideas and new faces, it also allows a certain level of privacy and anonymity.
    • More diversity.
    • You’ll have exposure to cultural events and activities. There will be more ‘things to do’.  
    • You’ll have more access to public transportation in a big city. Some city neighborhoods are often very walkable, but should always be done with caution (considering time of day, etc.).
    • It’s easier to find job opportunities in a city. The job market is continually growing.
    • There are more options for utilities, services, and shopping.
  • Cons of Living in the City:
    • The cost of living is higher.
    • While the job market is larger, it’s also more competitive.
    • Housing prices are higher, and you’ll get less space for the money.
    • Higher crime rates.
    • Cities are fast paced making it difficult to relax and unwind.
    • Generally, there is more pollution in the city than in rural areas.

Deciding Which Lifestyle is Right for You

How do you choose between the two lifestyles? First, think about your lifestyle. Preferences in terms of pace of life, social connections, and proximity to amenities. Do you prefer big city excitement? Do you prefer the tranquillity of the country? Consider the factors that matter most to you, and visit different areas. Research both urban and rural locations to gain first-hand experience of each. Picture your future and think about how you want your life to be in the long term. What are your goals? Which location will best support them?

Finally, talk to people who have experience living in the areas you’re considering to gain perspective that will help inform your decision.

A High-Quality Custom Home Builder No Matter Where You Want to Live

Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life or the quint relaxing peace often found in rural areas; when you’re ready to build your dream home, Landmark Fine Homes has beautiful new and custom-built homes in a variety of sizes and floorplans, just waiting to become yours. Our homes are energy efficient and built with the utmost attention to detail. Some are located in active adult communities where you’ll find plenty to do. Make your next house the home of your dreams by contacting Landmark Fine Homes today!

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