Choosing Your New Home – Urban Sanctuaries Vs Rural Retreats

Choosing Your New Home – Urban Sanctuaries Vs Rural Retreats
When choosing your new home, it can be difficult to decide whether to opt for an urban hideaway or a rural retreat. There are in fact many advantages and disadvantages for each location, so to help enlighten you, here are a few of the pros and cons.

Urban Living
Living in a town or a city usually means that you will never find yourself at a loss for things to do. With many places to go, including cinemas, restaurants, shopping centres, museums and bars, urban living provides you with a number of locations to visit. Employment is also easier to come by, with more companies residing in urban areas. Towns also offer more schools for children; often not just restricted to primary schools, towns will offer secondary schools and sometimes universities as well. Urban living also usually results in fewer travel costs. Most locations are close enough to walk to, or catch a bus to, therefore saving money on petrol and vehicle maintenance.

However, towns can be very over crowded, with large volumes of people around at all times. This usually results in higher levels of criminal activity, and often means safety measures have to be increased. The higher numbers of inhabitants in urban areas also causes transport issues, with traffic jams being a common occurrence. Cities also have increased levels of noise and pollution, which can be detrimental to health in the long term.

Countryside Homes
Living in the countryside offers a peace and quiet which cannot be found in the city; with less traffic allowing you to enjoy the sounds of nature. The country also offers large open spaces, resulting in the ability to have a larger house and garden without being on top of your neighbours. Countryside living also offers a sense of community, along with less crime and an increased feeling of safety. Living in rural areas also tends to have lower levels of pollution, less smog and cleaner air, providing many health benefits.

However, living in the countryside often results in problems finding employment, as local offices can be few and far between. This in turn can result in larger travel expenses, as driving to work or taking the children to school may result in longer journeys. Hospitals and other important amenities are also often a greater distance away. Living rurally can also result in problems with changes in the weather. Thin and winding country lanes can be difficult, and sometimes impossible to manoeuvre in heavy snow and rain.

Whether you enjoy the hustle bustle and ease of city living, or the slower paced, quiet life of the rural areas, both can be perfect places for you to find a house and make it your home.

Jon is a family man living in a 3 bedroom property in a small seaside town in Kent, with his wife and two young sons.