For years, property prices in cities and towns were a lot higher than those for similar homes out in the countryside. That makes sense when you think about it – everyone wanted to live in urban areas to be close to jobs.
However, these days the real estate trend seems to have flipped and now most people are instead looking to make a move out to the country. As a result, country real estate prices are on the rise while the value of homes in cities and towns is now relatively stagnant.
Why is that? Why have people started to choose country living over life in the city? Here are some possible theories.
1. People Want A Slower Life
One of the often cited reasons for leaving behind life in a big city is that it has gotten way too stressful. After all, just look at cities like London and New York City.
They are packed full of thousands of people, and many people find that their business is just too overwhelming. Moving out to the country gives people a chance to unwind and relax in perfect peace and quiet.
2. Rural Transport Links Have Improved
Real estate in the country also looks better these days as rural transport has greatly improved over the past few years. Now you don’t have to be reliant on a car to get around the countryside.
Many villages and small rural communities are well connected with buses and trains, and there are plenty of public transport lines that take villagers directly to the nearest city at convenient times.
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3. There Are Lots Of Health Benefits
We can’t deny that there are plenty of health benefits that come with country living. Many families are choosing to move out of the city so that their kids can escape all of the pollution.
They’d prefer them growing up cleaning fresh air every day. As living in the country is also not as stressful, many people find that this slower way of life can help with many stress-related ailments, such as high blood pressure.
Plus, many people are encouraged to be active once they move to the country. There’s plenty of opportunities for walking and bike riding, so they get more exercise without even trying.
4. There’s A Great Sense Of Community
If you ask anyone who lives in a city or town, I’m sure that they will tell you that they don’t really know who their neighbors are anymore. A couple of decades ago that was completely different and neighborhoods in towns fostered a real sense of community.
Everyone who lives in rural areas still benefits from community ties, thankfully. There are always lots of community events held in village halls and churches so everyone in a village or hamlet gets the chance to meet one another.
This is also great for newcomers to the village, as it helps them make friends and settle in quickly.
If these points are anything to go by, it looks like real estate out in the country could be popular for a little while longer yet!