10 Incredible Benefits of Country Living
When it comes to country living, life moves a little slower, which to some people, might sound like a bit of nightmare. However, if you’re reading this, then the odds are that you’re ready for a fresh start and a change of pace.
Certainly, there are many benefits to living in a big city, particularly for the younger or more career driven type. That said, after a time, the hustle & bustle takes it’s toll on all of us. The simple fact is; we’re not supposed to be squished in together with very little room to maneuver—instead we’re meant to roam free in the great outdoors where we can breathe!
In this post, we’re going to look at some of the irrefutable benefits of country living. If you feel yourself tiring of city life and you’d love to find your forever home in a gorgeous country setting, then why not check out our current developments? Our luxury new-builds in Lavender Close will afford you every one of the benefits listed below, and some!
1 – Clean, Fresh Air
We cannot overstate the positive impact that breathing fresh air has on us, both from a physical & mental health perspective. The further into the country you get, the less in the way of pollution there is. That, and (what with the abundance of trees, wild-flowers and grass); the air is far richer—Vitamin G, baby!
- Boosts your immune system
- Cleanses your lungs
- Improves heart health
- Bolsters brain functionality
2 – Less Crime
Another factor that attracts people to country living is the fact that average crime rates are lower in rural areas, than they are in urban areas. Even if you never end up a direct victim of a criminal act in a big city such as London, you will almost certainly know someone who has. Sure, the countryside is certainly not without crime, however, if you’d like to live somewhere where you can feel at ease letting your children play outside after school, or leaving your windows open at night during the summer while you sleep; then country living is for you.
3 – Peace & Quiet
Do you remember what it’s like to lay in bed at night without the sound of distant sirens wailing or the occasional drunken squabble? What if you could trade that for the soothing sounds of the country side?—The therapeutic chirping of crickets and the rustling of leaves in the wind. Sure, the country is rarely silent, but it’s never noisy either.
With country living, you can step outside your home and go for a quiet stroll through the country side and actually be able to hear yourself think. It’s these simple pleasures that really make it all the more worthwhile.
4 – Lower Cost of Living
Living in a big city like London, you’ll never find yourself more than a few minutes away from a shop, however that convenience comes at a very steep price. Sure, in the country side you’ll have to travel a little further for your weekly shop, but you’ll save a significant amount of money while you’re at it.
In addition to that, housing prices in the countryside are significantly lower than they are in the UK’s biggest cities. If you were to buy one of our premium new-builds in central London, you’d likely end up having to pay twice as much—if not more!
5 – Easy Access to Organic Food
If you’re a bit of a foodie, then this reason alone should be enough to pique your interest: the fresh produce! When living in the country side, you have easier access to organic food and you can get it direct from the source as well. You can barely drive 5 minutes through the countryside without coming across an unmanned stall selling freshly laid eggs or succulent tomatoes—and the beautiful thing about it is that the transaction is built on trust. Nothing represents the wonderful sense of community that you’ll find in the countryside quite as well as an unmanned fruit & veg stall where your honesty is the chief currency.
In the big cities, many people live on a steady diet of fast food and microwave meals as they’re significantly cheaper. In the country on the other hand, it’s cheaper and easier to live on fresh & healthy foods. Which would you prefer?
6 – Fewer People, Friendlier Faces
One of the most beautiful things about living in the countryside, is that you’ll be hard-pressed to walk past anyone without them saying hello to you. You won’t necessarily find yourself stuck in a full-blown conversation with everyone that you meet (in case you’re worried), however, it’s nice not having to walk past 1000 people who can’t even look you in the eye.
We appreciate that we might be coming across a little biased right now. Yes, there are a lot of wonderful people in big cities! No, they’re not all miserable loners who daren’t say a word to anyone; but in the countryside, you really do feel a sense of community everywhere you go—and that is a truly refreshing feeling.
7 – Fewer Psychological Problems
There are many psychological studies that are beginning to reveal the significant impact that city living is having on our mental health. Yes, it is important to acknowledge that there are a lot of factors at play, for example: certain people are more prone to depression, job satisfaction plays a vital role in our mental well-being, and certain city dwellers might live closer to public parks, etc. However, for the most part, city living is stressful!
If you’re feeling particularly fed up, or you’re becoming increasingly unhappy with your life, then a complete change of pace could be the remedy that you’ve been searching for!
8 – Less Traffic
A wise man once said: “When you enter traffic, you are the traffic.” Now, that’s all well and good, but it doesn’t change the fact that being stuck in traffic after a long and stressful day at work, feels like a direct and very personal affront.
We’re not saying that driving in the countryside is without its problems (being stuck behind the occasional tractor, for example), but it’s so refreshing being able to get from A to B without having to crawl 90% of the way—that, and you really notice the difference in terms of the air quality when you wind-down your window and breathe in fresh air (or more likely, fresh cow-dung) as opposed to being engulfed by exhaust fumes!
9 – Healthier Pregnancies
For young couples looking for the perfect place to start a family, the countryside is almost certainly the way to go. Pregnant women who live in big cities—particularly those in more congested areas—are more likely to go into premature labour. Not only do vehicle emissions & pollution contribute to this, but excessive noise as well. In addition to that—taking into consideration the psychological problems that can come from city living—it’s important to recognise the effects of prenatal stress on child behavioural and cognitive outcomes. This doesn’t mean that being pregnant and living in a city is particularly dangerous or irresponsible, it’s simply worth acknowledging the advantages of being in a cleaner, quieter environment.
10 – Happier Pets
If you’ve got a dog or plan to have one in the future, then where better to own one than in the countryside? All you need to do is step outside your front door and you’re already in the perfect spot for a good walkies! Dog owners will absolutely love living in the countryside, as there are simply so many amazing spots to take your pet for a wander. With so many fresh water sources and awesome hiking spots, you’ll never tire of taking your dog out for a spot of exercise. Oh, and it’s good for you too!
Conclusion: Country Living is Great!
We could jabber on all day about the benefits of country living, as there are simply too many to list. However, we feel that the 10 points listed above just about sum it up rather nicely. All in all, you’ll be happier and healthier, and you’ll save an awful lot of money in the long-run. So, if you’re looking for a better quality of life, then you know what you need to do!
For more information on the properties that we have available, or if you’d like to book a viewing for one of our premium quality new-builds, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us today. We’ll gladly answer any questions that you might have and help you find your forever home in your own little slice of paradise.