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Rural vs. City – finding the best location for your new property

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By : James Hardy    99 or more times read
When looking for a new property, location is a key factor, but are you best buying a house in a rural or central area? This question can only really be answered by you, as personal preferences will be a decisive factor. However, it could be said that when considering this question, two main areas should be considered:

Town or Suburb?

Generally speaking, the majority of people will already have a good idea of the location they want. This is often based on a number of factors including; location of workplace(s), schools, hobbies and other factors such as proximity to other family members. Most people will also have an idea of whether they prefer a central location near to a town or city, or a rural location i.e. the countryside. While many prefer the hustle and bustle of a busy city, others would find this a complete nightmare, and prefer the peace and tranquility often associated with more suburban areas.

What you do in your spare time can have a major influence on this decision. For example, if you are interested in keeping fit, you may want easy access to a local gym or swimming pool. If you are an avid supporter of a football team, proximity to the stadium can be a great thing. And if you enjoy eating out, local cafes and restaurants will be of importance to you. Think about nightlife too – you may want to be within easy distance of local pubs and nightclubs, but many choose not to live too close to busy social areas. Also think about your daily activities– do you need to be near to a bank, post office and/or supermarket? And do you drive? If not, a rural location may prove problematic, especially if public transport is limited in and out of the area.

If you are not sure about the amenities offered by an area, it’s always a good idea to visit it a few times – during the day, and on an evening. This will give you a better idea of what to expect if you move there.

Love thy neighbour?

This is very much down to personal preference. Do you want to live close to your neighbours, or in a more solitary position? Although many like the social aspect of having neighbours close by, others find the prospect very daunting, and prefer to seek complete privacy when at home. Also remember, neigbour disputes can cause a lot of heartache, so, although it may seem a little cheeky, you ideally want to meet them before you make an offer on a house (and even then, you can never be entirely sure that you’ll still get on with them a few years down the line).

Most people choose to be social, but private at the same time, selecting houses that have privacy measures, such as walls and clear boundaries, but are still within a shared community. Remember, if you currently live in a highly populated area, switching to a rural location will be a complete change of pace, and for some, can seem very isolating. The trick is to find the right balance.

Also take into consideration your own hobbies, for instance, if you regularly hold band practices, you may want to consider a rural setting. After all, unless they are also big music fans, potential neighbours may not be so keen on your musical taste! Noise pollution can cause a lot of friction between neighbours, so always try to see if from their point of view too.
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