The enchantment of suburban living
Nowadays, condominiums have become the popular choice for new homeowners. Due to heavy traffic and urbanization, more people are starting to invest in high-rise homes. Despite the need to live close to the cities, however, there are still those who long for the romance of the countryside.
To satisfy these yearnings, developers continue to offer homes with white picket fences and generous yards—known historically as the suburbs.
Even with the expansion of today’s cities, the suburbs remained charming to many. And despite the distance to city jobs, living in the countryside offers several perks to those who choose it. Here are some reasons why you should still consider the suburbs as a viable option for your new home.
The distance of the suburbs from cities is what makes them appealing to some people. Away from the hustle and bustle of the metro, it is easy to lead a laid-back lifestyle in the suburbs. Some people intentionally choose to live away from the city to escape the stresses of their work. The suburbs offer the perfect getaway for those wishing to keep their professional and domestic concerns separate.
By living outside the city, you get to physically break free from the clutches of work. You get a better chance to relax because the vibes are totally different from your office.
There are those who are even lucky enough to get a job outside the city and near the suburbs. For people who have this setup, they get to avoid the daily traffic rush to the cities and get to spend more time at home.
For those who maintain jobs in the cities, new modes of transportation are being developed to ease travel. With the rise of Point-to-Point (P2P) shuttles and expansion of train lines, you can get home quickly nowadays even if you choose to live in the outskirts of the metro.
Country homes also offer larger living spaces. As the cost per square meter in the suburbs is generally less than that in the cities, you get more space in the country. This would provide you greater flexibility in building and expanding your home. You could choose to grow your own garden, extend your home, or even install a swimming pool.
In addition, country homes are also conducive in raising children and taking care of pets. Kids and pets have more space to play outdoors. It’s also easier to make friends with neighbors, as the open environment encourages you to interact with them more compared to the enclosed units of condominiums.
As the suburbs offer more space compared to high-rise buildings in dense cities, it caters to more trees and plants. More varied species of flora grow on the natural ground compared to manmade gardens, so you can cultivate different kinds of vegetation in the suburbs.
With a home in the country, you can easily have and tend to your own fruit trees or herb garden in the backyard. So if your dream consists of growing your own food or eating fresh on a daily basis, then the suburban life might just be your thing.
Further, the abundance of plants encourages fresh air and reduces pollution. You are less exposed to city noises which can help give you a good night’s sleep. The suburbs make it easy to lead an organic, healthy lifestyle.
More affordable real estate
More often than not, you can get a two-storey house and lot in the suburbs for the price of a studio unit in the city. This cost difference is brought about by the high demand for and the lack of available space in many urban areas. As most people want to live close to where they work, the suburbs are less dense compared to city centers.
If you dream of having your own yard or having multiple bedrooms in your home, the suburbs might just be your ideal home. As the cost per square meter is more affordable in areas outside the city, you often get more than a living space in the suburbs. You get a house and land that you can call your own permanently.
While condominiums offer shared amenities, the suburbs are more inclined toward personal spaces. Though you can find subdivisions which offer community pools, club houses and the like, most suburbs encourage private facilities. If you’re the type who values privacy and solitude immensely, the suburbs offer you the best kind of domestic environment.
Overall, urban areas offer an exciting and fast-paced lifestyle, but for those looking for something more laid-back and relaxed, the suburbs offer a great alternative. Even if our cities continue to grow over time, there will always be a romantic idealism that you can only find in country living.
If you’re the type who wants to wake up to nature and escape stress while at home, you should consider getting a home in the suburbs. The commute may prove to be long at times, but it’s worth coming home to after a long day of hard work and city mayhem.
Sources: David Mcbee, Lisa Fotios, Kaique Rocha, and Kristina Paukshtite from Pexel.com
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