When it comes to buying a home, you may be faced with the dilemma of staying in the big city, with friends, work and social life on your doorstep, or heading out to the countryside in search of green, open spaces, and a larger home.
The exodus from the city to the shires is gathering pace. More than 100,000 people are leaving UK cities for the countryside each year. The fastest-moving group consists of those selling expensive London properties that have soared in value over recent years to buy country piles.
The advantages of an urban location include being close to amenities and job opportunities, and the chance to wipe out a long commute if you've lived far away from work. However, the flipside is that competition for popular properties can push up prices, which, while good for the seller, can prove stressful for buyers.
Many choose to migrate to the countryside to benefit from value for money and a slower, more relaxed lifestyle, with the added benefit of having fresh air and acres of countryside around to explore.
You could also beat the commute by buying a town flat and a country house? Many commuters will have pondered the idea at some point. A country and city home, would enable you to swap pollution and the bright-lights of work during the week for nature and the relaxing sound of bird song during the weekends.
Our top tips for choosing city or country:
1 Call Pure for a valuation of your home to see what you can afford in your chosen location
2 Choose a location for what matters: work, school or leisure.
3 Visit possible rural/urban idylls in winter as well as summer. For example, certain areas are very quiet in winter, but may be teeming with tourists in summer.
5 If you do not know an area, talk to your agent to find the ideal home. At Pure, many of our team have lived in Norwich/Norfolk for most of their lives and will be happy to share their knowledge with you.
6 Do not buy more land than you can realistically manage or rent out.
7 Budget for higher transport and heating costs if moving to the country.
8 Check that transport and broadband links are as you want them.
10 Check with your family – will they visit you? Or do you prefer some distance?
Just for fun, why not take this test to see if you should live in the city or the country - it is not based on any scientific study whatsoever. It is intended for fun only so do not treat the result too seriously!
Do contact our friendly team at Pure on 01603 618618 to help with your property needs.