7 Benefits to moving to the country

Moving to the country is a good idea to get away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy, fast-paced city life. If you’ve ever lived anywhere in a big city, then you’re probably all too familiar with the expression “the city never sleeps.”

Sample the down-to-earth country living in regional New South Wales. Small towns and farms in the Heart of Country, North and South Coast, Outback and Blue Mountains have just the right blend of relaxation and adventure.

Here are seven more reasons why you’ll enjoy living in the country:

Affordable housing

Buying a house in a city will cost you many times more than buying a similar home in the country. Housing in regional NSW is incredibly cheap, thanks to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that promotes affordable housing. Moreover, the cost of living is much lower in the country than in the city.

Wide-open spaces

The first thing city dwellers notice in the country is the open space. There are no traffic jams on any road or skyscrapers obstructing the horizon in any direction, and there is barely any random foot traffic. Even the sky seems much clearer and brighter. You never have to worry about congestion or limited space in rural NSW.

Breathtaking scenery

NSW has a wide variety of natural geographical features, including the tallest mountains in Australia, sweeping deserts in the west, rocky and sandy beaches along the coastline and several forest patches. Besides, you don’t have to look far to experience nature’s wonder; a sunset or sunrise over the clear horizon is enough to take your breath away.

Plenty to do

Country life may be quiet and peaceful, but don’t mistake it for dull or boring. There are so many exciting things you can do and places you can visit in regional NSW. If you chose to live near the coast, you could surf or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach. You can also hike, kayak or camp in the mountains and forests. NSW is also home to numerous attractions, activity-based retreats and luxurious lodges and resorts.

Friendly neighbourhoods

The countryside has a strong sense of community. Country neighbourhoods are tightly-knit, friendly, warm and welcoming. We’re not talking about nosey neighbours or anything like that; it’s about a strong compulsion to help each other and a deep-rooted sense of belonging. This translates to harmonious living, less crime and barely any conflicts.

Clean living

Most big cities are highly polluted with vehicle emissions, bright lights and loud noises. The countryside is much cleaner with fresh air and quieter, less flashy surroundings. Plus, you can buy fresh produce right from the farm, meaning you’ll eat and stay healthier while reducing your environmental footprint.

Trouble-free lifestyle

Living in rural NSW is nowhere near as hectic as residing in the city. There is just so much to keep track of that it’s difficult to relax – for instance, where to park, traffic jams, strict zoning laws and keeping up with city bylaws and trends. You can enjoy a more care-free and stress-free lifestyle in the countryside since there’s very little you have to worry about. In fact, living in the country can be therapeutic in terms of stress relief, happiness and general wellness.

Today, you can live in the country without losing most of the advantages of city living. Unless you’re thinking of remote places, you can still get reliable internet connectivity, delivery services and all the little conveniences that draw people to big cities in the first place. There are only a few good reasons why anyone would prefer chaotic city-dwelling to relaxed country living.

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