Does the thought of living in the country seem super appealing, BUT…
you’re just not entirely sure if you’re ready to step away from the conveniences that City life offers?
In this blog post, I am going to share with you some of my absolute favourite things about country life, as well as some of my not so favourite things so that you can decide for yourself if country life is for you!
Be sure to read to the very end, where I share with you one of the quirkiest benefits of living in a rural area, and then let me know in the comments section if you would LOVE or HATE this particularly quirky country hobby!
At one time, I was just like you- I lived in the City, but I longed to live in the Country. 8 years ago, after lot’s of careful consideration, my husband and I decided to make the move, and we haven’t looked back since!
Things I LOVE About Living in the Country
I remember my very first evening in the country- I will never forget the sound of the crickets, or the intensity of the stars – it was surreal, and I appreciate this sense of peace and calm every day.
Another thing that I absolutely love about living in the country is the proximity to trails. Fall trail runs, early morning dog walks, and snowshoeing through miles of fresh fallen snow or hopping on your snow machine or ATV and leaving right from your front door are pretty great perks!
One of the first things that my Clients generally mention to me when they are looking for a house in the country is that they need the extra space for parking and storing things- the space that country life offers is a definite asset in this regard.
Finally, if you are a dog lover like so many of my Clients are, you will LOVE living in the country just for the extra yard space that you will have for playing with, exercising, and training your dog!
Things that I Don’t Love About Living in the Country
On the flip side of all of this, I’d be lying to you if I told you that there weren’t a few things that I didn’t love about living in the country.
The biggest consideration, in my opinion, particularly living in Northwestern Ontario, is the winter driving conditions. There have been many drives home where I have white knuckled it the whole way home, and wished that I wasn’t on the highway in that particular moment.
With bigger properties and longer driveways, snow removal and yard maintenance are both much more time intensive tasks.
One of the biggest concerns that home buyers generally have when they are looking for a home in the country is the integrity of the well and septic system- living on a well and septic also means that you need to really consider when and how you use your water as well as what goes down your drains.
That Country Quirk that I Mentioned…
Remember at the beginning when I promised you that I would share a country quirk with you? Well, you truly aren’t country until you get yourself a chicken or 5! The quirkiest thing about chickens is ‘chicken math’! Drop me a comment if you know what chicken math is…
Up Next in the Blog:
Now that you have a few things to think about to help you decide if country life is for you, you might be interested in learning about some of my favorite rural areas to live in Thunder Bay!
In the next blog post, I am going to share with you my top 5 rural Thunder Bay neighbourhoods and what people love most about them!
If you would like to have a more in depth discussion about some of the pro’s and con’s of moving to the country, or just what the process looks like, definitely reach out!