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City or country living?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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At some point in the lives of most, we find ourselves questioning whether we want to live in the country or city. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages at either side of the scale, but how often do we take the time to consider what we actually want? Sure, some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of metropolitan city life, whereas some people loathe the idea. On the flip side, others enjoy the calm and serenity provided by a country setting, but some may find it uneventful and boring.

Today on homify we are going to debate the pros and cons of both big city life and rural retreats. Perhaps if you are on the edge of making a decision, we can help usher you in the right direction.

First, let's take a look at some examples of country homes.

New horizons

For those who lament seeing built up urban architecture and jungles of concrete and glass, country life is certainly better suited to you. Imagine, every day and every morning, watching the sun rise and set below the expanse of blue water. With a view to die for, you can imagine days filled with hikes, walks and lying on the grass enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. In some major cities, these escapes are found quite close, so, if you want access to both worlds, you have the opportunity to choose a town that is not located too far from a major city, but far enough that you can still feel a sense of seclusion and release. 

Rural charm

The vision of a country home, for some, makes their hearts absolutely soar. The air is clean, your neighbours are friendly, and of course, it is cost effective in terms of groceries and far cheaper to get a larger plot of land for the same money you would pay for a studio apartment in the city. It is great for raising children, having the pets you always dreamed of, and of course, a big veranda and outdoor area to spend your evenings enjoying drinks or tea with friends. Here, you need not worry about pollution and confusion. You can permanently be in your own bubble of health and vitality.

Next, let's look at suburban living.

Suburban oasis

So neither country nor inner city living suits your lifestyle or needs. Lucky for you, the suburbs, which are located no more than an hour or two out of your central business district, are becoming the winning location for young families and professionals who cannot handle the thought of a cramped apartment or a never ending view of rolling green hills. You don't need to give up city jobs, or access to more schools and daycare centres if you live in closer proximity to a major hub. The benefit is, you can really focus on living green by perfecting your own courtyard or landscaped patio.

Next up, life in the big city smoke. 

The entire world at your feet

It goes without saying that living in a city means you have better access to airports, train stations and buses, and therefore, your world is open to easier possibilities for travel. For those who are unsettled, and live by the mantra ’The world is your oyster,’ city life provides many advantages for you.

For those who are not precious about space and find themselves rarely at home, city life is also a great option for you. A plethora of cafes, restaurants and bistros will be at your mercy, given your kitchen space is probably at a premium. This situation is ideal for those who aren't too concerned with home cooking, instead, preferring to savour the flavours of the boroughs or neighbourhoods they live in. 

Rooftop parties

Not all city life requires you to sacrifice on space. In fact, the idea of green living inside cities and suburbs is becoming increasingly popular in the construction of new apartments blocks and in the newly popular loft or warehouse renovations. A place roof is a great space to put together a roof garden, courtyard or chill out space so you can have your own personal retreat and oasis away from car horns, human traffic and tourists.

Of course, a setting like this is perfect for those who love to entertain. Fire up the BBQ, connect some speakers, and invite your friends over for a party that will surely last well into the evening (provided you don't annoy your neighbours, of course!) Lovers of sunsets can watch the sun disappear behind the buildings, into the haze of the big city smoke. 

Or… alpine?

If you have a dislike of heat, and summer months, a little cabin in an alpine region is a great option for you. Disappear into the landscape during the snow months, being completely at one within the expanse of white. For some, their hearts absolutely rejoice when the trees lose their leaves, and all that remains are skeletal and bare trunks. A big fire, a warm mug of tea and the embrace of a quilt or duvet is the idea of paradise for those who dread the thought of beaches, sand and sea water. Of course, being protected from the extreme heat of summer means you are subject to very cold days and evenings. Your spring and summer temperatures are likely to be far more bearable and open your days to walks, runs and exploration of the land around you. 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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