Are You Seeking Greener Pastures?
Although the overall percentage of Americans living in rural areas is declining as urban and suburban regions grow, real estate figures show the rural population increasing across Central Florida including Seminole County. At Waypointe Realty we are experiencing this migration first hand and are finding that we are having a hard time finding enough rural properties for our clients. We are seeing a mix of young home buyers looking to buy their first homes and middle aged couples looking to get out of the of city. Whether you are looking for lakefront acreage or a working farm, we will show you why more and more Seminole County residents are moving to the country.
1. Closer Than You Think
Owning rural property doesn’t have to mean that you’re cut off from civilization. As urban and suburban areas expand, a rural home can start to seem more connected to surrounding communities. This makes it more convenient to obtain goods and services at competitive pricing, and people living in these areas certainly appreciate the improved access to a variety of service providers. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that modern road systems are a vast improvement over what may have existed in the early decades of the 20th century. It may be possible to acquire a home in the country that has convenient access to a highway, which makes getting to the city a breeze.
2. It’s More Affordable
Studies show that the price per square foot of a rural home is significantly less than that of an urban or suburban dwelling. This makes it possible to buy a larger house with plenty of modern amenities even on a tight budget. What’s more, country living tends to be less expensive all the way around. Groceries, utilities, gas, property taxes, transportation and health care all tend to cost less in rural areas. Accordingly, people who make the move to a less-populated region may find that they can do just fine on one income when two were imperative in the suburbs. It all makes for a more relaxed lifestyle that lets families concentrate on the really important things.
3. Quiet and Peaceful
Country living really can’t be beat if you’re hoping to enjoy a more relaxing lifestyle. The days of spending two or three hours in the car just to commute are behind you. Instead, you’ll have a short, easy drive. A rural property is also an excellent choice for those who feel crowded and claustrophobic in the city. You won’t find crowds of strangers and long lines in your new community.Your lifestyle will also improve thanks to a closer connection with nature. Noise and light pollution will no longer trouble you. The view from your windows may include sights like trees, grass and the clear blue sky. It’s a setting that is conducive to peace of mind, quiet days and good sleep at night. Crime rates are significantly lower in the country too. Your kids will be able to play outdoors without being worried about busy streets and an abundance of strangers. Classroom sizes are smaller as well, which may mean that the quality of instruction improves. The country is an excellent place to raise a family. Urban and suburban neighborhoods that don’t have homeowners’ associations are becoming rare. HOAs can dictate what color you paint your house, what type of grass you can have and how you can adorn the exterior of your home. While many people appreciate the standards set by an HOA, they aren’t appealing to everyone. When you choose a rural property instead, you’ll set yourself free from the rules and restrictions that may be imposed by an HOA.
4. Better Quality of Life
While most residents in rural areas will tell you that country life is the only way to live, most will say that country living is for the birds but in the end it’s just a matter of preference. There are many arguments to be made for living in the country but the following statistics may be the most significant. A study by the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany revealed that prolonged exposure to air in urban areas can results in high blood pressure for those residents compared to their rural cousins. The study also suggests that time taken in green spaces can provide a significant boost to mental health. Another study by Dutch researchers concluded that city folk have 21% higher chance of developing anxiety disorders and a 39% higher chance of developing mood disorders than there country counterparts.
At Waypointe Realty we have the experience in rural properties because several of us are proud residents of the rural community, Black Hammock in Oviedo. Our knowledge will help you make the right decision and guide you to all the information you need when purchasing in rural Seminole County.
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