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Coast or Countryside?

Lots of city dwellers dream of quitting the city for a new life somewhere different. Some have already made up their minds, reminiscing about past holidays by the sea or camping in a field.

For both buyers it’s a lifestyle choice and a big one. The need to have more space whether this be fields and forests or a horizon that never ends or maybe it’s just getting away from the crowds that tend to denote city life.

Advantages of Living by the Coast

For the younger coastal buyer, this could be sport related such as surfing or sailing. As they get older, they could appreciate the coastal walks or entertaining the grandchildren on the beach.

Some advantages of coastal living include easy access to activities such as sunbathing, swimming, sailing and fishing. By participating in these activities, they would not only lead a healthier lifestyle, but may also meet new and interesting people along the way.

Coastal air is charged with negative ions that allow the body to absorb oxygen more easily. This results in decreased stress levels and in turn aids peaceful sleep.

One aspect often overlooked, is the abundance of fresh seafood outlets nearby. This means they can enjoy the fresh catch of the day, packed full of healthy nutrients, without being processed or frozen.

Advantages of Living in the Countryside

The countryside buyer may have other ideas, there is still some sport, mountain biking or hill walking but I think this buyer is more interested in nature and the landscape. Whilst they may not want a farm, the idea of home-grown vegetables or keeping chickens for freshly laid eggs may be the motivation for this buyer.

Sound and air pollution considerably decrease when they move to the countryside, no more sirens wailing or noisy neighbours in the flat next door. The air is much cleaner and fresher, which in turn has a positive impact on their health, general wellbeing and reducing stress.

Although there are less people living in the local area, this will also mean that they are more likely to socialise together, hence the importance of the local village pub or summer fete.

The countryside is a good environment for children to grow up in. They will be healthier and more active, being able to play outdoors, roaming the woods and fields, not stuck in front of the latest video game.  It is statistically safer to live in the countryside with much less crime in rural areas. Statistics show that crime rates are half of what they are in the cities.

House Prices

When it comes to cost, the most expensive coastal wards have higher average sales prices than their inland equivalents, although this is sometimes be affected by the commuter routes.

For example, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells are less than an hour from London and as such increase the average value of inland properties in Kent. If we move to Aldborough, a well-established seaside hotspot in Suffolk the average is £509,168 compared to Stowmarket (only 30 miles away) the average drops to £240,857.

Whether it’s coast or countryside, the family will love it. So, if you’re looking for a bargain it seems the countryside offers better value for money, if you avoid the commuter hotspots.

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