City living isn’t for everyone. Urban hubs have great cultural opportunities, but they also come with high cost of living, cramped living quarters, nosy and noisy neighbors, and higher crime rates. On the other hand, living in a rural community gives people more chances to invest in homeownership and a peaceful life.
With remote working becoming a viable option for more people, prospective homeowners can look for homes further away from crowded cities and suburbs. Some of the benefits attracting home shoppers to rural living include opportunities to invest in spacious homesites and new construction houses, low pollution, a private lifestyle, and a chance to try out all the projects on your Pinterest board.
Lots of Land
If you like the idea of building a home on a giant lot of land, living in the country gives you the chance to invest in a spacious home site. Because rural areas aren’t developed, home-buyers can buy large lots that simply aren’t available in urban housing or established suburbs and neighborhoods.
Obviously, living in a built-up area limits the amount of space you have for your home. Urban teardown projects and more traditional master planned communities have a limited amount of available lot space. Home shoppers looking in rural areas aren’t limited to lots within a framework of an existing neighborhood and city, allowing them to get as much space as they want for their home plan and desired lifestyle.
Investing in a large plot of land is a great option for families that want to invest in multigenerational living, allowing you the space to comfortably fit casitas, separate tiny homes, or even a granny pod on the homesite. Even if you don’t have multiple generations living with you, you can still benefit from a comfortable lot and being surrounded by nature all the time.
The BOYL Option
Just because rural communities typically lack traditional builder communities doesn’t mean rural home shoppers can’t invest in a new construction home. Homebuilders that offer BOYL (build on your own lot) plans help you make your dream of a new built home a reality outside of more crowded suburbs.
Rural home shoppers have the opportunity to have the best of all possible worlds by building a new home on land they love. Homeowners that choose the BOYL option can choose from an almost endless library of floor plans from production homebuilders or choose to work with custom homebuilders.
If you aren’t building a house in a planned community, you aren’t limited by available builders and home plans. This means you can pick the perfect home plan without having to worry about losing out on the perfect location, resulting in a fully customizable new lifestyle.
Clean Air, Clean Communities, Clean Living
It’s no secret that big cities are dirty and polluted. Escape smog, bad air, and litter when you move out to the country. When you build your new home in a rural neighborhood, you can enjoy a cleaner community that has lower levels of pollution than a more developed area.
The health benefits of minimally polluted rural living aren’t the only reason to enjoy the generally cleaner locale. Less smog and light pollution means that your family can expect striking sunsets, amazing night skies, and can even get out and hug some trees.
Peace and Quiet
One of the most commonly cited reasons for leaving the city for more rural homes is the desire to exchange hustle and bustle for peace and privacy. After all, most people can only take so many upstairs apartment dweller’s crazy stomping sessions and 3 a.m. drum solos from the neighbor kid’s band. (At least when they get famous, you can claim that you knew them when.)
Escaping out to the country means less noise pollution as well. Embrace your inner zen far away from car alarms, in a place where you can take a deep breath and listen to wind rustling through trees, or at least sleep past 8 a.m. without getting drug into the waking world by the delightful sound of Mr. Next Door’s lawnmower.
The combination of spacious homesites and private living arrangements make rural homeownership perfect for anyone who want to DIY their dream home. If your Pinterest board features how to articles about designing a killer deck, perfecting a patio, creating a stock tank hot tub, or other intense home improvement projects, living in a rural area will be your dream come true.
Living at a comfortable distance from your nearest neighbor means you won’t have to worry about loud projects causing friction with other community members. If you’re a morning person, then by all means, rev up the table saw and hammer away at 7 a.m. After all, in the country, neighbors can’t hear your power tools.
After graduating in 2016 from The University of Texas with a degree in English, Sanda Brown became a content writer for the BDX with a focus on website copy and content marketing.
At the BDX, Sanda helps write and edit articles on NewHomeSource.com, writes website copy for builders, and manages a team of freelancers that work on additional content needs.