Considering A Tree Change? 3 Reasons A Rural Move Could Be The Right Fit For You

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These days, building a new home in a large city or sought-after suburb in Australia is unfortunately beyond the reach of many, especially those trying to enter the market. This affordability crisis, along with a shift in perspective around lifestyle, health and wellbeing priorities, has seen a growing trend towards making the move away from the big smoke to settle in regional towns and cities.

Not so long ago, the vast majority of people seeking a ‘tree change’ were retirees; but today, rising city property prices and a desire to enjoy a slower pace of life has seen more and more couples and families opting to move to a rural location too. This trend has been slowly on the rise in recent times, however, in the last 12 months there has been a definite spike, due largely to the financial and health impacts of COVID-19.

No matter your age or stage of life, leaving the city for greener pastures is a huge decision. So, how do you know if it’s the right move for you? In this article we discuss 3 key indicators that can point you in the right direction.

Slower pace means less stress

Escaping the crowds, traffic and hectic pace of city life is more often than not the biggest driving force behind a move to the country. The lifestyle and health benefits are many, including lower stress thanks to the slower pace, and a greater connection to the community, which is harder to come by in the city. Large regional towns are generally vibrant places with plenty to do and see, and abundant local fresh produce to enjoy. Plus, their setting in picturesque surrounds provides plenty of opportunities to get amongst nature, which will also give your wellbeing a daily boost.

Build more house for your money

Entering the property market in the city and suburbs has gotten progressively harder over the past 20 years or so, to the point where it has now become mostly unachievable for a large percentage of the population. One way around this shortfall of funds is to build in a rural location of your choice. You’ll find more affordable (and larger) blocks of land, which allows you to include more of the features you want in your new home. This is especially true if you opt for a small home design rather than a large ‘McMansion’ style house, and place the focus on the quality of features you really need. 

Make the most of flexible work arrangements

After the recent switch to working from home for much of the population, many organisations look set to continue this arrangement in the longer-term. This opens the door to a rural move for more people than ever. As home builders in the central coast, Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions, we have experienced a significant increase in the number of enquiries on new home projects from professionals who are now in a position to realistically consider relocating, including those working a combination of home and office hours. From all accounts, the desire for a tree change is only going to increase in the months and years ahead. 

Will this be the year you opt for a tree change?

If you’ve been dreaming of a life lived on your terms, minus the stress and grind of the city, what’s stopping you? If any of the reasons in this article ring true, but you’re apprehensive about taking the next step, get in touch with our team for a confidential discussion—or book a time to visit our brand new display home in Newcastle for lots of inspiration and ideas!

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