A report ‘Big Movers: Population Mobility in Australia’ was released over a year ago and showed that moves from the city out to regional areas was trending well before the pandemic’s effects had reached Australian shores. ‘Across all age groups, regional areas attracted 65,000 more people than it lost to capital cities between 2011 and 2016’ (Shwartz and Lloyd, 2020).
We can only assume, post lockdowns, that this will continue, and for a variety of reasons. Whilst regional areas already offered an enticing lifestyle change, proximity to stunning natural environments, affordable housing, and close-knit communities, the pandemic made the pull even stronger. As many people found that it was much easier for them to work productively in a remote capacity, so they chose to actively consider making a tree or sea change. Here are our top 5 reasons to swap from city to regional living.
In essence, the change in lifestyle when you move from the city to the country or coast, incorporates all the rest of the reasons. The ability to enjoy a bigger block of land. A quiet that is scarce in the city. The privacy of not living underneath your neighbour’s nose. A slower pace of life. All of these elements make it what it is – a healthy lifestyle change where you feel you can breathe more easily, both literally and metaphorically. By removing yourself from the chaos of the city, you can concentrate on what is most important in life. If the pandemic taught us anything, it was that being able to do what you enjoy and connect with the people who are dear to you, should drive our decisions in life.
Whether you choose to live in the countryside, by the beach, or a river, the natural surroundings in regional areas are a huge drawcard. We know that getting outside in the fresh air and walking beach or bush tracks is good for our health and wellbeing. And if it is on our doorstep, we are probably more likely to get out and make the most of it. The vast amount of bird and wildlife in regional areas will have you reaching for your camera or tuning in with your ears. Whether on your property or out and about, our precious Australian fauna and flora will amaze and inspire you. There are also more opportunities to rear your own animals like chickens and sheep, or to create that extensive vegetable garden you have always wanted the time and space for.
We know it is becoming more difficult for first home buyers to get into the market these days. It is not surprising that according to the report, 31 percent of people making the move to regional areas said cost of living was the reason to locate. Why settle for a one bedroom apartment in the city when you can have a family home on property in the country? The pandemic solidified this feeling after lockdowns made us feel every wall of our home with greater intensity. Being able to give each family member their own spaces, for sleep, work or study, became paramount. With a home in a regional area, you can realise this dream.
Another reason to love country life is the close-knit communities. Regional towns thrive on having their people support and champion local. There are clubs and activities for people of every age and stage of life. And, being in a smaller community means you are more likely to come across the same people when you are out and about. Being part of a township allows people to feel like they belong. Given the past year, we can understand the gravity of this. Involvement in local sports and clubs is even more vital for those who live alone. Smaller towns, like the city, have opportunities for people to give back to the community through volunteering, which is also beneficial to our mental wellbeing. People doing it tough are less likely to slip people’s notice in a small town than in a city.
Another positive about living in a country town is that the perks of the city are readily available. Many regional areas have state of the art sporting facilities, schools and restaurants, as good as those in the city. Regional communities also have their own local delights such as wineries, art galleries and spas. And whilst urban areas continue to be overdeveloped, regional councils can control the maintenance of the environment, to ensure that the town retains its character.
One of the newest reasons to make a move to a regional area is our newfound ability to work remotely. Whether you were considering a move or not, many of us were able to do a trial run of working remotely last year and to see if it worked for us. If you found working remotely, simpler, more convenient or productive than you thought it would be, there is no doubt it would have impacted your choice of how you planned to work in the future. It could also have enhanced any desires to move away from the city.
Less traffic and a less frequent or nonexistent commute are huge benefits to working from home. For many it means more flexible hours around their family and other commitments, or simply more hours for recreational activities. Many regional towns are still easily accessible via train or car if you need to head to the city on occasion.
As you can see, a change from the city to regional towns has a host of benefits, many of which translate to ensuring better physical, emotional and mental health. If you are considering making the move, contact Rawdon Hill Homes for an appointment. We can assist you in making your regional living dreams come true.