Monday, June 30, 2014
If you’re a city-dweller, you might be fed up with the constant noise and pollution, and maybe even crime. However, will living in the suburbs benefit you?
Consider the pros and cons before moving out…
Benefits of suburban living
You get more bang for your buck. When comparing the size of the property you can own in the suburbs with a similarly priced property in the city, the suburban home will often come out on top. Both the yard and the square footage should easily beat a city apartment that costs the same.
Enjoy smaller, tight-knit communities. You may be at the age where you’re considering raising a family, and suburban life can introduce you to other new families in the same situation. And being an active participant in your suburban community can mean your voice is more likely to be heard when it comes to making decisions that affect your neighborhood.
Life has a quieter, slower pace. Lacking the automobiles that regularly drive by your street, and having fewer residents in general, suburban living offers peace and quiet that you might be hard-pressed to find in the city.
Disadvantages of suburban living
Things are further away. When living in the suburbs, you get peace and quiet at the cost of having services and shopping centers further away. Doing the groceries can be a short drive instead of a short walk that’s associated with the city living.
Public transportation is less common. While a city might have multiple buses and trains to move thousands of commuters, suburban residents are more likely to have to drive to their place of business. This means time lost and extra fuel expenses, and possibly even having to make the decision to buy a car.