Monday, March 11, 2013

Rural vs. Urban Living



Rural vs. urban. So many pros and cons to each one.  As someone who lives in a rural area but commutes 35 miles to work in an urban area, I kind of have the best of both worlds. I can appreciate both.

I was recently approved for my first home loan. I probably won't buy until June or July but one of the things I will need to decide is whether I will remain in a rural setting like the one I currently live in or move to an urban area closer to work. Decisions decisions…

Rural living offers peace, tranquility, scenery, nature, and safety. Urban living offers convenience, interaction, and a multitude of things to do. I enjoy both for different reasons; though I believe my heart was made for a rural life.

How about you. Do you prefer urban living or rural living?

174 comments:

  1. I prefer rural living, but Iive in the city. Whether this is just a matter of "the grass is always greener" is debatable. But having been raised in the countryside, I very much miss the look of the night sky when the nearest town is 7 or 10 miles away.

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  2. I live deep in the heart of the countryside which satisfies my love of nature and open spaces but I have lived in urban areas too - they each have different things to offer as you say - but my hearts desire is to live on the coast. Maybe one day.

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  3. I have a friend who enjoys urban living and makes it sound nicer than I feel it is. I prefer rural living and one day hope to actually live just next to a woods. The only problem I would actually have with it would be a lack of internet.

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  4. If that photo is a your current rural view...wow! lucky you. I love living rural, personally. I love a city, but always glad i dont live in one.

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  5. rural all the way. i do agree with the pros of city living but not enough to out weigh the peaceful, tranquility of rural living- you just cant beat that. :)

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  6. they each have their own perks...i chose to live at the base of the mountain...a short 15 minutes to the city...its funny there were people that could not understand why i would choose to live ont he outskirts "so far" from everything...its the peace i find in the evening...and in the grand scheme 15-20 minutes...i can live with that....

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  7. I live urban ... but dream of rural -- never have liked being a city girl (and this is coming from a NYC girl! HA!) -- congrats on the loan!!!

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  8. I lived in a small town for 50 years with my husband until he passed away. Now I live in a city that is almost 10 times larger, but is connected by several smaller towns to a city that is much larger. I miss the friendliness of my little town. Not the same here.

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  9. I like suburban best. The town I'm from in NJ is a very reasonable distance from NYC, and a little bit further to Philly, but it it surrounded by woods and farmland. Our first house there had miles of woods beginning at the edge of the backyard.

    I absolutely love cities. I've lived in NYC for years, and also in New Orleans. And I've heard over and over that different studies show people who live in cities are the happiest -- more opportunities for diverse friendships, romances, etc. But having the connection to the land is important too. I think wherever I end up settling, I want it to be a suburb that's on the verge of rural, but close enough to a city that I don't feel isolated (one of the biggest struggles I'm having in Kentucky right now).

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  10. I'm honestly not sure. I grew up in a rural setting and lived for most of my life in smallish towns. I like how friendly small towns seem and how open they are as far as land goes. Now I live in a large city, and I miss seeing trees and open spaces, while at the same time I love all the opportunities available here for me and my kids. I think that if it were possible for me to live in a smaller town near a large city, that would be my ideal.

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  11. I think the beauty and serenity of a (nice) rural area do beat the crowd and noise of the city, but perhaps it might be best to live closer to one's workplace -- a long commute every day can be stressful in itself. Personally, I live in a suburban area, near the sea, which is as "rural" as one can get on a little island; I can't imagine living right downtown.

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  12. Big decision for you. When I was younger, I definitely preferred urban. I was always on the go almost every evening. Now, I prefer a small town, kinda like Mayberry (for those of you old enough to know what that is). It's like living rural but being able to walk to the market. When I first moved here, I couldn't sleep because the quiet kept me awake.Ha

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  13. I like the arts and interaction of urban living. I like the freedom of rural, doing what I want on my own land. I opted for a third acre in the city where I can legally have chickens and an art studio in my backyard. New house for you? Always the best advice is "the worst house in the best neighborhood"!

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  14. Congrats!! This is so exciting :) Keep us posted!

    Well, deep down in my heart, I do love downtown Ottawa. It's not a huge city, just big enough, and very pretty. I moved to a rural area for/with my husband who, at this point in his life, cannot live in the city.

    That being said, the last few years in the country have really made me appreciate the calm and serenity that comes with with living here. I am loving it more and more.

    Let's say, it was just me, no kid, no husband, no pets, I would live downtown for sure.

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  15. Exciting happening...

    Please, go with your 'gut feeling.'

    And we will be happy to accompany you, on your search for a new home. :-))))))))))))))))))))

    "Auntie"

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  16. Congrats on your first home! I prefer convenience, but it's all about you and where you are in life. I'd say look for resale value since that will matter one day.

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  17. Congratulations on the approval! Now the work begins . . .

    I grew up in the country, and we always had to drive to get to the grocery store, jobs, etc. I've lived in the city, too. Now I live in a small town near a city, and I like that the best, I think. I like the public water/sewer and Internet service of a town, and I like the quiet of a town versus a city. I also like living just a few minutes (7) drive from work.

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  18. WOW, you certainly have the best of both worlds. In theory I would love to live in a rural area, but I don't know if I could realistically do it not being a hop, skip and a jump away from a grocery store, coffee shop, and restaurants. However a rural mountain area is my preferred vacation destination.

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  19. Man, I am so used to the hustle and bustle of urban living that at this point in life I couldn't get used to rural life. It's too quiet for me. I don't mind peace and quiet but something just ain't right without the sounds of the burbs.

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  20. I also enjoy both! We are looking for our first home, too, and these decisions are proving to be difficult! It's tough to get between the best of both worlds!

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  21. I've lived everywhere, from the suburbs to urban live to country living. Growing up, I always thought I was a city girl. That lasted till I lived in a city. I'm definitely a country girl. I love the privacy. I love the wildlife, I love seeing herds of deer, bunnies all over the place, and hearing the frogs in the creek. I love not having to keep my blinds shut all day because neighbors live 10 ft away, and their kitchen window looks directly into my bedroom window. There's nothing like sitting on the front porch when it's warm, watching the sunset, and smelling the fresh clean air. I'll never go back to living in the city.

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  22. Hi Keith .. I'd live rural and my next move will be in that direction, as I'm only renting now. But I do miss London and Johannesburg - both 'capital' cities (actually Jhb isn't) .. but all the arts and culture are there ...

    We have some here .. but the 2 hour train ride is a bit much - it's close enough ... but not close enough ... I guess I need two living places - one in town, one in the country!! ..

    Good luck with that look - it's such a fun time ... happy hunting ... cheers Hilary

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  23. Stay in the country as long as you can.....you'll end up in the city soon enough when you find yourself needing to be closer to things like doctors and clinics. I deeply regret ever having left the country and I'm too crippled up now to go back.

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  24. Oh you know my answer on this one - rural living all the way! I have to be connected to nature on a daily basis. It feeds my soul and energizes me. Having lived in a city my whole life up until 2 years ago, I never would have imagined myself living in the country. My only regret is that I didn't move sooner!

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  25. The best of both worlds is the way to go. I like rural living better, as i hate all the friggin traffic and taking so long to get everywhere, stuck in the city for now, but who knows, maybe one day.

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  26. Good luck with your life choice it's an important decision. I'm an urban kind of person as I value the convenience of being near to everything I could possibly need and don't enjoy long commutes.

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  27. Congratulations for approval! I'm more into Rural, I don't know ( hahaha) I like both, I like nature and stuff, but I also like to be in the city crowded and close to everything..:)

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  28. We live in the country and before lived in a city.
    I love both for different reasons
    Village life is lovely,Intimate and peaceful
    City life can be exciting, stimulating, and sociable

    Enjoy go wherever. You live that's what I say

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  29. Congratulations!
    I'd have a commute no matter what. Probably select urban just to be closer to the action.

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  30. I enjoy being in an urban setting, but only if it's a small city like where I am. Our population is less than 150,000. So I have all the conveniences of a big city without the density, traffic, etc. Perfect setting. And if we decide to move to a more rural area, we can find that simply by driving about 10 - 15 minutes north of where I live. I love this city and all its possibilities!

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  31. I have the best of both worlds. I live on the edge of the green belt so in front of me I can see rolling fields, trees and lambs and cows. But if I turn right I have the convenience of the shops and other not 5 minutes away. You could say I live at the crossroads of urban and rural and can turn either way depending on my mood. By choice, I'd much rather look out at nature than a ton of concrete.

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  32. such a debate! i love the city life right now, but when i have babies i think i'll be ready for a little smaller place.

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  33. congrats...
    i guess it changes with time and priorities..

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  34. I grew up on a farm, but spent ten years of life in the middle of a city, and there were some good times. Nowdays, I live in the mountains, which, I believe is my place in the world.

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  35. Rural living for me hands down. Not so rural that it is a big to-do to go get groceries, but I was not made for urban living. I suppose if I had to live that far away from civilization I would be rather self-sufficient, so that would fix the whole problem, as I think I would enjoy keeping animals and farming. But as far as a particular place, I prefer the mountains to open plains. I could get lost in the mountain trees and mist and live in the green valleys nearby. There are many place like that in my state, and my family camps there often. =) I love it.

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  36. Having grown up in a rural area, I am prone to prefer a more urban setting. Not totally city dwelling, however, but more in the suburbs. Where we are now is a good mix of both. There is a lot to be said for the opportunities offered by being near a city or a growing area. One of our daughters lives in a large city, another in a rural setting, and another in a very small town. All have the advantage of not being too far from an area with specialized medical care, if needed. That is one of the important choices, I think.

    It is exciting to be anticipating purchasing your first home! Have fun!

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  37. My husband and I have lived mostly a rural existence the passed 40 years. So I guess I'm biased. To be able to drive into that driveway and leave the masses behind is all I look forward to and the beaches to walk with Sophie. I am totally pro-rural....!
    Ron

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  38. From that photo above Keith, I would think the answer is obvious! Great shoot.
    I guess it all depends on what you want from life and what you feel you need at this point in your life. For us, it was the best decision to leave the city 20 years ago for so many reasons....mainly the tranquility a rural setting offers.

    Good luck and congrats on your 'approval'.

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  39. i want to be on the outskirts.. in the acreage that ends up being most valuable/expensive. quietly spacious enough for my horses in the grass and quickly close enough for after work cocktails in the city

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  40. I live in a city, but my house has a small park behind it that will remain undeveloped, so I look out at a small orchard with a path running thru it. Not exactly rural, but it works for us.
    Karen

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  41. I wish the best of luck to you! That is awesome.

    I like a bit urban - but I sure do appreciate rural.

    Sandie

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  42. I think it depends on circumstances...If you can take the commute and longer time to work, go for the rural ~ If you have obligations and want everything at your fingertips, like movies & groceries & shopping malls, I will move to the city ~ The young ones like the city experience, while the older ones prefer to move back to the rural scene ~ It depends really on your personal situation ~

    Congrats on your new home ~

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  43. Rural for me! Visiting the city is enough.

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  44. Congratulations on getting the home loan!! =)

    I live sort of in the middle of rural and urban. I'm in the suburbs of New York City but far enough away that I have a quiet little life with all the major conveniences of being able to take a bus or a train into the country up state or down state into Manhattan. I love being right in the middle with that versatility! =)

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  45. As long as I can see sky and trees I much prefer the city life and amazingly in many many cities you can get that. When I was young I preferred the city because that's where the action was, now that I am much (much) older I prefer the city because it's more convenient...but I need the sky and trees...

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  46. I've lived in both. And I enjoy both. By living in both, I've learned I'm a City Woman at heart. Weekend jaunts to the countryside do me just fine :)

    Great to meet you on Susan's blog.

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  47. Rural, always always ALWAYS! I am so tired of these noisy, closely boxed-in neighborhoods. I know this sounds dramatic, but having to live in the city just kills my soul.

    Kristin

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  48. My husband and I are both city people, in that we love being able to walk to shops, restaurants, galleries, bookstores, library branch, etc. But we go twice a year to a little village in rural Galicia, Spain, where we stay for nearly a month each time. It is so peaceful and restorative, it has made us think of the rural life many times. But I think we'd miss the city advantages.

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  49. I grew up in the mountains where the nearest town was 10 miles away. Not to bad, but at the time definitely not fun. Now I live in a suburb of Denver. Right now where we live is perfect. We are close to the highway to get to work or the mountains. But we are close enough to downtown we can take the bus if we want to go to a game. We walk or ride our bikes (in the summer) to the grocery store. But the town we live in used to be a farming community and they allow chickens and bee and some properties were grandfathered into allowing horses. I would love to have a cabin in the mountains for a little get away time though.
    Congrats on soon becoming a home owner! You'll enjoy it whatever you do!

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  50. Congratulations and good luck on the decision making it is a tough one I think. I am pretty sure you know where I love to live BUT I do enjoy going to the city and sometimes dream of living there and going to the Theater, the Art Gallery, and all the Museums anytime I want and not having to worry about the commute. Congrats B

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  51. well i live in the burbs----and i haven't ever really lived anywhere else---i have always dreamed of living in the city---although we have looked for years in small towns---but rural, is just for visiting for me---:)

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  52. I work in London but live over 120 miles away in the country. I weekly commute and do 50:50 home working. Toughest bit is getting up at 5:30am on a Tuesday to catch a train : )

    It was mostly a financial decision but it's working beautifully - best of both worlds!

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  53. no need to ponder...farm livin' is the life for me...land spreadin' out so far and wide....keep Manhattan just give me that country side...except I don't live on a farm...just in a bitty town. can't wait to see what you decide!

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  54. My heart goes for the rural living , I am planning to settle down in my ancestors' village after my husband's retirement!

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  55. Oh I'd pick rural any day. And for people lucky enough to work from home, online....what a great opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds in a way. The peace and beauty of a rural setting but still being connected to the busy world via the Internet. and of course real visits to 'the big city' are fun too. Air quality is becoming a real concern healthwise too and again for that reason, I'd pick rural.

    We are heading back to the Yukon by Fall hopefully and that is a place that still is relatively pristine. Tap water you can actually drink and air crisp and clean. Not rural exactly living in Whitehorse but a short walk from downtown and all is quiet and peaceful. My kind of place. I think you'd enjoy it Keith, if you like snow that is!!! ;<)

    Happy Week, G

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  56. oh, just LOVE those kentucky fences! wow!

    good luck in your search!

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  57. rural living only for me, I would not be happy any more living in a city-although I know there are many advantages to it-we enjoy living simpler than one usually does in a city

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  58. That would be hard to decide! I live urban. I enjoy being close to work, the grocery store and my family.

    My husband grew up rural. He had land to roam. It was fairly quiet. He could camp out and feel as if he were in the middle of no where.

    I can see both. With having boys, land would be nice for them to run around, go fishing and camp out.

    Luckily we do have a huge backyard for a city.

    If I were you, I'd look at houses in both. You'll walk in one house that may say, "Pick me!" and go with it.

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  59. Although I love the rural areas for the beauty and the nature... I love living in the urban areas for convenience.

    Go with your heart and you will never go wrong :)

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  60. This picture you have taken...it is beautiful, from just the right perspective to show everything at it's best, the winding fence and road. Congratulations on the loan approval, so exciting!! We live in a very small city and travel 35 minutes to the big city. I love big cities for the health care, museums and things to do, and shopping. But not the crime and the traffic and noise. For us, it is best living in a smaller place with lots of cows and fields and driving to the city when we want.

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  61. That's a tough one. Having lived in big cities and rural areas, I can say that there are good and bad aspects to both.
    I loved the big city life when I was young. Now that I'm getting older I prefer the more peaceful aspects of country life.

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  62. Well, I can honestly handle both, but I'm completely accustomed to rural living, and I love it. The privacy is the main thing, I like knowing that no one is watching me as I go out in my pjs in the morning to read on the deck.
    But on the other hand, town living is nice too. I think I'll always prefer rural though. :)))

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  63. You are so lucky to be in that situation...although deciding where to buy is tough. If you enjoy where you are at now, then stick with it. Do you have a fuel economy car? Is your drive insanely long? What part of a city will you be moving to? Good luck...I am sure you will make the decision that you will be happy with...Congrats!

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  64. There are so many joys to living in a rural area. Enjoy and congrats. :)

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  65. I could be happy living just about anywhere. I love being surrounded by the great outdoors and plenty of breathing room, but I also enjoy the excitement and hustle and bustle of a big city. If I had to pick one, I'd opt for rural, though. I have a feeling the excitement and hustle and bustle could become overwhelming to the point of distraction. Especially if you're used to a more quiet setting.

    Congrats on considering you first home!

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  66. We live on the edge of the largest city here in Montana...which isn't very large. We ennjoy the best of all worlds I guess so I can't complain. If I had to choose one or the other I don't I don't know what I'd go for...I've tried both but think I prefer the middle option if at all possible.

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  67. I think you said it best, "I kind of have the best of both worlds." That's exactly the way I feel and wouldn't want to go totally one way or the other.

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  68. I enjoyed living in a city when I was in graduate school, but at this time of my life, I prefer suburban/rural, which pretty much sums up my corner of southeast PA.

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  69. The best of both worlds is what we're aiming for with our own home-buying journey. There are plenty of more rural townships around this city that would give us some space to relax but are still city-accessible. That way the Mister gets his human interaction and I get my peace and quiet. (and maybe enough space to justify adopting another dog!)

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  70. Congrats on your home loan! First time home buying is so nerve wracking, but so exciting!

    I am a country girl. I love the peace and quiet and the land for the kids to run around on. However, since my husband is a city guy, we live in the city. It does have benefits too though, with the neighbors close by, the girls have their friends over a lot and it only takes me 5 minutes to get to the store or doctor.

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  71. I grew up in tiny coastal villages until we moved to Seattle in my teens. I loved it but when I retired I chose a small city (about 32,000) in a remote farm area, I have family here. I still wonder if I should have picked Portland, OR, all my sisters are there, plus there are soooo many things to enjoy. Nothing is perfect. It maybe after a lifetime of moving around being in the same house for 13 years is getting to me. ;-)

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  72. Although I enjoy visiting big cities (I love NYC, SF, and Washington DC) they are too noisy and crowded for me to live there permanently. I like to visit in remote places as well but do not like the isolation. I have found the balance in a small town (15,000) about one hour north of SF. I live on the edge of a beautiful plain and traverse bucolic hills to get over to the ocean (about 25 minute drive). We have a large lot with garden and fruit trees. The town is bicycle and pedestrian friendly - feels ideal for me.

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  73. I live in a rural setting - sort of. I'm on the main road and close to it, but I have a farm stretching out behind me. I love where I'm at, but by the end of week I wish I didn't commute 30-40 miles to work and school every day. It's a lot of gas and time. I think if we ever sell our house, we are certainly moving closer, and besides, we could still be in a rural setting but be about twenty minutes closer!!!

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  74. A mix. Not too much or too little of either sensibility. :)

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  75. I live in the city, but could imagine life in a country setting. In the urban area I am surrounded by people. I love peeople! I love walking to shops and cafes, it's a great feeling. In the country though I could imagine going on long walks along country roads....so romantic!

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  76. I love the people/energy of big cities AND the space/nature of rural areas. Sometimes it isnt an either or decision. I grew up on a street off the beaten path where the the homes were on plenty of acreage off of a busy street in a big city! What a delicious decision Keith!!

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  77. I live on the edge of a town, but really close to some fields and farms and I think that's definitely the best of both worlds. Good luck in your decision. It's going to be great whatever you choose :)

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  78. I am really excited for you - I love house hunting. Congrat's on getting your first home. I lived in large metropolitan areas most of my life. I love that lifestyle and I would say I am a city girl at heart. We went from a condo with a doorman, roof top pool and 24 hr. fitness center to our home now on a couple acres in the country surrounded by farms. I love it out here Spring, Summer and Fall and it is indeed peaceful and quiet. I love that deer run through my yard and we have even spotted a fox and bald eagle. In the Winter, specifically now, I wonder what we were thinking. Chicago is 2.5 hours away so that is a haul and usually an overnight trip. If I lived 20-30 minutes outside a metro area I would feel less jaded about country living. We do have super neighbors and we have big dinners together and play cards so that makes the Winter much better. Even so, I am happy because no matter where you go there are advantages and disadvantages. Can't wait to hear about your house hunting adventures.

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  79. i'm from a small village, and i really like rural areas. then again, i like cities where everything is closer to you. i'd say living in a rural area with a near proximity to a bigger town is the best way to live:-) x

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  80. Rural. I can always drive to the city when I want to, but am not forced to live there on a daily basis. Best of both worlds...

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  81. I'm an urban but not an inner city type of gal. I like to visit the city and I love visiting rural areas too. Congrats on the approval to buy your first home Keith!

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  82. Having lived in Charlotte for 4 years then moving to the rural area I have lived for five years, I would say a good sized town/small city like Annapolis or Charlottesville. Rural is nice for retirees and people with kids. I will say that it has been wonderful for healing and introspection, but since I am done with that, I need to meet new people and socialize. You do not get that in a rural/small town setting. Everybody knows everybody, which may seem ideal on the outside, but not so much when you are in looking out. Though location is important. I like Charlottesville because it is right there next to Shenandoah. I will probably continue to move as needed and will go back and forth between rural and urban as needed. Life is impermanent and our needs and moods are as well.

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  83. Congratulations on the preapproval, Keith!! That's very exciting, really.
    I'm a city girl. Through and through. But lately, city life is getting a little nutty for me. Well, Toronto anyways. Did you know the most cranes, on the entire planet, are in Toronto?? No joke. The condo development is out of control. And I'm right in the middle of it all. Might be looking for less busy city life soon. Keep weighing your pros and cond and enjoy this special time of home hunting!

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  84. I would prefer urban life now, but when I retire, I would definitely want a peaceful rural life :-)

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  85. Tough question! I think I like a mix... Take for instance the beach town that I frequent- There is enough rural stuff going on to make it the perfect way to get int ouch with nature. The ocean is on one side, the river is on the other and you have little hidden coves with dolphins and manatee. But, you also have restaurants, bars and shopping within minutes. It's just enough to keep the natives from being completely bored but not enough top take over a quiet little town.

    I also think I need to hit lotto so I can have 2 homes. :)

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  86. At my age now, rural is the only choice but when I was younger and wanted to be near entertainment centers, urban was the place of choice. Commutes are not fun but they do allow the best of both worlds.
    Now you have an exciting choice ahead.

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  87. Environmentally it's best to be in the city (even not factoring in the commute) but the countryside is lovely. We live in a small town in walking distance to the center, my husband's work and our backyard leads to the woods and trails, which offers the best of both.

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  88. It depends on the day! I love the city life, but I really like peace and quiet. However, I could never live completely out in the boonies. I get afraid that if I died no one would know!

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  89. I grew up in apartments, so rural living was something I only read about in books. When I moved to north central Idaho a few years ago, however, I got to experience country living for the first time, and I became addicted. I wanted to become a "mountain woman" like my new friends, and did a pretty good job of acclimating! One winter, my car wouldn't make it up the steep and slick driveway that is pretty treacherous even in the middle of summer, so I would park my car out on the main road and hike the half mile each way, carrying whatever I needed on a sled. I felt pretty rugged :)

    Now that I'm back in the city I was raised in... I miss rural living. I do. (By the way, congrats on the approval! We are in the process of purchasing our first home, so I understand the excitement now ^_^) But even though we'll be living in a subdivision, I think there are ways to bring the rural into the urban, if you're dedicated. I plan to raise a garden, I want to continue canning, and I want to be as self-sufficient and self-sustaining as we can. (Have you ever seen articles or pictures about people in city skyrise apartments that have windowsill/porch/rooftop gardens?)

    You're right, though. There are pros and cons to each. I do enjoy having a WalMart down the street, rather than three hours away. I don't have to drive half an hour to get to town and the nearest gas station. And yet... I miss those things, too.

    I suppose the question to ask yourself is not, "What is convenient?", but rather, "What will feed my spirit?" Convenience is what you make it.

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  90. you bring up great points and I loveeee living in the city! I grew up in a suburban area, but I'm so in love with the fast-paced urban life, that I don't think I'll go back! <3

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  91. Having just recently given up my rural lifestyle of the past (almost) 20 years and moved to an urban environment (albeit a large coastal/country city) I can say without hesitation that my soul belongs in the country.
    Of course there are pros and cons for either lifestyle but, in my experience it is wise to look for and embrace the pros for wherever you live at any given time.
    Big decisions coming up for you Keith - with your wonderful attitude you will find happiness no matter your decision.

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  92. I've always had the same dilemma but always ended up more on the rural side so to speak. Now I live with my family in a place that has the best of both worlds. It is a ten-minute ride to downtown and it is beside some beautiful forests.(Before living here we lived in a place surrounded by open fields and few houses but not far away from the city either). So, yes, I know what you mean. Good luck with your decision. Have fun.

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  93. I need to live rural. I can always go someplace busy but I need to live with nature. It's good for the soul.
    Congrats on getting your first home loan!!!!

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  94. This is the first time I've heard someone say they appreciate a commute. I love rural settings and the city too, so I sympathize with your difficulty choosing!

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  95. Have the same issue,in the sense that I would love to live in the countryside again, but I love the variety of things to do in the city. Think I was made to live in the countryside though, like the way I grew up. :) Follow your heart! x

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  96. All depends what you want more. Keep in mind you can always vacation to the one you're not living in. Personally, I'd say urban... because you probably won't want to live there in retirement. I've dabbled in both, and always have the same internal conflict.

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  97. Give me rural any day. If past is prologue, rural will eventually become urban, anyway.
    If you build it, they will come.

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  98. You mention safety as a pro for rural living. I actually feel safer in an urban setting because I am surrounded by people. I grew up "in the country" but I felt safer once we "moved to town."

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  99. You know if I didn't have to commute to work..because who wants to be stuck in traffic for a couple of hours each day? I live just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip..and I like being so close to everything I need. I especially like the 24/7 lifestyle here because if I want to g grocery shopping at 3am...there's always a grocery store open.

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  100. I'm from a very rural country (NZ) and I love the beach but also love getting back to the City

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  101. I grew up in cities and lived in apartments most of my life. I could never imagine not being in the middle of the action. But the older I get, the more I long for peace and tranquility.

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  102. I like both...but with kids you will need to remind yourself how much time will be spent in the car transporting kids to after school activities. That was the biggest draw back to me when I lived in the country.

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  103. I am more of a city person but here, I will never be able to buy a house. They are just too expensive, too run down, too everything for me. I may have to move out somewhere in the country far away.

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  104. Hi Keith, I appreciate them both, so its always nice when you have a little of both, though not always the case without a long commute of some sort. Congratulations on the approval, thats really awesome!

    Madison:-)

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  105. I agree with you! I enjoy urban life, but I think that my heart was made for a rural life :)

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  106. Keith, an interesting question. I don't think I could be totally rural. And I don't think I could be big-city urban. How about a third choice? Suburban. I can drive into the heart of the city in 20 minutes and enjoy what it has to offer, and within 20 minutes I can be in the heart of farmland. I think I have the best of both worlds!

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  107. Ah Keith,

    Are you going to say hello to me, yes me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star?

    My human not only moved away from the big city of Vancouver, Canada, he did something very brave and moved to the English countryside to start a new life, a new adventure.

    All the best in your upcoming adventure.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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  108. I live in the burbs, work in the city, and weekend in the country - I guess that's a good mix. When I was younger I loved the city - not so much anymore. Congrats on being approved for a loan, and best of luck deciding what will work best for you.

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  109. It's the country life for me, with visits now and then to the big city.

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  110. When I was younger I wanted to live the urban life. But now, the rural life for me.

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  111. Definitely urban. Countryside is great to visit, which is where I am now, but I like the built up city.

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  112. I would love to live within 15 miles within a city but in a rather separate rural land. Best of both worlds

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  113. I'm currently living in a city and really like it, but I love the air and space in the country too. I think being close to things I need daily is really most important though. Having a commute that is only 15-20 minutes is wonderful!

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  114. oh Keith I congrat you by your home you will have, really nice!
    I live in countryside, about 7 years ago we arrive here,when we arrived, all was stones and hierbes and know you can see, pears trees, apricots,peaches, and 3 dogs, 2 rabbits and a lot of birds that live anywhere LOL
    Wasnt easy at begin We have only a car so I have towalk 1 to 2 km to buy in groceries or others but If I think Im ok, of course I work much than before, but is not porblem. Always sometimes I would live more near of my Mom and Dad that sometimes need me sigh! But we cant have all!
    and the kids! they have 18 and they want to live in town, but is the life!
    lovely post like always!

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  115. RURAL. I used to travel 45 minutes just to go to school in urban but nothing beats living in rual.. is just that it's really far from bar and convenience stores.

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  116. I tell everyone I was born and raised in the middle of nowhere surrounded by orchards and cows. I love the city, but found my first house on the edge of the developing little city. This I think is the best of both worlds, I drive past beautiful oaks every morning now as the sun rises.
    I also appreciate the fact my drive was cut from 50 min each way to 15 min.

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  117. We are kindred spirits. I have lived in the urban environment and the rural - for me, it is a 'no-brainer' - a country-life! You have to experience both, if you can (before) making the BIG decision. Go with your gut, Mate!

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  118. This is and will always be a dilemma... who doesn't love peace and quiet, and houses with huge yards and lots of trees around. On the other hand, the hustle and bustle of the city is fun too! xoxo

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  119. Urban for convenience as I hate hate hate commuting but must have a rural option, even if it's just to pretend I'm in the forest when really I'm in the local park walking my lovely dog Milly. Did I mention that I hate commuting?

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  120. Rural - but I live in urban because our rural environments burn. If you live in the bush (as we call it) its a matter of when, rather than if the place will burn. And this situation is not going to get any better!

    One of the great things about "my island" was that the very shallow water around it keeps most of the leisure boats away - they have too deep hull - some almost no motor boat noise!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  121. I am, without a doubt, a city gal. I love cities, and the bigger the better.

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  122. Both have their benefits, being outside and real close is the way to go though. Congrats on getting approved.

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  123. I love the energy of the urban space. Living in the country is too cut off for me. I can always visit there...

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  124. my opinion find a small town small get a house there, a small town that is 20 minutes from the big town, there are places like that all over the world you get convenience of being close by the bigger without the hassle noise, by living in your small, they do exist and no far from the big, but you willnever hear the big, from the small...Good for you and good luck!

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  125. Love the rural scene! I lived in the city for most of my life and I enjoy the rural living. I like not being around crowds of people and traffic. The birds and wildlife are more abundant. I would choose rural over city living any day!

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  126. I had always wanted to live rural. Never did. Am glad now (in old age) that I have stayed where there are still a few amenities remaining. Fine post.

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  127. right now,we live in a not too big city but we are right beside the river and a huge woodland park that goes through the city with trails and such. to me, it's the perfect compromise for a country girl.

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  128. Oh how exciting that you will be purchasing a home. I love rural areas and that's how I grew up as a child. BUT I hate a long drive to work especially when it snows outside. I am spoiled and drive only 5 minutes to work everyday. I think in my (faraway) future I would like a piece of land and to build an off the grid home. :) Have fun house hunting.

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  129. I'm lucky to live in a small city with lots of green spaces and surrounded by beautiful countryside, so I've definitely got the best of both worlds.

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  130. That is a gorgeous scene! I've always lived in an urban area, but you're picture has me salivating. ♭♩♬ Green Acres is the place for me. ♫♪♩

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  131. I lived in a big city most of my life and moved to rural Michigan about 7 years ago. I thought I would hate it. I don't. I love living in the country and can't imagine ever thinking I'd be a bit unhappy. I have issues w/the state (don't worry I won't go into them on your blog, lol) but not the location. I love the green, nature, and space. LOVE IT.

    Congrats on your home loan!

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  132. That's a tough one, best of luck to you! I am 45 minutes from the most URBAN insanity of Las Vegas....and love living down the street from horse ranches and mountains. Kind of the best of both worlds I think, even though it means more time in the car.
    Nathalie

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  133. I honestly believe that I'll prefer rural living.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  134. We have similar stories.. I live in a rural area, working in a urban area.. But, if I will ever have a chance, I will move to urban area. I just love the sense of a big city more then peaceful rural place..

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  135. I grew up on a farm, but live in a city. And I much prefer the city. I like visiting rural areas, but could never live in one again. I am too much a slave to convenience.

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  136. Love the ethnic diversity of city offerings, but love more the ready availability of dirt, wildlife, and deep breathing in the country : )

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  137. I also grew up on a farm... so I prefer to live in a city environment, because in a city practically everything is accessible by foot or public transportation (and I insist on making a point to never buy a car!)

    :)

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  138. I have lived in large cities and rural areas and I love both lifestyles. Whichever you choose depends a lot on age, circumstances and interests. I live in rural Maine now in a place of incredible beauty. Both of my children wanted to live and work here too and I suggested they explore the world and gather as many experiences as they could so they would appreciate what they left. Good luck with your decision!

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  139. it's pretty tough choice. i do prefer rural area rather than the crowd urban life. but i think for now, the city that has the right amount of honking vehicles and peaceful neighborhood will do for me.

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  140. It is hard to know which would be better. I've often wondered that myself. I live in kind of both, but I've always wondered what I'd do if I had to move, which I'd pick. I hope the one you pick will end up being one you really enjoy.

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  141. I love thecountry...but only to visit it's a bit scarry......I need to be in the city for the moment anyway!!

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  142. I live in the city at the moment, but I grew up in the countryside, so once I am old and shrivelled I go back to the countryside

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  143. I wouldn't mind living in the city, but it would have to be right in the centre. The country - I don't know. I think I would prefer it next to the coast, or in the mountains maybe.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

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  144. thats why i like the suburbs! close enough to do & interact, but far enough for safety... and scenery is for vacations. thats us, anyway =)
    congrats & good luck with your next phase of purchasing a home!

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  145. We live just outside city limits. It's rural, but still pretty close to everything. I love lying in bed and night, and having it quiet enough to hear owls hooting.

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  146. When I go to the city, I wish I lived in an urban setting; when I come home, i'm glad to be in the suburbs; when I visit my parents, aunt or brother, I am jealous of the dead silence I hear around their rural properties. So many benefits to each location.

    I am lucky enough to live in a place where I can be in any setting in a matter of minutes! I have access to the best of all worlds!

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  147. I guess, like you, I have the best of both worlds, as I live in a semi-rural town.
    We have all amenities nearby, but open country is no more than a walk away.
    Even so, my dream is to live in a remote place someday...preferably near to the sea!

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  148. Give me a yurt in the mountains, with pines and wild animals! No question, I would choose far, far away from the city. I'm a recluse, BUT, I also love the city for their coffee houses and music and the energy.
    I know you will find the perfect balance of both in your process of finding your home sweet home. Fun and exciting time for you!

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  149. I prefer the rural life near a city!


    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  150. Ooh this is a tricky one...I love nature and being outdoors but I like the things the city offers - I guess the suburbs/rural near a city is good.

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  151. I get to kind of experience both since I grew up in the city, then moved to the country but now for school I move to the city every fall and live there till the end of April.
    I like living in the city better because of the convenience of having everything close by. There is so much to do for entertainment, and it is often times a short walk away! Movie theatres, restaurants, parks, shopping, anything you can think of. So finding something to do is never an issue.
    Back home I have to drive 20 minutes to the closest restaurant, movie theatre, grocery store, etc. Which is not good on gas obviously. Also to meet with friends you have to often times go for 30 minute drives, while in the city all my friends live a 2 minute drive away. However, if you like going out for walks in the fields and forests and what not then it may be a good choice for you.
    People worry about loudness of a big city, but there are a lot of quiet neighbourhoods which are quite pleasant to live in!
    Good luck making your decision!!

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  152. I know what you're talking about. We live out in the middle of cornfields and dairy farms. It's a one-hour drive for me one way to work. There are many things to like about urban life, but I really do love coming home at night to the pastoral life.

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  153. lol We live on the edge of both. My hubby has thought of moving to a rural area, but he takes the bus to work. Moving means we need another vehicle.

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  154. Scary! Hmmm... you have to do what is best for you really. Find a home you like and it'll guide you where you live. I want a ranch with horses....ha!

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  155. I'm more of an urban dweller. I have little one's doing multiple activities after school every day and can't imagine doing that from outsied the burbs!

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  156. I've done both and I love both for different reasons. Every time I switch, I miss things about the other. I can't really say I have a preference. Good luck to you and congrats!

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  157. My advice? Live in the country, work in the city. You get the best of both worlds. It's nice to work in a lively, interactive urban environment, and then go home to peace and quiet. I wouldn't have it any other way :)

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  158. Congrats on your home loan approval!! The husband and I dream of having some property in the country to escape to. I will admit that I love my short commute, but I could definitely go for some rural living.

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  159. So exciting, Keith! Of course I will say rural. But.....I would love a little apt. right in the city. That is a hard decision. Follow your heart. xx

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  160. I like both. Pros and cons with both though. I enjoy living in the city, but sometimes the sounds of sirens is annoying. Rural living is quaint and peaceful, which I like. The creepy thing is being alone... what if wild animals attack?? haha.

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  161. I really like rural living, yet, I love a place in my country which is a bit of the city (not as agitated) and the stores we need are near of each other :)

    Concluding, I am someone who really appreciates calm places where I know that I have just what I need (health, social care, education and so on)

    Have a great day :)

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  162. Good luck on your decision! An exciting time...
    I love to have people and bustling life around me, but I need to retreat to a rural setting deep in nature on a regular basis.
    I could never live in a place without green space though...we have treetops and wildlife outside our window...even though we are in an urban area...
    The right place for you will come along!

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  163. Looks like you received a lot of response on this one! I, too, see advantages to each. I need space to renew and recover. My senses much prefer country living. On the other hand, I've found that the culture can be different in a way that makes me favor closeness to a city. Thinking can be more narrow in rural areas. I know that's a generalization. I'll take the best of both.

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  164. Rural living for me - but tis but a dream...

    Anna :o]

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  165. If I was going to buy, I would choose a rural area. The distance is worth the peace, beauty, and safety. Plus with towns expanding, you will eventually be in an urban setting anyways.

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  166. I'd love to have a place in the country BUT, several friends of ours who do, are now looking for places in town. The commute to work, to kids' functions, for a gallon of milk, it's snipping a vein in their wrists, making 'em bleed out, energy. Maybe a cabin for the weekends, there's a thought:)

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  167. I live in a small village,but I'm about 30 minutes by car away from a city.I don't know,when I was in my twenties I definitely enjoyed and loved more the city life,but now when I'm nearly 40,I prefer the life in my village.Mostly because it gives me the possibility to go for long walks and breath fresh air :).

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  168. This is a nice blog.I know it,but I've never commented on it.Keep up the good writing :)!Greetings...

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  169. Rural! I've lived in the city and I honestly think it's key to make the most of where you are. There were plenty of good things to enjoy, but the air pollution in summer was awful. I've lived in the country for 8 years and I like it a lot.

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  170. I also love both. I grew up out in the country - farmers, dirt roads, mountains etc. However town is great for us now as we still have all 8 children at home so sport, services, friends and shopping are conveniently located. I guess we really do have the best of both worlds as we are in a quiet older corner of a country town, yet within walking distance of most things.

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  171. find a place in the fringes of a city..
    u'll get the touch of both :)

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  172. I live in a city but dream of living in a rural setting. How exciting to be buying your first home. I'll be interested to hear what you go for.

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