If you’re thinking about where to settle down, you might be wondering if you’re more of city dweller or a suburbanite. You might just be feeling like it’s time to move, and the question of where needs answering. If you haven’t lived in one or the other, you might find yourself in a bit of a culture shock if you move there without knowing what you’re in for. So it’s important that you learn a little about the drastically different potential lifestyles you could be living before you make any decisions.
There are lots of little things that can make life more or less convenient for you. Living in a city means you’re likely to have to travel by public transport, face tons of traffic, and dwell in a concrete jungle. On the other hand, you’ll be able to have any food you can imagine delivered to your doorstep. Having a busy life is no big deal when you have a Laundromat nearby to clean your clothes, and a pub around the corner to wind down after work. If you love nightlife, there’s no point living in the suburbs.
Do you have children or plan on having any? If so, the suburbs may be better for you. The city is certainly a place you can raise your kids successfully, but if you read the Real Estate News, you’ll know that suburban life is safer, quieter, and kinder. You’ll be able to teach your children to ride a bike without having to drive down to the park first. Your neighbours will be able to babysit if you can’t find a nanny. You’ll know everyone in the community, and suburban communities are known for making good social support systems. In the city, it’s pretty much every man for himself.
If you’re living in the city, you’ll have to find an affordable apartment, which is difficult enough if you’re strapped for cash in the first place. Even if you have plenty of dough to throw around, you’re most likely going to end up in a much smaller space than if you bought a house in the suburbs. This won’t be very helpful if there’s going to be children running around. There’s also the matter of stairs. Unless the apartment complex has an elevator, having Grandma over for Christmas dinner is going to be an issue.
Renting an apartment in the city is going to cost you oodles of money. Even if you manage to find a decent dwelling for an affordable sum, it’s likely to be on the outskirts of the city, and you’ll have to spend money on the commute. Getting jobs in the city isn’t easy either, so unless you’re the next best fashion designer, you might have a hard time. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to know what you want for yourself before up and moving house.