Escape to the country: what you need to know
by Housesimple on 4th April 2017
With enough green space, fresh air and idyllic views to go around, it's clear to see why so many people are packing up and moving to the country. However, not everything's necessarily greener in that quaint and quiet village life. According to City A.M., Londoners already spend 107 hours on average travelling to work each year, which adds up to nearly a whole working week. If you escape to the country and keep your city job, this could mean adding even more time to your journey – so is it worth it?
You're always going to be paying more per metre for a property in the city than for the same set up in the country. For example, a flat in London costs more on average than a detached house in Hampshire. Your 90-minute train journey to and from work may be worth it for that extra space for you and your family, but this also means sacrificing a big chunk of your free time – around three hours each day. Of course, it all depends on where you buy. Some small towns like Amersham have commutes as short as 41 minutes into central London.
More disposable income
If you sell your property in the city to buy a country home within commuting distance of London, you might be left with a little bit of extra cash from the sale. You'll probably also find that you've got a little more disposable income on a monthly basis too, as restaurant, bar and shop prices tend to be much lower once you leave the city. Of course, living out in the country comes with its own costs attached. If you didn't have one before, you'll probably need a car to get around, as your local shop or supermarket might be a few miles from your doorstep. If you're still commuting into the city for work, you'll need to fork out for a train season ticket to get you to and from your desk everyday.
A different lifestyle
In moving out into the country, you're opting for a change of pace and a different lifestyle. Instead of staying out with your work friends until the early hours, you'll now need to coordinate your exit with the train timetable. If your new country home doesn't have a restaurant or bar within walking distance, you'll need to negotiate with your partner on who gets to be the designated driver (taxis and Ubers are a little harder to come by once you leave the city limits). There are some benefits, however. Instead of fighting for space in a crowded beer garden on sunny evenings, you'll be able to relax in your own garden instead. You probably won't need to queue for a table in your local restaurant on Friday night, either.