I have to say, I love a little bit of country. The inspired lifestyle of growing veggies, collecting eggs, welcoming a new calf or feeling a new shared responsibility for caring for our land is something that is a dream for many of us. Finding a place to escape the urban hustle, enjoy space, fresh air, and a big sky. And the stars! The stars are so much brighter in the country!
Not only is Canberra fortunate to be the ‘bush capital’ with our nation’s capital surrounded by 70 per cent of open space, but it is also surrounded by regional towns, villages and country living that are all within reach. Small acreages, bush blocks, improved pastures, horse paddocks, and sustainable lifestyle are the many possibilities for a country lifestyle.
To be able to live so close to the cosmopolitan centres of Canberra and still enjoy the country is definitely a unique and special characteristic of Canberra. For many of us, there is a secret desire to move to the country, the romance of a rural retreat, a sanctuary from the busyness of the city and a place to be able to breathe!
There are many compelling reasons to move to the country.
Space and serenity. Say no more! Life is busy and driving home to a peaceful country setting is good for the spirit and soul. Connect with nature, wake up with the sun, and watch the seasons pass with dry sunburnt summers and amazing frosts and fogs during the winter months.
Animals. The space to have chooks, horses or even some cattle. Pets and animals teach life lessons, interacting with animals teaches responsibility, communication, and patience. A country life gives the ability to create sustainable lifestyles, eat fresh chemical-free farm produce, chicken eggs, and the enjoyment of sourcing your own.
The local community. Within a country town and surrounding region are many community amenities, groups, and networks that foster a sense of community and local spirit. Country schools, local newsletters, and various community groups give everyone the opportunity to feel connected and be proud of the place they live. Small communities look out for each other, help when times are tough and celebrate together. Local business can draw a community together and provide a place to connect with one another.
It’s hard to believe that many of the surrounding country villages are positioned within 10-30 minutes of the city edge. Canberra, a vibrant and growing city, is only a short drive of 20 minutes to the CBD, offering the best of both worlds for those of us who love a little bit of country.
I moved to the country when our small inner north home was bursting at the seams with growing children. I love the country life, it’s wonderful! If you need advice on buying your dream country home, give me a call on 0434 973 987.
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