The great thing about living in the Boise area is that you really do have the ability to choose between rural and urban communities (as well as hybrids of the two). This has caused a bit of a conundrum for people who have never lived in the country or a rural community, but are considering it. It is so easy here in Boise to find yourself a great piece of rural property, so what should you do? Should you stay in the city with what you know, or venture out into the great world of rural living? In this article we will give you a pros and cons list regarding this question. Now, these are not the only pros and cons, and your personal situation will also greatly alter these lists. However, for now, they can act as a jumping off point if you are considering a life in the country.
Pros: the Benefits of living in a rural community
The first on the list is probably the first on most people’s: the sweet escape from the bustling city. Rural communities and the ‘country life’ are both characterized by their peaceful and serene nature. A rural community is going to be free of clogged freeways, red lights, noise, and just about any other stressful part of city life. When traffic and the din of everyday life are no longer a factor, it really helps people to de-stress and relax.
Another reason for the serenity of rural communities is the surrounding nature. Most rural communities have wide open spaces, mountains, streams, and more that offer plenty of gorgeous backdrops, relaxing adventures, and so on and so forth.
When you live in the country, there is an added layer of privacy. In the city and suburbs there are more eyes that watch you, more people that try to sell you something on your doorstep, and more opportunities for people to poke their noses into your business. However, in the rural areas of the Treasure Valley, you are far away from the crowds, far away from the peering eyes of another, and, thankfully, too far for most salesmen and saleswomen to travel. Thus, giving you more quiet time, and more privacy.
Adding on to what we said previously, you are far away from the rest of the world when you live in a rural community. This also lowers your chances (in some cases) that your home will be burgled, damaged by careless passersby, or anything of the sort. (Remember, this is not a guarantee, rural houses get broken into all the time too).
You can have toys
For a lot of people, living in the country gives them free rein to buy all the toys they didn’t have space for before. With the added space, and subsequent laxer noise ordinances, a person could easily enjoy their dream of owning motorcycles, ATVs, and so on and so forth.
It is also great for those that like to shoot guns and bow and arrow. Now, just because you have your own land, doesn’t mean you can just shoot a gun off whenever you like. Find out all the laws surrounding shooting on your property before you do it. And make sure to read and follow any and all safety instructions before doing so.
You can have animals
Now, for you, you may not want toys, but rather animals. Whether you want them for food, fun, or industry, then living in a rural community is definitely the way to go. Most suburban and urban neighborhoods will have HOA restrictions for farm animals. However, a rural community will most likely let you keep anything you want as long as it is legal to have in the city or county you are living in.
It can be less expensive
In some cases, living in a rural community may be less expensive. This, however, is usually limited to the price of the property. Houses and acres outside of the city usually come at a lower cost since they are farther away from the convention amenities that people usually look for in a place to live. However, there are some rural communities that are more expensive than the city due to their sheer size.
Proximity to outdoor recreation
One of the other great things that a rural community offers you is the close proximity to outdoor recreation areas. If you want to go enjoy the water, usually, there will be a lake or river near to rural communities that you can get your toes wet in. Do you like go exploring? Well, a rural community will most likely be near forests, fields, and other fun places to discover for yourself. Not to mention, there is that room we talked about earlier for the ATVs or motorbikes.
Stronger Sense of Community
A lot of people have claimed that the when you live in a rural area, the sense of community is much stronger. This may not be true of all rural areas, but if that is something that is important to you then it might be worth a look.
If the main reason you are considering moving to the country is for a sense of community, then you might like living in the city here in Boise as well. In Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell, and all the other cities and towns in the Treasure Valley, have a strong sense of community. Many people have remarked that the Boise area, though home to half a million people, still has that small town charm that you usually look for in a rural community.
Lastly, there is cleanliness. For most people, living in a clean environment is a big deal. They, for health or for any other reason, want to live in a clean place, and a rural community is the place to do that. The two main things that people like to see clean in a community are 1) the air and 2) the streets.
Clean air has many great advantages, especially for your health. When the air is clean you can breathe easier and it won’t cause any problems in your lungs. However, that isn’t the only thing that people look forward to when the air is nice and clear; people also love the incredible views that they can see without smog or smoke blocking the landscape.
The clean air is thanks to a few things. The most prominent of these, however, is the lesser amount of cars that you have driving in the country. But, there can be more factories and controlled burns in the country, so, depending on the area, you may or may not be getting cleaner air in your rural neighborhood.
Now for the streets. In the city, there are large abundances of people and cars. Cars leak oil, track messes to and fro, and even get in accidents, causing more messes; people litter, don’t pay their things good enough attention to prevent them from breaking down all over the place, and drive the afore mentioned cars.
Cons: The Downside to Living in a Rural Community
Distance from city
Now, you might find this odd that the distance from the city, which was the pro from earlier, is also a con. Well the reason for this is because of the amenities that most people do like about living in or near the city. This can be things like food and entertainment: movie theaters, restaurants, concerts, games, etc.; medical facilities: hospitals, doctors, and specialists; and shopping: department stores, grocery stores, etc.
If you have friends in the city, driving long distances to see them might also be a problem with living in the country. Being so far away from your social circles will definitely put a damper on your social life as you won’t want to make the drive out of the city and you won’t want to make the drive into the city.
Internet is slower when you live in a rural community
For many people who live in rural communities, internet access is an issue. It’s not that you can’t get the internet, the real problem is that it is slow and that it may experience more problems. Now, with how our society is structured, you will most likely need some sort of internet. So, if you can live with slow connections, then living in the country won’t be that big of a problem, but if you do anything more than email and the occasional google search, (especially if you are looking for real estate) you are going to want a speedy internet connect.
To get faster internet in the country, you will want to talk to your internet service provider. They will have the best idea of what to do for your specific area. Be warned, however, it may cost you quite a bit.
Utilities cost more for people living in a rural community (sometimes)
On that note of more expensive internet, let’s talk about your other utilities. Water, sewer, trash, gas, electricity, they are all going to raise in price (most of the time) and that can be quite a toll on your wallet. But why do they raise in price? Well, for the most part, it is because the utilities will have to come from the nearest city or town. If you are close enough to a town, you can get all the utilities you might need at a fairly decent rate, however, if you are out in the middle of nowhere, then you may need to pay more for how far they have to send these utilities to you.
However, there are some places where water and sewage aren’t part of the equation. Some properties in rural communities will have their own septic tanks and wells. However, trash, electricity, and gas will most likely still need to come from a larger provider.
A quick note on bugs. You will find out quickly that, when you live in the country, you will encounter more bugs than if you lived in the city. It is just a fact of life. So, if you don’t like bugs, you will want to either reconsider living in a rural community, or do a lot of work to keep the bugs out.
So there you have it, the pros and cons of living in a rural community. Now these are not all the pros and cons; you will want to come up with your own if you are seriously considering living in a rural community. For more information about rural communities and country life in the Boise area, contact one of our great real estate agents here at the Hughes Group of Silvercreek Realty Group. Their real estate expertise and knowledge of the surrounding area make them a valuable asset for you the potential home buyer.