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    Default Moving to the country

    We are thinking about it.. Mostly for financial reasons.. We cannot afford to buy where we are now... But could buy something really nice in a country town.
    We both grew up in the suburbs so it would be a change..

    Who has made the move?
    What were your reasons for the move?
    What were your challenges?
    Do you think you made the right decision or Do you regret it?
    Anything else you want to add! I'm just keen to hear from those who have done it!

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    We did it 18 months ago. It has been the best decision we have made. We were renting a tiny house in the city and never could have bought in the same area. We now own a huge home in the country on 2 acres. The kids have so much space and have already made fantastic friends (as have my DH and I). We moved for the kids, both DH and I grew up in country towns (the town we moved to was where he grew up) and we wanted the same for our children. They love it!

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    Who has made the move? We did
    What were your reasons for the move? Move out of the sydney ratrace. Wanted a better lifestyle for the kids
    What were your challenges? Finding work especially for dh
    Do you think you made the right decision or Do you regret it? Definetly right decision. We have much less financial pressure
    Anything else you want to add! I'm just keen to hear from those who have done it![/QUOTE]



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    Ahhh this is my fantasy... The main thing stopping us is employment opportunities.

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    Oh thanks so much for sharig. This is exactly what I want to hear! Keep them coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkey&&me View Post
    We are thinking about it.. Mostly for financial reasons.. We cannot afford to buy where we are now... But could buy something really nice in a country town.
    We both grew up in the suburbs so it would be a change..

    Who has made the move?
    What were your reasons for the move?
    What were your challenges?
    Do you think you made the right decision or Do you regret it?
    Anything else you want to add! I'm just keen to hear from those who have done it!
    DH and I went country about 8 1/2 years ago due to work (had a deal to gain permanency by starting our careers in a country town). Challenges were mainly due to being isolated from family and having to make new friends, although you'd have that if you moved any reasonable distance from home. The phone soon fixed that anyway, but it probably took us a good year to establish ourselves and new friendships. The other thing is just that everything isn't as readily available as in the city, particularly in terms of things you can buy in the shops. We don't have the variety, and there are some shops we just don't have. You either learn to go without some things, or you wait until your next trip into the city.

    We love living where we are. We have bought a property with 14 acres, 2 storey and just so relaxing to come home to. Would probably have to pay double for the same thing near the city. We are never moving back to the city

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    Who has made the move?
    My DH and I did it about 3.5 years ago at the age of about 27. We rented in the city for years and are now buying 20 acres in the country. We are located in the middle of farming land, about 20kms out of town.

    What were your reasons for the move?
    We both dreamed of living in the country, even though I had been a city kid my whole life. We liked the idea of taking the plunge before we had kids of our own. Now that I am pregnant with my first, I can't wait to raise our child in the country and can see so many positives about the rural lifestyle.

    What were (IS) your challenges?
    Employment for DH. We both had stable, secure jobs when we were in the city. Now I am self employed and my income is variable, and DH has struggled to find full time work in the area.

    I also find it really interesting that people are so concerned with what others get up to! Everyone out here loves to know everyone else's business, and coming from a city, I really just couldn't care less what joe blow down the road had for dinner... but people still feel compelled to tell us! It's hard to stay away from gossip!

    Do you think you made the right decision or Do you regret it?
    Even though we have had (are having) financial struggles, we do not regret our decision to move. We absolutely love it here. Now it is just a matter of finding that job for DH, and then it will all be perfect....

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    When I split from my ex, I knew I wanted to move to the country, and ended up in a 5br villa on 25 acres. I'm 20 minutes from one town, and 30 minutes in the other direction to the next one.

    I grew up on 20 acres and wanted to give my boys the same childhood involving animals and bush.

    We have cows and a pony and heaps of space for the boys to be LOUD without bothering the neighbours.

    This country school is tops, there are only 57 pupils and 3 teachers, but the teachers know the kids so well, they really are nurtured pretty much individually.

    I am very close with one neighbour in particular, she gives me advice about cows (20+) years experience and I help her out with storing hay etc, and we halp each other moving cattle, I help her with looking after her grandson sometimes etc.

    I know probably TOO much about everyone in the district, as yes people gossip, but 99% of the time it is well meaning, and we all tend to band together to help each other out if anyone needs it.

    For example, a South African couple has just moved in, and I haven't been to see them yet, i've had 2 neighbours say 'go and visit' as the wife is finding it lonely. Must get onto that!

    Some people can be a bit painful, but you get to know quickly who they are, and soon put a stop to their nasty gossip or whatever by changing the subject!!

    Definitely was a great move.

    I do find maintaining the fences of 25 acres quite a challenge with not much money, and old existing fences.

    We are kind of inland, so takes probably a good 45min to the beach (a HUGE hike in NZ!) lol, the shopping at the nearest town is limited, but 1/2 hour away is a big town, so that's fine.

    All in all raising kids in the country is much more to my liking than in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CitrusRain View Post
    Adding to my previous post, I think the key to country life is throwing yourself into the community lifestyle. Both DH and I volunteer and are doing charity events which is great for socialisation but also for getting to know what's what in town. Our 1 and 3yo are in playgroup, story time and the local library and music classes so we've met a lot of other young families that way. Social and professional networking seems pretty important out here. I've found a lot of work just by talking to people.
    You are so right there, I am not great at this, and need to get 'out there' a bit more. I'm pretty shy until I know people well.


 

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