Find some space to live in the coun­try

Leave bustling cities and towns be­hind and find your dream home, says Ann Wal­lace

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Front Page -

GET­TING away from it all to the coun­try­side is a pop­u­lar pas­time for city dwellers keen to es­cape the noise and crowds for a day or two. But many peo­ple de­cide to leave the ur­ban sprawl be­hind for good.

Set­ting up home in a ru­ral lo­ca­tion has con­sid­er­able ben­e­fits, par­tic­u­larly in Scot­land’s Cen­tral Belt where pock­ets of green are within easy reach of towns and cities.

You don’t have to buy a small es­tate, al­though coun­try man­sions and re­fur­bished farm steadings are avail­able if your bud­get al­lows.

Hous­ing op­tions are var­ied, whether you are look­ing for an home in a small mar­ket town, or have your heart set on some­thing a lit­tle big­ger.

One of the ben­e­fits of liv­ing in the coun­try­side is space – out­side, rather than in­side.

Larger gar­dens, more space be­tween neigh­bours, less pres­sure for park­ing spa­ces and room to ex­pand means in­ter­est­ing scope for de­vel­op­ing your home in the fu­ture.

Hav­ing some ex­tra land around your prop­erty could mean any­thing from be­ing able to in­stall play ar­eas for grow­ing chil­dren or deck­ing and pa­tios for the grown-ups.

It also al­lows for the pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion of the prop­erty in the fu­ture – sub­ject to the ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning con­sents.

All over Scot­land, there are ru­ral prop­erty hotspots which com­bine stun­ning scenery and ex­cel­lent ameni­ties with a va­ri­ety of leisure pur­suits, from kayak­ing and golf to hill­walk­ing and moun­tain-bik­ing.

Im­prov­ing road net­works and in­vest­ment in schools and in­fra­struc­ture are also at­tract­ing home­buy­ers to coun­try­side lo­ca­tions

But for most peo­ple, the de­ci­sion to leave the rat race be­hind and move away from bustling city cen­tres and busy sub­urbs comes down to pace of life.

Coun­try­side liv­ing of­fers home­buy­ers a more re­laxed life­style away from the city and it is also a great en­vi­ron­ment in which to bring up chil­dren.

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