Find some space to live in the country
Leave bustling cities and towns behind and find your dream home, says Ann Wallace
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.