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Urban Suburban or Rural Living

Updated on October 15, 2016
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Elsie is a kiwi living in New Zealand, enjoys sharing articles of her country. Land of the long white cloud. First country to see a new day.

Healthy Family Living - Urban Suburban or Rural Living

If you live in the urban areas and are considering renting a farm house or living in the outer skirts of a busy town (Suburban area} lifestyle farms, or even buying a small farm-let to build a house, bring up a family or retire, there are some points to take into consideration when thinking of moving to the countryside (rural area) especially if you have never lived anywhere other than the urban area.

First, Do you know the difference between Urban, Suburban, & Rural

Tips for Urban Dwellers moving to the Suburban or Rural area for the first time


Unless you're close enough to town to share its water supply, be careful how you use water in the summertime, your water tank can run out very quickly, then you will need to pay for water delivery which isn't cheap.

You'll also probably be responsible for your own refuse, recycling and sewerage, (emptying the septic tank).

If you need a tradesman it's not cheap, you pay for how many hours the job takes to do, also mileage and any component used to do the work.

Simple little things can frustrate "townies" no milk for breakfast you just can't pop down to the dairy, grocery planning is a must do every week, write a list as you use the last of the product so you can stock up when next in town.

School buses not always available from your gateway, (needing to travel before your children get on the bus) sometimes like leaving home by 7.00 am which is hard in the winter to get your child out of bed and moving.

Paper and mail deliveries not every day of the week.

Virtual Tour of Bryant Family Suburban Farm

Cottage in the Countryside

Have you ever consider living in the Country?

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Small Lifestyle Farm - A glimpse of a couple's life and their struggles to keep a farm running.

More questions to consider

The Isolation

Hospitals - are you a long way away from healthcare for your family?

If you have a house fire, you may lose it before any engine arrives to put it out.

Earning or making a living is the most difficult aspect of living in the country, working away from home is expensive, car and fuel costs are very high and in most cases you can't carpool to lower the costs.

Most neighbors are very friendly and would give you the shirt off their back if you asked for it, also they would leave you alone if you indicate that's what you want, and they won't be offended. They may also want to be left alone.

Just learn to live with your neighbors, if there is an emergency they will anyways be willing to help.

If living in the country is your heart's desire well go for it, the rewards can be way beyond any definition in words and gives your life enriched meaning not found in any other lifestyle.

Is country living dangerous?

Yes, there's the quad, tractor, chain saws and even some animal, (like a bull), can all be dangerous if not treated with respect.

Rural roads are not roads to speed on, you never know what's around the corner, slips, tree across the road, animals crossing the road, be prepared to stop quickly for anything even a tree fallen across the road.

Having a farmlet can be a very rewarding life style A Small Scale Integrated Livestock Farm

Extra Points to think about - Living in the Country

Could you adapt to the rural lifestyle?

Do you think you could stand the smells of silage and animal manure?

In some areas, no cell phone coverage, (teens don't like not being able to text their friends).

Internet providers are more expenses.

Noisy farm bikes getting the cows in at 5 am for milking.

The sound of milking machines going seven days a week in the early hours of the morning.

Yelling cows calling their calves, noisy calves needing a feed, (that is mainly in the Spring but on some farms Autumn calving well).

Milk tankers picking up the milk anytime of the night.

The answer to the above questions is to buy a piece of land away from a milking area.

If your Children like animals they would love life on a farm

Sheep with lambs in a green field.
Sheep with lambs in a green field.

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Doesn't that picture look beautiful? Living on the land.

My husband and I have lived on a farm all our life, as the years go by there are getting less humans living in the rural area, there are many things that those born these days could not stand if they have been used of living in town.

Even my family would not live where we live it is a long way from the comfits of the rural area, the isolation would be hard for the young to get used to.

Love you to leave a comment on your thought's about country living.

© 2015 Elsie Hagley


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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Stacie L: My husband and I have lived in the rural area all our life.

      In March my husband and I are semi-retiring, we have brought a house in town, about 30 kms away, but will still have our beef farm, so we will be travelling backwards and forward looking after stock etc. My husband is nearly 79 so we are slowing heading for retirement. It will be interesting living in town, will see how we cope with it.

      Thanks for commenting, all the best for 2016.

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      Stacie L 2 years ago

      This struck a cord with me; I have lived in suburban and rural locations and I honestly like both. It's a good life if one can take time living in both at different times of the year. The suburban has lots to offer and the rural has peace of mind and tranquility.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Ashley for visiting.

      I hope you do get the chance the move your family to the country.

      The main reason if there is no cell phone coverage, is teenagers, if they have been used to it, you will find they can't cope without it.

      I have had my grandchildren staying over the years, they are completely lost and don't know what to do with those clicking fingers.

      Happy days, with kind thought's and blessings for the future with your family, whether it's farm life or urban living.

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      Ashly Christen 2 years ago from Illinois

      looks like alot of helpful information here elise! I will have to take all of this into consideration. I would like to take my kids and move to the country, but sometimes I wonder if they could all handle it, and all it entails. I would love to live off the land and be self sufficient, but sometimes that is easier said than done. thank you for sharing this! much love @ashlychristen

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Mel Carriere: Farming is an interesting life. My parents were on a farm let there was always work waiting to be done, I swore I would never marry a farmer, but I did and yes, there is work to be done every day, no days off.

      At least living in town you do get the weekend off and can plan for a holiday, so as much as it's a nice thought farming you most likely will be happier in the city.

      You can see today I wish I was living in the city, it's been a day I could do without on the farm. Calving time on a beef farm, cows stuck in the mud.

      Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I wouldn't mind living on a farm, but my wife is a dedicated city gal and I don't think I could drag her with me. Sounds like a satisfying life. Great hub!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Nadine May: You have added some very interesting points about the way you are farming your land, it will give others reading this, more ideas about living in the rural or suburban area.

      Yes age does count, we have no family living near us now and being in our seventies does make times a little hard especially in the winter feeding over a hundred cows outside in the pouring rain.

      Thanks for commenting, blessings and happy days to you from me.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Nice post and I feel that most people who do live far away on a farm or far away from any city of village are brought up in that environment. I was brought up in a city but today I live on the outskirts of Cape Town, but still close enough for couriers to pix up our books now and then. Not everybody who work for themselves but still need a physical passing trade can settle in a rural area. The older you get that is also an factor to consider, unless people live with their younger family members. We aim to develop our property into a kind of community where several people can live by paying minimal rent, or contribute to the upkeep of our sloping garden and our establishing plant nursery.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Ilonagarden: Did you find it very hard to adjust to the country after living in the urban area.

      I know you are a great gardener, were you doing that before you came to live in the country?

      Hoping to get ideas about living in the country that could be helpful for other readers thinking of making the move.

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      Ilona E 2 years ago from Ohio

      I moved from the city to a few acres in the country. I like the life, but even taking care of a small acreage is hard work, and I am less physically able to keep up with it.

      There is always a challenge to adjust to living wherever you choose, but I like the idea of staying in the country and just lowering my expectations of how things look and how much work I can do... Retiring does sound good!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      billbuc: You are right about age and acreage, but if you have farmed all your life you will think nothing about all the extra work.

      At the age of seventy-five I would like to downgrade to a quarter-acre section and semi-retire.

      Blessings to you, I enjoy your writing, your are consent reminder about keeping the brain working.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for a look at your country life. I want acreage, but I also know how much work it would involve, and at 66 I'm not sure how much more work I want to take on. Our quarter-acre keeps me quite busy already. :)