When it comes to weighing out the differences between living in the city, the suburbs or the country, it can be difficult to choose which area to call home. None of these choices are objectively better or worse than the others, but they’re all very distinct. If you’re on the fence about where to live, this guide will lay out some of the differences between these living situations in order to help you make an informed decision.
Living in an apartment in the city usually means more convenience and less maintenance. Typically, renters are not required to mow the lawn or clear snow from sidewalks. Apartments are usually maintained by a property management company with a 24 hour emergency maintenance crew who will fix anything from a burst pipe to changing the smoke detector.
If you live outside the city, most of this maintenance work will fall on you. On the other hand, you get the joy of having a big lawn, garden, or patio to enjoy that is private to you. Plus, you can do home repairs on a timeline that works best with your schedule.
Perhaps the biggest difference between choosing to live in the city or the suburbs is the commute time. If your office is located in the city center, you probably won’t be spending most of the morning on the freeway. There are more options for transportation in the city and even if you have to venture to another area, you can get there quickly via public transit or on foot.
When you rent a home in the city, it may come with some extra amenities you wouldn’t otherwise get in the country. For example, CLV Group’s Stoney Creek Towers in Hamilton comes with the added perks of an on-site pool, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour emergency service, among others.
Calling the suburbs home may require you to join an offsite fitness center or community pool rather than having those amenities at arm’s length. Still, you may have more space in your home in which you could put a home gym or laundry machines, however they will just cost you extra.
Proximity to Local Businesses
People choose city dwelling for its close proximity to night-life, restaurants, museums and more. The ease of being able to walk a few short blocks to the park, a doctor’s office or even a friend’s house has its perks.
However, living further away from the hustle and bustle of the city means having a more spacious, open area to call home — one that isn’t cluttered with noise, cars, and people 24 hours a day.
It doesn’t matter if you think you’re more suited to urban, suburban, or rural living. It’s about finding the perfect balance among the lifestyle that you do choose.