Choosing Rural Real Estate Instead

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 10:00am.

Living in the country is a dream that many people share. Whether you simply like the idea of space and fresh air, or you have aspirations of running an acreage, owning animals and living off the land – it’s an idealistic life that many strive for. In Alberta rural real estate can mean a mobile home on 5 acres, or a modern mansion on 100 acres, and the price ranges are just as variable. Depending on what exactly you plan to do with the land and how much work you are willing to put into your dream, a true country life is very attainable.
But being a farmer isn’t everyone’s idea of ‘living in the country,’ right? Right. Lots of people simply want to seek out smaller rural communities where they still have convenient access to certain amenities, like grocery stores, and settle in. These small communities offer a certain sense of safety, but are far enough away from major cities that despite having neighbours, you still feel removed from it all. In and around Edmonton, there are several communities just like this. Bon Accord, Legal, Red Water, Gibbons and Beaumont, to name a few, are all within an hour of Edmonton but surrounded by open fields and country roads. If this is your idea of rural real estate, there is a lot of it available and its proximity to the city means that you can still have reasonable access to luxuries like major shopping centres, or important healthcare options, such as hospitals.
Rural real estate is also a great alternative to city living because in many cases it’s more affordable. You tend to get more bang for your buck the further from the city you live, which I an important consideration for first time buyers. Rural real estate offers a way for those on a tighter budget to get into the market without sacrificing too much – other than commute time.

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