The grass is greener on the other side (outside the city)
When looking for an apartment to rent or house to buy, most people want places in the city or as close to it as possible.
Well, they want to be close to where they work and have a shorter commute. The thing is, there are many benefits of living far from the city centre that you may be overlooking in your search for a home. Here are 7 of them that may convince you to expand your horizons.
- It’s cheaper
Because of high demand, rent, land, and housing prices in cities like Dar es Salaam and Arusha are pretty expensive. And the closer you get to the city, the more you have to pay. In short, you can save a lot of money if you move away from the city centre.
- You get more space
In addition to cheaper costs of housing, you get more value for your money when you live outside of town. You may find that you can rent an entire house with a backyard and parking space in a place outside of Dar es Salaam city centre like Pugu, for half the cost of renting a 2 bedroom apartment in Mikocheni.
- You enjoy your privacy
Instead of sharing a wall with your neighbour and being able to hear all their conversations, living further away from town, can afford you a place that gives you some distance and privacy. You can take it to the next level and even purchase farmland that gives you extra space (this all depends on your budget).
- You benefit from a slower-paced life
City life can get overwhelming. Everyone is always rushing somewhere, the cost of living is high, and the pressure to ‘be somebody’ is everywhere. When you move further away from the city centre, not only do you cut your costs of living, but you also remove yourself from the high-pressure mentality. You give yourself an opportunity to enjoy the little things in life like conversations with neighbours, the environment, and just being alive.
- You set foundations for the future
Instead of spending so much of your money on rent in the city, you can invest in a piece of land outside the city that will benefit you for years to come. And even if you are not in the position to buy land, it’s easier for you to save for it if you spend less money on rent, living far away from the city. All in all, searching for property or land outside the city centre can help you start to gain long-term assets for yourself and your family.
Think long-term when looking for housing
Even if you are looking for a simple apartment to rent, consider your long-term happiness. For instance, while an easy commute to work may be ideal, does having a big backyard with few neighbours bring you peace? Do you get frustrated by the hustle and bustle of city life and consistently desire to get away? If so, then finding a place to live on the outskirts of the city may be the remedy you seek.