As more and more people leave the big smoke behind for a more relaxed lifestyle in a small town, our burgeoning regional areas are gaining traction. If moving to regional Australia is on the horizon for you and your family, now could be the perfect time to hit the road and embrace the tranquil countryside.  

Here are the top five reasons why country towns will be booming in the 20s.
 
A man feeding goats on his regional Australia new home property.

Work from home

2020 has changed the way we do things, and that includes the way we work. Working from home is the new norm – with many businesses stating they’ll allow their team to work from home in a post-COVID world, or at least on a part-time basis. That means you’ll spend less time driving to and from work, and a long commute will no longer be an issue.

Working from home makes your county living dreams more viable. You don’t have to spend hours in the car each day – you can simply roll out of bed, admire the beautiful surroundings on your doorstep and start your working day from the comfort of your new regional home. Even if you’ve agreed to work in the office a couple of days a week, heading into the city and facing the traffic for two days is much more bearable than a tiresome five-day commute.

Even rural towns can have reliable internet connections nowadays, so you don't need to worry about being unable to stay connected. 

Metricon has also placed a greater focus on building homes with offices and study nooks since coronavirus came along – learn more about setting up the perfect workspace here.
 
Someone working from home on a Zoom meeting due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Affordable

It’s no secret that buying or building a home in the country can be a more affordable option than combatting the high entry costs in the city suburbs. It’s also likely that you’ll be able to afford a bigger block and more spacious home when you build in a regional area. So, if residing in a shoebox apartment in the big city isn’t cutting the mustard, then it may be a sign to embrace a more idyllic and affordable lifestyle in a rural location.

Tighter lending restrictions are also seeing more people look to regional Australia as it can offer a more accessible price point. Growth areas, such as regional towns can create a more favourable outcome when it comes to the bank valuation – and these homes are more likely to develop equity quickly, so buyers have a higher chance of having their finance approved.
 
A piggy bank to indicate how affordable it is to buy a home in regional Australia.

Great amenities

While regional locations have been previously stereotyped as ‘one-pub towns’ – we’re here to put this myth to bed. These growing communities are home to some of Australia’s best amenities, from flourishing restaurants and cafes to newly-improved roads, streamlined public transport systems and schools with smaller class sizes.

If a move to a regional location is on the cards for you, book a weekend getaway where you can experience the fresh food, nature and vibrant community for yourself. We're certain that after experiencing country living for a weekend you'll be considering ditching city life!

A relaxing cafe showcasing the best of country life.
Pouring a wine in a restaurant - country life has plenty of great produce.

Peace and quiet

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city suburbs, then relocating to the country may be the haven you’ve been searching for. If you’re asking, ‘how’s the serenity?’, we’re here to tell you it’s great.

With fresher air, less noise pollution and nature on your doorstep, the peak hour traffic, blaring sirens and frequent rumbling trains will be a distant memory. Breaking away from the city and reconnecting with nature can also improve your physical and mental health! A tree change might give you the fresh air and open space you've always been dreaming of.
 

Welcoming communities

One of the best aspects of moving to the country is the close-knit communities you become apart of. Forget the clichés of country-folk running ‘city-dwellers’ out of town with pitchforks - the people who live in regional Australia are ready to welcome you with open arms. With an array of groups and activities on offer, these towns are often actively looking for more members. No matter your interests, it’s likely that you’ll find a group of like-minded enthusiasts in each region – whether it’s sports, arts, gaming, culture, crafts, hiking, food or any other hobbies you have.

Living in the city can feel isolating at times, so moving to the country is a great opportunity for a fresh start and meet new friends. While you might be leaving loved ones behind, you'll find that your social life doesn't have to suffer because of your new postcode. In fact, it's more likely that friends and family will be begging to come and visit so that they can escape the bustle of city life and enjoy all that rural areas have to offer for a weekend. 

A table of welcoming rural Australian's who are happy to have city-dwellers come to stay.
 
If you want to get ahead of the curve, start planning your big move to Regional Australia, click here find display homes near you. You can also browse our home designs to find your dream home.

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Metricon can assist you in building a new home across many Australian states, including Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Queensland. That allows you to escape major capital cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.