We’ve done projects in the suburbs involving beautiful homes on vast amount land and we decorated small boutique condos in the heart of the downtown core. Which one we prefer? It is a common dilemma – city life or travel to the outskirts?
I saw an advertisement for the Canadian-made HGTV show, Urban Suburban (which 2nd season airs this fall), which is based around this conflict. When you’re about to build a home or thinking of moving and there is much debate about whether to live in an urban center or the suburbs. The problem is that there are so many arguments on both sides of the debate that you’re finding it hard to make up your mind.
- Living in an urban center can be great if you enjoy the hustle and bustle.
- You’re close to where the action is and lots of amenities.
- On the other hand, the busy, dangerous streets and the absence of gardens and yards
- Less chances for your kids to spend quality time outside with minimal supervision.
- More room for your home and more greenery
- Neighbourhoods are quitter and less crowded.
- Living means being far away from all the action in the city: the theaters, bars, clubs, restaurants, galleries and shops.
- Each outing to one of these places is an excursion, taking time and effort.
- The suburbs also often require a longer commutes.
Consider these pros and cons, and decide what your priorities are in determining which location you want to call “home.”