When you see the pictures in those country magazines of
sprawling open spaces and welcoming front porches with boots resting by
the door, you can’t help but wonder “is the farm lifestyle for me?” If
you’re craving a change of pace from the hustle of the city, here are
some things to consider before trading in concrete and glass for Riverside County
greenspace and crickets.
Pros of the Farm/Ranch Lifestyle
Peace and quiet. You can enjoy a quiet morning on your porch swing
without people constantly walking by and staring at you. Keep the
curtains wide open because there’s no one walking by to check you out.
No one will tell you to turn your music down late at night, and the
sound of your neighbor’s clunky shoes at 6am will quickly become a thing
of the past. When you’re falling asleep to the sounds of crickets and
bullfrogs, you won’t miss the sounds of sirens and car alarms.
Wallet-friendly. Your real estate dollar stretches further in areas
like Lake Mathews and Corona, so you’ll have more square footage of home space
and acreage than you will in most city suburbs.
The Milky Way. Take a drive away from the bright lights of the city,
look up—and prepare to be rendered speechless. Without the glare of the
urban light noise in the city, you’ll be able to look up at the sky and
easily identify Orion’s belt and the Milky Way Galaxy.
Fido can have freedom to roam. Instead of having to keep your dog off
the neighbor’s lawn and generally on a short lead (or worse, searching
for a patch of grass for your dog to relieve itself), you can drop the
leash and let them enjoy some freedom!
Space to grow your own food. Becoming a true locavore and growing
food from your own garden will pay off in years to come. Your family can
also benefit from subsequent life lessons—you can even avoid the
complicated zoning regulations associated with raising backyard
chickens, ducks, or rabbits—and if you have enough space, you can raise
cows, pigs, and goats.
Less stress. Many race to escape the crowd of the cities and suburbs
for long weekends and short vacations, but residing on a farm or ranch
affords you enjoyable peace and tranquility
every day. The
benefits of decreased stress and a natural Riverside County environment can not
only cut back your vacation expenditures, but it’ll also positively
affect your health in the long-run.
Cons of the Farm/Ranch Lifestyle
Medical care. In the event of an emergency, your hospital may be
further away than it was in the city. Make sure you have a plan and know
in advance where medical care providers are.
Culture. In the city, you have access to museums, opera, theater, and
a variety of cultural events and celebrations. If you’re living on a
farm or ranch, you may still have these items, but will likely require a
drive and some advance planning.
You’ll need to plan ahead. If you run out of milk and eggs on a
Sunday morning, the resolution isn’t as simple as walking to the store.
You’ll need to make sure your home is stocked with all the necessities
or go without until your next scheduled trip to the store.
Infrastructure. Depending on your area, you may be limited with
slower internet speed and the cost to upgrade might be unreasonable. In
the event of a storm, compromised power lines may also take longer to
repair than what you’re used to in more urban areas. Similar increases
in wait-time might also come into play for repairs on crucial appliances
like your furnace; be prepared to schedule regular maintenance to avoid
unexpected repairs and anticipate delays up to a week in some cases.
Limited roadways and infrastructure can also become a complete
inconvenience when you just want to order pizza and can’t find a
pizzeria that delivers to your zip code.
New expenses. True, you won’t have to worry about dropping $200 a
month for a monthly parking space in the city, but you’ll likely be
driving longer distances; consider your increased fuel costs and if
you’ll need a different type of vehicle to live in your rural area.
Still not sure if you’re a good fit for the Riverside County farm/ranch lifestyle? Reach out to your local realty expert for one-on-one advice and to hear about your other residential options.