Have you ever imagined what life would be like if you lived somewhere else? I have lived in the Chicago suburbs for most of my life but dream of living in California by the ocean one day. My husband, on the other hand, would prefer a ranch in the country over the warm, ocean breeze. I decided to have an open mind and consider country living and there are definetely perks as my blog partner shares in the guest post below.
Most people flock to the cities for work or to seek job opportunities. But now that working from home has become the norm, more than 23 million Americans are planning to move away from big cities for their family’s health and wellbeing. As families are seeking less crowded places to plant their roots, living near nature has become more appealing than ever before, which is why so many are choosing to live in the countryside, near the beach, or on a ranch. Ranch living, in particular, can be great for families with children, as not only can it benefit everyone’s wellbeing, but it also encourages a healthier lifestyle. Here are all the reasons why living on a ranch can be good for you and your family.
More space for your home and family activities
Urban living often means not having enough space to properly raise a family: the average city apartment size ranges from 674 to 976 square feet, depending on which US city you’re living in. Compared to these cramped spaces, ranch living allows you to live comfortably: custom ranch homes are built, usually over one story, with families in mind. Moreover, living in a ranch enables you to have access to acres of land on which you can do various activities as a family. You can have picnics in your property, or fly kites with the kids. You can also play sports such as volleyball, baseball or badminton, or just spend time playing old-fashioned games such as tag or hide-and-seek.
You can grow your own food
Having all that land means that you have the opportunity to grow your own food and teach your children about good nutrition. You can plant vegetables and fruit-bearing trees together, or even raise chickens and ducks for eggs. Any surplus produce or eggs can be sold in your community, enabling you to get an additional source of income.
It allows you to reconnect with nature
Studies have shown that being exposed to nature can have a positive effect on physical and mental health. Living on a ranch allows you and your loved ones to wake up to gorgeous views of naturescapes everyday. Also, you get to interact with wildlife within the area, and this allows you to teach your children about animal life and conservation as they get up close and personal with ducks, geese, squirrels, horses, and other creatures.
Living on a ranch can benefit your family’s wellbeing. Consider ranch living if you want a healthier lifestyle, and look forward to raising happy and healthy kids in a natural environment.