The impact of today’s coronavirus pandemic has changed the way a lot of people choose to live and work.

And for those fortunate enough to own a cottage, many have chosen to swap city life, for life in the country!

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So, if you’re an existing cottager contemplating a fulltime move to your cottage, or you’re thinking about buying a cottage so you can escape city life, we’ve listed some motivating ideas to understand why living at the cottage can be great.

Let’s get into it!

Why Living At The Cottage Can Be Great

Reduce Stress & Toss The Prozac!  

Do you know that feeling you get when you’ve crossed the city boundary and you’re suddenly surrounded by the peace and tranquility of life in the country? Suddenly you breathe a little deeper, and you start to notice your surroundings. Feels good, right?

Well, imagine that feeling every day when you awake at the cottage. Wouldn’t your stress level be dialed down to a whole new level?

Just imagine the tranquil serenity of enjoying your morning coffee on the dock at sunrise as a raft of duck’s drift by.

Or sunsets from your favorite clearing in the forest.

It’s rinse-and-repeat moments like this that make every day so special at the cottage.

After all, escaping to the country is all about taking life down a notch or two and putting perspective back in life.

So yes, stress reduction by cottage living sure beats a doctor’s prescription any day of the week!   

Modern Amenities in A Rustic Environment

In today’s cottage environment, if you can find a good contractor to build or renovate your cottage, you’ve struck gold!

Today’s cottage owners don’t want to hear about having to use an outhouse, or lack of electricity, or (don’t even say it) no internet! That’s right, today’s cottages are going through a transition from rustic cabins in the woods, to rustic homes in the woods with modern amenities.

That’s why contractors can’t keep up with the demand.

So, if you’re shopping for a cottage getaway that you can call home, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover many of the creature comforts you’re accustomed to at home. You no longer need to choose between roughing it in the country, and country comfort. Many of today’s updated cottages are fully equipped and move-in ready.

But if not, start your hunt early to find a good contractor!    

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Cottages Offer More Living Space

In the aftermath of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, many families – after spending months together confined under the same roof – decided that they needed more living space.

Understanding that additional space in the big cities and suburbs comes with a hefty price tag, many cottage owners rediscovered just how roomy their cottages were.

Why make a move to an expensive, larger home in the city when the cottage is just a commute away? That’s how you get more space and put money in your pocket!

Cottages Are More Affordable Than City Homes

Unfortunately, the days of finding a cheap cottage or country home located within a reasonable distance from the city are far and few between.

However, when comparing cottage prices to homes in most cities, the median average price of a cottage is well below that of a home in the city. This is especially true for non-waterfront properties as waterfront properties sell at a significant premium.

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Also, the overall cost of living in the country is typically lower that the city. For example, some auto insurance companies offer lower rates to their rural customers. Plus, having fewer local shopping malls and Starbucks around every corner tends to cut down on impulse purchases. But don’t expect lower food costs as delivery and fewer retail choices tend to elevate food costs.

Many first-time homebuyers are facing a housing affordability crisis, with many losing hope of achieving homeownership, whether in the cities or the suburbs. And although cottage prices are far from cheap, they do offer many first-time buyers an opportunity to get in the market.

More good news for prospective buyers and existing cottage owners; the prospect for cottage prices going down is unlikely to happen anytime soon as cottage prices are forecasted to continue climbing.

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Cottages Offer A Simplified Lifestyle

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of city life, the cottage life may be just what you’re looking for. But don’t worry, you can always come back for visits!

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Life in the country is a simpler lifestyle. While many people feel a sense of freedom and utopia living in the country, it’s not for everyone. Particularly for younger people used to all the amenity’s city life offers.

If you already own a cottage, you probably have a pretty good sense of what it would be like to live at the cottage fulltime. But if in doubt, why not test the waters before you make the commitment?

You could likely rent your home for a lot of money and get paid to test cottage living!   

Cottage Life Offers A Sense of Community

If you’re looking for a sense of community, small town life is where you’re likely to find it. In fact, just ask someone from a small town why they like their town so much and I’ll bet you country pies to donuts they’ll mention the sense of warmth and community they get from living in their small town.

Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people and make us feel safe and secure.

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It’s important for everyone to have a sense of community life. And life at the cottage may be just the ticket you and your family are looking for to get that community vibe!

Cottages Make Great Vacation Homes

Okay, so you’re not quite ready to make the fulltime jump into cottage life. That’s okay, because like most things in life, there are options!

Traditional cottage ownership has always been based on the cottage being a vacation home on the lake, or in the country. A place to take the kids in the summertime and weekend getaways when the spirit calls.

But as we know, cottages require upkeep. And upkeep comes with a price. Especially if the cottage owner isn’t overly handy – or inclined.

However, if you haven’t gone online to check out what cottages rent for, you may be in for a BIG sticker shock. Cottages rent for big bucks, with many renting for several thousands of dollars per week!   

As such, the costs associated with cottage ownership can often be more than offset by today’s high rental prices and demand.

This means as a cottage owner you may be able to have your cake and eat it too!

Cottages Bring Family & Friends Together

There is a humorous saying that can be found on wood planks inside many cottages that says You Never Know How Many Friends You Have Until You Have A Cottage!

This is obviously intended in good fun, but it does underscore a simple truth; cottages are like magnets for bringing friends together.

And the same can be said about families. If you want to bring your family together for a summer weekend, cottages tend to be the drawing card that can make it happen.

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After all, who doesn’t like to sit around a bonfire roasting marshmallows, or even better – S’MORES!

That’s right, say hello to those empty calories and pass the bag!

Bringing friends and family together is just one more reason why people enjoy Today’s Cottage Living!

Thank you for sharing your time with us at Today’s Cottage Living!

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Greg Jones

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