Small Town Living – Part 1:

Still living in the big city?  Ever wonder why………..?


For the vast majority of big city dwellers living in the city is a necessity.  The job, the schools and the social activities are all there, just to name a few.  But for lots of people, those reasons are become less critical.  Many people can and do work from home.  The kids are older and either finished school or close to it and the social life is less frantic than when they were younger.


As a result, smaller towns within easy driving distance of the city are suddenly looking more and more attractive.  There are many smaller cities and towns that are within easy driving distance to Calgary that can offer everything you need without much of the headaches that go hand in hand with the big city.  Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere, Cochrane and Strathmore immediately come to mind.


There are also some wonderful smaller communities that are just a few more minutes’ drive away.  Crossfield, Carstairs, Didsbury to the north, Turner Valley, Black Diamond to the south.

Here are just a few of the reasons many people are looking at leaving the chaos of the city for a more quiet, intimate lifestyle in a smaller community.

  1. Traffic.  Or, lack of it.  Depending on the size of the community traffic can become a non-event.  Four cars at a four way stop is considered “rush hour”.  Going to the grocery store is a piece of cake.  And, speaking of cake, the local bakery is amazing. 
  2. Parking.  There is always parking at the post office or the grocery store.  And they know your name when you walk in.
  3. Community.  I mentioned the cashier at the grocery store knows your name right?  Well, you may not have the town over for dinner but they are willing to help, whether it is an emergency or you just need a cup of sugar. Everyone knows where you live, how many kids you have and what kind of car you drive.
  4. Quiet time……… all the time.  Go ahead.  Open your window or go out on the deck/balcony at 2:00 am in the city.  There is a hum that is non-stop.  24 hours a day.  Not so in a small town.  It is sooooo quiet.
  5. Crime.  Small town crime is 50 to 80% less according to some studies.  And violent crime is even less yet.  Everyone looks out for each other and things that are common in the city (panhandling, rude behaviour etc.) are simply not tolerated in a small town.
  6. The Air.  I know you know this but it is worth mentioning anyway.  The air in the city can be a little, well, less than ideal.  The air in a small town really is a “breath of fresh air”.
  7. Stars.  No not the Hollywood type, the real ones.  In the sky.  There is nothing quite like a clear sky at night without the light pollution of the city.  Simply breathtaking.

So, if you have ever thought about small town living, maybe now is the time to look at it again and consider it more seriously.  If you need to go to the office very day, this may be the lifestyle change you have been looking for and really need.

If you are thinking about it, or have questions, please give me a call at (403) 253-7326.

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