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Anyone moved from a condo downtown to a nice chalet/house with a lot of land in the countryside? Our work being full time remote, I’m highly considering this. It just seems to be so much more freedom and space. I’m only 23 and alone but the city is too restrictive and not fun with covid.

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I did that and there are a few things to consider. First, what type of land? If it is land that requires maintenance are you going to have the time to maintain it or the funds to pay someone to do it for you? This includes lawncare, flowers/garden, snow removal, etc. Are you okay/can you afford to hire/fix something that needs to be fixed (hot water heater, clogged pipes, furnace, roof, etc.?), because you don't have a condo maintenance man to do it for you anymore. Does the location have reliable internet? How far out are you moving? Are you going to be okay traveling xx mins/hours to get groceries or getting take out (because you may be too far out for delivery)? If things go back to normal, are you okay with having to drive back to your plot of land in the country after a night in the City with friends? It is a complete lifestyle change and while with COVID lockdown it may seem preferable, you are still young and should really consider everything that comes with it.

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My husband and I did something similar last Fall. The space and quiet is nice, at times. For the remainder of the time we're so bored and reminiscing about what a great neighborhood we used to live in. We are only 13 miles outside of the city but everything we love to do is there. I drive there to see shows, friends, etc. Luckily we rented a house before buying. We can't wait until the lease is up so we can head back to the city. The silver lining is we learned that suburban life is NOT the life for us. I'm sure we are the youngest people in our neighborhood. We are mid 30s.

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Welcome to enlightenment. On breaks from calls, I walk my property. See how things are growing. Observe the birds. It’s incredibly peaceful

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Viewing my saltwater fish tank is my version of this peace😃

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Are you not worried this would impact your dating prospects? I’ve thought about doing the same but would also like to get married one day. 😂

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I would say an hour and a half away from the city

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Chalet? Who uses this word?

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I’m from Quebec😂

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I've been fully remote for over 5 years with the occasional travel as needed, but that is rare. I have over an acre of property with a four bedroom house that abuts public watershed land in the back. Most days I can sit in my home office staring out at the woods and watch the deer, foxes, pheasants and other woodland creatures go in and out. Definitely helps me relax and gather my thoughts sometimes. There's also plenty to do around me. I'm not really a city person, even though I lived in one for years. Met my SO out here at a bar years ago and couldn't be happier.

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If that sounds amazing, just remember to keep the west wild. We’ve lost a lot of good ecosystem on the east

This was my plan before the pandemic and now I’m completely priced out of any house in the country I would like to buy.

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I moved out of the city when covid hit to be near family, and while it is nice, it’s also very lonely since work is remote. Just be mindful of that.

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I live outside the city, COVID ain’t real out here boss. Not that I feel that way, but it’s clear life is back to normal here

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Honestly the thing that keeps killing us is horrible internet connectivity. So much of what I do relies on dealing with terabytes of data that I need fiber. Otherwise we would have moved a year ago.

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Would you be able to setup a windows 10 machine on Azure or AWS with a beefed up config and then remote connect to it? That way you could have datacenter speeds to download/upload your files, while remote connecting to it with a slower connection. Parsec works great for this and has little to no latency Just a tech consultant thought:p But yeah, I don’t think you can do that’s working in a bigger firm unfortunately (if you are required to download those big files on your work computer)

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I think it's all abput your personality and what gives you pleasure. For some people, it can be super depressing if they had to live in a crowded city. You never know whitout trying it, maybe you can rent a place for a month and see what's it like 🌳

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Yeah agreed this depends so much on personality. I would be super depressed living in the country, the city is what gives me energy

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I moved up from Queens to Beacon, NY two years ago and it’s perfect - a great mix of a small town, but with the walkable city feel. People commute every day by train (it’s too long for me, personally), and this city is filled with young folks like yourself! My suggestion is to consider finding an up and coming artist community like Beacon (Monroe is growing in this direction quite a bit) that’s within a Metro North ride to the city.

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Beacon is awesome. I wish we had moved there instead of Westchester.

I did exactly that. I think that if you enjoy being outdoors and doing activities that include being outside (lake life, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, running , hiking, biking...) then moving to the country is great. I moved from a condo in Toronto to Muskoka and I'm so happy I did. Having a great job and a passion for the outdoors is key.

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I would try a chalet with Airbnb or similar for a couple of months before renting for a long time. I would keep it close enough to the city so that you can still meet people and visit the civilisation whenever you need. So, you' ll have the best of both worlds.

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This is a national trend. The only issue is when it’s time to return back

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I work in tech consulting so I can find a full remote role no problem

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Maybe my friends are different from yours but I’m not sure I know anyone in montreal who can drive, let alone figure out rallying friends together for a weekend away haha

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Yeah it’s true a lot of people here never leave the city lol. Some don’t even have a drivers license. It’s sad considering the amount of nature on the side and with Vermont and New Hampshire an hour away. Well, I usually hangout with people that like outdoorsy stuff!

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I would only consider it if I were sure I wanted to live in the countryside in the first place -- regardless of the remote-work opportunities

I want that

Am considering but more due to housing costing less outside the city (rural). But I don’t like being so far from friends and there’s no door dash 😐 Need door dash during busy season remote work. Still weighing pros/cons

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