Linda Grissette | St. Charles Real Estate, St. Peters Real Estate, O’Fallon Real Estate

Peace and quiet are hallmarks of country home living. It's hard to find those two benefits on an ongoing basis if you own a house in the city. Shortest distances between city homes makes it hard to avoid honking horns, barking dogs, stray cats and loud music.

Neighbors, pedestrians and busy government employees and business workers are also hard to avoid if you live in the city. Live in cities like Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and you may see people riding bikes, hopping on and off trains and shouting and waving as they hail taxis.

Country home living can be entrapping

It certainly won't be quiet. In fact, the closer you live to the heart of a major metropolis, the more noise you are likely to have embedded in your life. With situations like these, you could make new friends by simply changing the way that you think and deciding to visit a mall, join a social or literary club or start participating in local sporting events.

Country home living can make it hard to get out and connect with people. If you have a history of avoiding human communications and interactions, country home living could serve as a pathway to social isolation, the type of social isolation that could lead to boredom and depression.

Because humans are social, too much isolation could eventually cause more than boredom and depression. Your mental and your physical health could suffer in other ways. Relationships could also weaken or end completely.

As a lover of peace and quiet, including quiet from frequent human interactions, to thrive as a healthy, social being, you're going to have to take action. Planning social events is also key. Here are other ways to avoid getting isolated and instead enjoy healthy social country home living:

  • Invite family and friends to visit you (don't assume that people won't want to stop by because they'll have to drive several miles to reach your country home)
  • Grocery shop in the city once a week
  • Attend one social event sponsored by your employer or a social group that you belong to at least once a month
  • Pick up the telephone and call friends and relatives instead of limiting communications to social media
  • Join a social group and attend in-person networking and entertainment events
  • Catch your favorite sports teams or music entertainers live

Good living takes place outside home

A country home can be big. In fact, many country homes are larger than city homes. Outdoor property at a country house can be triple the size of property that comes with a house in the city. Views in the country are gorgeous, tempting you to spend long hours sitting on the front or back porch or working in the yard.

Yet, a large beautiful country home and several acres of scenic land are not a match for rewarding human relationships. Truly benefiting from country home living calls for healthy human interactions, in person interactions.

Regardless of where your country home is, get out and meet people. Attend town festivals, music events, social discussions and local government meetings. Schools, including colleges and universities, also host great social events like leadership discussions, arts events and community events.