Relocating to the Comox Valley from other areas of the province and country is about much more than just searching for and purchasing a residence in a new location. For many people, especially for those living in larger urban centres, it is about a change in lifestyle.
Large Canadian cities have a lot to offer people in terms of amenities and choices. Vibrant, fast-paced lifestyles offer an appeal that is hard to beat. However, the pluses come with minuses. The hustle and bustle of a large city can often bring with it things like:
A starter home in a city like Vancouver is much more expensive than all of the best full featured luxury homesin the Comox Valley. This cost of housing comparison, however, is not relevant to a number of other parts of Canada. While the average cost of a home in the Town of Comox may cost you more to own than a similar looking one in Eastern Canada, it is important to make apples to apples comparisons of this type. If the home in Eastern Canada only took 8-10 weeks to build and the one in Comox took 6 months to build perhaps there is a really good reason for the difference in price. Knowing the context associated with any comparison is important in order to draw objective and reasonable conclusions.
There is no doubt that traffic in Vancouver is much heavier than that found in the City of Courtenay. But this difference is not just about traffic volume. Speed, driver patience and courtesy (or the lack thereof) and time spent in traffic situations can all have a bearing on how traffic can affect our daily lives. Drivers who are used to speeding, cutting other people off to get in and out of traffic, and tense situations may think of all of these issues as part of everyday life in a large city. But, residents of smaller slower paced communities are not used to dealing with these types of traffic issues nor do they want to when visitors bring them with them.
Impatience and lack of courtesy
The relative anonymity that people may enjoy in a large urban centre sometimes facilities unpleasant behaviour. How many times have you visited a large city like Vancouver and experienced impatience and lack of courtesy from people? It is easy to blend into the background noise of a large city but when you live in a small community this is often not the case. If you cut someone off in traffic and employ a less than polite gesture towards the other person, it is much more likely that someone in a small town will know who did it and word will get around. Perhaps this is why such behaviour is much less frequent in smaller, closer knit communities?
While stress can and does affect us all in certain circumstances and situations, the stress brought about by living in a major urban area is often higher and the stressors more varied than that associated with those of smaller centres. Using an analogy, the stress generated by life in a large city may be waves on an ocean while that generated by life in a small town may be ripples on a pond. Tranquility may be easier to find in the smaller areas where luxury homes both on and off of the fairway in Crown Isle and other areas offer so much more.
If you are looking for a change in lifestyle and more tranquil living, perhaps it is time to consider a move to the Comox Valley. Contact Brett Cairns of REMAX Ocean Pacific Realty for more information about this area of Canada and the real estate choices that it offers.