How to bring country and city together

Scratching your head trying to reconcile your appreciation for both city and country? There is a way to have your country cake – and eat your city style too – and all while (possibly) enjoying extra cash on the side. Read on to find out more.

Rustic opportunity

You’re keen to escape to the country – sometimes. Trouble is, you’ve got work, friends and family in the metropolis, to say nothing of a mortgage. And then there are those city amenities you love, such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas and more. Answer: buy a rural weekender. Ideally just a few hours from the big smoke, these properties can literally be a breath of fresh air and the perfect getaway from suburban hustle and bustle – while still allowing you to return to the city at the end of the weekend. Relax on your own deck, overlooking beach or bushland, with a quiet cup of tea and a good book. But remember to consider exactly how isolated you want to be. Recharging weary batteries far away from the rest of the world sounds like a dream deal. But will it work for you in reality? Do you like a great café breakfast or visiting local farmers’ markets? If so, consider moving closer to a small town. Either way, don’t pick a place too far from suburbia; otherwise, you’ll have to undergo an exhausting road trip to your country haven.

To invest or not to invest

Remember how we mentioned extra cash on the side? Well, this is where renting out your rural abode as an investment, or advertising it as an AirBnB option, comes into play. These two options can be a great way of paying off your weekender mortgage and ensures your little home in the country is doubly beneficial. But if you plan to rent out your property, you’ll lose your chances of fleeing the city whenever you choose to rest and relax. AirBnBs stand you a better chance of both yourself and potential customers picking the perfect times and dates to enjoy this space.

How best to R&R

Much as you’d love acres of land with loads of space for horses and livestock, owning such a place equals a lot of hard labour. Think back to why you bought your weekender. You wanted to enjoy some peace and quiet after a week or so of stressful city days, right? As such, while a large place would be fantastic, you don’t want to spend all of your precious weekend time fixing fences, taking care of cattle, and spending hours on a ride-on mower. Keep your weekender dream simple and the rest and relaxation will follow. Firstly, buy a small place in an easy-care plot of land. Next, aim to arrive with just a small suitcase or carry bag and do as little unpacking as possible. Ensure the house is well stocked with basic essential items (whether that’s a bottle of nice wine, favourite movies, coffee or books!). Keep some clothes and toiletry duplicates there too. A washing machine can be handy, allowing you to do a quick wash of towels and sheets before you leave on Sunday. Hang them inside and they’ll be ready to go again when you return. Bottom line: if you can avoid extra work, do so! Then swap the stress, sink into serenity and enjoy yourself!

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Managing Director – New Vision Financial Services & New Vision Real Estate After years in the banking, finance & commercial sector Chris noticed that the industry needed a company with a personal touch that offered their customers a complete solution. In 2015 New Vision Financial Services was created to allow our consultants to use their experience (including approving and structuring large complex commercial transactions through to basic home loans) and to concentrate on offering a personalised service to their clients. With the growth and success of New Vision Financial Services a decision was made in 2019 to launch New Vision Real Estate to provide an end to end solution for client weather they be first home buyers or seasoned investors. Chris has built a team at New Vision Financial Services and New Vision Real Estate that have access to over 70 different lenders, insurers, lawyers, accountants and financial planners giving you more flexibility when making a decision. We offer a full service Real Estate agency offering Sales, Leasing, New Developments, House & Land and Commercial. Call me anytime on 0433 181 544 or email chris@newvisionfinancial.com.au The team at New Vision Financial Services have access to over 70 different lenders, giving you more flexibility when making a decision. Our consultants have had extensive experience within the banking, financial and corporate sector. At New Vision Financial Services we specialise in finance lending for home, investment, business, commercial, asset, debtor and many other requirements. As New Vision Financial Services has progressed, we have developed strong relationships with professional service providers such as; Financial Planners, Accountants, Settlement Agents, Leasing & Equipment Providers, Debt Management Specialists and any more to allow our clients access to a complete suite of services.