I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the rural South except for a few years while at college. Living in those two major cities convinced me that life does not get much better than in the country. Having traveled even more since then I am thoroughly convinced this hundred acres is my own slice of heaven. Summer nights we are serenaded by crickets and bullfrogs instead of sirens and horns. We live well off the road with no houses in sight, so our dogs can roam free. Though we may be far from some city amenities, our space and privacy is really priceless to us.
Living in the Wood also just makes plain sense (or cents if you will). Mr. Bear and I both have careers that do not require a city commute which would both costly of both time and money. Our cost of living is only a fraction of our friends who live in cities or even slightly larger towns. A quick Zillow search shows many affordable houses. One example is a 2300 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath listed for less than $80,000. We currently live in a 5500 square foot 5 bed/4bath on While driving distance and lack of public transportation can increase costs there is almost never any traffic saving me precious time. We have no Walmart or other major store so we pay a little more if we don’t want to drive the 45 minutes to the nearest one. But you waste no time in checkout lines as service is always quick at the local grocery.
We still venture to the nearest small city for the shopping, movies, and restaurants on occasion. Bigger activities such as the zoo, theater, and even the airport require a four hour round trip. However inconvenient that it I still wouldn’t take anything for our quiet life in the woods.
When you google map our address a tiny roof appears surrounded by miles and miles of lush tree tops and green fields with a few winding roads and streams thrown in. We spot deer, rabbits, birds, and squirrels daily. Foxes, coyotes, armadillos, opossum, and bobcats make frequent appearances as well. We are blessed with the ability to really enjoy nature everyday. I encourage anyone who is able to pursue the rural life. You will not regret it.