With companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Capital One, Nationwide, and Amazon all extending their work-from-home (WFH) policies out to much later in the year and many experts believing WFH could become less of an exception to the rule and more of a norm, smaller, less expensive cities will likely benefit. Even with a cost-of-living adjustment many well paid employees still simply can’t afford to purchase a home in high-cost urban areas. This along with the massive lifestyle changes that were forced on city dwellers during the social distancing lockdown over the last three months, will find many urbanites looking for wider spaces and slower paced lifestyle.
“The city has a way of always keeping you running from event to event—always hustling,” says Elizabeth, a former New Yorker, in an article written by Kimberly Dawn Neamann, for Realtor.com, on June 1, 2020, titled, ‘I Left My New York City Apartment To Live on a Farm’. “Being on the farm”, Elizabeth says, “has encouraged me to slow down “to a medium pace.”‘
In fact, Elizabeth was surprised to discover that living in a place with less to do and see helped her get a whole different set of things done—things she’d always meant to do but kept putting off. “I finished a course to get my registered yoga teacher card. It had been on my to-do list for five years.”
Choosing to live on a farm, may not be your thing but Americans are flocking to the suburbs and Atlanta, The Big Little City In The Trees, with its 6 million residents spread out over 200 neighborhoods and towns and its great music, entertainment, dining and nightlife, its multiple professional sports teams, art and cultural centers, as well as being the home for 100’s of major national and international corporations, is primed to becoming home to many of those looking for a new home. One of the largest draws to Atlanta is how spread out it is and how there is so much to do extracurricularly. But knowing where to relocate to is important.
For example, long regarded as one of the best places to live in metro Atlanta, Cobb County captures the best of what Atlanta has to offer with growing businesses, neighborhoods and more just beyond the I-285 Perimeter. It provides easy access to recreation and entertainment opportunities, as well as a thriving commercial center.