Would You Give Up Ocean Views For The Country?

One Australian family moved from Perth to York in search of a better lifestyle. They believe they struck gold when the young family packed up their beachfront home in Perth and moved 100 kilometres inland to York. Whereas it was once the discovery of actual gold deposits nearby that lured people to Western Australia's oldest inland town, now it's riches of another kind that are behind the town's population influx - good jobs, an enviable country lifestyle, and affordable housing. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? Would you give up ocean views for the country?

Posted by on 08 Mar 2023

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    We are based in metro Perth and are lucky enough to have a good home in the southern suburbs, just past the CBD. We are within walking distance to the Swan River but don’t have any “water views”. I think that, so long as your family is safe, secure and happy; you have good facilities nearby (shopping centres, schools, public transport, doctors and hospitals); AND can afford to balance your budgets financially, then you are in a positive environment! If this balance changes, then every person and family has the right to try to find new environments where they can achieve what they want in their lives.

    Posted by Ytrishwa on 25 Mar 2023

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    I would move anywhere if it benefitted my family

    Posted by Cynthia on 25 Mar 2023

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    Why not? Less risk of flooding

    Posted by yelsha42 on 25 Mar 2023

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    Yes, it's actually my preference.

    Posted by kendallx3 on 25 Mar 2023

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    No, I wouldn't as I live on a peninsula and can see the sea quite easily if I stand in the middle of my street and look down the end of it. I am used to being by the sea now so would miss it.

    Posted by cazzle on 23 Mar 2023

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    There are some very nice country towns around, i would be happy to live in one if it had all the facilities that we need.

    Posted by Eug on 20 Mar 2023

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    Yes I would move to the country if it was close to a major town and had good medical facilities and shops.

    Posted by cowsta on 20 Mar 2023

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    It would have to be beautiful high country area

    Posted by Lauren on 20 Mar 2023

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    A lot depends ont he stage of life. When the kids are little it is great to be in the country so they can run free and explore. Teenagers need other teenagers and shops to sit around and be generally annoying. When you are building a career you need to be in the office to be noticed. When you are more settled it is great to have the community of a small town.

    Posted by HappyShopper on 20 Mar 2023

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    Yes. i would love to be so close to nature like trees, etc. Waking up in the morning, seeing greens around you.

    Posted by Maria on 17 Mar 2023

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    ace bowler

    Country life is totally underrated. I would gladly head out to enjoy country life in the future. More bang for your buck with property prices, more genuine people, cleaner air to breathe, a slower pace to life...what could be better?

    Posted by ace bowler on 17 Mar 2023

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    Why not have both? There are coastal country towns.

    Posted by KMB80 on 14 Mar 2023

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    Could not imagine leaving the Sth West WA coastal lifestyle….however each to their own …and hope they enjoy York….

    Posted by Brian on 14 Mar 2023

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    It is something I would consider only if I have all the facilities we have where we are now.

    Posted by Petal21 on 13 Mar 2023

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    I'd be happy with either the ocean or the country, as long as I had access to good medical care etc. But sometimes you can't even get that in cities these days.

    Posted by EmmaLouise2023 on 13 Mar 2023

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    Definitely not, I would prefer to be closer to the city/suburbs for the convenience and cost of items being more affordable (i.e. fuel, groceries etc.).

    Posted by apeattie on 13 Mar 2023

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    Aussie Jo

    Definitely prefer country than the ocean to live.

    Posted by Aussie Jo on 13 Mar 2023

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    Never country living is also living with creepy crawlers no thank you how could anyone give up a beautiful view of watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean

    Posted by Dippy on 13 Mar 2023

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    I need water in the view. It doesn't matter if it is a river or the ocean. Inland of Perth can get very hot so a/c would be a must

    Posted by Hadleigh on 13 Mar 2023

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    Yes, if it offered job security, affordable housing etc and of course country hospitality.

    Posted by Susan on 13 Mar 2023

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    Of course if the situation was as good as it is now living with water views

    Posted by David on 13 Mar 2023

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    Beach sunsets for me here in the West

    Posted by John on 13 Mar 2023

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    I’d prefer to live in the country and visit the ocean for holidays. It is much more affordable and peaceful in the country.

    Posted by Bevs1234 on 13 Mar 2023

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    no i wouldnt ocean views are the life

    Posted by sparkled on 13 Mar 2023

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    No I would not give up ocean views for the country side because if you choose well you should have both with ocean views in front and hills in the back ground. This is truly achievable and it is my dream life in the future.

    Posted by Allan on 13 Mar 2023

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    I live 10 mins from the beach but feel that I live in the country with rainforest at the back of my home. I have the best of both worlds and wouldn't move, but I completely understand people who do leave the busy for the quiet of space in the country.

    Posted by Michelle on 13 Mar 2023

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    Market guru

    yes absolutely i love the country and only like the coast when the weather is good , spring and summer.

    Posted by Market guru on 13 Mar 2023

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    pinky princess

    Yes I would give up ocean view for the country as long the move usually is economically viable.

    Posted by pinky princess on 13 Mar 2023

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    Got to do whats nessary

    Posted by Dominic on 13 Mar 2023

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    With the current cost of living it would certainly frre up capital and allow for a better quality of life

    Posted by Geoff on 13 Mar 2023

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    The tranquility of country life certainly appeals over living in the City, but the sound of the water would be a preferance.

    Posted by Stacey on 13 Mar 2023

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    We would love to move from the suburbs to retire to an ocean prooerty! There's something so wonderful & relaxing watching a sunset over water. Unfortunately in Victoria there are few areas to be near to the ocean that are in our budget range.

    Posted by michele63 on 13 Mar 2023

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    Yes I would move to the country, in a heart beat. I would do anything to get away from the suburbs and fast pace of living.

    Posted by Mellymoo70 on 13 Mar 2023

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    I used to live by the ocean, but much prefer the countryside now. I just find it more tranquil.

    Posted by Elisa on 13 Mar 2023

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    Definitely go country depending on the location and access to essential resources if unable to seek them from off the land, will have to have some kind of civilization providing those resources needed to live in the country without putting ourselves in a bigger risk of falling short of a good life. Not saying struggles shouldn't be experienced but they also can be prevented with the knowledge of the land as much as we have of the ocean views as the country can be just as beautiful within its authentic self as it can be dangerous if we are unable to encompass what it has to offer also the dangers it provides.

    Posted by Michael on 13 Mar 2023

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    Stella del Mattino

    It depends on the location, I'd suppose. Some coastal locations are not viable in terms of employment and basic services, but so are country towns. I would give up one for another if it meant better living conditions. I do not feel strongly either way, in the end, you live where you can...

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 13 Mar 2023

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    Can't say really. I do think the ocean is more relaxing.

    Posted by Michelle on 13 Mar 2023

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    If you have views of the ocean then you are very close to the coast. That is not the case with most of Sydney. Though the beaches are nice once you get there and if you can get parking.

    Posted by Debra on 13 Mar 2023

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    id miss the beach too much, find it so claming and relaxing and love the long walks ,seeing dolphins and tutles in the natural environment

    Posted by jewel12 on 13 Mar 2023

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    One often forgets to look at the ocean views from one's house, but good wages and consistent jobs and affordable housing won't be forgotten in this current economic climate we are living through.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 13 Mar 2023

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    Better lifestyle in the country yet more convenient in coastal to all services and needs

    Posted by MickMoss on 13 Mar 2023

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    Country living with ocean views would be the perfect place to live.

    Posted by Val on 13 Mar 2023

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    Good compromise!

    Posted by EmmaLouise2023 on 13 Mar 2023

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    i have lived in both and so much preferred the country lifestyle it has a more comforting and community based lifestyle and not as cramped You can grow your own fruit and have space and fresh air. best off all there is less traffic

    Posted by Carol on 13 Mar 2023

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    I can't live too far away from the coast. I start to go a bit batty if I'm not. I realised this when I spent a week in Vegas. Couldn't get back to the coast quick enough.

    Posted by SagoLeo on 13 Mar 2023

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    Country living is underrated. More people should try it.

    Posted by Norman on 13 Mar 2023

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    Tara Rata

    I would love to live at the country. Do not like the salt water.

    Posted by Tara Rata on 13 Mar 2023

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    I live by the ocean and have family living in the country. I much prefer the ocean but do enjoy the country when I am there visiting

    Posted by Leisa on 13 Mar 2023

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    I live in the country but am a 40 minute drive from the beach so I’m happy with that. I love the country and am close enough to the beach to go whenever I want.

    Posted by Kirsty on 13 Mar 2023

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    I don't want to live in the country and I don't care about ocean views, so I will stay where I am.

    Posted by merryl on 13 Mar 2023

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    Yes I would if there were going to be big savings financially given how expensive life is these days

    Posted by Seshachalapathi on 13 Mar 2023

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    There would have to be a big incentive for me to make this move - and I mean big,

    Posted by Jibberman on 13 Mar 2023

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    I would because of the cost of living for sure. You have to do what is going to be best long term.

    Posted by Seshachalapathi on 13 Mar 2023

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    With the rapidly rising cost of living on the Gold Coast, and the rental crisis and shortage of homes, I would strongly consider moving to a regional area. It is becoming increasingly difficult for everyday Australians to afford the cost of living - yes - I would give up my Gold Coast location for a country residence. I may not even have a choice!

    Posted by Kellie on 13 Mar 2023

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    I couldn't do without the sea breeze in the hotter months.

    Posted by XYZXYZ on 13 Mar 2023

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    I don't really like the idea of living in the country, so no.

    Posted by Ally42 on 13 Mar 2023

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    I live in both worlds. Ocean 2ks from my house and country 1 k behind me including mountains. I love both sceneries.

    Posted by coaster on 13 Mar 2023

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    Black Rose

    I have a bit of both worlds actually. I live in a rural town, but I'm not very far from the ocean. So I feel I don't miss out on either...the country and the ocean. I like being able to share the beauty of both places. But I have lived in a home that had ocean views and it was nice to be able to hear the waves crashing at night...very relaxing! Still...I'm happy with either.

    Posted by Black Rose on 11 Mar 2023

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    The coast is where I love to be. I think I'm a water baby at heart. Don't even need the ocean views; just to be able to walk to the foreshore.

    Posted by Sue on 11 Mar 2023

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    No way would I give up ocean views if I had them.

    Posted by Paula on 10 Mar 2023

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    Yes.....Ocean Views great...until you have to deal with the salt,sand,corrosion,bloody tourists,syringes, need I go on! Country living is generally good, try telling our City Centric Pollies that!

    Posted by mact on 09 Mar 2023

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    I’m looking to give up the country for ocean views , been in the country most my life It would be nice to wake up to sound and views of ocean and birds .

    Posted by Maria on 08 Mar 2023

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    Busy Bee

    Yes I would. I prefer waking up to fresh country air to the sound of crashing waves.

    Posted by Busy Bee on 08 Mar 2023

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    I would not give up ocean view as water means money and fortune in my home country

    Posted by Elva on 08 Mar 2023

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    I would give up ocean view if I have a bush/forrest or valley view instead.

    Posted by topa on 08 Mar 2023

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    If I had ocean views, I would sell my happily expensive house and retire to the country.

    Posted by Ana on 08 Mar 2023

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    I would move at the drop of a hat.. life is so much better in the country particularly for young families or even professionals looking for a better life work balance

    Posted by tobybee on 08 Mar 2023

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    I won't give up ocean views for the country as I like to do activities near the water in summer.

    Posted by bmlglp on 08 Mar 2023

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    Could never give up the ocean for the hills. Although would not want to live right on foreshore either.

    Posted by Vote1pedro on 08 Mar 2023

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    Give up ocean views for country life really quickly

    Posted by Swampy on 08 Mar 2023

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    It depends - I'm not really a beach person, so would happily move inland to a similar sized town with similar amenities and opportunities.....

    Posted by Joy on 08 Mar 2023

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    This sounds like a valiant attempt by the York council to attract new residents.

    Posted by EmmaLouise2023 on 08 Mar 2023

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    Views are very personal, personally, I prefer the beach, rather than a dry country side

    Posted by Miro on 08 Mar 2023

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    For me I'd prefer the ocean to be a holiday destination. So happy to live anywhere that's affordable and close to friends and family.

    Posted by Weirdone on 08 Mar 2023

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    Personally, I would do the same thing since it is more important to have a great job and an affordable house. And I can always enjoy ocean views during a holiday.

    Posted by Jay on 08 Mar 2023

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    I live more than 100kms from the ocean and I would like to visit more often but I do like living in the country. Living near the coast wasn't an option as house prices were too high and it was too far away from husband's work. At least I can appreciate ocean views when I get the chance to visit.

    Posted by sandra on 08 Mar 2023

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    I would as long as the air was as fresh as the breeze off the ocean

    Posted by Samantha on 08 Mar 2023

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    No way, I love looking at the ocean, it's calming and serene. The country has too many creepy crawlies, snakes and the risk of bushfires for me.

    Posted by Elandra on 08 Mar 2023

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    Totally agree with you Elandra. My Hubby, myself and our 2 young boys emigrated from England 20 years ago. We first went to the country to buy a home and looked at several places. Walking around the country areas we saw many many creepy crawler's and several snakes. I asked one of the owners how do you cope with all these pests and especially the snakes. Her reply was "oh they are ok as they don't all want to come inside my property" I answered, " OK but what about the ones who do want to go into your home " We left immediately. We now live opposite water views in an apartment and LOVE IT. We do travel into the wonderful country areas of AUSTRALIA for our holidays in our caravan..and of course love to see the countryside. But to live there NO THANKYOU.

    Posted by Geraldine on 12 Mar 2023

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    Better still, have access to both - there are parts of WA where you are in the country yet still near the coast.

    Posted by Chin on 08 Mar 2023

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    The ocean for me every time

    Posted by Turbotom on 08 Mar 2023

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    I am currently living inland from the coast having previously lived a fair distance from the coast, my current location gives me both the Ocean is less than 30 minutes away and the mountains are about the same

    Posted by Foz on 08 Mar 2023

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    I have both and prefer the ocean.

    Posted by Zi on 08 Mar 2023

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    Market guru

    Absolutely i love country living and i only like the ocean in spring and summer.

    Posted by Market guru on 08 Mar 2023

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    Ocean front houses are nice in theory but don't like the crowds and I don't think the salty beach air is good for cars? But could definitely not live in the country. I need to be near creature comforts and civilisation.

    Posted by tutti_cutie on 08 Mar 2023

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    Ocean views for me all the way. We never went to the beach or ocean growing up as kids. To hear the waves or walk on the sand would be like heaven if i could do that everyday.

    Posted by Christine on 08 Mar 2023

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    I love an early morning swim in the ocean to invigorate the senses. Seaside living anytime for me.

    Posted by samsterchan on 08 Mar 2023

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    I love a sea breeze in the heat; however, this family has less worry about tsunami! Home is where you make it.

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 08 Mar 2023

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    I love ocean views. I won't give it up for the country.

    Posted by Vie88 on 08 Mar 2023

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    When I was young I always wanted to live by the sea but now that I'm older I love the tranquillity of the countryside!

    Posted by sulter on 08 Mar 2023

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    I guess it depends on your situation. I didn't leave a place with ocean views but I did move from a city suburb to a hills town when our sons were young. We wanted them to grow up in a country lifestyle away from the rat race. Once they were teenagers we moved back to the suburbs so it would be easier for them to find jobs.

    Posted by vlee on 08 Mar 2023

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    I absolutely would, the ocean is no dream destination for me

    Posted by wodo on 08 Mar 2023

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    Tara Rata

    Absolutely! This would be a dream come true

    Posted by Tara Rata on 08 Mar 2023

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    It depends if i feel unsettled and in need of a change. Right now I am quite comfy and not looking for a change.

    Posted by Janice on 08 Mar 2023

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    I think that the more people that live outside cities, the better. We have so much space and agricultural potential, but there isn't enough industry out of the cities. If we put more services out of the major cities, and encouraged the suburban sprawl, people wouldn't mind not seeing the ocean. Get the infrastructure out there, make all people immigrating live out of the big cities, and lets put our beautiful country's rich soil to work.

    Posted by Mikayla on 08 Mar 2023

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    Sure, I'm not that fond of the ocean anyway!

    Posted by Kittykato on 08 Mar 2023

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    Without hesitation. From personal experience country life is 100% better than ocean views. Gardens grow better away from salt water, home maintenance is reduced, as salt in the air rusts everything from steel garages, and guttering, to cars. No sand flies and less mozzies inland. No tourists descending on the town in Summer - the list goes on. Ocean views are great to visit a few times a year but that's all.

    Posted by ere on 08 Mar 2023

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    I totally agree with you.

    Posted by Gigih on 08 Mar 2023

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