Where to live: in central or neighboring areas?
Where you choose to live is an important factor in determining your lifestyle. If you are about to buy a house and you still do not define what is best for you between living in the centre or in a neighbouring area, these are the points that you should know about both options to avoid mistakes.
Advantages of living in neighbouring areas
By choosing to live in neighbouring areas you can save, since the properties, services and cost of living are usually lower. Not to mention, these are generally larger properties than options in any city. Therefore, in many cases, suburban living offers greater value for money.
For example, the price per m2 in central neighbourhoods of CDMX such as Condesa or Cuauhtémoc is 87,600 pesos and 88,400 pesos, while in more remote areas such as Ajusco the price drops to 33,200 pesos per m2.
In general, living away from city centres means having more space. By paying less per m2 you could afford larger properties. What would you do with that extra space? Create a guest room? A home office?
According to the National Public Security Survey, San Pedro Garza García, in Nuevo León; Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur; Mérida, in Yucatán; Saltillo in Sonora, La Paz in Baja California and San Nicolás de los Garza in NL are the safest cities in the country. As you can see, all of them are medium-sized cities or areas relatively far from urban centers.
So living outside of cities can be much safer from a criminal point of view.
Advantages of downtown areas
Cities have grown a lot and by being receptors of people from different parts of the world, they become multicultural centres. Many cities even have areas that are based on these settlers like Chinatown. This effect allows you to taste foods from different cultures, meet new people from diverse backgrounds, see arts from around the world, and expose yourself to different cultures.
In urban areas, mobility is part of its qualities. In fact, most cities are designed around public transportation. Living outside the big cities requires, for ease, that families have at least one car.
Much more to do
It’s no secret that cities attract more tourists than suburban areas, and with the tourists come businesses and attractions, including restaurants, parks, shops, nightlife, etc. Therefore, living in a city provides a wider variety of entertainment, educational and cultural options. In addition, the main museums, galleries and educational centres are located in the cities. There are also numerous cultural and entertainment events.
In conclusion, living outside the cities can allow you to buy a house at a lower price. However, living in a city exposes you to new cultures and entertainment that are more easily accessible with public transportation. Where do you prefer to live? At La Haus we advise you free of charge so that you can make the decision that best suits your needs.