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Finding a proper workspace that fits your wants and needs is very important. Most often, people consider location convenience and transportation time as their top two priorities.

Travelling to and from work in a busy city can often be time-consuming, alongside the additional costs of big city street parking and the overwhelm of tourists and crowded sidewalks. It’s no surprise that more and more people are relocating to the suburbs as their workplace and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Free/cheaper parking

If you drive a car then you’re very familiar with the overpriced downtown parking. When you’re running late to a meeting or need to spend 4-8 hours at work in the city, parking often adds up, especially if you don’t have a designated parking stall in your office. When you’re heading to the suburbs, you can often find free 2-4 hour parking in the area, and parking meters are a lot less expensive when you’re heading east.

2. Cuts travel time

Did you know that commuting saps your time, wealth and health? The average trip from home to work clocks in at around 26.4 minutes. When endured twice daily, this ultimately sucks away 220 hours per year from the average driver’s life – that’s a total of 27.5 uncompensated workdays. Not to mention money on gas, maintenance, and yes…parking bills. Suburban work life comes with convenient and quick transportation time. Or cut the driving altogether and take the Skytrain!

3. Less hectic environment

When you’re away from the core of town there’s a peacefulness that comes along with the environment. Research reveals that long-term environmental noise above a certain level ultimately has a negative impact on a person’s health. This is associated with an increased prevalence of depression and anxiety. Now, throw in work into the mix and you’re daily anxiety level can easily spike up. More and more people are choosing rural workplaces simply due to a calmer environment altogether.

4. More nature to enjoy

Due to a lot less traffic congestion, you will find yourself having peaceful walks to local parks. It is a given that more greenery and nature are to be found in the suburbs, and an example of convenient locations are¬†Lafarge Lake and Town Centre in Coquitlam or Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. The feeling of space and general ease of life brings a more relaxed pace when taking that 10-minute break from work. Let’s be honest, this is something that city life unfortunately lacks.

5. Be close to home

Our daily routine is usually completely centered around heading to work and we often schedule things based on convenience. However, this gets more complicated when you add children and a partner to the mix. The suburban work life allows people to more easily plan day-to-day tasks and most importantly, be flexible for changes. This contributes to a better work-life balance altogether.

Now, what are your thoughts on city vs suburban work life? 

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