A dream of a quaint cottage by the high speed maglev train

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I dream of an ideal lifestyle.

Natural living, a small patch of land to grow vegetables, a few animals, fish in the sea, just in time for dinner. Kids running around with red cheeks chasing the cat and dog. Mommy making organic pancakes for dessert.

Then I dream of being able to combine this lifestyle without having to drive hours to go to the nearest work, school and shops. Not to mention the doctor if you're sick.

The question is, how far away from that dream are we really? I hear Amazon is ready to drop with drones any day now. That should be good to go in less than 5 years. Anywhere, anytime. Drones don't sleep.

Wouldn't it be nice if most of your healthcare needs could be diagnosed with home testing devices, video and an AI doctor? I don't think we're more than 5 years off, 10 max, from being able to diagnose 95% from a home test and an AI looking at you.

What's really keeping us back, I guess you still need to drive a lot of miles in a car to get anywhere. High speed maglev trains anywhere probably won't be ready for another 20 years.

I dream of this life, countryside living with few of the annoyances. I could see this become a big thing.
 
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I live in a small village in the UK, surrounded by fields and countryside. Work in my office upstairs with fibre broadband. Hardly ever need to see clients which suits me as I prefer working on my own to get things done instead of endless meetings. I take the dog out twice a day and welcome the kids home from school. Life is good!
 
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I live in a small village in the UK, surrounded by fields and countryside. Work in my office upstairs with fibre broadband. Hardly ever need to see clients which suits me as I prefer working on my own to get things done instead of endless meetings. I take the dog out twice a day and welcome the kids home from school. Life is good!
Sounds great, the british countryside is definitely amazing. I prefer a little more stone and dense forests, but certainly wouldn't mind if I lived in the UK.
 
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I'm a bit like Tucky but I have to say - AI doctors at home and no need to get out of the house is a bad thing.
I'm introverted but still need to socialise with people. If I go too long without in-person conversations my personality changes for the worse.
 
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I'm a bit like Tucky but I have to say - AI doctors at home and no need to get out of the house is a bad thing.
I'm introverted but still need to socialise with people. If I go too long without in-person conversations my personality changes for the worse.
You usually can't avoid socializing in a small community. At least you'll have to chat for some minutes every time you meet neighbors. In my experience, it's far easier to be isolated in the city. Rural living, you have chats with people when you meet them, not just transactional as in the city.

The thing with doctors and delivery, it's because many people don't get how far you have to travel to get stuff like this in many rural locations. It can be an hour in car. That's not something most former city dwellers are ok with.
 

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I am in a small UK village and have the best of both worlds. I am only 10 minutes walk from rivers, nature reserves, canals and farming fields. I am also 5 minutes walk away from the chip shop, many pubs and restaurants and shops. I like to have that balance. Within 15 minutes I can drive to the main centre of our town (we are not a city yet, but should be) where there are a large shopping centre and nightlife. Not sure I could handle being somewhere so rural I don't see anyone walking down my street.
 

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I am in a small UK village and have the best of both worlds. I am only 10 minutes walk from rivers, nature reserves, canals and farming fields. I am also 5 minutes walk away from the chip shop, many pubs and restaurants and shops. I like to have that balance. Within 15 minutes I can drive to the main centre of our town (we are not a city yet, but should be) where there are a large shopping centre and nightlife. Not sure I could handle being somewhere so rural I don't see anyone walking down my street.
I love this balance too but i feel I can't.. I'm too influenced by the slowness of small towns and lose focus of my hustle
 
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I'm currently quite far from anything resembling a city. About 1 hour drive. This would definitely qualify as "rural".

Some things I've noticed:

I don't need a television, Netflix or anything AT ALL. I have zero desire for such entertainment here. I didn't expect that, but I did expect:

Going outside, being in nature, fishing, gives me immense calm. It's so incredibly fulfilling that I don't even need to do a lot outside, just exist in this marvelous creation of nature. I enjoy every little physical thing I do outside, digging a hole, trimming a bush, whatever.

The silence is the best part. In the city, I live in a noisy street with drunk people every day of the week. I need earplugs to sleep. Here the silence is total. My stress level have decreased massively.

I don't belong here though. I think the perfect spot would be like @Tao has it. Short drive to a proper city with all the city offers, but at home quiet, and real nature outside, not just parks and lawns.
 

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I live ~150 ft from the beach. Small town - 9k people or so. I go every day.

I like cities, like New York, but only for holidays. + I'm married so no need to meet women, and only need a few friends anyways.
 
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Very nice. I live in a city but think about leaving all the time .... the only thing i'd miss is the gym / basketball courts.

I did live in the country for about 3 months last year and loved it....

riding my jeep through endless fields and all. It was dope!

THe only downside was the drive to get groceries. Wasn't bad for me but if you needed something fast, impossible! Nothing like the adventure of the outdoors though. Fishing, tracking alligtors, etc.
 
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