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Exodus to the countryside after COVID? The search for a home outside the big cities grows all over the world.

The ARKIHAUS team is attentive and continuously monitoring the impact that COVID19 has had on the behavior trends of city dwellers and what has meant for the inhabitants of large cities the mandatory confinement, in some cases in a few meters square and with very few windows to the outside.

Integration of the social area and the garden in the ARKIHAUS INNOVA model

What just two months ago was a necessity, living within big cities, is now being widely questioned. We collectively realized that it is absurd to waste much of the day in traffic, noise, and pollution to gain access to work. We realized that living on the outskirts of large cities is possible, in larger spaces, with access to quality gardens and recreation, next to our families, without losing effectiveness at work. We even realized that we can be more effective working from home, especially if we have the adequate space to do it, which is an expensive thing to have in big cities. But all this is because companies realized that they can have more effective, happy employees and lower fixed costs by not needing large offices to have all the staff working. The new era of remote working begins fully from now on, where we only need to go to face-to-face meetings 1 or 2 times a week at most.

” Whoever had the chance to escape from the city to spend the quarantine surrounded by green and in the open air, did so.

Real Estate Agent

If ever in this month of confinement, stuck to your window glass, thoughts of going to a house with a garden have assailed you, know that what happens to you is something quite common. Thus at least several studies around the world have detected it, which conclude that the interest of those who are interested in a home has shifted significantly from the largest cities to the outskirts. The suburb house takes on a new meaning in front of the city apartment.

During the quarantine, many have realized that they live in a house that they do not like and that they would prefer to live in less central areas in exchange for having more square meters, more light, gardens or terraces. Another factor that could drive many to look for a home outside the city is the good functioning that teleworking is having in many companies.

Behind the doors of the homes, the confinement made families rethink the value of green spaces on a day-to-day basis.

Real Estate Agent

The exodus towards which in many cases is the weekend house is a fact that has not gone unnoticed in the real estate sector. A phenomenon that is also supported by an increase in inquiries for purchases of this type of property. When the quarantine began, the number of weekly contacts consulting for turnkey houses grew 30 percent compared to the weeks prior to the start of compulsory social isolation: “In recent days, calls from people living in apartments and They consult about the projects of houses on the outskirts of the city with a garden, they want to get information for the day after and in this way take advantage of the time to ask, they ask for plans, they internalize, “says a real estate broker who acknowledges that in many cases there were two and up to three calls, which could induce that there is a specific interest in this market in the medium term, that is, when the quarantine ends. The same clarifies that in the general month-to-month analysis, consultations in March at the real estate agency that it manages fell 20 percent versus the same month of 2019. “April comes a little better but there is no explosion of demand,” he adds.

Main entrance, ARKIHAUS INNOVA model

The cost, in dollars, dropped. there are opportunities with lots in promotion. “This situation generates that for the same value that a three-room apartment is acquired in large cities, you can access a house with three bedrooms and a garden.

Real Estate Agent

There are new prospects with high closing expectations, people who aspire to have green in a place close to the cities but with all the benefits of “going to the country”, that is, being away from the big cities. They are looking for large lots.

Looking ahead, the questions that arise in the context of the pandemic multiply. Green spaces come to have a value that transcends economics.

There are two trends that emerge from this collective experience: the home office, supported by communication technologies; and the return to nature. In this framework, the long term can anticipate a substantial change in the behaviors and decisions of individuals who will seek open, natural and low-density spaces, where a quarantine does not mean being locked up and where coexistence is not congested.