The Advantages of Living Closer to Work

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It’s the ultimate dream: living 5 to 10 minutes away from work and getting there with little to no traffic.

After a big day at work, the last thing that anyone wants is a commute in traffic which is why most people would prefer to live near their workplace.

There are many advantages to living closer to work that will benefit you and your family in the short term and in the long run. We’ve listed some of these below!

Save more money

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Living closer to your place of work will save you more money in many ways. If you own a car, you won’t have to fill it with petrol as often. Since you will no longer be regularly driving long distances daily, there will be less wear and tear on your vehicle. That means fewer repairs and longer periods between servicing will be required for maintenance.

You can use the money you’ll save on more important things like groceries, utility bills, your rent/mortgage, your kids or saving for a new home.

Better for your health

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Another one of the advantages of living closer to work involves your personal health. When traveling to and from work, you can experience time in heavy traffic, whether you are driving or riding public transport. This can leave you frustrated and stressed on the road on a daily basis.

Stress, as we know, is not healthy for anyone, both physically and mentally. It can lead to things like overeating, substance abuse, restless sleep and moods swings.

Stress can also result in behavioural changes which can affect relationships at work or at home.

Furthermore, it is better for your health to use public transportation or ride your bicycle more often. You will get a better night’s sleep and be less frustrated with traffic, which will have a positive effect on your mental health. This of course depends on the distance you have to travel to the workplace.

By living closer to work you’ll experience significantly less stress about getting to and from work. You’ll arrive on time and be able to get home in a timely manner. Also, with the time you saved from a long drive or commute, you’ll be able to use it in positive ways such as getting more sleep, exercise and spending quality time with your loved ones.

More time for personal, family and social life

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The more time you spend on the road and stuck in traffic; the less quality time you have for your family, friends and even yourself. This is far less likely to happen if you live closer to your work.

If work is near your home (say a 5-10 minute drive) you’ll have plenty of time to have breakfast with your family and drop the kids at school beforehand. After work, you’ll have more time to cook healthy dinners, exercise, play with the kids or even play social sports.

By letting go of the daily long travels, you’ll finally be able to really live your life and enjoy doing the things that you want to do.

Better for our environment

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Lessening your environmental impact is another advantage of working closer to home. By driving for a shorter distance your car will release fewer emissions. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but if you added up your total volume of emissions over the course of a year you will realise that you are making a big difference to the environment.

If you live really close to your workplace, you could further help the environment by ditching your car altogether. Instead, you could ride a bicycle or stretch your legs for a walk.

Imagine if a whole city population did this. There would be a huge reduction in smog and the air would of a much better quality for everyone.

Improved work productivity

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Aside from benefiting your personal life, living near your workplace will also improve your job performance. You can arrive at work early and get a good head start on your tasks for the day. Since you are less stressed from driving, you’ll have a fresh mind for work and have the energy to be more productive.

And you guessed it, by being more productive at work, your employer will be happier with your performance. This could give you the evidence to request a promotion or pay rise.


Live, Work, Play at The Waters Ooralea

Live, work and play at the Waters Ooralea.

You can’t deny that there are many great advantages of living close to work for you and your family. When looking for a property to buy, it’s always a good idea to look in areas where you can find work nearby, and The Waters Ooralea in Mackay is perfect.

The Waters Ooralea is a fully-integrated residential community less than 3 km away from the Paget Industrial Precinct (Mackay’s main industrial precinct) and close to the Mackay City Centre. Both locations will give you plenty of opportunities to find work that is close to home.

With all the extra time you will have, you and your family can enjoy the relaxed outdoor lifestyle that The Waters Ooralea offers; parks, pathways and playground, outdoor gym, 1.5km of water frontage that’s perfect for fishing and crabbing, and don’t forget the breathtaking Melaleuca Forest.  

If you would like to know more about The Waters Ooralea, call us at 0438 683 933 or enquire today.

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