We Left the City and Never Looked Back

If you ever dream of a fresh start in the country, you’re not alone. Hear what it’s like from three families who actually made the leap.

Who hasn’t dreamed of ditching city life and moving to the country? Maybe you’ve spent weekend getaways flipping through the local real estate listings, baffled by how far a dollar can stretch: A farmhouse (with acreage!) for what a walkup studio would cost in the city?

I did that for years. Then, in 2012, I made the jump, moving from Seattle to a small summer town in Maine. It felt like a drastic change, so I was surprised when I kept meeting others who had done the same—everyone from burned-out lawyers done with their commute to families who wanted their kids to roam freely. I started photographing these people and interviewing them about their triumphs and challenges in transitioning to country living. I compiled these profiles on my website, Urban Exodus, and then in a book.

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