• The Great Escape

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  • For those who reside in Perth, many consider themselves blessed with many things - warm weather, blue skies and some of the most pristine beaches in the world. What's more, with a never-ending stretch of sandy white shores, the chance to live ocean side in our lovely city is not out of reach. 

     What you may not know is that coastal living has a pretty impressive range of benefits for both the mind and body. Studies show that even just looking at an image of a beach can reduce stress levels and improve mood almost instantly - this explains all the preset computer screensavers! So here's 5 reasons why you should seriously think about moving to the coast. 


    You'll Spend More Time Outdoors

    Here's a truth - in this day and age we're becoming increasingly time poor. In between work, study, family and social commitments we're all spending less and less time outdoors with nature. However, when you have a perfect beach situated right on your doorstep, there's no excuse not to make the most of it. How does a fresh early morning swim or jog sound, instead of being holed up in a dimly lit gym? Getting outdoors means you'll also increase your Vitamin D levels, so happy days all round.

     

    You Can Hear The Waves

    The sound of rolling waves is said to have a calming effect on the soul. If you live close enough to the shoreline, you won't need to listen to ambient sounds on your iPhone to fall asleep each night, nature has the perfect soundtrack for you. Similarly, although not quite as appealing, you can consider the seagulls squawking as your morning alarm clock.

     

    Escape the Urban Jungle

    Working day to day in a big city can have a draining effect on your mental wellbeing. You may feel land-locked, or just deprived of fresh air. Spend a day at the beach breathing in the salty air off the ocean and you'll find it does wonders. You'll also have the open space you need to relax, reflect and rejuvenate after a long day at work.


    Improve Your Fitness Without Even Trying

    Going for a walk on beach sand is significantly more work than on pavement, in fact, about twice as much effort is required. The same goes with beach volleyball, ask anyone who's tried it and they'll tell you it's an intense workout. For the avid cyclists, why not take a spin on the 4km cycle path that runs from Leighton Beach to Cottesloe Beach, or cycle into the CBD for your morning commute, you'll be burning off those extra calories in no time. 



    There's Lots of Fresh Seafood

    Ok, we couldn't finish off this list without including something food related. Living by the ocean means you are much closer to sourcing WA's best fresh-caught seafood. Travel a short distance either way along the coast from Leighton Beach and you'll find a bounty of specialty seafood restaurants, including Coast Port Beach, Bib & Tucker, Cott & Co Fish Bar, Clancys Fish Pub in City Beach (or Fremantle?), or the tried and true favourite, Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour. 


    If you're looking for a sea change, check out Mirvac's newest addition at Leighton Beach.

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