Living in a rural city really is the best of both worlds.
Will lives with his family, whilst I and Poppy live more of a bachelor's life. Having lived in London before moving to the country, I have enjoyed town and rural life. Since moving to Salisbury, however, what is plain to see is it is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds - a green, friendly city with a village like neighbourliness but with bustling streets full of independent shops and a wonderful market. Salisbury is a particularly easy city to live in with a dog too, with parks never too far away and lovely riverside walks (and swims!). Pubs and the resturants are, on the whole, dog friendly too.
The Medieval grid layout of the level streets around the Close make walking the nicest way to get around the city, which is one of the reasons Salisbury is such a popular place to retire to, that, and the fact there is always so much going on to entertain, entrall and generally keep one busy!
There are some wonderful schools in Salisbury too. Including Grammar schools for both boys and girls.
My own experience of the hospital was excellent and our doctors are caring and efficient.
The car is always at odds with an ancient city but there are plenty of places to park, and once back to 'shanks pony' there is so much to see and enjoy. Just walking through the wonderful Catherdal Close lifts any day, the majestic spire and beautiful surroundings are a constant joy.
Living and working in Salisbury is special, and it is little wonder that the lovely houses we sell in the city are so well received.
When we moved out of London, as a country house agent rural life was the obvious choice. But a constant reliance upon the car and a lack of facilities is always a price for country life. Living in a rural city really is the best of both worlds.