You can sign up for rent at $2k a month, get the kids into school etc, then a year later the owner decides to sell, or increase the price by 50%, and you're stuck trying to find somewhere else to live near the school, subjecting yourself to the cost and stress of moving.
Moving across town every year when you're in your 20s is easy, rent a u-haul and you're done in a weekend. Owning a house when you are changing jobs every year or two like many people now is a ball-and-chain.
However later in life when you want stability, and want to stay in the same home for a decade plus (average time in a given house in UK is 21 years), owning is very beneficial. You only move when you want to move, the landlord can't kick you out on a month's notice.
Yard work and maintenance can also be fulfilling, either in the sense of "this is my home and I'm putting work into it to benefit my family", or in the sense of, "riding lawnmowers around is a decently fun way to spend a couple hours outdoors". Hell, I volunteered for that chore when I was a kid (and was old enough to safely operate the lawnmower).
I kind of miss yard work now. At least some parts of it. Chainsaws are fun.
By saving on renting I'm in a much better position financially than I otherwise would've been owning a home. My savings rate is high enough where if push came to shove I could buy the property I'm renting.