This is one of those situations where I am too close to the topic to make a rational decision without some pointers from others. Ya'll tell me what you think. After having been cramped up on a tiny city lot for way too long, DH and I set out to purchase some land. We are nearing closing on 21 beautiful acres at a very good price and no matter our decision of where to live we will close on the land. Let's call that place #1. Place #2 is 5 acres that my dad has given me from the family homeplace. This place has incredible sentimental value to me and I would love to live close to my family again. The problem is that this land comes with all sorts of restrictions on what I can do with it. ie. Dad gave the land but, he still wants to approve everything (down to where the bridge, house, power lines, etc should go and every tiny detail thereof). I love him and I understand but, it is still very limiting. It would also be unlikely that I could ever expand this amount of land, my siblings (like me) have no desire to ever sell their parts of it. Place #1 is in a state which does not tax as heavily as the state that place #2 is in and jobs are a bit more avaliable. Although I do believe that I will be able to get a job in the area of place #2, I am not sure that my children will be able to secure jobs there. These places are 3 hours distance from each other. Both have natural springs. Both have wooded areas and field. Both are beautiful. Both need roads put in. Place #1 has power lines, place #2 would need two poles put in for power. I would like to have 3-4 Dexters, DH would like to have a horse. I worry that 5 acres will not be enough. Here are my thoughts on it... 1. Build on place #2 close to the family and give it a go. Hold on to place #1 and visit it when I can. 2. Build on place #1 and break my Dad's heart. Put, a small house on place #2 and visit when I can. Also, involved in this decision is the fact that my professional licenses are in the state that place #1 is in and I would have to do another year of college to practice in the state that place #2 is in. In building on place #2, I would have tons of help from my extended family members who live in the area, in building on place #1, I would have no help and no extended family around. I could sell place #1 and have a good profit to help build on place #2. What would you do? ps. In may I will have two houses for sale in downtown San Antonio, close to the colleges and riverwalk, I am asking $45,000 for both as a package deal. (or $25,000 for one and $20,000 for the other) They are across the street from each other and both do need some work but are habitable.