I know this has been asked many times here, but here are our specifics. We live in Maryland now and have been looking for a small farm or some land to build on. We have had an absolute miserable time, losing several great properties by getting outbid, outmaneuvered, etc. Now it looks like we're going to lose the current place we have a contract on. So, we're back to thinking about getting out of this area. Where should we go??? Somewhere within 6 or 8 hours of Maryland would be good since family is here. Somewhere land is affordable, but that also has a decent job base (dh is in computers). A good homeschool environment is important. I prefer cooler weather, so nowhere too much further south than, say, Virginia. And here's the kicker (I'm outing myself here): Some place that leans more to the left than the right. Now, I'm not saying it has to be hippy commune or anything, but somewhere where people won't look at you like you have horns when you say you don't go to church and won't slash your tires because you have a John Kerry bumper sticker on your car. Places near the top of the list currently are Burlington, Vt., Charlottesville, Va. Is there anyplace in New York that would be good?