Hi, I dont usually post here, but I visit daily and enjoy so much the information from these threads. My problem is this we are a family of 6 living is southern california (I know dont flame me). We live in a quiet suburban neighboorhood, in a cookie cutter house though it is on about 1/4 acre (thats more than most around here). My husband grew up on 30 acres and although we have long planned to leave this area we are having hesitations. First dh has a very good job. Pays the bills, allows me to stay home with the kids, have 2 small rental properties that aren't making profit each month but are paying for themselves, we pay nothing for insurance, his commute is only about 40 min so its really not too bad, and lastly most of our family is here. There are bad things too, living too close to LA, no one having same interests as we do, bad air quality, and we really cant afford a large parcel of land unless we went further up in northern california. We really had decided this year was the year to pack up and leave but at the same time feel we are blessed to have a good paying job with benefits that we are scared to leave it. Sorry for the long post we just dont know what to do next.....How did you decide to leave the city? What did you leave behind?