I'm asking for your advice again because it has served me well in the past.... I have two options (that I can think of). I need to know the pros and cons of each. I live in an area that has EXTREMELY high land costs ($10-20K acre). I live in town, and have a decent job. My kids and grandkids live close. I am 47, so can't think about retirement for a few more years. I desperately want to get out of town, however. I am looking for a place to have fruit trees, berries and a garden. Maybe a chicken or two. A fireplace, and maybe a wood lot. See... I'm easy to please! Or... I can buy land about 4 hours from here very reasonable. I'm looking at a piece that is 20-40 acres for $20-40K. Or... I can afford to buy a house on an acre in the country within a reasonable commute of my current job. But if I do, that is all I'll ever own. It will take every cent I have. Forget about having a woods, or a piece of property big enough that you don't need to worry about run-off from the farmer's field 200 foot from your house. Or I can buy a different house in town with a larger lot, and at least have fruit trees and a garden, but that would be it. Or, on the other hand..... I can afford to buy the land 4 hours from here, and still keep my current home. The cons that I see with that would be that I would be terribly frustrated by not being able to be THERE full-time. I can afford to put up a cabin there, but not to move there. Not without quitting my job and moving away from my family to a strange area. I'm sure I could find a job that would pay my few bills, but not like what I have now. I could buy it now and start improving it on weekends, etc., but I would worry all the time about whether someone was "borrowing" my property while I wasn't there. I'm just confused! Is there a logical thing to do here and I can't see it, or do I go with my heart?? Thanks!