Marie and I just moved to our own place a bit North of the city. It is outside of the city limits and about 20 minutes from my office. For Marie it is actually only ten minutes to her job and she loves being out of the city. The place was foreclosed on and we got a great deal on a house sitting on right at three and a half acres. Already we are thinking about raising chickens and we have found some coop plans at http://backyard-ideas.org. A friend of mine loaned me his tractor and all of the stuff I need to clear out the overgrown brush which used to be a pasture and a big cornfield. He is a bit old and he no longer uses the tractor, so he does not mind at all. We are thinking about how much we can manage.