Please tell me I'm not having a middle age crisis here, and that I'm normal for wanting this. Okay, here goes... My DH and I live in a big subdivision that is 20+ years old. We bought our house a little over 16 years ago while the neighborhood was still young. Most of the kids in the 'hood were preschoolers and elementary school aged so it was nice for us because we had a 4 year old when we moved in and we wanted to live where he (and our future kids) would have a safe place to live with lots of friends nearby. Well, that 4 year old is now 20 and living on his own. His siblings are 15, 10 & soon-to-be 7 year olds and they do have a few friends here. This neighborhood is not the same place it was back then. A lot of the original neighbors have moved, there are some rental properties in here now, some properties that are very unkempt, and we have feuding neighbors living all around us. Due to the neighborhood feuds, there is a tension as thick as pea soup here. DH and I are caught in the middle of this because our kids are friends with ALL the kids of the feuding neighbors, and we refuse to choose sides and get involved in this current battle (over property lines, this time) This makes us targets because each group THINKS we have chosen a side, even though we've told them we aren't getting involved. We've instructed our kids to stay out of this battle and to be friends with everyone. This isn't something that kids should be involved in anyway. Our house will be paid for in a few years but I'm sooo ready to GET OUT of a subdivision that I could scream. To top if off, I have found a very attractive mobile home on a permanent foundation plopped right in the middle of 5 acres that I want sooooo bad! I'm willing to sell our 10 room house, which is probably about 2500 sq. ft., and downsize to a mobile home because I really, really want LAND. The area we live in is growing like crazy and 5 acres of land alone would cost as much or more than the property/home I've found. The older I get, the more my desire to get closer to nature becomes. I want peace and quiet and SPACE. I want to be able to go outside and not have to wonder about how many eyes are staring at me. I'd like to be able to go out in my yard in my robe! Am I crazy? Do I need to just suck it up for my kids' sake? Would the kids resent me forever if I pulled them away from their friends? Sigh.