My boyfriend and I are seriously thinking about purchasing land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan once we have enough money to do so. His dad has offered to pay for half the land, and when he passes away, he will give the land to my boyfriend. The problem is now deciding what kind of land to buy. We are thinking in the Escanaba area and surrounding townships, all around that northern Lake Michigan part, because the area gets the least snow. However there is a lot of inexpensive housing with a little bit of acreage near the Iron Mountain/Crystal Falls area, but I don't want to move there because it is much colder (it's more inland) and the acreage is too small (around $40,000 for a house with 2 acres). I was thinking of getting at least 10 acres and building a cordwood house. Which would you recommend: 1) That we purchase the small acreage with the already-built house 2) Buy land that we can build a small cordwood house on (maybe 1200 sq ft to start), in the area we want I'm obviously going towards #2, which will cost a little more, but I think we will be happier in the long run. Has anyone had a similar experience, and what did you do?