I am going to go look at real estate in the Sierra Foothills, Amador and El Dorado counties; I have a late Easter Sunday appointment to see at least one property, and possibly two more. They are all foreclosure properties real near the county line between the two counties. All three are just around the 2,000 foot level. Retirement is approaching, but is still a few years away. I want to buy something while the prices are amazingly low, set things up for a later relocation, but still live (and rent) here "in town" for a while, yet. My late sister left me her IRA and I can liquidate some of it to realize this plan. Y'see, I visited HHandbasket and Farmer Lew in their new digs, and fell in love with the surroundings. As I drove up into the mountains (foothills, really, not way up high), my soul got more and more light and warm and full. At a little cafe, we stopped to look at a Real Estate listing in a window which HHandbasket had determined she was going to show to me. Darn that woman! Farmer Lew says he will absolutely NOT uproot the nearly completed coop to move it ANYwhere. That's okay, because this is going to take some time to accomplish. (But the real estate agent has already called the Planning Commission for Amador County to determine there are no restrictions against chickens in the one community where two of the properties are located.) So. I could get something with .10 of an acre, .26 of an acre, or .68 of an acre; the largest house is on the smallest lot, the next larger house is on the <*wobbling hand back and forth*> quarter-acre and the smallest house is on the largest piece of land. The 3rd one is also at a slightly higher altitude and would be a longer drive to work. One-way drive to work from up there would be "about an hour" and perhaps as much as an hour and 20 minutes. Hence the plan to buy it for retirement years.... stay living/renting here, move some of my inherited furniture (it's the only quality stuff I own), have a "vacation" home for this or that weekend. Until I'm done working for a living. It's been suggested I won't wait that long to move to the Foothills and without rent to pay each month, it will offset the gasoline bill for the commute.