I'd like some suggestions as to where you people think I might want to live. First let me explain my situation. I live on Long Island. I have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch on .43 acre. My mortgage and property taxes is killing us. We pay $6,500 a year in taxes. With taxes included we're paying almost $2,000/month. My husband is a talented woodworker, works in a cabinet shop and is our sole income. He makes $90,000/year before taxes. It seems like a lot, but we're barely scraping by. I stay home with our two children....son is 6 and daughter is 3. I homeschool our son. I am educated in horticulture, which used to be my career before we had children. We enjoy living naturally and organically. I have a small vegetable garden which I wish was much bigger and we have 7 chickens for fresh eggs. My dream is to live on a farm and grow organic produce and raise live stock for the dairy and fiber. We bought our house 8 years ago for $256,000 of which we still owe $225,000. If we were to sell now we could get at least $375,000 even with the economy the way it is. We live just a few miles from the ocean and bays which is what makes the property value so high. We love the beach and fishing here, but recently I asking myself why are we paying so much for such a small piece of land. My husband works himself to death at a job he hates. I came across a farm in upstate New York......80 acres for $190,000. 60 acres organic farm land, 10 acres wooded and the rest is for the horses/livestock and living area. It has a huge barn and seperate 4 car garage. I'm imagining selling our house and buying this which would leave us with a tiny mortgage, fresh organic produce/dairy/meat to feed our family plus the profit of growing and selling the produce/dairy/meat. Plus my husband would use that garage as a shop to create and sell his woodwork. Not to mention, I could sell some of the acreage......because there is plenty to go around. So, what's keeping us from just going for it? It's COLD there! Right not it's 20 degrees and snowing. It's close to Lake Ontario.......almost Canada. We don't like cold or long winters. The winters are too long here on Long Island as it is. Also, I'm not sure about the community there either. That's another important thing of course. I don't want to offend anyone, but I don't want to live among hicks, for a lack of a gentler word. I'm a strong democrat and not at all religious. I believe in natural healing and spirituality. I like an intelligent conversation and friendly, family oriented type people. So, this is what I'm looking for; 1) Farm land with wooded areas nearby. A house that has at least 3 bedrooms and an outdoor structure big enough for a woodworking shop. Not costing more than $250,000. 2)Nearby to a beach/lake/river. 3)Comfortable climate.....snow is fine, but not too much. 4)Don't want to live too far from my family. Most of our family lives on Long Island, but a few in Massachusetts and Virginia. 5)A community like I described above. I'm sure there's more, but that's the most important I think. Any suggestions would be fabulous. I like you guys and respect your opinions. Thanks so much!