Good luck with getting any child rearing differences sorted. Hopefully that comes to amicable terms, but I'm learning more daily on how important community is for raising children. Just another reason that the foot is on the gas on this.
Having children does add some complications to the land project ideas. The "homes" need to be up to code, without question. Those codes vary state to state, but things like lighting and running water seem to be fairly universal. We're looking into seeing if there could be a central location where there was running water, kitchen and bathrooms that served as an extension of "home" structures that could be (ideally) without all of that and probably requiring as little external energy as possible. So that's something that is unquestionably in mind, but varies between states enough that there doesn't seem to be a "right" answer to it.
That said, our search has moved a bit more widely, looking for qualities in the land (ie, bordering public land, remoteness and accessibility, size, and existing structures) since we're finding a lot within what I consider our dismal price range.
Right now the areas we're looking at are largely;
- Western/Central PA through pretty far north in New York (skipping the heavily fracked sections of PA.
- North Carolina into the section of Tennessee extending towards the Smokies.
- Vermont and New Hampshire get mentions, but they're on the lesser side.
- The UP (not my ideal)
My cousin was actually trying to sell me on the Ozarks. As much as I loved being there as a kid, I don't consider it ideal personally.
Clock is ticking, so we're coming up with the most ideal properties that we can find and then going to whittle that list down further and make visits as soon as possible.
It's all pretty daunting in some ways, the closer we get, the further it feels. But you get a lot of ideas pretty invested in the notion of what the project might look like, but every property varies greatly.
So much for master plans.