Re: Would you buy land away from your residence? A suburban garden is a suburban garden, you grow veggies salad some chooks that's it. With or without the books of Jackie French (she even writes some could live out of window boxes) you might squeeze in but it is limited. I don't know why it should be that strange having a plot a bit away. In my country it was (an in the villages it sometimes still is) a usual thing. My grandfather owned several of these gardens. The where reserved for fruit trees, mostly apples for cidre and juice. I think you house is really huge and setting up a complete acreage and moving needs time and a lot of energy and mostly heaps of unexpected money. Look at the international news and you won't risk anything - I guess we're at the edge of a worldwide economical downturn. Buy your land as close as possible and as soon as possible.