I mean, looking at stuff on-line doesn't cut it. At least not for me.
The first property was larger, and the agency said it had special tax status for being "working woodland" (harvestable timber). So, we could periodically sell timber, and pay less tax. We need less than an acre for our homestead, and that leaves a lot of untouched land surrounding us. Also, a parcel can be divided. So we can give our kids their own piece, or sell a chunk if we get strapped for cash in our later years.
The other property was smaller, but had the much desirable trait of being cheaper. This lot was literally right next to a major route. But, there still was plenty of space to set our house back. Some strategically placed shrubs and trees and there would be no noticeable road noise. The internet ad claimed it had some view areas on the parcel, but after a few minutes of walking around, we couldn't see it. But we did see that this property had quite a bit of low-land that might be susceptible to flooding.
Both properties were heavily wooded. I mean, thick. We could walk along the access road on each, but when the road stopped, so did we.
Both also had streams running through them, which was a nice bonus.
I'm going to have to do some research on the costs involved with site preparation. Luckily, both parcels had plenty of level space for a house. But the clearing involved even for a modest house and firebreak area will be difficult.
I like this area. I like the people, the weather, and even those thousands of pesky trees. We could retire into some old-age hamster cage, but we're not the types to go with the crowd. There's a fine-line between being the cool old folks on the farm and the creepy recluses. And I don't give a rat's arse where that line is drawn.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm sure there were some nettles and poison ivy where we were walking. I'm getting itchy.