We're interested in the same area (Vt) for similar reasons. We have a connection to the area and would appreciate less zoning and a chance to experiment. We plan to start scouting this summer, as we're also ready to buy. It would be nice to have (more) friends in the area. We're youngish too, and very unusual for our group, so I definitely understand what you mean about reaching your midlife crisis at 30, lol. What do you plan to do/ raise/ grow?