Glad to finally join this great forum!
I have almost 5 acres in the country. We're not in any city limits. The land is actually laid out very well, too, so as far as isolation, view, etc. you'd have to own 15-20 acres to get the same deal. All the land behind our property is open farmland where farmers grow hay or graze cattle. On either side of our property, there are either unused wild plots or large multi-acre backyards that seldom see any activity. We have a lot of wilderness bordering our land, so I hope to use that to my advantage as I get into permaculture.
One neighbor has a huge pond that he dug. It holds water, but he has another pond about 5X as large that isn't finished. I'm hoping he'll finish it
My land is a clean slate. Just a bunch of open land that used to be farmland. Very heavy clay soil, no nutrients, and we get a ton of wind and sun.
So far I planted about 2 dozen fruit trees, but they either died or are just creeping along. No fruit yet, and we've been here for 6 years. I tried mexican plums, plums, apricot, peaches, apples, pears, oranges, lemons, limes and an olive tree. I also tried blueberry bushes in containers. I've had mixed success.
Looking forward to Holzer-izing at least a bunch of my land; maybe I can get my trees to take off, with the right care and companion planting.