So prices for acreage in the tri-state area here (OH,PA, WV) have fallen off quite a bit. I've been looking at tracts of approx 75-100 acres, some all wooded, some partly pasture, some with homes already on them (old farmhouses) but most are undeveloped. Most are quite rural, as in 15 mins to the nearest small town, an hour to the nearest mid-sized town. Some are beautiful, with small rivers/large streams, rolling land, timber, etc. I currently live in a rural suburb fairly close to Pittsburgh, on 1.5 acres, but I have this odd feeling I need a bigger place out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt I would ever want to sell my current place, which I've renovated, so any new land I bought would be a "project." I would want to build a livable dwelling on one of these plots, or renovate what was already there, so the land could be livable when needed. I'm sure many people here have lived on large plots--but does this sound crazy? Of course it would be a dumb use of money in the short term, the undeveloped tracts have no water/electric/sewer/phone/gas etc. I suppose I could build it all "off the grid" though, from the start. I wonder too, if you own 100 acres in the middle of nowhere, how do you keep tabs on it? How do you know people aren't cutting down your trees, for example? Would like to hear any opinions on this.