Yep, an HOA would screw you over too. That was one of the prerequisites of our last house purchase. No HOA and at least 2 acres. If I go bigger than 2 acres though, I think it has to be 100+. Anything in between is just a hassle to mow grass. Bad enough spending 0.9 on the mower every time I have to mow these 2 acres. We looked at houses with 6 acres and to be honest, that would have been a crapload of mowing. Now, 6 acres with 4 acres wooded would be a different thing. I've been looking at places SW of Richmond, VA and we can easily get 10 acres and a really nice house down there. It is really pulling at my gut. Only thing keeping me here is my parents, siblings, and the fact that my wife might kill me if I wanted to move after getting this place.