I can't tell you how many times I have talked with a new buyer from another city that wants to *move to the Blue Ridge Mountains* and live the dream in the woods. Then they get out there and realize it's too isolated for them or too far from a grocery store. Or they say they want to live in a city but now it has become too busy. It happens more often than you think. When looking for a home the best thing you can do is really visualize what you want your life to look like in a few years. City's will always become busier and busier with more people moving to an area.(It's the Urban Sprawl as I call it) When you're not from the area you really have to depend on your agent to help you with the navigation of all these things. Best bet is to drive around areas you think you may like then narrow it all down and hyper focus on that area. Don't give up on your dream of being a homeowner in the location you want to live. It will pay off in the end.