Needing crunchy opinions....
Currently, my daughter and I and two dogs live on a main road in a suburb. We have found a country place that is pretty near perfect.
2 BR cottage on 1.5 acres
New roof, 1 yr old furnace, new windows
Rent slightly less than where I am now.
We can have chickens again.
Landlord offered to till up the large garden area.
Large perennial flower bed.
Mature Northern Spy apple tree.
Backs up to woods and trails.
Daughter can have her dreamed for tipi and swing and room to roam
Landlord does the lawn mowing and snow removal.
Possibility of eventually purchasing the place.
Landlord offered to put in an invisible fence for my two dogs.
Here's the catch: all of the woodwork - floors, window trim, stairs, bannister - was refinished in Jan with a high VOC oil based finish :( It still smelled. The landlord was going to air the place out this week. He said he hadn't opened the windows yet b/c it was winter. We will go back and see how it smells. I am pretty chemically sensitive.
My thought is that we wouldn't move until April or May; we can turn up the heat to bake/cure the finish which speeds off gassing before we move in; we can spread activated charcoal around to absorb VOC's; we will have windows open til about October; plants; also looking into therapeutic grade essential oils which clean the air.