I've basically always lived in a city (if you consider Tulsa to be a city - population 385,000 currently).
However, I have located a place for sale that consists of 10 acres with a fairly modest house, zoned agricultural. This property is only about 2 miles from the city limits. However, if I blinfolded you and drove you there, you would think that you were waaaay out in the sticks. It consists of about 1.5 acres of mowed area with post oaks and about 8.5 acres that is pretty much wild, including a .3 acre pond. It has an incredible view that oversees about 5 square miles of rolling hills in the Osage Nation with no roads or houses. There are about 3 houses on the road to the place, which is a dead end about 3/4 mile long.
We would lose the option of having neighborhood kids for the boys to play with, although they are in public schools and could have friends over to visit. Also, this house has some of the more difficult aspects of rural life -- no city services, no police dept., no trash pickup, septic etc. -- and a pretty decent drive to a grocery store or fast food. The one-way drive to work or school for kids would be about 25 minutes, whereas it now takes about 10 minutes to either one. So we would be looking at 30 more minutes a day in the car to go where we need to go.
While I recognize that this is not moving "to the country" for a lot of folks, it would be a substantial change for me and my family. I like the woods, and as it is I feel cramped in town in more ways than one. But this still presents a difficult decision.
Has anybody else made a similar switch to a more rural spot? What did you like/dislike about it? Did you move back to town or regret the decision? Is it worth the drive? Generally, what do you think?