Right now we live in nice area outside of a suburb. We have about .25 acres but it is far from "rural" and it is a regular neighborhood. It takes us 15 minutes to get to "town" and 30 minutes to get to the city. It's not bad now that DS is young. We usually go out once a day, but I don't love making two trips out. We have a wonderful view and wake to up deer and bunnies in our yard.
But, we need to move closer to DH's work for financial reasons, and a shorter commute would allow him to spend more time with DS and I. We have the opportunity to live in either a city environment, with lots and lots of amenities nearby and DH only 15 minutes from work. But, it is a tiny lot a few miles from busy highways and a small airport. More noise and pollution, but shorter drive to everything. There is a park very close, library, rec center, schools within walking distance.
Or, we could go further out and get a house with land--2 acres or so. I've always wanted animals and i could, eventually, get a few. We love the views, quietness of a more rural setting, but I don't like to drive. DS LOVES people and my biggest concern is that he wouldn't be around people enough for his taste, as he gets older. And I like to keep him involved in things. I may home school,in which case I'd also want him near "things" so he can be around other people and kids.
What do you think? City or countryish? What would you do?