We've lived in big northern cities most of our lives and we wanted to relocate to a more moderate climate with more outdoor recreational opportunities. But, we also enjoy the change of seasons so we wanted an area that has fall colors and a little snow in the winter.
After several trips we narrowed our choices to either the Ozarks region of NW Arkansas or the southern edge of the Appalachians in North Georgia / Western North Carolina.
Land is inexpensive in Arkansas and we came close to purchasing a 47 acre site near Eureka Springs. It had a spectacular building site on top of a towering stone bluff. Arkansas has a midwestern feel to it and a long heritage of modern architecture from E. Fey Jones.
We looked at more than 45 different sites and finally found one that has great south and southwest exposures and a lot of mature oaks and hickories that will shade the house in the summer.