I work in Gwinnett county, close to the Hall County border so ideally I'd like to stay relatively close to that area. If I could find a place near I-85 or I-985 I would be willing to commute a longer distance, and I drive a fuel efficient car although the days of $4 a gallon gas could come back anytime.
Another concept I'm looking at is traditional steel framed structures like the ones listed on this site:http://www.freedomsteelhomes.com/
They have a A-frame model that with some modifications would be perfect for me, plus there are traditional styles that probably would work in just about any neighborhood
One reason I'm big on steel construction is I've been through a house fire, three direct hit hurricanes, and lived in a area that was hit by a tornado...the result on traditional stick buildings is not pretty! I'd also like something with a modern open floorplan and haven't found that in any house on the market that was even close to my affordability range. Too many McMansions around here!!!
I'd also like to take the GREEN approach, especially since many of the EMC's in my area allow selling back excess solar produced electricity and some even give rebates on the installation of solar setups. Under the right circumstances this could be an additional source of income and as a sole provider every bit can help.