I don't really need or want a big house. I need/want a big workshop and studio space. And enough land for the pooch to be happy running around in, with squirrels to chase.
I'd like it to be reasonably close to work, assuming that this job and I continue to be symbiotic. I'm about a half-hour drive currently. Less would be better.
Own. Not rent.
Woods and water would be fantastic.
I don't mind doing some reasonable amount of remodeling or construction. Reasonable probably draws the line at major framing, concrete or roof work.
I'd rather not live within rock-throwing distance of my neighbor's house. 50 feet is probably a minimum.
I'd rather live in a place that doesn't have active inspections looking for wrongdoing (i.e. City of Minneapolis, condo association, etc.).