I've recently been looking at buying a home. Correction: I've recently been looking at buying a piece of property that could someday have a home on it. Ultimately, I've been looking for plots of land that have some structure already established - like a cabin, beat-up house, barn, etc. From there, I would do what was minimally needed to make said structure a primary residence (sleeping bag, if needs be - ok, not really) while I spend the next X-years building as-yet-unimagined dreamhouse.
1. The Left one here is a funny situation where a "Major Sports Figure" went bankrupt and now has to split his 5-acre property in half. 2.5-acre plot... including the pool and the mobile home!
2. The Middle one is an Estate Sale - 5-acre, heavily wooded, with an A-Frame on the property and a river runs through it.
3. The Right one has already sold. I put a bid out on it... but it went to someone else. 1.25-acre, with barn and log house.
I work in Tech and Real Estate. I love both of them.