Update: Fixed the broken links, sorry about that!
We have been contemplating a move to the country once we start having kids because A. buying a house here in Los Angeles is cost prohibitive and B. we are not sure we want our kids going to the public schools here. We do live in one of the, if not THE most desirable place in Los Angeles to live, and the schools are not bad, but still…it is Los Angeles. So we do dream of one day buying some land (10 acres +) in the country somewhere and either living in the house on the land or building our own modern home. (see the Breezehouse) When I started looking for land in the country, I came across a few states that were offering free plots to anyone that wanted them as long as you build within 2 years of acquiring the land. Not bad, really. The lots are not as big as we would want, but the idea still sounds interesting. Kansas is one of the places giving away a lot of free land, and there are a ton of websites that promote this:
There are also towns in Alaska and some other states that are more than willing to give you a free lot if you build on it within a certain amount of time. Granted, the midwest is not the ideal place for us and we are thinking more along the lines of New Mexico, but still…free land. Hmm. Anyone out there either take advantage of one of these programs or have given them any thought?