My fellow blogger Rude1 has a great post which explores the very real differnce between living in the country or the city.
I grew up a city boy. There is no denying that fact. Yet, somehow, I always a felt a little out of place. There was a yearning for wide open spaces.
While having not achieved the goal of being "independently wealthy", and thus having the spread in the "middle of nowhere", I have reached a satisfying compromise. We live in a small town (one friend described it as "Mayberry"), while being within reasonable driving distance of the Seattle metro area, which provides the income to for the family BR to live the good life.
I'm not saying one lifestyle is better than the other, it's just a case of individual needs.