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Old 08-11-2016, 01:50 PM
Location: Oklahoma City
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The eastern half of the OKC metro is pretty wooded. This is 6 miles northeast of downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@35.5382...2!8i6656?hl=en

Also, a lot of the Tulsa metro is surrounded by woods. This is just under 5 miles west of downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1578...2!8i6656?hl=en
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:43 PM
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San Francisco has great access to "woodlands" and open space immediately north and south of it. Just look at the map from above, and notice all of the green space: https://www.google.com/maps/@37.7430...3876848,10.44z

Some images and example towns that might fit:

Marin (North):
Some image examples, a few miles north of SF as the bird flies:

You can see how the City is just over the hillsides

If you want "farmy" feeling towns, you can get that as you go north towards, especially as you enter wine country. Towns like Novato and Petaluma would be exactly what you're looking for ("farmy and open" feel).

Some Google Street examples:
Here's what near Novato looks like
Near Petaluma

Some towns south of Novato might work, too, but they'll be a bit pricier.

South of SF, you can find a lot of open space and wilderness, too:

There is farmland on the coast that is quite nice - south of Pacific (Montara/Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay, Pescadero, San Gregorio ares)

Some street view examples:
Montara/Moss Beach:
South of Half Moon Bay
San Gregoio

All of these images are taken within 30 minutes of SF (especially at non-rush hour times).

The issue with the Bay Area, obviously, is affordability. But Novato, Petaluma, Montara, Half Moon Bay, Pescadero, and San Gregorio are considerably cheaper than most towns closer in to SF or directly along the Bay ("inner Bay Area").
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