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Old 08-17-2017, 04:11 AM
 
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Hi I briefly commented on another board, but I thought it would be a good idea to start my own.

As a sufferer of anxiety, my husband and I have decided to make a sea change, and move out of the city into a more rural peaceful setting.
The noise of neighbours, arguements, music, kids screaming etc is just too much for me and I need a break.

For all the rural dwellers out there, how many acres is enough for solitude. I don't intend on living on top of a mountain off the grid, but maybe in a smaller town/village.

The sound of farm machinery, birds etc, wouldn't bother me, it's mostly the selfishness of others who play loud music into the late hours, the local practicing rock band (behind my property) and the neighbours who let their dog constantly bark non stop.

Thank you in advance
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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If you're moving from the City I would think even just a half acre would seem secluded to you. We moved from Brooklyn to CT in the 1990s. Our first home was on 1 acre and the way the property was situated, we'd see our neighbors just enough to wave at them in passing. We have since moved to a neighborhood setting (neighborhood in the sense we are off the main road (first house was on a main road) but not a neighborhood in the sense where we are any closer to our neighbors. In fact we are separated even more.) We are on 2 acres now and cannot see any neighbor from our home or yard -- just glimpses of their houses through the trees. All neighborhood interaction happens on the roads in our development where the neighborhood kids ride their bikes, where people walk their dogs, where walking groups get together etc.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'd say ten acres to really feel secluded. At five acres other houses would probably be close enough to see.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:06 AM
 
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I live on 2 wooded acres, can't see my neighbors, and only hear tree frogs and crickets at night this time of year. This is pretty typical for my area (Marlborough, Hebron, East Glastonbury).
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Had .75 acres then 1 acre, both get secluded enough for me.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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as many as you want, just bring your checkbook
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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2 acres in a busy town might feel less secluded than 1 acres in a rural-ish town, surrounded by open space.

There's a lot of variables. Maybe tell us what towns you're looking at and you can get more meaningful feedback.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I would say a minimum of an acre to feel that people are not on top of you. Three or more acres to begin to feel secluded. Jay
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:15 AM
 
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I would say a minimum of an acre to feel that people are not on top of you. Three or more acres to begin to feel secluded. Jay
A minimum of an acre, really? We have a paltry .5 acre and it doesn't feel like neighbors are on top at all. Separated by plenty of yard and trees, even here in one of the top 10 or 12 largest cities in the state on the coast. Now it certainly doesn't feel secluded either.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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A minimum of an acre, really? We have a paltry .5 acre and it doesn't feel like neighbors are on top at all. Separated by plenty of yard and trees, even here in one of the top 10 or 12 largest cities in the state on the coast. Now it certainly doesn't feel secluded either.
A half acre is nice sized but it still gets you close to neighbors with maybe 50 feet between house. I get the sense that the OP wants to be a bit more secluded than that which is why I said an acre. Our lot is 1/3 of an acre and we are definitely too close to our neighbors IMHO. But that is what DW wanted (a family neighborhood) and you know how the saying goes "Happy wife, happy life". Jay
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