I really liked living within walking distance of work...but that required cohabitation. At the very best you could own a rowhouse and enjoy relative solitude, but you still have people on both sides. And then there is the dog shit on the sidewalks, bums asking for cash, noise, etc. I think the country wins out at the end of the day. Not the suburbs...in many ways that's like city living except with bigger lawns and extra space between the homes.