I hope nobody is offended by the terms since I am not likely qualified as either a redneck or a Garden City resident. I am expecting to move, eventually, to the outskirts of Washington DC to be nearer the youngsters when I retire. My question is, between northern-central Virginia, Maryland, and eastern West Virginia, are there any areas you know of that have unexpectedly harsh controls on private property or are "unrestricted" as some of the land ads claim? I expected a hotter climate than NY and I'd like to live cheap where I can legally fix a car or park an RV in my front driveway, or put a heated workshop in a shed, maybe a fence all the way around and not just the back yard. Where I live on Long Island those things need a permit or aren't allowed at all. Some places want everything to look like an ornamental garden and they're all over it as soon as they see something else. I have 8-1/2 acres in the Catskills with some rules to follow but the kid's wife's family is near DC and he has a job there now. I didn't make this thread Northern VA in case there's wisdom to be gained by hearing about other places. Anyway that's my questions, can you help me get answers?