So I'm in the market for a house. How does this relate to cycling? Well I'm having the damndest time trying to figure out where to buy the house, because I am trying to figure out an optimal position for... cycling.
So here's my conundrum. I don't want an expensive house, just a modest one will suffice. But 90% of the modest ones are in the middle of Suburban Sprawl, and there's utterly no chance of me being able to bike on those roads and enjoy it, as I dodge between Suburban Assault Vehicles running red lights filled to the brim with soccer and baseball teams. It's just not happening. So that's out.
This leaves me with much less choice in where to live. Right now I live pretty much on the cusp of two different terrains; if I head north it's nice and flat. If I head south it's very hilly (for this area). It's nice because I get to choose which kind of ride to take just by heading one direction or another; and all the roads are country roads so they're nice and empty as well. I'd continue living here, but it's too far away from grocery stores (10 miles) and family (25 miles) and friends (15-30 miles), and so my eventual goal of becoming car-free isn't very realistic in my current position, despite having nearly perfect cycling conditions for solo joyrides and training rides.
I'm trying as hard as I can to find another spot, closer to civilization, but still on the relative outskirts, that will offer me the choice of going one way for flats, or another for hills. So far the only houses I'm finding are way into the flat areas, with almost nothing near the hills. Is this a silly goal? Should I just take a house in the flatlands and ride an extra 10 miles every day to even reach the hills?
Or am I going about this all wrong? Am I making cycling far too much of a priority in hunting for a home? Has anyone bought a home and then regretted it because the cycling nearby was terrible?