What an exciting project for you. A lot depends on your goals. There are important issues to be aware of when considering the purchase of land in the Half Moon Bay area, particularly oceanfront. Within the City of Half Moon Bay, there are growth limitations (Measure A); some lots are currently buildable and some are not, and zoning can vary (e.g. planned development, agriculture use, etc.). Also, some oceanfront lots are already owned by Peninsula Open Space Trust (P.O.S.T.), an organization dedicated to maintaining open space in our area and throughout the San Mateo County coast. Some lots are available for sale even though they are not on the market. For non-listed properties, it may take a well written letter and a good offer. El Granada, Moss Beach and Montara are under San Mateo County's jurisdiction; Coastside County Water District, Granada Sanitary District or Montara Water & Sanitary District will need to be consulted for water & sewer research. If you work from home, you will want to make sure you have the necessary cell phone/internet capabilities. Coverage is spotty in some areas here and may not be suitable for someone working from home. Local Realtors who have represented buyers and sellers know the unique issues here and know quickly where to go to get the answers you will need. Public data is not always accurate. There are many good agents in the area who can help you. You are best served by working with a local agent who knows the area, has the time/willingness to do research, and can guide you toward an appropriate parcel for your needs. Call or email 2 or 3 agents to get a feel for knowledge and style, then work with someone who is a good fit for you.