I have worked with many buyers over the years (27 to be exact) and I applaud you for asking the most important question first. Before price, home style, size, etc comes, where in the world would you like to live. As a family we moved to the White Mountains in 1983. While I work many hours every week in the real estate business, we have 2 offices covering 20 towns in Northern New Hampshire, I feel like every day is a vacation. The White Mountain National Forest surrounds us (700,000 acres), there is lots of skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, swimming, fishing, golf and much more to do including cultural events, music and theater as well as educational opportunities. Towns like Easton, Franconia, Sugar HIll, Bethlehem, and LIttleton to mention a few meet your size criteria, have easy access to Interstate 93, mountain views and clean air. Littleton, the largest of the towns with about 7000 has everything you would ever need including a quaint, walkable Main Steet with sidewalks on both sides, but within a few miles you can be living in the country. Home prices are very reasonable depending on your needs. Best of luck in your search. If you want to discuss more details, give us a call or check with the Littleton, Franconia or Bethlehem Chambers of Commerce.