For the property and price range, you will be about 1 to 1.5 hours from Arlington. Farm type homes on acreage are further south or west. That being said, you may have a tough time finding a rental property owner that will allow you to have more than 1 or 2 dogs. Pet deposits per dog run $300-500, plus your regular security deposits. In that payment range, you could own a home for under $2,000 per month. Considering the length of time you would rent, why not buy? Rental prices are typically higher than a mortgage payment on the same property. With home prices still fairly low and mortgage rates at historical lows, you could get a great property. Happy to discuss further - send me an email at email@example.com with your contact info and I'll give you a call!