Five Rural Hot Spots
By Janet Paskin

(MONEY Magazine) – • Flagler County, Fla. WHERE Between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine WHY IT'S HOT Beaches to the east, lakes to the west WHERE TO BUY Five acres of farmland west of U.S. Highway 1 (only 20 minutes from the beach) sells for $100,000.

• White County, Ga. WHERE An hour N.E. of Atlanta WHY IT'S HOT Blue Ridge Mountains, Chattahoochee River, temperate climate WHERE TO BUY Sites start at $35,000, but check the county's development restrictions first.

• Burnet County, Texas WHERE An hour N.W. of Austin WHY IT'S HOT Hills and valleys, woods and water. Property tax breaks for agricultural uses. WHERE TO BUY Three- to four-acre "view" lots near the town of Burnet start at $100,000; head east to Bertram or Oatmeal, and they're $25,000.

• Taney County, Mo. WHERE South of Springfield WHY IT'S HOT The Ozarks, plus Branson, Mo.'s music scene WHERE TO BUY Most anywhere: $10,000 gets you two acres on a lake; $2,000 puts you on a ridge with a view. But rocky terrain adds to building costs.

• San Juan County, Wash. WHERE Off state's N.W. coast WHY IT'S HOT Unspoiled coastline, unlimited boating WHERE TO BUY Just five of its 172 islands get public ferries, and space is scarce there. Land for less than $100,000 is a deal; anything by the water is at least $250,000.