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Buyers trade city digs for slice of rural paradise

Part 3: Housing dreams made on the Web

Editor's note: The Internet has been a partner in the home ownership explosion of the last decade, prompting anyone with a computer to find his or her perfect home. In this special three-part series, we explore some of the more unique homes people have found online. These are homes that, pre-Internet, would've been difficult, if not impossible to find. (See Part 1: Dream homes on eBay (Barbie not included) and Part 2: Historic home travels from Michigan to California.) Chasing a long-held dream of owning acreage, Kit Strandberg this year traded the congestion of city life for 47 acres of farmland and a 55-mile commute to work each day. Ever since 9/11, she considered moving out of urban Portland, Ore., but she never thought it would happen so soon. Using the Web, Strandberg looked at virtual tours and color photographs of properties she'd otherwise spend hours driving to and from to see. She searched and pined over farms for a year before making the move. "I'd lived in the city ever ...

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