Last year, the neighbor's property came up for sale. We grabbed it immediately. It's 5 acres - all fairly level and usable, with half of it as pasture. Has a 1400 sqft comfortable, charming, solid - but not fancy - house on it. Greenhouse and woodshed. All it needs is a fence and shelter to be ready for horses. We're 35 minutes drive from downtown Portland and 1 mile from a State park with horse-trails. I paid $215k for it. We rent out the house and the rest will be for horses.
I paid $120,000 for my 5 acre place with a 1,910 sqft house, partial fencing, an old auto garage I converted into a barn, and the majority of the acreage in pasture. I couldn't have bought anything close to what I have now in Maryland or northern Virginia for the same price.
I'm 40 minutes from Lynchburg, an hour and a half from Richmond, and about the same from Roanoke.