I understand what you mean Speedracer. It's true my options are restricted by not wanting to drive for so long, but the fact is... I rather look hard for a place 45-60 min away from my job (or even less if I move to the Ottawa region), then spend 3-4 hours a day in a car going and coming back from work.
A 45-60 min drive without traffic is fine. But there is (not always, but often) traffic, so if I live an hour and a half away, it could become 2-3 hours commute... which is a lot of gas and time. I'll sacrifice a few acres to be close to other things. Anyways I don't plan on buying a place with 5-10 acres. That's for when I retire, and then I will be willing to be 2 hours away from civilization.
A ride a day keeps the worries away!