City Renters "Gone Country"

A recent Canadian study suggests that the explosion of connectivity means more work options for the "creative class" outside traditional metropolitan areas.

Renters in major cities everywhere are familiar with this equation: "If I lived in X, my rent would only be Y. With all the money I could save, I could do Z!" Factor in the pros of past-midnight Chinese-food delivery, the cons of smog and congestion, and the decision to rent in a smaller town can be a tough call.

Wondering if you could swap "city rent" for "country rent" and live to tell the tale? Here are a few people in the foothills of the Appalachian Trail who did just that...