I'd love to have 2 homes, a nice and posh city flat and a nice house in the countryside. Alas at this moment in time it isn't feasible for me to do that due to needing to be based in 2 countries.
When I'm in Bergen, I have a home in a somewhat further away suburb, it's about 20km to the city centre, it's somewhat best of both worlds, live off a minor road, fairly quiet except when a boat or ship goes by. Not a big place though mine is just an acre.
When I'm based in England, I live in a small Cotswold village, it's about 20 miles away from Oxford. Everyone knows everyone around here, in the winter time when it is snowing my eldest daughter is the one who has to check on our 2 neighbours who are in their 70s and 80s whether they still alive or not. It's definitely one of the downsides, just about everyone is an old fogey or on the verge of becoming one. Internet connections in out of town areas in England lags when compared to those in Norway and you can forget about 4G coverage in most rural areas, at times it does feel like I'm in a 3rd world country because my iPhone 5 on EE would actually have 1 bar for reception or sometimes none at all. Fibre internet isn't fantastic either as though it says up to 38MB, it's rarely ever half that, definitely enough to test my patience. Distance is definitely an issue but I view it as a good thing as it gives me a good reason to buy better cars
Someday I'll but myself a tudor styled home in the countryside that has 200 acres of land and will plant it with trees, make a pond and several manicured gardens, won't be happening any time soon obviously