What got this whole process started this time was an article I read about a new development - Atherstone. While the distance to the city wasn't exactly appealing at around 40km - it's out in Melton - I did joke that it was a great area if you were a mountain biker, 40km in each direction to four of the most major venues that side of the city. Maybe one day it might make for a nice second home if ever I couldn't be bothered driving all the way home :D
But the land prices were deceptively realistic. They were being advertised for around $145k, a price which made me realise "I could actually handle that". Of course you have to buy the bricks and mortar to go on it, how little did I underestimate that part! The idea of actually being able to own a decent home for $300k was appealing, and totally doable.
While Atherstone didn't end up being viable because the goal was to reduce travelling distance, it was a catalyst for other options to be looked at.