I would believe that most people here have a limited amount of money to purchase land and build. Trying to get the most for your dollar is important. Rising fuel costs are going to have some say in the future.
Land - What would you consider to be important? Size, location, privacy, ....
Cabin - What would you consider to be important? Size, location, ability to comfortably sleep how many, accomodations, view, deck, number of rooms etc....
I believe that a cabin is an investment as well as a recreational opportunity. While I have found a decent enough piece of property, I will continue to look until I actually purchase it (no rush, the guy said he will hold it until spring). It is 5 acres, 660 foot of lakefront, 330 deep. While not what most Alaskans would consider prime fishing. It has the ability to provide great trophy non-salmon fishing and wildlife viewing. Drawback - no large trees. Semi shallow water where you have to beach your boat. 3 hour drive.
I would like to not have to use my cab-over at all. I love it for me and the wife, but it gets crowded quickly. Having to tote it is also a fuel issue. Taking it off on Sunday and putting it back on Thursday gets old. Having a cabin to crawl into after a long week seems comforting. More room, less during the week "gotta get it done" maintenance and more privacy. No crowded parking lots and campgrounds. After it is turnkey, all I would need is clean sheets, propane, gasoline and a cooler. Worries would include leaving my truck unattended in the parking lot and possible theft/arson.
I am looking at several options for cabin size. It seems like 16 and 20 wide are the most common. Length is a matter of funding. I would like to have 2 sleeping areas for couples, a small kitchen, a large table and chairs, common area around the wood stove and a bath/changing room inside. I plan to have an outhouse and a small outbuilding for the generator etc.
What are your thoughts?