We just take up too much space. For some reason we here in the good old USA want huge houses. They are inefficient and costly. They are vulgar status symbols showing the neighbors what large wankers we have and how well we are suited to mate.
I think that the dinosaurs that we currently live in will be liabilities soon. New houses are usually particle board and vinyl abominations that will bleed you dry in order to heat them heat in the very near future.
So now I am looking for a smaller place. Much smaller if it is possible. The ideal place would be in the 800 sf to 1000 sf range with an area for a garden. A wood stove would be ideal. A basement would be especially nice. I would like to rent for a while until the dust settles. Buying in this market would be a nightmare.
Buying in close to the city center would be optimal. Like it or not, the cops will defend these areas ferociously…the burbs may very well be left to their own devices. An established community is a good idea. Folks knowing folks is your best chance at surviving.
Gotta look at transit. Being close to the main core transit lines shows wisdom. Keep the car gassed up and tuned up and ready to cut and run, but rely on mass transit to keep the day to day moving.
Wherever you live will have its own set of costs and benefits. I think that perhaps if you took a hard look and a rigorous inventory of your needs, you will be able to establish the infrastructure that you will need to get through the cold times.