MB my approach sounds very similar to yours. My in laws and I already live on the same piece of property but in different houses. We will all be leaving together to bug out if the time comes. I have a very close friend who lives in the town where our BOL is located. He has lived there for several years. I have met many of the people in that town through him. You might try and find a place like you described and forge a friendship with a well known local. That could pay big dividends having a local that will vouch for you during SHTF.