You can wake up in a country house, work in the lab until 5, then have a night out in NYC or Philadelphia (~ 3-4 hours later, depending on traffic). We’re centrally isolated.
You’re frugal. Binghamton has among the lowest costs of living in the US…
You require an infinite number of mountains to explore. The Catskills, Poconos and Adirondacks are within day and weekend trip distance.
You think the outsides of buildings are an under-utilized canvas.
You think finger shaped lakes (1 hour away) are the greatest of lakes and those lakes on the Canadian border need to get over themselves already.
You think anyone can build an astronomical observatory at high elevation above the cloud line, but it takes real guts to build one in a notoriously cloudy region on a low hill.