Jefferson did not start with a mansion but with a "Tiny House".
Now with house prices so high - wages low and job certainty low - do we need all the expense of a big house?
The Tiny House Movement is a response to this.
Now think about PEI. You could have oh 10 acres and a tiny house for $35 - 40K - Back to the Land II - On your 10 acres you could grow all your own food and enough to sell as well.
Or this - your Hobbit Home