Actually, I should back up and quickly say that a meshek in Israel typically consists of three areas - A, B and agricultural land. A is 2-3 dunams (.5-.75 acres) - this is where you can build a house (and sometimes have rights to build two). B is typically about 1.5 dunams (just under half an acre) and is for business/agricultural structures like a stable or chicken coop. Then you typically get about 20 dunams or so (5 acres) strictly for agricultural use.
The last lot we saw was about 2.5 dunam in area A with a small dumpy house, 1.5 dunam in area B and then the agricultural area I think was rented out or something - not sure exactly, but we wouldn't really want that land... We want to start with a veggie garden and chickens for eggs and eventually get goats. The lot is facing NW I think - the house could be positioned so you can see the sunset, which the man who lives there said is stunning. There is a playground and shul a few houses down. The playground is small, but has all the features I look for in a playground: every piece of equipment was safe; no wood (so I don't worry about arsenic, although of course there could be toxins in the metal that I'm not aware of
Here's a photo of the lot:
And here's a pic of the kids on the playground:
We're looking at another meshek in the same area tomorrow. Assuming we like this one more, we'll probably try to get a bid together.
Oh, and grocery-wise, there's an organic farm in Tirosh (here) that I think will deliver to the moshav and there's also a very small food coop in a nearby town to get organic grains. And, of course, hopefully we'll have our own veggies and fruit in the not-too-distant future if we buy the meshek...