We have friends who have lived in the same house for years and a house which used to be in the country.
Driving to visit them seemed to take a long time a long time ago. After all, it was in the country.
Now the city has grown out to meet them. But they have certain privileges because they are "grandfathered in." For one thing, they have a lovely horse barn and corral for the horses.
They can keep a donkey or a horse and still walk to the grocery store. Their latest pets are chickens. We rode over to the house and saw chickens roaming free. They remarked, "They'll come home to roost." When the rooster starts crowing early in the morning, however, they may have a few angry neighbors calling.
It's a wonderful set-up, the country right in town! They have found their gold at the end of the rainbow!