I am in the midst of keeping my head in the books in preparation for some business maneuvers and occasionally, with gratitude, slip away to a park area or two in Topeka, Kansas. While this city has pretty high per capita crime and an overall downcast vibe going on (some reflected in numbers, some purely abstract and of a self-loathing nature), the park space is phenomenal and well-maintained while possessing true wildlife, such as hawks, deer, snakes, birds, and any fauna attracted to the man-made swamp and wetlands. It is so strange coming from Europe where there are pedestrians everywhere to have many hundreds of acres virtually unused.
I would further argue that this part of the world has some of the best rent yields you could ask for with two-bedroom 640-800 square foot (around 55-65 m square) houses a few blocks from this park as of 2017 selling for $45,000 to $60,000USD and attracting rents from $450-750+ per month.
Veer off your programmed path by even a few blocks and you will find sacred and underutilized spaces to regroup.