First of all, apologies for starting a thread that reeks of pure, undistilled, pathetic fanboyism. However, some FFXI friends and I were having this conversation recently, and so I thought it would be an interesting question to pose to the larger Alla community. If Vana'diel was real, and if you had a bankroll that would enable you to purchase any parcel of land -- in any zone -- and put up a house, where would you live?
For my money, I'd split my Vana'diel residency between two places. I'd buy about three acres of the Lufaise Meadows and build a villa on the east side of the waterfall near the zoneline to the Tavnazian Safehold. There would be an ample deck hanging off of the cliff over the canyon, lots of good food and books to pass the time, and (most importantly) a particularly uninhibited harem of Mithra. This would be the place to spend Sunday through Thursday. The runner-up would be a big plot of land to the southeast of the Ephemere in La Theine Plateau, which would offer a lot of the same scenery without the constant white noise of the waterfall in the background.
So if the first place concentrates on peaceful scenery, the second place would concentrate on night life. I would relocate Joachim (the Abyssea Traverser's Stone NPC) to Lower Jeuno, and then augment him with an NPC that provides teleports to all of the Abyssea maws. There would also be teleports to Whitegate, as well as the three starter cities. This would (hopefully) have the effect of returning Lower Jeuno to its "axis of Vana'diel" position that it enjoyed before the release of ToAU. Then, I'd buy up one of the seldom-visited shops on the upper level of Lower Jeuno (I'm looking at you, Gems by Kshama) and turn it into a weekend apartment. With all of the crowds of people, the Merry Minstrel would be a great weekend hangout (albeit a bit crowded) and when the lamps are lit and the bards are kicking the last lampshade-wearing patrons out, it would be a short stumble back.
So where would you live? You can assume that all of the local flora and fauna will be in place, but you can also assume that you (along with your friends and family) are all level 99. I thought about building a nice big house with a deck hanging off the side of Ru'Aun Gardens, but the possibility of having one too many glasses of Tarutaru ale and falling off of the side makes this a risky proposition indeed.