I live in an old eighteenth century thirty room mansion in a country setting, in Western Canada.
We have five thousand acres and a private lake, plenty of room for our pets to roam(two horses, mini horse, pony, and two
deer, rabbit, wolf, cat), and wildlife galore!
The property has been in our family for for well over sixty years
We have properties in the US, ENGLAND, IRELAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, SCOTLAND, and soon SWEDEN, LATVIA, FINLAND.
All of these properties are preturn of the century and in need of a little refurbishing and maintenance due to age. Otherwise they are in near mint condition. They are all located in country settings with plenty if acreage and privacy.
But to answer your question, I would rather live in a house because I was born and raised in a huge house that had been in my family for a long time now and the fact that I have never rented from anyone so that is money save right there.
If I did rent I would want the same setting thay I have now(huge house, privacy, lots of fresh air, land).