You should check in the incorporated areas just outside Greensboro such as Pleasant Garden, Ramseur, etc. where the local governments have taken action to prevent Greensboro from annexing them. Property values just across the Guilford County line in Randolph County are pretty good, too. The NC62 corridor between 220/73 and 421 has some nice property areas as well.
yep, i've looked pretty extensively throughout randolph county as well. that's the rub though; i want something that's far out enough to be cheap and avoid urban sprawl over the rest of my life, while yet being close enough to the city that i can live/work/hang out with people there without inconvenience.