Re: Homesteads - how far from the crafting sites?
The only one that is viable is the Dwarf housing community. Hobbit one is marginal if you got a horse. It is several minute ride to Michel Delving - that only gets you study and cook.
Human and elvish are useless. You are so far from anything. Elvish is the worst. It is a long ride to Duillond. There is nothing there except regular facilities. No swift travel.
I live in Elvish housing. They are beautiful. I use the racial recalls. Milestones. Hunter ports to get out.
Unless stated otherwise, all content in this post is My Personal Opinion.