That spot is my hometown. I realized, as I began writing the three stories I have in the works, they all take place in a town very similar to my own. I haven't lived in a big city, a farm or in the mountains (real ones like Colorado). So, I go with what I know.
Has anyone been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to the area your character lives in and experience it for a few weeks or months? I know well-known authors have been able to travel to do research but some of us self publishers/non-paid authors may not have the opportunity to do this. That's when the Internet is my best friend. I look for the type of house, a specific area on maps so I can picture where my character lives and who they move through their lives in my books.
Do you write about what you know or make your main character's home in a place similar to whatever you have experienced?