Despite all the jokes Adelaide is a pretty good place to live in but still looking at property on Lombok to set up my retirement dig
I'd tread warily in Lombok - Still many primitive attitudes and can be unfriendly to foreigners - Actually can be unfriendly to fellow Indonesians who are not from Lombok.
Have been several times and find it much friendlier and safer than Bali. Have gone back a couple of times to check out land and have a couple of blocks to check out over there in a few weeks time. You are correct in some regards though, they are very suspicious towards foreigners at first and being a lot more of a Muslim population they view other Indonesians with great suspicion. They are still very primitive in most parts, a lot like Bali was 20-30 years ago
l hear nothing but good reports about Lombok these days. l haven't been back there since 1993. My wife and l were in Bali for 2 weeks over Christmas. It was a bit too chaotic, and the amount of tourist development detracts from the culture of the place, which is a bit of a pity. There are now just too many shops, restaurants and hotels. We look forward to going to Lombok in the next year or so.
At present l am in the process of buying a house and land in Tuk Tuk, on Samosir Island, in Lake Toba. This thread could not be more timely. This is an exceptional piece of land, about 1500 sq. m. Mountain views out the back, lake out the front. Plenty of space for a couple of dozen various fruit trees, and a decent sized vegie patch.