What's the context? A story about pairs.

We've finally found and purchased our "forever home" back in San Diego. We're now in Alpine, though we've considered places such as Fallbrook or Temecula. Some of the places prompt people to say, "that's far!"

We joke, "far... from where?"

Distance is a measurement of at least two locations. There's always an origin and destination, otherwise, you can't tell if something is near or far.