Scott and I are in the process of house hunting right now. We apparently have come to the conclusion that we are NOT going to be able to get a 'house' unless we move waaaaayyyy out into butt-fuck nowhere or settle for a cardboard box on the side of the road.
We looked at 10 places today. 2 of which we are very happy with. 1 was a 2 bedroom, 3 bath townhome. Very roomy, lots of angles. *had a garage!-essential bit!* This townhome was 3 levels. Lots of light, no yard space except for the front lawn * I really DON'T want a lawn, I cant stand mowing* It was also essential that we have a washer/dryer in the house. NOT hookups.
The second was a condo, with a garage! *yay!* and it was 3 levels if you count the foyer you walk into from the front door. *this is the place we both REALLY liked* 2.5 baths, huge kitchen, seperate dining room. Nice hardwood floors. It also had this odd see through gas fireplace, which was kinda neat. This condo had 3 big bedrooms upstairs. Lots of cat space!!! It even has a small front deck on the second level from the living room. Lots of light, lots of space.
Both places are in nice quiet neighborhoods. Both are a 40 minute commute from work. * this is what you have to do to afford a house and still work in the city*
We are still going to look, but we are in a time crunch. Our realtor did tell us that we did good by looking at MANY places. (very pretty on the outside, but they were either in a shit neighborhood OR it had structural damage). She was also great telling us that if it does not have copper pipes, beware!! Many of the town homes develop water leaks with the plastic piping.
We plan to go out again, but we really did like the one place. I love levels, not flat houses. Levels make me feel like I can actually escape to another point in the house.