So this house just showed up on my radar today that sort of exemplifies the dilemma of someone like me, rummaging around near the bottom of the real estate market: the houses I see are either where I want to live/in a decent 'hood or really cool houses, but hardly ever both (and if they are both they're already under contract). The house in question is in Bethesda, which is at the top of my list of places I'd like to be, and not only is it newish construction and in one of those hideous neo-"Little Boxes" neighborhoods, but it's a damn garage with a house attached! Yechh! There ought to be laws against that sort of thing.
I know I'm going to have to make some compromises because I can't afford a "perfect house," and I know having a less-than-fab house won't make me a bad person. But am I crazy in thinking there's no way in hell I could live in such a place? Plus the lot size is only .097 acres. That's hardly room to play with a Chihuahua.