Charming but Smaller or "Not so Wow" but Less Tight
I think we have narrowed down our search to two homes.
One is a 1928 Tudor style (with addition) and the other is a 1980 colonial.
It's no contest on curb appeal - the tudor has so much more character. The colonial is fine on the outside - not ugly, nice and symmetrical (something I like), but kind of just -- there -- if you know what I mean.
On the inside, they both have their pros and cons. On the whole, the colonial is bigger - not by much, but definitely by usable space - and more practical. It has bigger bedrooms and closets, that's for sure. And the colonial has an attached garage, which, while not on our "must have" list IS nice. But it's a front load - in your face garage, and to me that's a negative. I'd love an attached garage, but I like the tucked away in the back concept of the detatched visually. the kids could walk to school easily from the tudor - it's a much longer walk from the colonial; I doubt most parents even let their kids walk from that house.
Both meet all our "musts" (4 BR) and "very much would like to haves" (Kitchen table and dining room table; 1st floor family room). The tudor has more character, even on the inside, but all those wall angles and niches I admire may cause problems for furniture placement, and the smaller closets that I'm mentally ignoring may come back to bite me when we actually move in etc. The colonial is a bit utilitarian, but has a very nice kitchen and I KNOW is more practical on several levels. The tudor also has radiators for heat - which I've never had and don't know much about. And the smaller tudor's taxes are about $2,000 more a year than the colonial; the colonial is a brand new listing; the tudor's been on the market awhile.
I'm drawn to both for different reasons. I've played the mental game about choosing one to see if there is regret for not choosing the other and I feel regret with both. Probably because I like both for different reasons. I know you can't tell me which to choose, but has anyone been through this exercise? How did you decide? Any advice?