When we were house hunting a couple of years ago, we looked for what felt like forever. When we first started, I thought one of the most important things would be to get a house that looked completely adorable on the outside (I'm maybe still not convinced that was the wrong thing). But ultimately choosing the right house came down to two questions: does the house have all or at least most of the features we hoped for, and more important, do we like the neighborhood we live in?
Because, lets face it, you make all the changes to a house that you want, but you're stuck with the location.
We got lucky and found a house in the same neighborhood that we'd been renting in, and we still love it here. We can walk to all manner of restaurants, shops, and cafes, + when the weather is nice, there are always people out. Early in the morning, late in the evening, people are out gardening, walking their dogs, biking... it's just a really friendly space.
Tonight was the first night that it's really been warm enough for us to want to walk about, and it was a positively lovely evening stroll indeed.
P.S. - Unfortunately the green house is not ours, but it was oh so pretty, and just begged to have its picture taken :)