Today, Daniel's family went off to the city for breakfast and the Old Town Art Fair -- see, you don't have to abandon the city entirely if you move to Oak Park! Kevin made yummy chilaquiles for breakfast, and has now taken Kavi for a walk to go get me tea. This afternoon, we have five houses to look at (most of them second looks), and then I think we make a decision on what we want to offer on. The original Elmwood house may still be a possibility (complicated), but now we're not sure that's actually our first choice. Hopefully this afternoon will bring clarity.
Here's an aesthetic question for you. Assuming you like old wood and the like, would you rather:
a) buy an old house with a bunch of old built-in bookshelves and the like, lots of character
b) buy a different old house without much in the way of built-ins, etc. for much cheaper, giving you plenty of money for both furnishings and for adding built-in bookshelves, etc. that are exactly the size/shape/style you like best
There are other factors in play, but that's one that I'm kind of surprised to find myself torn on. Thoughts?