a) buy the house built in the 70's in the perfect location with the most amazingly huge beautiful backyard which (the house) has been immaculately kept for at least the last 25 years which is in a cul-de-sac in really great school boundaries and a fireman lived there so there are freaking ladders (!) outside every second story window -- so, so safe in case of a fire, but sort of easy access for sneaking out and thieves coming in and kids climbing on and falling off of the roof -- and the house is 3800 square feet and lots of bedrooms and an unfinished basement that we could finish any way we wanted but Steve doesn't like the low ceilings and -- AND -- every single surface of the interior including the wallpapered walls, crazy-carpeted floors and light fixtures needs a majorly major cosmetic overhaul?
b) buy the house built in 2001 (ugh) with a boring exterior and a garage that sticks out so that's the first thing you notice, which is heading into foreclosure and is steeply undervalued that is only four bedrooms with really nice hardwood floors and (the best feature by far) a to-die-for mudroom/laundry room and which sits on more than half an acre but the yard is kind of laid out skewy and it sits really far back from the street and it seems really cold because it is covered in big overgrown trees and faces north and it is next to some good friends of ours who have cool kids who are friends with our kids and is right up against a slope of a mountain and there are all kinds of crazy cool places for the kids to explore the woods with footpaths and deer and squirrels and hideouts and cool childhood stuff like that and Steve really likes this one but I'm not so sure and -- get this -- no air conditioning! and problems with the land survey and legal stuff like that and it's a short sell so the bank could keep us waiting for a few months and the house is on the filthy side and the yard needs a lot of work but has a great deal of potential?
c) keep looking and praying?