Well, I certainly freaked out too soon on the house thing. We decided to take the first place we looked at yesterday, though we looked at five more just to make sure. They were all ridiculously huge (five bedrooms!) with daunting yards, no security, no appliances and at the far edge of our price range.
Our new place is a tiny (bedroom, sitting room) guesthouse but comes with a shower that provides hot water! An indoor flush toilet! A fridge! Lights! The yard looks like a park. It reminds me of the Strode cabin where we lived in grad school, only without a cool/kooky poet living in the main house.