Like I've said before, the real estate market here is ...weird. I have to give up my urbanist cred, and consider a single digit Walk Score, to get something that's considered livable without dumping $100K or more into it.
Here's our top candidate, towards the high end of our price range. (Still less than2.5 x income, michaelskis!) Part of a cluster development. 10 minute drive to work for me, 3 or 4 for her, and passable bus service. No 7' ceilings. No main bathroom off the kitchen. No passthrough bedrooms. Not on a major street. Not dark. Tasteful 1990s kitchen. Ductless AC. Municipal utilities, and cable/broadband. (You'd be surprised how limited broadband Internet is around here.) The only weirdness is a shared pea gravel driveway; it's on what would be our lot, and the two other houses in the pod get their access from it. (I've been doing planner-style due diligence.) For the price, it was surprisingly ... clean and normal. Nice, even. And that got us really excited.