We've looked at probably 25 houses this year. Tonight we saw what I'd consider the loveliest by far, and were we to sell our place it's comfortably in our price range (and two miles from Cha's office). Built in 1860, it sits right on beautiful Union Square, catty-corner across the park from H.L. Mencken's home. The house has new 220 service, outlets galore, and recessed lighting. It has a spectacular gourmet kitchen that is about ideal in my book, and a big back yard with parking pad to boot.
Sure, whoever put in the dual-zoned HVAC hung some crappy bulkheads upstairs and punched vents through 140-year-old plaster to do the job, but even with these pesky problems the home is nevertheless lovely and in fantastic condition. And it maintains a lot of period detail despite the modern conveniences.
I'm surprised by the price. Homes on Union Square were over 400k last time I checked. Perhaps it's haunted!?