How do you find your new home? Instead of looking at houses for sale in person or on the internet, first visit all of your friends. Ask them what they most like and dislike about their homes. Take notes. Write down the address of the homes you like most.
It always amazes me when people head out to find a home as if they have never seen a house before. What is appealing to the eye is not always the most comfortable home to live in. After you life in your home awhile, that "eye appeal" factor becomes less and less important, and your comfort in functioning in the home on a daily basis becomes more and more important.
I have never found someone who moved out of their home because of what it looks like, and yet it seems almost every buyer chooses a house because of what it looks like. If you like to take walks, make sure you would enjoy the walk in the neighorhood you are buying. If you love to watch the sun rise or sun set, make sure you can see that from within your home.
It ain't all about granite counter tops :)