Looking at listings until your eyes bleed, and you see something that looks promising. Nice yard, well maintained, spruced up interior. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms. Sounds good.
Then you hit the open house. Your instincts are correct, fabulous yard, kick-ass kitchen, indoor laundry (a RARITY in Silicon Valley). Nice.
But then you realize that at 1100 square feet, it is tiny. When the master bath is the 1/2 bathroom, you begin to think that 1100 sqft is too small, especially with a cramped floor plan.
Too bad for this house, as the neighborhood was awesome, and it was close to the hills and the open space.
This is the death knell for the downtown San Jose houses that are < 1000 sqft. Way too tight for us and our greyhounds.