I shall approach this cautiously.....don't want to find myself in the middle of a marital disagreement. LOL.....BUT, right out of the gate, kereeves....you are on the right track.
Not only have I purchased and sold 7 homes in my adult life, but my late husband and I worked in Real Estate management for 10 years.......just so you know that I truly do have some well-earned experience in this field.
It definitely depends on the home (as it is currently)...In terms of the NEW home, 1.)it matters greatly who the builder is and what research you can do on his homes 2.) It is rarely better to buy a "condo" as opposed to an individual "home." (too many reasons to list)
Yes, those in favor of condos will give you a long list of reasons that condos are better to own.....so THEN, it's about your particular lifestyle and not the structure itself. Follow me so far?
You might want to suggest to your hubby that MOST things (if not ALL) that were built in the '50's, have stood the test of time, were built by authentic craftsmen with products that were made to last forever. We cannot say the same for what is built today, HOW it's built & what is used.
Simply think about any new purchases you may have made in the last decade. I'll add my own example. My parents had the SAME Stove, washer, dryer, television, and many other household items for 20+ yrs....all working just fine as day one. On the other hand, In 12 yrs, I have gone through 2 of each major appliance....trashed due to NON-repairable....junk...gone...tossed out. I am no harder on my things than my parents were....they simply made better products in the '50's. It's that simple. Enough for that.
If the OLDER home has been well-maintained and has some necessary updates made (meaning electrical, plumbing etc.)...you are much better off with an older home. Remember that "cosmetics" are up to the new owner, whether a new or older home. Don't even take cosmetics into consideration (unless they are incredibly EXTENSIVE)
You're right....The Charm of an older home can only be found.....well, in an older home. Period.
You get my Vote....wife! And all for valid reason. I believe your hubby will come to his senses!! LOL Good luck.