When The Mister and I were home-searching a few years back, the biggest driver was location. The Mister wanted it far enough outside of town to get a little acreage, while I needed it to be close enough to major freeways to commute in a reasonable amount of time. There was also a budget to consider.
The end result was a 1976 ranch-style slump block home on an acre of land, backing up against a dry wash. The area was old enough that there were good-sized trees (one of which we sadly had to cut down due to an incurable infestation) which, along with the dry wash, offered a measure of privacy you don’t often get in the flat desert environment. The freeway was less than two miles from the house.