Your house wouldn't bother me. I am poor and I live in a house that cost only $25,000 (but it's nice for such a cheap house.. got it through the VA). It's painted a horrible shade of minty blue with poo-poo brown trim. The inside is messy, but not filthy (my husband and I are collectors of junk).
My husband is also into race cars. He loves to build engines and drag race. He's like a car h4x0r. He actually used some PVC piping and duct tape on his truck engine... which I thought was funny and really cool because it works. We have three and a half vehicles and enough car parts to build three or four engines. Billy is teaching me about car stuff. I was at first upset at him for building a v8 instead of a v6 (fuel efficiency) but when he explained why he did it it made sense (more torque! More torque!).
I actually got to know my husband because my car broke down and I asked him for advice. He came over and tried to fix my car (88 Grand am) but it was beyond help. He then drove me around and helped me pick out a new car (we found a great '93 Dodge Intrepid is wonderful condition for only $6,000... then we found out the reason it was so cheap was leaky head gaskets or something like that. It basically spewed water after I had it for a couple of years).
We have an '84 t-top camaro that we're going to turn into a 'l33t street machine... when we get the money.
So are you into Chevys, Fords (in which case I will have to kill you) or none of the above?