Well, what do you know?
I thought a quieter, suburban-looking street was not 'up my alley', and yet I loved the house (inside). And when I got back there to look at another apartment, I had to admit that I would probably go with an apartment that had a bigger...kitchen!
I am still torn between the two apartments: one has more natural light & bigger rooms, but the second one has a nuc, a generous space to put a table, chairs & have meals facing the garden.
When asked if I like to cook, I always answer negatively but then add: "But I love to cook for my friends".
So I guess that choosing a bigger kitchen over more light means that my friends presence around my table will mean even brighter light, inside & out.