Sorry for the long delayed update. reveilles and I moved from Natick to Ashland a few weeks ago and things are finally beginning to calm down. I liked our apartment, but I'm amazed at how much quieter it is in our townhouse now that we don't have people living above us or walking up and down the stairs outside our door.
Laundry now takes longer than before (our apartment had more washers and dryers, so we could parallelize more), but it seems like less work now since we don't have to go outside to do it.
Based on my experience with having a garage when it's raining, I think I'm going to be really grateful to have a garage once it starts snowing.