The first one - decent size rooms for a first house, quiet looking location, catchment for decent schools if that's an issue for you. Yes it needs quite a bit of redecoration/renovation but nothing that serious from the looks of it.
I don't like the second one as it feels much smaller and (for me) the main downside is that it is very close to both an A road and the M1 so I expect it would be noisy.
I would choose first house as you would have the money to decorate and make it perfect for your own taste. New bathroom would appeal to me. I would consider prioritising location though? The other thing is cost of buying and selling a 2nd time if you buy smaller one and need to move in a few years?
Definitely first for all of the reasons above. The 2nd one is very small and poky and not in a good location. It appears over priced compared to the other. It also irritates me that they are calling a mid terrace a 'cottage', fancy way of saying poky maybe?
The first one would be better, seems to have a bigger sense of space however the flow of the lounge would really annoy me. I don’t like walking off the street into the lounge and the main sofa is under the stairs.
For me it would be neither sorry; House 1 has open plan stairs which I don't personally like due to heat and noise going straight up (though obviously that's just a personal preference) and also I don't like whatever that building with the railings and air vents is right outside. Depending on what it is it could be a problem with noise or security. House 2 looks lovely, but it is very small and it looks like there would be a lot of road noise.
Obviously if these things don't bother you then go with whichever you like the best and how much space you need. House 1 would be more future proof due to its size and being 3 bed rather than 2
House one for sure. House 2 has some nice features but nothing you couldn’t replicate in house one with a bit of work (wood burner etc). House one is bigger, feels more open etc. Needs some work but that’s what first houses are for