Wisest is truly what your heart tells you. The business end of real estate can't be your only concern. You need to come home to it every day, don't make it a purchase that you are just waiting to sell to get something else.
Travel time is a real concern, so you should factor that in. One or two days in the next couple of weeks, try driving to where you might want to live when you get out of work. How is the drive time?
I say a garden today is more important than a hypothesis on future value. With (Realtors) or without (buyer) experience, it still is a long term guess on future property values. Go get a veggie garden in a place you can get to and from each day.