Your question is very common among first time home buyers, as far as wanting to know what is the "best" neighborhood. Well, that should be driven by what is most important to you. I'd encourage you to come up with a list of "must have's" and a list of "thing's we'd like, but are not necessary" and a list of "deal breakers." Once you have gone through this exercise and are able to convey that to an expert agent, that individual should be able to recommend some neighborhoods that would fit what you are after.
Basically, I have a good idea of what you are ultimately asking and that is, "which home will provide the best value for us?" Once again, there are so many factors (for example- 1) where are you going to be working as commute times can play a major factor 2) are schools important? 3) what kind of activities appeal to you? and on and on.
All things being equal, homes generally perform better over time than condos. As with any purchase you make, it all comes down to value. This is why it's important to do your due diligence as well as align yourself with a qualified agent who can provide you with all the ammunition you need to make a prudent decision.
Best of luck!
Chad Basinger, REALTORÂ®, CPA, CFPÂ®