I think you own choice is a good one, good looks and for you a local design is important as consulting the designer is a good thing.
this thread can take you around the world and back as there are so many choices of interesting smallcraft to fit your description.
the longer you wait to choose the better your choice will be.
some things to ask yourself
what will you use the boat for- daysailing only of camp/cruising.
will she live on a trailer or in the water.
what is your average wind condition - sail area is normally drawn to the enviroment of the designer, and should be adjusted to your enviroment.
IE English designs are usually undercanvased for lets say the Chesapeake bay, Finland, the Med.and vice versa.
A chined boat is a good choice if you want an easy first, If you want a more of challange then a epoxy lapstrake is good choice.
my choice would be LE SEIL -
she is bigger then you desire but it wont be long before you want a bigger boat! she can sleep 4 adults!
....and I was aboard her in 2004 in sail caledonia.
There's one rich man onboard and there's twentyfive poor men and they enjoy it more then the rich man does -Jim Kilroy when asked if yacht racing is a rich mans sport.