For the right balance of price and ergonomics I went with a small all-fridge refrigerator (a Danby, http://www.danby.com/en/US/our_products/refrigeration/dar044a2sldd
). It was at CostCo and I happened to have a CostCo rebate check that paid for most of it. I wanted to avoid lifting items in and out of a freezer and I had seen discussions about using this fridge.
As a 3-gallon brewer, it works great without further modification. The fridge doubles as a printer stand. :-) However, you'd need to modify it to fit standard fermenters, and this newer model requires more work to do that (the previous model had a door panel that screwed off, this one is glued in). There are Youtube videos if you're interested.
I use the Johnson controller and it works great. I put velcro on the back of it. But the two-stage controller was probably overkill... I doubt I will ever use it the "other" direction.
It's limited to one batch at a time, but even without considering the advantage of controlled-temp brewing, the advantage of no longer lugging a fermenter up and down stairs cannot be underestimated.
Edit: Denny, two things you might consider in your planning are a) where is your brewing "pain point" and b) how long you plan to be brewing in the future. You've mentioned the lifting issue several times in the past--it seems to be the thing that takes away from the hobby for you. For me, I'm not a champeen homebrewer but I'd like to be brewing my little batches for a good long time to come, and that means ensuring my brewing workflow is designed around my gently aging self. My dream is to build a highly accessible, all-electric brewstand that could be used by someone with limited physical mobility and less-than-acute vision. I will never be the world's best homebrewer, but with enough planning I could eventually be the oldest. ;-)