I love soapstone. I really do. But, the fact of the matter is that I don't think it is a wise investment for this house. This is not our "forever home" and we don't think we'll be staying here for five more years even. Ideally, we would buy something larger (DC Rowhouse is a 2 bedroom and the 2nd is pretty small) and rent this place out. This may be a pipe dream.
I'm keeping the soapstone in mind for when I have a kitchen with beautiful handcrafted cabinets in a house I plan on staying for a very long time.
For now, I'm thinking that the black granite is gonna work just great.