Very good choices indeed.
Some perspective is needed here. The CB750 makes the same or less horsepower than a Suzuki SV650 which is considered and excellent first bike. If you can handle the size, you'll be fine.
That being said, the CB350 might be the better choice simply because Honda made a gazillion of them and therefore parts are cheap and plentiful. The main problem here is that they were often bought by inexperienced and impecunious riders who too often atempted their own ham-fisted maintenance (and even mods) despite their complete lack of competence. Try to locate one that hasn't been too badly molested...
Parts for the 750 are also not too difficult to find, but they are generally expensive. Expect to pay a large premium for a bike with an original 4-into-4 exhaust. As a daily ride, you're far more likely to find one with an aftermarket 4-into-1, which is fine as long as it carburetes cleanly.
The 500/550 were Honda's best 4-cylinder before the arrival of the CB400F, but they are your worst choice. Parts for them are almost impossible to find, which makes them a dodgy proposition as daily riders.
· 1 decade ago