I think that things in SE and by the stadium are still transitional, but it's street by street, so there are some nicer neighborhoods. Otherwise, it's going to be hard finding a place to live that's in DC that's cheap. Right now I'm looking at the Columbia Heights/U Street area, which is kind of near Adams Morgan but once again, it's very transitional. If you're willing to move a little further out, Northern Virginia is a nice area. Also, if you're willing to pay more, you can probably find a nice english basement apartment in the Eastern Market area which I really enjoy. But that's all I've got.