We've been looking to buy a place in DC but the prices are killing us. You can easily pay $350,000 for a two room condo, and a free-standing home will set you back at least $600,000 (for a small one...if you're lucky). We were looking at real estate in Pittsburgh and you can buy auction homes for $1,000 (no, that's not a typo, one thousand bucks). I'm sure those are in crack-head neighborhoods and you probably have to fix them up, but there's tons of stuff for under $100,000. Is Pittsburgh a decent place to live? PA is beautiful but I've never been through Pittsburgh, is it scary or is it okay? How would you say it compares to DC?