I just signed a lease on a new apartment for March 1. A nice, plain two bedroom in a sunny 2nd floor unit. It's $50 a month cheaper than the kind of weird attic space with the laundry and parking issues. It has a very sensible layout, with a bedroom on the north side for LB (nice and dark) and a bedroom on the south side for me. The kitchen is south facing, which was a major selling point for me. It's a smallish eat in kitchen, with standard low-budget white stove and wood laminate counters (wish they'd kept the old cabinets). Most of the rooms have nicely redone wood floors, and the whole building seems clean and well-maintained (unlike the death trap attic space).
The neighborhood is close to where we are now, and very close to daycare. Ten years ago it used to be pretty rough around there, but I've been in the area a lot and there doesn't seem to be anything sketchy going on now. There's a pretty big park across the street and a corner store on the other corner.
And then there's the bad: