It wasn't without seeing many duds in neighborhoods all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, but I finally hit on the perfect apartment: a studio apartment near Clinton and Atlantic in Cobble Hill (more on that later). Despite being listed in such an obvious place as the Village Voice, I was lucky to locate a real gem while working directly with the landlords (no realtors, agents, or property managers, which all give me the heebeejeebees). Their own brownstone home was right down the same street and I could drop off my rent check on the walk to the subway. Just the way I like it: mom and pop all the way!
So tell us (this might help some young whippersnapper out on their first search right now): how did you search for and find your first apartment? Did you go the obvious route and search the classifieds like me? Or was it through word of mouth or some other source? From your experience, what's the best way to find your first apartment? Please share in the comments below!