We've covered lots of apartment hunting tips in the past. For instance, is living near a grocery store important? What about things to be cautious of? Or how to land the perfect place in 3 easy steps? But one of our best pieces of advice is to check out the neighborhood at different times during the day, especially at night...
During the day, in downtown neighborhoods especially, streets can be a busy bustle of activity. At night the sidewalks roll up and the people who are typically around are those who live within walking distance.
We went to check out some spaces we'll be walking through tomorrow afternoon and wanted an early idea for the night time feel ahead of time. We now know that 1 of the 4 candidates would be far too dark to walk a dog at 1am, and 2 of 4 don't have a bar or restaurant within walking distance, making for a quiet (if not creepily quiet) street.
It's a perfect way to get a feel for the area without fighting traffic or worrying about missing a light, stop sign or one way street sign! Plus, if you're lucky you might get to spy into a window or two (because that's not stalking, it's investigating!).
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)