If you've ever had to move to a new city, you know that finding the right place to live can be a challenge. Not just procuring that perfect apartment or house, but also making sure that the neighborhood and its people fit with your personality (and it's not just close to your job)…
Craigslist can help you find an affordable place to live, and friends in the city can give you advice on what area to choose. You can even visit a city a few times to get a feel of which neighborhoods are the perfect fit. But if you're planning to move to a new city and can't tap into any of those resources, you might want to check out Rentwiki.com. Set in different cities around the country, Rentwiki is a website that provides listings to apartments available in the area. Rentwiki also allows for users of the site to post reviews about neighborhoods. You can learn whether or not a neighborhood has great Chinese restaurants, is in close proximity to any good bars or whether or not you should stay indoors at night, and all from reviews written by people living in the actual city. Even if you're not planning on moving any time soon, Rentwiki can be a fun way to learn about different parts of your city (as we confess the writer of this post has done herself in Austin).
Have you moved to a different city recently? How did you get a lay of the land, through the internet, friends or by visits? Did you ever move to a part of a city only to find that the neighborhood wasn't a good fit for you at all? Have you used Rentwiki to help you find a place to live? Share your moving and perfect neighborhood finding stories!
Originally posted at Apartment Therapy LA/Adrienne.