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MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert

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A Property Manager based in Mesa

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Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Mesa houses the campus of Santa Barbara City College. The school has 20,000 students, but not all of them live in Mesa; many of them are spread around Santa Barbara’s communities and in neighboring towns. However, students can be seen hanging out around town, especially at the beaches, on the weekends. Also, three of the city’s elementary schools are located in Mesa: Monroe Elementary, McKinley Elementary, and Washington Elementary.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Mesa’s most valuable characteristic is that it’s right on the ocean, and this offers countless recreational opportunities to the Californians who live here. The Mesa Lane Beach is a great surfing spot, and the Arroyo Burro County Beach and Thousand Steps Beach are quintessential California beaches. Elsewhere in Mesa, there is 415 acres of park space split between Elings Park, Shoreline Park, and the Douglas Family Preserve, all of which are popular places with plentiful activities. Last but not least, the stores and shopping at Meigs Road and Cliff Drive provide residents with trusted local places to shop.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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There have been many steps taken by Highland’s community to make the neighborhood a more desirable place to live. Bridges to downtown were built, residents have worked to restore and preserve historic districts (which improved the market for historic houses in these areas), and most importantly for renters, there has been an increase of high-end condos and lofts. Old structures such as dilapidated buildings and parking lots are being torn down and housing is being built there instead. With the new convenient accessibility to downtown and the improved housing opportunities, Highland has become one of the most renter friendly neighborhoods in Denver.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Highland used to be removed from downtown Denver, but developments in the past two decades have made the two areas conveniently connected. More specifically, three bridges (the Platte River Bridge, Denver Millenium Bridge, and Highland Bridge) were constructed. These three roads are now frequented by commuters who travel between the two areas every day. Buses also make the commute easier for residents who are either temporarily or permanently carless. Highland, at three miles away from downtown, is further from downtown than some neighborhoods, but steps have been taken to make the commute friendlier to people who live here.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Des Moines isn’t exactly one of the premier nightlife destinations in the country, but for a smaller city it can hold its own. The Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater and Wells Fargo Arena are two of the most popular music venues in the city, and both have their own styles. Small venues like People’s and the Vaudeville Mews also fill up on the weekends. The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines hosts Broadway shows and the Des Moines Metro Opera also has great shows for the artistic crowds. Elsewhere, the city has a great selection of bars, lounges, and clubs alike.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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You’re missing out if you haven’t heard about Downtown Des Moines’s brilliant “skywalk” infrastructure. This is a four mile stretch of elevated bridges that connect the buildings in downtown, and are enclosed to keep the elements outside. This is perfect for getting around in the winter, when it’s cold and snowy outside, or during a rainstorm in the summer. You may not be able to take it from your apartment to your place of work -- although this is possible with precise planning -- but it’s the largest skywalk system in the country, and it covers a lot of ground. Aside from the skywalk, there aren’t many public transit options besides buses.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Cortez Hill’s average price tag for a two bedroom apartment goes for around $2500, more or less. For someone who isn’t acquainted with San Diego’s housing market this can sound ludicrous, but it’s important to weigh it against the costs in surrounding areas. For the same sized space (two bedrooms), the Marina costs $3399, the Gaslamp Quarter costs $2860, and the East Village costs $2727. These are all more expensive than Cortez Hill; when you look at it this way, the Hill’s price tag begins to look reasonable. Little Italy ($2479) is practically the same, and Core is slightly less ($2004). Either way, if you’re looking for a two bedroom apartment in San Diego it will probably be for more than $2000, and a one bedroom can be between $1400 and $2000, depending.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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If you work in downtown San Diego, go to school at the nearby, or want to visit a friend or family member in a nearby neighborhood, you can easily walk from your rental in Cortez Hill. The neighborhood is just half a mile from both downtown and the college, and I know a lot of residents who walk or bike every day. With the city’s mild winters, this is a realistic everyday commuting option. However, if you want to take public transportation, there are bus stops on every block in the neighborhood. There are also two trolley stops -- one near the college, and another on nearby Market Street.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Downtown Miami is one of the most urban areas in the entire country. There are 71,000 people that live here year-round, and 200,000 overall. This makes it the most populous downtown in the entire country after New York City and Chicago. It’s also one of the fastest growing downtown areas because of the high amount of construction projects that have occurred here recently. So, with that said, I couldn’t imagine a better time to move here. There are five or so districts within the downtown community; you should research which part of town you want to live in before you look at the listings. If you need help don’t hesitate to shoot me a message.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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If you’re looking for a job in Miami, downtown is probably the place you would look. It’s the city’s center for finances, culture, commercial businesses; you name it. It’s definitely the most rapidly growing part of the city in terms of construction. There are a lot of office buildings that have just recently been built, which has led to the creation of jobs in the area. It’s safe to say that the city’s economy revolves around downtown, which is home to major companies, schools, banks, shops, and more. And if you decide to rent in downtown, you could move in down the block from where you work.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Charles Village isn’t currently served by any of Baltimore’s rail transportation services, unfortunately, but it still provides great access to the rest of the city and state with five bus routes. The neighborhood also is very close to Interstate 83, or the Jones Falls Expressway, and there are several important routes that run through it: Charles Street, Howard Street, Saint Paul Street, and a few others. The traffic can be congested sometimes because of the location, and also because the neighborhood is home to John Hopkins University’s campus, but overall it’s not too irritating.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Charles Village is probably most well-known for being home to the prestigious John Hopkins University. It’s not uncommon to see college students walking through the area to get to class or the library, or on the weekends, to parties. But this isn’t a large concern; unlike some neighborhoods with college campuses, Charles Village doesn’t get too rowdy. The community fosters education through its museums, like the Baltimore Museum of Art, and libraries, like the Village Learning Place.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Ahwatukee has a great number of pet-friendly apartments. Around twenty buildings offering varieties of bed and bathroom requirements allow cats and dogs of all sizes. These can be found by searching Ahwatukee and entering the ‘advanced options’ area, and selecting the modifier right for your pet situation. Policies differ between complexes; some have breed, weight, or quantity requirements. However, many, such as Verano Townhomes and Mountainside Apartments, allow dogs of all breeds and sizes. For smaller dogs and cats, there are over forty buildings to choose from also ranging in size and price. Given the landscape, weather, and abundance of pet-friendly buildings, Ahwatukee is a great place for pets of all types.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The landscape of Ahwatukee combined with the weather provide many outdoor recreational activities. South Mountain Park begins on Ahwatukee’s border, which is the largest city park in the United States and provides many hiking and cycling trails and paths. Telegraph Pass, Pima Canyon and Beverly Canyon are also excellent hiking trails in this Phoenix neighborhood, and the whole area is a popular destination for cycling, including road and mountain bikes. There are four golf courses as well as a volleyball league for residents in the Club West community of Ahwatukee. There is also an ice rink set up in the winter months for skating and hockey in the desert. The neighborhood also sponsors various clubs and events, such as a woodworking club and regular dog shows. All attractions in Ahwatukee can be found at ahwatukee.com.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Palms is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Elementary schools serving Palms residents are Palms, Charnock Road, and Clover Avenue public schools, as well as Pacifica Avenue Community Charter School. Palms Middle School serves all public school students in grades 6-8. It is the largest facility in the neighborhood, with the major highway of Palms Boulevard running through the campus above an underground pedestrian walkway connecting two sections of the school. Alexander Hamilton and Venice High Schools each serve Palms students, based on zoning determinations. Lycee Francais de Los Angeles is a private independent PreK-12 school offering American or French curriculum, and serving more than 800 students from over 55 countries, including many famous actors and actresses. St.Augustine private Catholic school serves boys and girls in grades K-8, and Notre Dame Academy Girls High School is also private and Catholic.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles has become known for its high rate of renters, boasting a 92% rate of renters to 8% owners. Until the 1960’s the opposite was true, as it was famed for its many single family Spanish Colonial houses. The popularity of Los Angeles and congestion of other areas caused the demolition of many of these homes for apartments buildings; the ones that remain are now crowded, with apartments in what were previously backyards, causing Palms to become one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhood. The Westside Village area of Palms is less densely populated, but holds a still high 70% of renters, mostly consisting of UCLA related housing. Rental rates are among the lowest of surrounding areas, averaging around $1,300 monthly for a one-bedroom apartment.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Coral Way neighborhood consists of 8 sub-neighborhoods: Shenandoah, Silver Bluff, Vizcaya, Coral Gate, Bryan Park, Golden Pines, Parkdale-Lyndale, and South Miami, which are served by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This is the fourth-largest school district in the United States, with the second-largest minority majority enrollment. Elementary students in this neighborhood are zoned to one of six elementary schools, continue on to Shenandoah Middle School, and are zoned to either Booker T. Washington, Coral Gables, or Miami Senior High School. There are a great amount of private or charter and goal-specific schools within the school district and serving Coral Way, including seventeen application-based magnet high schools. There are also 23 adult/vocational schools available through Dade County. Dadeschools.net provides detailed information on zoning, available alternative schools, and contact information to find the school best suited for your student.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Coral Way is served abundantly by Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), by both bus and rail. 3 of 23 Miami Metrorail stations are located in Coral Way: Vizcaya, Coconut Grove, and Douglas Road stations, all operating on the Green Line. Metrorail consists of 25 miles of track throughout the core of Miami, and provides connections to more expanded rail systems. Metromover is a free rail service, travelling through all of downtown Miami and to Brickell. South Florida’s commuter rail system travels throughout southern Florida, up to West Palm Beach. Both of these systems can be accessed on the green lines of the Metrorail available in Coral Way. Metrobus also provides extensive service, with around 90 routes, some operating 24 hours, most 4:30 am - 1:30 am. Metrobus serves all of Dade county as well as some of Broward. With proper transfers, one could travel the almost 5 hours from Jupiter to Key West via Metrobus service.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven other neighborhoods in Richmond, The Fan proved to be among the top two most expensive, with prices around $300 higher for a two-bedroom apartment than multiple neighborhoods, such as Hollywood Cemetery and Byrd Park. An average studio apartment in The Fan rents for around $725 monthly. One bedroom apartments rent for around $825 monthly, two-bedrooms for $1,125, and three-bedrooms for upwards of $1,900. The Fan is a very convenient neighborhood concerning proximity to local businesses and Virginia Commonwealth University, which accounts for the higher costs, and may cut other (travel) costs, making it worth the increase in rent.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The Fan area of Richmond is home to around 90 restaurants, many locally owned and unique to the neighborhood. As the fan is a mostly residential area and close to the University of Richmond, many are casual and somewhat eclectic. The most upscale option is Acacia Midtown, good for a date or special occasion, serving American fare for around $20 an entree. Mama Zu is another charming eatery, with lower costs, serving Italian food along with beer and wine. Pescado China Street is also on the cheaper side of things, and a must-visit in The Fan. It offers a mix of Mexican, Caribbean, and Creole seafood dishes, providing some uncommon options. The Black Sheep is a popular American style eatery, which was featured on the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America for their two-foot “battleship” subs. There are many other great options in the fan, all with various alcohol policies; these are great places to start.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Greenland Hills neighborhood, also known as the M Streets, sponsors many events and activities throughout the year. Holiday celebrations, including St.Patrick’s Day block parties and Halloween and Christmas parades, can be enjoyed in the M Streets district or downtown Dallas. The neighborhood also holds block parties throughout the year, as well as spring and fall plant swaps, chili cook-offs, neighborhood wide garage sales, and seasonal festivals. Also, a Yard of the Month is awarded monthly for the nicest yard in town. All events, as well as additional information about the neighborhood can be found at mstreets.org.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The M Streets neighborhood is served by the Mockingbird Station, which is located on Mockingbird Avenue and provides bus and rail service to all of Dallas as well as twelve surrounding suburbs. Bus lines 1, 24, 76, and 521 provide regular service, while the Mustang Express provides limited service, catering mostly to Southern Methodist University (SMU) schedules, and DART On-Call Lakewood provides shuttle service via reservations. The Red Line rail service travels from the Parker Road Station to Westmoreland Station, and the Blue Line from Downtown Garland Station to Ledbetter Station, both stopping at Mockingbird. All times and destination information can be found at dart.org.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Ballard has a great waterfront location, and takes advantage of it with landmarks like the Golden Gardens Park. This public area has beaches, trails for hiking, nature, and playgrounds. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful park in Seattle, and if you live in Ballard you will probably spend many warm summer nights here. In addition, Ballard has delicious restaurants that are making my mouth water just thinking about them. Plaka Estiatorio, Paseo, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Mr. & Mrs. Wok... the names may sound strange, but the food is downright incredible at all these places. In fact, I think Ballard could make a run at Seattle’s best foodie neighborhood. If I had more space I would write all the things you can do in Ballard and nearby downtown Seattle (less than ten miles away). Give me a call or shoot me a message and I’ll continue to list things off as long as you want me to.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The neighborhood is home to Ballard High School, which is the longest-running high school in all of Seattle. It has a very unique magnet program -- which is a specialized curriculum -- for biotechnology. It has earned above-average ratings on Great Schools, which grades every school in the country. All the schools in the Ballard community are run by Seattle Public Schools, which is, in my opinion, considerably better than most large cities’ school districts. It should go without saying that there are also numerous private schools in the city that are viable options for your kids as well.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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If you’re out and about on the weekend with friends in Long Beach, you’re more than likely headed for downtown. This is the area of town that has the best restaurants, clubs, lounges, cafes, you name it. Living here puts you square in the middle of the liveliest and most exciting area of town. Because of this, the rents are a bit more expensive here than in more outer areas. But the location is definitely worth it, especially if you have a job in downtown. Or, if you want to enjoy the nightlife and attractions of another city -- like Los Angeles -- there are more public transit options in downtown than other areas of Long Beach.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The major public transit companies in the area, LADOT and LACMTA, both provide access to the downtown area. One of the services you’ll probably use most if you work in Los Angeles is the Blue Line of LACMTA’s light rail, which takes commuters to the City of Angels. There is also bus services that are operated by a number of organizations. Torrance Transit, Long Beach Transit, and Greyhound run buses out of here. To top it off, Amtrak also has routes that run through the community.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The rent for Greater Avenues is more or less in the same price range as Wasatch Hollow and Bonneville Hills. The average rent for a two bedroom apartment is around $1100 in those three areas. The rent for Capitol Hill, Central City, and East Central are also similar, yet slightly cheaper at around $1000 for the typical two bedroom. The one area that’s significantly more expensive than the others is Downtown, which has an average price tag of $1500 for a two bedroom. So, when you look at the big picture, Greater Avenues isn’t the cheapest nor the most expensive place to live in Salt Lake.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Clients have told me that the best part about their experience in the Greater Aves is how close they are to downtown. It’s only two to three miles away, and if you live in certain areas of the neighborhood it can be even closer. You have the option of driving, which will take around five minutes, riding a bike, which would take ten minutes, or public transportation like the bus, which usually takes around 15 minutes. Either way, no matter which mode of transit you choose it won’t take long at all. Also, it’s just a ten minute drive to Interstate 7, which can take you to any nearby areas.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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The North Loop community has lent their full support to pets and their owners in recent years. An excellent dog park opened in the neighborhood, and numerous pet friendly properties have appeared on the market. Complexes like the Copham, 710 Lofts, and Brin Lofts are a few that immediately come to mind. Also, pet owners don’t have to run around Minneapolis in search of basic pet services, like a pet store, trainer, or groomer. The North Loop and the surrounding neighborhoods have local businesses that cater to pets; I guarantee you and your animal will love it here.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Minneapolis used to be an industrial city in the past, and the North Loop was known as the Warehouse District -- which is why most of the neighborhood is in the National Registry of Historic Places. Over time, these warehouses were converted into apartments, condominiums, and other forms of housing. Gradually, what used to be the hardest-working part of town became the most desirable place to live. The location is perfect -- just a short walk from downtown -- and the community has some of the richest culture in the entire city, in terms of restaurants, art, shopping, etc. As far as I’m concerned, the North Loop is Minneapolis’s premier neighborhood for renters.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The predominant demographic in Marina is the modern “young professional” -- these are young men and women in their 20s and 30s who have high-paying jobs somewhere in the city (if their careers weren’t high-paying, they probably wouldn’t be able to live in Marina). If you rent here you will probably see more of these types of people than any other. Decades ago this neighborhood was populated by middle-class families and retirees. But recently there has been an infusion of youth, and now more than 50% of the population is comprised of young professionals.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Marina’s most well-known site is probably the Palace of Fine Arts, which is an elegant and impressive structure that isn’t just for tourists. Locals will often visit on the weekends too, whether it’s to sit near the campus’s peaceful pond, or admire the building’s art. The Marina also has great recreation, such as the Marina Green Park. This is one of the most popular parks in the entire city, as it features views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay, and Alcatraz. There’s also a small beach on the bay that features, in my opinion, the best views of the bridge. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that Marina is regarded as one of the premier neighborhoods for foodies. San Francisco is known internationally for its cuisine, and Marina restaurants like Greens, Isa, and Capannina are a large reason why.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Baltimore has a water taxi service, and if you live in the Inner Harbor you may end up using it on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. There are also a ton of bus routes that run through the Harbor community, which means that no matter where you live your walk to the nearest bus stop probably won’t take too long. The Harbor also has a nearby MARC commuter rail station (Camden), an MTA light rail stop (Pratt Street), and a subway station (Charles Center). As you can tell, the public transit options are unparalleled, and are a great option if you want to avoid the Baltimore traffic on your way to and from work.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The Inner Harbor is loved by locals for its scenery and proximity to great attractions. There are nine museums either in the harbor or nearby, as well as an aquarium, science center, and a panoramic view of Baltimore’s skyline. Camden yards, home of the MLB’s Orioles, the M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Ravens, and the Babe Ruth museum are popular attractions for sports fans. Some of the city’s best dining options are located in the harbor, and one the most popular nightlife spots: Power Plant Live. If you’re lucky enough to find a rental in the Inner Harbor, you will be within minutes of the city’s most happening places and events.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Downtown Honolulu are slightly higher than in surrounding communities of the city, but not the absolute highest (Waikiki). The average rate for a studio apartment is $935 monthly. One-bedroom apartments rent for an average of $1,935 monthly, two-bedrooms for $2,800 per month, and three-bedrooms around $3,000. Rates show large gaps even within the downtown community, depending on their location. By entering the neighborhoods area on MyApartmentMap listings, the Downtown modifier will show all available listings and rates.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Downtown Honolulu is home to around 50 nightlife venues. Although that is around half of Waikiki’s, the Downtown area makes up a substantial part of Honolulu’s nightlife scene. Hank’s Cafe Honolulu is the most popular spot among locals, considered a dive bar with regular live music and eclectic decor. Thirtyninehotel is a popular spot for dancing; very modern and complete with an art gallery. The Venue is just that, showcasing popular and local bands frequently. Lotus is a high energy techno club, popular especially, but not exclusively, to tourists. Since the area caters to tourists, nightlife is kept modern and always exciting.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared with seven surrounding Milwaukee neighborhoods, Bay View proved to be among the most expensive. Comparisons were done on costs for two-bedroom apartments, with only Fernwood being slightly more expensive at a $912 monthly average, and Morgandale averaging $620 monthly for the same rental type. The average cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Bay View is $700 monthly. Two-bedroom apartments rent for around $900 monthly, and three-bedrooms cost approximately $1,050 per month. Rental costs tend to lessen slightly in the summer months, June through August, but are relatively stable throughout the year.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Bay View has a history rich in local art, and much of the recreation available help keep that alive. Kinnickinnic Avenue, particularly, provides many endeavors of the arts, such as art galleries (Studio Lounge, South Shore Gallery, Oscillations), and performing arts theaters (The Alchemist, Boulevard Theater). Outside of Kinnickinnic Ave., there are other venues such as the Cactus Club and Franks Power Plant showcasing many, including some local live bands. Many bars and venues also show and consign local art. The outdoor recreation in Bay View is also abundant. South Shore and Humboldt Parks each have recreation facilities such as horseshoe pits, softball diamonds, volleyball and tennis courts, fishing and ice skating/hockey rinks. The Beulah Brinton Community Center offers indoor fun for children and adults, including senior citizen activities, aerobics and youth play groups. There is a great variety and amount of things to do in Bay View.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Austin provides housing vouchers through the Chicago Housing Authority. However, the program in this city has been renamed the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV). Eligibility and requirements are the same as typical Section 8 programs, including background checks both criminal and credit. The application process includes putting your name into a lottery, which opens spontaneously; if your name is selected, the process begins. All forms and documents, as well as contact information and other programs sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority can be found at thecha.org. Listings for current available apartments accepting HCV/Section 8 in Austin can be found on MyApartmentMap, by looking in advanced options and selecting the Section 8 modifier; there are a large number of complexes in this neighborhood doing so.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Austin is the most populated community in Chicago, and has plenty of restaurants to cater to the 98,000 residents - around 100. A few of the top rated are good to know. MacArthur’s is the best for southern style soul food, as G&N Breakfast and Brunch is for breakfast and of course brunch. G&N is open late, usually until 2 or 3 am, and serves breakfast exclusively. Depot American Diner is an old time diner, complete with burgers, shakes, and homemade macaroni and cheese. Of course in Chicago pizza is important, and Don’s Pizza and Grill is the number one spot for the famous deep dish style. The westside of Chicago, including Austin, boasts a different variety of cuisine than other areas of the city; unique and numerous.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding neighborhoods, Montrose proved to be exactly in the mid-range for rental rates, with highs of $2,550 (Rice), and lows of $1,510 (Medical). On average, a studio apartment in Montrose will cost around $1,058 per month. One-bedroom apartments rent for around $1,250 monthly, two-bedrooms for $1,750, three-bedrooms for $2,100, and upward from there. Rates tend to escalate in the later months of the year, with average rental rates escalating $200 annually from April to September.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Montrose has been called a “mad mix” referring to its population of artists, musicians, eccentrics, and the industry that supports those lifestyles. Montrose is a great walking neighborhood, boasting many vintage, thrift, and antique shops, as well as local restaurants and bars unique to the area. This is not true of most of Houston, making experiencing Montrose itself a form of recreation and enjoyment. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as well as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston are both located in Montrose, as is the Menil Collection, a free museum consisting of a philanthropic couple’s art collection. There are also venues to bring out every resident’s inner artist, such as Dr.Sketchy drawing class, and Pinot’s Palette painting workshop (which allows potential artists to bring their own beer or wine!). Making lists of both strangest and best neighborhoods to live in, Montrose has plenty to keep residents entertained.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Sawtelle is served by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority bus system, as well as the Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines, also known as Big Blue Busses. The Big Blue system serves the Westwood region of Los Angeles, Venice, and Santa Monica, providing transport to Union Station as well as various Metro stations in the area. The Culver City Bus bright green coaches also serve Sawtelle, travelling 26 miles of Southern California in the Los Angeles area.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Sawtelle is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools that serve Sawtelle students are Brockton Avenue, Nora Sterry, and Westwood Elementary Schools, and Webster and Emerson Middle Schools. Emerson offers various special academic programs, including Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement, School for Advanced Studies, and the Individualized Honors Program. Sawtelle is part of the University High School attendance district, a popular filming location.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are over 250 restaurants in The Heights neighborhood of Houston. This includes great variety and quality. Of course southern cuisine is important in Houston, and Zelko’s Bistro provides a nice, comfortable homestyle southern experience. Also a must in Houston is barbecue, Gatlin’s is the go-to bbq spot in The Heights. Texas is also home to many of the country’s great Mexican spots, and there are 55 in this neighborhood alone; for a quick bite, Taqueria Maya Quiche is a taco truck popular among locals, and Tampico provides a nice sit-down meal, complete with Mariachi. For Italian, Coppa Ristorante is a large, boisterous place, while Bellisimo Ristorante provides a more intimate experience. Branch Water Tavern is a popular steakhouse, an almost necessary stop in The Heights. These are some starting points; the list goes on.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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There are a great number of pet-friendly apartments in The Heights, many allowing large dogs. Stonewood Apartments is the most open ended in terms of allowance, having no breed or weight restrictions. Many, such as Retreat at City Park and Grove at White Oak complexes, do not allow those considered aggressive breeds, some have breeds they do not allow listed. To get details on which apartment could work for your pooch, select the ‘Allows large dogs’ modifier in advanced options on MyApartmentMap, and click each location for details and specific requirements. Most also require compensation for allowing pets, in terms of one deposit or a smaller monthly fee, which can also be found in each complex’s details. If you are a potential Heights renter with a smaller dog or cat, there are around 20 options; many still require fees, so be sure to check out all of our listings.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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It’s incredibly easy to find ways to get around via public transportation in Mission, and it’s incredibly hard to miss the bus. There are ten of them that serve the neighborhood, and they’re constantly weaving through the streets, picking up residents and dropping them off in other parts of San Francisco. These routes are operated by Muni, which also runs a streetcar through the area. You may recognize the streetcar from the city’s postcards, but they also serve as a valuable facet in the city’s public transit system. There are two BART rail stations in the neighborhood too, and I would say that this is the most popular mode of transportation amongst people who live in Mission.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Mission is a very spirited neighborhood, and the people there like to celebrate the community’s history, diversity, and livelihood as often as they can. There are around 15 special events that are held here every year, by my count, and I’m not even including holidays. These events span everything from street fairs (the 24th Street Fair in March, Carnaval in May, Rock Make Street Festival in September, etc.) to historical events (the Cesar Chavez Holiday Parade in April, the Remembering 1906 ceremony), to events that are completely unique (Hunky Jesus Contest on Easter, LitCrawl in October, and the Open Studios exhibit in October). There aren’t many neighborhoods, if any, that hold as many events as Mission, and the community is more close-knit because of it.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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To answer the question of best restaurants in South Reno, I asked my clients for their opinions. I have favorites of my own, but I thought you might want to hear from fellow renters like yourself. A couple that I helped find a home last year told me that they love A Taste of Thai’s authentic cuisine; it’s located near Ward 2. Another client, a bachelor, told me that he has taken quite a few dates to La Vecchia, which is a terrific Italian place on Skyline Boulevard. I think the best restaurants in the city are in Ward 3, but rest assured, there are many places in Reno that serve up delicious dinners.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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South Reno is one of the safer parts of the city. Specifically, New Washoe City is a community that has received high marks for its low crime. The Verdi/Lawton area in southeastern Reno is always a “safe” bet too, pardon my pun. The center of the city -- more specifically, Route 395, Mill Street, Vassar Street, etc. -- is the least safe, so I would stay away from there if you can. There are crime databases online that can tell you which streets to steer clear from; if you can’t find them, let me know. I have access to them and would love to help you find a safe place to rent.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Bay Ridge has been, over time, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Despite the price dips that affected the area during the Recession, it still costs a pretty penny to rent here. The rental data on My Apartment Map lists Bay Ridge as the third most expensive community in the area, behind only Park Slope and Bensonhurst. More specifically, one bedrooms are usually around $1500, and two bedrooms are usually in the $2000 ballpark, give or take a couple hundred on both figures. These prices may sound absurd to someone who isn’t familiar with rent in New York City, but they’re actually pretty typical for an area like Bay Ridge.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Most people could tell you that Bay Ridge is a community with a large elderly population -- in fact, one out of every five residents (20%) is over the age of 60. Bay Ridge is also considered a middle-class neighborhood with a political identity that lands on the conservative side. There are a lot of international establishments in Bay Ridge, which could be explained by its its large Lebanese, Italian, Greek, and Irish populations. Overall, it’s a diverse neighborhood with a fair blend of locals and foreigners.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Manhattan is arguably the most desirable place to rent in the entire country because something is always going on. If you live here you’ll be just ten miles away from downtown Manhattan, which is, I think, the liveliest place in the world. Washington Heights itself also offers great recreation. It has eight beautiful parks, including Bennett Park, the highest point in Manhattan. Fort Tryon Park is home to the famous Cloisters museum, and Riverside Park is a gorgeous waterfront space. But, as I mentioned, if you’re looking for things to do on the weekend or otherwise, you will be thankful for the close proximity of downtown Manhattan and all the activities it offers.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Washington Heights was named the fourth-safest Manhattan community by DNA Info, a New York news source. This solidified its status as one of the safest neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. Since the crime has dropped, the area’s negative reputation has significantly improved. Just three decades ago, there was a widespread cocaine problem in Washington Heights. Gangs in the area sold drugs and were responsible for a high murder rate as well. But the police gained control of the situation, and it was ameliorated in the mid-90s. Now, the neighborhood is far removed from this rocky part of its history, and plans on flourishing in the future.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Bedford Stuyvesant used to be considered Brooklyn’s “all-black” neighborhood because of its large African-American population. However, Bedford Stuyvesant -- like the similar Harlem -- has shed this label in recent years. Because of the gentrification that has occurred over the past decade, the community is no longer dominated by one race and has become quite diverse. City residents who know what the complexion of Bedford Stuyvesant was like in the past have been surprised to see lawyers, students, artists, and businessmen living in the neighborhood. People of all walks of life want to live in Bedford Stuyvesant now, and because of this it has become a hotspot in Brooklyn.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Bedford Stuyvesant hasn’t always been considered a “desirable” place to live. The area used to be known for its gang wars and high crime. Then, last decade in the 2000s, part of the neighborhood was declared an “impact zone,” which meant that police protection in the area would be heavily increased and resources would be made available to make the community safer. The result was a steep decline in crime, and subsequently, rise in renter interest. Properties were renovated, and rental values increased. Now, Bedford Stuyvesant is one of the trendiest places to live in Brooklyn, and is very renter friendly.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Bedford Stuyvesant hasn’t always been considered a “desirable” place to live. The area used to be known for its gang wars and high crime. Then, last decade in the 2000s, part of the neighborhood was declared an “impact zone,” which meant that police protection in the area would be heavily increased and resources would be made available to make the community safer. The result was a steep decline in crime, and subsequently, rise in renter interest. Properties were renovated, and rental values increased. Now, Bedford Stuyvesant is one of the trendiest places to live in Brooklyn, and is very renter friendly.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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There are dozens of apartments in the Riverside area listed on this site, and in my opinion there aren’t many areas in the city that are more renter friendly than Riverside. There’s a vast range of prices to match anyone’s budget, whether it’s $600 or $2,000, and the value you receive in return is more than worth it. There are also a variety of locations to choose from; there are properties on the water, near major roads, in the community center... whatever is best suited for you and your family (whether you have one now or plan on starting one when you settle down). Contact me if you have any other questions,

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Riverside’s major roads also roughly mark the borders of the neighborhoods. Interstate 10 is on the the community’s northern border, US Route 17 sits on the western side, and 211 on the southern end. With access to these roads, Riverside is a great neighborhood for commuters who need to travel to other areas of Jacksonville or surrounding towns/cities for work. Route 95 is also just a few minutes away, which of course is famously known for extending from Florida to Maine. The number of nearby major roads definitely makes up for the lack of great public transit options.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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I always tell my clients to walk through the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood and look for bus stops so they have a good idea of the public transportation offered to the area. They usually report back to me that they saw a bus stop on virtually every street. It doesn’t matter much where you live in Capitol Hill -- you’re almost guaranteed to be a minute or less, walking distance, away from a bus stop. This is especially convenient in the winter; who wants to trek five or more blocks in the cold to catch the bus? There are also bike corrals in the neighborhood, and with the close proximity of downtown, a lot of residents actually bike during the warmer months.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Capitol Hill is a vibrant area, and there are plenty of great nighttime spots in the neighborhood and in nearby communities (namely Downtown). In fact, Capitol Hill is considered by many to be the most active area of the city on the weekends, and I’m inclined to agree. Two of Denver’s most well-known music venues, the Ogden and the Fillmore, are in Capitol Hill, as are numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants. This community is full of businessmen and politicians by day, but at night it’s an entirely different crowd.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Vance Jackson is consistently one of the safer communities in San Antonio. It has half as many violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 residents as the city: there are 310 violent crimes out of 100k in Vance Jackson, compared to 606 for San Antonio, and 3,253 property crimes compared to the city’s 6,346. V.J.’s overall crime rate is also roughly half (48%) of San Antonio’s. Nearby communities are also safe: the University of Texas--San Antonio campus, Lockhill Selma Rd/Huebner Rd, and Robards are three great areas that I consder safe to walk through at night.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The current rental costs in Vance Jackson are less than what you’ll find for the San Antonio average. The typical two bedroom goes for $901 in V.J., and $971 for the city overall. You’ve probably been scoping out other communities, and you’ll find that V.J. stacks up quite favorably to them. Elm Creek, which is $1099 for the average two bedroom, and Huntington Place, $971, are more expensive. Mockingbird Hill, $886, Devonshire, $845, North Castle Hills, $843, and Dellview Area, $835, are in the same price range. You won’t be able to find many other neighborhoods in San Antonio that have the same combination of high quality and affordable prices as Vance Jackson.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Clintonville was founded in 1847, which makes it over 150 years old. You can see the area’s age in the architecture and streets; it gives the community a beautifully historic look and feel. Also, there are around 30,000 residents in Clintonville, which makes it one of the most populated neighborhoods in Columbus. Clintonville can be divided into four distinct districts: the Southside, the Northside, Beechwold, and North of Morse. Each district has its own quirks and look, from the higher end, early 20th century styles of the Northside to the more commercial North of Morse. Clintonville deserves a lot of research before you settle down here; don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Clintonville has a strong recreational history. Olentangy Park was the largest amusement park in the country, and had a zoo, water slide, and four roller coasters. Even though it’s now closed, the community’s recreation is carried in parks like Whetstone, Antrim, and and the Anheuser Busch Sports Park. Whetstone is by far the most popular -- it occupies 136 acres of open space, including the award-winning Park of Roses, which is a 13 acre garden of roses. There are also trails, sports fields, a pond, and special annual events like Fourth of July fireworks. If you like to be outside and enjoy the warm weather, look for a rental near Whetstone Park.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The community is collectively anticipating 2016, when the brand new “University Link” will begin serving the area. This line will be part of Seattle’s Link Light Rail, and will take residents around the city to areas like the Capitol Hill, the airport, downtown, and Rainier Valley. The service will definitely help form a public transportation identity for the community. Smart renters are already scouting for apartments near the station’s planned location so they will have great access once the rail is in service. For now, residents will continue to rely on bus routes that stop in the area.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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As you can tell from the name of the neighborhood, this area has a large population of college students. The community is home to the main campus of the University of Washington, which has 30,000 students enrolled. If you live here you will notice the youth in the area, and if you’re the type to stay in and relax on the weekend, you may want to avoid certain areas. For example, 17th Avenue (near NE 45th and 50th streets) is home to the university’s fraternity and sorority housing. On the weekend the parties there are known to be rowdy, and often are taken outside to the streets. I would recommend staying away from these areas, and renting in the neighborhood’s quieter areas instead.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Brookland is an extremely pet friendly neighborhood, and this is well reflected in its rentals. Brookland Ridge (cats, small dogs, and large dogs allowed), Park Place DC (cats), the Cloisters (cats, small dogs, large dogs), Griffin Apartments (cats), Brookland Place (cats), and Aventine Fort Totten (cats, small dogs) are buildings in the Brookland area that allow pets. Once you determine which places suit your needs, contact me and we can narrow down the results. There are also a variety of individual units that allow pets, and some of them have real promise.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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This may sound biased, but as a DC resident I would argue that the city has the best food in the country. And why not? The capital deserves to have the most presidential restaurants. Brookland’s foodie scene is a key component to the city’s culinary offerings. Where would we be without Menomale serving DC’s best pizza slices, or without Murry & Paul’s home cooked breakfasts? And I shouldn’t forget about the Flip It Bakery’s pastries, the Silvestre Cafe’s Spanish-Mexican dishes or the Colonel Brooks’ pub food and late night drinks. If you live in Brookland, at least one of these places will become your favorite weekend hangout.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Washington DC ranks among the top U.S. cities for public transportation, in terms of both popularity and quality. The U Street Corridor benefits from the Washington Metro’s sprawling service with its own station, U Street, which is part of both the Green and Yellow lines. The Shaw and Dupont Circle stations are also nearby and provide access to other lines. Another option for public transit is bus service, which serves the U Street Corridor as well. The two most popular of these routes are S4 and S2, both of which travel to the nearby downtown area.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The U Street Corridor used to be a neighborhood with high crime, and in the 1970s dealt with drug trafficking problems. But in the following decades, there was a revitalization within the community, especially in the Adams Morgan and Logan Circle areas. Gradually it once again became one of D.C.’s most desirable neighborhoods to live in. A testament to this is the rental boom that occurred recently: there were over 2,000 luxury apartment and condos built here in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Ever since, the community has thrived. In 2011, it was recognized by the American Planning Association as one of the “Great Places in America.”

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Haight Ashbury is still the safe neighborhood that thrived during the “Summer of Love” in the 1960s. The times are different, but the community’s friendly and youthful atmosphere is the same. I wouldn’t worry about crime here, and there are very few “problem areas,” as I call them, in the Haight. The only issue is its proximity to the Golden Gate Park, which can be dangerous at night. Aside from that, the surrounding neighborhoods aren’t anything to worry about.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in San Francisco are, on average, significantly higher than most U.S. cities. This isn’t any different in Haight Ashbury, where it’s difficult to find a rent that’s less than $2000. The lone exception is a studio apartment, but these properties are usually cramped and, in my opinion, still overpriced. So if you want a one/two/three bedroom place, you’re going to have to be aware of the large price tags, and will probably have to share the apartment with one or two friends. But don’t get me wrong, this is one of San Francisco’s best communities to live in and is worth the hefty prices.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Many Ohio City residents have jobs in the neighborhood, but others have to commute to downtown Cleveland or further parts of the city to get to work. Fortunately, downtown is just two miles away, and there are a number of major roads that run through Ohio City: Interstate 90, Route 10, and Route 3. There are also a few bus routes that serve the neighborhood and take residents around the city. Ohio City is a great location for both local workers and commuters alike.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Ohio City is the city’s self-proclaimed artisan neighborhood. In fact, many of my clients look to settle here because of how many jobs have been created here recently. Artisan businesses have sprouted up all over the community, and have dramatically helped Cleveland’s economy recover from the Recession. There is also a large non-profit economy; the neighborhood has over 90 non-profit organizations, and they provide countless services that benefit and serve the community. If you’re looking for a job in Cleveland, Ohio City’s hard-working community should be one of the first places you look.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Buckhead is served by Atlanta Public Schools, which offers the district 5 public middle schools: E. Rivers, Garden Hills, Morris Brandon, Sarah Rawson Smith, and Warren T. Jackson. Sutton Middle School serves students in grades 7 and 8, and North Atlanta High School those 9-12. In 2012, most of the neighborhood’s schools were close to capacity or overcrowded; Morris Brandon at 97% capacity, Garden Hills at 102%, E.Rivers at 121%, and Sutton Middle at 150% of its capacity. There are eleven private schools in Buckhead of various grade groups and affiliations. J.Mack Robinson College of Business of Georgia State University and Terry College of Business of University of Georgia are also both in Buckhead.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Forbes Magazine ranked Buckhead as the 9th wealthiest zip code in the United States, and Robb Report Magazine has repeatedly listed the neighborhood in the Top 10 Most Affluent Communities list. It has come to be known as “the Beverly Hills of the south” due to its average annual income of over $341,000 and high concentration of high grossing businesses. The real estate market in Buckhead is the most expensive in Georgia, and it is home to 2 of 14 Mobil 5 Star restaurants, Seegers and The Dining Room. In 2011, Buckhead Atlanta was created to fill over 340,000 feet with more upscale boutiques, restaurant, and various retail stores. There are also two hospitals, and over 8,000 various companies, providing countless job opportunities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Pacific Beach is considerably more expensive than most other areas in San Diego, but not the most expensive, as is averages rates around $2,000 below La Jolla monthly. On average, a studio apartment in Pacific Beach costs $1,000 per month, a one-bedroom around $1,400 monthly, two bedrooms for $2,350, and a three bedroom rents for around $3,100 per month. There are areas in San Diego costing around $1,000 less monthly than Pacific Beach. Many rentals are townhouses, and many beachfront.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Pacific Beach makes up a great amount of the nightlife scene in San Diego. Garnet Ave., between Ingraham St. and Mission Blvd. is a popular area, and sees a younger crowd than downtown San Diego, boasting mostly dive type local bars and pubs. Pacific Beach Bar and Grill, Johnny V’s and Typhoon Saloon are among the most popular, all with dj’s, dance floors, and open until 2am. Red Velvet Hookah Lounge is also extremely popular; it doesn’t serve alcohol but stay open until 3am on the weekends. There are over 60 bars in the Pacific Beach neighborhood.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Washington, D.C. has a reputation for high rates of crime. However, more than half of the entire city’s crime reported is in the Anacostia neighborhood. According to the Washington Post, the total crime rate in Anacostia, based on a national average of 100% throughout the country, was 116%. Murder rates were recorded as 672%, robbery at 232%, assault at 162%, vehicle theft of 153%, larceny was 71%, burglary 54%, and rape at 36%.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Anacostia Metro Station is served majorly by Washington Metro’s Green line, providing a ten-minute commute into downtown Washington D.C. The Green line as well as the Orange line also serve other parts of Greater Anacostia, while not terminating at the local station. Anacostia Metro Bus lines also serve the area, operating 23 routes through this neighborhood. Approximately 2.7 million passengers take advantage of these services annually. DC Streetcar trolley service is currently working on beginning to operate through Anacostia as well.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Williamsburg is a foodie paradise; boasting over 500 restaurants of every taste, expense, and atmosphere. Some local favorites are: D.O.C Wine Bar for Italian, Momo Sushi Shack for sushi and other Japanese food, Egg for breakfast, which closes at 6 pm but serves breakfast all day, Graham Avenue Meats & Deli for amazing sandwiches, and for vegans or vegetarians Foodswings has an amazing and unique menu and stays open until 2 am. As we cannot talk about New York without talking about pizza, Fornino: The Art & Science of Pizza is great for a sit down pizza experience with a great wine selection, and Vinnie’s is a great place to grab a slice. This is not even one of every style, but some good places to start.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Williamsburg has available public transportation via land and water. The Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) runs two train lines through the district, the Canarsi Line (L) and the Jamaica Line (J, M, and Z). The Independent Subway System (IND) runs its crosstown line (G) through Williamsburg. Several bus routes (B24, B44, B46, B60, and Q54) terminate at the Williamsburg Bridge, while routes B43, B48, B62, and Q59 run through and serve the area. As of June 2011, the North Williamsburg Ferry Landing provides East River Ferry service into Manhattan every 20 minutes during rush hour, and hourly otherwise.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are countless things to do in Waikiki! The 1.5 mile beach alone offers a variety of activity, such as renting rafts and surf and paddle boards, or just lounging. As this is a major tourist getaway, Waikiki has set up many attractions such as helicopter tours, shark cage encounters, parasailing and swimming with dolphins. There are also luaus daily and fireworks on Fridays. Other attractions include the Waikiki aquarium and Lost tours of two or five hours (yes, where the show was filmed!). There are also activities less aimed at tourists, such as 15 art galleries, multiple museums, including coral exhibits and Teddy Bear World, Winner’z Zone casino, and the Magic of Polynesia magic/shock show. Information on all Waikiki fun and more can be found at waikiki.com.

 
Weather

Weather

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Weather in Waikiki, like the rest of Honolulu, consists of warm, but not very hot temperatures year round. The summer months, (known as Kau) May through October, sees a consistent average of 85 degrees. The winter months of November through April (Ho’oilo) sees only mild changes, maintaining an average of around 78 degrees. This is the stormy season, where the island sees the most rain, reaching a high amount of about 4 inches in December. Both seasons see an approximate 10 degree drop at night.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding neighborhoods, South Side Flats proved to be among the most expensive. One and two-bedroom apartments each rent for an average of $1,300 monthly, but even one bedroom can be as expensive as $1,800/month. Three-bedroom apartments tend to exceed $2,100 monthly. Neighborhoods surrounding South Side range from as low as $550 per month (Bluff), to $1,500 per month (West Oakland). This puts South Side at a higher cost than most, but not the highest. Prices tend to change throughout the year, dropping as much as $300 on average between August and September, so your plan may affect apartment costs and vise-versa.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The South Side area of Pittsburgh is a hotspot for nightlife, having bars and clubs of all varieties from upbeat dance clubs to good-time dive bars. Lava Lounge is great for dancing, sometimes to 80’s hits, and is decorated to emulate the inside of a volcano. The Z lounge is another popular dance club. The Smiling Moose is a large bar that often has live bands and is a favorite of many in and around the city. Piper’s Pub is popular for British food and beer, and Brewski’s is the favorite local dive. Sports and drinking go hand in hand in Pittsburgh, and Pregame and Thirteen Eleven provide great opportunities for that. There are around 70 bars in South Side.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Capitol Hill is one of the premier nightlife destinations in Seattle. It’s home to the two most popular movie theaters in the city, as well as the best bars and theaters (for both music concerts and performing art performances). When these venues shut down at 2 A.M., the crowds flock to the community’s late-night restaurants. There have also been spontaneous street parties in the past during significant events, such as presidential elections. Capitol Hill is definitely one of the trendsetting areas of the city, and is perfect for anyone (young or old) who wants to experience an exciting urban life.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The Capitol Hill community is well-known for its large population gays and other countercultures. The area is very proud of its diversity, and celebrates it with events like the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. There are also a number of gay nightlife spots here, including popular gay bars and lounges. You don’t have to be gay to live here, but if you don’t support their viewpoint this may not be the best place to look for a rental. On the other hand, if you are gay, there isn’t a better place to live in Seattle, or perhaps even the country.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The Lower East Side’s median rent is about average compared with other Milwaukee neighborhoods. The average cost of a two bedroom rental is $1263, although I’ve definitely seen listings for less (it just depends where and how hard you look!). Yankee Hill, Brewer’s Hill, Juneau Town, and Northpoint are more expensive than the Lower East Side. Conversely, Riverside Park, Halyard Park, and Murray Hill are cheaper than the Lower East. I don’t think rental prices are as big of a concern here than other neighborhoods; in fact, I think if you keep your eye on the market you could find a great deal.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Inside the Lower East Side community is a smaller community on Brady Street that’s lovingly referred to as Milwaukee’s “Little Italy.” There’s a large Italian-American population here, and great restaurants as well as nightclubs, cafes, and shops. This street doesn’t represent all of the Lower East Side’s demographics, but it’s a great place to live and has a ton of culture you can immerse yourself in. Another thing I should note about the demographics in this area: the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee’s campus is located in nearby Upper East Side, so you’ll most likely see a lot of college students around if you live here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Northeast El Paso is generally safe. In fact, the Horizon City neighborhood is widely considered the safest community in the entire city. This neighborhood constitutes a lot of the Northeastern area so it’s a great place to start looking. Neighboring Aero Vista isn’t as safe, but compared to the rest of the city it has average crime rates. If safety is truly a priority for you, you should check out Northwestern El Paso; specifically the communities of Vinton and and Prado Verde. But if you’re set on Northeast then Horizon City is great as well.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Schools in the Northeast community like Irvin and Chapin have strong reputations for their athletic programs, but they should get some credit for their academics too. I haven’t heard many clients complain about schools in the area. In fact, it’s the opposite. Last year I found the perfect listing for a young family and we have kept in touch. They tell me about how their children have made friends, joined clubs, and most importantly, are genuinely learning in their classes. You should do some research into which school is best for your children, and plan your location around their jurisdiction.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Most of the pet friendly properties in The Heights aren’t in complexes -- the Cliffs Lofts is one of few that I know of and they only allow cats. But if you want to live with a pet you should look for listings like duplexes, single-unit apartments, single-family homes, etc. The only problem is that there aren’t a lot of rentals that allow large dogs. Landlords will usually negotiate what constitutes a “large” dog, and I’ve had clients who have persuaded property managers to let them live with their pup. If you need any more advice on this matter feel free to contact me.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Heights is a fantastic location for car-less commuters. The best feature about the area’s public transit system is that the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has a stop in the neighborhood. This service can take residents around Jersey City and nearby places like Union City and Hoboken. There are also numerous bus routes that travel throughout the community; at the moment there are ten of them. I would recommend looking at a map of bus lines in the area and choosing your location around them if you don’t have a car. Or, look for a rental near the light rail stop.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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If you like shopping, you’ll love Shadyside. The community has national retailers like Victoria’s Secret, Apple, Banana Republic, and J. Crew, among many others on Walnut Street, as well as small shops such as Eons, Hip’tique, and Weiss House on Ellsworth Ave and South Highland Ave. There are also a number of great locally owned restaurants, including Pamela’s Diner, which recently became famous for serving President Obama and his family pancakes. Two of the city’s most popular gay bars are also in Shadyside, 5801 and Spin. The community has a summer music series every year called The Jam on Walnut, which always plays great music. Walnut Street also hosts an art festival every year too, and probably has the most culture out of any area in Shadyside.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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There are several post-secondary institutions that have a presence in Shadyside. The neighborhood is home to Chatham University, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and a branch of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside Hospital). There are also two schools in Shadyside that are members of the Pittsburgh Consortium of Independent Schools, the all-girl Ellis School and acclaimed Winchester Thurston School. The K-5 Liberty School is another local institution, and offers a very unique Spanish International Studies program. These schools offer excellent educational opportunities for you or your children.

 
Weather

Weather

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

The average snowfall in a Cincinnati winter is around a foot, which is low compared to other parts of the country and is indicative of the mildly cold winters the city has. Mild can be used to describe California’s winters -- and Cincinnati’s are a far cry from those -- so I think mildly cold is the best way to describe it. You’ll still get chilly temperatures in the 30s during winter months, but the city won’t be nearly as cold as other cities in the Midwest or Northeast. As for the summers, they can be very hot and humid, with highs in the mid-80s from June through August. Temperatures can creep into the 90s on hot days too, and I personally recommend having an air conditioner for when that happens.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

Cincinnati has a negative reputation for its crime, and has seen its fair share of spots on lists of the most dangerous cities. I don’t think this negativity is deserved, and definitely doesn’t accurately reflect the crime in Hyde Park. This neighborhood is among the safest in the city, and in addition is surrounded by other extremely safe areas like Mount Lookout, Faxon Hills, Tusculum, and Columbia Parkway. If you’re looking for an area with low crime and other safe communities nearby, Hyde Park is your best bet.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

Most of my clients rave about Channelside’s location. It has great access to downtown Tampa, but it’s also removed enough from the city center that it can be considered its own individual community. And as the name suggests, the neighborhood has a great location near the city’s beautiful waterside. For commuting, the area is served by streetcars, trolleys, and buses. These three options alone provide terrific public transit options. Because downtown is so close, walking is a practical option and traffic is hardly an issue if you drive to work.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

Channelside is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Tampa, and because of this you’ll find that the rentals in the area are fairly expensive. The average two bedroom property in Tampa goes for $971, but Channelside’s average for a two bedroom apartment is almost double that. The question is, would making an investment here be worth it? In my opinion, I certainly think it is. The area isn’t even close to being done developing, and in a few years the prices will be even higher. And, let’s face it, you probably won’t be as satisfied living in other areas of Tampa. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend renting in Channelside.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

I’ve been noticing that a lot of my clients who want to settle in LoDo are much younger than they used to be; it’s definitely become a great area for young professionals. And because of this, the nightlife in LoDo is thriving. There are lounges, nightclubs, bars and pubs, and great restaurants. On any given Friday or Saturday the neighborhood’s streets are overflowing with people looking for a great time. I mentioned that young professionals have been migrating to the area, but even the older crowds are finding great spots to spend their weekends. LoDo’s nightlife is the epitome of the excitement that allures people to city life, and will continue to grow as Denver does too.

 
Recreation

Recreation

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

The Lower District is probably the most historic area of Denver, as it preserves artifacts and buildings from other periods like the Gold Rush and the Industrial Era. There are walking tours of the neighborhood that are held for visitors every day. As for locals, they enjoy the district’s restaurants and shopping, and convenient access to Denver’s Union Station. They’re also able to experience Downtown Denver’s offerings, from nightlife to concerts to sporting events. For those who want to get involved in the community, LoDo Cares is a volunteer organization that focuses on improving the neighborhood with beautification projects, supporting assisted living centers, and more. LoDo has a very urban and centralized location in Denver, but still maintains a great sense of community.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

You’ll easily be able to find pet friendly amenities in the East Side rental listings and the community. In the latter, there are three dog parks nearby: Eastwood Dog Park (Album Park), Tierra Este Dog Park, and the Pet’s Barn Dog Park. There are also the usual pet businesses in the area, such as stores, groomers, trainers, etc. As for housing, I’d say almost half of the listed properties right now cater to pets. I would recommend Villas at Zaragosa, Sun Hollow, and Ridgemar if you’re looking for an apartment complex. However, the majority of pet friendly listings are stand alone units that are uploaded onto this site individually.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

The last time I checked there were nearly 75 East Side properties on My Apartment Map. This neighborhood undoubtedly offers some of the best variety in El Paso rentals. Clients of mine have recently found apartments here for as low as $550 a month, while others have paid upwards of $2,000. It really depends on what type of digs you’re looking for and if you’re willing to settle for a lower price. Either way, there are plenty of options. The East Side has emerged as one of the most renter friendly areas in the entire city; I would highly encourage you to take advantage of the housing opportunities now, because popularity will only continue to increase in the future.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

Portland’s acclaimed streetcar system serves the Pearl District and is very popular with residents in the community. If you’re looking for transportation outside of the city to surrounding suburbs or beyond, Portland’s Union Station is within walking distance -- less than a mile away -- from the Pearl. Union is the definitive transportation hub for the city; it provides connections to three Amtrak routes, two MAX Light Rail lines, two TriMet bus lines, and Greyhound Bus Lines. Best of all, if you want to walk or bike around the city, Pearl District has a perfect location in the center of Portland.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

MyApartmentMap Neighborhood Expert - Property Manager

You may be drawn to Portland’s Pearl District for several reasons, one of them being the aromas wafting from the top-notch restaurants in the neighborhood. I’m partial to Italian food, so I would recommend Fratelli, Giorgio’s, and Piazza Italia. But don’t think that the area only has great pasta -- Park Kitchen (American), Eleni’s Philoxenia (Greek), Andina (Peruvian), and Kin (American) are also fantastic dining options. If you live in Pearl you will be able to enjoy tons of great restaurants just blocks away, and most of them are Portland’s best.

 

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