My past apartment hunting ventures have mainly used the local apartment magazines (Apt Guide and Apts For Rent) aided by internet for floor plans and driving around the area of other apartments.
I'm now searching in an area I'm fairly familiar with and notice a lot of apartment complexes aren't represented in the mags or online. And while the online info is good the search tools suck. Even each magazine has plusses and minuses for searching, so I tend to sit at the PC using each book and the aforementioned magazines' sites to decide where to drive to and look around.
Has anyone found a better way to apartment hunt? I'd like to also be able to find just the townhome/loft styles for comparison, but I haven't found a workable way to do that.
While typing this I was thinking what I really want is a localized map with all the apartments in it, then thought I should try Google Maps. I just tried this
, and the early results are quite promising.
EDIT: The Google search is still missing some apartments I know exist but seems to have more easy-to-locate results than the other methods I've tried so far.
EDIT 2: Just noticed that Google Maps search is limited to 10 results per page, and the apartments that I thought were missing were on a different page of the results.