Last month, I moved out of my apartment in San Francisco to a place in Burlingame, a suburban area 30 minutes south of the city.
Finding a place in the suburbs is no easy deal: public transportation is limited and the apartments are far apart. I didn’t even have a car back then.
But it was surprisingly easy to find a new place. I relied on just 3 apps — and didn’t have to use Craigslist at all. Here’s how I did it.
It's a nice neighbourhood with a bunch of shops nearby. But I wanted to move out of the city, to somewhere warmer and quieter: the suburbs.
But for apartment seekers, it's kind of a nightmare. It's cluttered, hard to use, and doesn't show much information.
The app solved a lot of the problems I had with Craigslist immediately. All the listings were shown in an actual map, so it was easy to see in where the listings were located.
I made sure to narrow down the search to one or two bedrooms. You can also set your rent price range, or the pet-friendliness of the building.
Each listing has its own page, with all the information about the place: building description, floor plans, rent range, amenities, office hours, and the map. There's also a direct contact button at the bottom.
If you'd like to see the exact location of the place, you simply have to hit the 'Get Directions' tab below the map. It takes you to Google Maps.
I made a shortlist of the places I wanted to see, but they were all far apart, making it almost impossible to get around without a car. Public transportation out of the city is terrible and taxis take a long time to call.
To move around, I used Uber. Even though I wasn't in the city, there were plenty of Uber drivers in the area, including Uber Pool.
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