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July 21, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Tools for Moving to a New City: Housing

There are several great online sites/mobile apps that are priceless when looking to a relocate to a new city, or a new part of a city that go beyond the obligatory Google search, Wikipedia, and craigslist.

Looking for housing in a new city? Try Padmapper. The website (and lesser featured mobile app) is a true map mashup. It takes apartment listings on craigslist, rent.com, apartments.com and more and places it on a Google Map. Information about the apartment’s Walkscore and Street View are included. Additionally, some area have added features to see crime statistics, neighborhood names/boundaries, and a Commute Overlay, a distance-to-location calculator (input an address, say workplace, and a distance buffer is added to the map showing what listings are within proximity).

Want to know what your neighbors would be like? Try Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation map (as earlier post here) to find out what TV shows your neighbors are prone to watch, and what stores they shop in.

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