Hunting the “ideal” and “perfect” apartment is often challenging. One has to equip himself with useful information in order to find the place that would best suit his needs and befit his purpose. There are several factors to consider that arise from both subjective and objective circumstances: financial and familial, occupational and social, practicality and aesthetic. Fundamental aspects are also considered such as affordability, convenience, comfort, and community.
However, the areas to be considered, more often than not, boil down to lifestyle and location. And how you gather, organize, and prioritize these information for a productive decision-making is a matter of finding a mutually beneficial agreement between your envisioned lifestyle and chosen location. Where is your lifestyle best served by your living?
To see how location meets lifestyle in the search for true rental love, let’s shine the spotlight on a specific area like Los Angeles, Calif. Teeming with dreamy apartment suitors courting seekers for affection, the L.A. real estate market magnifies the overarching need to fact-check lifestyle with location when putting a (key)ring on it.
Finding a New Lease in the ‘City of Angels’
Los Angeles’ “World City” status is not only limited to entertainment. It encompasses industry fields from science and technology to international commerce, too. This dynamic metropolis is a strong magnet to new residents, business magnates, and extended-stay visitors.
Construction initiatives are enhancing the city’s real estate options, transportation systems, and emerging neighborhoods. And today, its reputation is assured as a versatile multi-industry, family-friendly town—with place and space, sunny attitude and waiting success story for every “Angelenos” of any age, background, and profession.
Los Angeles apartments offer choices and opportunities that are extraordinarily varied and abundant. Anyone may score a rental to fit his/her reasons for living and working in this city.
Yet such wealth of choice can breed great risks and challenges in search processes: dire indecision or uninformed decision-making, endless second-guessing or split-second signing to name a few. And presumably, you want neither to be crashing on a friend’s couch forever nor to find yourself stuck in digs you could’ve discovered sooner that it didn’t suit you at all.
How can you possibly hone your hunt?
Start with the Facts and Stick to Them
While the Hollywood scene reflects the rental-seeker’s wide-eyed predicament on a grand scale, the truth is apartment seekers everywhere face similar (if on a smaller-scale) quandaries. They are challenged to sift through their given area’s availing opportunities and choices, and single out that one space that truly fits.
The key is to approach your rental mission with a conscientious eagle-eye on the pertinent facts plan-of-attack, and stick to them.
Make a list prioritizing the considerations and the characteristics you desire to weigh your options. These should include features that do not only cover the physical aspect (square footage, kitchen quality, light and windows), but also include the building type and amenities; neighborhood and community; geographical proximity; and of course, financial implications like rental fees, costs, and budget.
Leave the Big Guns (and Big Eyes) to the Tourists
Then research your city or town by neighborhood, each of which might well have its own identity, vibe, demographic and, most likely, pros and cons for you.
Contemplate comprehensively your lifestyle needs, wants, habits, and quirks; and imagine where they’ll be most compatible with your specific objectives in your city or town best served.
Check thoroughly apartment availability in your outstanding neighborhoods and arrange numerous in-person viewings, first via online resources and then through landlords and property managers. Verify every last detail.
Now it’s a matter of putting your lists and research into live action. Keep your eye on the prize. Happy Hunting!