Hey everyone, I'll move to SFO in the next weeks, I'd like to find a nice place, I've visited pages like Lovely or RadPad, I'd like to know what other page you guys use (besides craiglist). Thanks!
I'd suggest first getting a place on Airbnb for a week and then using Craigslist or any other service once you are on the ground in SF. This way you get to know the neighborhoods and can see the apartments before signing a long term lease.
I used this same method - it helps get a feel for the neighborhood. I'm happy I went through Airbnb and found a place I like.
Did you mean to say apartments?Also SFO is the airport in SF, so just SF will do :)
There aren't too many options for you but Craigslist and Lovely are a great start. you might also try Pad Mapper too. My best suggestion is to fist move into a rental for a couple of weeks and then start looking right away. Ask friends to ask their friends, co workers too. Ask on Twitter of Facebook too. It's hard but it's not impossible.
This might be a good read for you: https://medium.com/@dohertyjf/san-francisco-apartments-are-impossible-to-find-41c190dbe88
As after my own experience https://rentberry.com is really great. Using this service, you can rent an apartment very fast.
Just find the nearest bank and rob it. The way prices are going that will be more useful than any web site. http://priceonomics.com/the-san-francisco-rent-explosion-part-ii/
Craigslist is still the best in my opinion. If an agent shows you a place, ask them if they have anything else in the same price range.
You should check out RadPad – great service backed by an awesome group of people. :)
+1 for staying in an Airbnb for a week or so - apartments tend to go pretty quickly there so it's easiest if you're in the city in person to make an offer/sort paperwork etc.
Nice to know, sorry, San Francisco ;)
CL worked great for me. The idea to use Airbnb is fantastic; I wish I'd have thought of it when I moved there.
It's ok to live outside the City! Living in East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, etc) is relatively cheaper and Bart is fairly reliable (as long as transit isn't having a strike).
Like, an art department, or a fire department?
Yes and yes... no, sorry, in spanish there's no difference between department and apartment, my bad.
I've lived in a few cities. I know you specifically said stuff "besides CL", but in SF, it was by far the best way to find places to live. I think because places come up - and go away - so quickly there, the simplicity of CL wins out.