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Using Craigslist to Find a Great Apartment in Los Angeles

Using Craigslist to Find a Great Apartment in Los Angeles

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Are you looking for an awesome place to live in Los Angeles? If so, you might find yourself searching high and low for rentals that match your expectations. Despite your efforts, internet listing sites, Google searches, and the like likely fail to offer a big picture look at all that’s available. So, it’s wise to cast an even wider net by going with an old favorite: Craigslist. Are you wondering why that’s a viable option in this day and age? Here’s what you need to know. 

Why Choose Craigslist? 

In its heyday, Craigslist was the place to go for practically everything you wanted. Used cars, household goods, and even new places to live all showed up with a simple search. Type in your query and away you went to choose between all the fabulous options. 

Although many major sites have tried to outperform Craigslist, nothing has truly changed on the platform. Apartment searches still return all the top rentals in Los Angeles, helping you find a new place to live fast. Plus, you just have to change your terms to get all the goods you need to furnish your new digs as soon as you find a place. 

How to Search for a Los Angeles Apartment 

Ready to jumpstart your apartment search with a visit to Craigslist? Here’s how to move through that process from start to finish. 

Choose Your Category 

To begin your craigslist apartment search, you’ll first go to the Los Angeles area of the site if you’re not already there. Then, you will want to click through to the ‘apts / housing’ category. You’ll find this section on the homepage under ‘housing.’ 

Narrow Down the Results 

On the Apartments and Housing for Rent page, you’ll find a huge list of all the available Los Angeles rentals posted on the site. Oftentimes, you’ll find more than 10,000 results, potentially leaving you sifting through the pages forevermore. 

To avoid that, look to the lefthand side of the screen and narrow down the results using the search filters, like: 

  • Has images available 

  • Number of bedrooms 

  • Total bathrooms 

  • Square footage range 

  • Miles from a zip code 

You can even click checkmarks to find apartments that are pet-friendly, wheelchair accessible, or equipped with air conditioning. Need an EV charging port? Want a washer and dryer in the unit? Dream of valet parking? All those options are available as filters as well. 

From there, you just have to click through the listings to find the perfect Los Angeles apartment for your needs. 

Book Your Visits to Complete Your Craigslist Search 

Once you have a few options in mind, call or email each apartment manager to set up a showing. You’ll want to see each unit in person and learn about the rental terms before filling out an application. If it all looks good, then you can move through the application process with confidence in your decision. 

At NMS West Hills, we’re all about helping people find their perfect Los Angeles rental homes. So, we invite you to give us a call at 213-797-5930 whenever you’d like to set up a time to come see our apartments. 

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