The Market

Lasso your next NYC apartment with a flick of the mouse

By Teri Karush Rogers | January 24, 2011 - 2:35PM

Here's an interesting way to search for an apartment: Instead of typing in zip codes or neighborhoods, pull up a map, draw a line around your desired neighborhood, and then take a leisurely stroll with your mouse across the listings caught inside your real estate net. 

Hotpads.com, a national map-based real estate search site, recently launched just such a "hand drawn search" tool. Pictured left is the search we 'drew,' pulling up 1-bedroom rentals in dog-walkable distance of Tompkins' Square Park.  Other situations where the lasso approach would be handy: Searching for a place a few blocks within school, work, or subway stop;  carving out a buffer zone around an ex-boyfriend or current mother-in-law; and staying within the delivery zone of your favorite Indian restaurant.

The lasso feature is a little tricky to spot (look for the lasso button on the left hand side of the screen, below the zoom-in/out controls) but fun to use.  Listings are drawn from major management companies, multiple listing services, individual brokers, and regular people who can list their apartments for free.

 

Teri Karush Rogers

Founder & Publisher

Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she covered New York City real estate for the The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri holds a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University. 

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