5 Things to Avoid in Los Angeles

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The City of Angels. The City of Stars. Tinseltown. The city of Los Angeles has a distinct personality separate from its on-screen persona that you might find surprising at first but once you dig down into it, you’ll see that it’s been there all along. A lot of folks, upon moving to LA, get lost in what they think they should be doing instead of looking for the real heart of the city. We’ve uncovered it and we’ve put together a list of some things you should avoid when moving to Los Angeles.

1. Santa Monica Pier
It might seem like a fun idea but you’ll end up regretting it immediately when you see the crowds. Not only is it one of the most touristy sights in the city but the restaurants and bars are pricey. You can do better!

2. Hiking Runyon Canyon
While the temptation of seeing a celebrity like Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift is strong, the deterrent of large crowds is stronger. Sure, you might see a few celebs on your hike but they’ll be sweaty, you’ll be sweaty, do you really want to talk to them in that state? Probably not. Instead, opt for Griffith Park. There’s more to see and the view from the top is infinitely better. Stop at the Griffith Observatory to catch a real view from the top.

3. Rodeo Drive
If you’ve got the money to be shopping on Rodeo Drive, more power to you! But on your way to those designer shops and boutiques, you’ll encounter more tourists window-shopping than there are stars in the sky. It’s not worth the trouble. Instead, try Robertson Boulevard for the same caliber of stores without the crush of the crowds. Plus, there’s still a chance that you’ll catch a glimpse of some celebrities.

4. The Same Old Food
Los Angeles is a thriving and diverse city full of people While it’s easy to feel claustrophobic when surrounded by the masses, it’s important to remember what everyone is bringing to the table. With so many different cultures meeting in one place, there is an outpouring of spectacular restaurants with authentic cuisine just like they make it back home. Don’t stick to the same boring dishes you’ve been eating at chain restaurants for years. Branch out and try something interesting.

5. Driving
Obviously, you won’t be able to avoid driving the entire time you’re living in LA but it’s best to avoid it if you can. Traffic in the city is notoriously horrendous. Public transportation isn’t much better but it will get you where you need to go.

Moving to Los Angeles is a strange experience but one that you won’t regret. The interesting culture and people that gather there makes the whole thing worth it.

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6 Things to Know Before Moving to Atlanta

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Founded at the intersection of two railroad lines, Atlanta, Georgia is the capital and the most populous city in the state. Atlanta is a haven for foodies with farmers’ markets sprinkled throughout the city, an exciting restaurant scene, and an ever-growing food truck community. (Atlanta is also the headquarters of Waffle House. You can’t throw a stone without hitting one.) Before you decide to call the bustling city your new home, there are some things you should know first.

1. Atlanta Has Quite a Few Nicknames

Get used to hearing the city called everything but its name. The ATL, The Big Peach, City in a Forest, Hotlanta, Dogwood City, the list goes on and on. But did you know that Atlanta is actually already a nickname? Atlanta is short for Atlantica-Pacifica, but who has the time to say all that?

2. It’s the Zombie Capital of the World

Move aside, Pittsburgh. Atlanta is the new mecca for zombie lovers. The Walking Dead is filmed in Atlanta meaning there’s always a chance to see cast members around the city. Atlanta also hosts a zombie walk, a zombie run, a zombie convention, the Buried Alive Film Fest and Atlanta Horror Festival. If you’re a zombie enthusiast, you’ll feel right at home.

3. Peaches as Far as the Eye Can See

Even though Georgia produces fewer peaches than California and South Carolina, it’s still considered “The Peach State”, so prepare to be confused as there are 71 streets in the city with some variation of “Peachtree” in their name. (Insert peach emoji)

4. An Entrepreneurial City

While the Atlanta job market is looking golden for 2017, the city is also becoming a hub for people with a more entrepreneurial spirit. In 2013, it was named the best city in the country to start a business and we expect that not much has changed since then. So, if finding a job deems too challenging, consider starting your own business.

5. It’s (Usually) Sunny in Atlanta

You can usually count on the weather in Atlanta to be nice. While the temperature in the winter doesn’t get far below freezing very often, the summer months are nothing but sunshine. Expect hot summers and relatively mild winters in Hotlanta.

6. Atlanta Is A Coke Town

No, we don’t mean like that. Ask for a Pepsi in Atlanta and expect to get slapped. Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta back in 1886 and we don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Atlantians even substitute the word ‘coke’ in to mean soda or pop.

These facts are just a small dip into the unique culture and life in Atlanta. To fully understand Atlanta, you have to immerse yourself in it. You won’t regret it.

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3 Of The Best US Cities For Foodies

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Some people eat because they have to but other people eat because they love to. Foodies are everywhere these days and where there are foodies, there’s bound to be some spectacular restaurants. We’re tracking down the cities with the best scene for food enthusiasts.

Charleston, SC
When you think southern cuisine, your mind probably immediately jumps to fried foods. In Charleston, you’ll find your fair share of fried foods but you’ll also find much more than that. Being that close to the Atlantic means being within arms’ reach of fresh seafood at (almost) all times. The city’s evolution into a modern food hub may have begun with the inaugural Charleston Wine & Food Festival in 2006 where now over 25,000 people gather to indulge in the best that the city has to offer. Becoming a part of the Charleston food scene is as easy as heading to Rent Jungle to find your dream apartment.

Chicago, IL

The Windy City might be well-known for its deep dish pizza that might as well be a pizza cake, but their food scene has more depth than their pizzas. Chicago is actually a northern go-to for barbecue. Because Chicago’s BBQ scene is newer, it’s more nebulous, always changing and adapting to current trends. Chicago’s most basic staples, hot dogs, pizza, and Italian beef, might seem simple but they’re actually the most well thought out dishes in the city. With hot dogs, it’s all in the garnishes: “Dragged through the garden” refers to the yellow mustard, pickle relish, chopped white onions, chili peppers, tomato slices, pickle spear and celery salt dressing each dog.”¹ Don’t underestimate the simple things. They might not be as simple as they appear.

Los Angeles, CA

Philadelphia has their cheesesteak, Chicago has their deep dish, and Los Angeles has tacos. A rather understated dish for a city has wild as LA, but you have to know where to find the best ones (usually, from a street vendor). What truly makes Los Angeles such an amazing city for food? The diversity of the people who call it home. With almost 50% of the population being Hispanic or Latino and around 11% being of Asian descent, you can find authentic cuisine made by people who actually know what they’re doing and refuse to tone down their creations for picky eaters. Los Angeles, while the city of stars, has more casual dining than you would imagine. With fewer fine dining experiences, there’s less pressure to have fancy dishes like lobster and truffles and more focus on interesting and delicious inventions.

Sure, we all need to eat but for those who seek out the best possible experiences, these cities are the tops. So, now that you’ve found the food, how about a place to live? Check Rent Jungle’s listings in each of the cities above with the click of a button.

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods In Chicago

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The Windy City, home to the Bean, the Bears, and pizza that might as well be a cake. Chicago is the third most populous city in the US behind only NYC and LA. For renters searching for their next home, a city as big as Chi-town can be daunting! What will you find there? Is it suitable for a family? We’ve rounded up a few of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the city for you. Which one are you most suited for?

1. Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square located about 30 minutes outside of Chicago proper, is a perfect place for families to settle in. With tons of amazing parks to explore nearby like Challenger Park and Winnemac Park, your kids will never feel cooped up indoors. Lincoln Square is located a quick 15-minute drive away from Wrigley Field so, your kids can grow up with a love for baseball. In the summers, Montrose Beach and the green areas surrounding it are perfect places to take the kids for picnics and walks. Nearby Davis Theater might seem old and outdated but the simplicity is what makes it perfect. During the summer they offer $2 family classics! All you need is popcorn and you’re set.

2. Edgewater

Just north of Lincoln Square, you’ll find Edgewater. Great for families with children of every age, this neighborhood boasts a good number of quality schools from elementary to high school and even Catholic and Jewish schools. Nearby you’ll find two theaters, Redtwist Theatre and City Lit Theater. Each has a number of plays and performances for families to attend. From anywhere in Edgewater, you can reach the beach within 10 minutes so, your summers will be filled with sand and sunshine!

3. Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village is rife with young families with children and dogs bustling about. Fellger Park is perfect for parents with very small tots as they’ve got miniaturized play equipment and even a splash zone to cool off in during the hot months. Wonderland Activities Center offers classes and programming for preschoolers and toddlers to learn through art, music, games, and play. Roscoe Village is home to the award winning Audubon Elementary School as well as other schools from elementary to a college prep school. With all of the resources available, Roscoe Village is perfect for families with children of any age.

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When you have a family, location is of utmost importance. It’s necessary to be near not only to all of the things your children need but also to the things that will delight your children and make their lives more fun!

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Ah, February. The month of love. Or heartbreak, depending on how your Valentine’s Day went. You could be planning to move in with your new boo or you could be searching for your new bachelor pad. Whatever the situation, if you’re in the market for a new place, you might want to bring someone else into the equation. We’re talking about us! Let Rent Jungle be your guiding light in the apartment search madness.

1. Comparing rent

If you’re moving to an entirely new neighborhood, you’ll probably be unfamiliar with what the average person is paying for their rent. You don’t want to be suckered into paying too much only to find out you could be paying less for an even nicer place. Just head to our Compare Rent page and enter in your city, the number of bedrooms, and your price range.

2. Advanced search

There are probably some specific qualifications that you’re looking for in your next apartment. Hardwood floors a must? Need a walk-in closet for your wardrobe? Do you not want to spend the money on furniture and need a fully-furnished apartment? Just check off the boxes. We’ll show you only the apartment listings with those features.

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4. City Information

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