A new portal is matching New Yorkers – current as well as aspiring – to the neighborhood best fitting their preferences.
Place I Live usually provides its users with information on neighborhoods in some of the world’s biggest and most important cities – including NYC, Berlin and London – but their new match tool takes users lifestyles into account to show them which area of the Big Apple best matches their wishes.
The move was inspired by Airbnb’s newest in-app feature, which sees the homesharing website suggest users the neighborhood best catering to their lifestyle preferences.
If that’s a way to make your holiday even more fun and fulfilling, why not apply the same to people looking for a new home?
Instead of having to go through listings and looking at places on a map, the portal allows users to enter their preferences to calculate their perfect neighborhood.
Simply select what matters most to you, from nightlife, restaurants and crime rates to how quiet you’d want it to be, the sports you play and how long your commute should be.
And it might just lead people to places they never had on their radar before, despite them being the perfect match, because city dwellers aren’t always aware of how areas have changed.
‘New Yorkers think they know where they want to live in the city,’ said Sarunas Legeckas, co-founder of Place I Live.
¬‘But our simple test showed that many could do better in terms of neighborhood choice, due to the variety of new neighborhoods, rapid gentrification and other factors.’
So an Upper West Sider may find there are better options than their current pad, the founders explain – like moving to Brooklyn Heights and benefiting from a shorter commute, lower rents and some great, green running paths outside their doorstep.
‘Choosing a home is a very responsible task – and people should be fully informed before they commit to a neighborhood and a home,’ Legeckas said.