Quickly find a rental with Padmapper
Finding a home doesn’t always involve buying and selling—renting is also a huge part of making house, especially in Hawaii. A quick way to filter out rentals to meet your preferences is through Padmapper.com.
On most rental sites, you can plug in your preference for cost, bedrooms, bathrooms, area, and if it’s furnished or not, and get a list. Padmapper takes it a step further by enabling you to filter out rentals that allow pets (even drilled down to whether they allow cats or dogs); and the age of the post to ensure you’re not wasting your time with an older listing that may already be rented out.
But wait, there’s more: there’s a function called “super secret advanced features” with added information to help you in your decision. There’s a commute time overlay that higlights the desired area so you can see how many listings are (for example) a 20-minute walk to your workplace. Or how many are a 10-minute drive to the office. Of course, there’s a plugin for WalkScore.com, as covered in a previous blog, to see how walkable the neighborhood is.
You can also plug in the “SpotCrime overlay” to see what kinds of crimes have been committed in the vicinity of the address.
If you really want to get to know the location you’re considering, there’s also a “neighborhood overlay” that sections off the map with labels of the specific areas (i.e. Manoa, Makiki, Kalihi-Palama, etc.). Each section is clickable to a Wikipedia description of that neighborhood.
Padmapper is also available as an app for smartphones. The app only has basic capabilities and features, but it’s handy for when you are driving around looking for a new home to rent.