I've driven through thousands of cities, towns, hamlets, and villages. All are wonderful in their own ways. I especially like the tiny, old-fashioned kinds of places where it seems as if you've traveled through a time warp, right back into 1956 or something. So little has changed. Many communities in the Adirondacks and Catskill areas are like that. I've even lived in a number of them, too!
When we were younger (read: adventuresome, oung whippersnappers), I'd go door-to-door, looking for apartments. Most of the time people were friendly and informative. …most of the time! Back then, we had to rely on the newspaper classifieds and "For Rent" signs to find a place to live. The nicest areas rarely advertised because they were in such high demand that rental vacancies were word-of-mouth. So I;d go knocking on doors in a nice neihgborhood, looking for a nice apartment. Tyank God things have changed! Now, there's apartments.com. I like this site. While I don't look for apartments anymore (we own), I like to keep tabs on the local real estate market and economy of the places I visit. I suppose I still fancy getting a townhouse in New York or a sweet little second landing pad in Lake Placid or Catskill.
If you're looking for a place, definitely check out the website. Apartments.com has beenaround for many years and I think they are super! The website is easy to navigate, the listings are detailed and have photos, SAND it's way better than scouring through the classifieds. Apartments.com also has a mobile app for on-the-go searching. Check out the group on Twitter, too, and @aptscom. You just may find your dream apartment in that charming little town you've driven through!