I'm going to be moving from Buffalo to Ithaca in December or January, to start a new job in the area.
The easy part was finding work. The hard part is finding housing. Ithaca is somewhat pricey, relative to the rest of upstate New York. Because of the massive student population, the vast majority of apartments have August-to-July leases; most of the ads I'm finding advertise 8-2011 or 8-2012 occupancy. Also, very few landlords allow pets, and even fewer allow dogs.
I'm looking for a clean two bedroom or three bedroom apartment, townhouse or house (1200'2 or larger); preferably within walking or biking distance to The Commons (where I'll be working), but will consider outlying areas for exceptional rentals. I'm looking to start occupancy in December or January. My ideal rental range is $900-$1250/month.
I'm a neat, clean non-smoker who will be the only human occupant. I have two sweet, well-behaved and relatively quiet Portuguese Water Dogs (11 y.o spayed female, 12 y/o neutered male, each about 60 pounds). PWDs are hypoallergenic and non-shedding. Bo, President Obama's dog, is a PWD.
I'm a responsible landlord myself. I still own one of my former residences, a large house in suburban Cleveland, that is professionally managed. I have renter's insurance.
Have any thoughts or leads? Share them here, or send them to cyburba (at) cyburbia (dot) org. Yes, I've been searching on Craigslist and other sites. Thanks!