Heat Map Of Rental Prices Based On Craiglist Listings

In a project born out of “boredom” and an experience with a landlord that was facing foreclosure due to gambling on an ARM, grad student Ethan Garner created CraigStatsSF, a site that visualizes craiglist San Francisco rental listings. He writes:

As I started looking for places, I noticed everything that used to be for rent was now for sale due to the same foreclosure effect that happened to my landlord.

It also appeared that the rents were going up….. but… were the really? or am I just paranoid and bitter?

Since I was waiting to get my research published, I figured I could waste ample amounts of time coding perl scripts and learning google maps.

This project was born out of boredom.

This is cool, Ethan! Do more cities!

CraigStatsSF [via BoingBoing]


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  1. JPropaganda says:

    I’d love to see this for NYC

  2. ethangarner says:

    I am collecting data on NY, Boston, Seattle, and LA. Those heatmaps should be up and going in a month or two.


  3. virtaaj says:

    Great work! Maybe he can extend it to Indian cities also. I understand Craigslist started of in SF, but come one… its all over the world…

  4. gibsonic says:

    something similar is http://www.zillow.com ‘s heat map but i think this is only for homes for sale, not rent.

  5. Transuranic says:

    Ethan, I’ve been lusting after this convenience for years!

    I don’t care if you’re doing my city yet (someone will – maybe me) but it’s so relieving to see it in place finally.

    A thousand thanks to you for doing what so clearly needed to be done! May your digs be top floor, your neighbors quiet and friendly, your views spacious, and your buildings rent-controlled.

  6. endless says:

    reminds me of simcity 2000 back in the day.

  7. nequam says:

    @ethangarner: This is cool! I’m interested in seeing the Boston one.

  8. overbysara says:

    do DC!!!

  9. GinaLouise says:

    As a native San Franciscan, I find this both totally cool and totally depressing! Let me go show this to my 12 housemates …

  10. ReverseCarpetbagging says:

    I wonder if that puts the same strain on the CL servers that ListPic site (or whatever it was called) that put up the Craigslist pictures on one page.

  11. synergy says:

    Do San Antonio! It’s bigger than all the cities mentioned so far except NYC and LA!

  12. slashedzero says:

    Ooh. They should definitely create a version of this for DC. Of course, with how expensive everything is, it would all be on fire. Either way, what an awesome concept.

  13. ethangarner says:

    This shouldn’t put too much strain on their servers, it only accesses the site once every 15 minutes or so.. and doesn’t go to far down into the pages.

    Listpic is way more intensive