Locating the right pad requires compromise, unless it's for your girlfriend, in which case it's just better to go to another store. That chick is so mad right now! Ensuring nobody looking for a place to live has to compromise their sanity: RentSocial, a new portal for comparing apartments, connecting with leasing offices, paying rent, and "interacting with neighbors", but not, like, you know, in person.
From an established real estate technology company with access to 75k listings nationwide, RS populates a Gmap with rentable spots within your size/amenity/price range, providing extensive deets including floorplans, pics, the current renter's assessment on a scale of 1-5, and building specs, though unfortunately 36-24-36 is just the apartment number. Drag up to 10 properties into a sidebar to view all their pertinent info side-by-side, spreadsheet-style, and, once you've found a spot, use the site's contact form to notify the affiliated leasing office of your interest, because you know that landlord is just dying to f*** you.
Even if you aren't looking for a place to live, click the "I Live Here" button to receive event notifications, directly deposit your rent (assuming your building's on board), and open up communication with site-using neighbors, because escaping your super-emotional girlfriend would really Maxi-mize your pad experience.