we're currently using har.com to find a privately owned townhouse/condo instead of getting a regular apartment. house buying will come in a year or two.
we definitely will be wondering where the good restaurants are - not chain place, the awesome independent places you see on travel channel and food network. that's our kind of stuff. the more hole in the wall, the better!
i have also decided to take a year of teaching since moving dates didn't line up with school start dates, and i'm going to use the opportunity to try to find some IT job or something similar to that in the local area - not sure i want to commute downtown, especially by bike from the energy corridor area.