Thanks to everyone for their input. I took your advice and got references from friends, co workers a past landlord and even my supervisor. I also had my girlfriend do the same. I also used a realtor (thanks again Laura) from here to help with the search. I got pro active and did some of my own shopping and was surprised by how many private owners and companies were renting out their properties. I was fortunate to find an amazing house that's only thirteen years old with all the trimmings. Great advice people and thanks again!