Grace is right on the mark...it depends on a few variables and it won't be hard to find an agent ready, willing and able to help you out. The first thing you should do, is make up a "wants list", then have the agent drive the area with you to get the feel. I do this with all my out of towners and usually they discover what is really best for them - not what their friends have told them. You may want a $500k lifestyle with a $150k budget and that can only lead you to heartbreak. Also, you may find that the area you want may not have any suitable apartments as different area have strict zoning rules.
Your first step is really to start a good dialog with a strong Realtor that will have your best interest at hand.
Best wishes and welcome to the area.
Jo Shaner, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN
Keller Williams Realty