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Staying in a hotel certainly has its time and place. But for trips where we want to feel like a local (and save a few dollars), our go-to is Airbnb, an online booking service for renting real people’s homes or apartments.

Historically, using the site meant entering your destination and travel dates, then browsing through a slew of offerings. But now, thanks to a just-launched feature called Neighborhoods, you can narrow your search to better suit your needs.

Neighborhoods is currently available for seven international cities (Rio de Janeiro, New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Paris and Washington, D.C.), all of which are known for their distinctly different districts.

To begin, you can explore a city’s neighborhoods by features like “great transit,” “nightlife” or “peace and quiet.” Our quest for an artsy spot in San Francisco, for instance, brought up hoods ranging from Dogpatch to Lower Haight. Next, you can click on each area of town to learn more about it and find rentals there.

Alternately, if you already have a neighborhood in mind (say, Brooklyn’s Dumbo or Paris’s Montparnasse), you can head straight there and begin searching the listings.

Avoiding tourist pits and living like a native? We’ll take it.

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