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Zillow's updated iOS app allows users to select boundaries by drawing on the map

Sometimes, you just don’t want to live next to the garbage dump or that busy intersection or those annoying neighbors. Now, with the updated version of Zillow’s iOS app, home shoppers can use their fingertips to draw very specific boundaries within neighborhoods.

That means, for example, a home shopper who was interested in homes with views could outline very specific areas in Seattle such as Sunset Hill, Phinney Ridge or Magnolia and save those searches.

I’ve been playing with the app tonight on my iPhone, circling areas around Green Lake, Phinney Ridge and Ballard. You can draw various shapes around areas in all three neighborhoods and save those searches.

So, if you just want to live on the west slope of Phinney Ridge (better views than the east slope in my opinion) or near Salmon Bay Park in Ballard (great playground, you can simply use your finger to draw the boundaries that you want.

You can then filter the search within those boundaries — for example perusing only three bedroom homes with more than 1,500 square feet built after 1980.

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