I have no idea where my city center is located. My properties are apparently located 1.8 miles away from it but I don't know in which direction. I see houses directly on the beach that are up to 4 miles from the center. I see properties all on the same golf course that are ranging from 0 to 3 miles from the center. I certainly hope a guest never asks me how to get there, I couldn't answer that question.
Our "City Center" is the Main Post Office (we have 3).
That is what Google Maps has always displayed as "downtown" for our zip code and I guess it is "technically correct" as the Post Office would be the hub for that Zip Code.
I've noticed this with other searches on other Zip Codes. The default many times is a Post Office.
I don't know how HA determines "city center" or "downtown" except that they seem to pull whatever Google Maps shows for the most part.
And that may be determined in some cases by an algorithm that calculates the Area and finds the "relative center" of that Area.
I have given feedback ( via the feedback tab ) on this topic 2x already.
I live in Mt Pleasant, at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge and a short 5.6 miles into Historic Charleston and the Visitor Center.
For some reason, our city center is the shopping mall in the opposite direction....
Yes, it may be "the center" of the sprawl...but not a point of reference.
Even our town hall is near me.
And renters surely are intending to head into Charleston and not to the mall.
Worthless reference point.
I know you posted this tongue-in-cheek, but I am THRILLED that they have a point showing the "city center"! We are near the small fishing village of Soufriere, St Lucia. Soufriere has a population of about 8000 people, and only a handful of rental properties within the official "city limits" (assuming that's a real thing) VRBO used to show the entire island of St Lucia (maybe even a few from Martinique) when you searched for Soufriere, with properties over 2 hours away by car listed on the first page, and no indicator of where Soufriere is located. Now, they show the area around Soufriere, with the pin, and over half of the properties on the first page are within 15 minutes of Soufriere.
At least someone that has been told to "stay in Soufriere" can now zoom in and get the right area.
twomoreyears, don't get me wrong, I think the IDEA of a city center is a great one. And there is atleast one area on our island, called Shelter Cove, that I think would make a great location for that point on the map. It's not super close to my area however if you were searching to stay in the "city center," or Hub if you will, you would do fine if that particular area was your search point, as it has plenty of shopping, dining, etc .
Picking the center point on a map used to be the way things were done BUT...this isn't the 1700's where you needed the capital of your state or the seat of your county to be in the center so that all the horse and buggies can get to you easily to trade their hides and furs, and then head over to the local saloon and pay a visit to Ms. Kitty Russell. Sheesh!
Not to mention the fact that if you come to my VR you are coming for: The Beach OR The intercoastal waterways OR Golfing. So you want to either be: on or near the beach, on or near the marina, or on or near a golf course. Dining and shopping are secondary.
So long story short, if you want to come stay in my neck of the woods, there's a rental that's pretty close to "city center" aka Beaufort County Animal Control, so be sure to book there! I would just caution you against bringing your pet Burmese Python, alligator, panther, or any other exotic pets. BCAC is watching you!