Doug - if you have that much time to spare, it would well be worth coming out for an initial visit, seeing some of the locations reccomended, reflecting a bit on what you liked, and then coming back again when you are ready to rent. I think you need more than a week here. I would suggest a month in a serviced apartment, looking around at places after work etc. Its quite draining, and often frustrating, but worth putting the initial time into. What you really want to avoid is finding a place quickly, and then a few weeks later regretting it because you acted too quickly.