Dallas Sky Lofts Blog

11 Sep 2017
The Best Pet Friendly Apartments in Dallas

Choosing to be a dog owner when you live in an apartment means you have a lot of things to consider! Your list of “must-haves” for an apartment may be much different than someone who doesn’t own a pupper. Depending on the size of your pooch, you might need to look at apartment communities with a very lenient pet policy. And who likes walking down three flights of stairs just to take your dog outside at 11 p.m.? Nobody! So a first floor unit might be what you’re looking for.

But as dog owners have become more vocal, apartments in Dallas are doing a great job of paying attention. There are things like on-site dog parks, dog wash stations, even units that have private yards to eliminate any extra work on your part. That’s pretty cool! With these conveniences, it’s become much easier to have a dog while living in an apartment. Truthfully, dogs now can live in the big city and have an exceptional life. Whether you own a small corgi or a large labrador retriever, there’s an apartment in Dallas that has everything you need. These are some of the best pet friendly apartments in Dallas.

Pet Friendly Apartments in Dallas - The Kontour at Kessler Park

Kontour at Kessler Park

If you are a fan of big dogs that love to run, like Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Huskies, Cattle dogs…you might be concerned about their lack of space in a traditional apartment. If your dog can eat off your kitchen counter without getting on two legs, yeah, an apartment life might seem kind of inconvenient! This community breaks all your previous conceptions about having bigger dogs in an apartment. Kontour at Kessler Park sits on TEN acres of land. They have a huge wooded dog park with space to really run for your pooch! You’ll feel like the best dog parent ever, giving them the freedom they love. Even better? Many of these units come with fenced-in yards. It’s the perfect haven for pet lovers in Dallas.

Ilume Park

Some dogs like to run, some dogs like to swim. If the annual “pooch swim” at your local pool isn’t enough for your pet, Ilume Park might be the perfect apartment for you. They actually have a bone shaped pool just for dogs. Did we also mention that it is complete with a fire hydrant sprayer? If your dog doesn’t worship the ground you walk on already, they will once you move in here. These apartment units also have private yards available, as well as not just one, but two enclosed dog parks. You can have all the pet bonding you want without ever having to leave home (which means, your car will have a lot less slobber and dog hair won’t be your regular work accessory)! After your pup gets out of the pool? Give them a quick wash at the on site pet salon. It’s doggie paradise.

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Pet Friendly Apartments in Dallas - Crest at Oak Park

Crest at Oak Park

We love the Crest at Oak Park community. It’s perfectly situated in between Love Field and the Dallas North Tollway (what a great location, especially if you are a frequent flyer!). The property is simply stunning with lots of wide open spaces. If traveling to stroll around Bachmann Lake seems like a bit too much work, you’re in luck. Crest at Oak Park prides themselves on being pet friendly and they’ve made it a joy to be a pet owner! There is a huge private park on site, and many of the apartments have private yards. Your pet can have all the outdoor time they desire!

Austin at Trinity Green

This apartment community has a super lenient pet policy (here’s looking at you, NO weight limit!) We love that they’re located on Singleton Boulevard in Dallas, which means you have direct access to the miles of trails in the Trinity floodway just under the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Even if your dog has endless endurance, you won’t run out of places to go. This location is perfect if you love to drink and dine with your pet, because you’re close to the Trinity Groves area with pet-friendly patios for those cool nights and weekends. Gotta have a yard? They’re available too! And there’s a dog wash for convenience, in case you get a little muddy with all your adventures on the trails.

Pet Friendly Apartments in Dallas - Austin at Trinity Green

What kind of pet do you have? How important is having a dog park or wide open spaces for you and your pooch? Tell us about it by leaving a comment or check out our Facebook page. We’d LOVE to see our newsfeed flooded with photos of your cute fur babies!

The Best Pet Friendly Apartments in Dallas
25 Aug 2017
Eat Free in Dallas If You Drink

Obviously, happy hour is pretty awesome. Drink deals? You bet that I will be there. But what about when the deal gets sweetened with not just drink deals, but FREE FOOD? And this goes way beyond a free bowl of chips and some salsa. SIGN. ME. UP. But, these deals aren’t super publicized, so how will you know? This fall when back to school or work has got you down, grab your pals and head to one of these restaurants and bars in Dallas for sweet drink deals, and free food.

Eat Free in Dallas - Dallas Fish Market

Dallas Fish Market

Wednesday and Friday are perfect days for a happy hour. Head over to Dallas Fish Market on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for amazing cocktails, AND a complimentary sushi roll when you purchase an alcoholic drink! We love the Lotus Blossom Sangria and the Fishermans’ Cup (super refreshing for these hot late summer days). Now, those are the only hours where you can get that complimentary roll, but they have great deals with half price bites and drinks for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m.

Rattlesnake Bar @ the Ritz Carlton

Usually you hear “the guac is extra,” but not at this bar. This is the BEST guacamole you’ve ever had, prepared by a “guacamologist” (whatever that job is I want it). Come have a drink, dressed in your best, for some five-star people watching and an impeccably-made drink. It is the Ritz Carlton, after all. These bites are crafted by the team at Fearing’s, one of the best restaurants in the world. While you’re here getting your 5-o’clock jam on, you’ll be offered sips of some mini margaritas, and perhaps some mini tacos too! All the fun starts at about 5:30-6ish on weekday evenings.

Eat Free in Dallas - Rattlesnake Bar
Eat Free in Dallas - Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime

Not far from the Ritz in Uptown is Ocean Prime – maybe your go-to for a fancy date night or anniversary. But be sure to head over for an after work drink sometimes and have a few bites of truffle popcorn. Warning: it is addictive. Sidle up to the bar, order a drink, and enjoy a bowl (or five) of this amazing popcorn coated in delicious, sumptuous, truffle oil. Popcorn is a completely acceptable dinner alternative, right? We won’t tell anyone.

World Beer Co. (The Bottle Shop)

Are you a fan of the ultimate pairing: pizza + beer? If that’s your go-to, this is the PLACE for you! Check out the World Beer Co. on Lower Greenville, where you’ll find a massive treasure trove of craft beer that you can take home in bottles, cans, growlers, or whatever else your heart desires. But don’t wait until Thursday or Friday to get your drinks for the weekend! Come on in on a Monday to pick up your favorites, and enjoy free pizza while you’re there. They have more specials throughout the week, including $3 Can Sunday Funday and Texas Tuesday (1/2 price select Texas bottles and drafts.) Yum.

Eat Free in Dallas - World Brewing Company
Eat Free in Dallas - Stampede 66

Stampede 66

Another famous staple in Texas is Chef Stephen Pyles’ Stampede 66, on McKinney Ave. The food is phenomenal, so we highly recommend staying for dinner. The vibes are truly Texas with southern style cuisine and a Mexican flair. At the bar, order up! The Modern Star Canyon Margarita is an exceptional drink, including prickly pear fruit and a candied jalapeno. Come between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to get FREE pork chicarrones in the bar area. Check out their other happy hour deals too!

The Best Places to Eat Free in Dallas if You are Drinking
18 Aug 2017
Back to School - Fav Off-Campus Apartments in Dallas

I don’t know how it happened, but it’s time for back to school. It seems like August snuck up on us this year and now we’re here! It’s about to be class time for popular universities in Dallas and Fort Worth like Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, and University of Texas.

Here are some of our FAVORITE apartment communities for college students in DFW:

Back to School - Mockingbird Flats

MOCKINGBIRD FLATS

You can’t get much closer to SMU than being right on SMU Boulevard! These gorgeous luxury flats have floor plans featuring up to 3 bedrooms, and the amenities include everything from on-site trainers and complimentary bootcamp classes to stunning downtown Dallas views and a washer/dryer included. There are even restaurants and retail on the first floor here, so you may not have to leave for fun! If you do, all kinds of nightlife, restaurants, and bars are within walking or biking distance.

ARCHES AT PARK CITIES

Another great choice for SMU students! It’s like living at a resort here with the large, lengthy swimming pool (get those laps in!) and the theatre room for perfect movie nights. They welcome all size pets here, and there’s a five story parking garage which means you never have to worry about walking in the rain or finding a close parking spot when you’re coming home with a load of groceries. The beautiful bright kitchens are our favorites – and there are tons of built-in extras for storing your textbooks and school supplies.

Back to School - Arches at Park Cities
Back to School - Century Medical District

CENTURY MEDICAL DISTRICT

Med student? You need a place nearby UT Southwestern and this community fits the bill. These sleek, stylish apartments are perfect for relaxing and studying with one and two bedroom floor plans available. Inside the clubhouse there’s even a latte lounge to keep you going! Washer and dryer are included, and you’re going to love the contemporary feel of each home with designer backsplashes in the kitchen, open spaces, and modern finishes.

DOMAIN AT MIDTOWN

Not one, but two pools. That’s just the start of all the good things this community has to offer. Right off of highway 75, for easy access to just about anywhere you have to go – class, your job, or just hanging out with friends. Nestled in one of the newest areas of Dallas, we hear AWESOME things about this community! From the designer kitchens (with under cabinet lighting!) perfect for testing out new recipes, to the fitness studio and co-working spaces, we are in absolute love. There’s even a game lounge with flat screens for viewing parties! Really, you’re at the center of everything here no matter what school you attend.

Back to School - Domain at Midtown

If this is your FIRST Apartment, there are a few things to know.

  1. Decide how much you can really afford in rent. You may be balancing tuition, books, and all kinds of other bills being out on your own for the first time. And rent isn’t just about the rent – think about your cable bill, your electricity, and things like auto insurance and renter’s insurance. Not sure what you can afford? We have a handy guide for you, that can help you figure out exactly what your monthly rent should be.
  2. Pay close attention and be specific with us about how far you can be from campus! Do you have a car with you? Is your campus close to a Dart station or bus stop? Is it absolutely necessary for you to be within walking or biking distance? It’s ok to be really detailed about what you need. Great tips? If you’re going to have a job and need to be at class, draw a circle with a 3-5 mile radius around each one. Is there an intersecting point? That’s where you would ideally want to live!
  3. Be sure to save some $$$ for furnishing and decorating your apartment. You’ll need cleaning supplies and a bed, just for starters. It can be overwhelming to think about starting out on your own for the first time. Luckily, this is Dallas and there are tons of Facebook garage sale sites and Craigslist to get you started. Be safe when you’re purchasing something from anybody you don’t know. Bring a friend and always meet in a public, well-lit place!

That’s the basics about finding an apartment. Using an apartment locator can save you tons of time if you’re busy trying to register for classes and figure out living in a new city. We’re here to help! And it’s a FREE service.

Here are some other tips for living out on your own for the first time:

  • Set some ground rules with your roommate. Talk about everything from having parties, to significant others spending the night, and who’s taking care of chores like taking out the trash!
  • Save the maintenance number that your apartment community gives to you. You WILL need it at some point!
  • Keep your key on you at all times and lock your doors for safety.
  • Be sure to update your address with your school so you get your mail.
  • Set a reminder on your phone to pay rent. It can be tough to remember if this is new, and you don’t want to get stuck with late fees.
  • Treat your apartment like your home, not a dorm room. Decorate to make it feel like home, and keep it clean! Failing to do regular maintenance can mean losing $$$ on your deposit when your lease is up.

Have fun, and enjoy an awesome semester, students!

Back to School - Fav Off-Campus Apartments in Dallas
25 Jul 2017
Things to do in Dallas when it is+100 Degrees Outside!

Don’t get us wrong, we love Texas. The beautiful winters, being close to the airport for a quick flight (just 2 hours to Mexico, y’all!) and all the BBQ and tacos. Mmm. But let’s get real: it’s nearing the end of July and the words “dog days of summer” have never been more true. With temps soaring into the triple digits (I swear I saw “feels like 109” this weekend on my iPhone) thinking about the heat makes me want to cry a little. If you’ve been to see ever new release movie this summer including Wonder Woman and the latest Spiderman: Homecoming, you’re looking for something a little different to do. Preferably one where you won’t slide off your seat from sweat when you’re done. Have no fear, we’re going to survive the summer! After all, isn’t it like 90 days to all things #PSL?  

Here’s our list for something to do when you feel like melting. This isn’t your usual boring-head-to-the-pool post; we guarantee there is something here you haven’t tried yet!

You can survive on a patio with a sprayer.

Yes, it’s hot. Too hot to sit in the blazing sun but…what about an iced margarita in each hand under a spritzing fan? Being on the patio IS possible this time of year, you just have to know the right one to head out to. We prefer Ozona on lower Greenville, with their well-shaded patio, freezing cold drinks, and spritzing fans. Still too hot? Check out the top floor of Urban Rio in Plano. They literally keep their bar surface nice and chilly so your drink stays cool! This is the place to go for happy hour specials for sure. The windows may be open and they have live music. We also love The Lot by White Rock Lake – it’s a cool spot to hang out with plenty of shade and even a volleyball court.

Rent a SUP or canoe for crying out loud!

Obviously in the heat you either need to be in the shade or in the water. Luckily, there are several places you can rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP board in the DFW area. On the east side? Drive out to Lake Ray Hubbard and rent from the guys over at Kayak Instruction Inc. It’s an affordable way to spend a day in the water – you can even bring your pup! White Rock Lake also rents canoes and kayaks. Need more options? Try Lake Carolyn for the west side of DFW. (Pro tip: Make your significant other paddle while you leave your legs in the water!)

Hit up the Dallas Farmer's Market

If you thought Farmer’s Markets were outdoor sweltering stands of wilting produce, think again. The Dallas Farmer’s Market has TONS of shade, iced coffee, fresh fruit, pickles, and an entire indoor section that is air conditioned. You’ve never seen a market like this! You can browse for hours while sipping or munching on something fresh and sweet. You can even stay a while and have brunch or lunch (or day drink) at one of the awesome restaurants there. Check back regularly for pop up shops and special events.

Grab a popsicle and play in the fountains

Yes, these two activities go together! Visit one of our favorite popsicle stops like Steel City Pops or Berrynaked, grab your favorite flavor (we recommend blood orange from Berrynaked or Coconut from Steel City Pops) and head for some splashing. The best place for a spray and some water? Klyde Warren Park, Addison Circle, and Fountain Place on Ross Ave. You don’t even have to get wet – just being closer to the spray can cool you down!

How are you surviving the Texas heat this summer? If we missed one of your favorites, let us know!

Things to do in Dallas when it is+100 Degrees Outside!
18 Jul 2017
New, Must-Try Dallas Restaurants

When it’s this hot in the thick of a Texas summer, why would you be cooking and heating up your apartment? With all these amazing new restaurants in Dallas, you literally can go a different place every night. No need to take the time or effort to grocery shop and then prepare your own dinner! Here are our picks for the best new places to check out, no matter what neighborhood you’re in. (Hey, you may even be just around the corner!)

Idle Rye - Must Try Dallas Restaurants

Idle Rye

Whiskey cocktails. Gastropub. Especially if you crave the occasional German or Polish specialty (THERE ARE PIEROGIES on the menu, and if you don’t know what those are it’s a potato-filled noodle heaven), this modern joint will light up your senses. Grab a seat in one of their cushy oversized booths and order a craft cocktail. You won’t be leaving here hungry with staples like schnitzel and a “ridiculous sausage sandwich,” available for dinner. They also serve brunch and lunch, so don’t miss out. Located in Deep Ellum on Elm Street.

Corrientes 348

This Argentinian steakhouse just opened a few weeks ago (June 20) in downtown Dallas. If you love all things beef, this is a must-try. It doesn’t get more authentic than this; Corrientes 248 operates multiple restaurants in Brazil. They have amazing, high quality cuts of meat on the menu, designed for sharing. Each entree comes with family-style sides (think perfectly grilled veggies or large portion salads). Don’t fill up though, because you’ll want to try the Dulce de Leche pancake for dessert.

Corrientes 348 - Must Try Dallas Restaurants
Sachet - Must Try Dallas Restaurants

Sachet

If you’ve ever been to Gemma over on Henderson Avenue, you’ll want to try this sister restaurant that’s got a more casual vibe with a less expensive menu. While Gemma has a definite California flair, Sachet will feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Think pasta, cous cous, lots of olive and grape-based items, and hummus. We can’t wait for the opening! They plan to be open for both lunch and dinner, in the Highland Park area on Oak Lawn Avenue.

Wheelhouse

Even better than the amazing cocktails (we recommend the Salty Dog) and the small bites (homemade pretzel!) is the breathy, open design of Wheelhouse. It’s like hanging out at your best friend’s dream house patio, with wide open spaces and a sleek industrial feel. Even doggies are welcome on the covered concrete outdoor dining area. Located in the heart of the Design District at the west end of the Decorative Center, this gastropub is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The perfect place to grab a cool mug of local brew, and grab a sandwich, salad, or fish and chips.

Wheelhouse - Must Try Dallas Restaurants
Slater's 50/50 - Must Try Dallas Restaurants

Slater's 50/50

Do you have a serious love affair with pork? What about burgers? Slater’s is all about the three B’s: Bacon, Burgers, and Beer. Try the burger of the month, or design your own choosing from tons of different options like size, bread type, cheese and toppings (even grilled pineapple is an option), and the patty you want. They may be most famous for their 50% ground pork and 50% ground beef patty, the ultimate burger experience. They also have awesome happy hour deals on craft beer Monday through Friday from 11-6. Come try it for yourself on Lower Greenville in Dallas.

New, Must-Try Dallas Restaurants
7 Jul 2017
How to Get Along with Your Roommate

Moving in with somebody new whether it’s a best friend, an acquaintance, or a significant other is a major change in your life! Will you get along? What if they don’t do the dishes? How will you handle different work schedules? What about their (kinda weird) sense of style? Have no fear! With our tips for getting along with your roommate you’ll be in perfect shape to handle anything that life throws your way (even someone who might be a tad bit messy….)  

You’d be surprised what just a little bit of up front communication can do to help you maintain a successful roommate relationship! It all starts before you ever move in. do not start unpacking the boxes before you talk! It’s basically the DTR (Define The Relationship) for roomies. This person is going to be a huge part of your life, so it’s worth the investment of time and as silly as this may be to start, you will thank yourself six months down the line. This brings us to tip number one.

Set the Ground Rules Early!

No we’re not talking about a Big Bang Theory-level “roommate agreement” but you definitely need to establish some boundaries. Basic stuff – like, are you cool with someone using your dishes? What if your roomie wants to borrow a squirt of your favorite perfume? Now’s the time to say “hey, I’d prefer it if you didn’t use my Keurig/shampoo/whatever.” See? Painless!

Set Expectations for Who Buys What

We’re talking about dish soap, laundry detergent, food… stuff that you will both be using. Have a chat about expenses and how you’ll keep track of it. (This is a good time for a teeny whiteboard on the side of your refrigerator.) Do you want to have a shared budget, or do you want to keep everything separate? Decide how you want to do it, and then stick with it. If it’s shared, make sure you are both contributing equal amounts and agree upon how that $$$ is used.

DON'T be Late with your Rent

That sucks and it’s not cool – if you are splitting an apartment with somebody, make sure you pay your fair share and do it on time. With apps like Google Wallet there’s no excuse for not splitting and paying your fair share! Post it on the fridge – if the first of the month is rent, don’t make your roommate be your mom. This goes for other stuff too – don’t get caught in the habit of owing your roomie money, or being the one always caught “without your wallet.” Nothing creates tension like money issues!

How do you Want to Handle Parties & Significant Others?

If you want to have a boyfriend spend the night, would your roomie appreciate a little bit of advance notice? Have an honest talk about schedules and habits. If your roommate is a morning person, having friends over until 2 a.m. is probably going to cause a rift. Be respectful, and remember that a little bit of communication goes a long way.

Talk about Adulting

Yeah, chores. Boo! Nobody likes them, but it just has to get done. We mentioned paying the rent, but what about who will take out the trash, make the store list when you’re out of toilet paper and who’s cleaning the bathroom when? If dirty dishes on the counter will drive you crazy, now is the time to make sure you speak up. Life gets busy, so talk about it early and you won’t have any problems later on.

Do you have a great tip for getting along with your roommate? Tell us about it! Splitting rent with a friend is an awesome way to save money in Dallas, and we highly recommend it. You might even want to have this chat before you do your apartment search with Dallas Sky Lofts. If you are total opposites, some floor plans might be better than others (like rooms on separate ends of the apartment or two bathrooms instead of one!)

Follow these tips and you’ll be friends for life with your roommate!

How to Get Along with Your Roommate
26 Jun 2017
New North Dallas Apartments

North Dallas is exploding. Areas like Frisco, Richardson, Plano…it seems like every day we drive along the Dallas North Tollway there is a new highrise going up. But that’s great news for us…and for you. Because there just isn’t anything better than being the VERY first person to live in a brand new apartment. We can’t help but notice that there are hundreds of searches on Google every day for “new apartments in Dallas.” What is it that makes a NEW apartment so much better? It’s that clean slate, that fresh start. With the recent opening of the new Toyota Headquarters and more companies moving to DFW every day, the prospects are absolutely fantastic now to make a move. New job, new apartment, and a great life! We’d love to help you get there. The dream is totally achievable in Dallas!

New North Dallas Apartments - Echelon at the Summit

FRISCO

Studio @ $1040 | 1 BR @ $1120 | 2 BR @ $1650

Echelon @ The Summit

Now this, is upscale apartment living. This is just the first phase of the Summit master-planned community, a “carefully curated neighborhood of luxury apartment homes in Frisco, Texas.” Designed for exquisite sophistication. Homes have vaulted ceilings ranging from 9-to-14-feet tall, gorgeous side-by-side refrigerators and hardwood-style flooring. Your washer and dryer are included, and that’s just the start. Just outside your door is an adjacent park with walking and biking paths, and not one, not two, but three gorgeous courtyards for you to enjoy outdoor space. This setting is just amazing. You’re about a mile from Ikea for all your decorating, and conveniently located just off the Sam Rayburn Tollway. Now leasing!

The Flats @ Alta Palisades

CityLine isn’t done yet and The Flats at Alta Palisades is the latest development. They have literally JUST opened their doors and it’s ready for you to come take a tour! Tons of floor plans will make it hard to choose. You’re going to go starry eyed over some of the available amenities like interior barn doors, tech packages, full size washer and dryer included, beach cruisers available for rent, and a serious dog park (this isn’t just a patch of grass!) There’s tons of bike storage available, a 24-hour techno gym and even a yoga room. We didn’t believe all this either, until we saw it! If you’ve been waiting for the perfect apartment at CityLine, now is the time.

New North Dallas Apartments - The Flats at Alta Palisades

RICHARDSON

1 BR @ $1285 | 2 BR @ $1765 | 3 BR @ $1985

New North Dallas Apartments - Jefferson Galatyn Park

RICHARDSON

1 BR @ $1187 | 2 BR @ $1892

Jefferson Galatyn Park

This one is still marked “coming soon,” but they’re going to go fast! This beautiful four story development is part of the Galatyn Park master-planned community in Richardson. With walking distance to the DART station, it’s the perfect location if you work anywhere off of highway 75! Even the corridors are air conditioned here, so you’re comfortable 24/7. These apartments are stunning with unique combinations like a one bedroom two story loft with double baths and soaring ceilings. Or how about the two designer color packages you can choose from? Glass enclosed showers, washer and dryer included in every home, and easy access to the beautiful spring creek nature preserve. (There’s even a deck on the top of the fourth floor!) Oh! And of course, pet friendly for your pooch with a pet park on site.

Modera Near the Galleria

Yes, “Modera at the Galleria” is the name of this swanky community, literally across the street from the magnificence of the Galleria shopping mall. These beautiful homes are built with an open concept, bright and absolutely loaded with extras. The two story clubhouse alone has a Starbucks, tons of screens for gaming, and areas for hanging out. The second floor is a library and cyber-cafe if you’ve got to take care of business. Get the finest out of living in North Dallas! The Modera near the Galleria JUST opened. They even have cruiser bikes for you to explore the city! Inside the apartments? Washer and dryer are included, stunning designer touches like custom cabinets, awesome layouts (den or loft?) and bedrooms big enough for King-sized accessories. This is a must-see for sure!

New North Dallas Apartments - Modera Near the Galleria

NORTH DALLAS

STUDIO @ $1200 | 1 BR @ $1215 | 2 BR @ $1754

9 Jun 2017
Hottest New Apartments in Trinity Groves

Just across the staple Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge downtown is a whole new world. Seriously, Trinity Groves is the hottest up and coming area in Dallas. Just a few years ago this area was full of empty warehouses and not much else. We are glad to say that has all changed. West of Dallas, this area has awesome new apartments, bars, and restaurants opening almost daily.

After all the development was stalled during the recession, Trinity Groves is becoming one of the hottest areas known for lower costs than other Dallas neighborhoods like Uptown. One Dallas News article speculates that renters save on average $400-$500 a month! Combine all of that with amazing views and brand new apartments and you’ve got a fabulous place to live and hang.

Trinity Groves Apartments - Alexan West Dallas

Studio @ $1140 | 1 BR @ $1285 | 2 BR @ $1755

Alexan West Dallas

“CALLING ALL FREE THINKERS, URBAN WANDERERS AND IMAGINATIVE TYPES – YOU’RE invited TO BE PART OF THE inclusive NEW APARTMENTS IN DALLAS. ” Hi, count us in! The Alexan West Dallas is a luxury apartment community absolutely created to help you stand out. This brand new property has barely been open for a full year, and you can see why. Amazing views of the Dallas skyline on the outdoor terrace, and awesome floorplans with access to extras like a dog park, a “cross fit” inspired gym, and electric car charging.

Cypress @ Trinity Groves

Self described as “chic and stylish” this apartment community holds up to its name. Cypress at Trinity Groves has bright, beautiful apartments with awesome bonuses like internet controlled thermostats and USB outlets built in! We love the dog spa and the beautiful well-planned outdoor areas for lounging. Everything here seems designed to inspire happiness and light. What makes living here even better? Free social events planned by an awesome leasing team and fitness classes, along with video on demand. Stay in or socialize without ever having to leave!

Trinity Groves Apartments - Cypress at Trinity Groves

Studio @ $975 | 1 BR @ $1265 | 2 BR @ $1595

Trinity Groves Apartments - The Austin at Trinity Green

Studio @ $1245 | 1 BR @ $1388 | 2 BR @ $1986

The Austin at Trinity Green

Think about what it would be like to live in a hotel. That’s exactly how you’ll feel when you walk into the Austin at Trinity Green. Beyond the hotel-style lobby, is a 24 hour coffee bar, a resident lounge with an amazing fireplace for cozy nights, and even a private dining room. It doesn’t stop there. Keyless building entry, wine refrigerators in your kitchen, built-in speakers, motion sensor lights in your oversize walk-in closet, and front-load washer/dryers included…wow. We can’t even cover it all. It’s all you ever wanted in a location and amenities from the cabinet space to bonus extras like mudroom entry-way storage and extra closets!

Broadstone West Commerce

This brand new property is being built as we speak! Set to open this fall, we have a few months left to see developments, but no doubt that it will be spectacular. The Alliance Residential Company is building these Broadstone apartments on West Commerce, and we look forward to seeing the actual units! Retail is going to be a part of the ground floor on this four story community. For more information, check back here or read the story in Dallas Morning News.

Trinity Groves Apartments - Broadstone West Commerce

TBD

25 May 2017
Dallas Bakeries for Sweet Treats

Sure, we all post on instagram about our workouts and our healthy lunches. (Don’t be shy, we know you’ve ‘grammed a snappy salad or two!) But at some point, a salad or your fruit bar is just not going to cut it. Who doesn’t crave something sweet after a long week? Whether your vice is a giant cupcake heaped with frosting, a huge slice of pie a la mode, or just a simple cookie, Dallas has it. Have you ever just taken a Saturday afternoon to go visit a bakery? It’s so calming. The smell of sugar in the air, and all the beautiful cases lined with treats. It’s hard to pick just one! These are our favorite Dallas cake, cookie, and pie shops. If you need something extra special for a birthday, a bachelorette party, or even if you just want to take your brunch get-together to the next level, get one of these sweet treats to really stand out!

Dallas Bakeries for Sweet Treats - CBD Provisions

CBD Provisions - Downtown Dallas

CBD Provisions describes itself as a “Modern Texas Brasserie.” They have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a fantastic bar featuring a wide selection of wine, beer, and hand-crafted cocktails. But today we’re all about dessert. The first thing that caught our eye on the menu (being from Texas) was something called a “churro basket.” It is exactly what it sounds like: a churro basket filled with coconut lime sorbet, pineapple jalapeno jam, and dulche de leche. Oh. my. The flavors just sing! Also featured on the menu is a lemon ice box pie, with poppy seed ice cream, and the classically summer strawberry rhubarb crisp. Delish!

Trailer Cakes - Uptown Dallas

If you’ve seen a legit Airstream trailer around Dallas  handing cupcakes out the window, you may have come across Bubbles. She is the mascot and roving food truck for Trailercakes. This awesome company with a serious 70s vibe has our hearts! Known for their spectacular cupcakes that come in more than 20 flavors like “Fonzie,” “Strawberry Fields” and “Stairway to Heaven,” their physical shop is located on Knox street in Uptown. They also have cake balls and cookies! Grab one for a treat, or order a dozen for you + friends. The slogan “Happiness is in the frosting” is really true!

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Dallas Bakeries for Sweet Treats - Emporium Pies

Emporium Pies - Deep Ellum

Not into cupcakes? Is PIE more your thing? We are coming up on the summer months, and pie is a staple. Make your way down to Deep Ellum to get some of the most delicious, deep dish pies you’ve ever had. Our favorite is Lord of the Pies, an enormous mouth-watering apple pie. No, you have NEVER had apple pie like this. It’s a tower standing so tall, you may need to upgrade your fork. There are ten apples in just one! We are also big fans of the Cloud Nine pie, a ridiculous creme pie with butterscotch and caramel custard. Perfect for a fall evening with a cup of coffee. Impress your friends for the 4th of July this summer with a pie from Emporium Pies.

Society Bakery - Lower Greenville

This is perhaps the most famous bakery in Dallas. Society Bakery on Lower Greenville has baked goodies for celebrities like New Kids On the Block, Mark Cuban, and William Shatner. This bakery is one of the most diverse around featuring loads of different items like cakes and cupcakes in tons of different flavors, brownies, petit fours, and even cookies and pies. If you want something custom made, Society Bakery can do it! And the taste is divine. Flavors like pink champagne, boston creme, and banana chocolate chip are just a few of the options. Check out their amazing designs – these cakes are magazine-worthy!

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Cake Bar - Trinity Groves

Cake Bar is in the heart of the Trinity Groves neighborhood, and we’re so glad that this adorable little shop is part of the revitalization of West Dallas! They have a definite southern flair (the owner is from Augusta, Georgia!), with cakes that are “what you grew up with.” Totally made from scratch, you can choose from 16 different cakes, along with a variety of other treats like breads, cookies, and ice cream. This shop is worth visiting in person, and bonus – you can purchase a slice of cake if you want to try the flavors before getting a whole one!

Bisous Bisous Patisserie - West Village

Did we step into France? At Bisous Bisous Patisserie it may feel like you’ve found your way into Paris. We can’t get enough of these exquisite French pastries that you won’t find anywhere else in Dallas. Nothing is more romantic than a tower of beautiful macarons, and the light, flaky cookies almost melt in your mouth. Want to learn some of your own baking skills? Bisous Bisous offers classes where you can get some hands-on experience. Stop by for a tart or a macaron anytime, as they are located on McKinney Avenue in West Village, next to J. Crew.

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Where is your favorite bakery in Dallas? Have you gotten a custom cake that is so amazing you would share it with us? We would love to see it!

Dallas Bakeries for Sweet Treats
15 May 2017
DSL- FAQ's, Answered!

Hunting for an apartment can be stressful, we know that. So many choices! So many options! And like most things online, you can be super skeptical about getting ALL the info you need before you make a decision. We’ve all been there: you type in your email address, phone number, and hit the “submit” button only to be inundated with a ton of phone calls. Or worse, you realize you signed up for something that now is going to cost you big $$$.

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