Dallas Sky Lofts Blog

27 Feb 2018
Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living

Are you on track to hit your health goals this year? When you are starving and its’ been a long day at work, nobody wants to go home and cook. Takeout is calling and it seems so easy to just order up your fav burger and fries, pizza, or Chinese from DoorDash or GrubHub. You DESERVE it after all, right? Before you know it you’ve eaten an entire pizza, drank a whole bottle of wine, and it’s 11 p.m. and you’ve been Netflixin’ it hard for the last 4 hours. Not exactly the time you want to start thinking about that workout class you HAD planned on going to the next day.

WHAT IF you could set yourself up for success? Yes, food delivery is easier than ever and pizza sounds soooo good. And I’m not saying pizza is bad (it’s one of my faves) but if you are noticing a pattern that every Tuesday night your best attempts at living a healthy lifestyle are going down the drain, maybe it’s time to make a change. If you lived close to your favorite healthy place — and there are tons of them in Dallas – think about how easy it would be to swing by after work. Or late at night. If healthy stuff is within reach and affordable, wouldn’t you go for it?

Thankfully some of our favorite Dallas Apartments for rent are literally on top of our favorite healthy options. Whole Foods, Central Market…and even the FARMERS MARKET. Literally fresh food just minutes from your doorstep. These are apartments that could literally, make your life healthier.

Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living - Gables McKinney

Gables McKinney

Well first of all, Gables McKinney Ave takes their outdoor spaces seriously. They are GORGEOUS. The roof deck. The outdoor kitchen. The coffee bar. The HEATED SALTWATER POOL. omg. The residences have beautiful white quartz countertops, a wine refrigerator, and even washers and dryers in every apartment home. From studios to townhomes, Gables has you covered! The best part is that Whole Foods Market is literally on the ground floor of this apartment community. They have FREE grocery delivery to your front door! Eating healthy has never been easier. Grab a healthy snack or dinner (these are 18 of the best Whole Foods items), or check out their extensive salad bar area.  Studios start around $1500 so you best check it out!

Alta Farmers Market

There is so much storage in these beautiful apartment homes! It’s the little urban design touches that really get our foodie hearts pitter-pattering. We love the pantries and open concept design of each home. Studios are affordable starting at just $1,175. Take a stroll just outside your apartment to the Dallas Farmer’s Market. Open daily, you can get your hands on all kinds of fresh fruits, veggies and local wares. You can feel good about supporting the local community AND commit to be healthier. There’s just something about buying fresh fruit and veggies that gets you in the mood to cook something healthy, organic, and delicious. (Check the schedule frequently for all kinds of fun special events like The Boho Market coming up in March!)

Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living - Alta Farmers Market
Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living - Preston Hollow Village Apartments

Preston Hollow Village

WHO DOESN’T LOVE TRADER JOE’S?? The wine. The pizza dough. (Hey, pizza can be healthy when it’s homemade!) Fresh flowers. Happy employees. Every flavor of hummus you could imagine. Going to Trader Joe’s ALWAYS puts me in a good mood. It’s just a happy place! How awesome would it be to literally live across the street from one? With all their made-to-go options, living nearby can make healthy living a breeze. At the Preston Hollow Village apartment community, you’ll have easy access to TJ’s anytime you want. Right now, on select apartments you can get 8 weeks for FREE. There are two pools, the location is perfect, and we simply adore this little village at Walnut Hill and 75. Studios all the way up to 3 bedrooms are ready and waiting!

The Atwood

Many a weekend night I’ve been caught just wandering around Central Market. It’s a fun place to hang out even if you don’t really know what groceries you need. The atmosphere is so welcoming and they are SO helpful! Need a recipe? Need advice? The foodie experts at Central Market are always ready to offer tips and ideas. And if you haven’t taken a cooking class here (hello, date night or GNO!) you are missing out! We love it. The Atwood Apartments in Dallas are literally just a block away. These gorgeous brand new apartments are the stuff of our dreams! We love the rooftop lounge, the TWO dog parks, the yoga studio. You’ve GOT to see the interiors – stunning backsplashes, modern chrome accents. It’s so fresh and clean. Choose from tons of floorplan options that start at just $1160.

Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living - The Atwood
Dallas Apartments for Rent for Healthy Living
12 Feb 2018
Find a Roommate in Dallas

Deciding to move is a huge deal. Everything has to fall into place perfectly, from the time you leave where you’re currently living, to getting into your new place. You need boxes, decisions have to be made about what  neighborhood you’ll live in and how long your commute will be for classes or work. Maybe you’re on your own for the first time, or maybe you’ve decided that it’s time for a new crowd and you’re reinventing yourself.

Then you go to hunt for an apartment and you discover how AFFORDABLE it would be to have a roommate, or two. Split that rent, baby! These days so many apartments come with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, sometimes on opposite ends of common living areas…it makes it super easy to live with somebody even if you’re not best friends. But who should you live with? And just how do you go about finding a roommate in a big city like Dallas? Should you live with someone you know? Do you take the leap and move in with a significant other? Should you just move in with an acquaintance? Isn’t that risky?

I think we’ve all seen the Craigslist ads and Facebook posts of “Looking for a roommate in Dallas.” It seems that this is a common problem – and we get it! We’ve been there. Life is definitely better with roomies – floating rent all alone can be next to impossible, and not to mention lonely. And hey, having a roommate may enable you to get a super luxury place you’ve been dreaming about in Uptown or one of the new high rises around!

If you’re going to Find a Roommate in Dallas, we have some Tips to Help you Discover all your Options.

THINK "FRIEND OF A FRIEND"

If you don’t want to live with your crew, that’s totally understandable. There’s always the chance things could go wrong and you’d lose a lifelong friendship. Nobody wants that. But your friends know you and they likely have other circles of people they interact with like colleagues and siblings. Sound that alarm and get them working for you! You have to put the word out and ask your friends, colleagues, and family members to come up with some possible ideas for you. Chances are they know of someone who is moving, who’s lease is up, or somebody who just can’t stand living with their old roommate anymore. Send a few texts and see what happens.

MEET WITH PROSPECTIVE OPTIONS IN PERSON

Yes, you trust your friend/coworker/aunt, but you need to have a face-to-face. We think this goes without saying but you’d be surprised what is out there on tumblr. Think of it like a less formal interview…put together a list of questions about what their lifestyle is like — i.e., are they a morning/night person, what’s their job, do they party, have a significant other, etc- and have a conversation. Even better? Meet with this person several times before you actually commit to anything. Get familiar with each other.

CHECK OUT MATCH.COM

NO not actually match.com. But did you know there are actually sites out there who will help match you up with good possibilities? It’s about time these dating sites put their data to good use! Check out roomster.com or roomiematch.com. They take a ton of precautions to help keep you safe and prevent any spam/scammers from getting your info (SO to Craigslist…) Again, if you go this route please pay attention to number two above!

COVER THE TOUGH STUFF UPFRONT

Maybe not in the same meeting where you first interview a potential roomie, but at some point be sure to ask them about how you’ll go about splitting bills, how much rent they can afford, and even asking about how reliable their paycheck is. The more you get out of the way now, the easier it will be for you later.

ASK FOR REFERENCES

This may seem like overkill to you, but it is absolutely worth it to check up a little on this person’s background. It’s ok to ask them for two or three phone numbers to call – perhaps a previous landlord or property manager, and any former roommate would be helpful. This is an easy way that takes just a few minutes to ensure you’re getting information that’s reliable.

Finding a roommate in Dallas can seem like an overwhelming task, but it can be done! Don’t forget to tap into all the resources available to you whether that’s your friends and coworkers or online services. Do you have any tips we didn’t cover here? Be sure to let us know!

Tips for Finding a Roommate in Dallas
31 Jan 2018
Life in Deep Ellum, TX

Quirky. A tad bit artsy. A little bit of an edge. Deep Ellum is a stellar destination just east of downtown. We can’t get enough of this area that’s been WAY upgraded from old warehouses to a hot area with the best places to swing by for lunch or a night on the town with your crew. If you haven’t driven down Elm Street in a while East of Dallas, it’s time to check out all the new stuff Deep Ellum has to offer – and that includes chic places to live like open-air lofts with exposed brick!

What are you into? Craft beer? Got it. Art festivals? Got that too. Donuts? Vegan? Love to live with local options? Deep Ellum has ALL of that and more. It’s hard to describe the vibe here but trust us when we say it has deep, rich cultural roots. For years, Deep Ellum has been a live music destination in Dallas with shows at venues like The Bomb Factory, Trees, and Dada Dallas.

Not big on commuting? No problems here. Loads of Ubers, easy parking options, and just minutes from downtown Dallas. You can walk, ride, run, or even grab the Dart just about anywhere you want to go. That’s a huge upside of this neighborhood. Choose an apartment in Deep Ellum and you may not even need a car. There are tons of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment all within about a 2 mile radius.

Our Favorite Destinations in Deep Ellum

Life in Deep Ellum - Pecan Lodge Restaurant

BEST RESTAURANT

Pecan Lodge

Choosing a favorite here is nearly impossible. If it’s 2 a.m. and you are starving after a night hitting the bars, you haven’t lived until you’ve been to Serious Pizza for a giant pie. (Watching drunk people try to fit these giant pizza boxes through the door also makes for great entertainment). Glazed Donut Works, Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop and Monkey King Noodle Co are also neighborhood staples. But if we had to pick a favorite? It’s got to be Pecan Lodge, for award-winning, mouth watering, good ‘ol Texas barbecue. Mac ‘n Cheese. Banana Pudding. BRISKET. Ginormous ribs. Mmmmmmm….if you can score some without waiting in a line that’s down the block, this is a Deep Ellum must.

Life in Deep Ellum - Jade & Clover

FAVORITE SHOP

Jade & Clover

SO MANY THINGS I didn’t know I needed! And now I can’t live without. Jade & Clover is one of the latest in a series of adorable shops to hit Deep Ellum. The perfect thing to complete your bar cart? It’s here. Clothing, accessories, jewelry, and even stuff for guys. These are one-of-a-kind boutique pieces that you very likely won’t find anywhere else. Let’s talk about the succulent arrangements. We LOVE them, and they offer classes to create your own. They even deliver within 7 miles of the store, so if you need a last minute birthday gift for a friend, this is the ticket. The eco-friendly environment of the store is super inspiring, so it is worth grabbing a coffee and hanging out for a few hours to get your creative juices flowing.

Life in Deep Ellum - The Case

FEATURED APARTMENT HOMES

The Case Building

This 17-story high rise has nearly 340 residences that feature killer, industrial interiors. Studios start at $1300 a month and they have options all the way up to a 2-bedroom with over 1400 square feet. These apartment homes mimic the artistic feel of the surrounding area in Deep Ellum – right when you walk in the door you experience the big, open spaces and brick wall accents. Tons of amenities are available for residents including a cocktail bar in the lobby, a co-working lounge, coffee bar, fitness studio, and you get the luxury of the dog park just down the street! Combine all these with the gorgeous views and a fantastic pool, and it’s one of our fav places to live in the whole city.

Life in Deep Ellum - Kettle Art Gallery

DESTINATION FOR LOCAL ART

Kettle Art Gallery

You don’t even have to enter a local shop to see art in Deep Ellum; it’s all over the walls on the streets. This is one of the added charms of the neighborhood, but if you’re looking for a cool artistic place indoors, we recommend checking out the Kettle Art Gallery. Supporting local artists is incredibly meaningful and a great way to get involved in your community. This volunteer-run shop features local artists and regularly rotates the exhibits.

Life in Deep Ellum - Drugstore Cowboy

COMFY HANGOUT SPOT

Drugstore Cowboy

Delicious coffee drinks, craft beers, and even cocktails. You can come work here at 7 a.m. or try late afternoon for happy hour. The Drugstore Cowboy is a Deep Ellum favorite, with a wide variety of drinks for everyone. We love the comfortable, homey vibe here – and it is flawlessly Texan (some chairs are even made out of antlers and cow hide!) Plenty of large windows to let in natural light, and lots of space so grab some work, a good drink, and find a cozy corner to hole up in for a while.

Deep Ellum has come a long way in the last few years but the history and culture is still evident around every corner. There are so many things to do from boutique shopping to coffee shops, late night shows and bars, to loads of restaurants to try. Living in Deep Ellum is a great adventure, not to mention affordable and a perfect location.

Does this sound like the neighborhood for you? Don’t miss the Deep Ellum Arts Festival this spring! Spend a day or two exploring and if you can’t get enough, call our expert Dallas Apartment Locators. We’ll help you find the perfect industrial loft that matches your style and budget.

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Life in Deep Ellum, TX
19 Jan 2018
Best Dallas Spin Classes

Get ready to break a serious sweat. If you thought cycling classes were for old ladies, you haven’t tried these awesome spin classes that take working out to the NEXT. LEVEL. Why should you try these? First of all, it’s bone-chilling cold outside, so running is only for insane people. Working out in your apartment’s gym can get old pretty quick too, and your local Lifetime Fitness might still be crawling with new year’s resolutions folks. TRY SPIN CLASS. You will not regret it. High energy, pumping music, and your workout will be over before you know it. And let’s face it, anything that makes a workout fun and yet distracts us from the discomfort is worth trying. The sooner we can get to happy hour. Think of it like this: these spin classes are like going to the club minus the alcohol but hanging onto the fun energy and dance vibes. You. will. love. it.

Best Dallas Spin Classes - Fly Wheel Sports

Flywheel in Highland Park

Flywheel is no joke, and goes far beyond simple indoor biking. Each one of these classes is designed to help you build and shape your muscles. The ride incorporates weights that are 2 and 4 lbs, getting your heart rate up and your muscles burning. You can watch all your metrics in real time and compete against other people on the same ride, watching your name move up on the TorqBoard, which keeps track of everyone’s progress. It’s nice to be able to tune into where you are in the workout and find out how far you can push yourself during each interval. You don’t have to be ultra-competitive to try it! And you don’t have to be a super athlete to get started, either. This is one of the most affordable options for trying a class or two, if you’ve never dived into the Spin Class frenzy.

Soul Cycle in Uptown

Get ready for 45 minutes of high-intensity cardio. Pay attention to the “soul” part of SoulCycle, because this is a total mind-body experience. The playlist is curated specifically to match the rhythm of the class. Everyone is working together to achieve results, and you follow the instructor throughout the warm-up and on through to building momentum and intensity. It’s dark, loud, sweaty…and a REALLY good time! They have an easy online booking system where you can choose you day, class, and even the bike you want. It’s all planned out ahead of time eliminating any last minute anxiety if this is your first time. You can try SoulCycle for just $30 – you buy one class and get a second free! No long-term commitments here either. You pay per class.

Best Dallas Spin Classes - Soul Spin
Best Dallas Spin Classes - Cycle Bar

Cyclebar - Uptown

At Cyclebar, you have options. Choose the Classic class for a ride for a mix of strength building and endurance. It will be a challenge, for sure! Want to just zone in and focus? They offer the Connect ride option, where all the video monitors are turned off and you just move with the beat of the music. What is SO much fun are the concert rides – jam to Michael Jackson or come to a themed night. We love the tons of options that make your workout feel more like a party than…well, work. Shoes are included, and the environment is awesome – they keep the CycleTheatre device-free. No distractions so you can focus on your ride. You can try a free introduction ride, or buy monthly class options.

Spin 4 Life Studios - Oaklawn

Spin4Life is a small alternative spin studio in OakLawn. We love the intimate atmosphere – it’s like everybody is family. But just because they’re a bit smaller doesn’t mean they lack options: you can choose from 15 classes each week, without any long-term commitment. It’s also very affordable, with just a $25 drop-in fee per class. You get a great experience with instructors who will push you to your limits, and each session is 50 minutes long. This is a great choice to dip your feet in the water!

Best Dallas Spin Classes - Spin4Life Studios
Best Dallas Spin Classes - The Ride House

The Ride House - University Park

It’s really the well-appointed facilities that set The Ride House apart. It’s part spa, part spin studio. The classes are invigorating (YOU WILL SWEAT), and there are nine options to choose from including a TRX hybrid ride that incorporates some serious strength training off the bike into the workout. Here your shoes will be free your first ride and after that you can rent them each class for $3. They even have class options to work on your core off the bike as well. Try a class for $25, or buy classes in groups of 5, 10, 20, or 40. We are huge fans of the cool towels after each class – hey, it’s the small things!

Full Psycle - Knox/Henderson

Full Psycle will be opening soon! “We move, we dance, we sing, we party!” Sounds like a good time to me. Their location is coming soon on Fitzhugh Ave on the east side of 75. Perfect location if you’re outside of the Uptown area of Dallas. The first ride is free, and you can choose from six different classes each with a different focus. Give into your competitive side where two studios are pitted against each other in real time, or go nuts with Power Hour! We can’t wait to try it.

Best Dallas Spin Classes - Full Psycle
Best Dallas Spin Classes
9 Jan 2018
5 Tips for an Apartment Refresh

The new year is such a great time to hit the reset button. If you aren’t a big fan of resolutions, that’s ok. It’s better to be honest with yourself rather than set insane goals that you’ll be abandoning by March. It’s cold and we have no reason to go out so now is the perfect time to focus on your living space.

Do you love your space? Is your apartment a safe haven at the end of a tough work day? Is it a perfect place to curl up with a good cup of coffee early on a Sunday morning?

If it’s not the comfortable, cozy place you dream of, here are some tips to spruce it up a little bit as you kick off this year. You deserve it! Your apartment should be an expression of who you are. The reset button isn’t just for diets and exercise plans. Hit the reset button and give your apartment a refresh on ANY budget!

REARRANGE & CLEAN

This is the most budget friendly item of all. It doesn’t require buying anything new – just switching up what you already have! If you’ve been in the same place for more than six months and you have yet to clean under your couch or your bed, this is definitely where you should start. Clean everything – even the inside of your microwave and fridge! For rearranging, be sure to unplug electronics first and then try moving big pieces around. Even a small change like bringing a bookshelf into your living room, or swapping the position of your bed can make a huge difference. Improve the flow, energy, and functionality by trying a new layout.

INCORPORATE A NEW TEXTURE

Try adding an adorable throw blanket at the foot of your bed or to your couch. Add a new houseplant to your living room or kitchen. Try a wall hanging with fringe or a chunky rug for your kitchen or bathroom. What about a new centerpiece for your coffee table or kitchen table? Even something as simple as swapping out your artwork or little accents can bring a freshness to your home. If you don’t have much money to spend, check out online Facebook Groups for folks selling great pieces for cheap nearby!

TRY IT AGAIN & AGAIN

If you don’t LOVE the way something looks, change it out. Don’t be afraid if you move things around and don’t like it the first time. It might take a few tries to get it just right. Move lamps from room to room. Try moving side tables. Get out your vases and jars and try adding them to a bookshelf or a table. Check out Pinterest for inspiration (just don’t get stuck endlessly scrolling for hours, that’s always a danger). Add an adorable bar cart to your kitchen or a new area for a coffee bar on your counters! Look at each little space independently and design it to fit your lifestyle.

BE SELECTIVE & ADD SOMETHING NEW

If you do have a little bit of a budget to play with, shop smart. In January it’s the BEST time to buy linens or towels! If you’re using the same towels you had in college, or you have never played with curtains on your windows, now’s the time to get a great deal. You’d be surprised at how new sheets or towels can improve the look and feel of your apartment. We are huge fans of the Threshold sheets from Target (sateen is super soft and silky!) Want to try some curtain panels? TJ Maxx and Marshall’s are perfect places to grab a few to try. This Apartment Therapy Guide can help you figure out how to hang curtains. It’s not hard, we promise – no drilling required! Most department stores host “White Sales” in January to get rid of their inventory on sheets, towels, and bedding. Pick a theme and go for it. You can always return anything that doesn’t work well with your fresh design.

GET RID OF CLUTTER

Get rid of clutter. We put this in a different category because organizing and cleaning are two totally different things! You might want to tackle this one on a different day or before your try rearranging and cleaning. We all have that one drawer or closet in the apartment that contains a box full of random junk or stuff we just haven’t bothered dealing with. Old papers, random tools, etc. You will feel SO much better if you just sort it out! Decide what you want to keep and what isn’t worth sacrificing the space for. If you really do want to keep things, decide where they belong in your apartment. If you struggle here, think about it this way: “is this an item I need to have access to every day?” If it is, it should be in a drawer or on a lower closet shelf. If it’s not, consider why you’re keeping it and designate a place for it, like a higher shelf or a basket with other like items.

Here’s to a happy, healthy new year! Let us know if you borrowed any of our tips for an apartment refresh in the comments below!

5 Tips for an Apartment Refresh
14 Dec 2017
8 Things to Do in Dallas for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but Christmas is my absolute favorite. It’s like a month-long party of good food, even better vibes, parties, and an overall feeling of magic and wonder. One thing is for sure: once you’ve exhausted the entire Netflix holiday movie selection, it’s time to get out and experience all the awesome things that Dallas has to offer during the holidays! From downtown to Frisco, there are events galore. Once you have decked your halls (swap out the fall decor for Christmas!), now it’s time to book up your calendar. Grab all your friends and make some plans!

Christmas at the Anatole

We love the Anatole for all the summer fun at the new waterpark. But did you know the Christmas experience here is MAGICAL? Every weekend in December you can visit Peppermint Park for fabulous light displays, games for kiddos, train rides, and even Santa sightings. Even if you don’t have kiddos staying with you for the holidays, it’s a beautiful place! Perfect for a great family photo, too.

Lights at Deerfield

This neighborhood in Plano, Tx is one of the best light displays you can find in North Texas. Put your Christmas PJ’s on, grab a hot drink, and get ready for a beautiful night. You can’t miss it…near the intersection of Legacy Drive and Ohio Drive in Plano!

Take a Carriage Ride in Highland Park

If Plano seems a little far, stick a little closer to Dallas. You won’t see homes like this anywhere else: the magnificence and luxury of Highland Park cannot be rivaled.  The decor is sure to put you in a festive mood! Bonus? There are horse-drawn carriages available in case you’d like to have the ultimate Christmas lights experience. We recommend booking early and making an evening out of it, because this area is famous this time of year.

Santa Crawl in the West End

If you like vodka and love Santa, this is the perfect event for you. It’s not really a “race,” that would be pushing it…but there is a 1/3 mile “trot” followed by an epic vodka party and pub crawl. The streets of the West End will be blocked off, and there will be food and drink specials all night! It all gets started at 8 p.m. on December 16.

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

This monthly outdoor market is your chance to get unique one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gifts. Each third Saturday of the month, local vendors come out to display all their beautiful wares in Deep Ellum. From noon to six you can browse and enjoy live music.

Visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater Store

We didn’t even know this was a thing. But yes – if you’re behind on getting what you need for that ugly sweater party, there is an ACTUAL store! Visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop in Dallas, Frisco, or Fort Worth. Even if you don’t have a party, these would make fantastic gifts!

Volunteer

What could be better than taking a day or two and giving back to our community? There are so many wonderful organizations that would appreciate a few hours of your time. Serve meals and beverages to the homeless at The Stewpot, or volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank. Want to help animals? Volunteer with the SPCA as they host their annual “Home for the Holidays” event at NorthPark.

Take a Dallas by Chocolate Tour

In charge of planning a fun get-together for your office or family? This is the perfect solution combining the best things of Christmas — treats, wine, and Christmas lights — all wrapped up in one. You can choose from tons of different packages available on their website — they have events that cover everything from desserts to tacos! They will pick you up in a private motor coach, serve you goodies, and take you around to see the lights. How awesome! If you’ve got a big group of 15+, you can reserve a tour. Couples welcome also.

Whatever you choose to do this season, make sure you don’t get to the new year and wonder where the time went. Take the time to do things that really matter to you! Get out and experience the lights, take some time to do something kind for someone else, and instagram the HECK out of your lights, tree, ugly sweaters, and cozy nights! Enjoy all the things the big D has to offer this year.

8 Things to Do in Dallas for Christmas
7 Dec 2017
The Best Brand New Apartments in Dallas

Dallas is still exploding. In 2017, people continue to flock to the center of the country for jobs as companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon expand in Texas. We can’t complain because we love all the brand new high-rise apartments going up around here! Take a drive down highway 75. Or highway 121. Everywhere you look there is a new spectacular apartment opening! We always have the details if you’re looking for luxury in a beautiful place to live. 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. These new places are ready for you with deals like no deposit, no admin fees, and even free rent for weeks or months! It doesn’t get much better than that. New job, new apartment, and a great life! We’d love to help you get there. The dream is totally achievable in Dallas!

Brand New Apartments in Richardson - The Riley & The Lyla

RICHARDSON

1 BR @ $1200 | 2 BR @ $1815

The Riley & The Lyla

Cityline is one of our favorite areas in North Dallas. First of all, it’s cute and charming with the beautiful lights and easy walkability. We can’t believe what a serious destination (and a much needed one at that) this area has become! There is everything from sushi to pizza, even a Taco Diner — who doesn’t love their Mambo Taxi’s for Happy Hour? The Riley and Lyla apartments are one stylish continuation of this area. We are absolutely falling over the wood accents: the cabinetry, the hardwood floors, everything is perfection right down to the ceiling fans! Everything gives off this effortless luxurious vibe. It’s a must-see.

The Mayflower

The skyline. The views. Rooftop pool. This is a BRAND new high rise in the heart of downtown Dallas. On-site restaurants, nail bar, and plenty of parking are just a taste of the lifestyle here. This community checks all the boxes for chic city living. One of our favorite amenities is the giant atrium lounge; it’s like being in an art gallery. The interiors match the fabulous amenities, including custom pantry space for all your grocery items, and giant solar shades to give you privacy when you’re finished gazing at the Dallas skyline. There is hardwood flooring throughout, and these spaces are available in one or two bedroom layouts. There are so many options!

Brand New Apartments in Dallas - The Mayflower

Downtown Dallas

1 BR @ $1060 | 2 BR @ $1780

Brand New Apartments in Dallas - The Ascent

Victory Park

STUDIO @ $1841 | 1 BR @ $1955 | 2 BR @ $3631

The Ascent

These gorgeous apartments in Victory Park scream “Texas” living! We love the beautiful “rustic-luxury” style of these homes. If you’ve been dying for a home to decorate with Texas accents like a pair of longhorns or a textured rug…this is the place for you. The list of amenities for this towering high-rise seems to go on and on…the infinity edge pool will make you feel like you’re floating over Houston Street! There’s a poker room, a sky lounge, yoga studio, game room, a bar & grill, fitness lounge, a stunning lounge with panoramic 360-degree views of the city. That doesn’t even include all the special touches in each apartment like smart Nest thermostats, wine fridges, keyless entry, hardwood floors, and more. There are 22 floors of endless beauty here you don’t want to miss!

The Case Building

The Case Building just opened in fall of 2017 and it is a stunner. The eclectic Deep Ellum neighborhood is a favorite of ours already, and this just makes it even better. This is a perfect option for pet lovers, situated close to Bark Park Central. We love the exposed brick walls and all the “extras” here that aren’t extra like the full size front load washer and dryer included and the resident lobby cocktail bar. There are built-in speakers in each living room for the perfect movie night and built-in linen cabinets for extra storage.

Brand New Apartments in Deep Ellum - The Case Building

Deep Ellum

STUDIO @ $1075 | 1 BR @ $1700 | 2 BR @ $2765

Brand New Apartments in Victory Park - The Katy

Victory Park

STUDIO @ $1495 | 1 BR @ $1655 | 2 BR @ $3195 | 2 BR TOWN @ $7000

Katy in Victory Park

“Home is where the trail begins.” Heck yeah, it is! We are crazy about this location. If you live an active lifestyle and crave access to trails, this is the perfect place for you. This stunning high-rise towering over Victory Park just opened in late 2017. If the views and the trail isn’t enough to lure you into these luxurious home, the epic designer touches in the kitchen fit for a chef might do it. Or the big open spaces, the coffee bar and juice bar, or the giant dog park will do it. This apartment community is definitely the top of the line that Dallas has to offer, with options ranging from studios to massive town homes and penthouses!

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21 Nov 2017
6 Tips for Being a Boss Host in Your Apartment

IT'S THANKSGIVING WEEK, YA'LL!

Time for turkey, pie, stuffing, pie, mashed potatoes, and…did we say pie? With just a little over 48 hours to go, we hope you’re prepared or at least started on whatever your are supposed to bring. We love this time of year, getting together with family and friends to celebrate, eating, watching football (um, and being off of work…)

It seems that Thanksgiving really kicks off the holiday season, and chances are you’ll be hosting friends or family in your apartment at some point. Maybe you won’t host the full-on Thanksgiving feast or Christmas morning, but perhaps you really want to host a holiday party or fun get together. And you should! Show off your apartment and blow your guests away by following our tips for being a boss host (or hostess) in your apartment.

HAVE A PLAN

You don’t have to prepare six months ahead of time by repainting your walls or buying all new furniture before you have company, but you do need to have some sort of plan. Think about sleeping arrangements, eating meals together, and basically just having other people in your space. The best advice we can give us this: have a plan and be sure to communicate it clearly and early. Tell your guests what to expect! Ask them what they expect! That way there will be no uncomfortable surprises. If you only have one bathroom, maybe think about asking your guests about their morning routine.

CLEAN UP

This seems obvious, but it’s too important to leave off the list. Think about your space and really go the extra mile. Yes you want to dust, vacuum, and put away that pile of clothes or your unfolded laundry. Borrow these secrets: throw a few cloves in your vacuum before you run it (it’ll make your whole place smell amazing) and light a candle a day ahead. Do your laundry and put fresh hand towels out. Get an extra set of hand soap from Bath & Body Works. Set things out you know your guests will need, and consider putting your WiFi code on a little index card for easy access!

TAKE SOME SERIOUS INVENTORY

If you only have two old towels from your college days, you need to head out to the nearest Bed, Bath & Beyond for some spares. Your guests will need clean towels and linens. Got someone sleeping on the sofa? Make sure to have an extra sheet handy. These things won’t break the bank and can easily be bought online or in store ahead of time (watch for a sale!) Are you hosting a dinner? Check for napkins, a cute tablecloth, and make sure you have enough dishes for everyone to eat all at the same time.

GET STOCKED

Think about what your guests like to eat. If you’re the type of person that only has ketchup and mustard in the house at any given moment, or leftover takeout from your latest DoorDash or GrubHub delivery, GO TO THE GROCERY STORE. It’s not scary, we promise. You don’t have to buy a week’s worth of full meals, but you do need to have some food on hand. You can get basic things like muffins or bagels for breakfast, and grab a bag of pretzels, granola bars, or fresh fruit to have on hand. It’s a kind gesture for guests who may arrive late or be hungry first thing in the morning.

MAKE YOUR GUESTS FEEL WELCOME

Part of this one goes back to our plan and lots of communication! Figure out when your family or friends will arrive. If you’re going to be at work or otherwise engaged, make sure they can get in to your apartment. You could leave an extra key with a neighbor or your concierge. Show that you care by making arrangements for them and thinking ahead. Consider parking also if they’ll be driving in. It’s a good idea to let your apartment management or neighbors know you’ll have guests, especially if it’s for more than a few days.

HAVE SOME OPTIONS FOR ACTIVITIES

While your company is here, what will you do? Certainly you don’t want everyone sitting in your apartment the whole time. Could you run a 5k? Go out to dinner? See a movie? If your family or friends have never been to the DFW area before, you can do a little sightseeing! Check out the Fort Worth Stockyards, the JFK Museum or George W. Bush Library if they’re history buffs, or check out Reunion Tower. Just have some options in mind and do a little bit of research ahead of time. This can be a huge life saver when people start getting on your nerves or when you just have got to get out of the apartment!

The most important thing for the holiday season is to enjoy your time with family and friends. Be the host or hostess with the mostess using these tips!

6 Tips for Being a Boss Host in Your Apartment
10 Nov 2017
Check Out Bishop Arts in Dallas

With a million destinations to check out in Dallas, why are you spending every Saturday driving to the same mall and stores? There is so much to see and if you don’t get out of your neighborhood, you may never discover all of the hidden gems that can make your weekend spectacular in Dallas.

This week we want to highlight the Bishop Arts District. This absolutely charming neighborhood is just a few minutes south of downtown Dallas, and it is so worth the drive. If you’re craving something different, with a vibrant feel, this is the perfect Saturday getaway. There is plenty to do here to keep you busy for an afternoon or two. Old brick buildings line the streets housing trendy coffee shops, adorable eateries, and boutiques for shopping. Nothing is cookie cutter or suburban; in fact it’s been dubbed “The Brooklyn of Dallas.” It’s clear that each building here has a deep, rich history and is quietly being restored into something beautiful. Bishop Arts has even been featured in the New York Times.

Abandon your car and walk or grab a bicycle and pop into the artistic shops awaiting you. If you love craft drinks, unique espresso combinations or wine walks, you’re sure to find at least one. There are more cafes, spas, boutiques, and art galleries to wander in and out of for hours.

Our Favorite Destinations in Bishop Arts

Check out Bishop Arts - OddFellows

BEST RESTAURANT

OddFelllows

No list of favs would be complete for Bishop Arts without this quirky restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they’re open seven days a week. Dessert is to die for, and we love the kale artichoke dip. Tons of options, so it’s sure to please even the pickiest in your crew.

Check out Bishop Arts - We Are 1976

FAVORITE SHOP

We Are 1976

This shop is definitely a collection of someone’s favorite things. We can’t promise you’ll find something you’re searching for…but you’ll smile at all the little cute things there are to browse. Pottery, prints, cards (it is a letterpress studio, after all), make perfect gifts. You may get inspired to craft a bit on your own. They’re prepared for that! This shop offers letterpress printmaking workshops so check back and try out your skills.

Check out Bishop Arts - Magnolia Apartments

FEATURED APARTMENT HOMES

Magnolia Bishop Arts

Currently there aren’t hundreds of options for apartment living in Bishop Arts. In fact, it’s a little slim (although there are tons of opportunities just a few minutes away in Trinity Groves or other areas of Oak Cliff.) We love the Magnolia for its lavish finishes and modern style. This community is walking distance to all our favorite places and they have AMAZING touches like built-in wine fridges and home speakers! They absolutely paid attention to the details.

Check out Bishop Arts - Jen Mauldin Gallery

DESTINATION FOR LOCAL ART

Jen Mauldin Gallery

We love the thought of gazing at thought-provoking art for an afternoon, don’t you? This gallery features contemporary art created by Dallas locals. Features rotate, so be sure to check back. Photography, painting, sculpture…it’s breathtaking work that’s worth a stop.

Check out Bishop Arts - The Wild Detective

COMFY HANGOUT SPOT

The Wild Detectives

Is it a bookstore? A bar? A coffee shop? It’s the best of all the worlds literally with a menu spanning from espresso drinks to cocktails. But here, it’s not really about the drinks…it’s about the ambiance. This shop inspires you to pick up a book, or start a conversation with someone new. They host all kinds of events from poetry readings to movie screenings. A true convergence of culture and comfort!

This is literally just a teensy sampling of what’s available in Bishop Arts. Trendy? Yes, but not your typical “Dallas” trendy. Unique? You bet. You won’t find the things that are available here anywhere else in Dallas. From vintage to the ultra mod, they’ve got it all. Even big names like Gloria’s and Eno’s Pizza are finding new homes here.

This is definitely one of Dallas’ up-and-coming neighborhoods. You should get in on the fun now while it’s still (relatively) a hidden pocket. The best part is, you probably won’t have to fight the Northpark-size crowds to get close. It’s the perfect destination for a day like “Small Business Saturday,” to get all your Christmas shopping done. It’s fun to break the mold, and that’s just the kind of mantra Bishop Arts represents.

If you decide you have to move because you can’t get enough, well, that’s what we’re here for!

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Check Out Bishop Arts!
25 Oct 2017
5 Must-Do's for Fall in Dallas

Congratulations, Texas. You survived yet another brutal summer. Now that the pools are closed and the air has actually cooled down (we don’t see another 85-degree day in the forecast) we can all breathe a sigh of relief. If you’ve got the autumn spirit all over your apartment from our previous post on decorating for fall, now it’s time to head out on the town. We’ve got the details for all the best fall events happening around Dallas for the next few weeks. Don’t miss out! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the most BEAUTIFUL weather this time of year! These are like the five commandments of fall events in DFW.

Things to do in Dallas this Fall - The Pumpkin Patch

You Must Go to a Pumpkin Patch!

If it’s fall and your instagram is void of pumpkin patch photos, something is totally wrong. So put on your best plaid, grab your sunnies and head outdoors with a few friends. This is not just an activity for little kiddos! Some of our favorites are the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, a great choice if you need to stick close to home. We also love Preston Trail Farms, home of the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm. They have hay rides, a hay maze, and even a general store and a gift shop! A perfect day trip just a little ways north of DFW, and definitely worth the drive.

Get Brave & Head to a Haunted House

Who doesn’t love a little bit of a thrill and those goosebumps you get from walking through a terrifying haunted house? You can get that thrill (plus a lot extra) at the FrightFest at Six Flags over Texas, or gather your courage and go to Cutting Edge, an abandoned meat packing plant that is one of the scariest places in DFW. It’s got a loooong walk-through haunted house, nearly 40 minutes. They are award winning for a reason, it is legit. Eek! Seriously, I want to hide under my desk just writing this. Can you handle it?

Things to do in Dallas this Fall - Cutting Edge Haunted House
Things to do in Dallas this Fall - "Killer" Costumes

Plan a "Killer" (No Pun Intended) Halloween Costume

Obviously you have to plan for a costume to enjoy the Halloween festivities. Dallas has so many awesome costume shops and loads of thrift stores that make it easy to put something together even if you don’t have much time or extra cash. Still looking for ideas? We love these super creative DIY ideas  (we love the Snapchat filter idea!!!) There isn’t anything like a fun holiday to express your personality and creativity, from sexy to funny and everything in between. Don’t forget about your pooch! They can make the perfect addition or accessory to your costume choice.

Go Out & About - Pub Crawl!

Choosing a Halloween destination can be tough in Dallas because there’s just so much to do! If partying is your scene, be sure to head down to the Dallas Pub Crawl on October 28th. All along McKinney Ave and Lower Greenville bars will be participating! There is even a $500 costume contest! There are neighborhood block parties in Uptown and Oaklawn. Or you can check out Hotel ZaZa for specialty cocktails and bites with a DJ and dancing. Whatever you choose to do, be safe and have fun because the city will come alive this weekend!

Things to do in Dallas this Fall - Halloween Pub Crawl
Things to do in Dallas this Fall - Stay in and make Spooky Drinks

Watch ALL the Spooky Movies

After your night of partying, or perhaps since Halloween is actually on a Tuesday evening, why not have friends over for a spooky-themed movie night after work? From classics like Hocus Pocus to Scream, or even the most recent Ghostbusters movie, (which is hilarious) there are so many to choose from! Add a little festive charm with some spooky cocktails or these ghost kabobs! It doesn’t take much to make your celebration fun and festive.

No matter what you decide to do with our last few days of October, stay safe and have fun!

5 Must-Do's for Fall in Dallas
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