Dallas Sky Lofts Blog

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!

Brand New Killer Apartments in Dallas
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
13 Oct 2017
5 Signs you Need a New Apartment

Your life in an apartment is always dictated by that one pesky thing: the lease. It comes up for renewal, and you may be good to go for 12, 18, or even at times 24 months! But inevitably when your lease is up, it’s time to make a choice. Do you try to move and find a new apartment or do you stay in the apartment you currently have? Making a pros and cons list can help, but sometimes you discover for one reason or another, it’s time to leave. Here are five signs you’re ready for a new apartment.

5 Signs you Need a New Apartment

You Just Aren't Happy

Maybe your rent is too high for what you feel you’re getting or you can’t stand your neighbors who party all night long when you have to get up and go to work the next day. Sometimes we just have bad experiences as renters. Any Google search will reveal the funny, (sometimes terrifying) stories of renting-gone-wrong. Maybe you just cannot DEAL with the bug problem…plugged up drain…or leaky window any longer and the maintenance team just isn’t cutting it. This is perhaps the best part of apartment living…nothing is keeping you there! While we definitely don’t advocate breaking a lease, you can work with your community to appropriately give them notice and start looking for a new place. And apartment locator pros like the ones on our team can work on just about ANY timeline. So whether you’re 60 days out or only have a few weeks, we welcome the challenge. Don’t put up with a situation that sucks, there are so many options out there. You deserve better!

Your Commute Gives You a Headache

On average, people change jobs nearly every 2 years. That’s a pretty fast-paced life, and one that can be hard to prepare for if you’re in a long-term lease. If what was once a 5 minute commute has become 45 minutes, your Monday through Friday can be a source of anxiety and frustration. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is enormous and you can put a lot of (expensive) miles on your car in a short period of time. There are plenty of apartment communities that can get you within a few miles of your place of employment. And if not, there’s always DART transportation! Your commute shouldn’t be something you dread every single day.

5 Signs you Need a New Apartment
5 Signs you Need a New Apartment

You're Still in the Same Apartment You had in College

(and it’s WAY past that time!) At some point, and we hate to break it to you, we do have to become adults. After college when you start your career and start making a regular, reliable income…it’s okay to stop living like a college student! Paying bills, shopping at a grocery store, keeping a regular schedule; it’s a sign of growing up and gaining responsibility! Give yourself permission to live like an adult. Buy some luxurious towels, and real bedding that is a level up from your dorm stuff. You know when you hit this point: when you’re out at the bars on a Friday night but you’d rather be at home in your comfortable living room eating take-out and watching Netflix. If your apartment community is really for the college scene and you don’t fit that profile anymore, it could be time to move on.

You are Moving Up in Your Career

Similar to no longer being a college student, at a certain point you DESERVE an awesome apartment. It all depends on how much you can afford in rent, but chances are if you’ve gotten a promotion or a raise you can afford to get a bit of a nicer place. Maybe you’d love an office in your apartment so you can work remote a day or two a week. What about a newer apartment community that has some amazing luxury amenities like a spin studio or a coffee lounge? It never hurts to explore. Treat yo self!

5 Signs you Need a New Apartment
5 Signs you Need a New Apartment

Another Lifestyle Change

If you’re getting married, or your roommate is moving out, now might be the time to consider moving. Maybe you really want to get a dog but your current apartment simply won’t allow it. Perhaps you’ve been with a roomie for so long you forgot what it’s like to live by yourself! Any of these lifestyle changes are signals that it might be time to move on. And you know what? You don’t even need a reason to move. If you simply want a change of scenery that’s ok too. You do what makes you happy, and enjoy your life!

For any reason, get a professional on your side to help you out! Dallas Sky Lofts has a whole team of amazing apartment locators that can help you find the perfect apartment in the perfect Dallas neighborhood and apartment community for you. Your budget. Your amenities. We’re waiting to hear from you!

27 Sep 2017
5 Fall Apartment Decorating Tips

Did you know that you don’t have to have a large spacious home in the suburbs to enjoy decorating for fall? September 22 marked the official first day of autumn, and although it may not feel like it yet in North Texas, it’s perfectly acceptable to start enjoying the fall weather. We hear a cool down is in the forecast! So whether your “thing” is pumpkin spice lattes, the smell of cinnamon, or wearing the biggest scarf you can find…we’ve got our decorating tips and hacks ready for you. You don’t have to blow your budget or spend a lot of time making complicated decisions. Take your basic spaces that every apartment has, and use our tips to get your apartment ready for fall! You’ll be planning a Halloween or Thanksgiving party, or heck, even just a fall dinner with pumpkin pie after you’re done.

Not crafty? No worries. You can make your space feel just like fall with a few bucks and Pinterest on your side. Anybody can buy pumpkins and paint them!

Start at the Front

Fall Decorating - Door Wreath

Yes, your front door. It’s the first place that you’ll see when you come home (so why not make it a happy reminder of the season?) and make it welcoming for your guests. Grab a wood crate at Walmart or your local Michael’s store for under $7, and pile on some pumpkins! Easy and low effort. Don’t want to worry about real pumpkins spoiling in the daytime heat? Grab a galvinized tub, wood crate or basket, and paint some plastic dollar store pumpkins white. Just arrange your pumpkins and gourds, or add an old checkered blanket and maybe even some straw as a filler. The final touch? Use command strips and hang up a wreath! This easy fall wreath costs you about $5 and the tutorial is simple, simple!

Set your Table

Fall Decorating - Table

Tables are such great blank spaces. And it doesn’t take much to turn the center of your kitchen into a beautiful fall masterpiece. Don’t have tablecloths or placemats? Don’t sweat it. An old checkered blanket or even just some fabric will work great. If it doesn’t cover the whole table, even better. This looks chic and effortless! Make sure you have some more plastic pumpkins…depending on what color theme you want, you can spray paint these to match. We love the gold and white theme for an elegant table. Add in a few pinecones here and there and a few candles and you’re good to go! These elegant tablescape ideas are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Think about the Whole Picture

Choose a theme and think about how it’ll all flow together! The great thing about apartments is that they aren’t huge spaces, so just a little bit can go a long way. Here are our best tips about decorating your apartment for fall:

Fall Decorating - Michael's

If you’re going to head out in search of decor, visit Dollar General and Michael’s. These places are notorious for having fantastic, affordable fall decorations! Think wreaths, plastic pumpkins, table runners, etc. Everything you need.

Fall Decorating - Candles

Fall is all about smell. Invest in a great candle or two from Bath and Body Works (they have a fall sale!) and that will go a LONG way to making your place feel deliciously like autumn!

Fall Decorating - Vases & Dried Flowers

Can’t keep real flowers alive? Grab a handful of sunflowers at your local craft store and put them in a vase with mini pumpkins to cover the bottom. Lasts a lot longer and looks just as beautiful.

Fall Decorating - Pillows & Throws

Think about swapping out things you regularly keep around, like the pillows on your couch or the throw blanket you keep in your living room. Choose a color theme (red and plaid, white and gray with a hint of gold) and go for it!

Fall Decorating - Wine Bottle Candy

Really think about using things that you already have around your apartment. Mason jars can be painted white, even an empty wine bottle spray painted white or gold can make an excellent vase for flowers.

Do you decorate your apartment for fall? We want to see your DIY decor designs and ideas! Send us a shot of your front door or whatever you’ve done to up your fall game this year. Happy decorating!

5 Fall Apartment Decorating Tips
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
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