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4 Ways to Stay On Track With Your Fitness Goals This Summer (While Still Enjoying Yourself)

By | Dallas, Dallas Healthy Food, entertainment, fitness, Food, health and wellness, Healthy, Healthy Eating, summer, tips

In the spirit of connecting you with a space to be yourself, we wanted to push past your apartment walls and connect you with some awesome members of the community. We’ve recently partnered with Territory Foods, a local meal prep service working hard to make eating healthy easy for everyone. Not only are they crafting some expert, health conscious content for our blog-viewing friends like you, but they’re also working with us to give away three, $50 Territory Foods gift cards! The giveaway, hosted on Instagram, begins May 10th and ends May 13th. So be sure to pop over to Instagram to enter, and checkout @territoryfoods while you’re at it. Without further ado, here’s some expert advice on sticking to your health goals this Summer! Summertime means longer days, more pool time, frequent parties, and lots of grilling. All of these are fun, but can also have a negative effect on your fitness goals if you aren’t careful and intentional with your choices. Most people think they have to choose between having a good time and achieving their summer bods, when in reality, you can absolutely have the best of both worlds with a little extra thought and preparation. Today I’m giving you 4 key ways to stick with your goals while still enjoying all the fun that the summer months have to offer. photo by Nadine Primeau via Unsplash 1: Offer to bring a dish when you get invited to a party As someone who is health-conscious and who…

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Top 9 Dallas Resources for a First-Time Renter

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Dallas, Decorating, renter resources, Renting, resource, tips, Ultimate Guide to Renting

Kara here, from Dallasites101. With Dallas-Fort Worth leading the nation in people relocations, there’s an average of 246 people moving here every day! Plus the graduation season is here, which makes for a lot of possible first-time renters. We all know that Smart City Apartment Locating can help you find an awesome apartment and lease it at a great deal! Yet, beyond locating and leasing your apartment, there are a slew of stressful actions that renters need to take care of. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with our top 9 resources to help first-time renters! 1) Nickson Living Did you get a great deal on your lease with help from Smart City Apartment Locating? Still, furnishing an apartment is expensive. There’s no way to get around it – you need a bed, couch, kitchen table and chairs, and kitchenware. Plus, you probably want more than just the necessities to furnish your apartment so it feels like home! Lucky for you and your budget, Nickson Living can custom-design and fully-furnish your apartment with just one click. Plans start at $199 per month with 30-day free cancellations. You complete a survey to let Nickson know where and when you are moving, as well as your preferences for design. By furnishing your apartment with Nickson, you do not need to compromise on getting everything you want to make your apartment a home. Nickson will exceed your expectations by including artwork, TVs, mirrors, an Amazon echo, clothing hangers, and even that marble…

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Dog-friendly neighborhoods in Dallas

By | Dallas, Dog Park, Drinks

Fun fact: Dallas is home to more than 600,000 cats and dogs! We knew when we moved here, that Dallas was a pet-friendly city, but that number is crazy given that our population in Dallas is about double that. So essentially, every other person in the city owns a pet! Dog owners are a special breed of pet parent. They love showing off pictures and bringing their companion on all kinds of outdoor adventures, but finding a place to live that allows dogs, isn’t as easy as finding a beer garden that does! So, if you’re new here or need some help deciding where to settle down and explore with your furry friend, we have the hook up on the most dog-friendly areas in the Dallas area! WEST VILLAGE West Village takes the top spot for one main reason: Mutt’s Canine Cantina. Mutt’s is both a bar and a beautiful dog park, that has both a small dog and big dog park, so your dog is safe to play with others his or her own size! And you can grab a cold one and hang by the yellow picnic tables and socialize will you wait for your dog to release every ounce of energy. Or mix it up from Mutt’s and hang at the outdoor patio of Village Burger Bar or Mi Cocina. Apartment recommendation: The One Oak Grove is right across the street from Mutt’s and comes with its own mini dog park area and a full dog wash…

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Q&A with Smart City Founder and CEO, Cassie Brown

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If you’ve ever come to a Smart City function, chances are you’ve seen our fearless leader, Cassie Brown, climb onto a table and give a speech so encouraging and genuine that you left with goosebumps and feeling more inspired than you thought possible; after all, she is the ultimate hype-(wo)man! But if you haven’t seen it in person, we thought you still deserved to get a glimpse of Cassie’s passion and what makes her a small business champion/real estate disrupter. So, we pulled her into a room and asked her all kinds of questions. Grab a snack and check out how the conversation went! Just going to jump right in–what gets you out of bed in the morning? The people I work with and the purpose of the company! I get excited that I don’t have to wake up and be somebody else or put a suit and tie on and be anything but me. I get to come to work as myself, hang out with people that I really like hanging out with and solve really cool business problems–my brain gets to work all day. So your eyes open in the morning and you think, “Yes! Problem solving”? Most days, yeah! I love going to work. Honestly, any job will have bad days. There are some days where I think I’m not suited for this. But it was a transition. I didn’t just wake up one day and become the CEO of a 20 million dollar company. It’s been…

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3 Ways To Improve Your Health Without Leaving Your Apartment

By | amenities, Apartments, Dallas, fitness, Food, health and wellness, tips

Let us ask you this, are you somebody who: Is passionate about health + fitness? Is constantly on-the-go? Values efficiency in your life? Wants to look + feel good without spending hours on workouts & meal prep? We get it. Everyone strives to look and feel great, but driving to the gym, going to the store, meal prepping and hitting 10,000 steps takes up a ton of time that we don’t have, or would rather be spending on things like relaxing, being with friends/family and binge watching the latest Netflix Original. Never fear, because we’re sharing three easy strategies to improve your health and fitness that doesn’t require you to go anywhere outside of your apartment complex. Image by Bruce Mars via Unsplash 1: Home/Gym Workouts Apartment gyms and home workouts are severely underutilized and underrated. You can get your blood pumping without leaving the property! Sure, there are pros to attending a fun studio class or working out with a group, but if you really want to maximize your time, or just don’t feel like venturing out, you can still get a fire workout at home. Here’s a sample workout you can do at your apartment gym or in your living room that’s quick, easy and effective: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 (rep counts go down every round) Burpees Air squats (or you can add some weight by using dumbbells) Jumping lunges Pushups (here are some modified versions) This workout is easy to warm up for, requires little to no exercise equipment, and…

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Cut The Commute: Apartments Closer To Work In The Dallas Metroplex

By | Apartments, Closer to work, Commuting, Dallas

“I LOVE TRAFFIC!” – said no one ever Despite the stress of a long commute, most people in Texas have to drive to and from work, going head-to-head with menacing rush hour traffic. Spoiler alert: Dallasites are going to spend an average of 9.41 days commuting to and from work in 2019 according to a study published by educateddriver.org! And because time behind the wheel can feel wasted, we’re determined to help get your days back. Take a peek at these beautiful apartments in local neighborhoods people often commute to, and let’s talk about getting you closer to work so that you don’t have to!   DOWNTOWN | LTV Tower | starting at $1,538 Downtown is an epicenter for both work and play. Walk, bike or catch a train at Akard Station to get to the office with ease and then grab dinner or hit up happy hour at the surrounding bars and restaurants on your way home. Located a mile away from Victory Park and the American Airlines Center, so you can catch a game or concert and never have to pay for parking (or wait 30 minutes for your Uber to show up) again! Image source Image source Image source   PLANO | The Kincaid at Legacy | starting at $1,515 Brand new and located in the cross hairs of West Plano business and pleasure. Surrounded by shopping and dining and within a couple miles of varying corporate offices and headquarters, including Lexus USA, PepsiCo Inc, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Intuit…

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Go-To Dallas Hot Spots According To Dallasites101

By | Apartments, Bishop Arts, Dallas, Downtown, Drinks, entertainment, Food, Knox Henderson, Lower Greenville, Uptown

Hey guys! It’s Lily and Kara from Dallasites101! We are super excited to announce that we will be working with Smart City Apartment Locating to put out a new blog every month in an effort to get you even more connected with the Big D! To kick it off, we want to take you around to our go-to spots. These are the places that have been longtime favorites, even before Dallasites101 existed, and the spots that we always take an out-of-town guest who’s never been to Dallas. So what are they? Let’s find out! EL COME TACO This hole-in-the-wall taco spot was one of the first places we ever tried tacos in Dallas, and it has stuck with us for five years now. It’s centrally located on Fitzhugh and pumps out some of the best authentic street tacos in Dallas! Make sure to order the Pollo a la Mexicana. THE RUSTIC We love taking out-of-towners to the Rustic – it’s the best taste of what people not from Texas, think of Texas, that you can find right in the heart of Dallas. You get your live music, your Texas decor and your massive patio bar fix, all in one spot! KATY TRAIL ICE HOUSE Katy Trail Ice House was probably the first place we ever heard about when moving to Dallas. We were told we “had to go” and we of course, came to find out it is the quintessential patio bar and gathering place for happy hours, big sporting…

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5 Things You Should Resolve To Do For Your Apartment in 2019

By | Apartments, Decorating, New Apartments, NYE, Renting

Photo Cred Refreshing and upgrading your life is what New Year’s resolutions are all about, but what about your apartment? While you make preparations for the new you, don’t leave your space on the back burner. Here are a five things we think you should resolve to do differently this year with your space. Resolve to tidy up more effectively and efficiently Photo Cred According to the Cleaning Institute, though most Americans spend six hours a week cleaning, many don’t know if they are cleaning enough, if they are cleaning correctly or where to focus their cleaning efforts. We recommend spot treatments and maintenance on a daily basis and deep cleaning a section of your apartment once a week–don’t forget things like dusting the ceiling fan or cleaning the baseboards! With small and consistent effort, you’ll always have a tidy place to come home to. If you’re not convinced, here are the best cleaning practices backed by scientific research. Resolve to never be late on bills again Photo Cred Adulting is hard, and worrying over rent, utilities and other bills can really dampen the mood. If you’re no stranger to late payments and skipping a bill to pay on another, we proudly declare, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Pro tip: Creating spreadsheets and calendar reminders can help you stay on top of all of your bills and keep you accountable. First, make a spreadsheet of your total expenses: this includes all your bills, debt, subscriptions and survival needs – ie transportation,…

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Smart Looks Good On You — Why You Should Use a Smart City Agent to Find Your Next Dallas Apartment

By | Apartment Locators, Dallas, Smart City Apartment Locating

Looking for an apartment can be stressful. Where do I look? What’s important to me? Can I afford floor to ceiling windows and hardwood floors?! Lucky for you, we’re here to help and do the dirty work for you! But why should you use a Smart City locator? To that we say, just keep reading. 😉 First thing’s first, we’re the realest! What we mean is,  you aren’t getting some computer generated list of generic options–instead you’re talking to a real human who lives, works and plays in Dallas! Pro tip: when we get a chance to talk to you personally, the more you tell us about yourself, your life and your priorities, the smarter we get! Then we’re able to create a unique list that is completely personalized and tailored to YOU! Our goal is to crush your wish list and get you more of what you’re REALLY looking for! One more time for the people in the back!! We WANT to know what’s most important to you! Have a dog? (send pics pls). Want to be close to your job or your fav going out spots? Are amenities like a pool and a 24-hr fitness center a must? All of these details come into play when creating YOUR list! Most importantly, WE CARE. Seriously, we do. All of our agents are real, Dallas locals who know the city like the back of their hands, who care about connecting people with their communities and a space to be themselves!…

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Why You Should Move And Use Smart City

By | Dallas

Y’all, so much is happening at Smart City. We have been working hard to bring you the best prices in the city over on our Instagram. If you don’t follow us, you should. We can also get you in touch with one of our awesome, Dallas agents who can find you a space to be yourself! We pride ourselves on treating our clients like friends, texting faster than we talk, and working hard because we care. So let’s talk apartments, find you a sweet place to call home for the year, and grab a beer to celebrate. Cheers!   Why you should move AKA do not stay in your current apartment. Once your lease is up, you probably shouldn’t re-sign at your current spot. I know, it sounds obnoxious. You have to go through the hassle of finding a new place and then you have to move all of your things… It’s a pain. But, there are several things that override these issues.   Specials, Specials, Specials! Ahem, Free Money. When you head over to a new spot and sign a lease, often you can snag a solid special. Currently, we know of several complexes running one month and even two months FREE!! This has a massive impact on your rent. Say you find a $1,400 one bedroom apartment that you absolutely LOVE. It’s new, it’s fancy, but it breaks the bank. If they are running two months free, your rent comes down to $1,166 on a 12 month lease!…

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