Five Kickass Property Pools to Check Out This Summer

By | Dallas, summer

This is Texas and if one thing is certain, it’s that the summer is sure to be criminally hot! So, whether you prefer to get in and swim or lay out and bronze, pools are essential. These days, properties have really stepped up their aquatic game by boasting resort-style pools and making that staycation more desirable than ever. If you’re looking for a crib with a dope AF pool, we’ve got your back. Check out our list of five properties giving Dallas some serious pool party vibes, and let us know which one is your favorite!   Phot Cred 555 ROSS Pools are good, rooftop pools in downtown Dallas are better! With an incredible view of the skyline, outdoor kitchens, and entertainment lounge, 555 Ross is begging to host an epic party–especially after the sun goes down!   Phot Cred BRADY If we’re talking pools, cabana is one of our favorite words (besides pizza-slice-pool-floaty, of course). It might not come with poolside beverage service, but the personal cabanas and tanning ledge at the Brady give us serious high-roller, resort vibes. Phot Cred AMLI DESIGN Get ready for some swanky entertainment at Amli Design. The rooftop pool is accompanied by sweeping, panoramic views of downtown, a fire pit, several grills, and a giant out door movie screen. This is everything slumber party dreams are made of! Phot Cred SKYHOUSE It’s time to phone up Drake, because #VIEWS. Gorgeous high-rise, Skyhouse, is reppin’ a rooftop, saltwater pool and outdoor terrace complete with TVs and a fireplace that turns the hustle and bustle…

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Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat

By | Dallas, Food

The official first day of summer is approaching, and Texas summers are hot–we’re talking forget the egg, and cook your entire breakfast on the sidewalk, hot! Combating the scorching temperatures often includes pools, lake trips, afternoons at the dark, air-conditioned movie theater, and (what could easily be considered one of the best ways to stay cool,) frozen treats! DFW is doing dessert right, so don’t let “swimsuit season” keep you from getting your grub on. After all, swimsuit ready just means proximity to water and something cold in one hand, amirite? For your convenience, we’ve hand selected six of our favorite, local treats to beat the Texas heat. Try ‘em all and let us know which ones are your favorites!   Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles image source Popsicles are practically the official snack of summer, paralleled only by watermelon (maybe). Lucky for the fine folk of Dallas, Pop Star is crafting all-natural, organic popsicles in 27 flavors, including watermelon lime, strawberry lemonade, mango chili, mojito, and cold brew coffee–to name just a few. Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles can be found at a handful of grocery stores, farmer’s markets, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout DFW. Check out their website for a map of retail locations. Sweet Firefly image source Located in the Canyon Creek neighborhood of Richardson, Sweet Firefly is well worth the drive (only 15 minutes from the Galleria). The local, hand made ice cream and candy shop is delivering joy and bringing the community together all year round, offering…

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The Seven Dallas Street Murals That You Need to Instagram, Like Right Now

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Instagram is awesome! You love it, we love it, we love that you love it. However, at times, inspiration takes a hiatus and posting interesting, vibrant pictures becomes a challenge. Instead of recycling the same content from last week (how many brunch pics is too many–asking for a friend), let us help. It was tough, but we picked seven of the MANY (seriously, so many) amazing murals decorating the streets of Dallas that are sure to spice up anyone’s feed! (Phot Cred) #Cactex The eclectic AF workshop Mini-Fab in Oak Cliff commissioned a mural by Dallas artist Wheron that’s begging to go on your social media (guys, it’s titled with a hashtag); and if this isn’t aesthetically pleasing, then we don’t know what is! The black and white color scheme is perfect for any Insta feed and the blend of cartoon skeletons, cacti and pineapples, I mean C’mon! Go snap a cool pic, and pick up an equally as cool gift while you’re at it! Find it at Mini-FAB,  718 W. Davis St. Dallas Tx, 75208 Colorful Diamonds (Phot Cred) The bright colors and contrasting black lines of this diamond mural by Thornton Jeff and Miguel Barajas are making our edgy, artsy Insta-dreams come true. Painted on the side of the Whippersnapper bar next to High Fives, it makes a great backdrop for your Friday night out photo, but the lighting is better in the early morning and the mural is just steps away from Houndstooth Coffee so don’t rule out an AM photo; because honestly, if you don’t…

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Deep Ellum Venues and Local Musicians Who Play There

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It might be festival season, but you don’t need to wander around the SoCal desert, wearing a flower crown to experience musical magic–Hellllllo Deep Ellum! Dallas is a musical hub harboring some serious talent; and if it had a designated music district, Deep Ellum would be it! With more than a handful of venues, Deep Ellum has become the home base for many local bands and musicians to come to and play for eclectic crowds of twenty and thirty-somethings. Because Smart City loves Dallas and music, we’ve compiled a list of four Deep Ellum venues you’ve got to check out, as well as four local Dallas musicians/bands you’d be crazy to miss! THE VENUES:  (phot cred) 1. Trees If you’ve ever looked into seeing a concert in Dallas, then you know about Trees. Local and national musicians of all caliber have been gracing this Deep Ellum stage for nearly 30 years; Kurt Cobain even got into a notorious fist fight here. Legit! After it shut down for a minute, Trees reopened in 2011 and continues to remain a right of passage for all music-loving, Dallas residents. Seriously, you have to go here!   (phot cred) 2. Three Links Three Links is a cool, intimate bar where you can catch some extremely hot, local music at a very close distance. Since opening in 2013, it now sports 16 beers on tap, 40 canned craft beers, and what the owners say is “one of the best top shelves in the neighborhood”. (is it just us,…

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To Roomie or Not to Roomie, That is The Question: Dallas Edition

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Some of our best stories probably come from a great roommate we had back in college whom we still call a close friend. Inversely, we all probably have at least two nightmare roommate stories up our sleeves. It’s almost like a competition of who has the best/worst roommate story. Oh, your roommate left a pan out for two weeks? Well, mine left the oven on for 15 hours and didn’t notice. Boom, trumped. If these Dallas apartments could talk, they would have stories aplenty. Some people have had truly amazing experiences sharing an apartment with someone and some haven’t been so lucky. There’s pros and cons to both sides. Living on your own can be awesome. You don’t have to answer to anybody, if the apartment is a mess you have no one to be mad at but yourself, and you can decorate however the heck you want. Feel like putting a tapestry up because you recently watched the movie Dazed and Confused? Go for it. Feel like putting a lime green couch in your living room? No one to consult, go get ‘em tiger. All of these apartment-related freedoms come at a price, though. Living on your own can cost a pretty penny. Before you wave goodbye to your, “Hey is this your almond milk or mine?” days, take a look at what each price point could land you for a one bedroom.   MEDICAL DISTRICT Live just minutes away from downtown and only a few highway exits to…

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The Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

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So the groundhog may have said six more weeks, but let’s be real… It was 90 degrees outside on Monday. Spring has sprung. That means it’s time to come out of our caves and start exploring again. Getting your daily dose of caffeine helps get your day started with a bang. We love to start our days at some of the awesome local coffee shops that each Dallas neighborhood has to offer. Yes, we know this is also the remedy we recommended to survive the cold weather, but be honest with yourself- what better way to come out of hibernation than with a warm cup of joe in hand? Or I mean, if you’re like us, you may go for the iced latte! Either way, check out these coffee shop favorites:   Ascension in the Design District Ascension is located in the Design District near Oak Lawn and Hi Line Drive. This isn’t your typical, could double as someone’s cozy living room, coffee shop. Ascension is a social, Australian-style coffee shop with café food and research / passion in every drop. If the weather keeps heating up, we recommend the cold brew Kyoto. They feature live music every week, so Ascension can double as your Friday night and Saturday morning! The Design District is known for its art galleries, showrooms, restaurants, and now- it’s increasing number of luxury apartment homes. And did we mention it’s home to the new Maverick’s practice facility? It’s definitely a unique area to call home….

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The Coolest Lofts in Dallas

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Smart City can find you the nicest, newest apartment with fancy finish outs and great amenities, but did you know we also specialize in lofts?! We love finding great Dallas apartments and brand new is a frequent request, but as apartment locators, our job is to find the perfect apartment for YOU! Not everyone fits within the cookie-cutter apartment guidelines. Some of our clients are looking for something unique/artsy/industrial and we love that!! Lofts are awesome. They’re huge open spaces that tend to have exposed ducts, exposed brick, and a very unique feel. It may not be for everyone but lofts have certain character that can be very enticing! Here are our favorite. coolest lofts in Dallas! HUGE SQUARE FOOTAGE NEXT TO ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE These remodeled loft apartments have almost 100 different floor plans to choose from and they are all immaculate! This iconic building was the first Sears building to be established outside of Chicago so it definitely has character and history. Some floor plans offer amazing downtown views and have up to 2500+ square feet. They have original hardwood floors, concrete columns all throughout the lofts, exposed ducts, and uniquely-laid concrete ceilings! Some units have clean white walls and other feature exposed brick walls. These are by far some of the best lofts in Dallas! Lofts starting at $1400+.   ANTIQUE, HISTORIC BUILDING IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN This historic landmark was once a train station in the heart of downtown Dallas but has been refurbished into 134…

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Studios Are So Underrated!

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The sad truth is that rent is climbing quickly in Dallas, but if you can sacrifice some space, you can still get a great deal on studio apartments. Same beautiful finishes, amenities, views, just without that overrated bedroom separation. Yep, I said it: overrated. Studios get a lot of flack, but it gives you a lot of room to be creative and really lay out a space exactly how you want it! Don’t knock studios just yet. Here are the reasons why we love studios, plus quick tips on how to decorate them!   DREAM LOCATION The thing about living in a studio is that, by sacrificing some space, you can afford to live in the heart of the best neighborhoods! You may not have a separate bedroom, but you can now be in the heart of Uptown, walking distance to work, and all of your favorite bars/restaurants/stores. When the location is amazing enough, it’s worth sacrificing the one or two walls that come with a one bedroom apartment. And trust us, you’ll be saving some major dolla bills. In  Uptown, we’ve seen studios around $1,200 in the same complex that a one bed will run you about $1,600!! CONVENIENCE Smaller space means SO much easier to clean up. You aren’t going to have that extra hundred square feet to mess up, so keeping tidy will be a breeze. And since most of everything will be in one room, getting up in the middle of the night to grab a glass…

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Live Close to all the Healthy Food Spots from these Dallas Apartments

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It’s almost the end of January. Some people have already jumped on the New Years “eat healthy 2017” bandwagon, others are about to start (or not), and some have always eaten healthy (wow, you amaze us). Living close to delicious restaurants and hoppin’ bars can be both good and bad. I mean, who doesn’t like walking to get food? Deciding on what to eat and if you should eat it can be hard though, especially if your only options are tacos, pizza, and more tacos. Would you check out some healthy spots if they were just a few blocks down from where you lived? We would!! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, and if it’s super convenient, why not give it a shot? #hellosummerbod Whether you’re on the go or heading to work, here are some sweet apartments located near some delicious, yet healthy options for the next time you’re thinking about getting the “usual,” aka tacos.   Walk to Mudhen! If you haven’t tried Mudhen, then you should probably try it out. Like, right now. Once you do, you are going to want to live right next to it! It’s all about the meats and greens at Mudhen. They focus on real food, without the added fluff and sugars. You also won’t find soda on the menu, but the juices and smoothies will do just fine! Just check out the shiny stainless steal appliances, quartz counters, and wood flooring. You’ll want to pick up your food to go and…

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The Best Food in Bishop Arts!

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If you’ve never made it out to Bishop Arts, you need to ASAP. This neighborhood is located in West Dallas and has a chill, local vibe. It can be hard to know where to eat when you visit a new neighborhood. Luckily, we know all the hot spots you NEED to try! HATTIES Sure to impress any guest you have in town, or for a refined break from the $10 bottomless mimosa charade in Uptown, this will be a nice change of pace. American bistro with Southern low-country that will have you missing your super conservative Grandma’s cooking because damn can that woman whip up a feast. BOULEVARDIER Don’t be intimidated by the bougie-sounding name; this place is amazing. Farm-to-table at it’s 214 finest with menu items like Crawfish Beignets with smoked pimento aioli. Stop convincing yourself that the poached eggs you made at home even hold a candle to this stuff. Put on a scarf and go outside of your apartment. TILLMAN’S ROADHOUSE Odds are, you’ve seen a Snapchat from one of your friends in Dallas from this restaurant because this is the place that has tableside smores! *Cue flashback from The Sandlot about having more smores* Super approachable with their come-as-you-are feel and their warm southern cooking; this is sure to become a new neighborhood favorite when you live in Bishop Arts. VH OAK CLIFF Incredibly intimate setting with spectacular cuisine and an owner who is genuinely present, this restaurant will make your visit here unforgettable. This place…

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