4 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Easy on You This Year!

By | Dallas, Food

Photo Cred Turkey, stuffing, gravy! Yum! If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your pad this year, then take notes! We all know how much a hassle of prepping for Thanksgiving can be. Between cooking the bird perfectly, having a variety of side dishes, keeping everything warm, and of course entertaining your guests, Thanksgiving can be super overwhelming! There are four easy ways to help you conquer Thanksgiving this year! 1. Prep ahead. Prep as much food as you can early! Early preparation will make your life so much easier. Trust us! By cutting up veggies and fruits for the snack trays, baking the pies and any other desserts days ahead takes the stress out of Thanksgiving. Now trying not to eat all the delicious, mouthwatering foods before Thanksgiving is a whole other obstacle! 2. Cook turkey in a slow cooker. A slow cooker will be your life-safer! Besides keeping casseroles warm, cooking the turkey overnight in a slow cooker will ensure a moist bird by dinner. No slow cooker? No problem! A normal conventional oven works just as great! Make sure the oven is on low when baking the turkey overnight. We don’t need any unwanted visits from the fire department! Now if there is unfortunate event you overcook the turkey, DON’T freak out, use chicken broth! Just heat up the chicken broth and pour over the turkey to bring the moisture back in. Also works on craved turkey…especially handy with leftover turkey sandwiches! 3. Pre-made items. This day in age there are…

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Why You Should Rent an Apartment in the Fall or Winter!

By | Dallas

Moving in the colder months, Psh! Who does that?! Smart people, that’s who! Hear us out… Sure, moving in the Fall/Winter may not be as popular as a Summer move, but it definitely has it’s perks! Whether you’re looking for a new apartment, your own place, or relocating to Dallas for a new job, here are 4 reasons why you should rent in the Fall or Winter. Demand is Lower  Many people choose to move in the summertime because there’s more time on their hands. School is out, the days are longer, and we’re looking for any excuse to use that PTO. When the season ends, most people settle into their routine (school, work, etc.), and the demand to rent slows way down. This is the time to strike while the iron is hot, and save some serious cash! with a lower demand, rent is generally cheaper in the Fall; and if you really want to save money, consider a 15 month lease. Longer leases are typically lower in price and if you sign at the right time, it can end the following Winter, thus saving you more money on your next move!! Win, win. Serious Specials Trendy Summer moves = slow Fall/Winter rental market = sweet, sweet deals and specials. Lucky You! Properties NEED to lease their units, but no one likes to move during the holidays, so it’s common to hear about deals intended to generate traffic like, “Two months free,” or “Don’t pay rent until January 1st!”…

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Insta Worthy Apartments in Dallas

By | Dallas, Deep Ellum, Downtown, South Dallas, University Park, Uptown

It’s no surprise that having a lifestyle worth Instagraming is a major win.  Whether it is traveling, fashion, brunch, your #mcm/#wcw, or in this case, where you live, we know how much impact a good post has on your feed! The convenience of living in an apartment that basically decorates itself has its perks when it comes to taking pics of your pad. Plus, who doesn’t want people coming over and drooling over how dope their apartment looks? Talk about #goals, amiriiiight? So, check out this kick-ass list of our favorite Insta worthy apartments in Dallas, TX.   Ascent Victory Park Living in luxury with a classy twist of rustic? Yes please; I mean, we live in Texas after all. This rugged high-rise features real hard wood floors, granite stone countertops and gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows that are begging for a close up. On those warm summer days, indulge in an infinity pool that cantilevers over the edge. (If you don’t know what that means its fine, just know that it’s dope af and your donut/pizza/swan floaty will look GREAT!) Now that it’s Fall, you have the bonus of being able to grill out with friends and sit by the fire pit roasting marshmallows. So, put on a cute sweater and snap a shot at sunset, because this is Insta gold. Photo Cred Butler Brothers Building The Butler Brothers Building is the perfect combination of unique history and modern, industrial design. Each unit tells a story through the mix of old…

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5 Brand New Dallas Apartments Opening Fall 2017

By | Dallas

Summer is coming to an end (*stops wiping away sweat mustache to do a happy dance*), and with a new season comes NEW PROPERTIES! Is there anything more exciting than being the first resident of a brand new apartment? It’s modern pioneering at its most luxurious knowing that nobody else has been naked in that shower yet. Summer is typically the most popular time to move, but we’re seeing a ton of Autumn move dates this year; at least ten people in our office alone are moving in October–spooky! It’s not news to anyone that Dallas is BOOMING, with 10,000+ people moving to the big D every year! In order to keep up with the influx population, new apartment properties are going up all year long. To help give you a taste of that new new, we put together a list of five really cool new properties opening just in time for fall movers!   Lincoln Kessler Park If you’re interested in living on the perimeters of Dallas in a brand new, vintage inspired apartment, we’ve got your back! Opening in September, with pre-leasing well under way, Lincoln Kessler park offers one, two, and three bedroom floor plans ranging from $1285 to $2,430.  Located minutes from the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Bishop Arts District with easy access to I-30 and I-35. If you’re a golfer, enjoy proximity to Stevens Park Golf Course, with some units even boasting golf course views. Modern finishes include quartz countertops and wood style…

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This Is Us

By | Dallas

We’re real people, we promise. No automated messaging service, no call system, just Dallas locals excessively using the taco emoji, texting you back at 10 pm, and working REALLY hard to find you a kick ass apartment for the best price. If you haven’t visited our office yet, this video gives you a peek behind the curtain  SCREEN, introducing you to our founder and giving you a look at what it means to tag team your apartment hunt with one of our many amazing agents! We hope you love it.  

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Why You Should Move and Use Smart City

By | Dallas

Y’all, so much is happening at Smart City. We COMPLETELY overhauled our site and it’s time to share it with all of you. This site is legit and now it’s easier than ever for us to find you an awesome apartment at an awesome price. 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! That’s some insane savings. Our Featured Listings and our…

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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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