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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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7 Apartment-Friendly Ways To Improve Your Environmental Footprint

By | Apartments, Dallas, Earth Day, Environmental Footprint

Conservation has become a pretty big buzzword in the last decade, especially in fast-growing, highly-populated cities like the big Texas metros. As more and more people pour into our cities, local infrastructures begin to feel the strain and environmental impact of the increased population, thus creating a need to conserve our local, natural resources. Here are seven quick tips on what you can do to help live smarter, reduce your carbon footprint, and save a little money at the same time. 1. Install LED Bulbs & Fixtures Photo by rawpixel.com via Pexels One simple way to become more energy efficient is to install LED light bulbs in your apartment. Alternatively, if you’re not big on overhead lighting or replacing existing light bulbs in your unit, think about adding lamps with LED bulbs to utilize when you’re home instead. They’ll help conserve energy, while also providing varying kinds of artistic lighting–win/win! However, if you do go the route of swapping out the bulbs, make sure to stash the bulbs you’re replacing, so you can take your LED bulbs with you at move-out. Most LED light bulbs last around 50,000 hours, which equates to 11 years if used for 12 hours a day (so, pretty much forever). Plus, you paid for them, so keep them! 2. Utilize Black-Out Curtains Photo by Jon Tyson via Unsplash Black-out curtains are dual-purpose and vampire approved, since they’re essential to creating a great sleeping environment and they help your energy bill. According to the U.S. Department…

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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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Vehicle-Friendly Apartments In Dallas

By | Apartments, Dallas, DFW Metroplex, Vehicle-friendly apartments, Vehicles/Cars

In a city like Dallas, having access to a vehicle is a must. But being a responsible vehicle owner isn’t always simple, especially when living in an apartment. Crowded apartment parking spots provide an increased chance for door dents, and the act of keeping your car clean can be a headache without a dedicated space. That’s why we compiled some of the most vehicle-friendly apartments in Dallas, so you know your car will stay clean, protected and ready for the next drive. Lofts at Mockingbird Station 5331 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206 – East Dallas Photo Credit: Lofts at Mockingbird Station If you’re looking for a luxury view from the clouds, Mockingbird Station features loft-style living just minutes away from Downtown Dallas. Keep your car out of the sun or rain in the privately gated resident parking garage. Reserved parking spots are also available for those looking to park their vehicle in the same spot daily. When it comes time to clean your car, the on-site car wash and detailing services make it simple for you to enjoy life while keeping your car clean! Car-Friendly Resident Features at Mockingbird Station: Gated Resident Garage Reserved Parking Available Car Wash & Detailing Services Available On-Site   The Caruth Premier Townhome Apartments 5445 Caruth Haven Ln, Dallas, TX 75225 – Uptown/Park Cities Photo Credit: The Caruth If townhome living is your thing, The Caruth boasts a high-end living experience with fast access to shopping at Northpark Mall and The Shops at Park…

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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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InTown Housing Explained!

By | Apartment Locators, Apartments, Dallas

Let’s be honest, budgets are stretched thin and sometimes rent is hard to swing when you start looking for an apartment in Dallas! With the summer approaching, prices are already starting to rise and get ridiculous!  We’re here to explain how you can live in a NICER place for LESS money!  InTown Housing is a program that allows people who make between $34,092 and $43,250/year to pay cheaper rent (for a studio, check below for other options)! You also have to make 3 times the rent as well to qualify. If you qualify for this program, there are about 13 properties in Dallas that offer InTown Housing units! These apartments go fast because there is a limited number but it is definitely worth it because you’re getting discounted rent AND a nice, up-to-date apartment! Here are some of our favorite properties offering InTown Housing units! MEDICAL DISTRICT You’ll have easy access to I-35 and the Dallas Tollway and also be close to Uptown and Downtown! You’re only a quick Uber from all of your favorite neighborhoods. If you happen to work for a hospital, you’ll be within walking distance to work, which is a huge plus! One bedrooms starting at $1,007. LAKE HIGHLANDS Live right by Lower Greenville while still being in touch with nature at White Rock Lake close by. Hello, fitness and nature! Plus, you’ll still be close enough to Lower Greenville to enjoy the nightlife and great restaurants! One bedrooms starting at $1,007. WEST DALLAS This location is super convenient…

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The Ultimate Guide To Renting

By | Apartments, Renting, Ultimate Guide to Renting

When do I start my apartment search? What questions should I be asking? What exactly qualifies as a good deal? These are legit questions concerning apartment hunting. There’s so much that goes into finding a place to call home (at least for a year) and sometimes those little things can slip through the cracks and come back to bite you in the butt later. Whether you’re a first time renter or an all time pro, renting can be tedious, overwhelming and just plain annoying, but we’re here to help! Our Ultimate Guide to Renting is broken down into easy to read sections, especially for the skimmers (you know who you are), and covers everything from pre-search prep to move in day! So, sit back, grab a snack and let’s kick some rental ass! 01. Prep Work Before you deep dive into the abyss of internet apartment searches and start scheduling tours, you need to figure a few things out first: Your budget: What can you comfortably afford with your current income? Apartment complexes typically require that you (or the combined household) make an annual income of 3x the monthly rent. But we gotta go a little further and ask that even if you qualify, would spending $1600 on rent every month starve you to death? …we’re not into that. The size of the apartment: One, two, three bedrooms? Figuring out what size apartment to rent depends greatly on your needs, your lifestyle and how many people will be living there. Roommates:…

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Smart City Negotiated Deal – Plano

By | Apartments, Dallas, Plano

PLANO – SMART CITY NEGOTIATED DEAL – $1511-$1650, details below!!   Ditch the guess work and check out our 360 video tour!! *works best on YouTube app or on computer* The Haven 962sqft • 360° video (on mobile click here)   The Retreat 1236sqft • 360° video (on mobile click here) — $1511 • 962sqft • 2 bed/2 bath $1650 • 1236sqft • 3 bed/2 bath — Why not have the best of both worlds without the maintenance fees or the burden of a mortgage?! These detached apartment homes offer just that. Fall in love with spacious floor-plans with hardwood floors and high-end finishes. Enjoy your own private yard, perfect for your furry friend and grilling out. Let’s not forget the close proximity to downtown Plano for anyone looking for entertainment! — We are loving the privacy of living in a house, but with the maintenance and luxury of an apartment complex. Check out the 360 tour–Yeah, we continue to do the damn thing! Just remember, there’s a limited number of apartments with this pricing, so don’t wait! — Don’t have a Smart City Agent? Call/text 214-586-0519 and get hooked up with an agent today for accurate pricing and availability!* *These deals lease fast. The only way to get accurate pricing and availability is through an agent.   Photos of The Haven

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