lounging on couch

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

By | Uncategorized

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…

Read More

The Ultimate Moving Checklist

By | Uncategorized

Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re heading across the country to pursue a new job opportunity. Dallas is one city that has always been known for its ability to attract and generate wealth — which is making it a popular destination for many people. If you’re heading to the Lone Star State, here is a quick and comprehensive moving guide for moving to Dallas, so you don’t forget anything important. Find an Apartment The first thing you need to do for your moving to Dallas checklist is find an apartment. Do some research on the city’s median rental rates. As of October 2018, the median rent in Dallas was $1,157 per month, but that can change dramatically depending on how many rooms you need and how much square footage there is. Plan on paying no more than 30 percent of your household income on housing costs. If you’re moving for a job, talk to your new employer. You might be able to negotiate a decent relocation package to help you cover some or all of the costs of moving to a new city. Make sure you research the neighborhood you’ll be moving into to make sure it’s got everything you’re looking for, whether that means you want to be within walking distance of good restaurants or you want to have access to good public transportation. It’s not hard to find everything you want in a neighborhood, but it does require some research. The Logistics Now for the complicated part…

Read More
richardson luxury apartment

RICHARDSON — One/Two Bedroom Deal

By | Uncategorized

RICHARDSON – $935 ONE BEDROOM – $1308 TWO BEDROOM DEAL, details below!!   Ditch the guess work and check out our 360 video tours!! *works best on YouTube app or on computer* 2A 723sqft • 360° video (on mobile click here)   2B 1088sqft • 360° video (on mobile click here) — Need more or less space? Check out the other amazing deals – $915 to $1834!* $915 • 654sqft • 1 bed/1 bath $1011 • 785sqft • 1 bed/1 bath $1049 • 817sqft • 1 bed/1 bath $1307 • 980sqft • 2 bed/2 bath $1744 • 1206sqft • 2 bed/2 bath $1834 • 1275sqft • 2 bed/2 bath *Psst, there are even more units that are not listed. YAY! — If you want to be close to all the things, this is the apartment for you! This spot caters to everyone. Being at the center of work, entertainment, recreation, and a thriving and diverse social scene. This spot is the crossroads of one of the busiest telecom business centers in the country! This is the place to perfectly embrace your on-the-go lifestyle. All of Richardson’s delights are just moments away. And if you’re in the mood to play downtown, you’re in luck because the DART makes Dallas just a quick ride away! You have the world at your feet with this property! — We are living for these crazy good prices. Check out the 360 tours–Yeah, we continue to do the damn thing! There’s a limited number of apartments with this pricing, so…

Read More

Best Craft Breweries in Dallas

By | Uncategorized

Dallas is a rising city that has been building on their area’s strength by increasing sustainability, innovation and collaboration to improve the life of future generations. Their main focuses have been on public transit and walkability, enhancing infrastructure and connecting people through the use of rising technology. An initiative called the Dallas Innovation Alliance plans to incorporate LED lighting, public Wi-Fi, digital kiosks, open-source platforms and smart water and irrigation systems. However, the quality of life for their citizens and city-goers doesn’t stop at these broad ideas. Alongside their rise in technology and innovation, Dallas’ local beer scene has exploded. Dallas offers exclusive offerings encompassing an array of flavors that exemplify what the people of Dallas crave. From fresh, fruit-flavored light beers to piney darker-styled ales, not only can any beer lover find an option that resonates with them inside the city, but those who might just be getting into the craft beer scene can discover beers they never knew existed. Local breweries have been experimenting with putting crazy ingredients into their barrels to reinvent what is possible to cultivate in a beer. They’re even borrowing techniques from the creation of scotch to promote innovation and new ideas. Beer reviewers have been buzzing about all the new hype circling the city and praise the exponential growth that has been occurring. A few years ago, their input may not have been so positive, but the Northern Texas scene has seen a total revamp since then. Since 2011, Dallas has increased their…

Read More

Survive and Thrive: Tips for Having an Unforgettable Summer in Dallas

By | Uncategorized

It is no exaggeration that Dallas can be a challenge for mild-weather friends. On average, the DFW metroplex sees around 18 days of temperatures over 100 degrees during the summer months, and even those that hover in the 90s and 80s can feel like you’re baking in an oven. But North Texans still love hanging out in their city during the summer, and there is a good reason for it. Yes, it’s insanely hot, and most of the popular Dallas summer activities like Six Flags, the Dallas Zoo or the Arboretum are going to be packed with families since school is out. But don’t let that stop you from visiting during the summer. With tons of ways that you can get around the heat, the city still has plenty to offer that will keep you cool and entertained. Five Survival Tips to Beat the Dallas Summer Heat From event venues to foodie heavens, there are so many places to visit in this city. Before you look at all the different things to do in Dallas this summer, keep in mind these five strategies that’ll hold the heat at bay and make your time much more enjoyable. 1. Stay Inside in the Afternoon During the summer, the best and most obvious way to outsmart the heat is to get out of it. Why not escape to the peace of the art museum and spend a few hours checking out the paintings and sculptures? If that’s not your speed, you can also…

Read More

Top 5 Neighborhoods for Millennials in Dallas

By | Uncategorized

If you’re a millennial relocating to Dallas, get ready for tons of exciting surprises. Dallas is a fun city with so much to do, see and learn as a young professional, student or job seeker. However, choosing the right neighborhood can be tricky, especially if you’re a newcomer. With millennials in mind, we narrowed down the best five neighborhoods for 20-somethings to live, work and play in Dallas. These neighborhoods promise plenty of opportunities for unique and memorable experiences. Who Qualifies As a Millennial? But before we get started — what does being a millennial mean exactly? The Pew Research Center defines millennials as anyone born between 1981 and 1996. Labeling a generation is not a science, and you may not identify with any millennial characteristics. However, millennials tend to have certain priorities and values that differ from older generations. Despite what your parents or grandparents might say, this is not a bad thing. So, what do millennials value? You may or may not agree, but here are some of the things many 20-somethings care about, and most of them do not revolve around Snapchat: Meaningful work Education Experiences Real friends Accomplishments Personal growth Staying connected Diversity Equality Work-life balance Economy Millennials are a pretty cool generation. They are driven to accomplish their dreams and make the world a better place. They value new experiences, and they appreciate differences. And unlike what the older generations might claim, millennials do work hard. Thanks to millennial open-mindedness, the world is becoming a…

Read More
Dallas Best Places To Work In

Best Places To Work In 2018: Smart City Apartment Locating

By | Dallas, Uncategorized

Smart City Apartment Locating Is A 2018 Best Place to Work, According to Our Employees on Glassdoor Smart City Apartment Locating is pleased to announce we are among the winners of the annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2018. Unlike other awards, there was no self-nomination process, instead it’s entirely based on feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluates all company reviews shared by employees over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work among companies with less than 1,000 employees according to those based in the U.S. A huge thank you goes out to all our employees who took the time to share their perspectives on what it’s like to work here. We appreciate all the valuable feedback as it only helps us to improve. Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and that made us feel incredibly honored to be recognized: “I LOVE my job! Everyday is fun and everyday is different. Flexible schedule and honestly hanging with clients is like hanging with friends all day every day! Most of all, our work is noticed and we even get incentives for killing the month. I use to work a corporate 8-5 and can’t imagine going back! Outside of work, we are all friends..not sure a lot of people can genuinely say…

Read More
Dog Friendly Apartments In Dallas

Dog Friendly Apartments In Dallas!

By | Dallas, Dog Park, Uncategorized

You trot along Katy Trail with your pup making friends with all the other dog owners on the reg! But you can’t help having apartment envy for all the great dog-friendly amenities you hear about! The process of finding the best dog friendly apartment in Dallas for you and your pooch can be overwhelming. As well as leaving you uninformed and hung out to dry. Which is why we are here! We gathered information on the top properties which not only thinks of you, but you and the furry companions in your life! Check out our list of Dog-Friendly Apartments because who doesn’t dream of falling in love 101 Dalmatians style? Design District Dog Destination  Looking to get your pup a little more active? Well, look no further! This property has the cutest little dog park with a dog agility course!! Seriously, think of the Instagram-potential here. This property is conveniently located by the Trinity Strand Trail making this an excellent choice for those in the market for private yards, opening up the door for so many Fido-friendly adventures! Medical District Mutt Haven Say goodbye to the days of having to Schlup your pup up and down however many stories and say hello to grassy private yards! Not only does this property have private yards, but it is also super close to Weichsel Park. Uptown Bark You Up Not only is this property located in the most walkable neighborhood, but it has direct access to Katy Trail! Let’s not forget about…

Read More
Smart City Locating Mural

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

By | Uncategorized

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! #ASpaceToBeYourself The “A Space to Be Yourself” mural was created by @marpohl. This was a passion project for our company. Together, we brought the city of Dallas a super cool mural that perfectly encompasses our beliefs as a company. Our CEO Cassie said it best, “In a world full of high expectations, pressure and deadlines, just know that there is always a space to be yourself.” Smart City serves to help people find the space to be themselves whether it’s a dream apartment in the perfect neighborhood, or a badass work environment dedicated to personal and professional growth (shout out to the SC Squad). We want each and every person to feel like they have a space to be themselves in Dallas. Find it at Fiction Coffee / Smart City Apartment Locating Headquarters 1619 N Hall St Dallas, TX 75204   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…

Read More
Studios are so underrated

Studios Are So Underrated!

By | Uncategorized

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 of…

Read More