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Stop Dogging Around – Finding a Dallas Apartment that Accepts Bigger Breeds

Stop Dogging Around - Finding a Dallas Apartment that Accepts Bigger BreedsSearching for the perfect Dallas apartment can be challenging enough. Trying to find a great place that will also welcome your large-and-in-charge canine companion can make the apartment hunting process exponentially harder. A lot of times, even the places that claim to be “dog friendly” put certain limitations on size and breed. So, what’s a big dog lover to do? Here are a few tips our experienced Dallas apartment locators have learned over the years.


Be honest.

Hiding the fact that you have a dog or lying about its size or breed will almost certainly come back to bite you (no pun intended, of course). We’re talking everything from fines to removal of your pet to outright eviction. Yes, being honest and upfront about the situation will narrow your options, but at least you’ll enter into an agreement with a clear conscience and avoid having to worry about a potential problem a few months down the road.


Be proactive.

Be ready to present evidence that, despite the fact that your dog is on the bigger size, he or she will not be a problem tenant. Have up-to-date vet records to show that your pooch is vaccinated and has been spayed or neutered. Talk about how he or she is trained, socialized and housebroken. Show documented proof whenever possible. Offer to bring the dog when you meet with the landlord. Or better yet, invite the landlord to come see how the dog behaves at your current place. 


Be patient and flexible.

Understand that finding a Dallas apartment that accepts big dogs (and that you actually like) will probably take longer than if you were searching solo. Also, be prepared to make a few compromises here and there, whether it’s widening your options to include other neighborhoods or accepting that you may not end up with all the amenities you’re hoping for. When you remember that all of this is in exchange for the unconditional love of your four-legged family member, it’s worth the sacrifice.


Sweeten the pot.

If you’ve got a landlord who is on the fence, sweeten the pot and make it worth his or her while to rent to you. For instance, you might offer to sign a longer lease, pay a rental premium or provide a separate security deposit that will cover any damages caused by your pet. All of these things can ease a landlord’s mind and demonstrate that you’re confident that your companion won’t be a problem.


Work with a professional.

One of the best things about working with a Dallas apartment locator like us (besides the fact that it’s FREE) is that we have the inside scoop on all the best properties around. We know which apartments are dog-friendly and which landlords or property managers are more likely to say yes to a larger breed. This can save you a ton of time. And since we do all the work for you, we’ll take the hassle of finding your own place right off your to-do list. When you look at it that way, it’s really a no-brainer.

Are you in the process of moving or considering a move in the near future and are worried about whether or not you’ll be able to find a nice place that will allow you to bring your furry friend? Don’t sweat it. Give us a call. We can help narrow your options and find the best Dallas apartments for you and your big, lovable best friend.

October 29, 2019 / by / in ,
Eco-Friendly Living – 5 Ways Apartment Dwellers can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Eco-Friendly Living - 5 Ways Apartment Dwellers can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Over the past several decades, we’ve become much more aware of the impact our everyday lives have on the state of the environment. Many of the things we do – from the gas we put in our cars to the amount of water and utilities we use, and even the foods we choose to eat – contribute to the Earth’s pollution. Conversely, by minimizing our energy consumption and making other simple changes, we can reduce our negative impact and help conserve our natural resources. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few tips from our eco-savvy Dallas apartment locators.



First and foremost, it should go without saying that recycling is one of the simplest and most effective ways to conserve the environment. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime. Start by educating yourself on which items can and can’t be recycled. Then, keep a separate bag next to your trash can that’s designated for recyclables. The good news is, most modern Dallas apartment buildings feature trash services that support recycling, so it’s easier than ever.


Install LED lighting.

Another easy (and cheap) ways to become more environmentally conscious is to switch out your traditional light bulbs with LED ones. These bulbs work just as good as conventional ones, but are longer lasting and use less energy. If you are unable to change out the bulbs in overhead lighting, considering using an LED lamp instead.


Use black-out curtains.

According to the US Department of Energy, 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy is lost through windows. Furthermore, about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard windows becomes heat indoors. In other words, the more natural rays you’re allowing into your apartment, the more energy you’re going to need to consume to keep the space cool and comfortable. You can avoid this by using black-out curtains and closing them when you’re not home or during peak hours of the day.


Ditch the dryer.

Did you know that clothes dryers use 2 to 4 times more energy than a new clothes washer, and almost twice as much electricity as a new refrigerator? While most luxury Dallas apartments have community washers and dryers that are energy efficient, you can further reduce your environmental impact by choosing to air-dry your clothes instead. 


Utilize your thermostat.

Most modern thermostats have programmable features that enable you to automatically schedule temperature adjustments so you can conserve energy. For instance, there’s really no need to have the central air blasting all day while you’re at work, but who wants to come home to a hot, stuffy apartment? By using the scheduling feature, you can set your thermostat to automatically kick the A/C on shortly before you return home. That way, your place will still feel comfortable when you walk in, but you won’t have wasted hours of energy in the meantime.

At the end of the day, it’s up to each one of us to do our part to protect our precious resources. By implementing the five simple strategies listed above, you can dramatically reduce the impact your lifestyle has on the environment.

Curious about your carbon footprint? You can calculate it here. Oh, and don’t forget about our Dallas luxury apartments, many of which have been specifically designed to be more eco-friendly. Contact us to learn more.

October 20, 2019 / by / in , ,
Moving Sucks. Here’s How to Make Your Dallas Relocation Less Stressful.

Moving Sucks. Here’s How to Make Your Dallas Relocation Less Stressful.


The idea of starting over in a new place can be heavenly. The process of actually getting from point A to point B? Not so much. Between packing boxes, scheduling moving and delivery vehicles and remembering the million things you have to do before saying sayonara, relocating can be a real pain. And while we can’t snap our fingers and make all the stress magically disappear (sorry), we can provide some sound advice to help make the process as easy and headache-free as possible. Here are a few tips from our Dallas relocation experts.


Start early.

There are a ton of things to be done before any move, whether it’s across town or across the country. The first key to reducing your stress levels is to start planning as early as possible. Make a checklist of everything you need to do and by when. Start doing some research and making some calls. Line up any third parties you’ll need (like movers) now, while there’s still plenty of time. The earlier you start getting your ducks in a row, the less chaotic the actual move will be.


Create a calendar.

In addition to having a detailed to-do list, you’ll want to set specific dates by which you need to tackle each of those items. We recommend breaking it down and prioritizing it by how far away you are from the actual move. For instance, at eight weeks out you’ll need to give notice at your current place and schedule your moving company. At six weeks, you’ll need to start packing. At four weeks out, you’ll want to change your address with the post office, etc. Not only will doing this ensure that nothing important slips through the cracks, but it’ll save your sanity. Trust us on this one.


Do your homework.

Moving to a new city isn’t easy. You can lessen this burden by doing research in advance of your move. Find out the important stuff, like which neighborhoods are the nicest (and in your price range). If you have kids or plan on possibly starting a family in the near future, check out the school systems. If your children happen to be of the four-legged variety, you’ll want to do your homework to determine which areas are more pet-friendly than others. (The good news is, we’ve already put together a great resource to get you started here.)


Secure your digs.

One of the biggest challenges of relocating is finding a place to live. Many people don’t have the luxury of making several trips and physically walking through various options. If you’re in that boat, the next best thing is to work with an apartment locating service, like us. You basically explain what you want in an apartment (i.e. square footage, number of bedrooms, pet-friendly, proximity to work, etc.), let us know your budget, and we’ll find you a match. Best of all, this service is absolutely free. Cha-ching!



If you’ve lived on your own for any amount of time, chances are you’ve accumulated a decent amount of “stuff,” whether it’s extra furniture, lots of clothing or a plethora of appliances you thought you’d need but never actually used (we’re looking at you, George Foreman grill). In any case, downsizing can help make the process of relocating to Dallas much easier and cheaper – especially if you’re paying the movers by the pound. Hold a yard sale. Sell stuff online. Donate it. Whatever floats your boat – just get rid of it.


And last, but certainly not least, try to relax. We know it’s easier said than done, but stressing out won’t help anyone, least of all yourself. Acknowledge that moving in general is almost always a hassle, let alone relocating to a new city or town. Just push through it and before you know it, you’ll be settled into your new place in no time!

October 10, 2019 / by / in
A Match Made in Heaven: How to Pick the Perfect Dallas Neighborhood

A Match Made in Heaven_ How to Pick the Perfect Dallas Neighborhood (1)

When most people think of Dallas, they envision massive highways gridlocked with traffic and other congested big-city scenes. But the DFW area is made up of a number of neighborhoods that are remarkably different from these stereotypes. Some are progressive and eclectic while others are quaint and quiet. The challenge is figuring out which one is the right fit for you. If you’re having trouble deciding, here are five important factors to help narrow your choices.


First, ask yourself what type of living environment you are most comfortable in? Are you into the nightlife? If so, you’d probably love the urban vibe of Knox-Henderson or Uptown. Looking to settle down and start or raise a family? The suburban Las Colinas or Plano would probably be more your speed. Each Dallas neighborhood has its own unique personality. Learning what sets each of them apart can help you determine which one you’d fit in best with.


Next, think about what activities and amenities you’d like to have close to home. For example, if you’re the type who loves to spend the weekends shopping, the West Village area would be an ideal place to reside. Like to dine out a lot? Downtown Dallas is chock full of trendy restaurants representing almost every cuisine on earth. Into art and music? Settling down in the Design District or the Deep Ellum area makes pretty good sense.


In stark contrast to the bright lights, big city appeal of Downtown Dallas, many DFW neighborhoods are absolute havens for nature lovers. If you’re into biking or running, Uptown or Oak Lawn offer easy access to the Katy Trail. Similarly, there’s the 200-acre nature preserve in Plano, which is ideal for hiking, cycling or simply taking in some scenic views. And, of course, there’s the beautiful and activity-packed Klyde Warren Park, which meanders through Downtown, Uptown and the Arts District. If you’re the outdoorsy type, choosing a place with plenty of recreational activities is probably a good idea.


Another important factor to consider when deciding which Dallas neighborhood is the best match for you is the commute. Are you the type who prefers to use your feet to get from point A to point B? If so, a more walkable neighborhood, like Richardson or Oak Lawn, would probably be best. If public transportation is your vibe, your options are many. In fact, we recently rounded up the four best neighborhoods for public transit in Dallas. If your job requires a lot of out-of-town travel, look for an area like the Medical District, which offers easy access to the airport.

Personal Preference/Needs

The last thing to consider is your own personal needs and preferences. Are you a single, ambitious up-and-coming professional who is focused on climbing the corporate ladder? Then the more fast-paced environment of Downtown would probably be the best fit. Conversely, if you’re married and have a family, or have plans to start one soon, a quieter, more laid-back neighborhood with a solid school system, like Highland Park, might be a better choice.

Once you’ve gone through the five factors above and narrowed down your options, you’ll be able to start searching for an apartment that matches your budget. If you need help with this step, or you’re still unsure about which location you’re best suited for, give us a call. Our apartment locators know these neighborhoods inside and out and can help you find a place that is perfect for you.

October 8, 2019 / by / in
Roommate Driving You Nuts? 5 Signs You’re Ready for Your Own Place

Roommate Driving You Nuts_ 5 Signs You’re Ready for Your Own Place

Sharing your Dallas apartment with a roommate may have been a great arrangement for a while. Splitting the rent. Having someone to hang with. Lately, though, it’s kind of, well…sucked. He left dirty dishes in the sink…again. She “borrowed” your favorite sweater and spilled red wine on it. Those late-night, mid-week parties are getting super old. And that loud chewing? It’s making you downright homicidal.

Whatever the reason, you may find yourself daydreaming about what life would be like if you had your own Dallas apartment all to yourself. Of course, wanting your own place and actually being ready to venture out on your own are two entirely different things. If you’re still on the fence, here are a few telltale signs that you’re ready to go solo.

You’re financially secure.

Maybe not “nest egg in the bank,” huge 401(k) balance “secure,” but you’ll want to at least be certain that you can comfortably afford rent and living expenses on your own. Sit down and calculate how much you bring home every month versus how much you estimate your expenses will be. This will give you a clearer picture of what you can and cannot afford. Remember – evictions suck, so be as thorough with your budget as possible to avoid any costly (and embarrassing) surprises down the road.

You’ve got the goods (or can replenish them).

Whether you’re thinking of giving your roomie the boot or moving out into a new Dallas apartment on your own, take an inventory of what belongs to whom. For instance, if your roommate bought or supplied the furniture, you’ll need to start planning to replace it. Can you afford that? Likewise, if you split the cost, you’ll probably end up having to either buy him or her out, or divvy up what’s there evenly. Be prepared for this added hassle and potential extra expense.

You’re capable of saving money.

You don’t have to pinch every penny, but life happens, and when you’re living on your own, you won’t necessarily have anyone to fall back on. For instance, let’s say your car breaks down or you get temporarily laid off from work. Your landlord probably isn’t going to let you skate on the rent, and the electric company definitely won’t. That’s why it’s important to have at least a little bit of cash stashed away in an emergency fund (enough to cover at least 1 or 2 months). If you’re the type who spends money before it even hits your bank account, you might not be ready for solo living.

You know how to adult.

Unless you plan on hiring a chef, maid or butler, nobody is going to handle the everyday tasks that come with keeping your apartment (and your life) running smoothly. Can you cook? Clean up after yourself? Do your own laundry? Pay bills and balance your checkbook? Make your own doctor’s appointments? Get up on time for work every day? If so, congrats! You’ve got a long life of endless responsibilities in your future! (Yay!) If you’re not quite capable of managing life on your own, either stay put or start budgeting for some hired help.

You can handle surprises.

Life comes at you fast, and living on your own doesn’t come without its fair share of surprises. Unfortunately, they’re not all good ones, either. If you’re the type who has to be talked off a ledge every time something goes wrong, then getting your own Dallas apartment may not be the best fit for you (especially if it’s on an upper floor). In all seriousness, though, if you want to be successful at solo-living, you have to be able to roll with the punches.

Meet all the above criteria? Ready to explore your options? Fill out the web form or give us a call at (214) 999-1161. One of our experienced locators will help you find the perfect Dallas apartment to call your own!

October 7, 2019 / by / in
5 Best Study and Work Spots in Oak Lawn

Most people think of Dallas a lively city that’s always buzzing with action. While this may be true to some degree, there are still plenty of refreshingly quiet areas. Take the neighborhood of Oak Lawn, for example. Amidst the growing selection of clubs, restaurants and hot spots, residents can find lots of locales with a laid back vibe perfect for hitting the books or getting caught up on some work. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, here are our top five recommendations.

Union Coffee


When you need a chill spot where you can hear yourself think, Union Coffee on Cedar Springs Road is where it’s at. Not only do they offer a relaxing atmosphere, but they also host a number of events, from storytelling to worship services. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating – oh, and did we mention they’re also dog-friendly? Need more peace and quiet? Book a private on-site conference room. Plus, with every up of world-class coffee you purchase, Union will donate 10% to a local charitable cause.

Magnolias Sous Le Pont


This French-inspired little coffee shop located on North Hardwood Street has an artistic and calming ambiance – perfect for sparking your creativity. They offer a decent selection of snacks from the cooler and, of course, coffee, so you can sip and nibble while you catch up on emails or dive nose-deep into a book. The place is quaint and cozy, yet still offers plenty of seating options, either inside or out. Menu is a bit on the pricy side, but the quality is high so it’s well worth checking out.

Oak Lawn Park

If you don’t need WiFi (or you’ve got your own hotspot) and you prefer a more natural setting, Oak Lawn Park is sure to fit the bill. And with more than 14 acres to explore, there’s certainly no shortage of spots to claim. Bring a chair or blanket and set up shop along the tranquil banks of Turtle Creek. There are also several pet stations located throughout the park, so feel free to bring your (leashed) four-legged friend as well.


Despite its modern industrial design, the vibe at Mudsmith’s Centrum/Oak Lawn location over on Welborn St. is surprisingly relaxing. WiFi signal is great and there’s plenty of space and comfortable seating (including a covered outdoor patio). Need a nosh? There’s a full menu. And once you’ve wrapped up your studying or work for the day, you can head over to Pints & Quarts (attached), which has a full bar and a variety of beers on tap.  

Reverchon Park


If getting in touch with nature is something that helps you concentrate and gets your creative juices flowing, a visit to Reverchon Park should be on your list. Its 41+ acres of beautiful, rolling hills, lush greenery with tall maples and towering oaks create a peaceful, serene setting. Lots of shaded spots, which is perfect for an outdoor retreat on those hot Dallas days. Plus, it attaches to the Katy Trail, which makes it convenient to get to on foot, if you’re up for a trek.

Oak Lawn may be known for its dynamic and eclectic atmosphere, but it also happens to be a haven for quiet, low-key places, away from all the hustle and bustle. What’s your favorite co-working or studying spot in Oak Lawn? Give it a shout out in the comments section below.

September 12, 2019 / by / in
Top 4 Best Dallas Neighborhoods for Public Transit

If there’s one hallmark of Dallas, it’s the city’s notorious traffic. And while there is certainly no shortage of vehicles in and around the city, there’s also plenty of public transportation available. Of course, some areas are better equipped for public transit than others. If you’re looking to ditch the gas-guzzler but don’t feel like hoofing it everywhere, you might want to consider relocating to one of the following four neighborhoods.


Given its big-city status, it’s no surprise that Downtown Dallas offers plenty of public transit options. The DART transit system, for instance, connects with 12 surrounding cities and offers a fast, comfortable and affordable way to travel to, from and within the Downtown area. In fact, there are six DART stations located in Downtown Dallas alone. The M-Line Trolley and Dallas Street Car services are also available, both of which operate free of charge. Then there’s GoLink, a relatively new on-demand shuttle system that maneuvers all over the neighborhood. Tickets cost just $1.


The neighborhood of Uptown Dallas may be known for its walkability, but there are also plenty of options for hitching a ride in and around town. Thanks to its ideal location, Uptown residents enjoy access to several DART stations, including Cityplace/Uptown. The M-Line trolley – which starts in West Village and runs through the heart of Uptown along McKinney Avenue and into downtown – can bring you to and from just about anywhere you need to go. There are also several bus routes serving the Uptown area.

Deep Ellum

Located just a few blocks east of Downtown, Deep Ellum is easily considered one of the hottest urban neighborhoods in the Dallas area. Similar to Uptown, Deep Ellum offers a variety of choices for those who either need or prefer public transit. For instance, there are two DART stations that border the area, both of which are easy to reach on foot. Likewise, there are regular bus routes, including express options, which offer direct service to downtown and a variety of other local destinations.

North Dallas

Unlike some of the other neighborhoods, North Dallas doesn’t have as much in the way of bus routes. It is, however, home to several DART rail stations, making it fast and easy for residents to travel to and from downtown or access other nearby neighborhoods, like Plano and Richardson. This is where GoLink, the city’s newest on-call public transit option, comes into play. For just $1, residents can hail a shuttle to bring them from wherever they are to wherever they’d like to be (within the on-call zone).

In fact, because GoLink now covers 12 service areas (and growing), this option is available to residents across many different areas of Dallas. And, of course, regardless of which Dallas neighborhood you choose to reside in, there’s always the option of using Uber or Lyft. If you’re in the market for a new Dallas apartment in the above areas or beyond, get in touch. We’ve got some amazing properties available.

September 9, 2019 / by / in ,
5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Roommate in Dallas

Getting a roommate can help defray some of the costs of living, which may enable you to find a Dallas apartment that’s either bigger, has more amenities, is located in a nicer neighborhood, etc. But sharing your living space with someone else can also be challenging. To avoid uncomfortable or unpleasant situations down the road, you want to be careful about who you select – especially if you’re entering into a long-term lease situation. Here are a few of the best ways to find the perfect roomie.

Know what you’re “looking for” before you start looking.

Before you begin the process, it’s good to have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the arrangement. Are you looking for someone to hang out and party with? Or, would you prefer someone who just pays the rent and otherwise keeps to themselves? Do you want a roommate who shares the same interests as you, or does that not matter? Envision your ideal living situation and then go from there. This will give you a better picture of who you’d consider and help you narrow down your choices.

Look for a match in other key areas.

If you’re the type who prefers a quiet night with a good book or turning in early, a roommate who is prone to party into the wee hours every weekend obviously won’t be a good fit. Are you a neat freak? Make sure the other person isn’t a slob. Likewise, work or school schedules should also be taken into consideration. For instance, if you like more alone time, you may prefer a roommate who has a schedule that’s opposite of yours. If you’re looking for more socialization, coinciding schedules make more sense.

Make sure they can afford it.

Another critical factor in choosing someone to share your Dallas apartment is their ability to pay their share of the living expenses. Your best friend from college may seem like the perfect roomie, but if he or she doesn’t have a decent job or is irresponsible with money, getting on a lease together may not be the best idea in the long run. Choose a roommate with a steady income who is capable of paying the rent and whatever other bills you’ll be splitting.

Know where to look.

Once you’ve got a clear picture of your ideal roommate, it’s time to start the search. There are lots of different avenues you can take, whether you’ve already got a place or you’re starting from scratch. We recommend starting with your own personal network. Ask friends, family and colleagues if they know of anyone who is looking. From there, the internet has a number of resources as well. For instance, you can try Craigslist or one of the more formal listing sites, like Roommates.com or Roomiematch.

Ask the right questions.

When those calls and emails start coming in, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Consider setting up some time to chat with each potential roomie to see whether you’d both be a good match. Make sure you ask the right questions upfront, like whether they have a good job and decent credit rating, what their work schedule is, whether they smoke or drink, how frequently they like to host guests, etc. (Here’s a list of more roommate interview questions you might find helpful.) It may seem a bit uncomfortable, but it can save you both a lot of trouble in the long run.

Sharing your Dallas apartment with someone can be a great experience, but if you’re not careful, it could also turn out to be a disaster. By following the five tips above and doing your due diligence, you’ll set yourself up for a long and peaceful living situation.

Found a great roommate but still need a place to stay? Get in touch! We’d be happy to help you find the perfect Dallas apartment for your needs!

September 2, 2019 / by / in , ,
10 Creative Dallas Date Night Ideas

Tired of the same old, boring date nights? Thankfully, Dallas has no shortage of things to do, places to go and activities for couples to experience together. To get you started, here are a few creative and fun ways from Dallas Apartment Locators to get your romance on in the DFW area.


Dinner and drinks with a view. Enjoy world-class dining at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty restaurant. Located on the 50th floor of the 560-foot Reunion Tower, you and your date can take in some spectacular 360-degree views of the city from the revolving dining room and its floor-to-ceiling windows.


Picnic in Klyde Warren Park. For a more laid back (and much less expensive) experience, pack a basket, grab a blanket and bring your sweetheart to Klyde Warren Park. Lounge together on the grassy area, play a game of ping pong and hit up some of the food trucks for some tasty treats.


Indoor ice skating at the Galleria. Ice skating? In Dallas?!? Yes! The bottom floor of the Galleria Mall features a full-sized ice rink that offers year-round skating. It’s especially magical around Christmas time, when the mall erects a massive tree at center ice.


Sunset sail on White Rock Lake. Nothing says romance quite like taking in a breathtaking sunset together. The Spirit of Dallas offers this magical experience several times a week on its 38’ custom catamaran. Best of all? Sailing is free for everyone. You just have to make a reservation in advance. (They fill up fast, though, so be sure to plan ahead.)


Late night fun at the museum. On the third Friday of every month (excluding December), the Dallas Museum of Art offers “Late Night Fridays,” during which couples can explore the many exhibits and take in some awesome entertainment, including live music, readings, movie screenings and more. And at just $10 a ticket, it’s a great, affordable night out.

Wine tasting across DFW. The Dallas Fort Worth area may not be the first place you think of when it comes to wine, but there are a surprising number of hidden gems right in our backyard. The North Texas Wine Country alone features 26 wineries just waiting to be explored. Arrange and Uber and enjoy a leisurely day of sipping and sampling together.


Blow off some steam at The Southern Cross. If you and your partner are up for a challenge, The Southern Cross offers an almost endless list of activities. From zip lining and rock climbing to fishing, swimming and volley ball, it’s a great place to spend the day. It’s also home to the Trinity Forest Adventure Park, an aerial adventure park consisting of high ropes courses of varying levels of difficulty.


Listen to live music at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Another awesome and FREE event is the ‘til Midnight series. Lay out a blanket in the beautiful Nasher Garden and enjoy live outdoor concerts and film screenings. Onsite bar services and grab-and-go snacks are also available for purchase.


Get in touch with your wild side. The Dallas Zoo features the largest zoological experience in all of Texas. In addition to their massive selection of animals and exhibits, they also offer a number of special and seasonal events, including Safari Nights Concert Series and Brew at the Zoo. For a little added romance, head over during the holiday season when the zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with one million twinkling lights.


Escape city life at the Dallas Arboretum. Explore what’s considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens. With 66 acres of serene grounds, it’s a great way to get in touch with nature and with each other. While you’re there, be sure to stop by A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre ornamental garden, pavilion and kitchen that offers three free daily tastings, cooking demos and more.

What did we miss? Tell us your favorite date night hot spots in the comment section below.

August 30, 2019 / by / in , , ,
5 Damage-Free Apartment Decorating Tips

5 Damage-Free Apartment Decorating Tips

One of the best things about renting a new Dallas apartment is giving it your own personal touches. Unfortunately, renting vs. owning also means having to decorate in ways that won’t damage the property. Thankfully there are plenty of creative ways to make an apartment feel more like a home without the risk of losing your security deposit in the process. Here are a few of our personal favorites.

Command Products

You’ve probably seen the commercials for Command Products by this point. If not, these adhesive hooks and strips are designed to adhere to the wall, providing the ability to hang photos or artwork without having to use nails. Best of all, they can be removed in a snap without leaving any damage behind. No holes and no residue means no money out of your pocket come moving time. Command even makes lightweight display ledges, which stick to the wall and are great for showcasing trinkets and other small items.

Wall Decals

If you want to spice up the look and feel of your Dallas apartment without incurring any fees after the fact, consider using damage-free wall decals. There are countless design options, from patterns and flowers to quotes and more. Decals basically adhere to the surface of the wall but can be removed at any time without leaving any residue. What’s really cool is that they’re super versatile, so you can change your décor any time you’d like with no hassle. Walls Need Love offers a huge variety of decal designs and collections, as does All Posters.

Standalone Shelving

Installing shelves directly to the wall may not be an option if you’re trying not to damage your Dallas apartment, but there are plenty of other ways you can leverage shelving as part of your décor. For instance, bookshelves and bookcases are a perfect way to add both utility and charm to your rental property without risking any damage. On a budget? Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find affordable standalone shelving that you can use as-is or refinish/repurpose.


Many Dallas apartments feature elegant tile and/or hardwood flooring. If you’re comfortable covering this up, throw rugs and area rugs can be a great way to add a splash of color or inject some personality into your new space. In fact, temporary rugs can even be used over permanent carpeting, both as a way to layer and decorate as well as to prevent stains, which will protect your investment even more. Try rugs with bright colors, bold patterns and creative textures to give your apartment a unique look and stylish appeal.

Swap and Save

Some landlords are perfectly ok with tenants swapping out certain hardware, provided they agree to replace it before moving out. For instance, you might consider changing out the handles on your cabinet doors, or installing a more stylish light fixture. If you’re thinking of going this route, however, be sure to double check with your landlord or property manager first, and remember to keep the existing hardware safely stored away so you can put everything back as it was once it’s time to move on. 

These are just a handful of ways to decorate a rental space without compromising a security deposit. Do you have any creative, damage-free decorating ideas to share? Give us the scoop in on our Facebook page! 

August 23, 2019 / by / in ,