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Are Apartment Locator Services a Scam?

Are Apartment Locator Services a Scam?

One common question we get at Dallas Apartment Locators is whether or not our service is legit. It’s understandable. The idea of someone doing all the work in finding you the perfect Dallas apartment and not charging you a single penny can seem a bit too good to be true. But that’s how it works – and it IS legit. That being said, there are companies out there offering similar services to ours, but that aren’t operating on the up-and-up. To avoid becoming a victim, here are a few red flags to watch for.


Asking for a fee.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand how our business model works. Rather than charge a fee to our clients, we’re simply compensated by property owners who rely on us to find them high quality tenants. In that scenario, everybody wins. Some apartment hunters operate differently, however, charging the prospective tenant. While this isn’t necessarily a scam, it’s obviously in your best interest financially to go with a business model like ours.


Rent WAY below market price.

One scenario that IS too good to be true is someone offering you a beautiful, modern apartment at a rent that’s way lower than other similar properties. Don’t get us wrong – as an apartment locator service, it’s our job to find you the best possible price, and sometimes we are even able to negotiate a lower rate. But at the end of the day, it’s the landlord that sets the rates, and if a location company presents you with what seems like the deal of a lifetime, proceed with caution.


Requests to wire money.

Someone who is posing as an apartment hunter might tell an unsuspecting tenant that the landlord is asking for a deposit to be wired, usually via a transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram. This is not something a legitimate apartment locator or landlord would ask for. If someone requests this, don’t just walk away. Run.


Applying a ton of pressure.

Scammers want to get their hands on your money as quickly and efficiently as possible. As such, they’re more likely to rush you or make you feel like you have to commit to something immediately or risk missing out. While it’s certainly true that you may need to act fast when a property has a lot of interest, you should never feel like you’re being pressured or forced into anything.


Sight unseen.

Another popular scam involves convincing a prospective tenant that they should put a deposit down on an apartment that they’ve not been able to see yet. While this may be the case for someone who is relocating from out of state, if you’re local and you’re getting pushback on scheduling a showing, it might be a red flag. You should always be allowed to tour the property before ever signing a lease or turning over any money.

Working with an apartment locator can be a smart move, but only if you’re careful about which company you choose. Still feeling uneasy? Check out our 5-star reviews from real customers here, or better yet – contact us at (214) 999-1161 and let’s chat!

November 13, 2019 / by / in
Top 4 Best Dallas Neighborhoods for Millennials

Top 4 Best Dallas Neighborhoods for Millennials


According to recent research, more millennials moved to the Dallas area than any other city in the entire United States. With so much to do, see and learn, it’s easy to understand why so many young people are attracted to the DFW area. If you’re among the generation born between 1981 and 1996 and are considering a relocation to Dallas, here are a few neighborhoods that our experienced Dallas apartment locators recommend as the perfect fit.


What do Millennials Value?

Before we dive into the specific neighborhoods that made the list, it’s helpful to put into context what factors we considered. To do this, we narrowed down the five things millennials look for most when deciding on a place to live. These factors are as follows:

  • Opportunities for fun experiences
  • Chances to socialize with others their age
  • Proximity (to things like the city, recreational activities, transportation, etc.)
  • Walkability
  • Safety

With these things in mind, here are our expert recommendations for best places for millennials to live in the Dallas area.



Located just north of Downtown Dallas, Uptown has a lot to offer residents of any age, though it’s particularly attractive to the younger crowd. With more than 200 restaurants and over 100 shops, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do. Though it’s widely considered to be one of the most walkable areas of Dallas, there’s also plenty of access to public transportation. A few of our personal favorite places and activities in Uptown include:

  • Katy Trail – This beautiful nature area is perfect for biking, hiking, jogging or just enjoying a leisurely stroll.
  • Katy Trail Ice House – When you’re done with your exercise, relax with a cold one in the beer garden and enjoy some authentic Texas BBQ.
  • Magnolia Theatre – Lounge on a comfy couch and munch on snacks as you take in your favorite flick. Movie choices range from Hollywood hits to foreign and independent films, so there’s something for everyone.
  • Mutts Canine Cantina – If you’ve got a four-legged side-kick, bring them along to this dog-friendly restaurant and bar. Sweet!


Oak Lawn

Situated just northwest of Downtown Dallas, the Oak Lawn area is large and in charge. As the center of DFW’s LGBTQ community, Oak Lawn is a place where diversity and inclusion are highly celebrated. It’s the perfect landing spot for progressive millennials who crave culture and vibrancy. Like Uptown, Oak Lawn is also highly walkable and offers plenty in the way of natural recreation. A few highlights include:

  • Turtle Creek Parkway – For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Turtle Creek offers a great, green getaway. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon.
  • JR’s Bar and Grill – Hopping since the 80’s, JR’s is still one of Oak Lawn’s most popular attractions, offering live entertainment, cheap drinks and loads of fun to be had by all.
  • EatZi’s Market and Bakery – Love the new and unexpected? You’ll love this unique Oak Lawn eatery. Choose from a selection of European meats, cheeses and pastries. Yum!


Lower Greenville

Markedly smaller than other popular Dallas neighborhoods, the Lower Greenville area more than makes up for its lack of size with its bold, energetic vibe. Residents here enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from some of east Dallas’ best bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Narrowing down a few top spots isn’t easy, but here are a few of our personal favorites:

  • Granada TheaterOriginally built as a post-WWII movie theater, this Dallas staple has been entertaining the locals with live music and films for more than 70 years. Join them on the covered rooftop patio bar for their free weekly movie series.
  • The Dubliner – Owned and operated by a native Dubliner, Irish cuisine doesn’t get more authentic than this. Enjoy a heaping plate of curry fries and chase them with a shot of Irish whiskey.
  • Good RecordsIf you’re among the growing number of millennials who love collecting vinyl, you’ll fancy a trip to Good Records. Did we mention you can drink while you shop? Cheers!


Deep Ellum

Music-loving millennials appreciate Deep Ellum’s edgy atmosphere. Known for its plethora of live music, entertainment venues and vibrant, colorful artwork, Deep Ellum has a personality all its own. Once the place to be for jazz and blues in the 1920s, even today the neighborhood remains a haven for musicians and artists alike. Attractive rent prices and convenient access to public transit make Deep Ellum a prime target for younger residents. A few area highlights to check out include:

  • Bomb Factory – This 50k square foot automobile and bomb production factory-turned live music venue was made popular in the 90s when Nine Inch Nails and Sonic Youth performed there. It remains one of the hottest spots to take in a concert.
  • TreesRocking since the 1990’s, this Dallas music hot spot has featured such legendary headliners as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Erykah Badu. Best of all, residents can enjoy big-name performers without having to trek to the big city.
  • Dallas Comedy HouseLaugh your butt off five days a week, or hone your own improv skills with comedy classes, workshops and more.
  • Braindead Brewery – If craft beer is your forte, you’ll love being within walking distance of Braindead Brewing. Choose from a wide variety of beers, explore their delicious menu and enjoy a friendly, laid-back atmosphere.


Now that you know which neighborhoods are the best bet for millennial renters, the next step is finding the perfect Dallas apartment. That’s where we come in! Get in touch today to learn about our extensive inventory of affordable luxury apartments in Uptown, Oak Lawn, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum and beyond!

November 3, 2019 / by / in
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 29, 2019 / by / in , ,
Dallas Luxury Apartments: How Much Can You Afford (and How You Can Afford MORE)

Dallas Luxury Apartments: How Much Can You Afford (and How You Can Afford MORE)


With so much to do, see and experience, what’s not to love about living in the Dallas Fort Worth area? Given the explosive growth in population over the past several years, it seems everyone feels that way. To accommodate that growth, developers have been churning out more and more luxury Dallas apartments. These properties are incredible, from sparkling rooftop pools to just about every amenity and perk under the sun. Want to get in on that action? It may be easier than you think.


Read on to find out how much you’ll need to budget for to be able to rent your own luxury apartment in Dallas. Can’t swing it? We’ve also rounded up a list of ways you can tighten your belt and save so you’ll have more spending money to play with.


The primary factor that determines the cost of rent for a luxury apartment in DFW is the number of bedrooms. Here are the average starting prices, per month, below:

  • 1 Bedroom: $1,250 –$6,170
  • 2 Bedroom: $1,304 – $13,500
  • 3 Bedroom: $2,699 – $19,655


Keep in mind, of course, these are just averages, but as you can see, Dallas luxury apartments can be surprisingly affordable. Best of all, most of them have the same or similar amenities, which makes the pricing a bit more universal.


What if those price ranges are just a bit too high for you at the moment? If you’re just shy of being able to afford the rates above or you can currently afford them, just not comfortably, here are a few ways you might be able to free up some available cash in other areas.


4 Easy Ways to Cut Costs and Save Money

Take public transportation. One of the best things about Dallas is the walkability and proximity to safe, affordable and often free public transit. Getting rid of a vehicle you don’t really need can provide you access to a lump-sum of cash you can put in savings. It can also help you save money over time, as you’ll no longer have the expense of maintaining a vehicle. One source puts this estimated savings at up to $8,472 each and every year. Wow!


Go green. Conserving energy isn’t just great for the environment. It can also help you keep more money in your pocket. If you’re already living on your own and are responsible for utility expenses, cut down your usage by switching to LED bulbs, using low-flow water fixtures and installing smart, energy-efficient appliances. (Here are a few additional tips on energy conservation and money savings.) These small changes can add up to a savings of up to $2,200 a year.


Ditch the cable. You probably can’t live without internet, but with so many other available options today, life without cable is entirely doable. It’s also super easy and could potentially save you up to $1,236 a year. The folks over at Cord Cutters News actually put together a beginner’s guide that spells out everything you need to do, including what your options are if you still want to watch live TV and your favorite shows and networks.


Cook at home. Did you know that the average American household spends about $3,000 a year dining out? The average restaurant meal costs around $13. Conversely, it only costs an average of $4 to cook a meal at home. That’s a savings of $9 with each home-prepared dish. If you’re like most Americans and you eat out about four times a week, preparing just two of these meals at home instead could save you almost $1,000 a year!


If you put all of these things together, you could save almost $13,000 a year! That averages out to around $1,080 a month – almost the cost of a one bedroom apartment! When you look at it like this, it’s clear that living in a Dallas luxury apartment isn’t some pipe dream. With a few sacrifices in the right places, it’s completely achievable. And we can help you as well! Get in touch today and let us match you with the perfect place for your needs and your budget.

October 13, 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 8, 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 9, 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 ,