It’s peak outdoor season in lovely Fort Worth. Take advantage of spring — arguably the Texas seasons with the most pleasant weather — by finding your spot outside. Whether you want to run around with your dog, play a quick game of pick-up basketball with friends, or just enjoy soaking up the sun and fresh air, there’s nothing better than relaxing at the park. Check out these apartments that are each within a short distance of Fort Worth’s best parks.

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Kyle Crews (Urban Team/McKenzie), Meredith Leyendecker (Talley Dunn), Talley Dunn, Anne Crews (Kyle’s wife), Katy Tomaszczuk (McKenzie), Tammy Gribble (Urban Team/McKenzie), Sanders Avrea (Urban Team/McKenzie) and Trini Martinez (Talley Dunn)

If we have not told you before, we are telling you now: we are living differently in Dallas.

Baby boomers are leaving their large homes, shedding the most square footage consumption in the history of the world. No other generation has lived in such grand homes as have the Boomers. And when it comes time to exit those grand homes for downsized living, many living “the transition” are not sure that they want to buy a condo. They love the concept of less maintenance, smaller living spaces, and reduced clutter, but fear they may miss a home.

Enter the McKenzie, a new truly luxury apartment complex by StreetLights Residential that will be the first truly luxury high rise apartment in North Texas. 

“You won’t feel like you’re in an apartment,” says Kyle Crews, whose Allie Beth Allman Urban team is marketing the 183 unit building on Harvard, across the street from Allie Beth Allman’s world headquarters, just steps from the Katy Trail.  “The finish out is going to have a huge custom feel, and this is a perfect option for homeowners who are not yet completely sold on high rise living.”

The building will be complete this summer, but leases have already been signed, including one for a penthouse apartment.

The McKenzie’s neighbors — Javier’s, Talley Dunn Gallery, and Allie Beth Allman & Associates threw a Cinquo de Mayo celebration for their new neighbor last Saturday at Talley Dunn Gallery. Javier’s provided food and margaritas. The event was also a chance to view the work of two giant artists at the gallery, Joseph Glasco and Helen Altman. Jump for more event photos and take in the amazing art…

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One advantage of living in Dallas is that spring comes earlier than it does in many other parts of the country. Now that it’s staying light later in the evenings, you can spend more time outdoors. Why not choose your next home based on how close it is to a park? These are some of our favorite apartments near Dallas’ best parks. 

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When you’ve got a furry friend, finding a pet-friendly apartment is non-negotiable. Unfortunately, not every apartment building will welcome your dog or cat to come live with you. With a little extra legwork, you can find an apartment community that will not only welcome your canine or feline friend, but will even go out of their way to cater to them. Wouldn’t your pup love to go to a doggy spa onsite when you get home after work? Of course! Interested in finding the friendliest pet-loving community in Dallas? Check out this list for some great suggestions.

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There’s no question that Dallas can be a very hot place to live for several months out of the year. For many renters, a high-quality pool ranks near the top of their apartment amenity must-haves. Looking to relocate before the summer heat kicks in? Here are Dallas-area apartment communities with some of the most relaxing, resort-style pools. 

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When searching for a place to call home, most renters start with a price range in mind. Although the importance of staying within your budget is universal, the options available at different price points vary across the Dallas metro.

To illustrate this point, Apartment List crunched the numbers to find out how much space you can get for $1,500 in different parts of the Dallas metro. It’s no surprise that you have to sacrifice size for location to rent a luxury loft in downtown Dallas, where a 1,020-square-foot, one-bedroom runs $1,500. Meanwhile, you can spread out in a 1,410-square-foot, three-bedroom apartment in Fort Worth for the same price.

For a more thorough breakdown, we’ve selected specific examples of units in six Dallas-area cities near the $1,500 price point and close to each city’s average square footage.

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Blah-blah-bland architecture and luxe prices.

Reasonably-priced new construction is fast becoming one of those stories parents tell wide-eyed offspring about the good old days. We all know that new apartment construction within a reasonable commute to a job center has been almost all-luxury. In fact, since construction restarted post-Recession, RealPage estimates that 75 to 80 percent of all apartment construction has been luxury. Adding to the problem, existing apartment buildings have been snapped up, resuscitated, and flipped to higher-rent brackets.

It’s often simple to blame greedy developers because … well … duh … but that’s as simplistic as it is simple. What isn’t simplistic is the effect this lack of market-rate affordable housing has on home buying.

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They used to say that your name should only appear in the newspaper three times in your life – when announcing your birth, marriage, and death.  Clearly this was before the me-me-me era of social media. But the rule of three is useful elsewhere, especially in multi-family housing.

You see, most of the time you likely don’t consider freight elevators. However when you’re moving in, receiving an oversized delivery (e.g. renovating), and moving out, they’re very handy. But they’re also useful when a neighbor is doing one of those three things, too, because in buildings without dedicated freight elevators, you’re waiting longer for a free elevator (contemplating whether to take the stairs – hint, you probably should for a host of reasons).

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