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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When you live in the heart of a thriving city like Dallas, your apartment building can be one of the best places to relax and unwind. Choose to live in a high-rise building with a stunning rooftop deck and your apartment will be the hottest address in town. Watch the excitement of the city unfold — and take in gorgeous skyline views — from the comfort of your own home.

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Renew your commitment to your resolution with these great apartment gyms! (Photo: Courtesy Sylvan | Thirty)

Did you make a resolution to exercise more in the New Year? Sticking with a resolution can be tough: 80 percent of resolutions fail before the second week of February. If you want to be part of the 20 percent that makes lasting lifestyle changes, one of the best ways to stick with your #fitnessgoals is to bring the gym to you. This week we’re featuring the best apartment gyms in our city, focusing on Dallas apartments with state-of-the-art fitness centers and sports courts. In these luxury apartments, treadmills and kettlebells are just a few steps away (so no more excuses)!

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Renter Confidence Survey

Dallas renters gave their city a B grade in Apartment List’s annual renter survey, an improvement from Dallas’ C+ grade in last years’ survey. Dallas ranked 23 out of the top 50 cities for renter satisfaction, earning higher marks than Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Renters with children are particularly satisfied with Dallas, giving the city an A-, while Millennial renters gave the city lower marks (B-). In addition to Dallas, Apartment List published results for Plano (A+), Garland (A), Carrollton (A), Euless (A-), Denton (B+), Lewisville (B+), Arlington (B+), Irving (B) and Fort Worth (B).

The renter satisfaction grades are based on data from over 45,000 responses collected in the Apartment List renter survey between Oct. 1, 2016 and Dec 6, 2017. Overall, the top-rated cities for renters are Scottsdale, Arizona, Plano, Huntington Beach, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In general, small and mid-sized cities received better ratings: 38 percent of them received an A- or higher, compared to only 24 percent of large cities.

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