Summer is in full swing, and when you live in Dallas, that means the heat can get pretty intense. What better way to beat the heat than to cool off in a pool? Even though there are many water parks in the area to enjoy, the best thing is when you have a pool just steps from your door. When you choose the right apartment community, you can have a vacation-worthy pool to use all summer long. These are our favorite apartment communities in Dallas with sparkling pools. 

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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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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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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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Christmas is right around the corner, and you can certainly tell here in North Texas. The trees are decorated, holiday music is playing on the radio, and eggnog lattes are back at your favorite coffee shop. With Santa’s visit just a few short weeks away, we are highlighting our favorite Dallas-area apartments with fireplaces and chimneys for Santa to use. Don’t worry — all these chimneys are big enough for Santa to fit without feeling claustrophobic. Some even have rooftop pools and balconies for Santa’s reindeer to play in while they are waiting for the jolly old elf to finish delivering presents.

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Brickyard water tower

Photo: Jonah Gilmore, Studio Rocket Science

Urban art has a new home in Farmers Branch with a stained glass water tower at The Brickyard.

Local artist Joseph Shortell of Shortell Design was commissioned by Dallas-based Billingsley Company to create this iconic structure at New York-style apartment community. Lauren Stout, an independent artist working with Shortell, laid out the color schemes with direction and approval from property developer Lucy Billingsley.

“We could not be more thrilled with how the water tower has turned out,” said Sumner Billingsley, managing partner on The Brickyard project. “I think it fully encompasses the thoughtfulness and unique attention to detail that went into this development – inspired by elements of the past, but infused with the creativity and energy of our community today.”

Among the features of The Brickyard water tower:

  • Internally lit with 24 LED flood lights
  • Agricultural silo-style metal roof
  • 24 three-foot-by-six-foot curved panels, each with individual colored acrylic panes in varying shades of yellow, orange, red, blue, and green
  • Panel and pane frames made of powder-coated metal to withstand harsh Texas weather

We’ve written about The Brickyard before: they have a unique vision for their property Farmers Branch, an inner-ring Dallas suburb about 14 miles north of downtown Dallas: bring New York-inspired living to DFW, but without the price tag.

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The exterior of the Kirby Building on main. This converted Gothic building has fantastic apartments with great views.

The Kirby Building on Main is a converted Gothic historic property full of apartments with great views. Photo: Kirby Residences on Main

Ashley D. Stanley has positioned herself to be the go-to expert locator for downtown Dallas apartment rentals. She’s a real estate broker and owner of Ashley’s Apartments, an apartment locator service specializing in downtown and nearby areas.

Stanley lives, works, and plays in downtown, and considers herself one of its biggest fans.

“I live at 1900 Elm historical lofts next to Main Street Garden and have an office space out of the Pacific Place building next door, where my commute is through the skywalk, but with the birth of my son this past year I moved everything to my home office,” she said. “I moved my office from Park Cities in July 2013 right after I found out I was pregnant. I knew the downtown market was on the rise.”

Stanley was right: apartments in downtown can hardly get built fast enough to satisfy demand.

“The market is hot, hot, super hot,” she said. “New buildings are popping up and units are being pre-leased, meaning you might go to a showroom, see a spread of photos for their unique finish out, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, flooring, etc. and you are offered a great move in rate with maybe a few free weeks if you sign within 24 to 48 hours.”

But with high demand comes higher rents, and many people feel challenged by the task of finding affordable lease in downtown. So we sat down with Stanley and got her recommendations for the top five least expensive studio apartment rentals in downtown Dallas. Jump to read about these five fantastic places and her tips for snagging a lease!

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