The street-level experience provided by the Novel Bishop Arts building is unlike anything else that developers are creating, with fancy brick patterns and quirky-yet-functional bike racks.

With all the new development around the Bishop Arts District, there’s some steep competition coming online in the apartment market.

From the get-go, Crescent Communities has worked hard to set themselves apart. I remember sitting in Rob Shearer’s living room probably two years ago with a handful of other neighborhood residents, to meet with Michael Blackwell, Managing Director at Crescent Communities, and discuss their proposed project.

Unlike some developers in the North Oak Cliff area, Crescent Communities came out of the gate with more community support than expected. They brought in longtime Oak Cliff resident Andrew Howard of Team Better Block to consult on design and look into creative tenanting, then he built them the coolest Christmas Tree you’ve ever seen in a real estate development.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-inspired Christmas tree at Novel Bishop Arts. (Installation and photo by Andrew Howard)

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What do renters really want in an apartment? Apartment Guide did a survey of apartment hunters to find out.

After some North Texans sell their homes, a significant portion of them rent in the interim before finding their next one. Couple that with the Pew Research Center study alleging that the population of apartment dwellers is growing by leaps, with a 5 percent increase in the last decade — the highest in 50 years. In fact, 65 percent of households headed by Americans 35 and younger are renting, an increase of 8 percent over the previous reporting period.

With so many more Americans renting, Apartment Guide wanted to find out what they really want from their apartment and apartment search.

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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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I suspect leasing is more important than looking.

Searching for an apartment has always annoyed me.  And having lived in more than a few apartments, that’s a lot of annoyance. Suffice it to say the stereotypes are true and you all know it.  In recent years, apartment building has been gangbusters in Dallas. Everyone wonders if there’s a bubble coming in the high rents asked by these newer buildings.  I’d call it more effervescence than the giddiness of popping bubble wrap.

I’m not going to try and navigate your individual peccadillos, but there are some things to understand and tricks to use in scoring the best rent wherever you look.

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Is Dallas likely to get Amazon’s HQ2?

Right when you think that we’ve talked it absolutely to death, the Wall Street Journal had to go and breathe life into the corpse of the Amazon HQ2 story. But wait! Do all of these fancy pie charts mean what we think they mean? Is Dallas proper about to get the crown after finding ourselves at first runner up too many times?

According to the numbers (I’m not great at math, so I’m going to trust them a bit here), the big draw for Big D is all business — available labor, low taxes, and relatively affordable cost of living (for now, at least). Big points for meeting Amazon half way with college population and cultural fit (Dallas County is blue, y’all). But when it comes to fiscal health, we got low marks.

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What would it take to get Amazon to locate it’s HQ2 here in Dallas? Jon Anderson says you don’t want to know, and we shouldn’t be so sure we want the e-retailer here anyway.

And according to new stats from ApartmentList, if Seattle’s fallout from HQ1 is any indication, Dallas and Austin renters should expect a bump in cost of living should Amazon HQ2 land in these major Texas metro areas.

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