We are so excited to be the first in town to show you The McKenzie, StreetLights Residential’s newest and most glam property offering in Dallas.

Last video, we told you about all the “common space” amenities in this building — trust me, none of them are common — from the multiple, beautifully decked-out salons and parlors to the commercially perfect kitchen where you can cater an entire dinner party and keep the mess out of your house.

This time, we take you inside several units. Get ready to be wowed by the amenities behind your door: the truly gourmet kitchens, the high end name-brand appliances, the storage, the finish outs, the closets, the bathrooms, the SHUBS (shower/tub combo’s, may be the first in Dallas). 

Because we know that when you make that big switch to renting, your main concern is what lies inside that front door to your home. The folks at StreetLights went overboard on the details for these interior spaces: they even put in dining room wainscoting and, in some units, built-in buffet bars. Clearly these are homes for downsizers who will occasionally want to pull out all the china, crystal, and flatware to entertain just as they did in their previous home. 

The nice thing about The McKenzie? You have your choice of dining rooms and kitchens to choose from. And if you really want to cook up a storm, you can maybe even use BOTH… 

Again, seeing is believing. We want to show you the interiors, mouldings, laundry rooms, Wolf Ranges, wine fridges, closet space, “shubs” (those sexy shower/tub combos) and all..

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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DFW rent prices

If it feels like you’re paying a lot for rent, you’re probably right: huge demand for DFW apartments in 2016, coupled with a shortage of supply, has pushed rents and building occupancy to record levels.

DFW rent prices are now averaging almost $1,100 a month, according to MPF Research. Add to that a vacancy rate of under 4 percent, and you’ve got demand at an all-time high. The past year’s demand total for apartments in North Texas jumped to 27,120 units, up sharply from the 2015 volume of about 17,000 units.

Fort Worth ranked sixth in the nation for rent increases in 2016, going up 6.7 percent over the previous year. Dallas was close behind, at number 11, with a 6 percent increase over 2015.

“With out apartment clients, we’re getting a lot of people relocating who are unsure if they want to buy or not,” said David Maez, co-founder of Vivo Realty Group. “I think we going to see competitive rent prices continue, even with the inventory that’s coming up.”

There are now almost 50,000 apartments under construction in North Texas, which is about 9 percent of nation’s building activity. That’s the country’s biggest block of product on the way by a large percentage, according to RealPage. About 29,000 of those apartments scheduled for completion in 2017.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is the country’s top spot for apartment demand by a huge margin, which speaks to the strength of the local job market and household formation pace,” said RealPage chief economist Greg Willett. “There’s a great mix of expansion in both the urban core and the suburbs.”

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dallas_addison_texas_apartments_fiori_BDG_680_3It’s August, and still we see those “NO!” NIMBY signs all across Preston Hollow, indicating homeowner’s opposition to a potential multi-family residential development by a company called Transwestern, at Preston and Northwest Highway, Behind the Pink Wall. It’s been eight months since I wrote these words:NO-to-Transwestern-Deal (more…)

Ritz Tower

Holy moly, now this is living well! We love the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, as do many a millionaire and socialite in Dallas. The location is amazing, the views are gorgeous, and the amenities are matchless inside this exclusive condo development. And if you want to live there without the obligation of a mortgage, you can rent a prime unit for a whopping $10K a month!

Unit 702 inside this opulent building has two bedrooms, two full and one half baths, more than 2,100 square feet, and tons of marble everywhere. It’s fresh to the market from Dave Perry-Miller Intown Realtor Emily Ray Porter, who has also listed this unit for sale at $1.49 million.

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3110 Thomas ExteriorI just read this story from the Boston Herald. It’s great info. Basically, it says that most people who rent single-family homes end up wanting to buy a home of their own.

I think that’s some pretty sound math. I can definitely relate from personal experience. I rented a single-family home before I bought, and it helped out with the big learning curve of homeownership.

So maybe you’ve been thinking of buying one of the many gorgeous townhomes and condos on the market in Uptown. Well, here’s your chance to rent one before signing a 30-year mortgage.

3110 Thomas Living

I like this one bedroom, one-and-a-half bath loft at 3110 Thomas Avenue. Unit No. 301 is gorgeous and perfect way to try-before-you-buy in Uptown. The layout makes the most of the super-high ceilings, and unlike a lot of one-bedroom lofts, this one has an enviable kitchen.

3110 Thomas Kitchen

The unit is just over 1,000 square feet — the perfect size for one person and their possessions — and has exceptional closet space for loft living. It’s part of the 588 Lofts development, and has tons of great amenities. The location — just across the street from Griggs Park, and within walking distance of the McKinney Avenue Trolley and the Dallas Arts District — makes this building great for someone who wants to ditch their car and use alternative transportation.

And for $1,800 a month you get hardwood floors, in-unit washer and dryer, granite counters, a fitness center, a pool, and a really cool fire pit. Look like your cup of tea? Get in touch with Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com.

 

3110 Thomas ExteriorI just read this story from the Boston Herald. It’s great info. Basically, it says that most people who rent single-family homes end up wanting to buy a home of their own.

I think that’s some pretty sound math. I can definitely relate from personal experience. I rented a single-family home before I bought, and it helped out with the big learning curve of homeownership.

So maybe you’ve been thinking of buying one of the many gorgeous townhomes and condos on the market in Uptown. Well, here’s your chance to rent one before signing a 30-year mortgage.

3110 Thomas Living

I like this one bedroom, one-and-a-half bath loft at 3110 Thomas Avenue. Unit No. 301 is gorgeous and perfect way to try-before-you-buy in Uptown. The layout makes the most of the super-high ceilings, and unlike a lot of one-bedroom lofts, this one has an enviable kitchen.

3110 Thomas Kitchen

The unit is just over 1,000 square feet — the perfect size for one person and their possessions — and has exceptional closet space for loft living. It’s part of the 588 Lofts development, and has tons of great amenities. The location — just across the street from Griggs Park, and within walking distance of the McKinney Avenue Trolley and the Dallas Arts District — makes this building great for someone who wants to ditch their car and use alternative transportation.

And for $1,800 a month you get hardwood floors, in-unit washer and dryer, granite counters, a fitness center, a pool, and a really cool fire pit. Look like your cup of tea? Get in touch with Jason Lucas at LocalDwelling.com.