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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Blue Grass Front

I am a little sad that we don’t get photos of the interior of this adorable brick home inside Frisco’s Meadow Creek subdivision. With three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and great views of the lake and greenbelt, you will probably choose to lease this sweet house regardless of how it looks inside.

With more than 2,000 square feet, this home is spacious — plenty of room for a couple of school-aged kids who will appreciate the top-rated Frisco ISD campuses nearby. And if you’re bummed by the small backyard, don’t forget the amazing amenities that include a community pool, playgrounds, and tennis court. There are jogging trails and great views inside this community of single-family homes.

Blue Grass Back

North of Main Street and west of Teel Parkway, this home is in an amazing area with shopping and restaurants nearby at Frisco Square, as well as easy access to the Dallas North Tollway. It leases for $2,100 a month, a good deal considering that properties are selling for upwards of $300,000 in the area.

If you have a dog or a cat, don’t worry as pets are A-OK in this lovely little house. There are washer and dryer connections, two-car garage, fireplace, and refrigerator included. Sound like a great home for your holidays? Contact Alma Alden and the Dallas-Fort Worth property management experts at LocalDwelling.com.

Blue Grass Lake and Greenbelt

Travist Townhome Front

What do Millennials want when they’re looking to rent? First, let’s talk about Millennials as a cultural group: It’s mostly comprised of those born between the late 70s and early 90s, who came of age during the Y2K era. Categorized as media-obsessed narcissists, this group is preceded by Generations X and Y.

The thing Millennials value the most is access, so of course an urban address is going to be more appealing. That’s why I think this three-story townhome near the Katy Trail is going to be a boon for a Millennial. This 1,230-square-foot townhome at 4051 Travis Street Unit D is offered up by Jason Lucas of LocalDwelling.com for $1,900 a month.

Travis Townhome Living

Millennials are also looking for a more environmentally friendly way to live, so being inside Uptown — a walkable, bikable neighborhood — and being close to Dallas’ most-used pedestrian artery — The Katy Trail — will definitely catch a Millennial’s eye. And even with a small footprint you get all the trappings, which includes two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage, and city views.

Millennials will also love the updated kitchen with island and stainless steel appliances, as well as the fireplace, designer lighting, and gorgeous wood floors. Know a Millennial this would be perfect for? Contact LocalDwelling.com today!

Travis Townhome Kitchen Travis Townhome Master Travis Townhome Balcony View

Renaissance View

There are so many great properties in Uptown and Oak Lawn, but that doesn’t dampen the competition for prime spots. This one-bedroom, one-bath condo in the Renaissance is sure to go quickly because not only is it affordable, but it’s in the “honeypot” of the area!

Living:Kitchen Renaissance

This little gem is completely updated and ready for some young professional who is looking to live in one of the hottest areas in Dallas. The condo is 834 square feet and includes a living/dining room, an open kitchen with island, a fully updated bath, and fabulous views.

Renaissance Bath

Included in the $1,425 rent is the use of all the Renaissance’s many amenities, including the gorgeous pool, valet, concierge, and much more. There are no pets allowed, though, which is fine by me!

Renaissance Pool

There’s a washer and dryer in unit, too, which is super convenient. Of course, if you’re pressed for time, you can order laundry service, too.

Interested? Contact Deborah Theriault at LocalDwelling.com.

Renaissance View

There are so many great properties in Uptown and Oak Lawn, but that doesn’t dampen the competition for prime spots. This one-bedroom, one-bath condo in the Renaissance is sure to go quickly because not only is it affordable, but it’s in the “honeypot” of the area!

Living:Kitchen Renaissance

This little gem is completely updated and ready for some young professional who is looking to live in one of the hottest areas in Dallas. The condo is 834 square feet and includes a living/dining room, an open kitchen with island, a fully updated bath, and fabulous views.

Renaissance Bath

Included in the $1,425 rent is the use of all the Renaissance’s many amenities, including the gorgeous pool, valet, concierge, and much more. There are no pets allowed, though, which is fine by me!

Renaissance Pool

There’s a washer and dryer in unit, too, which is super convenient. Of course, if you’re pressed for time, you can order laundry service, too.

Interested? Contact Deborah Theriault at LocalDwelling.com.

Palm Terrace Outside

I love brand new rentals! They have that new-car-like smell to them and they feel like a good pair of shoes that no one else has tried on. Being the first-ever tenant in a new development is pretty great, and if you want to move into a great, brand new townhome, this week’s featured lease is for you.

Local Dwelling’s Jason Lucas is showcasing units from Palm Terrace Townhomes near Greenville Avenue. There are 12 total three-floor townhomes at 5918 and 5922 Ross Avenue. They rent for $1,500 a month and have some cool features you won’t get anywhere else in this price range and at this location — a gorgeous all-stainless kitchen and a rooftop deck.

Palm Terrace Kitchen to Living

You get hand-scraped hardwoods, wrought-iron fixtures and railings, a fireplace, and granite counters in this two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath townhome. There’s 1,100 square feet of living space and a ground-floor, two-car garage.

Palm Terrace Master

The master suite includes a huge walk-in closet. And while there is carpet in the second bedroom, the hardwoods extend to the master. Note to developers: If I want carpet in my bedroom, I’ll buy a rug.

Palm Terrace Master Bath

The master bath is beautiful. I like the use of the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and shower glass surround rather than nickel-plated or chrome. The vanity is definitely high-end and adds tons more storage.

Palm Terrace Rooftop

Here’s the rub, though — while this is a two-bedroom townhome, it’s not roommate friendly considering that there’s only one full bath. This home is best for a single professional or a young couple who wants to be close to both downtown and the nightlife of Greenville Avenue and needs space for an office or study.

What do you think?

 

Palm Terrace Outside

I love brand new rentals! They have that new-car-like smell to them and they feel like a good pair of shoes that no one else has tried on. Being the first-ever tenant in a new development is pretty great, and if you want to move into a great, brand new townhome, this week’s featured lease is for you.

Local Dwelling’s Jason Lucas is showcasing units from Palm Terrace Townhomes near Greenville Avenue. There are 12 total three-floor townhomes at 5918 and 5922 Ross Avenue. They rent for $1,500 a month and have some cool features you won’t get anywhere else in this price range and at this location — a gorgeous all-stainless kitchen and a rooftop deck.

Palm Terrace Kitchen to Living

You get hand-scraped hardwoods, wrought-iron fixtures and railings, a fireplace, and granite counters in this two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath townhome. There’s 1,100 square feet of living space and a ground-floor, two-car garage.

Palm Terrace Master

The master suite includes a huge walk-in closet. And while there is carpet in the second bedroom, the hardwoods extend to the master. Note to developers: If I want carpet in my bedroom, I’ll buy a rug.

Palm Terrace Master Bath

The master bath is beautiful. I like the use of the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and shower glass surround rather than nickel-plated or chrome. The vanity is definitely high-end and adds tons more storage.

Palm Terrace Rooftop

Here’s the rub, though — while this is a two-bedroom townhome, it’s not roommate friendly considering that there’s only one full bath. This home is best for a single professional or a young couple who wants to be close to both downtown and the nightlife of Greenville Avenue and needs space for an office or study.

What do you think?

 

This adorable Craftsmen-style home at 7601 Loma Alta Trail in McKinney is one of the amazing rentals available through 2Clarks Real Estate.

We’re starting a new feature here on CandysDirt.com that takes a look at the leasing market. Got a hot news tip about renting in North Texas? Send it to jo@candysdirt.com!

There are just as many reasons why people are long-term renters as there are amazing rental properties in Dallas. But right now, with inventory tight and sellers only accepting top offers, who is choosing to sign a lease rather than sign a mortgage? Christine Clark of 2Clarks Real Estate dishes.

Jo: Who is renting right now? Are you seeing more of one demographic than another?

Christine: The market is full of the obvious renter with credit challenges who cannot qualify to buy a home.  We have seen a lot of younger professional couples this summer that clearly could qualify to buy a nicer place, probably even for less money monthly, and just don’t want to make the commitment to a location or lifestyle.  They really want flexibility.  The other group that we have seen are those families who go burned trying to unload previous homes and even though they qualify to buy, just don’t want to make that mistake again.

Jo: Who should be renting?

Christine: It makes sense to rent when you need to repair your credit and can’t qualify to buy right now.  It also makes sense to rent if you might not be in the same area for more than a couple years due to a job change or planned relocation.   Finally rent is you want to “try on” a community or life style, if you live in uptown but crave the space of the suburbs but not sure you can hang with the football moms, it is best to rent for a year and see if you like it.

Jo: What properties get snatched up the fastest? Are there any neighborhoods that are more desirable to renters?

Christine: Homes that have all the features that one be looking to buy go the quickest.  So a rental with hardwood floors, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and open concept go the quickest.  Homes that are newer than 2000 also get snatched up the quickest (i.e. no brass fixtures).  In Collin County most people want to rent in the same neighborhoods you would want to buy in such as The Trails and Lonestar in Frisco, Stonebridge and Craig Ranch in Mckinney, or a new hot area is Westridge which sits right between Independence and Custer, just north of Eldorado.

Jo: When it comes to location vs. amenities, which usually wins out?

Christine: Most of my rental clients are going for location first and the home/community second.  They want to be close to highways and jobs.  They don’t want to commit to an hour commute just for a rental home.  I am constantly surprised by people who will rent a less than appealing home in Plano just to be south of 121 when they could get new, better, cheaper just 10 minutes up the road in Frisco or Mckinney.  Communities with pools, parks and amenities are nice to have, but I have not seen them be the deciding factor.