Texas is known for its barbecue, but you don’t have to hit up a restaurant to enjoy the state’s favorite cuisine. Pick the right apartment, and you’ll be able to do your own grilling when the weather is warm. These are our favorite Dallas apartments with upscale barbecue grills so you can impress guests and perfect your ribs recipe.

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Gracious, upscale living has a new address in the heart of Dallas, with easy access to the Katy Trail, the Arts District, high-end shopping, and some of the city’s finest restaurants. 

Live above it all at the Residences at the Stoneleigh with dramatic views of downtown, a lush greenbelt, sunrises, and sunsets from your balcony at ​2300 Wolf St. The 22-story building is nestled between historic Turtle Creek and the energy of Uptown and offers a rare opportunity to totally customize a luxury high-rise unit. 

Floorplans range from 2,400 square feet to over 4,200 square feet of shell space — buyers can even combine units to create a home up to 15,000 square feet.

“It’s the perfect way to have total control over the design/build process and each shell will be hand-crafted by one Dallas’ finest homebuilders, TriArc Construction and Sharif & Munir,” said Stoneleigh Sales and Marketing Manger Donna Smith. “We’ve already sold over 60 percent of available units to buyers who understand what a one-of-a-kind property this is in Dallas.” 

Also available: turn-key, designer-finished homes with all of the details already in place in one of four floorplans. Buyers can work with their preferred interior designer or a recommended designer to select the perfect furnishings, too. Move-in ready homes mean the Residences at the Stoneleigh lifestyle can become a reality all the sooner. 

Now, I can’t go any further without mentioning the fabulous amenities! Jump to read all about them. 

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You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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Wednesday WTFWhen you work in the world of media for any length of time at all, you will get PR pitches. Some of them are perfect pitches inviting you to check out some product or service that is completely related to what you write about.

But sometimes, they are not. Sometimes, they are about busting cheaters when you write about education policy for a living. Sometimes they are about heroin abuse treatment centers (maybe they do read the Wednesday WTF). Sometimes, they tell you hilarious things about the city you live in. (more…)

In the parlance of those of us in Dallas who have been huddled indoors avoiding the cold and wet winter, “Where’s the patio?”

I’ll tell you where it is —our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s an incredible townhome listed by Dave Perry-Miller agents Phillip Murrell and Stewart Lee in one of the hottest parts of Oak Lawn. 

“In addition to almost 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the townhome includes a yard with access to the first floor, a large balcony adjacent to the living room, and a roof-top deck with stellar views of downtown,” Murrell said. “This is the perfect townhome for those who want to enjoy the excellent weather we’ve been having in Dallas.”

Just make sure you take your allergy medicine and you’re ready to pour some mimosas and soak up the sun and skyline!

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With Dallas’ booming job market, more and more Millennials are moving to the area, and they have a very specific list of wants. According to this article by Inman, Millennials are turning the market on its head with a very picky list of asks, preferring to rent until they find that Goldilocks home that is just right. Millennials want a top-notch location with access to entertainment and amenities, smart home tech and automation, a smaller footprint, open floor plans, and home office spaces. 

And wouldn’t you know, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s own Phillip Murrell just listed a tastefully bold townhome that would make any Millennial jump for joy. It’s an easy pick for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Know a Millennial on the hunt for the perfect property in Uptown? Don’t wait! Call Lisa Peters today to get pre-qualified so you can put in your highest and best offer on this tastefully bold townhome on Hall St.

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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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The problem with living on the Katy Trail is that, as Jon Anderson pointed out, so many other people want to live there, too. That’s why there are so many high-rise buildings in planning phases that will line this popular city amenity. Of course, with all of those new buildings, and all of the demand, prices are going to get higher, too. So if you want to get into this area for a reasonable price, Brandon Travelstead of Dallas City Center Realtors has a great unit inside the Lofts at the Katy Trail — the only one with an attached garage — and it’s priced under a half million.

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