In addition to the attractions of connectivity to the Trinity River, the Kelton
appeals to shoppers with its proximity
to the brand new open-air retail development, The Shops by Clearfork — boasting
a Neiman Marcus anchor relocated from
Ridgmar Mall and a slew of upcoming
tenants like Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch,
Louis Vuitton and others with NorthPark
Center or Galleria in Dallas locations. As
the development arm of Edwards Ranch,
Cassco cites a masterplan that includes
2,500 multifamily residences. An events
center dubbed Heart of the Ranch is also in
the works, and eventually, the development
will add 1. 2 million square feet of retail and
2 million square feet of office space.
TOO MANY CHOICES?
It’s not an exaggeration to say that finding
and settling on the right apartment is both a
balancing act and a headache-inducing chal-
lenge. First, there’s the goal of identifying
as many properties as possible that have the
amenities you covet, then the reality check
of narrowing the list to those that conform
to your budget and location limitations.
When doing this on your own, it takes a
lot of research and time you probably don’t
have, and in a market as dynamic as DFW,
the risk of feeling overwhelmed is great.
Fortunately, apartment locator services exist
to simplify the process — forging connections between wannabe apartment dwellers
DALLAS-FORT WORTH NEIGHBORHOODS
For most people, where you work has a lot to do with where you decide to live, but in an urban area like the DFW metroplex,
certain neighborhoods and areas make renters and homeowners alike willing to add a few miles to their commutes. DFW’s
suburbs are brimming with mixed-use developments and luxury apartment complexes, and pockets of urban areas, even more
so. From flashy status symbol addresses and remodeled hidden gems to comfy city-within-a-city apartment communities, new
residents, young families, busy entrepreneurs and downsizing seniors have no shortage of rental space options. Here’s a short
list of location possibilities:
Uptown: Uptown is Dallas’ original hub of urban living, and
massive development has created a bustling scene of modern
amenities, historic charm and upscale shopping in an area
that stretches from lower McKinney and West Village to Oak
Lawn and Turtle Creek. Urbanites here clearly love their pets,
and dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants and outdoor fun
at the Klyde Warren Park and along the Katy Trail add to the
zone’s friendly vibe.
Las Colinas: As one of the first planned communities in the
U.S., Las Colinas is close to the DFW International Airport and
home to about 2,000 companies, including Fortune 500 businesses like Exxon Mobil and Kimberly-Clark. With three private
country clubs, a striking collection of private office towers,
and the novelty of a scenic canal surrounded by dining and
retail, Las Colinas manages to have a fair share of upscale residences and apartments that make it a fashionable address.
Collin County: It started with Richardson and Plano, but now
North Dallas’ explosive growth has reached cities like Allen,
McKinney, Frisco (now the nation’ fastest-growing city) and
beyond to communities like Prosper. With a slew of large
corporations relocating to this part of the metroplex, it’s a
hotbed of both single- and multifamily activity with quite a few
large, mixed-used village developments in the works.
Near Southside: Some 1,400 acres across the interstate from
downtown Fort Worth are practically dripping these days with
hipster chic charm as Near Southside continues a phase of
revitalization. Sustainable and mixed-use projects are popping
up around a growing zone of walkable, bike-friendly streets
near landmark attractions and retail and dining venues.
North Tarrant County: Shiny, new developments are plentiful
in Southlake, Carrollton and Colleyville, but that’s just the
tip of the iceberg. There’s also plenty of growth going on in
previously rural North Tarrant towns like Keller, Roanoke and
Saginaw. Areas like North Richland Hills and Hurst-Euless-Bedford, as well, are not-to-be-ignored extensions of Fort Worth’s
urban — and urbane — sprawl.
Downtown: From glittery high-rises to artsy lofts in Deep
Ellum’s revitalized commercial district, urban living in or near
Dallas’ central business district has strong appeal to many.
An abundance of construction cranes points to many future
urban address, and there’s spillover to the west in the nearby
Trinity Groves area, which is undergoing considerable gentrification on the other side of the flashy white arches of the
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
The Mid-Cities: Dominated by Arlington, home of both
the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, the Mid-Cities
refers to the 30-mile span between Cowtown and Big D,
now completely filled with suburban development via
communities like Irving and Grand Prairie as well as HEB
(Hurst-Euless-Bedford). Much of the area’s growth is to the
south, in not-rural-anymore Mansfield.
Historic Grapevine: Long a tourist attraction with a charming
downtown district filled with boutiques, restaurants and
wineries, Grapevine has recently become a hub of multi-family development and has dibs on a new TEX Rail Station
and a route that will stretch from downtown Fort Worth to the
DFW International Airport.