The Top Apartments in Dallas: From Uptown to Downtown

RV_Dallas-MapWatch out, Texans! Dallas is getting cooler by the minute. And no, we don’t mean thermometer-wise. Texas temperatures remain notoriously hot as ever, but Dallas is undergoing a major transformation that is introducing a new vibe to the city. Developers are implementing big plans for everything from an expanding Arts District to a revamped Elm Street. Longtime favorite fixtures like the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas World Aquarium are as attractive as ever, but additions like Klyde Warren Park and the Perot Museum are bringing new life and new visitors to the city.

If you’re looking to connect with the Dallas scene, hop on the DART rail now and check out our top 5 picks for the best rated apartments in Dallas.

1. Riviera at West Village Apartments

With views of the iconic Dallas skyline and all the perks of West Village and Turtle Creek nearby, the Riviera at West Village Apartments are the perfect solution for apartment-dwellers who want downtown access with an uptown address. The Riviera is a quiet community situated in a walkable neighborhood. Residents can easily get to all kinds of shopping, eateries, bars, and even the ever-popular Katy Trail. Want to venture farther? Hop on the trolley just down the street or one of the many bus routes in the area. Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Creating Your Cleaning Plan

RV_MoppingThe sun is shining. The bees are humming. The great outdoors is calling. Which is all to say: It’s time to sweep those winter dust bunnies and cobwebs away. And when trying to face the daunting task of spring cleaning, it’s important to make a plan of attack. Here are the five spring cleaning basics that will make your seasonal deep clean a success.

  1. Start from the Ground Up

When you’re looking to start on your spring cleaning list, the best place to start is from the ground up – literally. Give those neglected baseboards and bathroom tiles the spruce up they deserve. The best part is that cleaning these areas of the house only needs to be done sparingly. Continue reading

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The Best of the Windy City: A Guide to Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s booming population and rich history make it a hot new locale for residents across the country. If you’re thinking of moving, consider the landmarks, cuisines, and top rated Chicago apartments that will help make the Second City feel like a first-rate home.

Navy Pier

Located in the Streeterville neighborhood in the Near North Side community, the Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s top cultural attractions. While the pier has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, visitors to today’s Navy Pier will find amusements like the famous Ferris Wheel, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Chicago’s Navy Pier is fun for both longtime residents and tourists alike.

RV_ChicagoChicago Foods

New residents of Chicago have the world’s food at their fingertips. With a population of 2.7 million people, many of the world’s cuisines can be found in Chicago. However, Chicago also has its very own staple foods. The deep-dish pizza, a thick crust pizza filled to the brim with cheese, toppings, and tomato sauce, originated in the Windy City, as well as the Chicago-style dog. The Chicago-style dog is a hot dog topped with yellow mustard, pickled peppers, a tomato wedge, a dill pickle spear, and celery salt with a neon green sweet pickle relish for garnish.

Neighborhoods Around Chicago

Many of Chicago’s neighborhoods are named based on their proximity to Lake Michigan, the Chicago River (which runs downtown), and the Calumet River (which can be found in the city’s south side). The city touts roughly 200 neighborhoods but many new neighborhoods continue to emerge as real estate develops and demographics change. Residents looking for a top rated Chicago apartment can begin their search in neighborhoods like Lincoln Square, Kosciuszko Park, or Wicker Park.

 

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Free and Fun Party Games

Free and Fun Party GamesWinter is finally coming to a close, and if you are anything like us, you are finding yourself wanting to entertain friends and gather on a patio. You could just sit outside and soak up the Vitamin D, or you could do something a little more exciting.

We think one of the best ways to bring friends together is to provide games. And the sillier the better. We have a few favorites that are fun for adults, but are also very family friendly. Best of all, they require nothing more than your imagination and sense of humor.

 

  1. Dancing Chain

It is exactly what you think. Person 1 claps her hands. Person 2 claps her hands and does a little hip wiggle. Person 3 claps her hands, does a little hip wiggle, and adds in a shoulder shimmy. Person 4… you get the idea.

 

  1. The Game of Things

The person that is it will say a statement that will have a thing as an answer. For example, “Things I shouldn’t do at work.” Everyone has to write a response. The person that is it will read the responses out loud while the crowd has to guess whom the response belongs to. Be prepared to laugh!

 

  1. Two Truths and a Lie

This is a classic for a reason. There is always something new you can learn about your friends! Each person takes turns telling two truths and a lie while the rest of the group has to guess the lie.

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  1. Sardines

This game is perfect for apartment dwellers, because there is plenty of space to hide! The sardine is the person that has to hide. The first person that finds him joins him in the hiding spot, and so does the next person. The last player to find the group is the sardine. Good luck keeping quiet!

Enjoy!

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Big IKEA Hacks for Small Apartments

RV_Building-FurnitureIKEA produces a lot of amazing furniture for apartment-dwellers; however, there’s certainly a decent amount of it that isn’t exactly tiny-space suitable. We’ve scoured IKEAHackers.com for some of the best tricks that can turn seemingly unlikely goods into the kind of furniture that makes apartments livable. Here are a few of our favorite IKEA furniture hacks:

LAIVA? How About a Thin Utility Shelf?

The Laiva bookcase is a mere 9 1/2″ deep and just under 4′ wide; which means that if you turn it sideways, it will fit nicely into one of those spaces you get when you put a not-quite-full-size fridge into a slightly-more-than-full-size-fridge space. What you need is a wood box slightly larger than the LAIVA shelf (probably built by you), and a couple of industrial drawer rollers. Now the annoying space you thought was only good for losing ladles becomes much-needed storage. Continue reading

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The 4 Qualities Every Roommate Should Have  

RV_Roommates-KitchenWould you be a good roommate? The answer to that question could include a long list of specific behaviors involving the labor division, treatment of common areas, pet behavior rules, etc. But the reality is that long list is merely a set of examples based on 4 simple principles, which you can memorize by ROTE:

  • - Respectful
  • - Open
  • - Trustworthy
  • - Empathic

Meet all 4 criteria? You’re roommate material. But let’s go into a little more detail: Continue reading

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Hip Apartments In Austin, Texas  

RV_Austin-SkylineFrom South By Southwest and Austin City Limits to a booming technology economy, Austin, Texas has plenty of great reasons to move there. If you’re thinking about moving to the Live Music Capital of the World and looking for apartments in Austin, Texas, here are a few of our favorite communities.

The Ranch

Situated in one of the most sought-after areas in Northwest Austin, The Ranch truly is an oasis in a bustling neighborhood. This luxurious suburb offers exceptional school districts, shopping areas and breathtaking views. Amenities like the movie theater, outdoor sand volleyball courts, and resort-style swimming pool mean you’ll never be in short supply of fun activities. Continue reading

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Put a Little Spring in Your Apartment

I’m not scientist, but it seems like plants aren’t the only living things that feel the need for newness in the spring. Winter weather makes us all go into hiding, but come spring, everyone’s ready for a fresh start. Here are some things you can do to put a little spring in your home’s front steps and throughout. Continue reading

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Make Spring Yours in the Great Outdoors!

If you’re living in a new place or you’re sick of the old one, maybe you should try some new activities to really make the most of Spring weather. Putting yourself out there might seem like a bold move, but it is often worth the risk. Here are some outdoor ideas that make help make the most of spring time! Continue reading

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Apartments in Denver and the Best Neighborhoods to Find Them

RV_Denver-SkylineMusic festivals, buzzing tech economy, beautiful scenery, and world-class skiing and snowboarding: these are just a few of the major draws to Denver, Colorado. If you’re looking to make the move out west and are in need of apartments in Denver, we’ve compiled a list of the three best neighborhoods to start your search.

3. Capitol Hill

This bustling neighborhood is situated right in the heart of the Mile High City. Everything you could need is within walking distance—bars, restaurants, and shops help make this area a lively cultural hub. If you’re looking at Capitol Hill apartments in Denver to call home, take a look at the Marquis Parkway. The high-rise community offers private balconies, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and cabana pool area. Continue reading

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