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Old 05-28-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I just got a new job at a school relatively close to Irving Mall. I am looking for apartments now. There are so many choices!

I do not necessarily need to live in Irving and don't really want to live so close my neighbors could be my students.

I find my list of possible apartments is still really long. Could anyone recommend or tell me to stay away from any particular apartments?

Here is what I am looking for:

1. Pet-friendly. I realize most are nowadays, but if anyone can point me in the direction of one that is really awesome for pets. or one that accepts pets but isnt as pet-friendly as they say.
Also, if you know of one within walking distance (or a few minutes drive from a dog park) that would be awesome earlier.

2. Very safe area/neighborhood feel. I am a single gal who needs to walk her dog at 11 pm.

3. Apartment has a CARES team or similar (social activities--pot lucks, pool parties, game nights etc.)

4. Prefer a nice-looking pool

5. More on the modern-looking side

6. Good Natural light/windows

7. Within 20 minutes (10 minutes is better) from Irving Mall

8. Nice fitness room. I'll be using it a lot.

Would love to hear your personal experiences. Thanks!

On a similar note: Are there ANY apartments that are carpet-free (all tile or all linoleum)
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands - Dallas
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Try Dallas' design district. Alta Design District Apartments - Zom Residential Communities These are good (there are others in the area) and they are close to uptown.

You can also try La Villita and serveral of the apartment buildings around Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. 75039 zip code. These would be closer to work for you too.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: The Village
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I would look North of the mall, particularly in the Las Colinas area. There are quite a few apartment complexes in the area. Irving gets seedier the further south you go.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Look west on 183 in Bedford. There are lots of nice complexes along L. Don Dodson Rd. las Colinas would also be a good area.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Not sure of your budget, but Las Colinas sounds ideal for you. I lived in two different buildings (from 2001-2004) right off Las Colinas Blvd and both pretty much matched your list perfectly. The area has grown considerably since I lived there, but I did feel VERY safe walking my dog there, along the canal. (Trips outside every 45 minutes with a dog w/ frequent bladder infections, oh the dreaded housebreaking puppy times! Was outside a LOT, all hours of the night, and no problems whatsoever.)

My 2nd apt community, the Grand Treviso, had zero carpet (allergic to most rugs/carpet so carpet was a no-no) great natural light, a nice high-rise pool, and lovely amenities. The fitness room left much to be desired, but otherwise, MOST apts/lofts off Lake Carolyn, in the heart of Las Colinas, should fit your bill. I could get to the Irving Mall area in under 10.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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Bedford has some apts that are probably less expensive than Las Colinas ones and there are surface roads vs freeway that you might be able to use for commute
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone! Really helps me narrow down...and I am very familiar with Bedford so I can tell the suggestions are right on track because I really like Bedford!
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