Dallas was thriving with its oil wells and cattle-ranches long before the prime-time soap opera appeared on TV. While the wheeling and dealing of oil tycoons was fictional, Dallas provided viewers across the country with a unique glimpse of Texas. It’s a good thing that Texas is vast because in the past 50 years, the population has exploded as out-of-state individuals and families set up house in the Lone Star State. And one area that has been too appealing to pass by is north of Dallas in the Collin County region. While thousands of residents are mesmerized by the vibrant DFW Metroplex, they prefer a quieter place, like Collin County to call home.

Individuals who aren’t ready to purchase a single-family residence have plenty of options as they continue their search; there’s a vast assortment of apartment homes or condos available from which to choose. Settling in an alternative home gives prospective homeowners ample time to scour the neighborhoods.

Selecting the right city and community is just the first of many factors to consider when relocating. Which community best fits your current needs, as well as for the near future? What about the ever-present financial budget? What’s more advantageous from a tax standpoint? Another top priority for many is education, so knowing the proximity to schools is helpful. Are there easy access roads leading to work, retailers, dining establishments, medical facilities and houses of worship? What about security? Neighbors?

The apartment homes and condos in North Dallas were built to provide tenants with the comforts and amenities of a traditional home while in a hassle-free community. Here, residents are a good distance away from DFW, but are still close enough to enjoy all the metroplex has to offer.

Leasing an apartment has a ring of independence, as it sounds temporary, but because there are contracts that need a signature, consider the time commitment. The landlord will want a written notification of the decision to vacate. That’s basically the extent of legal documents typical for apartments, but buying and selling condos have many more documents. Purchasing a condo will usually necessitate a realtor and involve subsequent commission fees.