Dallas-area apartments look like New York without the insane rent
Farmers Branch is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, and one example of the upgrade is an apartment community that feels more like New York than suburbia: The Brickyard, a project from the Billingsley Company.
Located at 2061 Wittington Pl., in Mercer Crossing, The Brickyard will have features that evoke NYC neighborhoods: brick detail, metal-framed windows, metal awnings, large arched windows, and walk-up style housing. Everything, that is, except the price — and the noise.
In Manhattan, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Lower East Side is $3,558, according to the First Quarter 2016 Citi Habitats market report. This is roughly equal to the entire monthly income of the typical U.S. worker.
Current pricing for The Brickyard ranges from $995 to $1,910 per month.
“As a former resident of New York, I wanted to bring the rich neighborhood feel of the West Village and the Bowery to Dallas, but at a price that was right for us,” says Summer Billingsley, a managing partner on The Brickyard project. “I have been told that ‘quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.’ So our sole focus is to deliver a fantastic product, and [I’ll be] damned if I am not going to deliver it at a great price.”
The Brickyard offers 19 different floor plans, with 314 one bedrooms and 87 two bedrooms ranging from 584 to 1,324 square feet per unit. Amenities include granite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, full-size stackable washer and dryers, oversized soaking tubs with tile surrounds in select units, energy-efficient GE appliances, a 24-hour fitness center, and a parking garage with electric car charging outlets.
There are also grilling stations and hammocks in the courtyards and parks, named Gramercy Garden and Mulberry Park. Coming in August are an Ozone-filtered pool with a reclaimed industrial cabana, sunning islands, and loungers.
The Brickyard started accepting tenants in May. It is just one phase of construction planned for Mercer Crossing, which has been approved for up to 1,200 units.
A version of this story originally was published on Candy's Dirt.