Best Apartment Complex
Urban Square at Unicorn Lake
3202 Unicorn Lake Blvd.
This two-and-a-half-year-old apartment complex is within walking distance of many new entertainment and dining establishments in far south Denton, as well as the walking/jogging trail around Unicorn Lake itself.
The upscale project offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The apartments come with faux wood or stained concrete flooring and many designer fixtures, including a gourmet kitchen outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances. A washer and dryer are also included in every unit.
Residents can enjoy the outdoors, too, by taking a dip the resort-style swimming pool, cooking on gas grills and relaxing under the cabanas. Shay Epting said the management team believes readers picked Urban Square over hundreds of other complexes in town because of the property's excellent customer service and aesthetics.
Runner-up: Timberlinks at Denton
Honorable Mention: Woodhill Apartment
Best Commercial Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty
2435 Lillian Miller Parkway
Keller William Realty is a winner in two categories: Best Commercial Real Estate Company and Best Real Estate Brokerage in Denton.
Rebecca Ray is a team leader and designated broker. Keller Williams is a commercial and residential real estate seller and buyer representative. "Keller Williams prides ourselves in being the very best at all we do! she says.
"We are so thankful for all of our fabulous clients who continue to bless us!"
Runner-up: Scott Brown Commercial
Honorable Mention: McKissack Realty Group
Best Real Estate Brokerage
Runner-up: Real T Team
Honorable Mention: Ebby Halliday
Best Mortgage Company
5940 Interstate 35E
DATCU has been helping residents make the most of their money for 80 years now.
From providing loans for a dream home to making sure retirement is relaxing, the credit union continues to provide financial services to the members who own it.
Because it was "born in Denton," DATCU stays committed to giving back to the community. Staff members volunteer with local schools, nonprofits and civic organizations while the credit union makes donations to make sure Denton thrives.
Runner-up: NORTHSTAR Bank Mortgage
Honorable Mention: Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Best Moving Services
Little Guys Movers, Inc.
2200 Fort Worth Drive
Little Guys Movers have become a mainstay in Denton after 25 years in business. And after winning their fourth consecutive Best of Denton title, they credit their success to a simple philosophy: do right by people and you will be rewarded.
The moving company, which was first established in Denton in 1992, started with a handful of friends and Toyota pickup trucks. They now have 13 locations in seven states, assisting residents and businesses around the country with strong backs and an overarching sense of hospitality.
Brad Steiger, general manager at the Denton branch, has been leading the team in moving, volunteering, and throwing the occasional BBQ gathering since 2013. Steiger, who started at the company as an entry-level mover, continues to carry on their "work hard, play hard" values.
Runner-up: Duryea Moving & Storage
Honorable Mention: Brown Box Movers
Best Real Estate Agent
Chrissy Mallouf Keller Williams
2434 Lillian Miller Parkway
Chrissy Mallouf is the Top Real Estate Agent winner for the third year in a row because "I truly love Denton! I grew up here, married a Dentonite and we both proudly raise our kids here."
She works 24-7 for her clients, remains ethical and provides outstanding customer service. "Any free time I have you will find me in the Denton community volunteering." She has been in business for nine years.
Outstanding service and marketing makes her business unique.
Runner-up: Tiffany Bachman, Keller Williams Realty
Honorable Mention: Marla Carrico, Carrico & Associates
Best Real Estate
Real Estate by Design, Keller Williams
2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy.
Born and bred in Denton, Carissa and Jay Acker have organically grown their business by providing an outstanding experience for every client that walks through their door.
Their attention to detail and mastery of one-of- a-kind marketing have been the key to success, leading to the business growing by more than 75 percent in the last year. Customers are loyal to the Real Estate by Design Group and a majority of the business comes from repeat clients and referrals.
But what really makes the company stand out is its dedication to the Denton community. The staff serves on numerous Denton based civic organizations and charities and invests in the local school system as well.
"Denton is an incredibly unique place and we love it that way," the Ackers said. "We're absolutely honored to win Best of Denton this year and, hopefully, for years to come."
Runner-up: McKissack Realty Group
Honorable Mention: Real T Team
Best Real Estate Service
2434 Lillian Miller Pkwy.
McKissack Realty Group has assisted hundreds of Denton families since it opened in 1982.
The business not only stands out for its longevity, but also its team of experts with extensive knowledge in the North Texas real estate market.
Each team member is focused on one aspect of the real estate purchasing process. Serving the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas Area, the business offers a wide range of real estate services, including residential sales, investing and commercial.
The group thrives on the trust they have gained over the years and are proud to serve a new generation of clients, some of whom are children of past clients.
Runner-up: KAZ Surveying
Honorable Mention: Arthur Surveying Co.
Best Title Company
525 S. Loop 288 Suite 125
For the second year in a row, Title Resources has been named the top title company in Best of Denton.
Title Resources was founded in 1989 and is locally owned and over those years has built a reputation for streamlining the real estate closing transaction process.
"We truly view our clients and customers as family, and strive every single day to treat them as such," business development director Jordan McDowell said. "Being family owned and operated sets the foundation for our beliefs in how we operate our business, and we go above and beyond for each transaction to ensure the best service possible. "
Title Resources has built a reputation of making every individual who enters through our doors feel welcome and cared for on both a business and personal level.
"We are beyond thankful for our community and the relationships we have built, and will continue to build, over the years," McDowell said about winning. "We work in an exciting and ever-changing industry, and consider ourselves blessed to serve the people of Denton, Texas!"
Runner-up: Freedom Title
Honorable Mention: Stewart Title of Denton