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Fort Worth is known for its storied cattle-driving history, bustling arts and culture districts, high-quality city attractions and sports centers, and convenient access to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. It's a great place to live and raise a family.
When comparing Dallas to Fort Worth, Fort worth has a slower-paced city life, as opposed to the fast-paced Dallas side of the metroplex. Fort Worth residents are not excited about visiting Dallas unless attending a major event, such as watching the Dallas Mavericks basketball game. And Dallas residents are not typically interested in visiting Fort Worth, except for the stockyards.
Dallas is approximately a 40-minute straight drive east along Interstate 30 Highway. This makes it easy to commute to Dallas or attend an event. Highway 183 now offers an expressway where you can purchase a toll pass and pass the traffic, making it easy to get to and from Dallas.
While cattle-driving and agri-business are still important parts of the local economy, the city has since become home to some of the country’s biggest companies, including American Airlines and Pier 1 Imports.
The downtown area, specifically Sundance Square, is a great place to hang out, attend a performance at Bass Hall, nightlife, and more. What I love about downtown Fort Worth is it tends to be a much cleaner city than Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Because Sundance is privately owned they are much more strict in keeping it clean and safe. Even my teens have hung out there on Friday nights.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metro is known for its lakes, and Fort Worth itself is no exception, with Benbrook, Arlington, and Eagle Mountain Lake all within a short distance of the downtown area. Eagle Mountain is one of my favorite lakes to go boating or fishing and has a part with great views of the lake.
In 2013, Fort Worth-Arlington ranked 15th on Forbes' list of the "Best Places for Business and Careers". In 2018, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex ranked 18th on U.S. News & World Report's list of "125 Best Places to Live in the USA".
Fort Worth Real Estate
Fort Worth has a wide variety of areas, districts, and neighborhoods, each offering a characteristic real estate market with its own feel and features. In the spacious suburbs, nestled under mature trees, you’ll find everything from red-brick new-traditional cottages to sandstone colored family homes to large well-appointed farmhouse-inspired mansions. I love driving through the TCU area admiring the vast beautiful architecture and tall trees.
Cool, understated ranchers and sleek, austere modern infills are also available, providing a rich mix for every taste and budget.
Newer homes for sale in Fort Worth tend to display large-cut sandstone or decorative brick exteriors, tall arched porticos, and large road-facing double garages. Slate roofs, cornice returns, and sash windows are other traditional details on these stately homes. If you're looking for a modern contemporary home, Fort Worth like much of DFW is starting to build with the trend. Check out Edwards Ranch for lovely new modern contemporary homes.
The city itself is known for its architecture, including Art Deco and Beaux-Arts designs.
If you travel north or south of Fort Worth you will find a more suburban feel. North Fort Worth has great schools and has the Alliance Corridor with new shopping, restaurants, and master-planned communities. The pricing is still relatively low compared to the Dallas suburbs.
Prominent Areas in Fort Worth for Real Estate
Stockyards - A historic section of Fort Worth, now known for its trendy restaurant and music scene. An apartment or condo here will put you in the heart of Fort Worth’s nightlife.
Upper West Side - A largely commercial district next to downtown Fort Worth. Homes here are perfect for daily commuters or those interested in the opportunities that Fort Worth business has to offer.
Tanglewood - A well-established suburban enclave with large mid-century and rancher homes, shaded by the eponymous network of tangled oaks.
Arlington Heights - Right next door to Fort Worth’s Cultural District, this neighborhood has many attractions and is a short distance from some of the best entertainment locations in the city. The homes are classic arts-and-crafts style suburban constructions great for families and professionals.
Heritage Addition - newer homes built starting in the early 2000's with easy access to shopping and restaurants and a quick commute to downtown Fort Worth, approximately 20 minutes.
Fort Worth Highlights & Attractions
As mentioned, Fort Worth is known for its well-established and well-supported cultural districts. These are supplemented with fantastic locations, including:
- The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
- The Amon Carter Museum of American Art
- The Sid Richardson Museum
- The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
- The Kimbell Art Museum
The Fort Worth Zoo is regarded as one of the best in the country, and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are also well-regarded institutions. Nature lovers can also visit the nearby Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.
In total, Fort Worth has 263 parks. The most popular of these are the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Heritage Park Plaza.
Fort Worth History
Fort Worth was established in 1849 as an army outpost, becoming a center for the local cattle trade.
At its inception, Fort Worth relied on cattle drives that traveled the Chisholm Trail. Millions of cattle were driven north to market along this trail, and Fort Worth became the center of cattle drives, and later, ranching until the Civil War. During the Civil War, Fort Worth suffered shortages causing its population to decline. It recovered during the Reconstruction Era with general stores, banks, and "Hell's Half-Acre", a large collection of saloons and dance halls that increased business and criminal activity in the city. By the early 20th century the military used martial law to regulate Hell's Half-Acre's bartenders and prostitutes. Oh how Fort Worth has changed so much for the better! Now a great family-friendly community, Fort Worth is among my favorite places to live in Texas... so much so that my family currently lives here and we do not want to move.
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