Fort Worth real estate has been booming, with home prices rising 10 percent a year. The metroplex’s most desirable communities deliver a comfortable lifestyle with prime access to area amenities. Whether you want a historical home in one of Fort Worth’s oldest neighborhoods or a modern residence in an executive bedroom community, Chicotsky Real Estate Group can help you find the ideal property. In our experience, the neighborhoods listed below are the best bets for marrying an ideal location with amenities and architectural style.
Arlington Heights is a desirable neighborhood for its convenient location. The area’s single-family homes are built with a range of architectural styles. The one-story wood frame bungalows throwback to the area’s Camp Bowie and post-war roots. Adjacent to these homes you will find two-story period revival designs, English Tudor style, and other revitalized properties. The character established by these homes, plus the tree-lined sidewalks, rolling hills, and vintage streetlights, are part of Arlington Heights’ charm.
The Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association is an optional organization serving as the social hub of the community. It hosts an annual Thanksgiving gathering, a Yard of the Month award, and community newsletter. The AHNA won the 2007 Neighborhood of the Year Award for its community-building efforts.
Residents enjoy a short commute to all Fort Worth has to offer. The Business District is a short three miles away. The nearby I-30 means residents have relatively easy access to greater Fort Worth, but prime dining, shopping, and entertainment are close. For example, nearby is the historical Bluebonnet Bakery on Camp Bowie Blvd. Arlington Heights residents are a short drive from River Crest Country Club, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, Apple University Park Village, Central Market, and other area attractions.
Arlington Heights is listed as one of the safest neighborhoods in the Fort Worth area, with a crime rate below the metroplex average. Families benefit from the highly ranked Texas Academy of Biomedical High School, listed as a 10 of 10 by Great Schools. The evaluation website rated local Stripling Middle School and South Hi Mount Elementary School 7 of 10.
Overall, Arlington Heights has a reputation as a friendly area with clean, well-kept housing, and numerous amenities nearby.
The Monticello lifestyle blends a peaceful neighborhood with convenient access to amenities. The community’s proximity to downtown, restaurants, museums, and bars means some residents can walk to their destination. The Monticello neighborhood is adjacent to the UNT Health Science Center, and a few short blocks from the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, and Crockett Row at West 7th. Downtown executives quickly access Fort Worth’s downtown, located two miles to the east.
Even with superior dining, shopping, and cultural amenities located so close, Monticello remains a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood. Its roots date back to the 1930s. Early plans required home sites to be 50 to 150 feet wide, over 100 feet deep and constructed of brick, stone, stucco or a combination of any of the three. The result is a charming community with roomy lots. The tree-lined streets wind through a community dotted with various architectural styles, including English Tudor and Spanish Colonial Revival. The homes illustrate the neighborhood’s growth over time, as 1920s bungalows sit beside new construction.
The social scene is active thanks to the Monticello Neighborhood Association. The MNA goes beyond a quarterly newsletter, sponsoring an annual Easter Egg Hunt, July 4th Parade, Christmas Caroling, Halloween Parties, and a crime watch.
With the social activity, prime location, and walkability, Monticello ranks as a highly desirable neighborhood in Fort Worth real estate.
Tanglewood maintains a reputation as a clean, family-friendly neighborhood where the kids play outside and the yards are well-kept. The community is near a branch of the Trinity River, and its streets tend to follow the river outline.
Residents enjoy a relaxed pace of life in Tanglewood. Overton Park serves as a community green space. Mature trees shade the park’s popular bike and walking path.
The tall canopy is one of Tanglewood’s most attractive features and a focal point of many lots. The original development restrictions required Tanglewood homes be built around existing large trees. Additional stipulations required single-family homes to be brick or stone and have at least a two-car garage attached to the house. Many homes follow a ranch-style architecture.
Its proximity to transportation corridors like Chisholm Trail Parkway makes Tanglewood desirable to Fort Worth commuters. Texas Christian University, Colonial Country Club, and Shops at Clear Fork are minutes from the community, if not within walking distance from some properties.
Tanglewood attracts interest from families with school-age children, as it is served by some of the best schools in Texas. Tanglewood Elementary School is one of the highest rated public schools in the state. Great Schools rated Tanglewood Elementary 10 of 10. Additionally, Tanglewood is served by Texas Academy of Biomedical, also rated 10 of 10, and Stripling Middle, rated 7 of 10.
Ridglea Hills and Ridglea West
Six miles west of the Central Business District is the Ridglea area, a community of rolling hills and curving streets. Ridglea is a diverse neighborhood, both in its architectural character and topography. This diversity is part of the attraction of living in Ridglea.
Ridglea residents benefit from a friendly neighborhood. Expect to see kids playing outside and residents walking their pets, although some areas lack sidewalks. With green spaces in Berney Park and the adjacent North Z Boaz Park, the neighborhood features towering shade trees and a range of home styles. Homes typically follow a ranch style with single-story and brick. The smallest homes often have additions and remodels to add space. However, the Ridglea area has many communities. Other architectural styles and increased square footages are available.
Luther Lake is Ridglea’s focal point. A beautiful location attracting residents all year round, it is especially noteworthy during the holiday season. Fort Worth residents drive by the lake to admire the lights reflecting from its calm waters.
The local Ridglea Country Club marries tradition with elegant modern amenities. It is a member-owned club with two golf courses, a professionally staffed fitness center, and swimming facilities. The club earned the "Best Family Club in Fort Worth" over four consecutive years.
Transportation corridors of I-30, Camp Bowie Blvd and Southwest Blvd make for easy access to the best of Fort Worth’s amenities. Residents shop the nearby Village at Camp Bowie or Ridglea Plaza, which has Sprouts Farmers Market. The Ridglea Urban Village has experienced an increase in commercial real estate investment to the tune of $55 million dollars. New housing developments total $56 million dollars, mostly towards multi-family housing construction.
For families with school-age children, the Applied Learning 6-8 Academy carries a Great Schools rating of 6 of 10.
One of Fort Worth’s most exclusive neighborhoods, Westover Hills is a residential community and an incorporated city surrounded by Fort Worth. The community has the distinction as the wealthiest suburb of Fort Worth and is one of the wealthiest in the state. Median home value for Westover Hills reached $1.15 million in 2018, according to one source.
Westover Hills neighborhood prides itself on its elegance, its family-friendly atmosphere, and meticulous lots. The winding streets are quiet, the tree canopy lush, the lawns spacious, and homes immaculate. Many residences are custom built and hidden behind landscaping or walls. Architecture varies widely. Older homes may reflect Tudor and Mediterranean revival, while the newer section showcases more contemporary architecture.
Westover Hills residents are minutes away from Shady Oaks Country Club, River Crest Country Club, and downtown Fort Worth. The nearby I-30 and Camp Bowie Blvd connects residents to the Fort Worth area’s best amenities.
Westover Hills residents should explore the secondary charter school Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, rated 9 of 10 on Great Schools. Nearby are several other schools rated highly on the evaluation website: the Texas Academy of Biomedical High School rated 10, while Stripling Middle and North Hi Mount Elementary rated 7.
The luxurious single-family homes, access to high-quality education, a historic country club, and short commute to Fort Worth’s business center, combine to make this neighborhood highly desirable Fort Worth real estate.
The River Crest prides itself as a family-friendly neighborhood with both elegance and convenience. Located within three miles of Fort Worth’s downtown business district,
River Crest residents are well connected to the greater Fort Worth area through Camp Bowie Blvd and I-30. Minutes away await amenities like the historic Blue Bonnet Bakery, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The River Crest Country Club, established over 100 years ago, is the area’s focal point. The club was among the first in the state to include residential development on its acreage. With the Country Club as its social hub, River Crest is a quiet neighborhood lined with mature trees. Some homes have stunning views of the iconic golf course.
In a community with an extended history, residential housing design varies. Expect wood framed Prairie-style bungalow, stucco Mediterranean, Tudor Revival, ranch, and contemporary styles. Typical residences are spacious single-family homes with well-manicured lots. The area’s topography leads to come interesting lots and adapted architecture. Newer homes accommodate the curving hillsides. Some homes perch above scenic bluffs of the Trinity River’s West Fork. Interestingly, many homes have basements, a feature uncommon in North Texas.
River Crest residents enjoy a relatively safe community with a lower crime rate compared to the Fort Worth average. Quality public education is found at North Hi Mount Elementary and Stripling Middle schools, both with a Great Schools rating of 7 of 10. Arlington Heights High School rated 4 of 10.
What attracts many residents to the Colonial Hills neighborhood is its located. The community is close to the sporting stadiums and arenas surrounding Texas Christian University. Some mansions along Clear Fork’s bluffs are walking distance from the Horned Frog Football Stadium.
While it’s close to TCU, Overton Park, and downtown attractions, Colonial Hills feels secluded. The spacious lots create ample green spaces, the established trees deliver shade, and the yards are well-kept. It has a classic, family-friendly vibe.
Colonial Hills is built around Country Club circle and the historic Colonial Country Club, established in 1936. This private, member-owned club plays host to the Fort Worth Invitational, one of the longest-running non-major tour events.
The sprawling homes make up some of the more desirable residences in Fort Worth real estate. Some lots span over one acre. A few residences have excellent views of the Colonial Country Club fairways. The architecture is predominantly Colonial, Spanish or Tudor homes, and includes lots of stucco or brick. Some have tile roofs and even basements. Homes closer to Simondale and Alton Road trend towards a ranch style. The winding streets follow the land contours. Residents enjoy a peaceful life in Colonial Hills.
The Fort Worth Independent School District has several high-performing schools nearby: Tanglewood Elementary, one of the highest rated in the state, the Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center (7 of 10 on Great Schools), McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School.
Colonial Hills ranks highly for desirability thanks to its access to highly rated education and Fort Worth entertainment events. The spacious single-family homes and manicured lots increase home buyer attraction.
The TCU-West area has one of the lowest crime rates in the Fort Worth area. It comprises areas known as Westcliff, Foster Park, Frisco Heights, and Bluebonnet. Combined with a large number of amenities close to its location, and its proximity to Texas Christian University, TCU-West is a desirable residential neighborhood in Fort Worth real estate. As a result, median home prices across the 76109 zip code are increasing. For investors, the university provides opportunities for steady rental housing. Homeowners benefit from an increasing interest in the area and its prime location.
While you’d naturally expect lots of activity from the university, TCU-West maintains a secluded, family-friendly feel. There are young professionals and families that call TCU-West home and take advantage of its proximity to entertainment and dining amenities. Community homes tend to be older, built in the 1920s and 1930s. The construction varies. Some homes are tract houses. Homes in the newer areas trend towards a ranch style with two-car attached garages. TCU has purchased properties to expand its student housing.
The older areas in West Cliff have established trees. Unfortunately, walkability is low. Few sidewalks exist and homes tend to lack basements and garages.
The Westcliff West Association and the newer Foster Park Neighborhood Association host a July 4th parade each year. Public schools include the highly rated Tanglewood Elementary plus Clayton Elementary, McLean Middle School, and Paschal High School.
The homes in Fairmount are best described as having character. Fairmount is part of the Southside National Register Historic District. Homeowners must have approval to make any changes to the exterior of their homes, which are predominantly wood-frame bungalows. These preservation guidelines ensure that remodeling projects keep the charm that attracts residents to the area.
While many homes have been restored, very few have been leveled or remodeled. Some apartment housing and commercial buildings remain. Home range in square footage, but do tend to be smaller than other neighborhoods on the list.
Fairmount is fairly walkable for a Fort Worth neighborhood with connected sidewalks shaded by established trees. The community connects quickly to I-35 through Rosedale St. Residents have a short drive from destinations like the Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Christian University, and Apple University Park Village. Downtown is two miles away, and several hospitals are within walking distance. This proximity to central Fort Worth is one of Fairmount’s best features.
The active Fairmount Association runs a historic home tour each spring of refurbished homes and has a Crime Watch program. Fairmount is serviced by the well-ranked Clayton Elementary School and the Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center.
The enclave of University West is situated near some of the best amenities Fort Worth has to offer. Nearby is the Colonial Hills Country Club, Texas Christian University, the Fort Worth Zoo, Apple University Park, art museums and sporting arenas. For business professionals, the Central Business District is a quick two miles’ commute.
Architecture in the area reflects the eclectic history of University West, which once was occupied by Texas Christian University. Styles range from prairie bungalows to ranch-style homes. Not all areas are serviced by street lighting and sidewalks.
University West is serviced by an active neighborhood association with tree planting, family-friendly events, social programs, and a crime watch. Secondary-age children can attend the well-rated Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center while the local elementary school is the highly ranked Tanglewood Elementary, one of Texas’ best primary schools.
The University West neighborhood blends an excellent location close to amenities, quality education, and real estate with character.
Westworth Village is Fort Worth attracting home buyers looking for proximity to downtown. Additionally, Westworth Village is one the few cities in Tarrant County without a city property tax. Combined with a lower tax rate, this is an attractive community in the metroplex. The area is busy with new construction, but existing homes are witnessing accelerated home prices and reduced days on market.
Located along the Trinity River, Westworth Village is just five miles from downtown Fort Worth and includes the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base within its boundaries. Westworth Village offers a classic bedroom community vibe, having voted down commercialization in the 1950s. The city aims to maintain the area’s natural vegetation and landscape features even as it updates its streets and sidewalks.
Typical homes are brick or frame construction, although in recent years Westworth Village has added high-end residences with more expected in the future. New home styles range from Tudor-inspired to contemporary. Some luxury home sites perch beside the Trinity River. Overall, the Fort Worth real estate market is experiencing increased interest in Westworth Village.
Access to greater Fort Worth is quick through I-30 and I-820. Local amenities include the Hawks Creek Golf Club, the local municipal golf course, Ridgmar Mall, and a range of boutique shops. Nearby schools include Stripling Middle School, Arlington Heights High School, and Burton High Elementary.
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