Fort Worth, TX Neighborhoods
PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier
Don’t be fooled: Texas may be known for its cowboys, but there also are world-class museums, award-winning restaurants, shopping and historical landmarks. Fort Worth residents enjoy all of these things and more throughout the city, but there are definite concentrations of specific amenities that help define certain districts and areas. Here's a snapshot of the various most-referenced parts of town – a handy starting point for exploring the neighborhoods and home options found near or within each of them.
West 7th/Cultural District
Just west of the city's center, the West 7th urban-retail and residential development stands out as one of the rare real-estate success stories of late – even for Texas, which is one of few states to weather recent rough economic times. In only about three years, restaurants, shops, lofts and apartments all have sprung up within this area that was once dominated by industrial buildings. More apartments are on the way for the West 7th area, which is situated near the park-like setting of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. With its brick roads and manicured gardens, the Cultural District is anchored by five distinct museums that collectively draw more than 2 million visitors a year.
Camp Bowie District
The Cultural District marks the beginning of the Camp Bowie District, which actually is a boulevard that stretches nine miles. The district features more than 30 blocks of dining, shopping, wineries and galleries (that’s more than 800 businesses), making this area one of the most eclectic in the city. The district is further divided into three segments: On the Bricks, Ridglea and Camp Bowie West.
The 35-block district at the heart of the city thrives with offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. Downtown is perhaps best known for its unique retail stores like Barse Sterling Silver, Leddy's and Earth Bones, just to name a few. Downtown residents and workers can literally step out of their homes or offices for an afternoon of shopping, followed by a wonderful meal prior to catching a Broadway-style show at Bass Performance Hall.
Northwest of downtown, Fort Worth's Stockyard District, primarily the reason for the city's “Cowtown” nickname, is mostly a tourist draw with its Western retailers, historical landmarks and attractions. The area is home to the world's only twice-daily cattle drive, and professional cowboys ride bulls on weekend nights at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum.
And you can't miss Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky tonk. But beyond the tourist scene are interesting living options, including the Oakhurst neighborhood, just to the east of the Stockyards. Oakhurst has the city's oldest neighborhood association, and has won several national awards from Neighborhoods USA, most recently a second-place award in 2011.
History, health care, innovative dining and creative types converge in the Near Southside portion of the city. While the district's medical industry employs more than 30,000 people, still others come from all parts of town to enjoy the growing dining scene on Magnolia Avenue. Meanwhile, the architectural charm of residential options attracts people looking for homes with character. For example, Near Southside contains the city's oldest neighborhood, Fairmount National Historic District, which is the largest historic neighborhood in the southwestern United States, with one of the nation's richest collections of Victorian architecture. Fairmount also won the top award from Neighborhoods USA in the Social Revitalization/Neighborliness category in 2011 for its community garden.
Outlying Areas and Suburban Cities
Numerous subdivisions, suburban cities and other residential developments surround the core urban area of Fort Worth, including several master-planned communities with homes preferred by many employees working in the Alliance business development north of the city.
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