By: Courtney Dabney
Location: Mistletoe Heights is located on the bluffs overlooking the Clear Fork two miles southwest of the Central Business District.
History: In 1892, the Mistletoe Heights Land Company purchased the land. Considered too expensive for farmland and too far out for development, it wasn’t until 1909 that the City of Fort Worth annexed a part of Mistletoe Heights to begin platting the neighborhood. Originally lots went for $100, but by 1926 they were selling for $1,500. The increase in land value was partially due to Texas Christian University’s move to its current location, which subsequently brought a streetcar line through the area. In 2002, Mistletoe Heights was designated a Historic District by the City of Fort Worth.
Size: 0.9 square miles
Population Estimate: 1,300
Median Home Price: $325,000
Home Design: A majority of the homes have brick and stucco exterior. Many also have basements. Houses range from ante-bellum design and bungalows to modern properties with detached garages and guesthouses.
Vibe: John Proctor, an attorney at Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor and Howell in Fort Worth, has lived in the neighborhood for four years. It was the view of the Trinity River that drew him to Mistletoe Heights. “The neighborhood is a balanced mixture of older couples and young couples with kids. It’s an active area with lots of people out walking and jogging.” Proctor likes using the trails along the river for jogging, walking and riding his bike. He also walks twice a week along the river with a trash bag to collect any pollution he sees.
Location: Nestled in a naturally wooded area along the West Fork, River Oaks sits just downstream from Lake Worth.
History: River Oaks dates back to the 1800s when James Ventioner built his log cabin. Ventioner donated land for a school where present-day Castleberry Elementary sits. In 1941, voters set out to incorporate the area as a village. The construction of Carswell Airforce base (now Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth), activated by the army in 1942, became a catalyst for the development of the community. A dramatic population increase also occurred with the arrival of General Dynamics.
Size: 1.9 square miles
Population Estimate: 7,600
Median Home Price: $88,000
House Design: Many of the homes are small, single-story residences with nearly half built in the 1940s or 1950s.
Vibe: Comprised of a solid working class, this sleepy neighborhood stands out because of the many large oak trees. Residents are active in the community and volunteer for neighborhood improvement projects.
Crestwood/Idlewild Drive Addition
Crestwood/Idlewild Drive Addition
Location: Located north of White Settlement Road and the Monticello neighborhood, Crestwood is surrounded on the west, north and east by the West Fork of the river.
History: William Bailey sold two pieces of property to Charles Daggett and Mary Pratt in 1930. They sold the land to Luther and Loffland Realtors, and they began developing the subdivisions now known as Crestwood.
Size: .99 square miles
Population Estimate: 2,200
Median Home Price: $270,000
House Design: Architectural styles vary. In the northern section of Crestwood, there are smaller bungalows.
Vibe: In Crestwood there is a strong sense of community. The neighborhood association has annual Easter egg hunts and a spring picnic for its residents. Ben Hood works in the oil and gas industry, and his wife owns a women’s clothing boutique in the West 7th area. They have lived in the Idlewild addition for less than a year. “The street is made up of younger professionals, many with young kids that like to play outside,” Hood says. “I really enjoy being able to walk out of my front door and get on the running trail. Once it warms up in the spring, my wife and I plan on purchasing bicycles and going on long rides. We look forward to being able to ride our bikes to the Clearfork Food Park on University.”
Location: This neighborhood is bounded by the Trinity River to the north and CBS Channel 11 studios to the south.
History: What was once called Boaz Ranch after land trader W.J. Boaz later became Woodhaven. The 740 acres stayed in the Boaz family for a century until an investment group with several high-profile locals (Perry Bass and his son Sid to name a few) bought the land to develop it. A third of the land is built out with apartments, which wouldn’t fly today because typically no more than 9 percent apartment zoning is allowed. The golf course opened in 1973.
Size: 2.7 square miles
Population Estimate: 8,000
Median Home Price: $165,000
House Design: Housing options include affordable apartments and many homes built in the 70s and 80s.
Vibe: Woodhaven is interesting because of the discrepancy in household income among its residents. Higher income areas are close to the low-income housing.
A home on Crestline Road in Rivercrest is listed by Betsy Barnes of Williams Trew. Photography by Trey Freeze.
Location: Crestline neighborhood, commonly referred to as Rivercrest, is west of downtown on the lower West Fork of the river. It borders Merrick west, Clover east and Camp Bowie south.
History: When the city expanded from the abandoned military fort, it moved northeast into the peninsula created by a bend in the Trinity River. The first home in the neighborhood was built in 1911. Some of the earliest residents included Wesley C. Stripling of Stripling Department Stores and Amon Carter Sr. Oil fields were discovered in northwest Texas in 1917. Leading oilmen created their homes in Crestline. In the 20s and 30s, families with fortunes in banking, real estate, mercantile interests and cattle also settled in Crestline. The land passed through many hands before being bought by O.P. Leonard in 1949.
Size: 1.06 square miles
Population Estimate: 3,100
Median Home Price: $525,000
House Design: Two-story houses, many with basements, predominate this area. Crestline homes range from wood-framed Prairiesque and stucco Mediterranean to Tudor Revival. More than 30 of the homes are included in the Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey. Newer homes in the neighborhood include ranch and contemporary styles.
Vibe: Crestline is built around River Crest Country Club and golf course. Streets and sidewalks are tree shaded and quiet.
Location: Riverhills is south of the Trinity River and bordered by Bryant Irvin Road and Overton Woods.
History: A part of the historic Edwards Ranch, Riverhills is intermixed with acres of parkland, creeks and ponds. For more than 150 years, the Edwards family has kept their land together. Now sharing their legacy, Riverhills is an ideally located Fort Worth neighborhood.
Size: 0.5 square miles
Population Estimate: Once the final phase is completed, projected population is more than 30,000.
Median Home Price: $700,000
House Design: Riverhills has specific design regulations. Styles include classical, craftsman prairie, English Tudor, French, Mediterranean and Regional Texas Vernacular.
Vibe: Surrounded by the finest private schools, Riverhills is ideal for families with younger children.
The view from a balcony at Villa de Leon
Villa de Leon
Location: Villa de Leon is located on Trinity Bluff just a few blocks away from downtown Fort Worth.
Number of Units: 23
Cost Per Unit: Original price tags were around $1 million, but a unit today is close to $500,000.
Amenities: Unobstructed views of the Trinity River, manicured grounds, private outdoor terraces with arbor, fountain and outdoor kitchen, resort-style pool and spa with spacious decking, de Leon Great Room for large gatherings, fitness center, 24-hour professional concierge services, Viking appliances, granite countertops, fireplaces, walk-in closets, intrusion alarm system and underground private parking.
Vibe: Villa de Leon’s upscale elegance and concierge service make it ideal for busy professionals or well-off retired couples.
Trinity Bluff Urban Apartments
Location: This new uptown location is nestled on the bluff overlooking the Trinity River.
Number of Units: 304
Rent Amount: $1,000 - $2,800 per month
Amenities: Outdoor social area with grills, resort-style swimming pool and spa, two courtyards, clubhouse, walking distance to downtown Fort Worth and the Trinity Trails, multi-level parking garage, large patios or balconies, oversized kitchen pantries, large walk-in closets. Some of the units also have fireplaces.
Vibe: Completed in 2007, this multifamily development is designed in a mannerist interpretation of the brick mercantile buildings in the downtown area. Tree-lined sidewalks surround the site, and the rear side of the project has a panoramic view overlooking the Trinity River. The wrap-style design allows residents to enter by climate-controlled hallways, and courtyards with pools ensure every unit has a desirable view.
Village Homes rendering of a Riverhills home Rendering by Michael Gibson
Location: On the West Fork of the Trinity, Rivercrest Bluffs is located off of White Settlement.
Size: 0.25 square miles
Median Home Price: Retail home sites available for under $200,000, median home price $500,000
What to Expect: Rivercrest Bluffs has design standards and a review process. One- or two-story plans are available with brick, stucco, stone or wood exteriors. The Rivercrest Bluffs are for active up-and-comers.
Location: Owned by the same group that is doing Rivercrest Bluffs, River Heights is off White Settlement on the West Fork of the Trinity.
Size: There are a total of 66 home sites.
Home Price: Residences start in the $300,000s.
What to Expect: This gated and landscaped community located minutes from downtown and the Cultural District has single-family and townhome lots available with stunning views of the river. Builders for this new development include Clarity Homes and Village Homes.
The Kelton at Clearfork
The Kelton at Clearfork
Location: The Kelton will sit adjacent to Chisholm Trail Parkway at 4945 Gage Ave. on the Clear Fork of the Trinity.
Number of Units: 400
Rent Amount: $990 – $4,300 per month
What to Expect: Residents of The Kelton can easily access downtown, the Hospital District, TCU and the Cultural District. Offering a mix of living options from townhomes and urban studio efficiency apartments to loft apartments, this rental community will feature poolside grilling and entertainment areas, a fitness center with yoga room and juice bar, and a private terrace lounge featuring striking views of the river.
On the Rise:
River restaurants and retail
The Trailhead at Clearfork
This river gathering spot is for lovers of fitness, outdoor leisure and health. Highlights include Press Cafe, a training center, water stations, rooftop bar, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and shaded landscaping.
4801 Edwards Ranch Road #105
Chef Tim Love’s restaurant on the river offers a large patio and all things grilled, roasted and slow cooked.
3201 Riverfront Drive
Entering phase two of development, current tenants include The Fresh Market, Woodhouse Day Spa, Pax & Parker, CorePower Yoga, Zoe’s Kitchen, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Regus and Silver Fox Steak House. Among the future tenants is HG Sply Co., which features a Paleo diet-influenced menu.
1701 River Run
Clearfork Food Park
Located right on the river, this waterfront, dog-friendly food truck park has occasional live music and a minimal selection of beer and wines.
1541 Merrimac Circle
Plans include 200,000 square feet of retail space and riverside restaurants, 20 acres of townhomes, 200,000 square feet of office space and a signature hotel. Whole Foods Market, REI, Sur La Table and Taco Diner are just a few of the tenants announced so far.
Bryant Irvin Road at Arborlawn
Shops at Clearfork
Set to be an upscale, mixed-use development along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, The Shops at Clearfork’s key tenant is Neiman Marcus, set to open in the spring of 2017.
5143 Apache Plume
This mixed-use development will sit at the northwest corner of White Settlement Road and Roberts Cutoff. Upscale apartments will be available, and there will be 90,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and a 10,000-square-foot live music venue.
5336 White Settlement Road
By: Courtney Dabney