There’s a reason why so many people want to move to Fort Worth. The nation’s 15th largest city, on pace to reach a population of 1 million within the next five years, boasts not just a reasonable cost of living and positive job growth — but also rising home values. According to Zillow, Fort Worth home values have gone up 10.7 percent over the past year and should expect to rise 9.1 percent within the next year. On top of that, the city continues to grow livelier, as new businesses bring development and more creatives transform the culture of Cowtown.
So, naturally, Fort Worth’s neighborhoods are teeming with diversity. Here’s a snippet of some of the hottest places to live.
Here’s another nickname for Fort Worth: “Funky Town.” If you need the definition of that, look at the Near Southside — the area that sits right below downtown, west of Interstate 35, where artists, musicians, chefs and entrepreneurs come to play. The Near Southside includes a portion of ZIP code 76104 which, according to the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS, saw a 153.6 percent increase in median sales price in the third quarter of 2018. According to longtime Fort Worth Realtor Martha Williams, the historic neighborhoods of Fairmount and Mistletoe Heights are hot spots. The median sales price in this area is $355,000.
The River District/Westworth Village
Further west, The River District/Westworth Village area is heavily attracting development, thanks to its proximity to the Trinity River and low crime rate, according to Trulia. New high-end, gated communities like River Heights and Rivercrest Bluffs offer homes that start in the $400,000 and $850,000 range, respectively.
River East’s neighborhood gem is the up-and-coming Race Street, where local shops like Gypsy Scoops and Born Late Records and Tattoos reside, and a new music venue, The Post at River East, is slated to open in April. Plus, River East is part of the 76111 ZIP Code, which boasted a 26.7 percent increase in median sales price in the third quarter of 2018. The median price for a home here is $173,000.
The TCU area doesn’t have all the fun stuff in Fort Worth — but it sure has a lot of it. Folks who live near TCU live in 76109, which encompasses the Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Colonial Country Club and retail centers like WestBend, The Shops at Clearfork and Waterside. Everything from older houses to new builds can be found here, and according to Williams, some lots for custom homes will sell for over $1 million.
The area west of downtown, north of Camp Bowie Boulevard, features two of Fort Worth’s more established, high-end neighborhoods — Monticello and Crestwood. According to Williams, younger families and professionals tend to gravitate to this area, just a stone’s throw away from the Museum District and the restaurants and bars of West Seventh Street. Most homes here range from $400,000 to $2 million.