The booming Fort Worth real estate market has created scores of modern subdivisions. A trip to the downtown core is akin to time travel, thanks to a treasure trove of early 20th century architecture. The Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal stands as a textbook example of Richardsonian Romanesque design. Fort Worth’s signature building, the Tarrant County Courthouse, is a Beaux Arts tour-de-force crafted from pink Texas granite. The Bass Performance Hall occupies an entire city block and features two-story hand-carved angels playing trumpets on its facade.
The Fort Worth Stockyards preserve the city’s Cowtown heritage. While its historic buildings house mostly bars and boutiques these days, you can still buy or sell a cow or see a rodeo here. Log Cabin Village is a city-owned living history museum showcasing Texas pioneer days buildings, while the Fort Worth Water Gardens creates a cooling urban oasis in the city’s downtown core.
Fort Worth is typical of the American South’s go-go housing market where demand often outstrips supply in the hunt for single family homes – even though the city is home to 227,528 such properties. For those waiting for the ideal starter home, there is living space in 6,860 multi-family and 31,669 other residential properties.
Commercial opportunities exist in 15,965 such buildings and 1,434 industrial assets. Further business opportunities are available in 728 mixed-use properties.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority services its 350 square miles of real estate with 36 bus routes. The compact downtown is serviced by Molly the Trolley, a vintage streetcar winding its way past hotels, tourist attractions and restaurants. The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail line covers the 32-mile distance to Dallas. For longer trips, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the ten busiest in the world.
The Fort Worth Independent School District overhauled its education system in 2010 to implement a Gold Seal Schools of Choice program. Its 13 high schools now stress college and career pathways. The crown jewel of Fort Worth’s higher education is Texas Christian University (TCU) and its eight constituent colleges.
Over two dozen treatment centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex banded together to form Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, non-profit hospital systems in America. A member of Texas health resources, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one the highest-rated medical facilities in the area and is considered high-performing in 8 fields.
According to FBI data, Fort Worth residents are at a slightly higher risk than the average Texan – chances for property crimes are 1 in 28, compared to a state average of 1 in 35.
In Fort Worth, food means Tex-Mex, and the long popularity of El Asadero on North Main Street is evidenced by the wear in the wooden-seated booths. You can also dine with 6,000 of your closest friends at the iconic Billy Bob’s Texas – touting itself as “The World’s Largest Honky-Tonk,” the locale is a popular nightclub and live music venue. Willie Nelson, Shooter Jennings and Pat Green are just some of the A-listers to have played this unique venue. For shopping and entertainment, Sundance Square is the go-to downtown destination, while La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth is an international-flavored shopping bazaar.
Every April half a million visitors flock to the Main Street FW Arts Festival, which floods the city with the work of over 200 local craftspeople. Considered “the museum capital of the Southwest,” Fort Worth delivers on its promise with the city’s Cultural District, which showcases 6 museums in a park-like setting. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest in Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo hosts some 5,000 native and exotic animals. The Stockyards Championship Rodeo and Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show takes place every weekend, while fall brings football passions to a boil with the TCU Horned Frogs.
The Texas Motor Speedway beckons to gearheads with a yearly Indy Car event and 3 major NASCAR weekends. On hot Texas summer days, the Trinity River is the most sought-after area in town, offering a bevy of water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and tubing.