Long stuck in the shadows as Dallas little sister, Fort Worth has emerged as a major city in its own right. Part of the sprawling 12-county region known along with Dallas as the Metroplex, Fort Worth is a very big city with a surprising small-town feel. Although Fort Worth has a smaller population than Dallas, by itself it is still the 16thlargest city in the U.S. It also spans a whopping 350 miles and is considered by some to be the gateway to the western part of the country.
Fort Worth has a very strong economy that barely registered a blip during the 2008 recession. The housing market has also continued to grow since that time. Because there has been such an influx of new people to the area, Fort Worth also has a ton of available housing. New home construction has remained fairly steady to ensure that there are enough available apartments, homes for rent and houses for sale in neighborhoods all over the city.
Housing in Fort Worth is surprisingly affordable for such a major city, with a median home price of $93,500. People move around a lot within the Metroplex, so there are a high percentage of homes that are available for rent. Only 53.39 percent of homes are owner-occupied. Additionally, 9.77 percent of homes are vacant. The good thing about the fact that so many homes are either rentals or vacant means that if youre looking to rent a home in Fort Worth, you should have a huge variety of houses to choose from.
Particularly if youre new to Fort Worth, renting a home or choosing to rent to own can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the market. Fortunately most homes in Fort Worth are in newer and decent condition; almost all homes have been built since 1950, and nearly 25 percent have been built just since 1999. You can get a new, beautiful home thats in good condition for very little money. That extra money in your pocket can enable you to take advantage of all that the Fort Worth area has to offer.
There's always something fun to do in Fort Worth. The historic stockyards in north Fort Worth are something you must see at least once: with rodeos and the stockyard station, you can get a glimpse of the citys cowboy past. If shopping in a walkable urban setting is more your style, check out Sundance Square in the midst of downtown, which also offers nightlife and restaurants. Sundance Square is also home to the 2,056-seat Bass Performance Hall that occupies an entire city block and hosts world-class symphony, opera, ballet and other stage performances. Other aspects of Fort Worth that you may enjoy include the Kimbell Art Museum, the beautiful (and free) Botanic Gardens, and the renowned Fort Worth Zoo.
School systems within Fort Worth are also diverse. Some of the best reputed schools in Fort Worth include Arlington Heights, north Fort Worth, and suburban districts such as Keller, Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll, Burleson and the Northwest Independent School Districts.
Fort Worth is home to people from a variety of cultures, and they bring that culture to the food and art scenes in the area. Due in large part to the amount of disposable income in Fort Worth, people get to enjoy dining out often and there are plenty of good restaurants to accommodate them. The stereotype is that Texans love a good steak, and there are few places to get a better steak than in Fort Worth. If you have a special occasion or just the money to spare, dont miss Del Friscos Double Eagle Steak House, which is a Fort Worth legend located in the heart of downtown. Reata is another famous restaurant located downtown, with 20,000 square feet spread out over four stories, and you can dine on the rooftop if you want to have gorgeous views overlooking the whole city. And of course, when youre in Fort Worth, there is no shortage of delicious barbecue and Tex-Mex restaurants. There are so many good restaurants in Fort Worth that you could try a new restaurant every night and it would take you years to work your way through the list but chances are good that youd be dreaming about some of the ones you already visited and will want to go back!
Fort Worth has many unique neighborhoods, including the above mentioned downtown Sundance Square neighborhood. South Fort Worth includes both the Hulen area, as well as the University area by Texas Christian University which has older architecture and appeals to artsy types. Rivercrest is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Fort Worth and has historic mansions and is home to one of the oldest private country clubs in Texas. West Fort Worth neighborhoods include Ridglea, Ridgmar, and Arlington Heights, the latter of which is celebrated for its closeness to downtown. Eastern Fort Worth includes Meadowbrook, Eastchase and Handley/Ederville. North Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing parts of the city and includes the Fossil Creek, Park Glen and Summerfields neighborhoods.
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