Moving to a new city can be hard, thats why we have compiled a list of the best places to live in Fort Worth for you.

That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Fort Worth City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Fort Worth’s most popular neighborhoods.

This list and our “Best Neighborhoods in Fort Worth,” “Best Suburbs of Fort Worth,” and our “Best Neighborhoods for Families in Fort Worth” lists are more in-depth neighborhood guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhop—movers in Fort Worth and beyond).

A Little About Fort Worth and its Neighborhoods

You don’t have to be a cowboy to live in Fort Worth. Yes, you’ve probably heard of the area’s famous gun shows, rodeos, and bull riding. But one weekend in Fort Worth will show you that there’s so much more to this growing city than souvenir shops that sell bottle openers shaped like a boot. In fact, this city, sitting 30 miles west of Dallas, is growing faster than more widely known cities like Austin and San Francisco. 

Why this rapid growth? Fort Worth has mastered the balance of a small-town feel with vibrant urbanism. Popular residential areas around the city have low crime rates. Housing prices are lower than in other large cities in Texas. And residents take pride in and preserve the area’s interesting yesteryear, making it a city rich in history and full of entertainment. 

Oh, and because of BBQ Brisket. 

Residents usually talk about the city by dividing it into regions – for example, “north side” or “east fort worth,” or they’ll reference popular areas in the city like Downtown, the Stockyards, and the Camp Bowie District. Fort Worth is further sub-sectioned into dozens of neighborhoods, some that resemble the old west, some glittering with city lights, and framed by high-rises. Below, we’ve narrowed down five Fort Worth neighborhoods that are growing especially fast. Keep reading to see what’s up and coming in this welcoming, western city.

CULTURAL DISTRICT / WEST 7TH

This bustling area is where most of the action is taking place in Fort Worth. Loaded with the city’s most unique shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, West 7th Street and the Cultural District have quickly become one of the most vibrant entertainment scenes in the city. 

West 7th spreads across five walkable blocks, the Cultural District spans down to the Arlington Heights area. And in this portion of the city, you’ll find high-end dining, local fashion retailers, theaters, music venues, rodeos, botanical gardens, and an impressive collection of museums.

What’s Happening in the Cultural District & West 7th

To get the best overview of the Cultural District and West 7th street, hop on a bike from one of the many Fort Worth Bike Sharing stations. Stop by the impressive Fort Worth Zoo. Next, visit the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and veer off through the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a drink and do some shopping at the historic Montgomery Plaza. Then end your day with a show at the acclaimed Casa Mañana theater. 

Schools in the Cultural District & West 7th

Schools in the area include North Hi Mount Elementary School, Stripling Junior High School, and Trimble Technical High School among others.

Homes in the Cultural District & West 7th

Many residents in the area live in condos, townhomes, and apartments elegantly scattered and snug between the shops and restaurants in the area. Here are some of the current houses for sale and apartments for rent in the area.

ALAMO HEIGHTS

With affordable homes that don’t need too much TLC, Alamo Heights has become a recent up-and-coming area for young professionals, families, and real estate investors. Located just south of Arlington Heights, this area sits snug between Hwy-30 and Chisholm Trail Pkwy. Alamo Heights has a residential feel, but there are several restaurants and cafes easily in walking distance from the homes throughout the neighborhood. 

What’s Happening in Alamo Heights

Alamo Heights features cuisine from around the world. Try the authentic Mexican street tacos at Taqueria Melis, or the spicy basil fried rice and curries at Thai Terrace. A few blocks away, Drew’s Place serves soul food dishes like fried chicken and smothered pork chops. Or stop into the chic Mi Cocina for modern takes on Tex-Mex dishes and craft cocktails.

Other popular stops in Alamo Heights include Vickery Boulevard Cafe, the Swiss Pastry Shop, Railhead Smokehouse, and Flying Fish. Residents enjoy easy access to the wine, beer, coffee, meats, and fresh produce at the gourmet Central Market. And the nearby Lake Como and its adjacent park offer a space for locals to stretch their legs or hit the basketball courts. 

Schools in Alamo Heights

Schools in the area include South Hi Mount Elementary School, Stripling Junior High School, and Arlington Heights High School among others.

Homes in Alamo Heights

Many of the homes in Alamo Heights are garbed with well-kept lawns and small trees. Check out some of the current houses for sale and apartments for rent in the area.

WHITE SETTLEMENT

This laidback and welcoming community is full of a blend of residents including singles, young professionals, and families. White Settlement’s low crime rate, affordability, and convenient location (close to Fort Worth proper and about 20 minutes from downtown) make it one of the best areas in the city to buy a home. If you’re looking to avoid city traffic, buy an affordable first house, or find a budget-friendly, family-friendly place to call home, give White Settlement a good scan.

What’s Happening in White Settlement

White Settlement offers several dining and drinking options to its residents. Influenced by the coffee houses in Europe, Buon Giorno serves espresso beverages and signature drinks. If you’re hungry, sample the delicious Czech pastries and savory meat sandwiches at Pearl Snap Kolaches. Or grab an egg, cheese, and chorizo sandwich at Daybreak Cafe & Grill. 

White Settlement also features several outdoor recreation destinations. Bring the family to the Splash Dayz Waterpark. Or take a 10-minute drive on the weekends to Lake Worth.

Schools in White Settlement

Schools in the area include West Elementary School, Fine Arts Academy, and High Point Academy among others.

Homes in White Settlement

You won’t find any high-rise condos or luxury apartments in the area, but White Settlement is a great place to buy or rent a home. Here are some of the current houses for sale and homes for rent in the area.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

Arlington Heights is home to a blend of residents of all ages and stages in life. Families post up next to young professionals, and the area offers plenty of affordable housing options, whether you’re looking for a 1-bedroom apartment or a 4-bedroom home. 

This neighborhood feels like a little suburban pocket that’s tucked close to busier areas like the Cultural District and West 7th. And residents enjoy their easy commutes to any part of the DFW area via nearby I-30. 

What’s Happening in Arlington Heights

Camp Bowie Blvd. runs through the center of Arlington Heights. This street features most of the area’s best restaurants and shops. For boutiques, high-end stores, and the Movie Tavern, check out Montgomery Plaza. The nearby Fort Worth Botanic Garden houses over 2,000 species of plants. Or for some eats and drinks, check out some of the neighborhood favorites like Blue Bonnet Bakery, Mash’d, Landmark Bar & Kitchen, and Craftwork Coffee Co.

Schools in Arlington Heights

Schools in the area include South Hi Mount Elementary School, Stripling Junior High School, and Arlington Heights High School among others.

Homes in Arlington Heights

The quiet residential areas of Arlington Heights are filled with many beautiful and affordable places to live. It’s a great spot to buy your first home, with lots of smaller bungalow and craftsman-style homes. Here are some of the current houses for sale and apartments for rent in the area.

FAIRMOUNT

Fairmont is one of the most unique and eclectic neighborhoods in Fort Worth. Dating back to the 1800s, Fairmont is also one of the largest historic neighborhoods in the southwestern United States. The past 10 years have brought an uptick in investment and growth in the area, and today, Magnolia Avenue is buzzing with new businesses and some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. 

With convenient access to Downtown, TCU, and the thriving Cultural District, Fairmont is a great location for singles, professionals, and young families. While this neighborhood is thought by many locals to be the most up-and-coming spot in the city, the area is still affordable with plenty of room for newcomers.

What’s Happening in Fairmount

Fairmont is known for its exciting community events like ArtsGoggle and Open Streets. But aside from these occasional block parties, this neighborhood features plenty of great restaurants, bars, cafes, community gardens, live shows, and corner shops. 

Start your morning here with a cup of coffee from Brewed, Casablanca, or Dixie House Cafe. Take a stroll through the Fairmont Garden. Treat yourself to two scoops at Melt. Grab a brisket taco from the Mexican Inn Cafe. Buy a bottle of wine, and end the evening with a live concert at Arts Fifth Avenue.

Schools in Fairmount

Schools in the area include De Zavala Elementary School, Daggett Middle School, R.L. Paschal High School, and Trimble Technical High School among others.

Homes in Fairmount

The houses in Fairmount are incredibly charming with homey wood siding and large welcoming front porches. There are also lots of places for rent in the area. Shop around and check out some of the current houses for sale and apartments for rent in the area.

There you have it: 5 up-and-coming neighborhoods in Fort Worth!

We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhop. As we said, we coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Fort Worth, and we would love to help.