Fort Worth, TX is proud of its Cowtown moniker, but that doesn't mean that this half of the "Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex" is backward or in any way inferior. No sirreee -- and though you'll still find cowboys (and even cows!) in Fort Worth, the city of just under 800,000 people has a little something for everyone and a lot of charm and appeal to boot!
Fort Worth's past as a dusty cattle-driving outpost along the banks of the Trinity River has given way to its present as a progressive and cultured city with an eye on the future and a serious respect for tradition. You can witness the twice daily cattle drive of the Fort Worth longhorn herd from the sidewalks and restaurants near the Stockyards, and the annual Stock Show and Rodeo is legendary.
Finding an Apartment in Fort Worth, TX
As in any large city, there are large apartment complexes with landscaped grounds and resort-like amenities, and there are pockets of quaint older duplexes, townhomes and bungalows for rent in the historic districts, particularly south of the city center, near the campuses of Texas Christian University and Texas Weslyan.
If you are looking for modern conveniences, close to shopping, restaurants and nightlife, you will want to stay closer to the center, although there are smaller shopping areas and local cafes in every part of the city. If you are leisure-time oriented, you can find delightful apartments near Benbrook Lake or one of the other lakes, near one of the city's parks or golf courses, or in newer gated compounds with their own small lakes, streams and fountains as wells as pools, fitness facilities and walking trails.
Neighborhoods in Fort Worth, TX
The city has a compact, pretty, bustling downtown with its share of high-rise buildings, a well-developed museum district and cultural area, a fine university district and numerous residential areas, each with distinctive personalities and neighborhood character.
With more than 150 distinct neighborhoods, you will have no trouble finding suitable housing in this large but diverse city. Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas, with a vast land area, and the vast majority of residents get around in their own vehicles. Learn to love driving -- public transportation is not well supported, nor is it very efficient. You will also more than likely want to find a residential neighborhood on the same side of the city as your office, or near campus if you are still in school. The commute from one side of the city to the other could take a major chunk of of your day.
If you look at the outline of Fort Worth on a map, you will see that it grew -- like Topsy -- its borders are ragged and there seems to be little sense to the boundaries. But each of those odd-shaped areas most likely represents a specific and cohesive neighborhood that was at one time independent. It can be confusing; and it may be wise to seek local advice when looking for a place to live. At the least, plan to spend some time simply driving around to get a feel for the various areas before consulting with a real estate agent or apartment leasing consultant.
Cultural Life in Fort Worth, TX
The city may have been born with a Western accent, but art, music, outdoor beauty and special events abound in Fort Worth. The city's cultural district houses five respected museums in a park-like setting and you can walk from one to the other while enjoying the outdoor scenery. The Museum of Modern Art, the Kimball Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art are world renowned; the Museum of Science & History is a family-friendly place full of interesting exhibits and an Omni-Imax theater, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame tells the stories of courageous women of the American West.
Varied Delights Attract Visitors
Fort Worth's downtown water gardens are like an oasis in a sometimes hot and dusty city, providing a daily show for visitors who come to watch the fountains and "drink in" the spectacular futuristic stepped fountain set amid the tall buildings of the business district. Sculpture graces public spaces throughout the city. The new Sundance Square also features a dancing water display that invites splashing and loitering. The Fort Worth Zoo and the Botanic Gardens, which now includes a waterwise conservation area highlighting drought-tolerant plants among its many separate gardens, are both major destinations for residents and tourists alike.
Music and Nightlife in Fort Worth, TX
Living in Fort Worth is a toe-tapping, singin' along kind of life. Concerts range from the local symphony's concerts in the park series to big-name country entertainers who visit regularly, to the Saturday night dancehalls with a wealth of local talent every weekend. True to its roots, Fort Worth also boasts a number of saloons, music halls, restaurants and lounges with live music.
There is a two-day music festival every spring that brings a score of blues, jazz, pop, Indie Rock and Alt Country performers to town, and the world's largest honky tonk, Billy Bob's Texas welcomes crowds to its Stockyards location for it own brand of country and western good times. The yearly Van Cliburn competition takes place in Fort Worth, and there is also ballet, opera and live theater.View Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas
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