(Driving to DFW Airport: About 35-40 minutes)
Want to see where the West began? Then put on your boots and head to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Here, a cattle drive still happens twice a day, and tourists flock to the streets to see the history and lore of the American West—with souvenir shops, art galleries, and fine jewelry retailers just waiting to show off their wares. The city’s Northside is being revitalized and already has a handful of fine Mexican food restaurants and other local eateries. And the historic Rose Marine Theater is up and running with a variety of shows, art exhibits, and movies.
Just on the other side of I-35 sits the quiet, tree-lined streets of Oakhurst. This community of 1920s historic homes is consistently named one of the best places to live in the city (it also has the oldest neighborhood association). Its charming assortment of small and large Tudor and bungalow-style homes are priced around $140 per square foot, making it one of the most affordable spots in the city. In Oakhurst, every house is different and thriving backyard gardens and wandering roosters are commonplace sightings on these large lots.
In the past decade, far north Fort Worth has exploded. Houses and apartments are going up lickety-split, and retailers and restaurants are working hard to keep pace with the area’s fresh demand for entertainment.
Located off I-35 and Heritage Trace Parkway is Alliance Town Center. The shiny, new shopping development is packed with everything a family needs to stock their home, fill their tummies, and enjoy a night out. It was built to serve the influx of folks buying houses in new master-planned developments like Summerfield, Park Glen, Heritage, and Quail Grove. The area is home to more than 20 subdivisions that support about 55,000 households, and it’s the fastest growing area in Fort Worth. Businesses have found their niche in this part of the city, too, with big-name companies like Amazon, FedEx, and BNSF Railway calling this flourishing part of the city home. The first of five Facebook data centers went online in Fort Worth in summer 2017. The billion-dollar project will be another boon in this already bustling economy.