Let’s talk about the F-word… Fort Worth, that is! Of the 7+ million humans who populate the DFW Metroplex, almost one million of them reside in this rustic city (no, we did not take cows into account), and there’s a lot more to do than have a marg at Joe T.’s or visit the historic stockyards.
Upon being founded as a military outpost in 1849, Fort Worth quickly gained recognition as a king of the cattle industry, earning it the name ‘Cowtown,’ and has, in more recent years, come to be known as ‘Funky Town’ for its vibrant nightlife! What was once viewed as a somewhat conservative cowboy frontier, is now an inclusive and ideal place for singles (no shade) and families alike to settle down.
DFW is one metroplex, true. But Dallas and Fort Worth are not one city, so we’ve decided to make a long-overdue change to our company. As of today, Smart City Apartment Locating is officially serving Fort Worth as its own market, independent from Dallas.
“But you’ve always worked in Fort Worth, so what’s the big deal?”
The major difference between working Fort Worth as a neighborhood “in DFW” and giving it the respect it deserves as a unique city, is that we’ve created an official Fort Worth website with localized tools like neighborhood guides and recent leases. We’ve also launched city-specific social accounts on Facebook and Instagram, and you know if Fort Worth has its own Instagram, it’s got its own apartment deals, too!
Do you have a Fort Worth office?
We do not have a physical office in Fort Worth. Our Dallas office at 4000 Eastside Ave serves as HQ and the working space for the DFW Metroplex team.
Can I still work with my “Dallas” agent?
Yes! Our agents work all over the Metroplex and are more than happy to help you find an apartment anywhere in DFW. We locate in multiple markets within DFW including but not limited to, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine, Plano, Frisco, McKinney and MORE!
As we prepare to open markets in even more (Smart) cities this year, we thought it best to launch Fort Worth as an independent market first. In fact, our clients love good ‘ol Funky Town so much, that we thought we’d take it a step further and share a few popular spots to lease right here; check it out:
Westcliff is often referred to as “the next hot neighborhood.” It takes on the fresh vibe of Texas Christian University’s student population, and in the last few years has grown up a bit, as well. Whereas, before, Westcliff was known as the place all the college kids lived, now it’s blossoming into this cozy spot for all types of renters. So, not only is it still a great area for students attending TCU, it’s the perfect spot for transitioning out of college life and into the phenomena that is post-grad (#adulting)!
A property in the area that we love is Magnolia at University Heights. The floor plans here areefficient af – space is organized in a way that optimizes the amount of use and furniture placement that can happen within it. With features like ample over-head storage, sliding barn doors, and intuitive area flow, each unit feels like it’s much bigger than the square footage it hosts. Plus, it’s brand-spanking-new, a mile from TCU and close to the FW Stockyards and Downtown!
Sundance Square/ Downtown
This energy-filled district near Downtown is the city’s entertainment hub and home to endless activities, restaurants and coffee shops, shows and annual festivals. This little area was the catalyst for change back in the seventies and has since grown into one of Fort Worth’s hottest tourist and weekend destinations. Who doesn’t love popping into Pete’s Piano bar to perform a butchered duet, attending the annual Lonestar Film Festival, or hitting up a show at Bass Performance Hall?
Earlier this year, we featured Lofts at Alta Leftbank on the Dallas Instagram, boasting a very rad special of four weeks free, bringing starting rates down to less than $950! These gorgeous units offer loads of natural light, and while they’re a little closer to West 7th Street, the property is a mere mile from everything happening in Sundance Square downtown. Plus, you’ve got Snooze, Nekter, Full Psycle, Hopdoddy, Chuy’s all right outside your door! Did we mention this property offers residents exclusive hookups to local businesses and bars? You heard it here first!
West 7th Street District
This has long been the epicenter of premier dining, shopping and entertainment for Fort Worthians (or Fort Worthers – take your pick). Velvet Taco, Steel City Pops, 85C Bakery, Rodeo Goat, Trinity Park; the list of indulgences goes on and on. So it works for many of our clients who want to be in the center of it all, while still being nestled away in a spot that feels very “homey”.
One property we love in the area is Parkside So7. Apartments start around $1200 with rates going up from there depending on which floor plan and layout suits you best. Each unit boasts vaulted ceilings, upgraded appliances and sleek earthy finishes (hello, zen), and the location puts you walking distance from Trinity Park.
Samuels Ave (Rock Island)
This stretch of street, also known as Rock Island, stands out for its modern integration of some of Fort Worth’s most historic homes and original establishments. It has been coined as an up-and-coming area and with developments made in recent years, it seems like the progress isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Spend a little time outdoors at Trader Oak Park, grab a plate of breakfast tacos from Las Pericas, head 2 miles north and hang out at the Fort Worth Stockyards, or travel a few minutes south to explore the Pioneers Rest Cemetery for a settlers history lesson.
Samuels Ave may not be the longest stretch of street in the world, but our clients like it’s rather central location. We often lease at the Kelley at Samuels Ave, a property nestled right off the Trinity River. It boasts lots of modern, sophisticated finishes and its location puts residents less than 15 minutes from some of Fort Worth’s main attractions (West 7th St, The Stockyards, Sundance Square, the Watergardens; the list goes on). Plus, the doggie park on the property serves up all the good Downtown views for renters and their pups (just in case that’s a “must” on your list).
Attention all bikers, runners, sit-on-a-patio-with-a-beer’ers and outdoor enthusiasts alike – Have you checked out the southwest side of Fort Worth? You’ve got the newer Waterside shopping area, complete with a Whole Foods and other delicious neighboring restaurants (with patios and beers); and the Trinity Trails Southwest Trailhead right there, which has earned itself some rave reviews on Google.
We actually find ourselves leasing a decent amount of clients in this neighborhood at Alta Waterside. Totally makes sense – the property offers one, two and three-bedroom layouts, making it a great option for families; upgraded features like Bluetooth surround sound with built-in speakers, and hike and bike trail connections! Plus, last time we worked with them we established what we call a “negotiated deal,” which essentially means we enter an agreement with the property to exclusively offer clients leased through Smart City better pricing than usual. In this case, we negotiated an extra $500 gift card on top of current specials for move-ins in select units! Negotiated deals happen frequently with properties we work with in Dallas and we’re beginning to gain more and more traction in Fort Worth, as well!
Not working with an agent yet, but ready to get your Fort Worth apartment search started? Just fill out a search form and leave the rest to us! If you’re still weighing out the options, you’re always welcome to creep our Instagram and Facebook accounts (@smartcityfortworth & @smartcityapts) until it’s time to move, or just to see what The Metroplex is offering. Believe us, there’s something out there for everyone!