Just south of downtown where the John Peter Smith hospital is located, the neighborhood is not very good. Also, east Fort Worth is not all that great either.
I lived in SW Fort Worth, off of Hulen just north of Wedgewood. There were several subdivisions out there with fairly new housing that were really nice. That part of town is almost like a town in itself -- almost any store that you can name is located out there. However, if you get online and check the statistics, it will list that area as high crime. It is probably because of the stores and possibly high rates of theft. The only problem I had there was that someone took advantage of the fact that I forgot to lock my car doors. They stole my flashlight and a bottle of hand sanitizer. On the other hand, one night I came home from work, left my apartment door unlocked all night long and did not have a problem.
My advice would be that if you are thinking about moving there, maybe rent first and find out what location you like the most. Then, consider purchasing a home. There are so many choices there, it may be hard to find an area that you like just by asking around or searching online....
Downtown â€“ splotchy, but neat old homes, area being renovated can buy small lot, old home, about 1500sf for about 130-200k depending on work needed.
West Side â€“ Como is not nice and bad crime. Small part of West side though. The rest of West side is renovated, historic Fort Worth and ranges anywhere from 250k to a few mil. Pretty nice area all in all. (These homes in Cali would be 500k for what is 250k here)
East side â€“ older area, some historic up to about 80â€™s and some new developments. Hilly, centrally located to everything, was bad in the 80s through 90s, but people are realizing itâ€™s potential. Large lots, close to Downtown, most houses are pretty nice. Iâ€™m buying here. I have to put up with some of the stragglers, but itâ€™s worth it in 5 years.
Southside â€“ not all that nice. Crime, not too bad, but I wouldnâ€™t walk around there. Houses arenâ€™t so nice for the most part.
Southwest side, quite, suburbs. Ok area. Have to drive through Fort Worth or around to get to Downtown. Lots of shopping, etc. though. Pretty nice. Newer area 70s-current.
Northside â€“ downtown is spreading there. It will eventually be re-done, and has super neat old homes, but itâ€™s rough. I wouldnâ€™t move there. I would buy investment property though.
Traffic to and from the mid-cities (Southlake, Keller, etc) and Dallas sucks. Not as bad as some of the other large cities, but still sucks. Itâ€™s pretty homogenous there as well. Very expensive. All of the suburbanites moved there.
It just depends on if you like City living or suburbs. Not much to do in the burbs, but shop and eat. Fort Worth has been growing and is pretty entertaining and getting better everyday.
For Fort Worth - I would buy safely in West side â€“ Camp Bowie area or TCU area. It is nice over there.
It would be helpful if you provided a price range for the type of neighborhood you are looking. There are some very beautiful Fort Worth homes in various price ranges. There are also some very nice suburbs around the Fort Worth area. Are you interested in a well established area, or an area experiencing rapid growth, maybe something in between. You can also enjoy the small town to the big city, slow or fast paced life style. To ask what are the best and worst parts of Fort Worth, TX remains an open ended question.
Personally, I like the Mansfield area. It provides a smaller town size with big city amenities. Home price ranges vary from $40,000 to $3,000,000. There are ranch size lots to 1/8 acre city lots. If you have kids, the elementary schools are exemplary rated, up through the High Schools bustling with Advanced Placement courses. Arlington is also next to Fort Worth on the East side. Along the Fort Worth/Arlington border, the Fort Worth side is extremely depressed riddled with 1-2 bedroom homes, crime, and drugs. The Arlington side of the border includes some of the nicest homes, lake front property, golf courses, and good schools.
I noticed on adviser said that South Fort Worth is bad, this is true and false. There are some very bad parts of South Fort Worth, and there are some beautifully restored older neighborhoods with upper class living. Send me your price ranges, tentative work location, and interests and I'll provide you with those neighborhoods in and around Fort Worth that will meet your needs. Good luck.
I'm a TCU Horned Frog. The surrounding area is very much hit and miss (we were featured on "Cops" more times than I care to remember during my four years in Fort Worth), but you are probably getting vague responses from REALTORS due to anti-steering guidelines. The advice of doing a little detective work through the local police departments is a good one. You should be able to find crime stats for different areas. I will say that there are some gorgeous neighborhoods just off campus, and I always loved downtown Fort Worth. Not sure about the housing downtown (I had other things on my mind in those days), but I recall the area as vibrant yet quaint at the same time. Best of luck, and check out "The Flying Saucer" pub if it is still around.
Good luck getting the info that you seek.