Century-old Rivercrest balances city life with a quiet lifestyle
By Rick Mauch
Candy’s Dirt Contributor
For more than a century, the Rivercrest neighborhood has been an elite place to live in West Fort Worth. With some of the most well-designed and historic homes in town, it’s close to downtown, yet quiet enough to raise a family.
Technically named Crestline – although no one calls it that – the neighborhood dates back to 1911 when the first house was built there. Shortly before 1920, it grew enormously when major oil companies began choosing it for their residences, a trend that has continued for over 100 years.
The area has the highest average household income in the city, with households earning over $200,000.
The neighborhood has one beautiful home after another. Those lucky enough to live on the cliffside of Crestline Drive have breathtaking views of the nearby river.
Good luck getting into one of them, though.
They rarely go to market. Homes valued at $1 million or more are not uncommon in Rivercrest. That’s well over double the average price of a home elsewhere in Fort Worth. According to Neighborhoods.com, homes cost an average of $441 per square foot.
Baldridge House, a Georgian mansion built when the neighborhood was just getting started, has been beautifully preserved. In 1978 it was designated a Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
The neighborhood also has modern touches. An interesting house at 4024 Bryce once belonged to a pop artist known as Erzseke, a TCU graduate. The eclectic design home has been listed for $2.85 million.
In short, the 76107 zip code, where Rivercrest is located, is one of the most desirable and exclusive places to live in the city. Its laid back atmosphere creates a great mix of city and suburban living, an escape from the city with that same city just a short distance away for those with a job downtown or just wanting to enjoy the entertainment and culture that offers the region.
The neighborhood is also home to one of the top 100 high schools in the state – the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, located on the grounds of Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus. It highlights students in grades 9-12 seeking careers in the demanding fields of biomedical science, providing hands-on experiences for all levels.
Other top schools in the area include Arlington Heights High School, North Hi Mount Elementary School, and Stripling Middle School.
The neighborhood is north of Camp Boulevard just west of the Arts District.
As for entertainment and culture, nearby are the Kimbell Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, and Fort Worth Zoo, ranked among the top zoos in the nation. Also nearby is the Dickies Arena, which hosts major sporting events, such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, as well as concerts featuring Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart, and more.
The River Crest Country Club, which was established around the same time as the neighborhood (after all, it bears the same name), is Fort Worth’s oldest golf course, preceded in North Texas only by the Dallas Country Club ( built in 1896). The River Crest Country Club was among the first in the state to include residential development on its acreage.
Many houses in the neighborhood offer an exceptional view of this emblematic course.
Rivercrest is also a safer neighborhood for residents. The crime rate is lower than the Fort Worth average.