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Old 07-29-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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Hello everyone, I have been reading the posts in these forums for a while. I have finally decided to post.

I am moving to Fort Worth in a week. For the time being, I will be living in a hotel. I really have no clue where to live. I will be working on Taylor St and would like to stay in or close to downtown for now. I visited the area and viewed Ridglea Village, The Berkeley, Gallery 1701, AMLI Upper West Side, and 7th Street Station apartments. My top choices are Ridglea Village, The Berkeley, and AMLI Upper West Side. I am a bit concerned about the negative things I have heard about the area Ridglea is in. Is it really that bad? Do most people live outside of Fort Worth and commute in?

Do you know of any other apartments or areas you think are worth taking a look at. I would like to have grocery stores, shopping, etc nearby. I am concerned I will not be able to have this downtown.

Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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You may want to check out Montgomery Plaza. There are lofts above restaurants and it is in a shopping center and there is a Super Target right there. It looks like it is going towards the trendy lofty side and it is right between downtown and the cultural district.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:57 PM
 
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Many people do live outside of Fort Worth and commute in. However, many also live here and enjoy living close to the city, independent restaurants & businesses, and not having to commute. Here are some additional rental options that are cool and somewhat affordable. Links followed by color commentary.

Victory Arts Center
1420collegeftworth
Development Tour: Dalal Building Mixed-Use, Near Southside | Fort Worthology

What the Victory Arts Center lacks in location (let's say the area is "grungy") it makes up for in being pretty darn amazing. The College Ave. apartments are located in the up-and-coming (which also means a tad grungy) Fairmount District. People here are friendly, and it is the kind of neighborhood where people sit on their front porches and talk to their neighbors. The loft that was posted on Fortworthology looks cool, and if it is where I think it is, is near the Fairmount District and is located in the Near Southside (which is a 5 min drive from a Fiesta grocery store, and a 10 minute drive from Central Market, the grocery store all the other grocery stores want to take to the Prom).

Good luck with the search!
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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you don't mention what you can afford to pay for rent
that is significant factor in where you might be able to live
Montgomery Plaza is "hot" as they say and I would think it is one of the more expensive areas to live in-the condos above the restaurants are for sale--not rent--as far as I know and most of them have been sold after a slow start
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses! My budget for an apartment is $1250.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Once more place, now that we know your budget:

SoSeven – So7 – residential, retail, townhouses, condos, lofts, Museum District, Trinity Park Fort Worth, Texas

This is a new mixed use space which is in a great location, is within walking distance to a park, shopping, and restaurants and is right next to down town.
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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I lived at Amli Upper West Side for 1 year and it was great! I've lived in over 6 different apartments in my life and this was definitely the best one. I had a 1 bed 1 bath.
Pros: Walking distance to downtown, beautiful views from some of the higher floors, drive up to your floor parking (covered parking garage)-- this makes it so easy to unload things, good price (much cheaper than most of the apartments downtown), great swimming pool/hot tub area-- we used to use this a lot-- you get a beautiful view of downtown while soaking in the hot tub, no problems with water going out or other maintenance issues in the apartment.

Cons: High electric bill-- in the range of $120 - 150 each month, and you have to use their cable/internet provider through the apartment, so they mark up the price
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