Your Expert Guide
There are so many great places to live in Fort Worth that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
Fort Worth is a changing and growing city, and real estate agent Pat Safian has been passionate about helping her clients find their own place in it — just like she once did.
Born in England, Pat lived in several states and countries before her military dad was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, which happened to be the city where she finally felt at home.
Ridglea Country Club Estates, located in southwest Fort Worth, holds an extra-special place in Pat’s heart. She spent nine years there with her then-husband, raising their kids. This neighborhood has also been an area of focus during her 20-year real estate career. So she knows firsthand how distinctive this private community is.
With 624 homes built around a beautiful 18-hole golf course, RCCE offers a beautiful setting that includes easy access to the Trinity Trails, right outside the entrance.
“I like that there is only one entrance in and out — and that many of the homes here are custom,” Pat says. “It’s a very quiet neighborhood, too.”
While it may feel like a bucolic slice of country living, Ridglea Country Club Estates is conveniently located near some of the best shopping and restaurants in Fort Worth, along with schools and Texas Christian University — and it’s only about 10 minutes from downtown.
Pat offered up a few of her personal favorites about life in Ridglea Country Club Estates. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
You can’t miss The Original, which is one of Pat’s top picks. Having served its legendary Tex-Mex since 1926, it’s Fort Worth’s oldest restaurant. During the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a regular when he came to town to visit his son. To this day, you can still order the “Roosevelt Special.”
Pat also recommends Campisi’s, another long-standing institution, for great Italian dishes; Lucile’s for classic, homey American food; and Angelo’s BBQ for the best smoked flavors.
For a menu that’s packed with hearty “contemporary ranch” flavors, you can head to Michaels Cuisine before the rodeo or a concert at Dickies Arena, which is just minutes away.
Where to play
Pat’s go-to place for some down time is Trinity Park for a bike ride or walking the trails. There is an access point just outside the entrance to the Ridglea Country Club Estates.
The Shops at Clearfork offer a different kind of relaxation, with top-notch shopping and dining.
What to see
Just a few miles west of downtown is the Fort Worth Cultural District. Pat loves the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which are right next door to each other and offer a wide variety of must-see collections and exhibits.
Where to live
“The majority of homes are traditional, single-story ranch-style properties with a few French Provincials thrown in,” says Pat.
The neighborhood also boasts large lots and beautiful, majestic trees, and there are even a handful of condos and townhomes available.
Pat Safian works and plays in Ridglea Country Club Estates. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email email@example.com, or call 817-690-6094.