Crestwood is a quiet neighborhood nestled in a bend of the West Fork of the Trinity River two and one-half miles from the Fort Worth Central Business District. It's neighbor to the east is Greenwood Cemetery, to the north and west across the river the Rockwood Golf Course and to the south, the Monticello neighborhood. It is included in the 1855 John P. Thomas and Peter Schoonover Surveys and the 1861 Thomas B. Curry Survey.

Wm. J. Bailey, a former state senator, owned much of the land in 1906. The Elks Club Lodge on White Settlement Road was formerly Wm. J. Bailey's mansion. The Bailey family also developed Greenwood Cemetery. Bailey sold the land for Rockwood Park to the city in 1932 for $21,726.

After forming the Monticello Land Co. and developing Monticello in 1928, Bailey sold the land in 1939 to developers T. W. "Jack" Loffland and A.C. Luther, who later developed Ridglea. Lofland and Luther had earlier begun development of Westover Hills. With the housing shortage following World War I, and the coming to Fort Worth of the "bomber plant" and Air Force base, Crestwood boomed with most of the homes being built in the 1940's.

The flood of 1949 heavily damaged the Crestwood area, but it was rebuilt. A system of levees and lakes protects it from floods today.

White Settlement Road, the southern boundary of the neighborhood, began as the east-west stage line between Fort Worth and Yuma, Arizona in the 1850's. The Butterfield Overland Stage departed every day from the front door of the El Paso Hotel in downtown Fort Worth and proceeded 1,560 miles west to Yuma.

Original restrictions for Crestwood noted that no residence shall be built that costs less than $5,000. No trailers, house cars or other moveable structures shall be parked or placed on the lots and used as residence, servant's house or outbuilding and no livestock or poultry shall ever be kept on the lots.


Tall trees tower over the homes in Crestwood and stand in the middle of some of the neighborhoods' winding streets. The fertile soil in the bend of the river allows for beautiful lawns and plants. Architectural styles vary, each house being distinctive and not like any other. At the end of the bend, the northern section of the neighborhood has smaller bungalows.


The Crestwood Neighborhood Association Sponsors Easter Egg Hunts and a spring picnic for residents. It sends a representative to sector meetings and zoning board meetings, has a crime watch and a monthly newsletter. They are very proud of the trees located in the middle of streets and protect them against danger from cars and nature.


North Hi Mount, 3801 W. 7th St., 817-377-7280

W. C. Stripling, 2100 Clover Lane, 817-377-7230

High School
Arlington Heights, 4501 W. Rosedale, 817-377-7200


Nearest Fire Station: 205 University Drive, 817-871-6800, emergencies: 911
Nearest Post Office: 3301 Darcy, 817-336-7732
Nearest Grocery Shopping: W. 7th St.
Nearest Park: Rockwood Park
Nearest Mall: Ridgmar Mall
City Council District Number: 7
School District Number: 7
Voting Precinct Number: 4137

This information was conceived, researched and written by Wini Klein, REALTOR®, for the Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS®, with assistance from the City of Fort Worth Planning Department, Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County, Historic Fort Worth, Inc., Texas Christian University, Junior League, Fort Worth Independent School District, Tarrant County Tax Office, League of Neighborhoods and encouragement from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

© 1999, 2007, Wini Klein

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