By Katarina Vanderploeg

Sunset Heights is a hidden gem located behind Central Market in west Fort Worth. The neighborhood is secluded from the busy traffic and carries a small-town vibe. 

The neighborhood offers views of Lake Como with ample trees and wildlife. From my home, I am able to see blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds. There’s also a large squirrel population here. It takes me about two minutes to walk to Lake Como, where you can see ducks and various kinds of waterbirds. My neighbors and I are all really passionate about the environment and protecting it. 

All my neighbors are friendly, and there are many residents who have lived here for decades. The residents in this neighborhood have that famous Southern hospitality, where oftentimes they will drop off food they’ve cooked such as ribs, potatoes and desserts. 

Before moving to Texas, I have lived in several different cities across the Midwest. Although each neighborhood I’ve lived in was unique in its own way, none can be compared to Sunset Heights. 

The location is what made me decide to move to this neighborhood. It’s convenient how close I am to everything. Downtown Fort Worth and Hulen Mall are both only a 10-minute drive away, while the neighboring city of Arlington is a 20-minute drive.

Since moving here in March earlier this year, I have discovered why many of the residents have lived here for so long. Sunset Heights is a tranquil, treasured trove. Living here in this neighborhood has been a breath of fresh air with its welcoming and refreshing atmosphere. 

One of my favorite local stores in the neighborhood is Central Market. They have a wide variety of fresh food with outstanding quality. They also have a cute outdoor dining area that’s perfect for hanging out. Salad and Go is conveniently located nearby as well. They serve as a quick, easy and healthier alternative to fast food. 

My favorite part of being a resident here is to lay out in my backyard and watch the sunset. I’ve encountered countless stunning sunsets right from the comfort of my backyard. 

Sunset Heights is certainly named correctly.

Katarina Vanderploeg studied marketing at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. She now works as a leasing consultant for a property management company. She is on Instagram @katarinamichelle_. She loves her job and loves helping people. Her hobbies include traveling, exploring and being outdoors with her boyfriend Tyler Wright. As a cat mom, Katarina also loves staying inside with her three cats, Suki, Ginny and Moochie and playing video games.

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Chongyang Zhang graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2021. Previously, he worked for his school newspaper, The Shorthorn, for a year and a half.