Janna Herrera and her husband Michael are two lifelong Fort Worth residents who call the Heritage neighborhood home. (Marcheta Fornoff | Fort Worth Report)

By Janna Herrera

My husband, Michael and I were born and raised in Fort Worth. We met as teenagers on a church youth group hayride. We dated for several years and went on with our lives separately in Fort Worth and within the DFW Metroplex until we reunited many years later and married. 

We had a home in northeast DFW but wanted to move back to where we were raised, Fort Worth. We love this city, which holds great memories of our developing years. Fort Worth is a little bit more laid back, down to earth and not pretentious like other big cities.

We began the home search, and one day literally drove right into the Heritage community from the east entrance. We had no idea where we were, west of U.S. Highway 377 driving to see what we would find. Did we find a gem of a community? Yes. What sold us? Its beauty. 

We came to learn that Heritage is relatively young; it was established in 2000 as a master-planned community and home to three highly acclaimed Keller elementary schools. Last year, the city of Fort Worth named the Heritage homeowners association the neighborhood of the year.

Driving through, you will see beautiful inviting entrances that flank the west and east and into each of the five neighborhoods. The tree-lined streets remind me of idyllic well established neighborhoods that seem so cozy with large tree canopies engulfing the streets and sidewalks. The most beautiful time of the year is the splendor of fall, with the color of the leaves changing to radiant red, gold and orange. 

As a homeowner, want to enjoy the outdoors? We are fortunate that the developers created walking and biking trails as well as six beautiful parks and five playgrounds.

Heritage is a true family-friendly community with all sorts of amenities right outside our front door and down the street. Those perks include a clubhouse, fitness center, two tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court, junior Olympic lap pool, kid and adult pools with two water slides and a splash park. We even have an award-winning swim team called the Heritage Hurricanes.

Events are abundant throughout the year for the residents with three key celebrations: an Easter egg hunt, July 4 Freedom Celebration and a Christmas tree lighting. How about goat yoga, movies on the lawn, autumn decor contest, and National Night Out to name only a few? If you can’t find something to do here, then you aren’t taking advantage of all that is at your fingertips.

Want to get involved, donate your time, and serve in the community? Residents have their choice of boards and committees to serve.

There are endless opportunities to meet fellow neighbors including participating in social clubs. Heritage has many that range from senior groups and book club to poker club and toddler time.

I remember many years ago when my husband and I would pass this area where we now live. We drove north on Interstate 35 West on Sunday nights from Fort Worth to Denton to take me back to my college dorm. At the time, there was nothing really north of Interstate 820, just a lot of darkness and stars to gaze at and undeveloped land. There was no Alliance Airport, no Texas Motor Speedway, no Bass Pro Shop and certainly no Buc-ees. It really was the country.

Now we call this neighborhood our home. Coincidence? I think not.

Heritage neighborhood

Total population: 3,329
Female: 56% | Male: 44%

0-9: 12%
10-19: 9%
20-29: 10%
30-39: 5%
40-49: 31%
50-59: 10%
60-69: 20%
70-79: 3%

High school: 10%
Some college: 26%
Bachelor’s degree: 52%
Post-graduate: 12%

White: 39% | Asian: 35% | Black: 23% | Hispanic: 3%

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Janna Herrera has been a Regional Sales Manager for a leading CPG company for 22 years managing and driving sales with her broker team. She serves in her community and enjoys staying engaged with city, state and national politics.

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