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Crestview, a quiet, established neighborhood in north central Austin, is like a time capsule from the post-World War II boom years with a relaxed, low-key atmosphere and a welcoming feel. This ‘sweet spot’ area harkens back to its 1950s roots in the appearance of many of the homes and businesses. It's a classic Austin neighborhood: quiet and residential, with older, modest homes and local businesses, and a close-knit community. It's filled with charming bungalows and mid-century ranch homes boasting beautiful gardens and mature shade trees. Many of the homes have undergone upgrades to meet modern needs. In this quiet neighborhood, you may spot the occasional bumper sticker proclaiming, "Crestview: Close in and Far Out." Although Crestview once occupied the outskirts of Austin, it now offers the convenience of living centrally while retaining the peaceful charm that attracted its original residents. The wide, tree-lined streets and park areas make it ideal for families.
Developed in the 1950s and 1960s on the location of an old dairy farm, Crestview is a vintage Austin residential neighborhood. Many of the houses retain their original exteriors, while the interiors have been remodeled and modernized. Many have beautiful gardens. Crestview feels like a small town, although it's just a few miles north of downtown Austin. The neighborhood association is a vibrant and inclusive organization dedicated to supporting the neighborhood. Residents frequently walk, jog, push strollers, and lead dogs through the neighborhood. The neighborhood is known for its friendly feel, epitomized by the Wall of Welcome, a mural along Woodrow Avenue.
About half of the residents are couples or families, and the other half are single young professionals, University of Texas students, or seniors. Residents maintain a strong community spirit and stay close to the area's farming roots. The Urban Patchwork relies on volunteers to plant crops in local gardens and share them with residents. Locals also support school plays, fundraisers, and clean-up and community events. Local businesses include The Little Deli, Crestview Minimax, and the original Threadgill’s (famous for obtaining the county’s first liquor license and, later, showcasing the talents of Janis Joplin). The Violet Crown Festival in May celebrates the unique character of the neighborhood while raising money for community projects. Though the area is primarily residential, Crestview's tiny business district—bordered by Woodrow Avenue, Arroyo Seco and St. Johns Avenue—has a loyal clientele. Lines form at lunchtime at Little Deli & Pizza, and hamburger fans can satisfy their ground-beef cravings at on Burnet Road at Top Notch, the drive-in featured in Richard Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused. A local favorite for hot beverages and desserts is Genuine Joe Coffeehouse on Anderson Lane
Although there are no city parks in the neighborhood, Crestview residents have access to major parks, as well as top-rated public and private schools. Just to the south of the neighborhood is 9-acre Brentwood Park where residents can make use of the basketball courts, swimming pool, playground, and tennis and volleyball courts. Also, the North Austin Optimist Club holds a lease on a baseball and softball field for local youth teams. Area parks and shopping centers, like the Crestview Minimax IGA, resemble colorized versions of "Leave it to Beaver." The simple charm from this neighborhood is found from the surrounding amenities that have remained well maintained. Several miles of family-friendly trails meander across the nearby Shoal Creek nature trail.
One of only two Central Markets which grace Austin is close to Crestview offering lucky residents the best meat, produce, wine, spices and dry groceries available, in addition to weekly cooking classes. With so many nearby amenities, residents of this centrally located neighborhood of Austin can stay put, with every creature comfort right around the corner. The Metro Rail Red Line stops at the Crestview station, located at Lamar and Airport boulevards. Trains run on weekdays between Leander and downtown Austin. The station led to the creation of a new mixed-use development—Midtown Commons—that's expected to attract more residents and commerce. In addition to its Metro Rail stop, Crestview is served by a number of bus routes that link the neighborhood to the University of Texas campus and downtown Austin. Students can ride the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) shuttle line; residents can take the #1L/M, #101, #3 or #5 bus lines to the city's downtown core. For those seeking to travel elsewhere in the city, Capital Metro operates a park-and-ride at U.S. 183 and Lamar Boulevard, just a block north of the neighborhood's northeast corner
The revitalization of Crestview and the surrounding neighborhoods has been a boon to the local schools which are part of the Austin ISD, and the higher value of these area schools makes this section of Crestview homes particularly attractive for families. Brentwood Elementary (PK-5), known for its organic gardening program, offers an arts-based educational program to nurture children for success before moving on to the fine arts academies of Lamar Middle school (6-8) and McCallum High School (9-12). McCallum, in particular, has earned the notable distinction by the Grammy Academy for recognition by as one of the best high school music programs in the country.