In this quiet neighborhood filled with mid-century homes, you might see a bumper sticker or two asserting, "Crestview: Close in and Far Out." Crestview prides itself on its calm, low-key ambiance, and residents can frequently be seen walking or jogging through the neighborhood. The neighborhood is known for its friendly feel, embodied by a mural along Woodrow Avenue called the ‘Wall of Welcome’.
Crestview is sometimes combined with the Brentwood neighborhood and referred to as the Brentwood/Crestview area. However, Crestview is its own distinct neighborhood, with boundaries on Anderson Lane (North), Justin Lane (South), Burnet Road (East), and North Lamar (West). Covering over one square mile, the neighborhood is just minutes away from Highway 183, which provides quick access to Interstate 35, about a mile to the east, as well as MoPac Boulevard about a mile to the west.
Built in the 1950s and early 1960s, the neighborhood attracts people who value the quiet, relaxing environment of an established area, just outside of the geographic center of the Austin metropolitan area. Crestview is packed with attractive bungalows and mid-century ranch homes with characteristically beautiful gardens, shaded by mature trees.
Once occupying the outskirts of Austin (built by developer A.B. Beddow on the site of an old dairy farm), Crestview now offers the convenience of central living while still retaining the peaceful charm that attracted its original residents. The wide, tree-studded streets and close by Brentwood Park make the Crestview community ideal for families and buyers looking for older pier and beam houses at more affordable prices.
Most homes in the neighborhood were built between 1940 and 1960, but residences were still going up into the 1970s. The majority of dwellings in Crestview are single-family homes, but the neighborhood does contain some condos and rental units as well. A typical single-family house here ranges from $240,000 to $290,000 with a high of over $600,000. The average listing price in Crestview is around $350K. Homes in Crestview are typically smaller than the city's median size, with the average square footage being in the 1,500 sq ft range.
Local businesses include icons include 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 distinctive character of the Crestview neighborhood and is a fund raising event for community projects.
Crestview is served by several bus routes linking the neighborhood to downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus. The MetroRail Red Line, Austin’s area commuter train, is close with stops at the Crestview station, located on Lamar and Airport Blvd. On weekdays, trains run between Leander and downtown Austin.The rail station’s opening a few years ago led to the development of a new multi-use area called Midtown Commons at Crestview Station. The mixed residential, restaurant, retail facility is a 70+ acre transit village with direct access to a major Austin MetroRail stop in Midtown. Residents enjoy modern housing options in the midst of a concentration of office and retail - all in a pedestrian-friendly setting that allows minimal dependence on a car, through efficient train and bus availability.
There are no city parks within the neighborhood's, but Brentwood Park lies just south of Crestview. The 9-acre park offers residents basketball courts, a swimming pool, a playground, as well as tennis and volleyball courts. On Morrow Drive, just west of Lamar Boulevard, the North Austin Optimist Club sponsors a baseball and softball field for youth games.
Public schools in the Crestview area are part of the Austin Independent School District, and students in the neighborhood attend one of the following schools: Brentwood Elementary, Lamar Middle School, and McCallum High School.