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Neighborhood Spotlight: Brentwood / Crestview

Brentwood / Crestview | 78756 & 78757  Known for charming one-story bungalows with lush, spacious yards and an overall relaxed, vintage vibe, the neighborhoods of Brentwood and Crestview are packed to the brim with classic Austin character for any in search of a perfectly “weird” place to call home.  In recent years, the area has been in increasingly high demand and many new construction homes are being built there. Many, if not most, of the original ranch-style homes in the neighborhood have undergone renovations and interior upgrades. 

Average List Price: $492,268

Location

Located about 15 minutes north of downtown, Brentwood is bordered west to east by Burnet Road and Lamar, and north to south by Justin Lane and 45th Street. From Justin Lane up to Anderson Lane is Crestview, bordered on the east by Lamar and Burnet Road on the west. 

History

Developed in the late 1940’s, the Crestview / Brentwood area was originally a large dairy farm owned by Frank and Julia Richcreek, whose modest farmhouse still stands at 1405 Justin Lane. The neighborhoods were built mostly for returning WWII veterans and their young, growing families – one of whom, Bill Williamson, created the 8-foot-wide wooden star still found at the top of the Texas State Capitol rotunda. 

When Crestview was first being built and there were hardly any trees, the hills to the west were still easily viewable, as was the purple glow that graced them around sunset, coined the “Violet Crown.” This endearing nickname that captured the beauty of the new neighborhood would become the namesake of some of the most historic local businesses and events, like the Violet Crown Clubhouse and Violet Crown Festival.

Top Spots

For a bite: Dip Dip Dip Tatsu-Ya, Jewboy Subshop, Tumble 22, Barley Swine, Peached Tortilla, Bufalina Due, Stiles Switch 

For a drink: Little Longhorn, The Aristocrat Lounge

For fun: Yard Bar, High 5, Alamo Drafthouse 

For the kids: Phil’s Ice House, Brentwood Park and Pool, Toybrary, Violet Crown Clubhouse

Our Local Agent’s Picks: Kelli’s Top 4

Bell Real Estate agent Kelli McLaughlin is a proud resident of the Brentwood / Crestview area. Here are the hidden gems she recommends for a guaranteed beautiful day in her neighborhood.

  1. Enchiladas Y Mas for the best Tex-Mex in town – try the Comida Regular or chicken chalupas
  2. Little Deli & Pizzeria for a fresh slice of the day
  3. Lala’s Little Nugget for year-round Christmas cheer and holiday-themed cocktails to boot
  4. Arroyo Seco for an evening stroll along Hancock Creek

Considering a move to Brentwood or Crestview? Browse all the active listings in the area here, or feel free to reach out to our local agent Kelli McLaughlin for more personalized assistance. 

Image credit (in order of appearance): Crestwood Neighborhood Association; [Unpaved Justin Lane], photograph, 194X; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124873/m1/1/?q=justin%20lane%20austin: accessed August 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.; Dip Dip Dip Tatsu-Ya Facebook pageLittle Deli & Pizzeria Facebook page

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