Austinites are always looking for the new, hot neighborhood. But some of the city’s best spaces aren’t new at all. That’s definitely the case in Crestview, a charming 1950s-era development built on the site of an old dairy farm in north Austin. Home to some of the city’s iconic originals like Top Notch Hamburgers, featured in the film Dazed and Confused, and Lala’s Little Nugget, a permanently Christmas-themed dive bar, Crestview is Austin through and through.
Here’s why insiders love living in Crestview — and why you’re sure to fall in love, too.
The Neighborhood with a Great Vibe
So much of Austin is condominiums and high-rises. While that works for some people, nothing beats the laid-back, charming feel of one of the original north Austin neighborhoods. For those craving a cozier slice of Austin, Crestview fits the bill and then some. This area has the ambiance and charm of a quaint mid-century suburb, surrounded by some of the city’s most enticing restaurants and entertainments.
Residents rave about its “small-town feel.” Neighborly and tucked away from the hubbub of the city’s higher-trafficked areas, Crestview provides a great way to enjoy the perks of a small town life with all the amenities Austin has to offer. Basically, it’s the best of both worlds!
Crestview’s Ideal Location Means You’re Never Far from the Action
Situated between North Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road, Crestview is bordered on the north by West Anderson Lane and on the south by Justin Lane. This puts it in close proximity to a string of great restaurants, coffee shops, and bars just west on Burnet and a slew of eateries to the east on North Lamar. Talk about location, location, location.
Your Daily Commute
Traffic is a daily concern for any Austinite, and it’s no different for residents of Crestview. While the neighborhood itself is quiet and contains relatively little traffic, Crestview is located north of the city’s urban core, which means that you may experience quite a lot of traffic on main roads during rush hour.
The northeast corner of Crestview abuts the intersection of North Lamar and 183, which provides access to Austin’s highway systems and offers a near direct route to some of the city’s northern technology centers. Crestview also sits close to Capital Metro’s MetroRail, which can take residents north to Leander and south to downtown. Still, commuting will most likely prove time consuming — as with most neighborhoods in Austin.
The School System Is Nationally Recognized
Students living in Crestview attend Brentwood Elementary School, Lamar Middle School, and McCallum High School. All of these schools are part of the Austin Independent School District.
McCallum bears the distinction of being one of the city’s best schools for fine arts. In 2015, its fine arts academy was named the Grammy Foundation’s National Signature School. In short, Crestview’s high school has a lot to offer for budding artists, actors, musicians, and singers.
Local Fun with Urban Perks
Crestview residents have the benefit of being surrounded by plenty of entertainment. There are plenty of restaurants located along Burnet and South Lamar, and since the neighborhood has its own MetroRail station, it’s fairly easy to head south for a night on the town.
However, some of the best spots are right in the neighborhood. Stiles Switch Barbeque serves up old-fashioned home cooking, while Little Deli & Pizzeria adds some delicious mediterranean flair to the area. The neighborhood even has its own microbrewery, Blackstar Co-op, which dishes out upscale bar food and signature brews in a cozy, divey environment. Your tastebuds will thank you for moving here!
Where to Eat in Crestview
Some of the locals’ favorite eateries are the farm-to-table establishment Barley Swine, located just south of Crestview on Burnet, and the Peached Tortilla, also on Burnet, which features tasty Asian fusion fare and a killer cocktail menu. When you’re done there, hop over to the Aristocrat Lounge for a nightcap and a round of skee ball, or to Lick Honest Ice Creams for a scoop or two of artisan ice cream. Sounds like one tasty night!
With so many great perks in the neighborhood, it’s easy to see why Crestview residents are so fond of their little piece of Austin. Want in on the action? Contact us today to learn more about our Crestview listings and custom home building process. We’ll help you build a space you’ll be glad to call home!