The Crestview neighborhood, built by developer A.B. Beddow on the site of an old dairy farm, attracts people who value the quiet, relaxing environment of an established area that's just east of Northcross Mall, the geographic center of the Austin metropolitan area.
Residents remain true to the area's agricultural history by supporting gardening efforts by the nonprofit Urban Patchwork, who plants crops in area yards and shares the fruits of volunteers' labors with homeowners. And Brentwood Elementary, the neighborhood's primary school, is known for its organic gardening program. In addition to planting gardens, residents cultivate a strong sense of community by planting signs on their lawns promoting school plays, church fundraisers, roadside clean-ups and community events such as the Violet Crown Festival. Crestview's streets are also speckled with locally owned businesses.
Crestview covers about 1.2 square miles and is just moments from U.S. Highway 183, providing quick access to Interstate 35, about a mile to the east, as well as MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1), about a mile to the west.