Brentwood neighborhood is located in the north central part of Austin. The neighborhood is considered a part of Austin's urban core. The Brentwood neighborhood is well established and has been a part of Austin for more than fifty years. The neighborhood was originally a dairy land and an old cotton field but in the late 1940's the city of Austin decided to annex the field and farm. The city then used the area to establish the Brentwood neighborhood.
Brentwood neighborhood is now a trendy and popular area that is home to gorgeous tree lined streets and established homes. Many of the homes in the Brentwood neighborhood are bungalow style homes. Bungalows are normally one and a half stories and have a low pitched roof and horizontal shape. Many of the bungalows were two and three bedrooms and were purchased by GIs who desired to start families after World War II. Many of the original residents in Brentwood never left the neighborhood, and residents have built strong relationships over the years.
The Brentwood neighborhood is comparable to the Tarrytown or Clarksville neighborhoods. Future residents in search of affordable housing that cannot be found in Clarksville head to the Brentwood area. Although the neighborhood has many of its original home constructions, the popularity of the area and significant jumps in home values have caused the area to expand with new constructions. The neighborhood now has a unique integration of modern design and historic bungalows.
Residents of Brentwood have convenient access to the neighborhood park. Brentwood Park is nine acres in size and has a large range of amenities. The park features tennis courts, playgrounds, basketball courts, a volleyball court and swimming pool. The pool area is crowded with residents during the summer but is free of charge and includes a baby pool and shaded deck. One of the fields in Brentwood Park can be used for multiple purposes. Every year, the Violet Crown Festival is held in Brentwood park and is a neighborhood tradition. The festival offers residents a place where they can network, listen to music, and learn about the neighborhood's history.
The Brentwood neighborhood is located near the university as well as several high-tech companies. The neighborhood locations draws professors, students, and tech professionals creating a diverse demographic of people. Families who live in the area enjoy the great schools that are located in the neighborhood. Brentwood Elementary and McCallum High School both have excellent track records and curriculums which has garnered recognition and awards from the City of Austin. There are also numerous private schools in the area, including the prestigious Petite Ecole Internationale for students who desire French immersion.
In the 1950s several churches opened their doors in the Brentwood neighborhood. Many of the churches are situated on Woodrow Avenue which is now referred to as "Church Row." The Crestview Shopping Center is also located in Brentwood and was constructed in 1952. Shopping and recreational areas in addition to the established vibe of Brentwood make it a great neighborhood to live in.