Crestview (Austin, TX)
By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
 Austin is going to be turning the Ryan Drive storage lot into more housing and parkland development. Austin Energy purchased the 5.5 acres on the edge of Crestview in 1997, where it has been using the site for operation storage. This has been an ongoing discussion for years, privately among neighborhood residents wanting something more useful, and now publicly as the city of Austin finally decided to take initiative and move forward with the restoration plan. For many who live in the surrounding communities of Brentwood and Crestview, the cluttered storage has been an eyesore. Located just west of North Lamar Boulevard, at the corner of Justin Lane and Ryan Drive, plenty of pedestrian traffic gets to see this everyday. Including the people who come off the Crestview Metro Rail and Bus ...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
How adorable is this space at my turnkey ready listing in Crestview? This hallway has a selection of light blue and white textured wallpaper to showcase the area. My clients really know how to take advantage of their small space and showcase this room in the best lighting possible with the combination of colors and the use of textures.  Some people prefer wallpaper over paint because of its greater longevity, meaning that you won't have to go back and refinish the walls for years, or even decades. Taking advantage of trends in interior design such as wallpaper, is a great way to add aestethics to your home. Blue is an ideal shade to enhance the space of the room and what better place to do that than the hallway to really make it feel larger than it actually is. Interior designers use li...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
The Crestview Pharmacy, owned and operated since 1964 by The Harper Family, has been serving the Crestview / Brentwood Neighborhoods and surrounding communities in what is now North Central (Midtown) Austin. No longer the outskirts of Austin, these 2 popular neighborhoods have seen a lot of change in the last few years.  Last year the Crestview Mini Mart traded hands, and is now Arlan's Market .  The Little Deli still draws large lunch and dinner crowds, and you can stop in to see your favorite stylist at Crestview Barber Shop.  My family has seen the changes slowly unfold the past 15 years, but we still enjoy walking or riding our bikes to this community center.  We bid farewell and thank the Harpers for their years of service. 
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
This morning a call for help was posted on the Crestview Neighborhood Association Facebook page.  Black Star Co-op is owned by a community of more than 3,000 individuals and organizations, and they are democratically managed by their Workers' Assembly.  They are sending out an S.O.S, noted below, and need your help to keep the doors open.  It's cold outside and what better way to warm up this weekend!  Black Star is located along Airport Blvd in the Crestview Commons project right next to the Crestview Station (take the light rail over if you live in other areas of town and ditch the car!).  Actual address is 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Ste 100. Go Local and support Black Star this weekend! 
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
Violet Crown FestivalSaturday, May 7th, 2016 10AM to 5PM Brentwood Elementary School  Join a neighborhood tradition this weekend with the entire family.  There will be music, kids activities, food and artist / vendors for last minute Mother's Day gifts. Read about the full lineup and order of events throughout the day HERE.Today the festival is associated with Violet Crown Community Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, helping build a sustain community in Brentwood and Crestview by supporting neighborhood enhancement projects.  The first festival in 2003 was aimed at fulfilling a vision resident Jean Graham had for the 120 foot brick wall  fronting 7100 Woodrow Ave at the Crestview Shopping Center.  The Wall of Welcome was completed and presented in 2008 af...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
Last week I was grabbing a quick bite to eat at The Little Deli (The Club on wheat still reigns as my favorite) between meetings, and the Crestview Shopping Center was busier than the usual lunch time rush.  Earlier this Spring Arlan's Market purchased the Crestview IGA, ending 63 years of neighborhood service. We've slowly been watching the transformations inside the store.  New cash registers and credit card swipes at check out have been installed, a few new faces racing around.Last week the exterior marquee sign was replaced as cranes blocked traffic, and the old red awnings had been swapped out for a new shade of blue to match Arlan's color scheme.  The transformation seems to be complete at this point.  You can read a heart warming tribute about the Crestview IGA here from Voices o...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice Homes, LLC)
My wife and I can testify to the struggles of eating healthy when you are juggling work (we both have full time jobs), kids and their host of activities (even at the young age of our 2 children), our training regiments (Erika is running the 3M Half in January and I just completed the Chicago Marathon) and trying to keep our house is some sort of order.  I'd say we do a descent job of planning out healthy meals for the week.  We do punt and visit one of our staples, Galaxy Cafe, on occassion (locally owned with all natural options).  Of course there is always The Little Deli, which is frequent Friday night option because what's easier than pizza under the giant oak tree in the Crestview Shopping Center? I'm excited to hear last month's announcement about Baby Greens reopening on Anderson...
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