In the Austin neighborhood of Crestview is the charming family-oriented community of Northgate. Seamlessly blending eclectic single family homes alongside modern townhouses and condominiums, Northgate’s streets are a confirmation to the hometown slogan “Keep Austin Weird.”
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Along the tree-lined streets of the Northgate community, are brightly painted craftsman cottages, mid-century bungalows, and low-rise contemporary structures. While many of the homes here were built from the 1950’s-70’s, developers left the land as natural as possible so many Northgate homes for sale are on sizeable lots shaded by live oak, elm, and cypress trees. Such ample sized property is one of the most sought after qualities in looking at Austin neighborhoods.
Homes for sale in Northgate are a mix of home styles ranging from small older homes of about one thousand square feet to large multi-level duplex townhouses at two thousand plus square feet. Many of the older homes have been remodeled to fit today’s hectic lifestyle with open floor plans while keeping the vintage charm with butcher block countertops, built-in storage, and large front porches. Newer Northgate real estate developers have taken into consideration the existing neighborhood by using natural materials such as stone and glass in the construction. More modern elements like polished cement floors, double pane windows and lofted sleeping areas finish the contemporary design. There are still opportunities in Northgate homes for sale to find a well-priced diamond in the rough, which, with some imagination, can be polished into a real gem of a home.
Some of the homes for sale in Northgate border along a large park, North Austin Optimist, maintained by the club to provide sports opportunities to the youth in the community. Less than five minutes from Northgate is the Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park. Located along Shoal Creek, this park has eight baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, three swimming pools, fishing piers along the creek and a large playground. There is a covered picnic pavilion as well as several barbecue pits for the public. Within the Crestview area is the Wall of Welcome that was established in conjunction Brentwood, the adjoining neighborhood. It depicts the diversity of the community as well as historic and cultural events that have taken place.
There are many opportunities for shopping near Northgate. The fun and unique shops of the North Loop area of Austin are a very short distance away. Reduce, reuse and recycle seems to be the theme of many of these stores from vintage vinyl at Breakaway Records, recycled fabric at The Cloth Pocket, and reduced books at the Half Price Book Store. An organic food store called Arlen’s Market and a Fresh Plus gourmet grocery store just five minutes away. The Sunshine Community Garden has several opportunities in the late summer and fall to purchase fresh picked herbs and vegetables from their gardeners.
Within the Northgate area, there are several dining options. Misung 888 is a Korean BBQ where the chefs cook the meat for you so it’s always well charred. Eastside Pies is a local favorite spot to grab a hand-tossed thin crust pizza before the game. In addition to the standard sauce, Eastside Pies has a black bean sauce or chimichurri sauce and even a sauce made from hummus. For a happy hour or cocktails with friends, locals love the Black Star Coop and Brewery. It’s the very first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub in the world. Over 3000 people have joined with an annual membership and sweat equity. Anyone can have a brew and a burger but the cache is knowing the people who are serving you and those behind the scene are also vested in making every visit to Black Star memorable.
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