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TRIBEZA’s Neighborhood Guide to North Austin

Explore top agents' personal favorites in these North Austin neighborhoods

No one knows Austin like its real estate professionals. Austin’s top agents, brokers, and advisors share their intimate insight into their favorite hot spots in North Austin in this year’s TRIBEZA Neighborhood Guide.

Explore top agents’ personal favorites in these North Austin neighborhoods:

Crestview/Brentwood | Allandale | Northwest Hills | Highland Park West

Crestview/Brentwood: John Dunham

John Dunham | Broker Assosciate + Principal Agent | Juice Real Estate Group | | 512.431.3654

At local wine and coffee shop, The Violet Crown, John leans on his blue ’66 Bronco, a signature you’ll see parked outside his area listing

Anyone who spends time around Midtown Austin likely recognizes John Dunham’s vintage blue bronco driving to and from house showings in Crestview. This is the neighborhood where he bought his first home in Austin after college, and where he and his business partners established the Juice Real Estate Group Headquarters in 2019. Midtown’s allure lies in its perfect blend of old and new (like the Juice office on Koenig Ln). It is conveniently placed between the original Downtown and The Domain for not only entertainment purposes but as economic hubs where major employers are located. Those in the medical field will find an easy commute to Dell Children’s Hospital in East Austin.

These sister neighborhoods are the benefactors of the newly built Brentwood Elementary, and adjoining nine-acre park with pavilion, walking trail, basketball court and more (a huge draw for families). The Crestview Station on Airport Blvd is a draw for those seeking a light rail option to downtown or Q2 Stadium for soccer games. Burnet Road has a wealth of dining options today, plus a few classic watering holes like Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon and LaLa’s Little Nugget. When it comes to hidden gems in the area, the secret is out about Little Deli and Pizzeria, which is home to some of the best pizza and sandwiches in town. John is most excited about the addition across the parking lot, The Violet Crown. 

John’s Crestview/Brentwood Picks

Picnik Austin
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon
Taco Flats
Choo Sando
Bird Bird Biscuit
Dia’s Market

Allandale: Abby Alwan

Abby Alwan | Premier Principal Agent | Redfin | abbyalwan.atx | 512.924.7548

Abby poses in her personal home in the heart of Allandale

With over 250 real estate transactions over the past decade, Abby Alwan credits her success to building relationships, supporting community and – with home building deep in her family roots – an unmatched understanding of quality when it comes to homebuying. Allendale is home for Abby and her family. Choosing the neighborhood for its excellent schools and a welcoming community, Abby cherishes Allandale, which has her feeling and living urban, while also enjoying the live-oak lined streets that are quiet in the mornings and busy with neighbors and friends during the day. 

Allandale’s growth focuses on the Burnet corridor, with new dining options and mixed-use developments enhancing the area’s vibrancy. As the community evolves, it continues to support local businesses and cherished neighborhood traditions. Allandale’s special gem is Gullett Elementary, which fosters a sense of community and provides an exceptional learning environment. A perfect day in Allandale includes walks through Northwest Park, coffee at La Patisserie, and family outings to Toy Joy and Taco Deli. Evenings are spent enjoying the vibrant dining scene or gathering with neighbors at local favorite, Camp Out. 

Abby’s Allandale Favorites

Peached Tortilla
My Sweetish Friend
Crossfit Central
Barley Swine

Northwest Hills: Albert Allen

Albert Allen | Realtor, RA | Compass | | 512.589.9776 

Albert stands on the entrance library of this stunning multi-level midcentury remodel, his latest favorite listing on Stonecliff Drive

Third generation Austinite Albert Allen puts his clients and community first. Actively involved in supporting roles at Anderson High School, Austin Board of Realtor’s diversity and legislative committees, and a non-profit (Rebuilding Together) that helps low-income homeowners with home renovations, he demonstrates his commitment to others. As a longtime resident of Northwest Hills, Albert describes the area as having “a hill country feel in the middle of the city.” With all housing types and sizes, and rolling hills throughout the neighborhood, many of the homes (most of which were built around 1960s-1980s) have greenbelt views, back to preserves, or have green space very nearby. According to Albert, Northwest Hills residents are kind, giving, and supportive people who are not only active in the neighborhood, but in the community at large. 

As one of the least touristy neighborhoods in Austin, Northwest Hills is stacked with essential services – top medical facilities, schools, business services, and abundant green spaces. It is also conveniently located within fifteen minutes of Downtown, the Domain, Lake Austin, Zilker Park, and Mount Bonnell. as far as neighborhood traditions, Albert loves the annual Fourth of July Parade and Freedom Fest, featuring the “world-ish renowned” Lawn Chair Brigade. 

Albert’s Top NW Hills Picks 

Sorrento’s Coffee
Shalom Austin
Siena Ristorante Toscana
La Traila #2 Tacos
County Line BBQ
Bull Creek District Park & Greenbelt

Highland Park West: Wendi Slaton Anderson

Wendi Slaton Anderson | Principal | Broker Assosciate | Roots Residential | | 512.743.4653

Wendi swings on a beautiful day at Perry Lane Park

Wendi is the founding broker of the ROOTS Residential Group and the true embodiment of Austin. She can be hippie and yuppie in a single moment, yet she is always sophisticated, savvy, calm, and fiercely focused. Wendi greets all with a warm smile and treats everyone with respect, which is why her flourishing firm is 100% referral based. She is committed to helping educate, empower and seamlessly navigate her clients through each transaction in a way that is both “easy and fun.” 

Highland Park West feels like a warm embrace from a dear friend. The kind, friendly, inclusive community, established trees, oversized lots and the diversity in architecture are just a few of the things that make Highland Park West so inviting. You will often see smiling faces strolling the streets with a Russell’s cinnamon roll and coffee, chatting with families along the way, or gathering with neighbors at Perry Park. Highland Park Elementary attracts excellent teachers and administrators that the students and families benefit from greatly! Her family of five will always be grateful for the many contributions the school has made to their lives. 

Wendi’s Favorite Spots

Perry Park
Highland Park Elementary
Colleen’s Kitchen