I'm actually very lucky to call Brentwood/Crestview (many residents don't differentiate between the two neighborhoods) my home. As Joseph mentioned, it is a close-knit, warm neighborhood with super involved residents and a strong sense of community pride.
There are many ways to get involved in this community. Residents can join the active Crestview and Brentwood Neighborhood Associations or join the bustling Yahoo groups. There are also community-based organizations focusing on art, like Violet Crown Community Works and Violet Crown Community Theater.
Much activity in the neighborhood centers on Brentwood Park, which offers up a free, public swimming pool, playground, and a soon, to-be-added, jogging trail. Many of the park's ongoing improvements are made possible, in part, by an organization known as Friends of Brentwood Park.
There are many things to walk to in the neighborhood, including the IGA grocery story, referred to as the "MiniMax," and the ever popular lunch and dinner spot, Little Deli.
I have a daughter who attends Brentwood Elementary School, and although the school is not "exemplary," we love it there. Parental involvement is through the roof; there's a dual-language program, and "community" is strong. I, personally, think this neighborhood is great for families.
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me!
Nancy Mohn Barnard
Keller Williams Realty