The Roots of Cherrywood

By Gordon Bennett and Rebecca Kohout
Originally published in the November 2018 issue of The Flea

Cherrywood wasn’t Cherrywood until the 1980s, when the neighborhood took its name from Cherrywood Road. Up until then, the area was a collection of smaller communities known variously as French Place, Concordia, Avalon, Delwood, Duplex Nation, and Schieffer, among others. Bounded by Manor Road, Airport Boulevard and East Avenue (now I-35 frontage), these areas had been carved out of farm and dairy land that had been subdivided into housing developments starting in the 1930s.

By the 1960s, a variety of housing styles had sprung up in this triangle: bungalows, small cottages, two-story stucco duplexes and single-family houses, ramblers, and a few late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses moved in from other parts of Austin. Eventually, Patterson Park, Asbury United Methodist, Genesis Presbyterian and Maplewood Elementary School became neighborhood mainstays.

Not until the 1990s did the area’s convenient location and undervalued properties begin to pique market interest, spurred on by the closing of RobertMueller Municipal Airport. During this decade, more and more people chose Cherrywood as a place to live rather than as one to invest in rental property.Along every street, remodels and additions are sprouting up, changing the faceof neighborhood for better or worse, depending on who you ask.

The neighborhood’s challenge is to adjust to and control the impact of growth. Our established residential community is surrounded by urban pressures. Transportation will be an issue that has and will affect the area for the foreseeable future. Existing residents are slowly settling into the idea that Cherrywood is less of a suburb than urban enclave. But through it all, a real community has forming, and it keeps on maturing.

Image of East Avenue in the 1950s, facing south. Source: texasfreeways.com

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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