View from the House received positive reviews, with music critics praising Carnes's cover songs. The album reached number 36 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and contained two hit singles. "Crazy in Love" and "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" both charted on the BillboardHot Country Singles & Tracks at number 68 and number 70 respectively. "Crazy in Love" also reached number 13 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The album received a positive review from People magazine. "Carnes, sounding wonderfully relaxed and justifiably pleased with herself, sails through 10 generally splendid tunes." They stated that Carnes's cover of John Prine's song "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness"" exploited the song "affectingly," and that her cover of Even Stevens' "Crazy in Love" sounds "convincingly romantic."Allmusic described the album as "[a return] to the folk and country music of her earlier years."
Three singles were released from View from the House. The first US single was "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", which charted at number 70 on the BillboardHot Country Songs chart. The second single, "Crazy in Love", first recorded by Joe Cocker in 1984, reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and reached number 13 on the BillboardAdult Contemporary chart. The third single, "Just to Spend Tonight with You", was released in the United Kingdom, though did not chart.