Central Austin Homes for Sale

Tarrytown

Centrally located just west of downtown, Tarrytown is one of Austin’s most historic and cherished neighborhoods. Tarrytown as a subdivision was established in 1915 and, due to its remarkable canopy of oak trees, utilized the 1930’s advertising slogan: “Where oak trees charm the eye.” Homes are an eclectic and charming mix of smaller, early-twentieth century cottages and larger, fully updated modern luxury estates. Today, three area parks help preserve that natural feel. Reed Park has a winding stream, pool, playground, and trails. Tarrytown Park, often referred to as “Triangle Park,” offers a baseball field, playscape, and natural surroundings, including a creek. West Enfield Park provides a playscape, pool, play fields, and an hourly view of the MoPac train. Other nearby attractions include Mayfield Preserve, which is beloved for its peacocks, Lions Municipal Golf Course, and spring-fed swimming pool Deep Eddy. Howson Branch Public Library and the Tarrytown Shopping Center, which includes historic Tarrytown Pharmacy and Over the Rainbow, the oldest independent toy store in Austin, dot the tranquil neighborhood. Walsh Boat Landing, one of Austin’s oldest public boat launches, is on the south side of Tarrytown and is home to many popular restaurants, such as Mozart’s Coffee, Abel’s Lakeside Grill, and Hula Hut. Tarrytown offers a sense of community to its residents, especially with so many amenities available within its borders. This small town feel, accompanied by its prized real estate location and prime luxury homes, makes it one the most desirable areas to live in Austin.

Clarksville

Clarksville is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin. Clarksville dates back to the 1870’s and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the 1970’s. Charles Clark, a freed slave, established the area as a place that other freed slaves could live and begin their lives after the Civil War. Although many of the original homes and landmarks are gone, Clarksville still holds a unique, historic charm. Clarksville is a very eclectic community in the central Austin real estate market, in fact some would say eccentric, but very unique, and the residents love their pets. Homes in Central Austin’s Clarksville neighborhood are on the smaller side due to the age of the neighborhood. Clarksville has been around for well over a century so you do get a lot of old homes in the area and quite a few tear downs. Although most of the original homes have been torn down, you still get homes built in the 1910’s and 1920’s. Square footage in Clarksville averages around 1900 because of the increasing number of expansions and new constructions. Because of the mix of older homes built about a century ago combined with the remodels, expansions and rebuilds, Clarksville homes are not cookie cutter homes.

Mary Francis Baylor Park or Clarksville Park is a 1 acre park that offers Basketball Courts, Baseball/Softball Fields, Picnic table, a playground and a wading pool to cool off in during the summer months. West Austin Park is a beautifully planned park in the middle of Clarksville. It too has basketball courts, a wading pool and other facilities, but the highlight of the park is the off-leash dog park with plenty of room for you and your dog to enjoy. The Johnson Creek Hike and Bike Trail skirts the western edge of Clarksville, and winds along under the Loop One freeway, also called MoPac. You can walk, ride a bike, or jog up and down the hike and bike trail, which crosses Johnson Creek in one place and begins at Austin High School, on the northern shore of Lady Bird Lake.

There are plenty of unique dining options in this quaint and diverse subdivision. Jeffrey’s is a fine dining establishment in the midst of the Clarksville neighborhood. Jeffery’s offers a small bite menu as well as a seasonally driven dinner menu and a fabulous drink menu. Cafe Josie is located in an old carriage house that was restored back in the 60’s. Cafe Josie serves food from the American Tropics featured island grilled vegetables, beef, pork and poultry that are marinated and basted with herbs, spices, chilies and fruit. Wink is an intimate unpretentious restaurant that is consistently ranked as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Austin. Their menu is updated daily. Galaxy Cafe serves high quality homemade food in a “fast casual” dining atmosphere. The menu offers wraps, sandwiches, burgers, salad and soups served with gourmet flair. 

Old Enfield & Pemberton Heights

Old Enfield is a lovely neighborhood near Downtown Austin. North of Clarksville, Pemberton Heights is located between Windsor / West 24th Street (North), Enfield Road (South), Lamar Blvd (East), and MoPac (West). Town & Country magazine named Pemberton Heights as one of the 25 Platinum Addresses in the United States and it’s easy to see why. This small, stately neighborhood, developed between the late 1920's and early 1940's, features upscale houses surrounded by open lawns and large trees. From its establishment, the area has attracted successful businessmen, politicians, and artists. There are a wide range of home sizes for sale in Old Enfield and Pemberton, with everything from 1,000-square foot bungalows to 5,500-square foot mansions in the mix. The average is approximately 1,900 square feet, but many of the bungalows are actually smaller. Only minutes from UT and the downtown area, Pemberton is convenient to all that central Austin has to offer. The area is family-oriented, with a friendly atmosphere that many residents value just as much as the beautiful environment.  Currently, the neighborhood association is working to fend off new construction that may threaten the area's special charm. Old Enfield is served by the Austin Independent School District. Most homes in the neighborhood are served by Casis Elementary School, O. Henry Middle School, and Austin High School.

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