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Neighborhood Spotlight: Tarrytown & Clarksville

Deep Eddy Pool, courtesy of Visit Austin

Clarksville & Tarrytown | 78703 

One of Austin’s most historic areas, Clarksville and Tarrytown lie in the Old West Austin district, which dates back to the late 1800’s. Full of historical sites, landmarks and charming restored Tudor and craftsman-style cottages, this area also boasts modern new-builds, sprawling estates, and luxurious lakefront mansions. Due to its rich history and close proximity to downtown and Lake Austin, these neighborhoods are some of the most sought after in the city. 

Average List Price: $1,423,000

Location

Clarksville is bordered east to west by North Lamar Boulevard and West Sixth Street, and north to south by Enfield Road and Mopac. Tarrytown, just west, runs east to west from Mopac to Lake Austin, and north to south from West 35th Street to Lake Austin Boulevard. 

History

Tarrytown was originally a 365 acre estate known as Woodlawn, which was sold to Texas governor Elisha Pease and his wife Lucadia in 1857. In 1916, members of the Pease family began subdividing the estate and opened the first phase in 1934, named Tarrytown after the family’s summer retreat in Tarrytown, New York. The neighborhoods of Pemberton Heights, Old Enfield, and Bryker Woods followed soon after. 

In 1871, a section of the Pease estate was sold to freedman Charles Clark, who would found the community that today bears his name and stands as the oldest freedmen’s town west of the Mississippi river. Many landmarks from that original community, like The Sweet Home Baptist Church built in 1882 (pictured below), still stand today. 

Top Spots

For a bite: The Beer Plant, Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, Galaxy Cafe, Clark’s, Maudie’s, Hula Hut, Cipollina, Tiny Boxwoods, Swedish Hill Bakery, Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

For a drink: Night Cap, Donn’s Depot, Pool Burger, Bar Peached, Flo’s Wine Bar, Deep Eddy Cabaret

For fun: Deep Eddy Pool, Red Bud Isle Park, Oyster Landing Marina, Lions Municipal Golf Course 

For the kids: The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, Clarksville Park playground and splash pad, Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve

Jeffrey’s
The dock at Texas Rowing Center

Considering a move to the ‘03? You can browse all active listings in the area here, or contact one of our local agents for more personalized assistance. 

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