Welcome to Pemberton Heights - Old West Austin
Stately homes are a staple in this well-established neighborhood, where convenience meets prestige.
Walk the streets of Pemberton Heights—a subset of the highly coveted neighborhood of Old West Austin—and you’ll be dazzled by the majestic trees and mature landscape, the sublime historic homes, and the air of grandeur. Centrally located properties abound along the winding streets, which fan out and connect to the main arteries of Austin, as well as The University of Texas, fabulous shopping districts, downtown, and Lady Bird Lake.
While the Old West Austin area was developed as far back as the 1880s, its three distinctive neighborhoods began to blossom in full during later periods and were known as the city’s first automobile suburbs. Pemberton Heights and Old West Austin residents have long-valued beauty and consequently work tirelessly to maintain the area’s rich history and distinguished homes.
As can be expected, the combination of diverse architecture—all replete with an air of splendor —and spacious home sizes contributes to the plethora of multimillion-dollar estates and homes available in the Old West Austin neighborhood. Chateau-style abodes from the 1930s sit side-by-side with mid-century cottages, renovated single-family homes, and even masterful Greek Revival mansions.
What to Love
- Large lots and properties
- Just five minutes from Downtown Austin and UT, 15 minutes from Lady Bird Lake
- Neighborly atmosphere and several of the top schools in the state
Due to the abundance of lavish single-family homes and the number one school district in Texas, Pemberton Heights and Old West Austin are a paradise for families old and new. Proximity to more urban amenities keeps the area feeling energized, but the historic homes and leafy streets are reminiscent of a quiet suburb.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In Pemberton Heights and Old West Austin, there’s no shortage of nearby fine-dining or upscale boutique shopping. Residents are treated to the best of the best when looking for epicurean delights, and among those at the forefront of the dining scene in Austin are restaurants such as Jeffreys of Austin. Jeffreys is one of the most sophisticated date-night spots in the city, notable for their dry-aged prime beef and featuring a blend of New American and traditional French cuisine. Mirroring the seasonal, chef-driven fare of Jeffreys in a slightly more casual setting is Josephine House, whose charming historic cottage venue houses intimate dining nooks and a marble cocktail bar.
Nau’s Enfield Drug—a darling old-school diner concealed within a vintage pharmacy—is the go-to for classic burgers and shakes and has been an Austin icon since its opening in the 1950s. Continuing the stylish and unique trend, the shops in Old West Austin are regarded highly for their carefully curated apparel and wares. For instance, the fashionable clothing at Good Company comes from emerging designers’ minds and is guaranteed to make your wardrobe shine.
Things to Do
The gorgeous scenery and staggering homes of Pemberton Heights and Old West Austin mean that even a simple walk through the neighborhoods is a refreshing activity in its own right. Locals and visitors alike are apt to stroll by historic homes such as the Caswell House, a turn-of-the-century Victorian home whose castle-like ambiance has made it a highly desirable venue for weddings and special events.
Old West Austin is brimming with green space—when residents aren’t out enjoying downtown shopping, they’re often found in city parks such as Pease Park. The park’s 84 acres shelter wooded paths and walking trails, limestone bluffs, and a great deal of open space.
Artists and those with an appreciation for the arts will fall in love with the contemporary exhibits in and around the area, including the Blanton Museum of Art. Nestled inside the University of Texas at Austin, Blanton is one of the largest university museums in the country and showcases works from across the centuries. The Rothko Chapel combines spiritual meditation and modern art within its halls for an enrapturing experience unlike anywhere else in the city.
Pemberton Heights/Old West Austin is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include schools in the Eanes Independent School District. Eanes ISD is the number one ranked school district in Texas, serving grades PK & K-12. Among top Eanes ISD schools are:
Barton Creek Elementary School, K-5, the number one public elementary school in Texas
West Ridge Middle School, 6-8, the number one public middle school in Texas
Westlake High School, 9-12, among the top five best public high schools in Texas