Clarksville

Clarksville

 

Austin’s Clarksville neighborhood, nestled in the middle of what is known as Old West Austin, just North of West Sixth Street and East of MoPac, has managed to maintain its intimacy. Thanks to its historic roots, Clarksville has been protected from growth, and local Austin residents get the best of both worlds -- a taste of urban living in a quiet, old neighborhood.  Many historic homes and structures are located within the Clarksville Historic District.  Downtown Austin is just a stone’s throw away.

In the 1860s Texas Gov. Elisha Pease sold some of his plantation in the area to slaves who built homes there. A decade later Charles Clark, a freed slave, started the community named in his honor. Clarksville is the oldest surviving freedom town ‒ the original post-Civil War settlements founded by former African-American slaves ‒ west of the Mississippi River.  The historic district was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 in recognition of its unique and valuable history.  Eventually, as Austin grew at the turn of the century, the area was developed and the old plantation became part of the city.  Now, the area is favored by young families, professionals looking for a quiet place to live and some of Austin's creative residents who enjoy the lower rents some small apartments in the area offer.

Many European immigrants settled in Clarksville throughout the early 1900s, building a community still felt today.  In keeping with Clarksville's quiet atmosphere, the small commercial center on West Lynn Street has a village-like feel. At Nau’s Drugstore, the soda fountain looks much as it has for decades and the milkshakes are still made the same way.  One of the premier places to eat in Austin, Jeffrey’s, is in the heart of Clarksville and its understated design and eclectic menu is quintessential Austin.  While Jeffrey's does wonderful things with Texas game and seafood, neighboring Cosmic Cafe, formerly West Lynn Cafe, caters to Austin's vegetarian taste buds.  In 1979 Craig Weller and Mark Skiles opened Clarksville Natural Grocery, and a year later they joined forces with John Mackey to open the first Whole Foods, then called Clarksville Natural Grocery.  

The daily witticism posted on the big sidewalk message board at the funky El Arroyo restaurant is a neighborhood fixture, but new shops and cafes along Fifth and Sixth are bringing a new sophistication to the area.  A growing number of galleries are choosing to locate in the Clarksville neighborhood. 
The hilly neighborhood makes for great evening walks and two small neighborhood parks – Clarksville Park and West Austin Park -- both have summer wading pools. For runners and cyclists, Shola Creek hike and bike trail is a few blocks to the Northeast and Ziller Park is just a few blocks South.

Clarksville is far from suburbia; it’s an eclectic urban hub in the heart of the city so it attracts people who love to be in the mix of things.  Clarksville has a good blend of apartments, condos, and homes.  The cozy homes attract young families, the condos are populated with young professionals, and the funky apartments are popular with students. It’s a hip area and is home base for much of the city’s creative crowd (there are many art galleries in Clarksville), and it’s a very fun place for singles.

Clarksville has been around more than a century, so many of the homes are quite old.  Regardless, land value here has been steadily increasing, so you may end up with a fixer-upper if you are on a tight budget for a home.

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Updated Jul 15, 2018 2:44:pm. Copyright © 2018, Houston Realtors Information Service, Inc. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. The information being provided is for consumer's personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.
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Any home sales data appearing on this page is obtained from public record sources (or estimates, for non-disclosure states) as provided by OnBoard, LLC and does not comprise an appraisal or a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). This information should not be used to replace a professional appraisal nor to determine the price of a particular property.