Welcome to Clarksville
The historic, vibrant community where growth is synonymous with restoration and maintaining a rich culture of friendliness
Conveniently nestled between the bustle of Downtown Austin and the Johnson Creek Greenbelt, the Clarksville neighborhood is admired for its historic architecture and walkable, oak-lined streets. Within easy distance of both Downtown and Lady Bird Lake, Clarksville residents have the best of three worlds — quiet, residential living, outdoor recreation, and urban entertainment.
One of the three neighborhoods within the West Austin Historic District, Clarksville is packed with its own rich history and charm. The neighborhood is the oldest remaining Freedman’s Town west of the Mississippi River, and its residents go to great lengths to preserve the community’s heritage, culture, and verdant beauty.
Thanks to its long establishment and continuous growth, Clarksville is brimming with architectural diversity. Adorable Craftsman bungalows are just as easily found as lavish new-builds, single-family homes, and studio apartments in this area, with a great number of historic homes sprinkled in as well.
What to Love
• The verdant urban greenspace of the Johnson Creek Greenbelt
• Adjacent to Lady Bird Lake and Lady Bird Lake - Lamar Beach Metro Park
• Strong sense of community and preservation
Quieter than the never-ending activity of Downtown Austin, Clarksville residents are still never without choices for making the most of their days. From eclectic restaurants within walking distance to an abundance of verdant local parks, this family-centered community is a harmonious blend of urban and suburban.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The retail and dining scenes in Clarksville are conveniently spread throughout the neighborhood, making it possible to encounter drool-worthy eateries and niche shops on nearly every street. Local is king here, and shops such as Julian Gold, Elle’s Boutique, and By George continue the tradition of proving just how fashionable the city of Austin can be.
Clarksville embraces the Austin area’s reputation for culinary diversity, with bold and innovative restaurants on nearly every corner. Jeffrey’s, for instance, is among the best-known fine dining restaurants in Austin, known for its dry-aged prime beef, sophisticated interior, and seasonal menu. At Cipollina, high-end Italian cuisine pairs with wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and handmade pasta.
With so many to choose from, residents never run out of new options and exciting eateries. Other must-try restaurants include:
• Josephine House
• Galaxy Café
• Taco Flats
• Clark’s Oyster Bar
• Swedish Hill
• Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum Restaurant
• Bar Peached
• Better Half Coffee + Cocktails
• Café Medici
Things to Do
The Clarksville neighborhood ensures its residents remain active, entertained, and thriving through its combination of abundant shops, health and fitness facilities, local parks, and close proximity to large, outdoor green spaces. Whether it’s getting your flow on at places like Black Swan Yoga, grabbing local health foods at Fresh Plus, or hitting the weights and taking a class at Barry’s, Clarksville makes it easy to stay on top of your fitness goals.
While there are a few small parks within the bounds of Clarksville, the area is additionally just moments away from some of Austin’s best recreation, such as the Lady Bird Lake - Lamar Beach MetroPark. Popular for its hike and bike trail, a pedestrian bridge over the lake, and boat ramp, this gorgeous park is a peaceful place to enjoy a stroll and take in the sunshine. Clarksville also rests along the Johnson Creek Greenbelt, whose leafy trail is paved and leads to several smaller, more secluded paths.
Clarksville is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include institutions within the Austin Independent School District, which serves grades PK & K-12 and is among the top-ranked in the county. Additionally, notable schools within Clarksville include:
• St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, K-12, the #1 best private school in the Austin area
• St. Austin Catholic School, PK & K-8, highly rated private Catholic school