Welcome to Old West Austin / Pemberton Heights
A sophisticated and alluring residential hotspot replete with grandiose architecture and a neighborly attitude
Along the manicured streets of Old West Austin and Pemberton Heights, massive heritage oaks provide a leafy canopy for the remarkable, imposing homes tucked behind pristine lawns. Pemberton Heights, which is a subset of the overarching Old West Austin area, along with the entirety of Old West Austin, are both historic and well-established enclaves for families.
Not long after the city’s incorporation, the affluent neighborhoods of Old West Austin — including Pemberton Heights — began to spring up and expand with inspiring mansions, lavish estates, and timeless architecture. Well-to-do residents from the city sought verdant retreat among the staggering limestone bluffs and wooded paths, and they carved out a serene slice of paradise within easy reach of Austin’s urban amenities.
Stately Georgian mansions, Colonial Revival estates, charming cottages, and immaculate mid-century, traditional homes are all common in Old West Austin and Pemberton Heights. Multimillion-dollar new-builds and historic properties radiating timeless appeal rest side-by-side here, making a perfect tapestry for all aesthetics.
What to Love
• Less than ten minutes from the shimmering skyline of Downtown Austin
• Nearby bustle and vitality from the University of Texas at Austin
• Within walking distance of the sprawling Pease District Park
Regular neighborhood get-togethers are common in the communities of Old West Austin and Pemberton Heights, both of which have a plethora of annual events and festivities. From backyard BBQs to family outings at the park, this wholesome set of neighborhoods is the perfect backdrop for a quiet, peaceful life.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Though all three neighborhoods within Old West Austin remain primarily residential, there are still a great number of local boutiques, niche specialty stores, and foodie-worthy eateries within close range.
An off-spin of the auspicious Jeffrey’s restaurant, Josephine House dazzles its diners with a menu of seasonal and locally sourced dishes plated with care inside its historic cottage interior. Cipollina, on the other hand, has mastered the art of modern Italian cuisine, and their gourmet, wood-fired pizzas have been earning rave reviews since the restaurant’s inception.
Prefer to let the chef lead the way? At Wink, the experts carefully curate a menu for their patrons each night based on in-season local ingredients. Taco Flats pairs their inventive creations with delectable cocktails and is known for having the best Mexico City-style tacos in town. For a casual dining experience that doesn’t skimp on the flavor, locals know that Galaxy Cafe is a dietary staple for lovers of classic comfort grub and brunch.
Things to Do
Within the bounds of Pemberton and Old West Austin, the main source of activity among residents is soaking up the great outdoors in the neighborhood’s many park spaces, small and large. Pease Park, for example, boasts 84 acres of open space and a diverse landscape of wooded trails, sunny lawns, and limestone bluffs. Visitors to the park can make use of its many facilities, including playground equipment, sports fields, and picnic areas.
Tucked so close to Downtown Austin, residents of Pemberton and Old West Austin are able to access the urban hub’s plethora of entertainment. Nights out on the town are filled with fun and endless laughter, highlighted by scrumptious dining and visits to performance halls such as Esther’s Follies. The social calendar of the city stays packed, and those living in the Old West Austin neighborhood are often within walking distance of nationally-renowned events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Old West Austin and Pemberton are 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. A few notable schools within the AISD include:
• Davis Elementary School, PK & K-5, highly rated public elementary school
• Kealing Middle School, 6-8, highly rated public middle school