Part of what makes it such a great city is that every Austin neighborhood has its own unique culture. They all come together to create the overall vibrant culture of the city, made up of Austin nightlife, food, shopping, technology, and live music. 

This is why we’re highlighting each Austin neighborhood, to showcase each one’s unique charm, and give you recommendations! These neighborhoods are exactly why real estate in Austin, Texas is a great investment right now. It’s becoming an increasingly popular place to live, so now is a great time to take advantage. 

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This month we are highlighting Clarksville, which is known for its leafy streets, walkability (with a walkability score of 72), and proximity to downtown. It’s a resilient neighborhood, with its’ history including its residents, who were at one time formerly enslaved peoples. In the neighborhood’s beginning, former enslaved person, Charles Clark, the community’s namesake, bought two acres and sold portions to other freedmen.

Clarksville consisted of small cottages when it was first developed in the 1870s, today many of the area’s historic homes have been demolished, while others have been renovated and enlarged, leaving the neighborhood with a varied blend of cottages, apartments, condos, and homes. House hunters can still likely find a fixer upper, however, would-be homeowners need to understand that living in Clarksville isn’t like living in most other communities.

In 1978 residents formed the Clarksville Community Development Corporation. The CCDC is dedicated to preserving the fabric of the community by fighting development projects that would bring too much change to the community, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Members of the CCDC fight proposals to demolish existing structures and replace them with homes that don’t fit the character or scale of the district. They have also enacted an affordable housing program to help maintain the diversity that the community was founded on.

Living in Clarksville presents the feeling of small-town living with perks of city culture and easy access to downtown. Clarksville proper is actually a small 10-block area that lies just west of downtown Austin, bounded by Mopac on the west and West Lynn Street on the east.  This neighborhood has three public schools: Mathews Elementary School, O’Henry Middle School, and Austin High School.

Clarksville Highlights

Be sure to check these places out when you’re in Clarksville Austin!

GALAXY CAFE

This locally owned diner offers breakfast through lunch and everything in between. The eclectic atmosphere and expansive menu may have you coming back for more. Fuel your trip with a Buddha Bowl made with fresh veggies and all-natural protein.

TACO FLATS

With the namesake of a beloved member of Austin’s 1970s music scene, Taco Flats serves fresh tacos, specialty cocktails, 30+ and craft beers. Start with breakfast tacos and Belgian waffles in the morning, or dig into a carne asada taco with a spicy frozen margarita at this neighborhood hang-out.

NAU’S ENFIELD DRUG

For a mix of history and good eats, check out Nau’s Enfield Drug on West Lynn. This spot is Austin’s last remaining drugstore with an authentic soda fountain.

CLARK’S OYSTER BAR

If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood in a cool but still sophisticated environment, check out Clark’s Oyster bar by chef Larry McGuire. They also serve sustainable caviar. 

BAR PEACHED

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and bite at this bar-focused restaurant serving tacos and Asian-inspired comfort food such as spicy gochu pork fries, and Malaysian fried rice. For a drink, enjoy a Paloma.

WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

The neighborhood also features many art galleries, including the Workman Gallery. Established in 1980 and located in a 120-year-old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman lifts up the careers of emerging local artists to a national stage.

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