Dating back to the 1870s, this is one of Austin's oldest neighborhoods.  Historic homes mingle with funky restaurants creating a neighborly vibe.

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Clarksville proper is actually a small 10-block area that lies just west of downtown Austin.  The area is bounded by Mopac on the west and West Lynn Street on the east.  The northern boundary meanders from West 12th Street to Waterston, while the southern boundary is West 10th Street.  A more expansive boundary stretches between Enfield Road, North Lamar Boulevard, Lady Bird Lake, and Mopac.

Homes in Clarksville

While 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.  In honor of its freedman roots, the Clarksville Community Development Corporation runs an affordable housing program that provides low-cost housing to 15 families.  

About the Clarksville neighborhood

Located immediately west of downtown, Clarksville is desirable due to its convenient location and its creative culture and unique history.  This small neighborhood is noted for its hilly, tree-lined streets.  Not only is there an abundance of restaurants, art galleries, and coffee shops accessible by foot, but it’s easy to access Mopac or go into town on West 12th Street, making it manageable to reach all parts of the city.

History of the neighborhood

The neighborhood land originally held the slave quarters of Texas Governor Elisha Pease.  Upon emancipation freed slaves developed the community of Clarksville in the 1870s.   Early Clarksville was a densely wooded area located far outside of town, but eventually Austin grew to reach Clarksville. Regrettably, a large part of the community was destroyed to make way for the construction of Mopac in 1971.  Given its unique history, Clarksville is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our favorite places in Clarksville

  • Nau’s Pharmacy –burgers and a cherry coke from the soda fountain  
  • Jeffrey’s  -- for fine dining on date night
  • Josephine House – always crowded, always fresh, always delicious

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