Clarksville Homes For Sale
Clarksville is known for its leafy streets, walkability, and proximity to downtown. Yet to describe it only in terms of amenities would be to overlook the community’s history, a legacy that its longtime residents have fought fiercely to preserve. Like many central Austin neighborhoods, Clarksville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood was built on land that originally held the slave quarters for Gov. Elisha Pease’s mansion, which still stands several blocks north. After the Civil War, Pease sold or granted parcels of the land to some of his former slaves. One former slave, Charles Clark, the community’s namesake, bought two acres and sold portions to other freedmen. Residents built houses and the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Clarksville is the last standing freedomtown in the US.
Historic homes share the neighborhood's landscaped streets with mom-and-pop shops, record stores, and funky restaurants that help Clarksville maintain its small-town vibe. This quirky neighborhood’s convenient location warrants its pedestrian-friendly attitude, and an easy stroll will put you at the thresholds of Downtown’s countless music joints and dance halls. Homes in Clarksville range from tiny storybook homes, to bungalows, to large historic estate homes, and even to modern luxury homes. Additionally, there are several small condominium communities.
One of the reasons residents love living in Clarksville is the rich entrepreneurial spirit that started with European settlers in the early 1900s. Many of these settlers started businesses, including Nau’s Pharmacy built in 1950 and Anthony’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry, which are both still alive today. Within a short walk of most homes in Clarksville is its own boutique grocery store. The flagship Whole Foods Market is a few blocks south on Lamar. As an inviting neighborhood mere steps away from famously entertaining 6th Street, Clarksville feels like a little village in the midst of an urban setting.
Individuals and families living in Clarksville can easily lead a vigorous lifestyle because of the wide range of available activities. If you enjoy walking, you will love strolling through Clarksville’s hilly streets. Clarksville Park and West Austin Park are two small parks in the neighborhood, each contain wading pools that are open in the summer, and are also lovely for an evening stroll. If you’re looking for a larger park, Zilker Park is only a few blocks south. There you can enjoy hike and bike trails, beach volleyball courts, large open fields and Barton Springs Pool. Also, just a few blocks northeast of Clarksville is the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail, which is very popular with cyclists. If you love to garden, you'll enjoy Clarksville's community garden. Many Austinites partake in a relaxing daily ritual of jogging on the hike-and-bike path around Lady Bird Lake. Living so close to the heart of downtown creates the opportunity for a daily discovery of something new to love about the ever-changing heart of Austin while the historical charm of Clarksville remains the same.
If ever a neighborhood embodied the quirky, eclectic vibe of Austin, it’s Clarksville. The area is home to trendy restaurants and galleries along 5th and 6th Streets - including Art on 5th, twice voted the best commercial gallery in Austin. Residents enjoy browsing Latin American textiles at El Interior, grabbing a quick bite at Cipollina, or indulging at Wink, a trendy upscale restaurant. Residents and visitors enjoy brunch at Josephine House, happy hour at Jeffrey’s, and lunch at Galaxy Café. Nau’s Drugstore, a genuine 1950s pharmacy serves up traditional soda and milkshakes.
Clarksville homes are part of the Austin Independent School District, and students in this community are assigned to some of the most exceptionally-rated schools among the entire AISD. The diversity of Clarksville’s residents is also shown in the AISD school system, which includes the highly sought after Matthew’s Elementary School (PK-5). Founded in 1916, its population consists of students from over 40 different countries, speaking 20 different languages. Older students attend the O Henry Middle School (6-8) and Stephen F. Austin High School(9-12).