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Pemberton Heights

Pemberton Heights is a historic Austin district just a short drive away from the downtown. Although known as one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the area, it features a diverse set of properties, from beautiful cottage-inspired homes to extravagant estates, that form a community with a good mix of modernity and history. 

It has perfectly landscaped front yards, majestic heritage trees, clean streets, and pocket parks. The community is a friendly neighborhood where residents take time to chat with the person next door and host community events such as annual Easter egg hunts and neighborhood picnics. 

The main campus of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas State Capitol Complex, the Central Business District, and Austin’s main medical center are only less than 2 miles away from Pemberton Heights. Its strategic and central location makes everything within easy reach.

Pemberton Heights is situated on a limestone shelf that offers sweeping views of Shoal Creek, the downtown, the Capitol, and The University of Texas. The first house in Pemberton Heights was constructed towards the end of the 1800s. In the 1920s, the neighborhood saw rapid residential development in the area.

Residents are actively involved in maintaining their child-friendly neighborhood and keeping it safe and secure. They are hands-on when it comes to ensuring that nighttime security patrols are ongoing.

Over 600 residences, each with its own charm, are within Pemberton Heights. Each home has an average of 3,300 square feet of land area and commonly has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Lot areas are typically around a quarter acre.

Common architectural styles of Pemberton Heights homes are Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Craftsman, and Prairie School. Homes are around 30-40 feet from the street and shaded by oak, elm, and pecan trees.

Residents of Pemberton Heights are served by the Austin Independent School District. Students go to school in Casis Elementary, O’Henry Middle School, and Austin High School, or private schools such as St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. They can also apply to these Austin Independent School District magnet and academy programs:

  • Fulmore Middle School Humanities and Law Magnet Program
  • Kealing Middle School Academic Magnet Program
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
  • Liberal Arts and Science Academy
  • McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy

Year-round living in Pemberton Heights means enjoying the variety of dining, shopping, and recreational, and entertainment spots the neighborhood has in store for you. Whole Foods, Central Market, and Trader Joe’s are just a stone’s throw away from Pemberton Heights. When it comes to entertainment, head to Hole in the Wall and The Drag Bar. 

Hole in the Wall, a landmark on Guadalupe Street, is a bar where popular acts perform. It features an acoustic stage, a musical stage, and an annex. Meanwhile, The Drag Bar invites smaller but equally entertaining acts. They host a regular Geeks Who Drink trivia night specifically for hobbyists and enthusiasts of unique interests.

You can also hang out at Dive Bar & Lounge for cocktails, CoCo’s Cafe for pan-Asian recipes and unique bubble tea flavors, and Teji’s Indian Restaurant & Grocery for Indian favorites and grocery items.

Popular attractions in the area include Lions Municipal Golf Course and Hancock Golf Course. The former has been operational since 1934 while the latter was established in 1899. 

Another attraction is Shoal Creek Trail, a trail running the length of Shoal Creek that’s popular for biking and hiking. The terrain varies, depending on your route. It can be dirt, gravel, or concrete. 

Not to be missed are Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake for scenery that’s truly Austin. Zilker Park is popular for picnics, sports activities, and bike trails. At Lady Bird Lake, you can rent canoes, kayaks, and dragon boats to further explore the lake.

Within the neighborhood itself are triangle parks. These are Harris Triangle Park, Jarratt Triangle Park, and Wooldridge Triangle Park. There’s also a newly built park called Hartford Park, a half-acre green space that is fully landscaped and features playscapes for children.

Over 40 properties in Pemberton Heights are considered historical landmarks in the area. Some of the most notable are Pemberton Castle, Reed Estate, Keith House, Bohn House, Splitrock House, and Catterall-Mills House. 

Let me, Kumara Wilcoxon, help you find your dream home in the historic Pemberton Heights. I am an expert when it comes to the luxury real estate market of Austin and I can assist you in looking for the property that’s right for your needs. Contact me at kumara(at)sothebysrealty(dotted)com or 512.423.5035 to get started.