Founded in the 1870's, Clarksville is nestled in the middle of what is known as Old West Austin. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Many homes in the neighborhood are historic as well. The neighborhood’s borders are MoPac on the east, North Lamar Boulevard on the West, and extend north from West 6th Street to West 15th Street to the South.
Founded by freed African-American slaves, the Clarksville neighborhood was originally the plantation of Texas Governor Elisha Pease, who sold some of his property to a freed slaved named Charles Clark, who started the community which was eventually named in his honor. The original Clarksville residents were descendants of freed slaves.
Today, the majority of the residents are young professionals and families who desire a quiet, historic, and affordable place to live. Home prices vary in the area, and the Clarksville neighborhood has some of the most beautiful historical homes in the city, and numerous new houses are also being built. The neighborhood provides its residents with a taste of urban living in an mature, quiet neighborhood.
Located just around the corner, 6th Street and Lamar provide trendy shopping including Whole Foods, Waterloo Records, and Amy’s Ice Cream. Since Clarksville borders downtown, all of the restaurants and clubs are just minutes away; easily within walking distance. If you prefer to ride the bus or catch a taxi cab, both are easily accessible within the neighborhood. The Clarksville community is full of restaurants and shopping, located in a convenient location to the many other amenities that Austin has to offer.
The neighborhood has its own park, Clarksville Park (also known as Mary Francis Baylor Park), with over an acre of beautiful surroundings, soft rolling hills, a shaded playground, basketball court, splash pad and picnic tables. The neighborhood is also home to the Clarksville Community Garden; a healthy and fun way to bring residents together.
Every summer, the neighborhood’s CCDC (Clarksville Community Development Corporation) hosts an ice cream social for the neighborhood where residents can enter their homemade ice creams in a competition to win the coveted ‘Golden Scoop Award’ for the best ice cream in Clarksville. The CCDC also sponsors a Family Fun Fest and Potluck Dinners in the spring and fall, all held in the park.
Living in the Clarksville neighborhood gives you the best of both worlds. It’s a quaint, quiet neighborhood with distinctive homes, diverse residents, and plenty of history, and it’s located in the center of the city, just a short distance from downtown Austin and its many attractions.