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Best Austin Neighborhoods: The Pemberton Guide

If you want to live in an established, elegant neighborhood that’s close to the action of the city but not in the middle of it all, Pemberton Heights may just be your new home. As one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in central Austin, this residential area has a history of being home to some of the city’s most influential residents.

Just north of downtown, Pemberton Heights is part of the Old West Austin Historic District. The neighborhood is well-known for its beautiful tree canopies and architecturally distinct homes. If you like the look, feel, and comforts of Tarrytown, you will love Pemberton Heights as well.

This neighborhood guide highlights what makes Pemberton Heights so unique and why it’s a place where so many Austinites want to live.

Zip Code

78703

Average Home Price

$2.5 M

Home Styles

Diverse: Historic Homes, Colonial, Craftsman, Bungalow, Tudor Revival

Average Price/SqFt

$830

Walk Score

31

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Pemberton Heights Real Estate

Thinking about moving to Pemberton Heights? Before you house-hunt, here’s what you need to know about the neighborhood and its real estate.

Neighborhood Ambiance

A woman walks a corgi down a limestone path through Pease Park
Pease Park https://peasepark.org/

Over the years, Pemberton Heights has won awards from organizations like the American Planning Association and publications such as Town and Country Magazine. And it’s easy to see why. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, offering the best of suburban living with historic homes and heritage trees you’re not likely to find in any suburb. 

 

Those living in Pemberton Heights might describe it as a tight-knit neighborhood. While many people move to the area for its privacy and tranquility, it also offers opportunities to get to know your neighbors and be involved in community events. And when city life is calling, downtown is just a few minutes away.

 

Due to the popularity of the neighborhood, many of the homes in Pemberton Heights never actually hit the public market. Instead, they are sold through private transactions, which makes it essential to work with an Austin real estate agent who has the network and knowledge of off-market listings if you want to live in a sought-after neighborhood like this.

Architectural Styles

Image of the Bohn House, a historical home by Dick Clark in Pemberton
The Bohn House, https://www.pembertonheights.org/

The homes in Pemberton Heights are architecturally diverse. With a mix of styles, you might find a bungalow right next to a craftsman-style home with a colonial or Tudor revival right across the street. This neighborhood also hosts some of Austin’s most historic and iconic homes, like Pemberton Castle, The Reed Estate, and Bohn House.

 

Residents are drawn to this elegant residential area for its large, open lots and proximity to downtown. The neighborhood is situated on a limestone shelf that looks over Shoal Creek, offering beautiful views of downtown Austin, the University of Texas campus, and the Capitol building. Residents also enjoy the established oaks, elms, and pecan trees in this historic neighborhood.

Average Home Price

Pemberton Heights is one of Austin’s most prestigious and desirable neighborhoods. Many sales never even hit the public market. The average home price in Pemberton from publicly listed homes is $2.5M or an average of $830 per square foot. On average, the homes that are sold off-market are priced higher than those that are sold on the public market.

Walkability

Pemberton Heights has a Walk Score of 31. While it’s easy to go for a stroll or a jog in the neighborhood, most errands will require you to drive. However, many of Austin’s best restaurants, shopping spots, and nightlife destinations are only a short commute away.

Schools

Children outside at the campus of the Girls School of Austin
The Girls' School of Austin https://thegirlsschool.org/

Many Pemberton Heights residents move to the area for the exceptional schools. The neighborhood is part of the Austin Independent School District and zoned for highly-rated public schools like Casis Elementary, O Henry Middle School, and Austin High School

 

The area also offers notable private school options, including Good Shepperd Episcopal School and The Girls’ School of Austin.

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