Known for its proximity to downtown, pedestrian-friendliness, and lush, green streets, the neighborhood of Clarksville in Austin, Texas, is a great place to buy a home. This community has a long, rich history and a legacy preserved by its longtime residents. The land where the neighborhood exists was once the home of Governor Elisha Pease’s mansion and its slave quarters. In fact, the mansion still stands a few blocks north of Clarksville. After the Civil War, the governor granted or sold several parcels of land to some of his previous slaves. At that time Charles Clark, another former slave, purchased two acres of that land, and sold parts to other freedmen. The neighborhood is named after Mr. Clark.
In 1928 the master plan for the city denied African American residents services in all parts of town except East Austin, and the streets of Clarksville were unpaved as recently as the 1970s. Furthermore, the construction of Mopac Expressway in the 1970s reduced the size of the neighborhood by one-third, prior to that, it stretched farther west. If the residents of Clarksville hadn’t organized and defeated the city’s plan, Austin would have decimated the rest of Clarksville with a crosstown expressway. Today, the historic Clarksville is bounded by West 10th Street, Waterston Avenue, West Lynn Street, and MoPac, though many Austinites apply the moniker to a larger part of Old West Austin.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Clarksville continues to fight to preserve its history and character amid Austin’s growth. Among the additional desirable features of this West End neighborhood, it has a walk score of seventy-two and a GreatSchools average over seven. Real estate in Clarksville is highly sought-after because of the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown. The housing market in Clarksville is very stable and at any given time, only a few homes are usually available. Homes for sale in Clarksville have an average of seventeen hundred square feet with two or three bedrooms. There are some multi-family homes in Clarksville, as well as older homes circa the 1900s and new construction as well. Whether you are seeking an older bungalow, a newly renovated Victorian, or an apartment or condo over a first-floor restaurant or retail shop, Clarksville real estate is worth your consideration. If you would like more information regarding currently listed properties in Clarksville in Austin, Texas, please let us assist you and contact us as soon as it is convenient.
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