Characterful, harmonious and treelined neighborhoods in the Old West Austin Historic District.
The Brykerwoods and Pemberton Heights neighborhoods are part of the Old West Austin Historic District and retain their classic character. These two areas make up part of the city’s original neighborhoods and were developed in the 1930s. You’ll find well-cared-for historic homes in the Colonial Revival, bungalow and cottage styles, with newer properties harmonious with the existing buildings. The area is also known for its mature trees and community spirit. (The Brykerwoods neighborhood website includes sections for "Notable Neighbors" and a "Tree Guide".)
Pemberton Heights is one of Central Austin’s most affluent areas. It was once a farm owned by Attorney General John Woods Harris and from as far back as 1998 Town & Country named it as one of the 25 Platinum Addresses in the United States. Some properties have views of downtown and the iconic Austin Capitol building.
The realtors back in the day advertised it as a place where “one is removed from the noises of the city, yet a 10-minute walk or three-minute drive brings him to the city’s business district,” according to Austin Monthly. That still applies: Living here situates you in two of the most charming areas in Austin, close to the University of Texas at Austin, nestled between MoPac and North Lamar Boulevard.
Local state schools include Casis Elementary School, which has an exemplary rating, and Bryker Woods Elementary. O’Henry Middle School gets its moniker from William Sydney Porter, the short story writer better known by the pen name O. Henry -- author of the classic story Gift of the Magi. It’s been recognized for challenging students’ minds and has been named a school to watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Stephen F. Austin High School, known as Austin High, was founded in 1881 and is the oldest continuously operating high school in the state.
The private Girls’ School of Austin serves students K-8. St Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for K-12.