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Tarrytown / Pemberton Heights

Old world grandeur in prestigious Austin neighborhoods

Welcome to Tarrytown / Pemberton Heights

Old world grandeur in prestigious Austin neighborhoods

Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights are two affluent Austin neighborhoods located on either side of the MoPac Expressway. Both of these charming communities share an atmosphere of old-world grandeur. West of the MoPac, Tarrytown has been home to Austin’s traditional elite since the neighborhood was first developed in 1915. East of the MoPac, the development of similarly prestigious Pemberton Heights began in the 1920s. Along with the neighborhoods of Old Enfield and Bryker Woods, Pemberton Heights is part of the Old West Austin Historic District, with 25 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights rank highly among Austin’s most desirable neighborhoods. The real estate ranges from beautifully maintained early-20th century homes to striking contemporary estates. These lavish properties showcase a diverse array of architectural styles, with everything from stone country manors and Medieval Revival properties to California-style Santa Barbara residences and classic Southern estates.

What to Love

  • Classic elegance
  • Striking real estate
  • Upscale shopping
  • Waterfront dining

People & Lifestyle

Located within three miles of Downtown Austin, these sought-after neighborhoods combine convenient access to all the city’s urban amenities with a friendly and low-key vibe. Town & County magazine once listed Pemberton Heights among the United States’ 25 “platinum neighborhoods.” With magnificent properties lining quiet, tree-shaded streets--all within minutes of both Downtown and Lake Austin--it’s easy to see why Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights are so highly sought-after.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Tarrytown is a hub of upscale retail and dining, with many high-quality places to shop and eat. Maudie’s is said by many to offer the best Tex-Mex in Austin. Classic brunch spot Magnolia Café has been cited by famous faces such as Luke Wilson, Guy Fieri, and even Barack Obama as one of their favorite places to eat in Austin. Hula Hut on the shores of Lake Austin serves Tex-Mex and cocktails with a Polynesian twist. Next to Hula Hut, Mozart’s has great coffee and magnificent lakefront views. Tarrytown retailers include chic boutiques such as Estilo, which offers a discerningly curated selection of women's and men’s clothing from national and international designers.

Things to Do

Mayfield Park is an attractively landscaped green space overlooking Lake Austin known for its free-roaming peacocks. On the site of the former Mayfield-Gulch estate, the park’s two-acre grounds include a historic 1870s cottage formerly owned by Texas Secretary of State Alison Mayfield, then later by Mayfield’s daughter and her husband, University of Texas professor Milton Gulch. The Mayfield-Gulchs created a beautiful botanical garden surrounding the cottage and donated it to the public on their passing. Tarrytown Park is another attractive local green space, with sports fields and a children’s playground. Community-orientated local events include Tarrytown’s annual Fourth of July Parade, which ends with a fireworks display.


Homes within Tarrytown and Pemberton Heights are zoned to the Austin Independent School District. Highlights include:
  • Casis Elementary, Public, PK-5
  • Bryker Woods Elementary, Public, PK-6
  • Matthews Elementary, Public, PK-6
  • Austin High School, Public, 9-12

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