What does it cost to buy in Old West Austin right now? In an ongoing series with Curbed Austin, real-estate analytics site NeighborhoodX takes a close look at the range of sales asking prices in the area to find out.
he Old West Austin neighborhood is bounded by Mopac Expressway on the west, Enfield Road on the south, North Lamar Boulevard on the east, and West 35th Street on the south.
(The Clarksville neighborhood borders it on the south and is included in its neighborhood association, but because it was originally a freedman’s town and has a separate historic designation, it has very different housing stock and is excluded from this analysis.)
As the name and its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places implies, Old West Austin is full of historic homes and comprises three subdistricts: Pemberton Heights, Old Enfield, and Brykerwoods. Many were built around the turn of or in the early 20th century.
Located on a hill above Shoal Creek, it runs parallel to downtown above Enfield Road and was once considered the western edge of downtown. Today it’s a quiet, green, conveniently located area containing a mix of old, new, grand, and modest homes, including many city landmarks.
The average listing price in Old West Austin is $419 per square foot. However, the individual properties that make up this average range considerably—from $282/square foot (1604 Ethridge Avenue, a newer home in Pemberton Heights on the market for $1.2 million) to $906/square foot (2505 Wooldridge Drive, a 1939 mansion asking $4 million, also in Pemberton Heights).