Pemberton Heights - Austin Neighborhood Spotlight

Posted by Brad Pauly on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 11:22am.

pemberton heights castle from front



  • Median Household Income: $82,159
  • Median Age: 36
  • Average Household Size: 2

Pemberton Heights is situated on the far side of Shoal Creek in north central Austin. The area was largely untouched until the early 1900s due to the creek's propensity to destroy bridges that connected Pemberton with the rest of Austin. Development began in 1927 before it was annexed by the City of Austin. The neighborhood features some of Austin's most unique homes, including multi-storied houses with modernist architecture and houses engineered like castles that harken to hundreds of years ago. Some of Austin's most affluent entrepreneurs and successful business people own houses in the area.

Photo Source: HomeAway



Pemberton Heights is a historic Austin neighborhood located in the zip code 78703. It is another neighborhood for which the MoPac Expressway is the western border. It ends in the south on Windsor Road and in the north at 29th Street. Shoal Creek in the east is the natural cutoff for neighborhood housing.


Areas of Interest


Bars & Pubs

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall has been on Guadalupe Street long enough to invite big-name acts to play on its stage. The bar is small, has an acoustic stage and a fully decked out musical stage, and an annex in back with arcade games.

The Drag Bar

The Drag Bar has a brand new musical stage for small acts. They also host a recurring trivia night called Geeks Who Drink with categories that cater to those with unusual hobbies and interests.

Dive Bar & Lounge

The Dive Bar is a simple Austin-style bar with low lighting and a friendly atmosphere. They specialize in cocktails but serve Austin's favorite beers and even offer a small selection of wines for those looking for the full lounge experience



CoCo's Cafe

CoCo's Cafe is an Asian-style eatery with pan-Asian noodle and rice bowls. They also make bubble tea that comes in an incredible selection of flavors, including rare and exotic fruit flavors that are hard to find anywhere else.

Teji's Indian Restaurant & Grocery

Teji's serves authentic Indian food using the same ingredients they sell in their grocery section. Whether you want to try Indian cooking at home or you just need a taste of the east, Teji's has all of the supplies you'll need.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

This sandwich shop offers fully realized, meaty sandwiches covered in vegetables and sauces. For the light eater, they also make a line of skinny sandwiches that will help you trim your waistline. Catering is also available.


Parks & Recreation

Lions Municipal Golf Course

In use since 1934, this golf course has seen play by some of golfing's greats, including Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson.

Hancock Golf Course

This is a 9-hole golf course that caters to central Austin residents. Its history goes all the way back to 1899. It is now used to coach UT's golf team for competition.

Shoal Creek Trail

The trail runs the length of Shoal Creek as it moves through the City of Austin. There are walking trails as well as exercise equipment available, and many fitness classes are taught mornings, evenings, and weekends for 9-5 workers.



Pemberton Heights shares in the greater Austin school system.

  • Casis Elementary
  • O'Henry Middle School
  • Austin High School



Pemberton Heights participates in:

  • Transportation Improvement
  • Nighttime Security Patrols
  • Neighborhood Picnics

Most homeowners in this area take great pride in the look of their home and land and aim to ensure that the entirety of the neighborhood stays safe and clean. The community takes donations to pay for extra patrols from the Austin Police Department.

Leave a Comment

Format example:
Format example: