20th-Century Houses in Austin's Pemberton Heights

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“We have a multi-generational neighborhood," say residents John and Candace Volz. "Young folks who grew up here come back to raise their families near their parents’ homes.”

“We have a multi-generational neighborhood,” say residents John and Candace Volz. “Young folks who grew up here come back to raise their families near their parents’ homes.”

Wedged between the MoPac Expressway and Pease District Park, Pemberton Heights and its sister neighborhoods of Enfield and Bryker Woods lie in the Old West Austin Historic District. In the 1920s, this began as a diverse community of cottages and mansions. Building continued into the 1940s and ’50s. The 1970s expressway construction destroyed a hundred West Austin houses, but Pemberton Heights seems changeless, with curving streets and tiny triangular parks. Close to the university, downtown Austin, and the Capitol, this is a prestigious address. Like Austin itself, however, Pemberton Heights accommodates newcomers and loyal old-timers.