Your Neighborhood Expert
Old Enfield: Alluring historical charm close to downtown Austin
There are so many great places to live in Austin that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
Real estate agent Kirk Lewis has been working in the Old Enfield area for more than 20 years. “It is one of the most historical neighborhoods in Austin, and I love its character, old architecture, and trees,” he says.
Many of the one-of-a-kind properties were modeled after homes in the English countryside, so they have winding driveways, ivy-covered exteriors, and gabled roofs. And they often boast generous, tree-covered lots with unique views of the Austin skyline and surrounding green space.
It feels like a respite from the bustling city, yet "you're so close to downtown you can hear the Longhorn band," says Kirk. “Because of that proximity, many professionals who work at the University of Texas, the Capitol, and law offices downtown call Old Enfield home."
In his free time, you might find Lewis — an avid artist — working on his brush strokes for his next masterpiece. He also plays Pool Shark in a local competitive league and loves spending time with family and friends.
Kirk offered up some of his personal favorites about life in Old Enfield. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
“You can literally walk to the restaurants on West Lynn Street, including Jeffrey’s of Austin, which serves French-American classics and incredible steak,” says Kirk.
Also, don't miss Josephine House, the sister restaurant to Jeffery’s; it’s housed in a charming blue cottage.
For tacos, Kirk recommends Taco Flats, and for the best house-made pizza and pasta, head to Cipollina.
Where to play
Pease Park is the best park in town, according to Kirk. “It has one of the best walking trails that’s absolutely stunning and lined with large trees,” he says.
What to see
The historic Pease Mansion, completed in the 1850s, is a Greek Revival-style gem that was owned by two Texas governors. It’s not open for touring, but it’s still worth glimpsing from the outside.
Where to live
As one of the oldest and most historical neighborhoods in Austin, the charm of Old Enfield is undeniable.
“It’s filled with tree-lined streets and some of the oldest Colonial-style homes and smaller Tudor-style bungalows around,” says Kirk.