Leander Newcomers Guide
One of the fastest growing cities in the United States is also one of the most livable and enjoyable. Leander, on the northeast edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offers excellent schools, a forward-thinking civic government responsible for two award-winning land planning initiatives, access to a variety of essential services, an abundance of recreational opportunities and a low crime rate – all within 22 miles of downtown Austin. If you’re looking for new homes in the Austin area, Leander is a smart choice and our newcomers guide is a good way to familiarize yourself with the city’s many advantages.
Humans have inhabited the area around modern Leander for thousands of years. In fact, a skeleton dating back 10,000 years, dubbed the Leanderthal Lady, is one of the earliest intact burial sites ever found in the U.S. White settlers arrived around 1845 to take possession of land grants awarded them in exchange for service in the Texas Revolution. A village, originally called Bagdad, soon took shape and by the 1870s, Bagdad had a hotel, schools, several stores, a post office, churches and two blacksmith shops. With the arrival of the railroad, Bagdad residents moved their homes and businesses closer to the tracks and established the new town of Leander in 1882, named after Leander “Catfish” Brown. Farming, ranching and cotton fueled the local economy and the city continued to grow over the years. The first housing subdivisions came in the wake of World War II. In 1978, Leander incorporated and has continued to grow rapidly, periodically doubling its population over the next few decades, reaching 30,000 in the 2010 census.1
Relocating to Leander
Leander is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States for good reason. The city government has devoted itself to carefully planned growth and sustainable development, securing a long-term water supply and adding important facilities and services to maintain the quality of life. AreaVibes.com ranks Leander as “Exceptionally Livable,” citing the low cost of living, high income per capita, low crime rate and sunny weather.2
Leander also gets high marks from Neighborhoodscout.com as a great place for families with children. “First of all, many other families with children live here, making Leander a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and communities.”3 They also note good public schools and a high rate of owner-occupied single-family homes, which tend to reflect a community’s stability.
If you’re considering relocating to Leander for work, ColdwellBanker.com’s “Best Places” ranks Leander thirteenth in its list of Booming Suburbs. Rankings are based on several criteria including job growth and availability and many employment opportunities. They also consider access to outdoor, cultural and leisure activities as important factors.4
Leander Real Estate
As already noted, Leander has a higher than average number of owner-occupied, single-family homes. In addition to offering an outstanding quality of life, Leander is also an ideally situated suburb for Austin commuters. All these factors combine to make Leander real estate highly desirable. If you’re interested in new homes in Leander, award-winning developer Taylor Morrison has several exciting options available in a range of sizes, prices and styles.
The Leander master-planned community of Crystal Falls features breathtaking home sites and a wealth of resort-style community amenities including pool, splash park, fishing pond, tennis courts and access to the 18-hole Crystal Falls Golf Course, all within minutes of Lake Travis. Within Crystal Falls, you’ll find three neighborhoods to choose from:
- Crystal Falls Crystal Cove offers one- and two-story homes in nine floor plans ranging from 1,483 to 2,694 square feet and priced from the $200,000s, including several that are move-in ready.
- Crystal Falls Mesa Oaks offers one- and two-story homes in seven floor plans ranging from 2,264 to 3,147 square feet and priced from the upper $200,000s. Move-in ready homes are listed here.
- Crystal Falls The Fairways offers two collections of one- and two-story homes and 15 unique floor plans ranging from 2,651 to 5,071 square feet. Prices start in the mid $300,000s. See move-in ready homes here.
Models are open daily at Crystal Falls at 2701 Highland Trail, Leander, TX 78641. For more information or to schedule a viewing call the sales office at 512-690-2363. Get driving directions here.
Interest lists are forming now for Travisso. Adjacent to Crystal Falls, plans for Travisso call for a 58-acre regional park with resort-style amenities and four exciting collections of homes. Contact Taylor Morrison for more information.
The unemployment rate for Leander is below that of the entire state of Texas. Locally, retail trade, construction, manufacturing, public administration, professional and technical services and educational services make up the employment picture.5
Many Leander residents work in job centers in nearby Austin, which has one of the healthiest economies in the U.S. and was ranked #2 for job growth in the nation by Forbes.com.6 Employment opportunities in Austin include national companies such as eBay, IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments, 3M, Apple Inc., Whole Foods and Dell.
Quality schools have been a prime driver in the growth of Leander, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Public schools are part of the Leander Independent School District. LISD is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Recognized district with 41 campuses serving over 32,000 students. Over 90% of the campuses are recognized or exemplary according to TEA. The student to teacher ratio is 14 to 1 and a strong PTA, volunteer involvement and strategic alliances with local businesses and organizations enhance the quality of public education in Leander.
Higher education options near Leander include Austin Community College, University of Texas at Austin and Saint Edward’s University.
Leander offers residents a strong sense of place supported by many community activities, events and facilities. Some of the highlights include:
- Benbrook Ranch Park – a 47-acre park with trails, ball fields, group pavilion, skate park, BMX track and disc golf course.
- Crystal Falls Golf Club – an 18-hole, 6,654-yard par 72 course with driving range and pro shop.
- Devine Lake Regional Park – a 46-acre passive recreation area with 25-acre lake for fishing and non-motorized boating.
- Mason Ranch and Stage Coach House – historical landmarks commemorating the stage from Austin to Lampasas.
Local events that foster a strong sense of community include:
- Liberty Fest – the annual Fourth of July celebration.
- Movies in the Park – Friday nights in the spring and fall at Robin Bledsoe Park.
- Bluegrass Festival – live music and children’s activities at Robin Bledsoe Park.
- Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting – hay rides, picture with Santa and live performances on the first Saturday of December.
- Devine Lake Kite Festival – a family-friendly, free event every spring.
- Medical services include Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Round Rock Medical Center and Scott & White Hospital at Round Rock
Make Yourself at Home in Leander
For more information about Leander new homes and new homes in Austin, or to schedule a personal viewing appointment at a Taylor Morrison community in the Austin area, contact Internet Home Consultant Heather Fox at 512-845-7350.