Incorporated as a city in 1978, Leander is a city on the rise. In 2010 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated its population to be around 30,000 — up from 7,596 in 2000 and 26,000 in 2010. The fast growth makes it Texas’ fourth fastest-growing city in sheer numbers. Leander is just starting, really. City officials claim Leander’s 21.2 square miles and additional 40 of ETJ will build out by 2060 on 8,400 acres identified for residential, mixed-use and industrial use with 210,000 residents. By 2020, 70,000 residents are forecast to make Leander home. It is now just below 50,000.
Leander Homes for Sale
City of Leander Location
Leander is 26 miles north of downtown Austin. Its southern boundary is Cedar Park’s northern city limit. For the most part, the eastern edge is along the new Hwy. 183A Toll Road. Some parts extend further and are along FM 2243, CR 177, 271, 272, and 268 aka Ronald Reagan Blvd. The north isn’t as easily delineated; mostly CR 276 with spikes further north along CR 279, 280 and 268 | Ronald Reagan Blvd. The west is even harder to define, with most of Leander east of the Travis | Williamson County line, but with juts west along FM 2243, CR 280 and the large Crystal Falls subdivision.
Leander is accessible via Hwy. 29 from the north, San Gabriel Pkwy., FM 2243 aka Nameless Road, Crystal Falls Pkwy., Hwy. 183, Hwy. 183A Toll, Bagdad Road and Lakeline Blvd. Along these major roads are housing developments and businesses — retail and professional in scope.
Leander Transportation Options
Leander is the northern terminus of the new Capital Metrorail station and line. It opened in March of 2010 and has spaces for 600 cars. The line runs on existing track to its southern terminus at the Austin Convention Center. There are nine stops along the 32-mile route. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) began construction of Hwy. 183A Toll in 2005. It is currently free north of FM 1431 in Cedar Park. It is built all the way to Hwy. 29 leading into Georgetown. Air travel is usually in and out of Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), the former Air Force base, roughly a 45-50-minute drive. Georgetown also has an airport, which is only a 10-15-minute drive away. Driving your own vehicle to Austin is the most popular option of Leander residents. Their commute into downtown Austin ranges from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on time of day. New east-west roads, San Gabriel Pkwy., Hero Way and Melmathis opened a few years ago.
Leander Independent School District (LISD) is based right here in Leander. There are 32,000 students in 23 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and six high schools for the 2016-2017 school year. They cover 200 square miles. It is projected that LISD will have nearly 60,000 students by the year 2020. LISD has achieved “Recognized” status from the Texas Education Association. In 2009, fully 90% were Recognized or even better at “Exemplary.” Around 2,700 people are employed by LISD. The new community Sarita Valley will have an elementary school, middle school and high school by the time it is built out, and a new high school is ramping up with lower grades in the Benbrook Ranch neighborhood.
- Horticulture and Landscape Design
- Veterinary Medical Applications
- Broadcast Journalism
- Automotive Technology
- Construction Technology
- Culinary Arts
- Restaurant Management
- Electrical Technology
- Engineering/Architectural Design
- Project Lead The Way
- Hospitality: Hotel Management
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
- Air Force Junior ROTC
- Navy ROTC
LISD Elementary schools in Leander:
- Laura Welch Bush
- Jim Plain
- Pleasant Hill
LISD Middle schools in Leander:
LISD High schools in Leander:
- New Hope
Recreational opportunities and offerings are aplenty. Outside but near Leander is Lake Travis, with boat ramps and parks west on FM 1431 in Jonestown, Lago Vista and Marble Falls and south through Cedar Park or Austin. Golfers can head east to Tera Vista, southeast to Avery Ranch, south to Twin Creeks (private members only) or east to Cimarron Hills. The Cedar Park Center hosts the Texas Stars of the Central Hockey League.
Within Leander are nice parks and golf, too. Golfers will love to play the beautiful Texas Hill Country course called Crystal Falls Golf Course, open to the public. It is home to the Hill Country Amateur Championship each year and has a PGA pro, pro shop, tournaments, a seniors association, and grille.
Parks include Robin Bledsoe Park‘s 16 acres on Bagdad Road just north of the Leander Library. Robin was a huge supporter of Leander and his family owns and operates civic-minded Cashway Lumber. Robin was a good friend of mine; he died in 2005 of cancer. The park bearing his name has lighted baseball and soccer fields, playscape, swimming pool with water playscape and concessions, picnic pavilion and restrooms, BBQ grills, basketball court and amphitheater.
Devine Lake is a 25-acre lake in a 46-acre park with beautiful woods and walking paths. It’s got a picnic area and pavilion, playscape, off-leash pet area, hike & bike trails, fishing and restrooms. This park is one of my favorite quiet places, for it is little known and accessible through the North creek subdivision. One of the family members is a client of mine. Mason Creek Neighborhood Park is a small residential area park on less than four acres. It is within the Mason Creek neighborhood and offers a large playscape, picnic tables, short trail and water fountain. Benbrook Ranch Park within the Benbrook Ranch neighborhood is a larger park on 47 acres with softball and soccer fields, a picnic pavilion, hike & bike trails, BMX track, playscape, disc golf course, restrooms and the latest rage in Leander: the skate park. Cyrstal Falls Golf Course is an 18-hole 6,654-yeard par-72 course with driving range, pro shop, snack bar and grille, and covered patio. Very nice.
Leander Shopping & Dining
Leander has grown fast and its dining and retail offerings are growing fast, too, though maybe not keeping pace with population growth. Retailers have banded together with developers at the Leander Gateway at Hwy. 183 and Crystal Falls Pkwy. where Lowe’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, AT&T, Kohl’s and others have gathered. Further up Hwy. 183 at FM 2243 is the new center with HEB Plus!, Smokey Mo’s BBQ, Cherry Creek Catfish, the Metrorail station and many other stores. A new 55-acre site will be developed for retail, residential and office space at Lakeline Blvd. and Crystal Falls Pkwy. A retail node at Lakeline Blvd. and Crystal Falls Parkway is expanding with a Brooklyn Heights restaurant and anchored by a Randalls grocery store opened in December, 2016. Businesses also dot Hwy. 183, Lakeline Blvd. and Bagdad Road going north and south. Crystal Falls Pkwy., FM 2243 and Osage Drive are east-west roads with businesses.
A City update reveals that a new Whole Foods 365 is coming to Leander as is another HEB on the east side of town at Ronald Reagan Blvd. and FM 2243.
Dining is surprisingly good in Leander. There are some of the national chains mixed in with locally-owned and operated restaurants that can please particular palettes.
- Burger Central
- Cherry Creek Catfish
- Crystal Falls Golf Course
- Great Wall
- Jardin del Rey
- La Canasta Market
- Marco’s Pizza
- Smokey Mo’s BBQ
- Sonic Drive-In
- Southern’s Pizza & Sports Bar
- Spoonz Deli at HEB Plus
- Taco Bell
- Silver Spoon Cafe
Churches and Places of Worship in Leander
- Central Baptist Church
- Church of God
- Crystal Lake Baptist
- First Baptist
- Hill Country Bible
- Assembly of God
- Church of Christ
- United Methodist
- Living Water
Leander Health Services
Leander has no hospital of its own yet, but a 12,000 square foot Scott & White Clinic is on Hwy. 183 near the post office. Leander is close to the hospitals of Cedar Park, Round Rock and Austin. A hospital is likely to be built next to the coming (2017/18) 100-acre ACC campus in the TOD (Transit Oriented Development), where the Cap Metro commuter rail line station sits along Hwy. 183. The Leander Transit Village, as it is being called, will be built out over 20 years on 3,200 acres.
- Texas Chiro. & Family Wellness
- Crystal Falls
- Sid K. Steadman
- Tucker Family
- Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
- Avicenna Medical Center
- Family First
- Leander Healthcare
- Leander Primary
- Leander Eye
- Texas Family
Equine Therapy for Special Needs Children:
- Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center
Leander Real Estate
Leander has a well-established real estate market. Buyers can find brand new homes, order to-be-built homes with various homebuilders in tract neighborhoods or on property already owned elsewhere. There are many resales as well in the many neighborhoods throughout the city. They range from old to new, small to large, and inexpensive to very expensive.
Homes sold annually are 900-1,000. They ranged from 6 to 1 bedroom with an average of 3. There were as many as 4 bathrooms and as few as 1 with an average of 2. Size of the homes varied greatly with the largest sale being 6,340 square feet and the smallest being 672. The average was 2,192. They sold between $680,000 and $44,900 with a median price of $209,000, which was 95.2% of the original asking price. Days on the market ranged from 538 days to zero. Average was 78, which is on par with the MLS average of 81. There are no longer any new homes available for under $200,000, but are some smaller floor plans just above that level.
Information deemed reliable as of 01/18/2017.