Equal parts upstart community and cozy hidden gem, Leander is the next great Austin suburb.
Equal parts upstart community and cozy hidden gem, Leander is the next great Austin suburb
Perhaps difficult to discern from its rapid growth, which has more than doubled in size in the past decade, Leander has a long history, with initial settlement occurring around 1850. Even with that lengthy history, Leander had a scant population of 3,500 people as the year 2000 approached.
Then, residents began to realize the gem of a town Leander could be. The city responded with smart, thoughtful development.
Located 25 miles northwest of Austin, Leander possesses all of the comforts of a major metro suburb, while retaining the charm and laid-back sensibilities of rural, small-town Texas.
Leander is within arm’s reach of economic centers Round Rock (15 miles to the east) and Austin, without the congestion that typically comes with widespread development. Even better, if you work in Austin but don't want to drive there, a rail line connects the two cities.
Leander is a town people love to call home. It easily ranks as one of the best suburbs in the Austin area to buy a home and raise a family.
As you might expect with an up-and-coming town on the outskirts of a sizable metropolitan area, one of the biggest draws to Leander is its school district. Young professionals with children flock to the town as evidenced by 31% of residents being under the age of 17.
Coupled with moderately priced housing at every level, it is little wonder families flock to this part of Central Texas.
One of Leander's greatest secrets is its location.
The town itself features a few can't-miss dining options—cozy Mexican joint , comfort food staple , the insanely Instagrammable , and the new tasting room at .
But even more options await nearby, with quick access to the dining and bars (plus a Costco) in neighboring Cedar Ridge.
You are less than 10 minutes from family-friendly southwestern fare at , swanky and its impressively chill patio, and gathering spots and .
Of course, if you need to shop, just head next door to Round Rock for the outlets, Bass Pro Shop, or Ikea. Ultimately, the conveniences you want and expect in any great suburb are at your front steps in Leander, but without the daily traffic and congestion.
Don't be fooled by the rural locale and laid-back attitudes. There's plenty to do and see in Leander.
The in downtown Leander is one of those quaint oddities that helps keep the whole Austin region weird. The site hosts the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturdays, as well as live music, karaoke, and comedy nights. There's even an on-site salon—inside an Airstream, of course.
The third Saturday in May is Leander's annual Old Town Street Festival, which features live music and local and national artisans selling their handcrafted creations.
is a 45.5-acre lake and green space where families can spend the day barbecuing, picnicking, or using the on-site playground or pavilion. There are also several trails to walk. The park hosts the annual Leander Kite Festival and 5K.
is Leander's municipal track, which is both short and challenging, with a number of water features to navigate.
If you're looking to step further into the great outdoors, the 72 square mile is a scenic 30-minute drive away.
Leander Independent School District is regarded as one of the best ISDs in the Austin area and one of the top districts in Texas. Several high-rated institutions include: