Established in 1882 as a small railway town named after Leander “Catfish” Brown, Leander is now the 37th fastest growing city in the United States and the 4th fastest growing in Texas. With only about 7,000 residents in the year 2000, the population of Leander has rapidly grown to over 30,000 residents. The influx of newcomers can be explained by three critical assets that Leander has going for it; land, transportation and employment.
In the past decade, Texas has drawn business and people from all over the country. As Austin has grown, so has the entire metropolitan area. Much of Austin’s growth has spread northward along the I-35 corridor and major roadways such as MoPac Expressway and Hwy 183. New developments first grew to Cedar Park and then on to Leander about 25 miles away from the heart of Downtown Austin. Major highways and the employment centers that nestle along them allow growth to extend outward, and where businesses develop, rooftops follow. Leander has a lot of available land, and that has drawn developers to the area in droves. What was a sleepy little village has become a residential mecca.
Leander is now home to master-planned communities that offer buyers amenities that most small neighborhoods cannot provide. The lure to move away from the city is strong. Cheaper housing and competitive amenity packages are the trade-offs for a longer commute. In the case of Leander, many of Austin’s technology firms and medical facilities have relocated north of the city so that, along with connector roads and the Capital MetroRail Red Line, make this area have great appeal to buyers looking to get the most home for their money.
Located just north of Cedar Park, Leander is in Williamson and Travis County’s 78641 zip code. Buyers of Leander homes for sale will find a large variety to choose from including starter homes, move-up neighborhoods, rural properties and executive homes in gated communities. The average home size in Leander is over 2,700 square feet, and the average build date is 2011. Buyers searching in the Leander area may want to look at Crystal Falls homes for sale, a 5,000-acre master-planned golf community with homes in a variety of price points.
Buyers will find their favorite national builders developing Leander homes for sale including Taylor Morrison, Meritage, Scott Felder, Highland Homes, Toll Brothers and Pulte Homes. Several local custom builders are also active in Leander building homes in Craftsman, Tuscan or French-inspired architecture with pools, outdoor living areas and landscaping that takes advantage of Texas Hill Country panoramic views.