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It’s no wonder the U.S. Census Bureau named the city of Cedar Park the 4th fastest growing city in the United States in 2013: Forbes Magazine ranked Cedar Park one of America’s Fastest-Growing Suburbs, Family Circle magazine counted it amidst the “Top Ten Places to Raise a Family,” and Movoto brokerage firm named it the “Third Best Small City to Move to in the Nation.” Cedar Park’s population has grown by more than 400% in the last decade alone.

“I am personally very proud to live here and incredibly honored to be in this role,” said Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell, who added that in 2013, Security company Safewise named Cedar Park the Second Safest City in Central Texas.

Business are packing up and heading to Cedar Park, too. “After extensive research in several communities among different States, it was an obvious decision to relocate our business from Silicon Valley to Silicon Hills,” explained Ed Trevis, CEO of Corvalent Corporation. “Cedar Park, specifically, offered exactly what we were looking for: a highly educated quality labor pool, a progressive and pro-business government combined with unbeatable incentives.”

Cedar Park also is attractive to employees. Unemployment is low and wages are high: Movoto brokerage firm found that Cedar Park’s unemployment rate is below the national average and that the median household income is $70,914 — 35% above the national average and 43% higher than the statewide average.

Residents enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the city. “Cedar Park provides a high quality of life for our employees with the best community we have seen to live, work, learn and play,” said Trevis.

A major suburb 16 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, Cedar Park has a population of 57,957. Mostly in Williamson County, it also extends into Travis County. The zip codes are 78613 and 78630, and the MLS area is CLS.

Most homes in Cedar Park are served by Leander Independent School District, a highly acclaimed school district and one of the largest in Central Texas. A few homes are served by Round Rock ISD.

The city is home to the Cypress Creek campus of Austin Community College. Its library, 23,000 square foot City of Cedar Park Library, is located at 550 Discovery Blvd.

Cedar Park is 28 miles (30 minutes) from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and about 8 miles (16 minutes) from Lake Travis. It stands five miles south of Leander and 12 miles west of Round Rock.

Homes in Cedar Park

Now the third largest city in the Austin area, the City of Cedar Park attracts residents from all over the world with its unique Texas charm and proximity to the ATX, the Texas Hill Country, and beautiful Lake Travis.

Cedar Park offers both new and older homes, with the oldest from neighborhoods developed in the 1950s. Higher-end neighborhoods in Cedar Park include Bellamy Garden, Boulders at Crystal Falls, Creekview, Cypress Creek, Oakmont Forest, Silver Oak, Cross Creek, Ranch at Deer Creek, Red Oaks, Walsh Trails, and Whitestone Oaks at Anderson Mill.

For a luxury home in the most expensive neighborhoods of Cedar Park, consider Cap Rock at Crystal Falls, Cypress Canyon, Bella Vista, Estates at Brushy Creek, Ranch at Brushy Creek, Twin Creeks, Highlands at Crystal Falls, Grand Mesa at Crystal Falls, or Breakaway Park.


Cedar Park’s new Sculpture Garden features a dozen sculptures by Central Texas artists Peter Mangan, Hélène Gabrielle, Dan Pogue, Cat Quintanilla, Craig Blaha, Cindy Debold, and Dawn Raines. The sculptures range from bronze to painted cedar.

For fresh-from-the-farm produce, the Saturday Cedar Park Farmers’ Market is a great place to buy fresh vegetables and taste artisanal foods from local vendors and farmers. It was voted #1 Farmers Market in Texas by fans in 2010, and ranked in the top 20 Favorite Large Farmers Markets in the U.S. in 2011.

Residents enjoy Cedar Park’s Cinemark Theater or Lakeline’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to catch the latest movie. For a Hill Country Tour or an evening of moving theatre, they can take a ride on the Austin Steam Train.

Every holiday, the 400-year-old Heritage Oak Tree twinkles with over 60,000 lights. To celebrate its annual lighting, citizens enjoy free live music, carriage rides, games and prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts in Heritage Oak Park.

City-dwellers head to Milburn Park for movies, concerts in the park, and the Heritage Festival. The Heritage fest features carnival rides, great food and demonstrations, live music and dance, a mechanical bull, pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, a kids’ rodeo, face painting, a rock wall, and other games.

For sports and entertainment, residents get hot seats at the new Cedar Park Center, which can accommodate up to 8,700 guests. Home to the Texas Stars Hockey Team; the 2012 Champion Austin Toros, an NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs; and an AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, the center hosts more than 130 events per year including sporting events, concerts, and family shows.

Restaurants & Shopping

Cedar Park abounds with shopping and dining opportunities …

On the north side of town, residents visit big box stores like Walmart, H.E.B, and Costco or a seven-building shopping complex known as The Rail Yard Shopping Center. It features a gift shop, Cedar Park Jewelry, Absolute Wellness Center, Hair Station, Shooter’s Billiards, and Spotlight Karaoke and Sports Bar.

Scotty Stroup also owns a beloved café at the Rail Yard called 1431. CR Surf & Turf is another local favorite. Next door at The Depot center, the Austin Steam Strain Association makes its home, in addition to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

1890 Ranch offers over 80 stores including an Academy, Super Target, PetSmart, Hobby Lobby, Bealls, and a 12-screen Cinemark theater complex. Diners enjoy restaurants like LongHorn Steakhouse, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Rosa’s Café, Takara Sushi & Asian Bistro, and Naanfull.

On the east side of Cedar Park, Parmer Lane Village features a Starbucks, a few retailers, and an HEB grocery store. Restaurants include La Morada, Biryani Pot, and Odaku Sushi.

Whitstone Market also has an HEB and a Starbucks, plus Austin’s Pizza. Shops at Silverado is a new development on West Parmer Lane offering Bellini’s Texas Grill (Tuscan-Texas fusion), a nail salon, hair salon, spa, liquor store, and cleaners.

Further south (off Cypress Creek Rd), Cypress Bend Shopping Center offers a new strip center including a Goodwill, Austin’s Pizza, Shake’s Frozen Custard, and Sugarbaker’s Pie Shop. Lake Creek Festival center includes a Wells Fargo, Fry’s Electronics, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Pep Boys, and Stein Mart.

Lakeline Mall is a luxurious indoor shopping mall with over 150 popular stores, including Dillard’s, Gymboree, The Disney Store, Inflatable Wonderland, Sears, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Brighton Collectibles, The Limited, Regal 9 Cinema, JCPenney, Macy’s, and more. For dining, there’s fast food, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Fuddrucker’s, Chili’s, and Pluckers.


Buttercup Creek Cave Preserve features 92 acres of karst limestone cave preserve where visitors can hike or bike. Most of the caves on the preserve protect endangered species. Twice a year, the Texas Cave Conservancy sponsors “Cave Day” to teach the public about the caves and how to explore them. Its caves include Westside Preserve at Buttercup Creek Cave, Hide A Way Cave, Nelson Ranch Cave, Ilex Cave, Buttercup Drain Cave, Convoluted Canyon Cave, and Buttercup Blowhole Cave.

Brushy Creek Sports Park features Cedar Park’s first skate park. Approximately 15,000 square feet, this custom designed concrete in-ground skate park includes a mini-bowl, large bowl, and modern street course with coloring, textures, shade, and landscaping.

A beautiful 42-acre park, Elizabeth M. Milburn Community Park features an Aquatic Center, a lap pool with recreational slide, a basketball court, four baseball fields, six soccer fields, five volleyball courts, two tennis courts, a nice playscape, a community garden, a group pavilion, a concession stand, picnic area, and swingsets. It is the home of Cedar Park Swimming: a year-round competitive swim club and a member of South Texas Swimming, Inc.

“The Crown Jewel of Cedar Park,” Veterans Memorial Park honors past, present, and future veterans and is located at 2525 New Hope Drive. A 22-foot-tall black granite obelisk by artist Gregory Beck sits on top of a gray granite base of six-foot-tall panels honoring each branch of the U.S. Military. A seven-foot-tall bronze soldier stands guard in honor of Purple Heart recipient SPC Matthew Morris of Cedar Park. Brick pavers and bronze leaves engraved with names and dates of service line the pathway leading up to the obelisk. The park also offers practice fields, sports courts, an amphitheater, a group pavilion, an 8,500 square feet outdoor aquatic facility, and a five-acre dog park.

Buttercup Creek Natural Area includes 12.1 acres of undeveloped Texas landscape while Cluck Creek Park has 8.7 acres of soccer fields and picnic areas. Nelson Ranch Park features a basketball court, BBQ Grill, group pavilion, picnic area, and playscape. Colby Lane Park provides a basketball court and good hiking trails.


For golfers, Twin Creeks Country Club, Avery Ranch Golf Club, Balcones Country Club, and Woodland Greens Golf Center are within three miles.


For lake-lovers, beautiful 64-mile Lake Travis is only 15 minutes away and offers swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, zip-lining, and more. It also boasts over 20 marinas!


Cedar Park sends day-tripping residents to explore the Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail, which features spectacular Texas scenery and magnificent wines at four wineries and vineyards. All located within a 49 mile radius, the wineries include Inwood Estate Vineyards, Flat Creek Estate Winery & Vineyard, Pilot Knob Vineyard, and Perrisos Vineyards.

Gyms & Sports Clubs

Cedar Park definitely has its fair shares of places to get fit. Curves, Gold’s Gym, and Lifetime Fitness are within two miles of the heart of Cedar Park. There is also the Cedar Park Recreation Center and a Williamson County YMCA if you prefer organized sports.

For kids, there’s Cedar Park Youth League. Since 1972, its 21-acre complex (consisting of nine baseball/softball fields) has served the northwest Austin area. The non-profit league has a fall and spring regular season, and its annual membership exceeds 2,000 kids, ages 4 – 18.


In the old days of Cedar Park, both the community and the creek were called Running Brushy, after a heavy-flowing spring in the area. Apache, Comanche, Choctaw, and Tonkawa Indians used to camp along the banks of Brushy Creek and Buttercup Creek as late as the 1800s.

In the 1880s, the Austin & Northwest Railroad came through, connecting the area with Burnet and Lampasas. The town was renamed Brueggerhoff after a railroad official in 1883. Five years later, it was renamed Cedar Park by Emmett Cluck. Cluck’s family owned the ranch that formed the core of the community, and they drove cattle herds up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas!

That same year, Benjamin “Doc” Crumley moved into an area a few miles south of the Running Brushy community and named that area Buttercup. Buttercup eventually became a stagecoach stop because it had a store, cotton gin, and post office.

The Cedar Park community was founded in 1887 and incorporated as a city in 1973.

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