Quality of Life
Destination for Many, Home for a Fortunate Few
Taylor is home to a diverse, entrepreneurial population that embraces family values, hard work, and community involvement. Over the past decade, the influx of new residents aged 25-35 years old has had an invigorating effect on our City. From community investments in recreation and advanced technologies to a wide variety of youth programs, Taylor promotes an active contemporary lifestyle.
Taylor is a community of diverse ethnic heritage. The City provides public parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, a public library, the historical Moody Museum, and grandeur home sites. The East Williamson County Higher Education Center (EWCHEC) downtown campus offers a wide variety of classes with an expansion on the edge of town in progress.
Recreation and Entertainment
If you enjoy fishing, camping, swimming, or boating, you will appreciate the convenient location of Granger Lake, located only eight miles from Taylor.
The community offers opportunities to have fun with family and friends at annual events. Highlighting these events are the National Rattlesnake Sacking Championship, the annual rodeo, International Barbeque Cook-Off, Zest Fest, Fourth of July fireworks, and the Lights of the Blackland Christmas lights display.
Residential Real Estate
The average selling price of a home in Taylor in 2006 was around $130,000, significantly less expensive than homes in the City of Austin which averaged $230,000. The Austin American-Statesman recently featured an article on the historic homes in Taylor and what an advantage purchasing a historic home in Taylor can be. See a summary of the story.
Retail / Dining
Within Taylor, you'll find good shopping and restaurants. The world famous barbecue at Taylor's Louie Mueller Barbecue and Vencil Mares' Taylor Café are a draw for people from across the state and country. Another local favorite, Davis Grocery, always draws a crowd. The charming German-style Walburg Restaurant is located just outside of Taylor. Built in 1882, it has been featured in magazines such as Texas Monthly and Southern Living.
Locally-owned antique shops and restaurants line Taylor's downtown streets. Just outside of downtown, residents find shopping convenient at national chains. A short drive into Austin provides residents with every type of shopping, from high-end stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's, to locally-owned favorites like Whole Foods and eclectic boutiques.
Retail is growing in Taylor, as more companies realize that our growing population is ripe for new retail business. We have large retail sites available for new development.
Taylor offers religious services and organizations for a variety of faiths. For a directory of local churches and faith-based organizations, click here.