The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In McKinney, TX in 2021
If you’re looking for a city with a strong sense of community just 30 miles from Downtown Dallas, you’ll want to take a look at McKinney, which is “unique by nature.”
Historic downtown. Superb educational opportunities. Thriving businesses. Diverse neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets. These all describe McKinney.
Although McKinney is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., it has a small-town feel. The people of McKinney have struck a balance between economic growth plus the ongoing addition of new amenities and keeping a firm hold on the city’s historic roots.
If you’re considering relocating to McKinney, you’ll want to investigate these 10 neighborhoods, listed below in alphabetical order.
This 45-acre, mixed-use development, just five and a half miles from Downtown McKinney, was modeled after a small Croatian fishing village. Here you’ll find Mediterranean-style condominiums and villas along cobblestone streets. Even though Adriatica offers numerous amenities, it retains the feel of a small, closely knit village.
Homes in Adriatica range from roughly $500K to $1 million +, from 1,900-6,000 square feet. Ninety percent of the approximately 2,200 residents own their own home. However, if you’re looking to rent, you’ll want to check out the apartments in St. Paul’s Square. And active seniors enjoy the Adriatica Senior Living Center.
Although Adriatica is small and quaint, there is much to do and lots to see. Want to eat out? Check out the Starwood Café or Gregory’s Bistro, which serves French cuisine. Would you prefer to eat at a restaurant that offers an incredible view of the? If so, you’ll want to visit Harry’s at the Harbor.
Whether you’re visiting or you’re a resident of Adriatica, you soon realize the tower, the fountain, and the Bella Donna Chapel are key features that make the community unique.
As is the case in so many McKinney communities, the planners and developers of Adriatica kept the health of the residents in mind. You can work out at The Fitness Blueprint Gym; take a walk or bike ride on one of the trails, many of which have a great view of the water; stop by the tennis or basketball court for a game; or take your family to the playground or maybe a ride on a paddleboat.
Auburn Hills is a newer master-planned community in McKinney, begun in 2016, and has much to offer residents. It’s only six miles from Downtown McKinney and just a 40-minute drive from Downtown Dallas.
The Gray Branch Community Park in Auburn Hills includes amenities such as cycling and hiking trails, an amphitheater, sports fields, and both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.
All homes in Auburn Hills are single-family dwellings and are overseen by the Homeowners’ Association (HOA). Homes sell anywhere between the low to mid $300K’s and mid to upper $800K’s and are 1,900-4,500 square feet.
Just 8.5 miles southwest of Downtown McKinney lies the award-winning, master-planned community of Craig Ranch. The community offers easy access to entertainment, shopping, dining, and work. And if you’re a golfer, you’ll want to investigate the TPC Craig Ranch Golf Course.
Almost 90 percent of the residents of Craig Ranch own their own homes, which range in price vastly starting around $200K and climbing past $2 million and range in size from approximately 1,400-7,200 square feet.
Many residents who live in Craig Ranch seek to lead a healthy lifestyle. Community planners had this in mind with the inclusion of the ballfield, beach volleyball courts, McKinney Soccer Complex, Craig Ranch Fitness Center and Spa, and the Michael Johnson Performance Center, which seeks to maximize clients’ athletic performance.
The McKinney Corporate Center is a large business development, and, when complete, the Hub at 121 will feature several chef-driven restaurants, craft beer brewing, destination shopping, and live entertainment and music.
Children who live in Craig Ranch attend Comstock Elementary and Scoggins Middle School.
All the homes in the Hardin Lake community enjoy a beautiful view. The hillside lots feature terraced gardens, adding to the natural beauty. The single-family homes in Hardin Lake range from the high $300K’s to mid to upper $600K’s and were built between 2014 and 2016.
There are ample opportunities to explore the outdoors along the shores of the lake and the creek that surrounds the community. Hardin Lake is close to various outdoor amenities, such as Al Ruschhaupt Park, which features trails and a sports complex, and Bonnie Wenk Park, which includes a dog park and a scenic lake.
Like many other McKinney communities, Hardin Lake offers easy access to historic downtown, Stonebridge Ranch and all it has to offer, major highways, and local schools.
The approximately 2,000 residents of Isleworth, just 6.5 miles west of the downtown area, enjoy the benefits of being part of Stonebridge Ranch, including the security that comes from living in a gated community. Residents also enjoy the social events, country club, restaurants, golf, and tennis.
Isleworth sits amidst a golf course, and the scenic drive in takes you past lakes and ponds. There are several trails for hiking and cycling—and, of course, if you’re a golfer, this is the perfect neighborhood for you.
Approximately 64 percent of the residents of Isleworth own their own home, which range from approximately $900K to $2 million + and are 5,000-8,000 square feet in size.
Four miles to the west of Downtown McKinney—with easy access to the airport, Fort Worth, and Dallas—is the community of Mallard Lakes. Affordable homes. Check. Large Lots. Check. A sense of tranquillity. Check. Amenities like those you’d find at a resort. Check. A great place to raise a family. Check.
Eighty-two percent of the approximately 4,100 residents of Mallard Lakes own their own home, which range in price from the mid to upper $400K’s to nearly $1 million. Homes were built between 1995 and 2005 and sit on half-acre lots.
Looking for a community tucked away among hundreds of acres of preserved land? Originally the McKinney Country Club and Golf Course, Serenity is located next to the 600-acre Heard Museum Nature Preserve.
All homes in Serenity were built between 2010 and 2013 and average 5,100 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. These homes typically have a four-car garage. They cost approximately $830,000 to nearly 2 million. Average lots are one-half acre. About 65 percent of the approximately 1,400 residents own their own home.
Just over five miles east of Downtown McKinney, you’ll find the villages that make up the community of Stonebridge Ranch. Residents enjoy the amenities of the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, which has an 18-hole course and a “Texas-size” 27-hole course, and the Stonebridge Ranch Aquatic Center, which features a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.
About 66 percent of the approximately 1,200 residents own their own homes, which range from approximately $225,000 to over $2 million.
Like many McKinney neighborhoods, the winding streets are lined with mature trees. The community has inviting ponds, where you’ll find kids fishing in the summer. Of the 5,000 acres of Stonebridge Ranch, 1,200 have been reserved as open space.
With new construction homes ranging from approximately the low $300K’s to the mid to upper $600Ks, the master-planned community of Trinity Falls is a great place to buy your first home. The community is located six miles north of Downtown McKinney, along the Trinity River. Of the approximately 1,200 residents, 72 percent of them are homeowners.
Trinity Falls has a country feel and is more “out of the way” than some other McKinney communities. However, development is moving out that way, and in the years to come, accessing shopping and restaurants will become increasingly convenient.
Enjoy the outdoors? There are approximately 20 miles of cycling and hiking trails and over 1,500 acres of open space. There are also a clubhouse, an open-air pavilion, and a dog park.
Do you like the idea of a close-knit neighborhood, one referred to as “a front porch community”? If so, you’ll want to explore Tucker Hill, seven miles northwest of Downtown McKinney.
The approximately 600 residents live in brownstone-feel, single-family homes with Colonial-style architecture that range from approximately $400K the mid to upper $800Ks. Although there are similarities, each home is unique. The homes range in size from 1,800-5,800+ square feet. Lots average 40 feet by 72 feet. About 90 percent of Tucker Hill residents own their homes, and the community has an active HOA.
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NTREIS data last updated October 26, 2021.