McKinney Real Estate
Just 30 minutes north of Dallas and steeped in small-town charm, McKinney is both a gateway to and the perfect escape from big-city bustle. With its pristine natural settings and copious amounts of recreation, McKinney is rich in its sense of community and tradition. Named for Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the city has a vivid and diverse spirit from the history that shaped it. McKinney schools have earned a reputation for excellence and, as one of the fastest-growing cities in America, McKinney offers unique neighborhoods for every lifestyle and income level. Historic homes wrap around McKinney’s downtown, one of the oldest authentic and thriving historic downtowns in Texas. The downtown district is historically the center of all commercial and social activity for Collin County and serves as a retail, dining, entertainment and business destination. Whether staying for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, come explore all that McKinney has to offer.
“#1 Best Place to Live in America”, MoneyMagazine 2014
“#1 in Texas County Health Rankings”, Collin County 2016
“#2 Best City to Start a Family”, lendedu 2017
“#2 Best Real Estate Market”, WalletHub 2016
“#3 in Percentage of Population Growth”, USAToday 2017
“#4 Place to Raise a Family in Texas”, smartasset 2017
“#5 Most Successful City in America”, Zippia 2016
“#8 Fastest-Growing City”, WalletHub 2016
“#11 Best Place in America for First-time Homebuyers”, Nerdwallet 2016
“#12 Safest City for Women”, ValuePenguin 2016
“#13 Best Place to Buy a Forever Home”, GoodCall 2017
“#16 on the Best Cities for Texas Families”, WalletHub 2016
“#38 Best Cities for Families”, ApartmentList 2017
“#40 Best City for First-Time Homebuyers”, WalletHub 2016
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
McKinney offers an incomparable lifestyle coupled with an exceptional business environment. Its economy is diverse and offers a mix of industries – medical technology, data management, manufacturing, sustainability, aviation, defense, retail, office and transportation. McKinney has led in sustainable developments and its historic business district is one of the largest and most successful in the state.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
Companies in McKinney have access to Collin County’s highly educated workforce of about 400,000. The McKinney Economic Development Corporation offers aggressive incentives for qualifying companies and a strong business retention and expansion program to assist companies after relocating to the city. According to the city’s 2016 Annual Development Report, the top five private employers in the city are: Raytheon, Encore Wire Corporation, Torchmark Corporation, Medical Center of McKinney, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at McKinney.
2016 Population: 168,358
Median Household Income: $82,988
Tax Rate: 2.000%
Square Miles: 62.9
Single Family Housing: 77%
Per Capita Income: $33,941
Average Apartment Rent: $1,120
Average Home Price: $283,200
School District: McKinney ISD, with some areas served by Frisco ISD and Prosper ISD
Arts in Bloom: A celebration of art and wine held in April, including Texas wine, craft beer, 150 local, regional and nationally recognized artists, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Bike the Bricks: Bring the whole family to enjoy food, spirits and festivities at this free cycling event in Historic Downtown McKinney in May. The event will include interval races, and cyclists from all over the nation will square off and chase a $25,000 purse.
Chestnut Square’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival featuring the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off: This delightfully delicious event showcases talented and creative “crankers” who create memorable flavors for sampling. There’s also plenty of homemade ice cream for sale and fun events for the kids.
Classics on the Square: A group of classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts getting together to eat breakfast, talk about vehicles and have a good time on the last Saturday of each month.
Home for the Holidays…A McKinney Christmas: Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney and featuring non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and more.
Krewe of Barkus: Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, established to help abused and abandoned canines, Krewe of Barkus held in February features a parade, vendor booths, interactive activities and plenty of pups in costumes.
McKinney Oktoberfest: McKinney Oktoberfest in September is a family favorite, offering authentic German music, food and drink (a “bier garden” stretching 14 blocks), traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more.
Red White and Boom Parade: Celebrate the Fourth of July at Red, White and BOOM! with plenty of food and drink, family activities, live entertainment and spectacular fireworks show. downtown events include a parade at 10 a.m., classic car, truck and cycle show and a block party right after the parade.
Scare on the Square: The shops in downtown McKinney and McKinney Main Street invite you to come out on Tuesday, October 31 from 4 – 7 p.m. and enjoy the sights of hundreds of ghosts and goblins young and old in Historic Downtown McKinney.
Art Club of McKinney: Meets the second Thursday of every month, and has art-related programs from 9:30 a.m. – noon.
Arts Commission: The City of McKinney allots funds each year to encourage a thriving cultural environment, and the Arts Commission advises City Council on how to distribute these funds.
Library programs: Offers reading programs for children, teens and adults, and computer and ESL classes.
McKinney Public Library Teen Advisory Board: The McKinney Public Library knows young adults (grades 7-12) are an integral part of the community. The Teen Advisory Board improves teen activities and young adult opportunities at the Library.
Young Actors Guild: McKinney Repertory Theatre’s Young Actors Guild shows children how important they are whether their endeavors are onstage, behind the curtain, or as supporters of the arts.
Apex Centre: This facility includes an indoor competition pool, indoor and outdoor leisure waters with outdoor water park, supervised playroom, classrooms and party rooms. The Apex Centre offers a fitness facility featuring equipment, a gymnasium, basketball courts and elevated track.
Chestnut Square Historic Village: Chestnut Square provides an opportunity to step back in time. With structures dating back to 1854, the Village offers docent led tours, living history demonstrations and community events like the #1 Farmers Market in Texas and the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum educating children about nature and bringing people together to discover, enjoy, restore and preserve our environment.
Juanita Maxfield Aquatic Center: Featuring an outdoor seasonal pool, floating amenities, diving board, public and family swim and deep-water exercise classes.
McKinney Community Center: Offers programs for all ages, large multi-purpose room, kitchen, gymnasium, new fitness center, showers, two racquetball courts, nature/bike trail and game room featuring billiards, foosball, ping pong, shuffleboard and arcade.
McKinney Repertory Theatre: Now in its 14th season and McKinney’s official community theatre.
McKinney Tennis Center: Premier public tennis facility devoted to promoting tennis in the North Texas area.
McKinney YMCA: With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
Old Settler’s Aquatic Center: Featuring a shallow water leisure pool, open flume slide, floor bubblers and lemon drop sprayers, tea cup and cascading waterfall.
Towne Lake Recreation Area: Park boasting a large lake with a fishing pier and paddleboat rentals plus trails and a playground.
Big Tony’s Pizza Tavern: Lively joint offering beer, cocktails, brick-oven pies, pasta and pub grub, plus karaoke and TV sports.
Delaney’s: A range of pub grub, over 50 draft beers and game-watching are all on tap at this neighborhood tavern.
Eclair Bistro: Elegant eatery offering a contemporary spin on classic French cuisine plus an upstairs jazz lounge.
Hank’s Texas Grill: BBQ joint serving platters, sandwiches and burgers with a side of live local music on select nights.
Harry’s at the Harbor: Laid-back American haunt with pub grub and lunch specials, plus TV’s showing sports and an outdoor patio.
Harvest: Rustic-chic restaurant offering sustainable locally-sourced seasonal American fare and drinks.
Rick’s Chophouse: Classic fine-dining steakhouse in a historic hotel with leather seating, gas lamps and a tin ceiling.
Rye. Craft Food and Drink: Handcrafted American specialties with local, seasonal touches in historic environs.
San Miguel Grill: Family-run cantina’s menu highlights traditional Tex-Mex fare and house margaritas.
Spoons Café: Classic American and Tex-Mex fare, plus weekly live music in a historic building with sidewalk seats.
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Eatery serving New American eats with a Southern flair, plus cocktails, beer and wine in comfy digs.
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Wine bar offering New American bites and brunch in warm, sofa-driven decor with a patio and live tunes.
KIDS EAT FREE
Applebee’s: Tuesdays. Free kid’s meal with adult entrée purchase all day
Blue Mesa Grill: Sundays. Free kids brunch
Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza: Wednesdays. One free kid’s meal per adult meal purchase all day.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Wednesdays. $1.99 kids’ meals all day for ages 12 and under, dine in only
Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant: Mondays and Tuesdays. Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée all day
Dickey’s Barbecue: Sundays. Kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée all day
El Chico Café: Thursdays .99 cent kid’s meal with adult meal purchase all day
IHOP: Daily. Kids eat for free from 4 – 10 p.m., limited to one child per adult
JC’s Burger House: Mondays and Tuesdays. One free kid’s meal per adult meal purchase from 4 p.m. – close
Spaghetti Warehouse: Mondays. $1.99 kid’s meals
Steak ‘n Shake: Daily. Free kid’s entrée for every $8 purchased
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Brick-walled pub with large pizza oven, huge beer and cocktail menus and music five nights a week.
The Celt Irish Pub: British pub food and pints pair up in a traditional setting with darts, signs and steins.
End Zone McKinney: End Zone customers enjoy great food, reasonably priced drinks, games and recurring entertainment events including poker, trivia and karaoke nights.
Landon Winery: Landon Winery has earned hundreds of medals, awards, and recognitions for its wines. Stop by to taste for yourself, have a tour, become a winemaker and sample some of the wines currently in production.
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Regional boutique winery outpost in a former theater with a tasting room, retail and weekend music.
The Pub McKinney: At this pub you can grab a game off the shelf, play a game of pool, have a drink with your friends, or make some new ones.
TUPPS Brewery: Brewery housed in an old cotton mill offering regular happy hours, weekend tours and tastings and paint nights.
Club Pilates McKinney: Pilates is the finest strength-training workout available for anyone, at any age. It’s a path to a fuller, richer, healthier and more satisfying life.
The Comedy Arena: The Comedy Arena prides itself on producing comedy for all ages and in all types of comedy styles from sketch to stand up, but especially improv.
Dr Pepper StarCenter: Dr Pepper StarCenter hosts a variety of ice skating and hockey activities throughout the year for both first-timers and experienced skaters.
Eldorado Country Club: Eldorado Country Club has a proud heritage, a wonderful 18-hole golf course, and a passionate, caring membership.
Heritage Ranch & Golf Country Club: Guests enjoy the water features and fairways lined with aged pecan, oaks and cedars on this scenic par with 72 course measures 6,988 yards from the back trees, while four sets of tees and a variety of challenges allows playability for all skill levels.
The McKinney Art Studio: Start with mud and make masterpieces, or create beautiful pieces of art with glass, wire and beads, alcohol inks, or your photos and IPad. Teachers are working artists who provide instruction in small class settings.
McKinney Performing Arts Center: The theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse seats 427 for live entertainment including off-Broadway, comedy, theater and concerts.
Mitas Hill Vineyard: There’s a sun-drenched hill in the rolling fields of North Texas where a creek meanders lazily under a brilliant sky. Welcome to Mitas Hill, where you can stay, enjoy vineyard tours, the wine bar, winery tours and wine glass painting classes.
Moviehouse & Eatery: Featuring a full-service bar and ten dine-in theaters, complete with plush recliners and a dedicated waitstaff.
North Texas Escape Rooms: Gather your team and enter into a fully immersive, themed room and solve a series of puzzles and clues before the time runs out!
North Texas Yoga: Its beautiful studio located in the heart of the historic McKinney Square, North Texas Yoga provides students of all levels an opportunity to strengthen the body while quieting the mind.
Oak Hollow Golf Course: Features an 18-hole par 70 championship golf course with 8,000 square feet of putting and chipping greens and 300-yard driving range.
PSA McKinney: PSA provides quality year-round recreational and competitive sports leagues to over 100,000 youth who live in the North Texas area.
Pure Barre McKinney: Pure Barre is a low impact, yet intense total body workout that brings amazing benefits for your body, mind, and soul.
Stonebridge Ranch Country Club: Named one of the Best Country Clubs in DFW and home to two distinctive Clubhouses, award-winning courses, tennis, pools and more.
WestRidge Golf Course: Home of awesome course conditions, the best programs in the business, and a FUN time. The only golf course in Texas with six par 5’s, its Top Range experience brings you to the driving range after hours – complete with beer, TVs, and cornhole.
City of McKinney website: http://www.mckinneytexas.org/
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Ace Cash Express, CVS, Walmart: All McKinney locations
Albertsons: 3001 South Central Expressway, McKinney, TX 75070
Torres Corp: 410 South McDonald Street, McKinney, TX 75069
Rapienvios: 312 East Louisiana Street, McKinney, TX 75069
Barri: 311 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75069
Cliffs Check Cashing: 215 East University Drive 103, McKinney, TX 75069
Kroger: 1707 West University, McKinney, TX 75069
Winco Foods: 1800 North Graves Street, McKinney, TX 75069
Municipal Court: 972-547-7676
Public Library: 972-547-7323
Department of Public Safety/Department of Motor Vehicles (Driver License Office):
400 Powerhouse, McKinney, TX 75071
550 North Central Expressway, McKinney, TX 75070
7210 Virginia Parkway #100, McKinney, TX 75071
1705 West University Drive #108, McKinney, TX 75069