McKinney, TX - Homes for Sale and Community Information
The rapidly growing city of McKinney, Texas encompasses a rather large area of nearly 63 square miles. There are many ranch houses and ranch estates that the McKinney home buyer can choose from, and one can usually find a location close to desirable schools, parks, and commuter routes to Dallas.
McKinney is home to Collin College, and there are dozens of public elementary schools scattered throughout McKinney that have historically been named by Texas Monthly to be among the “Best Public Schools in Texas.” In addition to the elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools have been noted for excellence in the past decade. McKinney High School has ranked as high as number 191 out of 1,000 U.S. schools by Newsweek.com.
In September, 2012, CNN/Money.com ranked McKinney 2nd among Best Places to Live in the U.S. -- the only city in Texas that made the top ten. McKinney is one of several fast-growing communities on the northeastern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
McKinney’s history starts in 1849 with William Davis, who owned thousands of acres of land where McKinney now sits. He donated 120 acres to establish the town. It only took a decade for the city to incorporate.It was named after Collin McKinney who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, McKinney was always well-known for being friendly to farmers. It provided farmers with corn, flour, cotton mills, cotton compresses, cotton gins, and a cottonseed oil mill. The economy was bustling and McKinney properties were in high demand because of the number of individuals wishing to prosper from the land. By 1953, the population was 10,000 and there were over 350 businesses. Throughout the years, it continued to grow to over 130,000 residents, according to the 2010 census.
Parks and Recreation
Many people looking for McKinney real estate like to be located near parks, especially when they have children. There are McKinney homes for sale near some of the most historic parks, as well as the most child friendly parks in the area.
There is also a tennis center, Oak Hollow Golf, the performing arts center, and the arts commission ensures there is plenty for the artistic within the community to do. Mitchell Park in downtown also tends to be a place where many events are held.
Attractions and Events
There are a number of landmarks near McKinney homes. They include the Collin County Historical Society and Museum, the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as a number of theaters, cemeteries, and performing arts centers. If you like history, these are all areas worth visiting. McKinney certainly celebrates its heritage, and the historic downtown district offers unique shops, restaurants and history. It's an especially festive sight during the holidays.
There are many local events with a small-town Texas flair. You can volunteer to help out with events like the many art and music events, car and truck shows, and holiday celebrations. You can see a schedule of events here or you can talk to your real estate agent about the events and activities that McKinney has to offer, as well as homes for sale in McKinney that meet your wants and needs.
McKinney - A Growing Texas Community and Top U.S. Home Town
McKinney, Texas in certainly one of the most desirable home towns in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. There are many homes on the market to choose from, and it's a smart move to call an experienced McKinney Realtor. That would be Lynn Slaney Silguero of Ebby Halliday Realtors, 972-588-8449. She is an experienced pro who knows McKinney and can help you examine your options.