Small-Town Ambience, Big City Amenities
McKinney has come a long way since being named the county seat of Collin County in 1848. Now with a population of over 190,000 and a booming economy, our city is the place to be in Texas. According to the United States Census, McKinney was the sixth fastest-growing city in the nation between July 2017 and July 2018 with a 5.4 percent increase.
Our small-town ambience and big city amenities attract home buyers from all parts of the United States. Living is easy in McKinney. Named the safest Texas city of its size in 2018, and Money magazine’s Best Place to Live in America in 2014, McKinney draws young and old alike to its borders. Citing McKinney’s housing affordability, quality education, healthcare, diversity, strong economy, and arts and culture, the publication touted the city’s livability.
It’s no surprise WalletHub.com rated McKinney as the ninth Best Place for First-time Home Buyers in 2019 based on market attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life. The personal finance website also named McKinney the second Best Real Estate Market in the country in 2017.
There’s something for everyone in our town. Homes of every shape and size, from single family to multi-family and senior residences grace tree-lined streets. Golf course and lakeside lots are joined by historic homes and urban apartments. Our neighborhoods define the cultural landscape that is uniquely McKinney.
A larger, urban neighborhood is Craig Ranch. The master-planned community encompasses 400 acres connected by green space, running/biking trails, and the five-star TPC Craig Ranch golf course. Located at State Highway 121 and TPC Drive, the development has single-family home sites to the north, offices to the south, and sports venues to the east.
Built around the fairways are townhomes and condominiums at 17 Green and single-family home sites at The Estates. Six apartment communities offer convenience and comfort: Cortland Apartments, Central Park, Times Square, The Venue, The Adley, The Avenues, and Parkside. In addition, Artistry at Craig Ranch is a luxury apartment community for seniors.
Craig Ranch is the place to be for fitness enthusiasts. Central to the area is Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, a 75,000-square-foot health and fitness complex. In addition to the TPC Craig Ranch golf course, the community includes the McKinney Soccer Complex, the Ballfields at Craig Ranch, and the Beach at Craig Ranch, an athletic facility for beach sports.
Sleek shipping containers will soon transform into three- and four-bedroom homes in McKinney’s Cotton Groves. The upcycled steel containers, purchased by North Collin County Habitat for Humanity, will provide affordable housing within city limits.
“It’s an innovative solution to affordable housing,” says Celeste Cox, the CEO of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.
The contemporary homes will offer an option to houses in other areas of the city where the median home price is $338,000. Habitat for Humanity plans to sell each of the container homes for 30 percent of the buying family’s gross income.
The 2.75-acre site on McKinney’s east side was purchased through a $877,521 grant from the City of McKinney Community Development Corporation. Obtained from a container depot in Dallas, the 8- by 40-foot containers will be stacked and grouped to form each 1,280-square-foot home.
“We took it to the architect and said we need to get the most out of this development,” Cox says.
Included will be a carport and balcony. The roof will support solar panels. Containers will have bamboo floors and will have been painted.
“We’re putting solar on the roof so their electric bills will be lower,” says Cox.
New residents will find an amenity center and community park that will be maintained by the community’s homeowners association. Applicants for the 35 houses will be required to meet specific qualifications including a willingness to provide sweat equity in the development’s construction.
When it’s time to slow down, empty nesters looking for a simpler lifestyle will find several options in McKinney. Smaller, single-family homes are available in neighborhoods throughout the city. In addition, several senior living facilities offer a combination of independent residences and assisted living options.
An example is Emerald Cottages of Stonebridge, a 44-unit community of homes. Each two-bedroom, two-bath residence has all amenities found in a contemporary condominium. Next door is Stonefield Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility offering care plans tailored to the individual needs of each resident.
Whether a retiree simply needs medication reminders and nutritional counseling, or assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming, Stonefield provides a customized program.
All-inclusive, independent living is available at The Chateau. The sprawling, three-story urban center in west McKinney offers apartments in multiple floor plans to fit the lifestyle of its residents. A grand lobby, pool, spa, and attractive courtyards add to the home-like feel of the facility.
Meals are offered in the restaurant-style dining room. Active residents will enjoy a full suite of activities, events, and volunteer opportunities. Assisted living and memory care services are also offered.
Active seniors will enjoy Adriatica Senior Living. One- and two-bedroom apartments are designed with independent lifestyles in mind. Features within the community include the Reel Room movie theatre, Connection Room, Gathering Room dining area, on-site beauty salon, business center, and wellness studio.