McKinney, Texas

McKinney TX Real Estate, McKinney area and Community Information

McKinney, Texas, is a prosperous city with about 140,000 residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2012, CNN/Money identified McKinney as the second-best place to live in the country. Many residents commute to jobs in Dallas, Fort Worth or Plano. As recently as 1990, fewer than 25,000 people lived in McKinney.


The land on which McKinney now rests was largely owned by rancher William Davis. In 1849, he provided 120-acres of his holdings so that a town could be platted here. It would go on to be incorporated as McKinney just a decade later. Collin McKinney had signed the Republic of Texas' Declaration of Independence, and he went on to become a congressman from the Red River district, serving in the Republic's legislature. The community would quickly evolve as an agribusiness center that served ranchers throughout the region.

Parks and Recreation

The tranquility and the beauty at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary appears in a variety of ways. Butterfly houses attract scores of swallowtail and monarch butterflies that delight visiting children. Birders also come here to witness dozens of bird species in their native eco-system. Nature trails allow visitors to more intimately experience all that the facility offers.

Attractions and Activities

Chestnut Square Historic Village hosts numerous history tours and educational seminars throughout the year. The historic village is located close to the town square.

The Myers Park and Gardens in includes research gardens that include perennials cultivated by the Collin County Master Gardeners. The display of antique farm equipment on the grounds of the farm museum gives visitors a quick glimpse at the farming of yesteryear. The gardens are so beautiful that they regularly attract wedding parties seeking memorable photographs.


The earlier Collin County Courthouse is used today as the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Comedy acts, ballet performances, theatrical plays are scheduled here throughout the year.

McKinney TX real estate includes classic Victorians near the historic district as well as luxurious country estates. Many newer McKinney TX homes are filled with amenities like energy-efficient systems, multi-car garages, home theaters and even gourmet kitchens. Some of these McKinney homes for sale feature all-brick construction and more than 4,000 sq-ft of living space. Some McKinney real estate also includes in-ground pools.

Given the large number of homes for sale in McKinney at any one time, it is advisable for a McKinney home buyer to enlist the services of a capable McKinney real estate agent. A good McKinney realtor can discuss the advantages of the different developments and McKinney properties. Whatever one's goals may be, there will be real estate in McKinney that addresses them. The range in homes for sale in McKinney offers something for everyone.
Dave Clark
Dave Clark