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If you’re looking for a truly unique blend of the old and the new, look no further than McKinney, Texas. With rolling hills, abundant trees and one of the largest historic districts in Texas, McKinney strikes a captivating balance between big city sophistication and hometown charm. Ranked in 2012 by Money Magazine as the 2nd best place to live in America, 2010 as the 5th Best Place to live in America, 2008 as the 14th best place to live in America and has been among the fastest-growing cities in the country since 2000.
“Unique by nature” – McKinney’s trademark logo, refers to McKinney’s uniqueness: the vibrant downtown, it’s cultural diversity, quality of life and it’s dynamic growth, as well as it’s natural assets: rolling hills, beautiful parks, streams and lakes.
Looking to move? McKinney is conveniently located north of Dallas. McKinney offers a wide selection of housing options from starter homes to old Victorian homes, ‘Texas-sized’ five-bedroom homes to luxury estates and even high end condos. You can expect many of the newer subdivisions in McKinney to have a Homeowner’s Association, as many of these communities feature a community swimming pool and hike and bike trails.
McKinney ISD High Schools rank among the Best in the State, as do the exemplary rated elementary schools.
While in McKinney, there is plenty to do and see that will keep you busy year-round, from the farmers market in historic Chestnut Square, to unique specialty shops and restaurants in downtown McKinney Square. Along with local musicians entertaining weekly, a monthly art walk, golfing galore at several courses, Franconia Brewery, Tupps Brewery, wine vineyards, seasonal festivals including July 4th, Oktoberfest, a Halloween walk, Dickens of a Christmas and “Bike the Bricks just to name a few.
Oh! and for those animal lovers out there, McKinney’s dog park and Erwin Park agility training/shows are great! McKinney is a great place to live, work and play…arguably the best!
Just 40 minutes north of Dallas and spanning 2 counties, Collin (on the east side) and Denton(on the west side). Frisco is an affluent and fast-growing community located in Collin and Denton Counties.
Housing options include gorgeous master-planned gated communities, as well as friendly family neighborhoods and condo and townhome developments. Home buyers purchase homes in Frisco because of its great location. The North Texas Tollway runs through Frisco and within 35 minutes, you can be at DFW airport as well as Dallas Love Field.
Many of these family planned communities have a community swimming pool, parks and bike trails. Frisco TX also has an Exemplary school system. Many schools (Elementary, Middle and High schools) are highly rated.
Frisco is also well known for its exceptional shopping and vast dining selections. It is home to the Frisco Rough Riders baseball team, FC Dallas soccer, the Dallas Stars official practice facility; and the Texas Tornado amateur hockey team.
One of the fastest growing communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, is currently home to approximately 27,000 residents. The town is located along Lewisville Lake with more than 66 miles of shoreline, several neighborhoods in Little Elm are situated either on the shoreline or have views of the lake.
The town features easy access to Dallas, while offering its residents a unique quality of life. Wonderful lake views, spectacular sunsets, boating and fishing and many plentiful recreational opportunities are just a few of the reasons this lake community is a great place to call home.
The Town of Little Elm boasts a wide variety of housing opportunities as well. From master-planned communities with incredible parks and pools to the wooded lake-side lots, there’s something for everybody.
Positioned on a scenic Lake Lewisville peninsula, Oak Point provides a tranquil setting away from the pressures of a more urban environment, Oak Point is located just 10 miles from the Dallas North Tollway, seven miles from IH-35E, and 25 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.
The City of Oak Point has the best of both worlds — convenient access to and from the DFW Metroplex along with the serenity of a country setting. Oak Point is a community of approximately 3,000 residents located in Denton County approximately 40 miles north of Dallas.
Ranked in the Top 20 of 63 suburbs in the Dallas area by D Magazine, Oak Point offers accessibility, location, and an excellent quality of life making it a desirable place to live and do business.
Allen is a premier hometown located in Collin County where housing choices range from beautiful master planned gated communities to friendly family neighborhoods and sophisticated townhomes developments.
In 2010 Allen ranked #16 on CNN Money Best places to live in US. Both the leadership and residents of the fast-growing community share a passion for excellence that is reflected in throughout the campuses of the nationally-recognized Allen Independent School District.
Allen has truly become a shopping destination with upscale, name brand and designer Allen Premium Outlets center as well as The Shops at Allen and Watters Crossing which features an awesome treehouse that kids of all ages will appreciate and several great dining choices.
Some of Allen’s recreational and cultural attractions include the new Allen Event Center(an 8,100-seat sports and entertainment venue), the Allen Philharmonic Symphony, Saturday summer night concerts at Watters Crossing, as well as Top Golf and Allen’s own 27-hole public golf course just to name a few.
And for dog lovers, Canine Commons is a nice shady park for you and your furkid.
Just minutes from downtown Dallas, Plano, Texas, is a growing, affluent community in Collin County. CNN/Money rated Plano as the very best place to live in western U.S. in 2005, 2006 and 2011. Forbes named it the safest city in the country in both 2010 and 2011.
Plano has been a corporate relocation hub and is home to many company headquarters. Home choices include master planned communities, established family neighborhoods, and edgy condo and townhome developments, including those served by DART Rail in historic downtown Plano.
A quest for excellence in this community has driven the success of the top performing Plano Independent School District, with campuses that consistently score among the highest in the nation.
Plano attractions include the vibrant and youthful Legacy Town Center which features great restaurants, live music and boutiques; old downtown Plano’s brick-paved antique district features quaint boutiques and eateries; the Heritage Farmstead; the Interurban Railway Station: the rolling terrain of Arbor Hills Nature Preserve on the west side of Plano along with The Shops at Willow Bend and over 700 restaurants citywide.
Plano residents enjoy the many trails, parks and festivals that the city features, including the Plano Balloon Festival in September. An estimated 90-100,000 people enjoy the multi-day event which includes sky diving demonstrations and continuous live music. The Texas Legislature has recognized Plano as the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas”, this hot air balloon event features a balloon glow at dusk.
Addison is a northern suburb of Dallas that offers a wide range of homes and an exciting lifestyle. The Town of Addison offers more than 170 restaurants, exceptional shops including the prestigious Dallas Galleria and lots of nighttime entertainment that runs the gamut from jazz bars to comedy clubs to dancing the night away. When it comes to cultural facilities, the Water Tower Theatre is considered one of finest in the nation and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum showcases vintage aircraft from W.W.I and W.W.II. Modern day aircraft can be seen regularly taking off from the Addison Airport, another convenience that has contributed to this town’s explosive growth.
A fantastic beautification program has resulted in an abundance of lovely parks, perfect for hosting the town’s many popular special events such as Taste of Addison, the North Texas Jazz Festival, Addison Kaboom Town! and the Addison Oktoberfest. And it’s all within minutes of every Addison doorstep –whether that be a gracious single family home, an edgy condo or a luxury townhome! Residents are served by the Dallas or Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School Districts.
As a suburb located in the heart of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, Carrollton has been named among America’s top places to live by Relocate America, Forbes magazine and Money magazine.
A prime location close to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field has helped secure over 5,000 businesses. In 2008 Carrollton was selected as the 15th best place to live among small cities in the Nation by Money Magazine.
Those shopping for homes in Carrolton will find many well-built residences in modern subdivisions, as well as established ones. There are Carrolton homes to suit every taste and budget. Residents enjoy a diverse choice of homes that include established family neighborhoods close to the City’s many parks and outdoor amenities.
Most students are served by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District while the Dallas and Lewisville school district serve small portions of the community.
In regards to recreational activities, the public Indian Creek Golf Club offers 36 holes of championship golf and Coyote Ridge Golf Club in Carrolton has been voted the best public fee golf course in the entire metroplex.
Most of North Dallas lies within Dallas County while a small portion of it lies within Denton and Collin Counties. North Dallas is an expensive area consisting of mainly single family homes and condominiums.
North Dallas is a vibrant area where families enjoy both the feeling of the suburbs and the youthful vibe of downtown Dallas. The phrase “North Dallas” is also sometimes used to include any suburb or exurb north of Dallas proper within the metropolitan area. The area has strong social and economic ties to the Dallas enclave of Park Cities, and two inner suburbs of Dallas, Richardson and Addison.
Lucas is a small town! The town is 7.7 square miles in size. With Lake Lavon bordering Lucas to the east, nights are dark and quiet. You can actually still look up and see a blanket of stars.
The corps of engineers owns all of the land around Lake Lavon, so the rich wildlife environment will be protected forever. Lucas winds around the west side of the lake, so if you enjoy fishing, you can have your boat launched onto the lake within minutes.
If you enjoy horses, there is a 9 mile equestrian trail maintained by the Trinity Trail Association in Lucas. And while Lucas may look like it’s in the middle of nowhere on a map, you are only minutes from shopping located in Allen, Fairview and Plano. The Village at Allen and The Village at Fairview offer great stores and restaurants, as well as a Whole Foods Market.
Living in Lucas allows country living with quick, easy access to major thoroughfares, great schools, and hospitals.
Lovejoy ISD has become one of the most highly regarded and sought after school systems in the entire state of Texas.
Every home in Lucas is on at least one acre and once you cross the city limit into Lucas, the land opens up and you immediately feel the spaciousness and peacefulness.
Fairview is only 6.4 square miles in size. Almost all of the single family homes are on at least one acre, so you have that open, country feeling.
Fairview is served by Lovejoy ISD which has become one of the finest school districts in the entire state of Texas, it’s highly regarded and sought after.
There are many easy to explain reasons why Fairview has become such a popular town to live in, as people who move to Fairview usually do so for the small town atmosphere, close proximity to two major highways, great shopping and entertainment, great schools, beautiful land and lots and a high quality of life. Drive down a neighborhood street in Fairview and you’ll notice people smile and wave.
Fairview literally sits right on Central Expressway, one of the three main north/south arteries into downtown Dallas. It’s country living with all the conveniences of a city.
If horses or boating are your hobbies, you’ll like Fairview, as there is quick access to several boat loading ramps onto Lake Lavon. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll enjoy the Heard Museum with its vast acreage to explore. And if golf is your passion, you’ll love Heritage Ranch in Fairview. In 2013 it was ranked the 5th best public course in the entire DFW area by Avid Golfer Magazine.
Prosper was named in the D Magazine 2010 Best Suburbs List as the 5th Best Suburb in the Dallas Metropolitan Area. Prosper is known for beautiful pastures and wide-open spaces and is home to numerous full-service equestrian farms.
Prosper offers home buyers quiet country living and proximity to city services and amenities. Residents enjoy the natural beauty and farm and ranch setting that make Prosper ideal for country living. Prosper has maintained a spacious country feel while developing into an upscale suburb, with rolling terrain, many trees and large single-family-home lots. Prosper is growing rapidly in terms of new home building (single-family houses in the $300,000 to $4,000,000 + range).
Prosper prides itself on a strong sense of community and greatly promotes resident input when it comes to planning and zoning. Many Prosper residents are professionals who commute to McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Dallas and neighboring communities.
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The City of Melissa is a fast growing family-friendly community in North Texas. It is home to the Recognized Melissa Independent School District. Melissa is approximately 35 miles north of Dallas along U.S. Highway 75. Melissa offers easy access to several growing communities in the northeast Collin County area.
Melissa is far enough from Dallas to provide a relaxed, small-town environment, yet close enough to take advantage of activities and services in the “big city.”
Anna is a small town located in north Collin County and has plenty to offer. Located approximately 45 miles north of Dallas and 11 miles north of McKinney, Anna features the friendly appeal of a small town and the nearby amenities of the city.
The Anna Independent School District is dedicated to excellence with both exemplary and recognized campuses. Anna offers outstanding community parks and recreational amenities, a variety of places to shop and eat, several annual community events, and multiple places of worship, not to mention an exceptional quality of life and low cost of living.
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Van Alstyne is located Off U.S. 75 between Dallas and Sherman. The city of Van Alstyne represents country living at its finest with easy access to city amenities.