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Best neighborhoods in McKinney, TX

Updated: Sep 5

McKinney, TX is an increasingly popular choice to settle down, start a business or raise a family. Voted the #1 Best Place to Live in America by Money in 2014, it’s hard to pass up any number of the idyllic and charming McKinney neighborhoods throughout the city. The city’s allure stems from a growing job scene, excellent schools and constant business development. At the same time, historic buildings and unique, welcoming developments make it difficult to even choose where to live in McKinney.

Housing developments are the most popular living arrangement in McKinney, each with its own take on living and quite often, their own Lifestyle Directors. Packed with activities and community-building opportunities, the benefits of living in McKinney go far beyond a beautiful and thriving location. Explore our McKinney neighborhood guide as you consider moving to this exciting area.


Serenity

Bordered by the Heard Museum Nature Preserve (north), Nature Pl (east), Country Club Rd (south), and Golden Meadow Ct (west), it’s easy to see why this coveted neighborhood is called Serenity. The neighborhood is about 4.5 miles south of downtown. About 65% of residents are homeowners.

Nestled between hundreds of acres of preserved land (and originally the McKinney Country Club), Serenity provides easy access to an expansive wildlife sanctuary via the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most beloved spots for exploration and education in McKinney. As for properties, it offers a great selection of family homes ranging from 4,000 to 6,150 sq. ft.

  • Population – Under 1,400 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $830,000 to $1.3 million

  • Rent Prices – $1,125 for 1BR and $1,800 for 3BR place

  • Schools – Lovejoy High School, Willow Springs Middle School, Robert L. Puster Elementary School


Stonebridge Ranch

Stonebridge Ranch, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, is located a little over five miles east of Downtown McKinney. The community is bordered by US 380 (north), Hills Creek Drive (east), Brasstown Dr and Rocky Mountain Ln (south), and Custer Rd (west). Here, about 66% of residents own their homes.

Also known simply as Stonebridge, the neighborhood of Stonebridge Ranch is a lavish yet all-inclusive community. Top amenities include Stonebridge Ranch Country Club (boasting a Texas-size 27-hole course and 18-hole course), Stonebridge Ranch Aquatic Center (featuring a junior Olympic-size swimming pool), massive tennis complex, tree-lined streets, gorgeous homes, and much more.

  • Population – Under 1,200 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $224,500 to $2 million

  • Rent Prices – $1,300 for 1BR and $1,900 for 3BR apartment

  • Schools – McKinney North High School, Dr. Jack Cockrill Middle School, J.B. Wilmeth Elementary School


Trinity Falls

Close to Trinity River, the community of Trinity Falls is found six miles north of McKinney’s downtown area. The neighborhood borders Trinity Falls Pkwy (north, east, and south) and County Roads 281 and 206 (west), and 72% of residents are homeowners.

Offering some of the most affordable housing on this list, Trinity Falls is a great place to buy your first home or raise kids. It also is home to 1,700+ acres of open space and 20 miles of hiking & biking trails, ideal for nature enthusiasts and active lifestyles. There’s also a dog park, open-air pavilion, and clubhouse to boot! If you love nature, definitely check out this awesome neighborhood.

  • Population – Under 1,200 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $283,400 to $585,000

  • Rent Prices – $935 for 1BR and $1,460 for 2BR apartment

  • Schools – McKinney North High School, Scott Morgan Johnson Middle School, Naomi Press Elementary School


Tucker Hill

Tucker Hill, the final neighborhood on our list, is perfect for those looking for a close-knit community. It’s situated seven miles northwest of Downtown McKinney and borders Darrow Creek (north), Wiregrass Dr (east), W University Dr (south), and Tremont Blvd (west). Approximately 90% of residents own their homes.

Offering a brownstone feel, Tucker Hill is known as a “front porch” community. Pretty much every home here has a front porch area, making it a breeze for friendly neighborhoods to say howdy and hang out with each other. Homes range from 1,800 to more than 5,800 sq. ft. in size, and lots are typically 40 feet to 72 feet. It also has a homeowners’ association (HOA) and is served by Prosper High School.

  • Population – Under 600 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $400,000 to $860,000

  • Rent Prices – $1,125 for 1BR and $1,500 for 2BR apartment

  • Schools – Prosper High School, Lorene Rogers Middle School, John A. Baker Elementary School


Adriatica Village

Inspired by Supetar, the enchanting fishing village on Croatia’s Brac Island, Adriatica Village is a 45-acre, $350 million development about 5.5 miles west of Historic Downtown McKinney. The highly desirable neighborhood is bordered by Mediterranean Dr (north), Towne Lake (south), and S Stonebridge Dr (west). About 90% of residents own their homes.

Offering European style, Adriatica Village features Mediterranean-influenced condos & villas, cobblestone streets, and a wide variety of amenities. The neighborhood sits along the Towne Lake Recreation Area and is east of Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. If you’re looking for the charm of village life, filled with gorgeous homes and fun activities, Adriatica Village should be at the top of your list!

  • Population – Under 2,200 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $565,000 to $1.5 million

  • Rent Prices – $1,415 for 1BR and $2,100 for 3BR place

  • Schools – McKinney Boyd High School, Dowell Middle School, Glen Oaks Elementary School


Craig Ranch

Craig Ranch, located about 8.5 miles southwest of Downtown McKinney, is an award-winning master-planned community. The beautiful neighborhood is bordered by Rancho de la Osa Tr (north), Stacy Rd (east), Sam Rayburn Tollway (south), and Custer Rd (west). Some 88% of residents own their homes.

Named the 2014 Master-Planned Community of the Year by the Dallas Builders Association, Craig Ranch is home to luxurious properties and breathtaking vistas. It also offers easy access to work, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Homes range in size from 1,400 to just over 7,200 square feet. Another big draw is the TPC Craig Ranch Golf Course, from the mind of acclaimed designer Tom Weiskopf.

  • Population – Under 12,000 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $139,000 to $2.58 million

  • Rent Prices – $1,125 for 1BR and $1,800 for 3BR place

  • Schools – Scoggins Middle School, Comstock Elementary School


Isleworth

Situated about 6.5 miles west of the downtown area, Isleworth is technically part of Stone Ridge Ranch. This gated community is nestled between bodies of water to the north and south, while bordering Harbor Town Dr (north) and Beacon Hill Rd (south). About 64% of residents are homeowners.

Established in 2001, Isleworth offers an attractive selection of large single-family properties. These homes range from approximately 5,000 to nearly 8,000 sq. ft. (with 5–6 bedrooms and 4–5 bathrooms). Residents enjoy convenient access to the community pool and Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. It also provides access to the highly rated Dean & Mildred Bennett Elementary School.

  • Population – Under 2,000 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $899,000 to $1.08 million

  • Rent Prices – $1,300 for 1BR and $1,745 for 2BR apartment

  • Schools – McKinney Boyd High School, Dowell Middle School, Dean & Mildred Bennett Elementary School


Auburn Hills


This lush and balance suburban neighborhood of McKinney is home to many active professionals. With easy access to major highways, Auburn Hills is a go-to choice for commuting to Dallas and other major areas nearby. The community offers access to a local lake, hiking trails and a pool, making it an excellent McKinney neighborhood for families. It is also one of the safest neighborhoods in McKinney, along with any area northwest of route 308.

Auburn Hills is also across the street from Gray Branch Community Park, offering lacrosse and soccer field, performance centers and 212 acres of green space. Homes in Auburn Hills average around $370k, a fine balance with such access to jobs near McKinney. Real estate in the area also boasts energy-efficiency in their homes, lowering the overall cost of living and carbon footprint of each resident.



Hardin Lake

This newer neighborhood and development sits right on the edge of Hardin Lake, featuring terraced gardens and flowing hills. A creek surrounds the neighborhood, meaning that you have opportunities for outdoor exploration on all sides. The range in elevation means that many homes have lovely views of the surrounding areas.

The neighborhood features easy access to highly rated local schools, major highways and historic downtown.


Mallard Lakes

Mallard Lakes, less than four miles west of Historic Downtown McKinney, is a charming and award-winning community. The neighborhood is bordered by Virginia Pkwy (north), Duclair Dr (east), Scoter Ln and Muscovy Ln (south), and Goldeneyes Ln (west). Approximately 82% of residents own their homes.

Looking for spacious (and affordable) homes, large lots, and resort-style amenities? Mallard Lakes checks those boxes and much more. The community instantly offers a sense of tranquility among its many trees and attractive homes. Perfect for raising a family, it offers everything from great schools (like Glen Oaks Elementary School) to recreational facilities to lush green spaces, creeks, and lakes.

  • Population – Under 4,100 residents

  • Home Price – Ranging from $469,000 to $719,000

  • Rent Prices – $1,300 for 1BR and $1,750 for 2BR apartment

  • Schools – McKinney Boyd High School, Dowell Middle School, Faubion Middle School, Glen Oaks Elementary School, Roy Lee Walker Elementary School

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