Finding Apartments for Rent in McKinney, TX
Living in McKinney, TX, offers residents an opportunity to experience life in the "slow lane," combining all the charms of a simpler time with the conveniences and the technology of the present. Apartments abound in new buildings and planned developments with names like Stonebridge Ranch and Craig Ranch; there are also charming older apartments in the historic district of town, and condos, townhomes and duplexes are situated throughout the city's many charming neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods in McKinney, TX
Much of McKinney boasts wide, tree-lined streets with towering old trees. The rest of the city, with a current population of about 150,000, is newer, with broad thoroughfares, planned mixed-use developments and attractive landscaping. Park-like grounds showcase pools and green spaces, and most apartments feature a variety of amenities. Find a studio apartment or a 4-bedroom apartment home, and then put down roots in a community where you'll find a friendly welcome and plenty to keep you busy.
Fairview is a popular area with a mix of medium-size homes and small apartments, and a good mix of owner and renters. Additional popular areas include the areas along West University Dr. and Gray Branch Rd. and adjacent to Virginia Parkway and Spectrum Dr. These are both relatively new areas and are much in demand, even though prices tend to be higher than average and supply is sometimes tight.
Around the city center, you will find apartments in older buildings, many with charming features but without the amenities of newer units. If this kind of living, in an area where many people walk to work in downtown shops and offices, appeals to you, you should look here.
Transportation Options in McKinney, TX
As in the rest of North Texas, owning your own car is almost a necessity, even though you might be able to walk to work and even to a local grocery store. Getting to major shopping areas, chain restaurants and major attractions such as shopping malls and entertainment in neighboring towns will require a drive of between 15 minutes to an hour or so. Even McKinney itself is bigger than you would think; its city boundaries enclose more than 53 square miles. Even though bus service to tie McKinney to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system has been under discussion for years, it is not yet a reality. But Plano and Frisco are near neighbors and you can find almost anything you seek there. Dallas is a trip of about an hour to the south, and getting to DFW Airport to fly to another state will take a bit longer than an hour, but most of it is highway travel.
Cultural Attractions in McKinney, TX
If you live in one of the golf course or country club communities, you will have no lack of things to keep you busy, from social events to pools and fitness rooms, on-site libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, pro shops and other recreational facilities. The restored McKinney downtown historic district is a destination deserving exploration.
McKinney residents love their Square. It's the heart of the town in many ways, and houses not only the historic Courthouse Museum, but also a wide variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques, and friendly, interesting people as well. On the Square, a blog by and about the square's people, keeps residents up to date on its happenings, from new business openings and features on shopkeepers to announcements of special events such as a "tour of the coops." That's right -- chicken coops!
This little city believes in "LOCAL." The city operates not just one, but two, farmers markets during season, and encourages residents and visitors to get to know the farmers and producers personally. There are numerous special events during the year, from concerts to canning demonstrations, special events and learning opportunities for children and crafts classes for adults. There is also live music on occasion, informative lectures, food, drink and fun all the time.
McKinney Trade Days is another throwback to the days of barter and bargain-hunting, and the once a month event (held the Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the third Monday) is held rain or shine and always attracts throngs of people.
Dining in McKinney, TX
Eating out is great fun in this town - it's the kind of place where you can say to a neighbor, "Meet me at . . ." and suddenly you'll have a party. Everyone has a favorite place, and many of them are on the square. The Pantry is known for its outrageous desserts - large and delicious; but it serves other food as well, is located in what was once a hardware store, and is part of the Historic Preservation Society's building tour. It's a little quirky, only serving food from Thursday through Saturday and Sunday brunch, but it offers catering services as well. And you won't believe those desserts!
Sauce on the Square is another original, serving great Italian specialties and pizza; and Rick's Chophouse at the Grand Hotel of McKinney will transport you back to the time of quiet elegance that is McKinney's past. Another unique local eatery is Gregory's, a BYOB contemporary French bistro that is a favorite of those in the know.View Apartments in McKinney, Texas
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