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Libby, Home Buyer in Texas

My husband just accepted a job in Frisco, Texas so we will be moving to McKinney.

Asked by Libby, Texas Thu Jul 24, 2008

We are leaning towards the McKinney Historic District since we love older homes and mature trees. However, we do not know much else about the area. Do you know if the area is safe and if the schools are good? We have a two-year-old and are looking for a family friendly community, but we are also happy with a wide mixture of individuals. It just might not suit us if it isn't safe or if there are not any families in the neighborhood. Thanks.

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FYI ~ Forbes listed Mckinney as top rated # 3 in the country for housing increasing, Mckinney historic district is fablous walking distance to the town square the city with great dining, stores.

Frisco, Mckinney ISD schools authored in the media top rated

There are some foreclosures I have seen move in quality with equity in both of these areas, we offer a buyers rebate earn up to 50% of our commissions

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 24, 2008
Tell me about your curent neighborhood...your likes and what size home do you desire..Mckinney has many wonderful opportunities.

What price point are you working with? If you have not selected a Realtor, I'll be happy to interview you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 24, 2008
McKinney as a whole is a very family friendly area (as is Frisco, and other surrounding towns). The Downtown McKinney area has had alot of updates in the recent past and the area may suit you & your families needs. While Realtors aren't able to provide our personal opinion on the safety of any given neighborhood, we can certainly point you in the direction of finding specific information for yourself.

For example:
if you are concerned about crime in a particular part of town, you can contact the McKinney police department and they can give you crime statistics. They can be reached at 972-547-2700 or on-line at

if you are concerned about the schools in particular neighborhood, you can see each campuses test scores, ethnic breakdown, poverty level breakdown, etc in the Texas Education Agency school reports. You can find those at: (if you need assistance with this website please let me know & I will be happy to help).

Another good tip for deciding if a neighborhood is right for you is to visit the area personally, go to the grocery store or library in that area and the people you see will be the neighbhors in that immediate area.

Even though we as Realtors can't give our opinions on the area, I hope this information has been helpful in your search. If you would like to speak in depth about more specific information, or if you need further assistance, please feel free to call anytime.

Melissa Hailey
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
North Texas Top Realtors
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 24, 2008
My website actually has a VERY handy feature to address school issues (derived from but also has ADDITIONAL information and community features. I live in Mckinney and have had two children in Mckinney ISD and love it! (We actually moved for a short time, then moved BACK specifically for the schools).

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 13, 2014

As a Realtor and Mckinney resident I understand your concerns about the schools in the area. In the Historic District the schools aren't the best. But, it is a very charming neighborhood that lots of people love it. It has a lot of restaurants and shops that remember Paris, France.

The best elementary school in Mckinney is the Valley Creek (This is the best school I could imagine for my kids. With so many stay home moms, the number of volunteer hours each month is unbelievable. This means more time for the teachers to focus on the kids. It also means most families are very involved and it feels like a big family. Teachers are warm, more loving, and truly care about the kids. It's the best! ).

If you would like to speak about more specific information, or if you need further assistance, I can assist you in finding the perfect house to fit your needs. Feel free to contact me 214-968-1002 anytime, I answer the phone. I look forward to working with you soon. Your satisfaction is my top priority.

Best Regards,

Morgana Johnson, Realtor

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
7001 Preston Road, Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75205
Office: 972-542-9682
Fax: 214-504-2319
Mobile: 214-968-1002
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 26, 2009
There are two subdivisions in Stonebridge Ranch section of McKinney that have older style homes that are very family friendly. The Historic district is nice but not family friendly and schools are near as good. The Historic District is more an area and not neighborhood. Also, you can visit the Texas Education Agency website and get information on schools and how they rate.

Those same style homes can be found almost new in the neighborhoods you will probably like better. Give me a call and I will be happy to offer you a Buyer Rebate if you use my services as a Buyers Agent...972-529-5555
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008

When in McKiney check out Stonebridge Ranch. It is a neighborhood with several subdivisions. It is beautifully landscaped and has wonderful family amenities. The schools are rated highly and there are two different districts within Stonebridge Ranch, McKiney ISD & Frisco ISD (both in McKinney) Frisco has a much lower tax rate. You can check out schools on I am a resident ad can speak more freely, Stonebridge Ranch is a very safe, friendly place to raise a family. Cascades Park has some wonderful opportunities with resales and it is in Frisco ISD. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 8, 2008
Libby, the McKinney historic district is a diverse mix of beautiful historic homes and older homes that aren't kept up on the same level as those given historic markings. You have to love an area for that diversity and uniqueness. There aren't many left. Most developers stripped away trees and land to build their subdivisions. That sounds too cookie-cutter for you. If you are looking for trees and interesting terrain, then McKinney is a great area for you to look. There are many routes heading West to Frisco, so commuting to work should not be a problem for your Husband. There aren't any neighborhood amenities that so many families seek out so their kids can easily socialize. But, McKinney has great community amenities, like the recreation center on I-75, just North of Eldorado Parkway. In terms of safety, Realtors aren't really allowed to speak specifically on that topic. But, we can refer you to contact the expert - the community resource officer for the City of McKinney, who can speak freely and specifically about that issue.
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