Situated about 30 miles north of Dallas lies the charming community of McKinney. Ranked among the Best Places to Live in America, McKinney gives active adults a small-town feel with plenty of modern amenities. Established in 1848 and boasting one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney often makes residents and visitors feel like they have stepped back in time. Here, locals can stroll tree-lined streets, stop into mom-and-pop diners, and browse quaint art galleries, boutiques, and shops in the heart of downtown McKinney.
Although active adults are just a quick drive from the exciting nightlife of Dallas and Fort Worth, McKinney offers plenty of interesting activities and events. The city hosts a monthly Art History Series Brown Bag Lunch at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts along with plenty of seasonal events such as Octoberfest and a hometown Independence Day parade. Active adults can also check out Third Monday Trade Days, North Texas’ largest and longest-running flea market that has been held in McKinney for more than 100 years.
If active adults crave a community with plenty of down-home charm, they can explore three exceptional 55+ communities in McKinney.
The Retreat at Craig Ranch
Residents at The Retreat at Craig Ranch, an active, non-age restricted community, can explore the city on a vintage trolley bus, which shuttles residents wherever they’d like to go. Part of the master-planned golf community of Craig Ranch, The Retreat is built around a town center to help encourage friendly interaction.
Active adult homebuyers can choose from two home series: the Villas and Estates. The Energy-Star certified Villas range in size from 1,527 to 2,459 square feet, while the Estates range from 2,321 to 2,495 square feet. All exteriors include concrete driveways and patios. Homeowners can relax at the outdoor pool and patio and enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.
Villas at Willow Grove
Active adults who enjoy spending time outside will relish Villas at Willow Grove. This 55+ community offers spectacular amenities spread throughout the property, from a beautiful pool and patio to inviting picnic and barbecue areas. With only 157 homes in the neighborhood, it’s easy for neighbors to get to know each other and establish lasting friendships.
Active adult homebuyers can choose a ranch-style home ranging in size from 1,259 to 1,691 square feet. Each home boasts luxurious touches such as granite countertops and dramatically tall ceilings to let the Texas sunshine flow through the house. Each home also offers private outdoor spaces, allowing active adults to host intimate gatherings. And since a homeowners' association fee takes care of lawn maintenance, residents have more time to visit with friends or pursue their favorite pastimes.
Fireside Village McKinney
Fireside Village is a new 55+ community that started in 2017. Upon completion, the neighborhood will contain 48 single-family homes that range in size from 1,325 to 2,274 square feet. Active adult homebuyers with discerning tastes will appreciate that homes are designed with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and lanais.
Residents don’t have to travel far for necessities. This age-restricted community is just down the street from a Trader Joe’s, Target, and multiple restaurants. Residents also take comfort knowing they live near Methodist McKinney Hospital, Medical City McKinney, and Baylor Scott and White Medical Center.