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Old 01-11-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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Hi all,
We are considering a move from Louisiana to Dallas, and in my limited research I found that McKinney is known as one of the top suburbs to live in. My husband would be working at the Fed and McKinney seems like a decent commute. Looking for some info on the area:

Neighborhoods-Safest areas to live vs. places to avoid, our budget would be in the 180-250k range. What's it like living in the older downtown area?

Schools-What are the best private schools in town? Most affordable? What is the public school system like?

Activities-Parks, playgrounds, running trails? Are there farmers markets, fun local activities for children, events in the downtown community throughout the year?

I'd love to hear some overall opinions on what you love/hate about McKinney. Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:53 PM
 
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The Fed, like the Federal Building, in downtown Dallas?
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:55 PM
 
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You might start by searching this forum regarding McKinney. There is a lot of good information already here. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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Federal Reserve Bank, sorry! Thanks, will do some searching.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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The Fed, like the Federal Building, in downtown Dallas?
If it's the Fed, OP is looking at commute times between 75-90 minutes each way. I'd nix McKinney ASAP.

OP, I'd be looking at neighborhoods IN Dallas - not suburbs- to minimize hubby's commute. Lake Highlands could work as well as 75218 zoned to Hexter Elementary. With Hexter, you'd want private schools for 6-12 but there are several good Catholic options in East Dallas that are significantly cheaper than the non-Catholic schools. With Lake Highlands, you're good for K-12. The neighborhoods of north and east Dallas ARE suburban by nature (not dense, urban bigger yards than you'll find in the burbs, plenty of parks and schools within walking distance). You won't find brand new cheap homes and master planned communities but you will find great family-friendly neighborhoods and good schools, with tons of fun things for kids & families (Children's Discovery Garden @ the Arboretum, the Dallas Zoo, family days @ the Nasher & DMA museums, White Rock Lake, etc).
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:06 PM
 
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If it's the Fed, OP is looking at commute times between 75-90 minutes each way. I'd nix McKinney ASAP.

OP, I'd be looking at neighborhoods IN Dallas - not suburbs- to minimize hubby's commute. Lake Highlands could work as well as 75218 zoned to Hexter Elementary. With Hexter, you'd want private schools for 6-12 but there are several good Catholic options in East Dallas that are significantly cheaper than the non-Catholic schools. With Lake Highlands, you're good for K-12. The neighborhoods of north and east Dallas ARE suburban by nature (not dense, urban bigger yards than you'll find in the burbs, plenty of parks and schools within walking distance). You won't find brand new cheap homes and master planned communities but you will find great family-friendly neighborhoods and good schools, with tons of fun things for kids & families (Children's Discovery Garden @ the Arboretum, the Dallas Zoo, family days @ the Nasher & DMA museums, White Rock Lake, etc).

We'd definitely want to live in a suburb rather than in Dallas. Are there any comparable to McKinney that would be a shorter commute?
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:58 PM
 
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We'd definitely want to live in a suburb rather than in Dallas.
WHY? If we blindly dropped you off in Lake Highlands and asked if you were in the city of Dallas or a suburb of Dallas, I doubt you would pick correctly.


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Are there any comparable to McKinney that would be a shorter commute?
Grapevine is probably the only one that is similar, as McKinney's town square + historic district really differentiate it from the majority of Dallas suburbs which look like they could be in any Sunbelt city. Grapevine would be about a 30-40 minute commute to Uptown (where the Fed's building is). Grapevine has a historic downtown and good public schools.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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WHY? If we blindly dropped you off in Lake Highlands and asked if you were in the city of Dallas or a suburb of Dallas, I doubt you would pick correctly.



Grapevine is probably the only one that is similar, as McKinney's town square + historic district really differentiate it from the majority of Dallas suburbs which look like they could be in any Sunbelt city. Grapevine would be about a 30-40 minute commute to Uptown (where the Fed's building is). Grapevine has a historic downtown and good public schools.
Thanks! We'll check out Grapevine as well.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:25 PM
 
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Thanks! We'll check out Grapevine as well.
Grapevine is a good city to live in. I think you should also consider looking into Lake Highlands, you never explained your aversion to living there?

Lake Highlands Is a nice area with decent schools, and it's not over an hour + commute like McKinney is.

Sunnyvale is another option to consider.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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This thread is kind of funny. ON first reading I'd have said, 'McKinney... cool'. It's just a couple of blocks from the Fed.' Then of course the sorting to distinguish the town of McKinney, etc. Just a matter of local orientation.

Good luck
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