Downtown McKinney Texas

There’s a lot to love about McKinney, the North Texas town that brands itself as “unique by nature.” Looks like more people are finding the unique and natural in McKinney, as the little suburb that could ranked No. 2 in Realtor.com’s report of the most-searched Zip Codes in the nation for 2013.

McKinney was beat out only by the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, and placed ahead of the Wellington area of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Old Town in Chicago, Illinois
2. McKinney in Dallas, Texas
3. Wellington in West Palm Beach, Florida
4. Pembrook Pines in Hollywood, Florida
5. Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina

Last year’s most popular Zip Code in North Texas was Keller, but McKinney is this year’s winner for several reasons. Here’s what Candy has to say about McKinney, quoted in Realtor.com’s post:

McKinney IS fabulous, one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities because it offers a quieter, small-town style of living, yet is only 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. But that proximity really doesn’t matter because there are jobs all over Dallas and Collin Counties, spread out in “depots,” like the Telecom Corridor in Plano, Frisco, Richardson and Arlington. McKinney boasts charm, safety and great schools. Taxes are low, too, but keep in mind property taxes in Texas are high because we have no state income tax. You can choose from historic homes with quaint front porches, Victorians or brand new, “Big Hair” McMansions with master spa baths and media rooms for less than $500,000.

I think McKinney is a place to watch carefully in the future, too, for incredible growth and appreciation. Let’s look at the airport. In fact, it’s changing its name from the Collin County Regional Airport to the McKinney National Airport. It has a new, one-year-old 70,000-foot runway set to service private jets. This is important because Dallas Love Field, the city’s oldest airport, will be free from the restraints of the Wright Amendment in October of 2014. The Wright Amendment restricted air traffic at Love Field to bordering states to help grow Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport back in the 1970s. McKinney could benefit from Love Field’s expansion, with many private and corporate jets landing there. That is going to accelerate the real estate market like crazy. I know of some other changes coming to McKinney that will make it even hotter – stay tuned to CandysDirt.com for all of it!

Of course, there are some amazing neighborhoods and new developments inside McKinney, such as Craig Ranch. What do you love about McKinney?