4.4 out of 10

McKinney

30.199224656506 -97.734532438269
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Home of Independence Brewing Co, and close by natural beauty"

Located close by the airport, McKinney sees a lot of noise pollution and real estate prices remain low. There’s an interesting mix of industrial spaces and commercial spaces along Rt 71 to the north, and further south, the neighborhood is mostly residential.

Some of the more interesting enterprises located in north McKinney are Greenling organic grocery delivery, Gemini community theater, and Independence Brewing Company. Independence offers brewery tours, and every first Saturday of the month, the brewery transforms an industrial parking lot on their property into a live music concert venue, and gives out free samples of beer. People bring lawnchairs and dogs and hang out with their neighbors.

Just to the east of the neighborhood is McKinney Falls State Park—a gorgeous 700 acres of preserved land and wildlife. There are waterfalls, gigantic rock formations, and striking views. Not to mention hiking and biking trails, camp sites, picnic areas, spots to fish, and swimming in Onion Creek.

Located nearby the park is Dove Springs Recreation Center. Here, residents have access to a full court gymnasium, weight room, class room, arts and crafts room, computer lab, , dance studio, conference room, lobby and TV room. Outside the rec center are baseball and soccer fields, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a volleyball pit, a playscape, a swimming pool, and a nature trail for hiking.
Pros
  • Independence Brewing Co
  • Dove Springs Rec Center
  • Affordable housing prices
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Natural Beauty
  • Access to both urban and rural areas
Cons
  • constant sounds of air traffic
  • doesn't have cohesive neighborhood feel
  • Somewhat inconvenient
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A little faded, but still promising"

McKinney is tucked away in the corner of town, sandwiched as it is between the state park of the same name and Austin-Bergstrom International. The park is one of the true jewels of the city, enough that having local access to it might even make up for living so close to the flight path. In all honesty, noise from the airport can be a bit of an issue here.

The neighborhood itself is a little on the shabby side, but considering some of the places that it shares a border with, you could do worse if you are looking to live in this part of town. Getting into and out of the neighborhood can be a real problem, as traffic will be bad on any of the major streets. During peak commuter hours, you might find it more than a little challenging to cross town. There are a few points of interest in South Austin that aren't so difficult to get to, but trying to make it up north or even into downtown might not always be worth the effort, especially during rush hour.

All in all, McKinney could still be worth looking into, particularly if you work nearby, or find the perfect house among the reasonably-priced homes on the market here.
Pros
  • Affordable housing prices
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Natural Beauty
Cons
  • No nightlife
  • Some unsafe areas
  • Somewhat inconvenient
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"Natural escape right next door"

The McKinney neighborhood is a rather odd, boomerang-shaped area that sits up against McKinney Falls State Park. Located in far southeast Austin, there is a definite suburban vibe to this part of town. It is bordered by E. Ben White Boulevard (Highway 71) on the north with Montopolis Drive and McKinney Falls marking the eastern border. St. Elmo Boulevard is the southern border for the west part of the neighborhood.

The more established part of the neighborhood is found in the north, just south of Ben White Boulevard. Here one finds older homes on larger lots, with lots of shady trees. The southern part of the neighborhood that sits nearest to McKinney Falls State Park is newer, with smaller homes and lots. Housing prices are lower here, largely due to the distance from downtown. A good-sized home (around 2,000 square feet) can be found in the low to mid-$100s. Area schools include Blazier Elementary School, Paredes Middle School and Akins High School. This is a nice, clean and affordable neighborhood, one that is good for raising a family. It is probably less attractive to young and single professionals who are interested in Austin’s entertainment and retail districts.

The McKinney neighborhood will be just about perfect for anyone who loves being close to a natural area with plenty of wildlife and open space. There are some peaceful hiking trails and camping sites located within the state park. One primary attraction of McKinney Falls State Park are the falls themselves, which are a popular spot for fishing and swimming (assuming the area is not in a drought). Part of Austin’s charm lies in the fact that such a large natural area can be accessed so close to the city.
Pros
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Affordable housing prices
  • Peace and quiet
Cons
  • Some unsafe areas
  • Somewhat inconvenient
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Nature Close to the Urban Sprawl"

The only thing that this neighborhood, if you can call it that, has to boast about the is the nearby McKinney Falls State Park. There are very few restaurants, shopping options or even houses in this region of the metropolitan area, but that may just be some people's cup of tea. With Highway 71 serving as the northern border, residents can easily access the rest of the city of Austin via this route. Each house has large plots of land, which is where some heavy financial investment may come into play, but it also prevents much of a social life if you are a young student or professional looking to have nightly fun in the Live Music Capital of the World. This part of town is best left to families or older individuals that are looking to settle down with some peace and quiet.

Those who favor vast spaces, tons of animals and love gardening, then McKinney is a piece of heaven on Earth an it can provide the best of both worlds. To the west the glare of Austin's downtown lights can be seen while to the east and vast sky of stars hangs overhead and the sounds of wild animals can be heard. Whether you want to go hit up the town on Friday night or want to go camping out in the wilderness, this neighborhood provides easy access to both sides of the economic and social chain. If you want to take full advantage of this setting, try to obtain a property as close to the state park as possible since the stretch that's closer to the I-35 and Hwy 71 intersection kind of defeats the purpose of moving here.
Pros
  • Natural Beauty
  • Peace and quiet
  • Access to both urban and rural areas
Cons
  • No nightlife
  • Not suitable for young singles
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

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