In 2012, Money Magazine ranked a Texas city as No. 2 on their list of Best Places to Live in America. Can you guess what that city was? If you read the title of this post, it should be pretty easy. McKinney! Just a 35 minute drive from Dallas, the city of McKinney has received multiple accolades over the years from Forbes, Best Life Magazine, CNN Money and more.

With a population of more than 141,000 [McKinney] is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, according to the city s website.

The spirit of community and friendship is alive and well in McKinney, which is also home to a host of fun events coming up this summer.

If you are looking for plans for the 4th of July, which, can you believe, is just a week away, consider a visit to McKinney for their Red, White and Boom event. Presented by City of McKinney and Craig Ranch, events will take place all day long on the 4th in two locations. A parade, family festival and car show will be held in Historic Downtown McKinney during the day. Later that night, at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, there will be family activities and food, live entertainment, and a firework show.

If you already have plans for the 4th, or you just love live music, head to Towne Lake Park for Jammin in June Music in the Park. This Thursday marks the last show of this June series and will feature The King Rocks. If you re an Elvis fan, get ready to party because this band is a bona fide Elvis tribute band, starring Carleton Hurdle as Elvis. The band will play from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and it s free!

Not a party animal but still want to get involved with the McKinney community? The McKinney Public Library is hosting a 2013 Summer Reading Program for preschool, school-age, families, and teens. Reading lists are provided for a range of ages, and the library also has story time kits. These kits come with a variety of puzzles, DVDs, books and more, and fall under a range of categories from dinosaurs to potty time. All of this is available at two library locations and promises to keep your family active, even if it s indoors, during these hot summer months.

If all, or any of this, sounds like something you d be interested in, maybe you d like to see some possible future homes! If you can see yourself in any of these, and let s be honest who couldn t, just click the address links below or contact the corresponding Ebby associate!

We ll start out at 8504 Ponderosa Drive, which is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath traditional home. This house features a dining room with a lovely, large archway, a great kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances, and a fireplace with a special wood mantle in the living room. For more about this home, contact the Davis & Skirvin Team at 972-658-5800 or davisskirvinteam@ebby.com

Next on the list is a house found at 304 Riviera Drive. With golf course views and a Tuscan-inspired pool and outdoor living area, this 5-bedroom, 4 ¼-bath home is full of beautiful architectural finishes. The house also features a large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, ornate oven hood, stainless-steel appliances, and a butler’s pantry. To learn more about this listing, contact Katherine Niesman at 469-734-7977 or katherine@ebby.com.

Our third home is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 3-car garage home at 1724 Pembroke Lane. This house is on a creek lot and also has a pool and spa. The kitchen features granite countertops, a center island, stainless, commercial appliances, built-in fridge, and a butler s pantry. There is also a bricked wine cellar and a balcony with a view of the shady backyard. If you d like to know more, contact Tonya Riggs at 972-381-6010 or tonyariggs@ebby.com.

At 6103 Autumn Point Drive, the fourth home featured today is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath. This home was recently updated and features a heated pool, spa, new carpeting, new master bath flooring, and a new roof. The master bedroom is downstairs along with a family room with gas fireplace, and spacious kitchen. This house is also a listing of Katherine Niesman, who can be contacted for more information at 469-734-7977 or katherine@ebby.com.

Our final home today is a 4-bedroom, 2 ½-bath on 8305 Hitching Trail. This is a pristine home with a great, open layout. The kitchen, with a roomy eat-in area, and the living room all flow seamlessly together and create a wonderful entertaining area. Also on the first floor is the master suite with dual sinks and a separate tub and shower in the bath. To get more information, contact Sherry Renfroe at 214-215-4145 or sherryrenfroe@ebby.com.

For more homes in McKinney, even if they aren’t Ebby listings, click here.

Thanks for stopping by to catch up with our “Of The Day” series, we’re exciting to see you again tomorrow!

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