The team from Avid Trails were recently onsite, boots on the ground, charting each step of Painted Tree’s trail experience. Jay Hoeschler and Justin Lax are founding partners of Avid Trails, a nationally-recognized leader in trail planning, design and build. They trudged through the woods and over the creek searching out those truly special opportunities to engage with nature along the 25 miles of planned trails.
Oxland Advisors, the Dallas-based developers of the huge Painted Tree residential community in McKinney, is banking on the desire of homebuyers to take a hike. Or a bike ride. Or a run.
Some 69 percent of potential homebuyers in Dallas-Fort Worth and 54 percent nationwide rank walking and bike trails as the most desired outdoor amenity in a residential community, according to survey data collected by housing research firm Zonda.
Oxland Advisors is taking those statistics to heart with plans for 25 miles of looped paths and trails and outdoor-centric amenities in the development, plus pools and playgrounds.
Developers of a huge new McKinney community are adding to plans for the project with a ground breaking set for early next year. Called Painted Tree, the 1,100-acre development north of U.S. 380 is a project of Dallas-based Oxland Advisors and New York-based JEN Partners. The new community is planned to include 3,400 homes.
Painted Tree’s developers have updated their designs for the new community to include 25 miles of paths and trails plus pools and playgrounds. The community will also an 11.5-acre open-air trailhead and amenity center, a 20-acre lake and parks.
Oxland Advisors beefed up the outdoor features planned for Painted Tree after surveying potential new home community residents. Almost 70% percent of potential homebuyers rated walking trails as the most desired feature of a new community.
A large, new residential community in McKinney is gearing up to get under construction next year, ultimately bringing about 3,400 homes with 25 miles of hiking and walking trails and a 200-acre greenbelt around a 20-acre lake.
The focus of Painted Tree will be on walkability and the outdoors, said Tom Woliver, president and partner of Oxland Group.
“What we’re offering as amenities will be a little bit different than a pre-COVID world,” Woliver said. “We’re looking at embracing an open, outdoor lifestyle. Your home, we’re envisioning, is your trailhead. People are going to be living at home, working from home, schooling from home, working out at home. We’re trying to design a community in a way where your home is not only your castle, but it’s really your community.”
Oxland plan to formally apply for zoning in upcoming weeks and start construction in 2021. Development plans call for preservation of much of the existing greenbelt, which includes mature trees and a natural trail system that will run through the heart of the community and connect to the city of McKinney’s Erwin Park and Bonnie Wenk Park.