Painted Tree is designed to bring people closer to nature, art and especially each other. Whether strolling hand-in-hand by the lake, exploring the trails as a family, splashing down at the Village Trailhead pool with friends or simply chatting with your neighbor on the front porch, togetherness is the natural state of being around here. That’s just the beginning of all the ways we get together. 

Painted Tree takes after its hometown of McKinney, Texas. Where people come together for festive occasions large and small. It all started with our Grand Opening Festival and Home Tour last September when thousands from around the region came out to help us launch Painted Tree. 

The event featured live music, tasty food, stilt walkers, rock climbing, a crafts fair and the first-of-its-kind ribbon eating ceremony by Taco the Goat, officially welcoming all to the community and into 10 brand new model homes (now 13). By all accounts it was the party of the year.

Then there are the weekly get-togethers organized and hosted by Pam Shields, Painted Tree’s Community Engagement Officer. From Food Truck Fridays and weekly happy hours to seasonal gatherings like the recent Spring Break Craftopia, the lifestyle program is designed around the residents themselves and what they really enjoy. 

The vibrancy highlights an undeniable sense of community, which gets stronger every day. As Painted Tree grows so will the variety of things to do and the number of fun-loving people that do it. And always together.

Curve Development has broken ground on an exciting offering at Painted Tree – new single-
family homes for lease. This collection of rental homes called Cyrene is designed with the
Painted Tree spirit in mind and addresses increasing demands for rental housing options in
McKinney. Pre-leasing will begin in May with residents expected to move in this fall.

These new construction homes will offer ample space indoors and low-maintenance yard space,
providing a haven for families and individuals alike. The neighborhood will feature exclusive
modern amenities for residents, including a fitness center, pool and clubhouse. Plus, Cyrene
residents will have access to Painted Tree’s amenities including 28 miles of trails, Village
Trailhead, Lakeside Trailhead, and The Outpost. Curve will bring approximately 300 new
for lease to Painted Tree reflecting our community’s commitment to meeting housing
needs in McKinney and also aligning with the city’s vision for sustainable growth and housing

Let’s give a warm, Painted Tree welcome to Cyrene!

Learn more about Cyrene by Curve Development, pre-leasing soon, at Painted Tree.

At Painted Tree, we find inspiration in our unique natural landscape and the creative vibe of our beloved hometown, McKinney, Texas. Pam Shields, our new Community Engagement Officer who will lead the way in activating our trailside community, finds inspiration in our residents themselves.

“My first priority is to begin engaging with and getting to know the residents,” Pam says. “They are the community and their interests and diverse needs will drive our community programming as we continue to grow.”

“Although I come to the job with lots of experience and ideas, I will incorporate what I am learning from the residents with the team’s concept of a back-to-nature, wellness-focused community.”

Wellness is something Pam knows a lot about as a competitive soccer player from the age of 12 and as a two-decades-long business owner in the fitness industry. Which let her put her degree in Business Administration from Youngstown University to work for herself after signing off from an 18-year career in the corporate world.

Like many of Painted Tree’s residents, Pam didn’t grow up in the area. “I decided to move to Texas when my youngest daughter, who lives in Allen, had a baby.”

Moving is something Pam grew accustomed to at an early age. “My dad was in the military, so we moved around a lot, in and out of the country.” However, she was able to call Colorado home for 17 years. She even adopted the Denver Broncos as her favorite sports team.

In addition to sports, Pam is an amateur photographer, although lately most of her photography focuses on her grandkids. She also loves reading and traveling, which explains her outgoing personality and natural curiosity. “I love exploring new countries and cultures.”

It sounds like Painted Tree’s residents are in good hands with Pam. “To be responsible for the development of a community engagement program that revolves around wellness, nature and creativity is very exciting,” she says.

Pam Shields’ fun facts:
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite band or music genre: “I love most music but if I must choose one it would be jazz.”
Favorite animal: Dog
Favorite tree: Oak
Favorite sports team: Denver Broncos
Favorite ice cream: Butter Pecan
Pineapple on pizza, yes or no: NO!

Let’s give a warm, Painted Tree welcome to our new Community Engagement Officer, Pam. We encourage Painted Tree residents to reach out and get to know Pam, too. She will be the go-to person for all things related to life at Painted Tree. Pam can be reached at

Already among the nation’s best-selling communities and rising.

When we set out to create Painted Tree, we found inspiration in the natural beauty of our land, the artful vibe of McKinney, Texas, and the simple joy of getting together. It turns out, Painted Tree’s vision resonates with a lot of people because we suddenly find our little trailside community ranked among the country’s most popular places to buy a new home, according to two different studies.

Painted Tree is number 48 in RCLCO’s Top-Selling Master Planned Communities of 2023. Then, Painted Tree jumps up to 36th place in a similar list by John Burns Research & Consulting. To be recognized by the industry’s top voices is an honor and to be ranked among well-known and long-established communities in our grand opening year is humbling. But to be discovered by so many families who share our values so quickly is truly a blessing.

Of course, it helps that Painted Tree is located in McKinney. And that our builders are crafting a variety of the most beautiful homes in Texas connected to over 200 acres of trail-woven natural space including a lake and three National Park-inspired community centers. One of which—Village Trailhead—is now open and being enjoyed by our first residents. The Outpost is scheduled to open later this year and the Lakeside Trailhead & Pool after that, along with miles of new trails, making Painted Tree an even more desirable place to live.

Stay tuned, this is getting good.

At Painted Tree, we believe in the healing power of nature. (We’re a trailside community, after all.) So it only made sense for us to partner with a charity that feels the same way. ManeGait is a McKinney-based, nationally recognized, therapeutic riding center that teaches horsemanship to children and adults with disabilities. Learn more about the big difference they’re making in the lives of so many and the support Painted Tree is proud to provide.

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Studies show that simply taking a walk can make you happier. Isn’t that something? By putting one foot in front of the other, even for a mile or two, our brains deliver much-appreciated bursts of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin to help boost our moods. Luckily, Painted Tree has 25 miles of interlacing trails guaranteed to make you smile.

We’re talking nine miles of planned single-track and natural-surface trails. Ten miles of paved pathways. And a signature greenway two-lane bike path that circles Painted Tree Lake. 

But it’s more than trails. It’s also the exciting things to see and do alongside them. From sparkling water to mature woodlands, open-air pool houses to community gathering spaces, there’s no shortage of fun and inspiration to be had. And they all lead right to your front door.

While we don’t like to play favorites, we must say that our lake loop trail tops our list. (Especially now that the bridge completing the loop is almost finished!) Here, all residents may enjoy miles of paved paths gracefully hugging the water’s shores. But those who call the Lakeside District home will be mere steps away — all day, every day.

Sound like pure bliss? Then you’ll want to see what Normandy Homes is up to. This award-winning homebuilder is currently crafting single-family homes just a short bike ride or walk to the water, starting from the mid $500s. They have a model to tour and quick move-in homes ready now (or very soon).

It may only be spring, but things are really heating up at Painted Tree. We’re in the middle of building lots of fresh model homes, but for now, you can shop for new homes online from these five builders:

Right now, discover home plans, homes under construction — even homes coming soon — by using our new homefinder tool

Want to get a good look in person? One model home is already open: The Orleans by Normandy Homes. Come take a tour and check back soon for more updates.

At Painted Tree, we’re cultivating a more natural landscape than typical developments. We’re using goats to clear invasive species and noxious weeds and we’re restoring indigenous plants and grasses to create a healthier more vibrant ecosystem. 

In fact, Dr. Robert Moon, Painted Tree’s Senior Horticultural Consultant, has been advising us on environmental best practices from the beginning. He and his team have walked the land and taken soil samples to formulate the best combination of indigenous plants and help incorporate as many natural areas as possible into the community’s design. 

We knew we wanted to preserve the community’s mature woodlands, for instance, creating a signature amenity that residents could use every day. But it’s not as easy as simply keeping the bulldozers away. Undesirable and invasive species like thorny briers, brambles, poison ivy, poison oak have to be eliminated from these mature woodlands — even for the team simply to navigate the property and plan how the areas will be enjoyed by residents. 

Enter a 100-goat herd. Goats have an amazing ability to clear an area of unwanted vegetation and reseed desirable native plants in open areas simply by doing what goats do best, eating and pooping. 

Once an area has been given the goat treatment, other native species can be re-introduced either by planting or seeding. Wildflowers, milkweed, Turk’s Cap … species that benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators are all part of the plan.

This environmentally friendly approach is not just reserved for the Woodland District. It’s how all Painted Tree’s natural open areas are being restored — around the lake, on prairies and in many park spaces. Native and drought tolerant plant recommendations will also be given to homeowners so they may be part of this program. 

In addition to how areas are planted, Dr. Moon’s team is influencing how Painted Tree comes to life in other ways. Miles of trails have been mulched using trees and brush harvested from the property. 

Keeping it all as local and as natural as possible.

It’s been an amazing year at Painted Tree – the goat groundbreaking, opening our first models by Normandy Homes, beginning our comprehensive trail system – and yet, next year is going bigger. Way bigger.

In the summer of 2023, we will celebrate Painted Tree’s official grand opening, a party years in the making and a not-to-miss occasion. It will commemorate all that makes this trailside community so different … so artful … so … Painted Tree.

We will be putting the finishing touches on two of three inspired community hubs, the Village Trailhead (coming summer 2023) and The Outpost (coming winter 2023). Pools, firepits, event venues … these will be the very embodiment of our community. As the names imply, they are also where to meet before and after a day on the trails. All part of a nature-full, creative life here.

2023 will also be the year Learning Tree Montessori School opens in Painted Tree, so kids can walk to school and begin their education close to home. Of course, just beyond Painted Tree, parents have a great selection of A-rated McKinney ISD and charter schools for their kids.

The first of many community events will happen this fall – bringing together our first residents – neighborhood parks will open, and the network of trails will cover new ground and provide fantastic new experiences along the way.

Finally, throughout the year, we will be unveiling new models by eight builders: Single-family homes by Highland Homes, TriPointe Homes, David Weekley Homes, Trophy Signature Homes, and semi-custom homes by Drees Custom Homes. Plus, a selection of CB JENI townhomes for sale and various options for homes to lease are coming.

Stay tuned. 2023 is going to be one for the ages.

It starts with one. Over the next couple of decades, 1,100-acre Painted Tree will fill in with parks, pools, miles of multi-surfaced trails and thousands of new ways to live. In fact, as many as 4,000 buyers have already expressed an interest in Painted Tree and 19 have already purchased a home. So, maybe it really starts with 19. Here we go!

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