McAllen's a popular place for both retirees and young entrepreneurs and innovators, as it offers a semi-tropical climate, international culture and plenty of fun things to do.
The area boasts an average annual temperature of 74 degrees, mild winters and temperate summers, making it a perfect place to relax and unwind any time of the year. Particularly during the winter and fall months, "Winter Texans" love to call this place home, escaping the frigid winters in their home states of Nebraska‚ North Dakota‚ Minnesota and Wisconsin, nearly doubling the population each year.
Residential developments and subdivisions complement historic neighborhoods such as the De Palmas Historic District. And many of the homes, tucked away from the turbulence of city life, come in an array of architectural styles. The northern region of McAllen has seen a recent surge in its number of subdivisions and gated communities, making it a popular destination for families. Popular neighborhoods include Northridge Park, Auburn Estates and Woodhollow.
If you're into palm trees and gulf breezes, this place is for you. Sharyland Plantation is a 6,000-acre master-planned community offering multiple neighborhoods for residents to choose from. Prices range from the $260,000's to the 2 millions, so buyers have plenty of options. The community's complete with its own Town Center and Business Park, as well as a range of parks and its own ampitheater.
These warm climate-seekers not only enjoy the weather, but take advantage of McAllen's more than 20 public and private golf courses‚ Mexican culture‚ square dancing and wildlife trails.
Most of the Winter Texans live in mobile-home parks and RV campgrounds‚ although a growing number have set up permanent residence.
Can you blame them? With a host of shopping centers, fine dining options, and art museums, residents can enjoy the niceties of the city with the quaint feel and quietness of a small town.