More details surrounding the Painted Tree master-planned community in McKinney were announced June 9, calling for 25 miles of looped paths, trails and other outdoor amenities. These will all be tied to the 1,100-acre, 3,400-home community that is expected to open next year.

Oxland Advisors, the development firm behind Painted Tree, has teamed up with Avid Trails, a national trail design-build expert, to help deliver on the appeal of outdoor spaces and amenities, Tom Woliver, founder of Oxland Advisors, said.

“Unique within North Texas, 9 miles of dedicated nature trails will be built in Painted Tree providing authentic ‘in nature’ experiences and maximizing existing open space with connections to the lake,” Woliver said in a news release. “This approach will take our trail experience to the next level.”

Consumer survey data collected annually by Zonda shows 69% of potential homebuyers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and 54% nationwide rank walking trails as the most desired outdoor amenity, per the news release. Survey data also showed 63% of respondents highly rated lake, pond and water feature amenities, according to the release.

“While the desirability of walking trails has been a trend for years, this past year likely accentuated it,” Bryan Glasshagel, senior vice president at Zonda, said in the news release. “With COVID-19, the perceptions of the size of our ‘backyard’ shrank significantly. Walking trails and connectivity to nature within a neighborhood provided a very desirable and needed outlet when travel wasn’t possible and social connectivity was limited.”

The plan for Painted Tree calls for an 11.5-acre open-air trailhead and outpost station that will serve as the main community gathering space; a 20-acre lake, the largest in the area; additional trailheads called Village and Lakeside, which will include pools and playgrounds; and additional children’s and community parks.

Painted Tree will be located north of US 380 near Lake Forest Boulevard. The types of homes will range from single-family detached homes and custom homesites to townhomes and cottages.

Green Brick Partners has been announced as the first builder to close on lots at Painted Tree, with more announcements expected in the near future of other homebuilders for the community.

Construction is scheduled to begin this year, and a grand opening is planned for 2022.