We moved here from Louisiana. We actually live in Mission but Mission and Mcallen have pretty munched merged. Everyone is very friendly. We moved to Sharyland Plantation and couldnt be happier with our purchase. This is a family community. The schools are the best. We have 2 daughters in elementary and they live it. The teachers am principal are great and run a tight ship. Shimotsu is the elementary and the junior high is right down the road you have to live in this area with In 1 mile to attend Shimotsu. The area reminds me of Mayberry Str. Lol! Kids ride their books and walk to school. They have great walking paths and sidewalks throughout the plantation.
Sharyland Plantation has several subdivisions in it with different price ranges through out. We have found Taft so many people that move around a lot move here. So you have lots in common with a lot of people. We live in Camino Real and its amazing how family friendly our neighborhood is. Family riding bikes together. Kids playing everywhere. I couldn't be happier with our choice. We feel so safe here. My husband travels so I wanted to be somewhere I felt safe. Good thing about this neighborhood is people are constantly moving in and out, when there. 3 to 5 is up, so you won't have a problem selling your home. :)
After living in the Rio Grande Valley and visiting there yearly I can testify to its constant tropical beauty along with a variety of places to go, attractions to see and things to do. It's hard to mention McAllen without also mentioning Edinburg and Mission. Over the years they have merged into a metropolitan whose only differences are distinguished by their City Limit signs. Three cities equals trice the fun for younger as well as older generations. The cost of living in McAllen is very low, allowing you to get a great bang for your buck!
The city of McAllen reeks with Mexican Flavor from authentic Mexican food; there is a restaurant on every corner, to the diverse colorful shops at the Las Palmas mall. Bird watching in McAllen is awesome with a spectacular variety of birds, traveling on their migratory path between North and South America. With palms, bougainvilleas, oleanders and a host of exotic tropical flowers and fruit trees, butterflies abound as well as a diverse wildlife population.
I still enjoy crossing over into Reynosa Mexico from McAllen, where the drug cartel is less volatile and shopping for inexpensive souvenirs, trinkets, alcohol, reduced dental treatment and pharmaceutical drugs. Take a trip to McAllen, I promise you won't be disappointed.