3 Reasons to Make McKinney, TX Home

by crblog - November 16th, 2017

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We talk a lot about how great living in McKinney is and while some may call us a broken record, our residents can attest to just how much they enjoy calling Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX home. For those on the fence about moving, here are even more reasons to make McKinney, Texas your new home.

1. Unbeatable Location

Being intersected by 75, 121, 380 and near President George Bush and Sam Rayburn Tollway, McKinney, TX is in an unparalleled location that allows farther commutes to be a breeze. To top it off, our master-planned community sits right on the four corners of McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano, so residents are able to enjoy everything that each of these exceptional cities have to offer.

2. Area Amenities

With such an unbeatable location, it should come as no surprise that our area amenities are second to none, and don’t even get us started on the many community amenities Craig Ranch has! Whether you’re an avid shopper or a nature nut, our beautiful city has dozens of shopping centers and miles upon miles of trails within its parks.

3. Plethora of Employment Options

Over the years, a multitude of companies have opened their headquarters in McKinney and the surrounding areas. From EDS and JC Penny to Frito-Lay and Raytheon, there are so many major employment opportunities and we’re getting more every day! McKinney is even in the running for the new Amazon Headquarters. When you’re living in McKinney, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find your dream job just a matter of minutes from our master-planned community.

For those ready to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see more of what makes living in McKinney amazing! You can also contact us directly to set up a tour of our beautiful master-planned community.

New Model Homes Now Open at Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 9th, 2017

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As one of the largest master-planned communities in North Texas, it is no surprise that Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is continuously growing! Our builders build breathtaking new homes in Frisco ISD and Allen ISD. We have many model homes open for potential residents to tour and get a feel for our community. Here are a few of our stunning model homes in Craig Ranch – check back next month for information on more beautiful model homes!

Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch

Starting off our list is the beautiful model home from Darling Homes in Spicewood. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this 2,400 square foot home is spacious yet cozy. In addition to the beautiful model home floor plan, Darling Homes has multiple home plans so you can choose a floorplan that is perfect for you. The Darling Homes’ model home is located at 7301 Collin McKinney Pkwy.

David Weekley Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch

Now if you’re already in the Spicewood neighborhood, don’t miss out on visiting the lovely David Weekley Homes’ model home! The model home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 3,153 square foot home that takes our breath away! The David Weekley Homes’ model home in Spicewood is located at 7308 Collin McKinney Pkwy.

Normandy Homes in Spicewood and Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Darling and David Weekley aren’t the only homebuilders making their mark on our Spicewood neighborhood. Normandy Homes grand opened their new model home in the Spicewood neighborhood last month and have homes available from the $370s! Their Fairmont plan features 3 bedrooms and two and a half baths in 2,324 square feet. You can visit Normandy Homes in Spicewood at 7313 Collin McKinney Parkway.

Spicewood isn’t the only neighborhood Normandy Homes has been building in. They also have a model home in our Watters Branch neighborhood with homes starting in the upper $300s. Normandy Homes in Watters Branch has several move-in ready homes that are just waiting for you to claim as your own! Visit their 3,395 square foot model home featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms at 6700 Sleepy River Street near the corner of Alma Road and Collin McKinney Parkway.

American Legend Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

American Legend Homes in Watters Branch offers a remarkable 16 floorplans starting from the upper $300s, so your family can find a one or two story home that fits your needs! Set to have several move-in ready homes available come mid-December, American Legend Homes’ model home is located at 6616 Sleepy River Street. Trust us when we say that you won’t regret coming to take a quick tour of this remarkable model home pictured above.

If you’re interested in the new homes in McKinney that our lovely master-planned community has to offer, you can contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX or feel free to contact your desired homebuilder directly. We hope you home of your dreams right here in McKinney, Texas!

Thanksgiving Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 2nd, 2017

Gobble gobble! Who’s getting ready for what is sure to be another great Thanksgiving in McKinney? While there is always going to be plenty of great food to go around on Thanksgiving, the fun events near Craig Ranch are what’s going to set this Thanksgiving in McKinney apart from others in the past. Here are just some of our favorite things to do in McKinney for this Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving in McKinney

North Texas Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day
Where: 5500 Frisco Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034
What Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

This is the seventh year of the fun-filled North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco, and it continues to grow in popularity. If you want to get a good little run in to make plenty of room for all the food your about to consume, then you’ll certainly want to sign up for either the 5K trot, 10K trot or Miracle Mile for kids.

Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Game

When: Thursday, November 23 – Thanksgiving Day
Where: AT&T Stadium – Arlington
What Time: 3:30 PM

Of all the Thanksgiving events near Craig Ranch, this probably has to be the most watched. If we’re being honest, in Texas, every Cowboys game is an event worth celebrating, whether you can actually be at the game or not. This Thanksgiving, the Cowboys will be playing the Los Angeles Chargers.

Annual Great Turkey Skate

When: Saturday, November 25
Where: Allen Community Ice Rink – Allen
What Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

It’s time to go cold turkey and skate off all that Thanksgiving grub! The Annual Great Turkey Skate is fun for all ages. Along with great Thanksgiving-themed games and activities, like turkey bowling, this is one of the many great charitable events near Craig Ranch during this time of year. By bringing a non-perishable food item with you to the Great Turkey Skate, you’re benefitting Allen Community Outreach to help those underserved in our community.

Believe McKinney 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

When: Saturday, November 25
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Last, but definitely not least, on our list of Thanksgiving events near Craig Ranch is the Believe McKinney 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run! Now there are a few different types of races you can participate in, so whether you’re running on your own, a part of a team or even if you’re in a wheelchair, there’s a Believe McKinney race that’s perfect for you. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, there will also be a Santa chase for children 10 and younger.

We hope you’re getting as excited for Thanksgiving in McKinney as we are! To keep up-to-date with all the great things to do in McKinney, including events near Craig Ranch, like us on Facebook – @craigranchtx and Instagram – @craig_ranch.

Get the Catch of the Day at The Keeper at Shops at Legacy

by crblog - October 26th, 2017

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Tired of the same old, boring restaurants near Craig Ranch in McKinney? Looking for something new and delicious? A brand new, unconventional restaurant just opened up within the Shops at Legacy, which is just a short drive from our community! Here’s what you should know about The Keeper in Plano.

Unconventionally Delicious and Sustainable

The Keeper in Plano is a sustainable seafood restaurant that brings fresh and vibrant flavors from around the world right to your dinner table. All their seafood is caught in the wild and sourced through only the most sustainable fishery efforts in Hawaii and Alaska. They combine this exceptionally fresh fish with global flavors to completely transform the way Texans eat seafood.

Shareable Plates

Whether you want a lighter meal or simply want to get several dishes to try, The Keeper has a variety of fresh shareable plates. They offer everything from the classic shrimp cocktail and artichoke and spinach dip to crispy fried oysters and seafood ‘campechana.’

Just Flew In

If you’re not in the mood to share, which we understand, then you’ll love the incomparably fresh flavors of the seafood that just flew in. While The Keeper’s shareable plates are virtually the same from lunch to dinner, the menus are fairly different with the ‘just flew in’ fresh seafood. For lunch, The Keeper has exquisite dishes like seafood linguine, Scottish salmon, pacific cod, lobster B.L.T. and more! As for dinner, The Keeper serves up Mahi-mahi, striped sea bass, king crab legs, whole red snapper and more.

Don’t Forget Tiki Hour at The Keeper

As if the fresh seafood wasn’t enough to make you feel like you’re on the beach somewhere, The Keeper is also a great tiki bar with their own ’tiki hour!’ While you can enjoy all their delightful, rum-based cocktails anytime, being at The Keeper from 4 to 6 on Monday – Friday will get you some great discounts like $2 off all tiki cocktails and draft beer. Not to mention getting half off selected shareable plates.

We’re pretty excited about a restaurant as unique as The Keeper being just down the road from Craig Ranch in McKinney at Shops at Legacy. To keep up with all the great stuff happening in and around our community, follow Craig Ranch on Facebook and Instagram.

New Developments Coming to Craig Ranch in McKinney

by crblog - October 19th, 2017

If you’ve been keeping up with all the news, then you know that there are a lot of great new things popping up all around Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. If you don’t know about all that’s happening near our master-planned community, here’s a quick scoop on the three biggest Craig Ranch new developments.

Craig Ranch new developments

Dr Pepper StarCenter Renovations

After signing a 20-year lease agreement earlier this year, the Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney at Craig Ranch will be undergoing a few renovations including a new ice rink with an additional 1,800 seats. Aside from the rink and seats, the 46,000-square-foot expansion will also include more parking and an expanded locker room for hockey players. This expansion will be great for the local community of aspiring Dallas Stars players and other community leagues.

New Medical Center

Next up on our list of Craig Ranch new developments, our master-planned community is getting a new medical center that will help further our community’s goal of keeping all our residents happy and healthy. Officially opened by the McKinney Methodist Hospital, the 27,000-square-foot facility will be a surgery center equipped with seven fully functioning operating rooms. The Methodist Craig Ranch Surgery Center will be at 6045 Alma Road and is set to start accepting patients in November.

KDC McKinney Bank Campus

Last but certainly not least on our list is the new banking campus for Independent Bank Group. This will be a truly massive undertaking with the first phase alone being 150,000 square feet. The company building the bank campus, KDC, is the same development company that has also been in charge of the Toyota headquarters in Plano and the State Farm regional office in Richardson. The first phase is expected to be completed by January 2019.

With all these great Craig Ranch new developments underway, you can expect to see a flood of new jobs in the area. If you’re interested in working within one of these new developments and want to get as easy of a commute as possible, take a look at our beautiful new homes. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is an ideal master-planned community for both living, working and playing. Contact us today to learn more about our community.

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A Guide to Recreation and Fitness at Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 12th, 2017
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Are you ready to get fit and enjoy all the recreational and fitness-based amenities at Craig Ranch now that the sweltering heat of the Texas summer has come to an end? If you aren’t familiar with our master-planned community and its plethora of amenities, here’s a quick guide.

Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa

A 75,000-square-foot health and fitness complex, Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa has state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained professionals that are all ready to help you and your family get in tiptop shape! While there’s the open floor gym, there’s also an Olympic-size swimming pool, rock climbing wall and plenty of great group fitness classes.

The Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney at Craig Ranch

While fall and winter in Texas rarely have any snow, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy one of the most fun winter activities – ice skating! The Dr Pepper StarCenter at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has an ice skating rink that’s open to the public and hosts both youth and adult hockey leagues. But wait, there’s more! The Dr Pepper StarCenter is going to be expanding soon to include an additional ice rink and expanded locker room!

TPC Golf Course

Meeting the high standards of the USGA, the TPC Golf Course isn’t just some putt-putt course. The par-72 course covers 7,438 yards and has even been used in past PGA Tours. As if being an award-winning golf course weren’t enough, the TPC Golf Course also features a 43,000-square-foot clubhouse, which is the perfect meeting place before your tee time or for hosting a big event or wedding!

The Beach at Craig Ranch

Now if you aren’t ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, you can head on over to The Beach at Craig Ranch. There you can play your favorite beach sports like sand volleyball, sand soccer, sand tennis and plenty more! Of all the amenities at Craig Ranch, The Beach is the only one that’ll make you feel like you must be on the coast somewhere, not in North Texas.

While these are just four of the many great amenities in our master-planned community, each and every single one of them is noteworthy. If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like living and being active in our community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

Top Halloween Events Near Craig Ranch in McKinney

by crblog - October 5th, 2017

Boo! If you’re getting excited about all the fun Halloween events this year near our master-planned community, then you’ll want to read this quick guide to some of the best Halloween events that’ll be happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Halloween Events

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

When: Friday, September 15 – Wednesday, November 22
Where: Preston Trail Farms – Gunter, TX
What Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

While the first item on our list may not technically be a specific event, no family Halloween would be complete without a trip to the pumpkin farm! Aside from your kiddos being able to pick a perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin right off the vine, The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm also has hayrides and a 6-foot hay maze.

Trunk or Treat at Myers Park

When: Friday, October 27
Where: Myers Park – McKinney, TX
What Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

For great, family-friendly Halloween events, you can’t beat a good old fashion Trunk or Treat at Myers Park. While this is the first year for this specific event, this isn’t a new concept. You and your family can come all dressed in your costumes and get some sweet treats from the decorated cars, including decorated police cars and fire trucks.

Trick-or-Treat at Safety Town

When: Friday, October 27
Where: Frisco Fire Safety Town
What Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Just a short drive from our master-planned community, Trick-or-Treat at Safety Town will surely be a fun-fill family event. While the activities and atmosphere will be geared to children fifth grade and under, children of all ages are sure to have a great time!

Scare on the Square

When: Tuesday, October 31
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

While all these other Halloween events are happening the weekend before Halloween, you can’t replace an event that’s actually happening on Halloween day. Be ready to throw those costumes on one last time for one of the biggest Halloween events in McKinney – Scare on the Square.

We hope everyone is getting as excited for these great Halloween events as we are. If you want to stay on top of all the other great events happening around Craig Ranch in McKinney, just follow our master-planned community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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4 New Places to Try Near Craig Ranch in McKinney

by crblog - September 28th, 2017

With our master-planned community ideally located at the four corners of McKinney, Allen, Plano and Frisco, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of new restaurants near McKinney. Since there are so many to choose from, we’ve made it easier by giving you our top four new restaurants to try near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

The Yard in McKinney

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From the foodie masterminds behind Cadillac Pizza Pub in Historic Downtown McKinney, comes this great new spot – The Yard! Set to be located where Café Malage used to be, The Yard will offer delicious grub like Ancho Chile Roasted Pork Quesadillas, Smoked Brisket Tacos and Smoked Meatloaf. After you’re nice and full, you can walk around and enjoy all the things to do in McKinney.

Zaytinya in Frisco


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The Washington D.C. transplant, Zaytinya is the perfect place to get truly unique Greek, Turkish and Lebanese cuisine! This great fine dining establishment will be in the same real estate development as The Star, which is full of things to do in Frisco!

City Works Eatery and Pour House in Frisco

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Also a part of The Star development in Frisco, City Works Eatery and Pour House opened their doors in August and has quickly become a favorite among locals. Spread out across two floors, City Works has over 90 craft beers on tap, and an award-winning wine on tap!

Lima Tavern in Plano


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For a truly unique dining experience in Plano, mark your calendars for March 2nd for the grand opening of Lima Taverna, a Peruvian Latin kitchen. Peruvian food is all about the fusion of the best flavors from various cultures, and Lima Taverna is set to bring that diversity straight to your taste buds!

We’re beyond excited about all these great new restaurants near McKinney, and if you want to keep up with all the developments in the area, make sure to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sneak Peek: 2017 State Fair of Texas

by crblog - September 14th, 2017

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It’s almost that time of year again – the State Fair of Texas is just around the corner and it will be celebrating its 131st birthday! Between all the food, live music and a good-time attitude, the State Fair of Texas is hands down one of the most fun things to do near McKinney. Today, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is giving our readers a little sneak peek into what you can expect to see at the State Fair of Texas. So strap on your boots, opening day is Friday, September 29 in historic Fair Park!

State Fair of Texas 2017 Theme

Every year the State Fair of Texas has a theme, and this year it’s “celebrating Texans!” While the State Fair isn’t exactly bashful about celebrating Texas every year, this year its sole focus will be on the lesser known details that make Texas different from the rest of the United States, including an exhibit about “Texas in the First World War.”

Most Anticipated Foods

If there’s one thing that the State Fair of Texas is known for, it’s the food! Every year it seems like some new crazy concoction is being deep fried and devoured by the masses, and frankly, we can’t wait! Some of the food that we’re most excited here at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is Fernie’s Fried Texas Sheet Cake, the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, Surfin-Turfin-Tator Boat and The Tamale Doughnut!

Most Anticipated Attractions

For those who don’t consider food the fair’s main attraction, the State Fair of Texas can be as much of an educational experience as it can be a fun one. Since 2017 marks 100 years since America entered into World War I, there will be exhibits on “Texas in the First World War” and “America and World War I.”

We hope you’re as pumped about the State Fair of Texas as we are – now is the time to start getting your tickets! The next time you’re trying to think about things to do near McKinney from September 29 to October 22, just remember the State Fair of Texas. To keep up with all that’s going on in the North Texas and DFW area, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A Guide to Craig Ranch Parks

by crblog - September 7th, 2017

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Embracing the ‘unique by nature’ saying of our city, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has several amazing parks spread out through our master-planned community, and each one is a little different. So you know what makes each of the Craig Ranch parks unique by nature, we’re going to give you a brief overview of each of them.

Collin McKinney Park

This planned park is to be named after Collin County’s namesake and will actually feature a replica of the original home of Collin McKinney. This will be a great park to go to if you want to also learn some more information about McKinney and its founder.

Crape Myrtle Park

A true rarity, Crape Myrtle Park is the only place in the world known to have all 120 varieties of crape myrtles. This beautiful park covers 7 acres of our master-planned community. Who says you have to go all the way to the Dallas Arboretum to see breathtaking flowers?

Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park

If you’re looking to try and get into shape, but don’t want to necessarily workout inside at the Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa, you can always go to Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park! With a half-mile rubberized track, it’s the perfect outdoor place to run in Craig Ranch.

Millie Cooper Park

Ideal for a casual stroll through nature, the one-acre Millie Cooper Park has open green space and beautiful landscape. If you want to just take in all that nature has to offer, then you’ll certainly love this park.

K-9 Corral Park

While all the Craig Ranch parks are dog-friendly, the K-9 Corral Park is specifically designed for our four-legged residents. This one-acre dog park has a small dog section as well as a big dog section so your pooch can play with dogs that it’s comfortable playing with.

Rowlett Creek Park

Our most secluded park, the 30-acre Rowlett Creek Park is filled with trees, flowers and walking trails. Winding alongside white-rock Rowlett Creek, this park features a play structure, pavilion and plenty of space for the whole family!

Throckmorton Park

At the center of The Settlement, Throckmorton Park offers an abundance of green space that’s perfect for a pickup football, soccer or kickball game. It’s also the perfect place for a family picnic.

Van Tuyl Plaza and Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney

A prime spot for community events like festivals, weekend farmers’ markets and more, the Van Tuyl Plaza and Veterans Memorial Park is the perfect place to host an event. It also features a Wall of Honor, which is inscribed with the names of Collin County servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom.

These are the 8 current Craig Ranch parks, but our various amenities also offer many ways to be unique by nature at Craig Ranch. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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