American Legend Homes Now Selling in Watters Branch

by crblog - April 20th, 2017
Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

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Our master-planned community is excited to add new neighborhoods this year including Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. American Legend Homes will be one of the two homebuilders in this neighborhood along with Normandy Homes. Here is what you need to know about these new American Legend Homes at Watters Branch!

American Legend Homes

American Legend Homes is part of Bright Industries, a 60-year-old, family-owned Dallas company with operations all over the DFW area including new homes in McKinney in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. The organization’s stable foundation has contributed to its growth over the years.  Ranking 8th among DFW homebuilders, American Legend Homes has set out to become the best home building organization in America by means of quality, profitability and customer satisfaction. That said, customers who choose American Legend Homes as their builder can have peace of mind in knowing that their builder will be with them for the long haul.

Open Floor Plans

The new homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch include a variety of open floor plans. The homes are priced from the $400s and American Legend Homes is offering 14 floor plans for this neighborhood. They range from the three bedroom, two bathroom, 2,170 square foot 1151 MR floor plan to the five bedroom, four and a half bathroom, 3,569 square foot 1196 AH floor plan.

Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Students living in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch will attend Frisco ISD’s Elliott Elementary, Scoggins Middle School and Liberty High School. Homeowners are given the opportunity to tailor their new homes with options like additional rooms to customize their home to fit their family’s needs. Craig Ranch offers more than 400 acres of green space with trails throughout the community, including a rubberized jogging track in Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park. The neighborhood will also include an amenity center with a swimming pool exclusively for Watters Branch residents!

We’re extremely excited for Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the American Legends Homes model home opening! If you’d like to learn more about these new homes, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas today!

5 Trends Impacting the Housing Market in 2017

by crblog - April 13th, 2017

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The housing market is in a constant state of change. Thankfully, 2017 has been shaping up to be great year for homebuyers. We’ve started to notice a few recent trends and to make sure you stay in the loop; Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing the top 5 trends that have impacted the housing market so far this year.

1. Mortgage Rates Increasing

While this may seem like a negative trend, it isn’t as bad as you may think! Over the past few years, mortgage rates have hit record lows, so a natural increase was expected for 2017. Even though there will be a slight increase, it’s expected to stay within the 4 percent range, which is still considerably better than the average mortgage rate in 2007 of 6.5 percent or historic highs over 15% a few decades ago!

2. More Credit

So mortgage rates may rise a bit, but that’s okay because we’re also seeing slightly looser lending standards, which means that mortgage credit is becoming more widely available! There are also large government-owned mortgage companies that have started to back larger mortgages for buyers in more expensive markets.

3. More New Homes

We’re still seeing a continual boom in new homes, like the ones in our master-planned community, and they can’t seem to be built fast enough! Craig Ranch has dozens of beautiful new homes available right now, and we’re always adding more to the list. Just see our full inventory for yourself!

4. Continual Rise of Medium-Size Cities

McKinney, Texas and other mid-size cities are still on the rise as more and more people flock to the DFW Metroplex for its high-paying jobs and affordable housing. That’s why Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is ideal for families looking to relocate due to a career-related change.

5. Younger First-Time Homebuyers

For a long time now, the housing industry was seeing younger couples renting for longer and holding off on actually purchasing a home. However, with the culmination of the first 4 trends, we’re really starting to see more first-time homebuyers back in the market.

While the housing market may constantly be changing a little bit here and there, it’s fairly safe to say that 2017 is an excellent year to buy a home! You can easily find your new dream home at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. All you have to do is contact us, and come take a tour of our master-planned community.

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Fun Easter Events in DFW

by crblog - April 6th, 2017

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Easter is just around the corner, and there are plenty of fun family events near McKinney that will be perfect for kids and adult alike. Here are just some of our favorites!

Community Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 8
Where: Sent Church – Plano, TX
What Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

From babies to 5th graders, your little ones are welcome to join in on all the festivities that’ll be happening at the Community Easter Egg Hunt at Sent Church in Plano. Along with an egg hunt, there will also be bounce houses, raffles and lots of other fun activities!

AroundTownKids Easter Party
When: Thursday, April 13
Where: EQ Kids Club – Frisco, TX
What Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a truly interactive Easter party, AroundTownKids is hosting a special event in Frisco! The cost of this event is $15 per child and they have limited space, so register for the AroundTownKids Easter Party right away!

Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
When: Saturday, April 15
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum – Plano, TX
What Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Although there are many Easter egg hunt events near McKinney, not a single one is quite as big as the Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival in Plano! This event will feature a 5,000+ egg hunt, face painting, wagon rides and more! The hunts are separated by age, so that every kid has a chance to safely grab some eggs.

Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 15
Where: Plano Aquatic Center – Plano, TX
What Time: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

This isn’t your traditional Easter egg hunt. This aquatic Easter egg hunt lets your little swimmers show off their swimming and egg grabbing skills! Kids will be spread out based on age, with the youngest kids being in the shallow section and the older kids in the deeper section. Are you ready to dive into Easter?

Craig Ranch living is all about getting outside and enjoying nature with your family, and all of these events do just that. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Easter celebration. If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX and the various events near McKinney, contact us today.

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April Events Near McKinney, Texas

by crblog - March 30th, 2017

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People planning on buying a new home in our master-planned community will be impressed by the amenities that encourage active living and by all the fun events so close to home! Check out some upcoming April events that will allow you to get acquainted with the areas surrounding Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

McKinney Young Artist Competition

When: Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2
Where: Heard-Craig Performance Hall

Since 1998, young pianists can participate in a weekend-long student piano competition. While the time to apply has passed, you can still go and listen to some phenomenal, young musicians at the McKinney Young Artist Competition.

Spring Cocktail Workshop

When: Wednesday, April 5
Where: Ettiene Markey
What Time: 4:00 PM

Tired of serving the same cocktails at your parties? Head to the Spring Cocktail Workshop, where you’ll learn some great new recipes to impress all of your friends at the next party! Attendees must be 21 and over.

Neighborhood Night at the Movies

Two neighborhood parks will be screening free movies for the whole family to enjoy. Angry Birds will be playing in Mary Will Craig Park on Friday, April 14 at 8:15 PM. On Friday, April 28, Storks will play in Valley Creek Park. Make sure to bring a blanket and snacks!

Mud Factor

When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Myers Park

All you need is a photo ID, signed waiver and a desire to get dirty to have the time of your life at Mud Factor! Even kids as young as four will be able to run in the 3k obstacle course with their parents. The only features that set the 5k-obstacle course apart are fewer open running sections. All participants in the events will receive a temporary tattoo, runners bib and a Mud Factor bandana. There will be vendors, so be sure to bring cash for food and drinks after the race!

With so much to offer within our master-planned community and beyond, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is a must-visit if you’re considering buying a new home. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our wonderful community.

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Boutiques in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - March 23rd, 2017

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When it comes to shopping, historic downtown McKinney has got it figured out! There are more than 120 unique shops for people to visit and discover a variety of items from antiques to specialty creations. If you live at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, then this shopping epicenter is just a short drive away! To get a better idea of all you can find there, here are some of our favorite boutiques in historic downtown McKinney.

The Groovy Coop

Starting off with what can only be described as eclectically vintage and modern, The Groovy Coop is a boutique that has a little bit of everything fun and quirky. There, you can find vintage vinyl records, new clothes and nearly anything from yesteryear. Go check them out and see what hidden treasures you’ll discover!

Landry Kate

Now if you’re looking to step up your fashion game, head over to Landry Kate. This chic clothing boutique will help you pave the way as a trendsetter! They have timeless and trendy clothing options for any occasion – from a day out with friends to a formal event.

Mom & Popcorn

For a truly special treat, wander over to Mom & Popcorn where you can find gourmet popcorn that’s to die for! They have over 51 flavors from classic kettle corn to more outlandish flavors such as watermelon, Cajun and even their own McKinney Style popcorn. You can order their gourmet popcorn online, but the best popcorn experience is at their historic downtown McKinney storefront.

Fair & Square Imports

This isn’t your average boutique store. Fair & Square Imports offers unique, handmade items from around the world. Everything they have in their store is fair trade because they want to ensure that the people who make their items are treated humanely. Whether you’re looking for a bracelet from Thailand or a flute from Peru, Fair & Square Imports has it!

These are just a few of the many great boutiques in downtown McKinney that are just a few miles from our master-planned community. If you’re looking to relocate to this area, check out Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Our community has all the amenities you could dream of, and we’re in a spectacularly convenient location!

Homebuilder Highlight: Ashton Woods Homes

by crblog - March 13th, 2017

Craig Ranch McKinney TX

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has phenomenal homebuilders that build all the wonderful homes in our master-planned community. Today, we want to take a moment to talk about one in particular – Ashton Woods Homes. Here are a few things to know about this great North Texas homebuilder and their contribution to Craig Ranch.

Over 25 Years of Beautiful Homes

Ashton Woods Homes isn’t new to the world of homebuilding by any means. For over a quarter of a century they’ve been building gorgeous homes throughout the DFW and US. Since selling their first home in 1989, Ashton Woods Homes has set themselves apart from other homebuilders through their dedication to the home buying experience.

Personalized to Your Taste

When buying a home from Ashton Woods Homes, you aren’t just buying a cookie cutter home design. They let you personalize your new home, and their open floor plans make designing your home for how your family lives easy! They have their own home design studio where you can meet with a designer that’ll help you find all the design elements you want and need for your new Craig Ranch home.

Ashton Woods Homes in Trails at Craig Ranch

Ashton Woods Homes builds in two of the neighborhoods of our master-planned community. The first neighborhood is Trails, in which Ashton Woods Homes is building homes on 40’ and 50’ home sites. The homes on the 40’ home sites range from 2,204 – 3,190 square feet, and from the $360s to the $380s. Homes on 50’ home sites range from 2,228 – 3,740 square feet and pricing ranges from the $380s to the $450s.

Ashton Woods Homes in Southern Hills

The second Craig Ranch neighborhood featuring Ashton Woods Homes is Southern Hills. In this neighborhood, Ashton Woods Homes offers spectacular homes on 40’, 50’ and 60’ home sites with unique plans for each lot size. The Fairway Series offers 2-story homes ranging from 2,188 – 3,115 square feet on 40’ home lots. The Parkside Series features 1 and 2-story floor plans that range from 2,020 – 4,177 square feet on 50’ home lots. The final series of floor plans is the Club Series, which are built on 60’ home lots and range from 2,970 – 4,641 square feet.

Ashton Woods Homes is just one of the many homebuilders that help make Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX a great place to call home. To learn more about the available homes in our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today.

School District Highlight: Frisco ISD & Allen ISD

by crblog - March 9th, 2017

While our master-planned community is located in McKinney, Craig Ranch feeds into Frisco ISD and Allen ISD thanks to our central location in booming Collin County. These school districts are both fantastic, and have been ranked among the best school districts in Texas of 2017! Here are some of the top things to know about these phenomenal, but unique, school districts.

Frisco ISD

Ranked as number 8 overall in the state of Texas, Frisco ISD is an excellent school district! Our master-planned community primarily feeds into Frisco ISD, which offers a variety of educational opportunities. Their Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 30 programs for high school students to allow them to choose their educational paths. All 70 of their campuses are held to the same standard of excellence, so you know that no matter what Frisco ISD school your child attends, they’ll have an outstanding educational experience. Frisco ISD is also committed to more intimate schools. The district keeps all of their many high schools in the new 5A (previously 4A) size classification – so more students have the opportunity to play varsity sports and students are better able to know everyone in their grade!

Allen ISD

Allen ISD ranked in at number 11 in the state of Texas for best public school districts. While Allen ISD is smaller than Frisco ISD overall, it is a one-school town, so all Allen ISD students are Allen High School Eagles. Along with being 11th overall, Allen ISD was also ranked as 9th for having some of the best teachers in Texas! In addition to their exceptional educational programs, they have a high school sports facility and football field that could rival many college campuses. The one-school concept allows for a unique sense of cohesion and community within the entire district and provides incredible facilities and accolades for the district!

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about the education of its youngest residents, and that’s why our master-planned community is built to feed into these two great public school systems. To learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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A Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in McKinney

by crblog - March 2nd, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! To make sure you get the most out of this holiday here is a guide to some of the fun events leading up to St. Paddy’s Day near Craig Ranch in McKinney.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 5k and Fun Run

Start enjoying your Saint Patrick’s Day early with a festival and fun run on Sunday, March 5th! Register to run or enjoy all the fun festivities. There will be live music, food trucks and even a beer garden at this fun St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Fun Run.

St. Patrick Week at The Celt

For The Celt in McKinney, Texas, Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t just a single day, but rather an entire week! There will be plenty of Irish music played by 13 bands over the course of 9 days. The fun starts Saturday, March 11th and runs through to Sunday, March 19th. Along with all the Irish music, The Celt will also be serving up plenty of Irish cocktails and grub.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration Cooking Class

For a fun way to embrace the Irish spirit, attend a hands on cooking class at Kitchenwares on the Square in McKinney, Texas. You can learn how to cook tasty Irish meals like ultimate Irish apple cake, Guinness beef stew with cheddar herb dumplings and smoked wild Irish salmon with chive pancakes. You can cook up all these delicious dishes on March 18th for $69.

Who says you can only celebrate Irish traditions once year? Check out all of the fun events throughout the week in McKinney, Texas. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

A Day in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - February 23rd, 2017

A great way to spend a day McKinney is to check out the historic downtown of McKinney! There are so many fun things to do from shopping to entertainment. It can be hard to know where to even start, so here are some of our favorite things to do.

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Grab a Tasty Bite at Rye

Inspired by the rustic buildings and streets of historic downtown McKinney, Rye uses locally sourced ingredients to prepare their delicious food. Since they locally source as many of their ingredients as possible, Rye has seasonal menus that embody the unique tastes of every season! For a truly excellent Rye experience, go on a Sunday for their famous brunch. Check out their current menus for sneak peek of what they serve.

Find Some Fashion at Orisons Boutique

Orisons Boutique has dressed McKinney residents for over 20 years. From jewelry and accessories, to fantastic western wear you can try on any new country chic look at Orisons. Its close proximity to our new homes in McKinney makes it the perfect place to find great looks and also support a local business!

Enjoy a Cold Craft Beer at Tupps Brewery

Once you’ve filled your belly and shopped until you dropped, head over for a cold craft beer at Tupps Brewery! Tupps is adjoined to the historic Cotton Mill making it a classy fixture to the historic downtown of McKinney. They fully embrace the historic spirit of the brewery and share it with their clients. Every Saturday, they have free brewery tours, live music and local food trucks that serve up some extra tasty food. Go sample all 9 of their current beers on draft.

Historic downtown McKinney is an excellent place to enjoy any beautiful spring day. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is close to all of these great businesses and more. To learn more about our new homes contact Craig Ranch today!

Get Married at Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 16th, 2017

Valentine’s just passed, but love is still in the air as February is national wedding month! If you’re planning a wedding, and are still in search of the perfect venue, check out Piazza on the Green in our master-planned community. Here is all you need to know about this beautiful North Texas wedding venue.

Piazza on the Green

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Chapel

When it comes to having your dream wedding ceremony, the chapel at Piazza on the Green is charming and unique. Not only does it have magnificent ambiance lighting, but also boasts beautiful vaulted ceilings and three in-house cameras that will capture the beauty of the ceremony. The chapel has seating for up to 300 people.

Village Ballroom

If you’re opting for a smaller wedding with less than 200 guests, you can comfortably dance the night away and celebrate in the Village Ballroom. With beautiful hanging crystals that make the room sparkle and a large wooden dance floor, this ballroom is an excellent place for your first dance. The Village Ballroom also features two large screens where you can play a video or slideshow.

Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom is the biggest reception area and can comfortably seat up to 325 guests. With amenities such as professional lighting and a wooden dance floor, this ballroom is fit for any wedding reception. If you’re planning a beautiful spring wedding, your guests can also enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio.

Catering

Aside from providing you with 3 magnificent venues, the Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX also provides professional catering! Regardless of what type of food you want to have at your reception, the Executive Chef, Erwin Turalba, can make a wide variety of mouthwatering meals.

Located at the heart of our master-planned community, the Piazza on the Green is an ideal wedding venue! To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX and our new single-family homes, contact us today.