How to Control the Mosquitoes at Your Home in McKinney This Summer

by crblog - July 18th, 2014

Summertime in north Texas means sun, fun and fireworks. It’s also the return of pesky mosquitoes. During the summer months, mosquitoes are a familiar nuisance for homeowners in the McKinney area. If you are moving into a master-planned community in McKinney, it is important to make sure that your home and loved ones are protected from these bothersome pests. Here are some essential mosquito control tips for the summer months.

Use Insect Repellant
One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to use insect repellant whenever you step outside your home. By always wearing and spraying insect repellant in surrounding areas, you can prevent the danger of being eaten up by mosquitoes in your very own backyard.

Drain Standing Water
Mosquitoes thrive and breed in wet, swampy conditions. To control mosquitoes at your home, it is a great idea to drain or, if possible, cover any standing water around your property.

Close Your Windows
If your home is equipped with a central air system, you may want to keep your windows closed. Closing your windows will keep mosquitoes safely away from the inside of your home. Investing in mosquito nets is an alternative that is just as effective.

When you are shopping for a new home in McKinney, be sure to check out the master-planned community of Craig Ranch. To learn more about living in McKinney, call us at (972) 529-5700.

The Best Summer Activities in McKinney, Texas

by crblog - July 11th, 2014

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the season with your friends and loved ones. When you move to a master-planned community in McKinney, Texas, you will have a variety of summer activities that are right in your backyard. Here is a look at the summer fun that awaits you in the McKinney area.

Carry Along Collin
The Carry Along Collin program allows kids to explore the museums of Collin County. This self-guided tour provides a terrific tour of the history and landmarks of the McKinney area. Encouraging an appreciation of historic surroundings is a wonderful quality to instill in kids.

Connemara Conservancy Nature Walks
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you may want to check out the Connemara Conservancy Nature Walks. During a nature walk, you will learn about the plants and wildlife of the area. Enjoying the outdoors is the perfect pastime during the summer season.

Family Nights at Ford Pool
During the summer, swimming is a great way to have fun and cool down. During three summer evenings, Ford Pool in nearby Allen, Texas is hosting Family Nights that will provide entertainment for your entire crew. Join the fun!

To learn more about the advantages of moving to a master planned community in McKinney, visit the Craig Ranch website. Our Collin County homes will provide you with a fun and enjoyable lifestyle, throughout each season of the year.

The #CRAIGRANCHTX Photos We Had to Share

by crblog - July 8th, 2014

Last fall, Craig Ranch launched its Instagram account and earlier this year, we ran an Instagram contest asking users to submit a photo of their favorite spot in Craig Ranch. A custom hashtag was required to be considered for the prize: CraigRanchTX. We had so many wonderful entries in addition to the contest winner’s entry. Thankfully when the contest was over, we’ve seen many people continue to use the hashtag! We thought we’d show off the photos users are posting around #CraigRanchTX.

@Zatsagirl has plenty of snapshots on her Instagram feed of the Craig Ranch lifestyle including these favorites of ours:

Can you imagine this view as you drive down the main road of Craig Ranch every morning? Thankfully @davelzuck captured it for us all to see. Beautiful!

The four-legged Craig Ranch residents especially love living in the master planned McKinney community! With trees for sniffing, grass for rolling and sidewalks and trails for walking, what else could they need? This resident’s furry companion looks pretty content, don’t you think?

How exciting to have a soon-to-be resident document his home’s progress on Instagram? We’re excited for @amassey to move in and be a part of the community! He has many more home construction updates on his Instagram feed you can see here:

It’s hard to imagine we ever had snow and ice here in McKinney, Texas but just this past winter, @trucker_steve captured the beauty of this tree-lined path in Craig Ranch!

As beautiful as the sunrises are here at Craig Ranch, the sunsets are something to remember as well. How great is this shot of the sun setting right behind TPC Craig Ranch from @trucker_steve? We love it!

It’s often we see some great Instagram posts from the green at TPC Craig Ranch and understandably so as it is a beautiful course! We love this shot from @brodygreene4 at #14. If you’re ever out playing at TPC Craig Ranch, be sure you let us know by posting a photo and using the hashtag, #CraigRanchTX!

Craig Ranch Homes Suited for All Lifestyles and Generations

by crblog - June 30th, 2014

The neighborhoods in Craig Ranch were created to suit the lifestyles of all kinds of families. If you are a family looking for a larger multigenerational home, a growing family looking for a starter home, or empty nesters downsizing to a smaller home, there is a home at Craig Ranch perfect for you. Your home should meet your needs and serve as your retreat.

Here are just a few of the many options you would have if you were to become part of Craig Ranch.

Spectacular Views

The balconies at 17 Green overlook the rolling hills of the TPC Craig Ranch golf course. These outdoor areas also include cozy bench seating in front of a patio fireplace. Imagine yourself gathering with close friends or maybe seeking alone time on your patio with a view of the rolling green hills, beautiful night sky and a warm fire nearby. That’s life at 17 Green in Craig Ranch.

State-of-the-Art Master Suites

The days of lackluster master suites are long gone. The Villas at Craig Ranch, offer new homes in McKinney, TX with first floor master suites. The Nathan Carlisle Homes in The Retreat at Craig Ranch and Our Country Homes in The Settlement at Craig Ranch also offer homebuyers a first floor master suite plan. At 17 Green in Craig Ranch, you’ll find copper soaking tubs, private patios, a coffee bar and mini fridge in the master suite.

Fitness Facility

At Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch you can enjoy swimming, tennis, volleyball, classes and much more! Located right in the heart of the Craig Ranch community, this facility is unlike any other. They will even provide new members with an in-depth, personal orientation that covers everything from assessing your fitness level to relaxing at Cooper Spa. Craig Ranch residents of all ages walk (or ride in their club car) over to Cooper Fitness every day to take advantage of its offerings and pursue a healthy lifestyle alongside neighbors.

cooper fitness center at craig ranch

Big families, small families, retirees, young couples, health nuts and golf pros all live in harmony here at the homes in Craig Ranch. There truly is a place for everyone.

Special Events at TPC Craig Ranch: Room for Everything

by crblog - June 26th, 2014

Hosting a celebration? TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney has a room for that.

In addition to all-day dining for members (breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunches, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday), the club has meeting and banquet rooms to accommodate everything from board meetings to weddings.

Indeed, the club hosted a 200-guest wedding just the other week, said Tim O’Neill, general manager, TPC Craig Ranch.

“Weddings, graduations, we do it all,” he said. A capability made possible by the club’s special events team who coordinate everything.

The Weiskopf Room is ideal for a business gathering, small meeting or team-building event, outfitted with audio-visual capabilities and wifi. With its secluded outdoor courtyard and wood-burning fireplace, it could also be the perfect spot for an intimate dinner.

The Portobello Room is the club’s main dining room, and it is often combined with the Chanterelle Room, an upscale venue for private events and member entertaining, for large gatherings such as weddings. Couples have said their vows on the veranda or amid the beautiful landscaping surrounding the greens. Either way, the view is beautiful!

The Legend’s Grill, the casual, light fare lounge with a full service bar, never closes to members – even during special events. It features a granite bar, plasma televisions and comfortable furnishings, with panoramic views of the golf course.

It’s all part of O’Neill’s plan for continual improvement for TPC Craig Ranch members. He said his role is simple: “Provide great energy, great food, a great golf course and great games.”

At TPC Craig Ranch, creating memorable events is their specialty! With the variety of banquet facilities and private meeting rooms – combined with a exceptional culinary staff – they have unlimited choices for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday celebrations or other special occasions.

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Join Craig Ranch in McKinney for the Annual Fourth of July Celebration

by crblog - June 20th, 2014

Get out the red, white and blue because Independence Day falls on a Friday this year and it will be one to remember! In case you haven’t planned out the day’s festivities, let us help put together your full day of hometown fun in McKinney.

Start out at Red, White and BOOM! in Historic Downtown McKinney; there will be a parade, classic car show, dining and shopping in the square. The Hometown Parade will start at 10 a.m. and the car show will be from 1 – 5 p.m. To see a map of where these activities are, go here. Cost to attend is free!

After the parade and car show, the celebrating will continue right here at Craig Ranch in McKinney! At the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, we will have music, BBQ, kids’ activities and best of all – fireworks! Enjoy live music from acclaimed artists until WRR provides ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1.

Tickets are available at the CRCA Office (7951 Collin McKinney Parkway, Suite 850) Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. until July 2nd. The advance cost is $7 per ticket, while food tickets at the door will be available for $12. All payments must be cash or check only. If you don’t plan on eating at the event, no need to purchase tickets, just come and celebrate! Food will be served to ticket holders from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m and the fireworks will begin shortly after 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs!

Have (Golf) Cart, Will Travel

by crblog - June 19th, 2014

Is there anything that can make your evening and weekend meals easier than this: Step out your back door, hop on your golf cart, and cruise over to the club at TPC Craig Ranch for a bite.

While you’re out and about, take that club car over to Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch for a workout, a snack at the smoothie bar or a dip in the pool.

When you live at 17 Green, the special golf cart garage – and exclusive access to the greens through a private entrance – are all part of the lifestyle and package in the McKinney community.

“We get calls from other residents who want golf cart access to the club, but it’s exclusive to 17 Green,” said TPC Craig Ranch General Manager Tim O’Neill. “It’s a big convenience.”

Owners’ carts are black versus the club’s tan, and they’re high-end club cars. When you move in at 17 Green, the folks at TPC Craig Ranch arrange for the club car for you. (Your $35,000 club initiation fee is waived upon acceptance, too.) Total convenience!

O’Neill, who has been with TPC Craig Ranch for about five months, has recently upgraded the dining and beverage services. Every night, there’s a meal theme – from steak and seafood to delicious pasta. In addition to grass-fed beef, the dining rooms also serve local organic veggies.

Best bet: You’ll never lose when you order the steak, O’Neill says.

A club car and TPC Craig Ranch access are just two, and possibly the best, perks you will have when you live in the 17 Green community in Craig Ranch. With Craig Ranch being a renowned McKinney master-planned community, you’re choosing to live in one of the best places in Collin County and the best place for your needs.

golf cart community

If you’re ready to learn more about the luxurious, carefree and convenient lifestyle at 17 Green, contact Christy at 214.693.1600 or email

Developer’s Corner With David Craig: 2014 Predictions Come True

by crblog - June 13th, 2014

craig ranch developer mckinney

All of us at Craig Ranch are still buzzing with excitement about taking home the highest award in the DFW market for a master-planned community at the 2014 McSam Awards.

David Craig, Craig Ranch Master Developer, was especially excited to receive this award; back in January, he had already predicted that 2014 was going to be an exciting and prosperous year! Here is what David had to say about accepting the award for Master-Planned Community of the Year.

Considering the intense competition with many other outstanding new master-planned community concepts opening all around us, we were extremely honored to receive this award. It recognizes Craig Ranch’s success as a large, mixed use, master-planned development that offers a true Live, Work and Play environment.

As one of the top real estate markets in the United States, Dallas/Fort Worth is attracting the top developers, investors and design professionals to create innovative, new master-planned communities—-so that makes this award even more impressive.

With the size and scope of a 2,200 acre development, it takes years to reach maturity, and during those years, Craig Ranch had to weather a major recession and other downturns in the economy and local market. However, from 2011 to 2013 and continuing into 2014, Craig Ranch has been one of the fastest selling communities in terms of single families home sales and land sales for development of new office buildings, new multifamily lifestyle communities, retail and medical facilities as well as establishing McKinney’s premier corporate campus.

The McSam judgesa collection of top builders & developers, architectural design and merchandising professionals and sales and marketing executives from around the country—chose Craig Ranch for the following reasons:

  • Craig Ranch, a long established develop created a competitive advantage over much newer master-planned communities by employing strategies such as:
  • Recognized the uniqueness of Craig Ranch’s overall master-planned/mixed use concept. There are no other communities of this size and scope that offer this diversity of residential lifestyles and commercial uses in DFW.
  • Craig Ranch’s overall success in 2013.

I am very proud of this achievement and for the extraordinary efforts of the entire development team, marketing team and homeowner’s association management team that together with our outstanding residents have made Craig Ranch the success it is today! This type of recognition supports the increasing value of our master-planned community overall as well as your individual properties. Congratulations to all!

If you would like more information about the Craig Ranch community or want to learn more about our developer, David Craig, come by the Craig Ranch Information Center: 6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104, McKinney, Texas 75070 or call 972-529-5700.

What Makes Your McKinney, Texas Home a Retreat?

by crblog - June 12th, 2014

We know you’ve heard this question before: “What makes a house a home?” But now we’re asking, “What makes a home a retreat?”

New home construction and remodeling trends in the past year have focused on creating serene spaces while supporting simpler living and convenience.

Take the master suite. Designs have gone far beyond his-and-her walk-in closets and dual vanities. Luxury homes now include copper soaking tubs, private patios and terraces. In the master suite of the lock-and-leave townhomes at 17 Green, you will find a coffee bar and mini fridge. It gives you the feel of a five-star hotel – and it’s your bedroom!

“Convenient features are a master suite must-have,” reports designer Trish Beaudet to “Coffee bars complete with mini refrigerators and espresso machines give new meaning to hotel-style luxury.”

And what’s a retreat without a focus on green space and the outdoors? “Seating with a view of great green vistas” and “plenty of space for entertaining” top the 2014 list of outdoor design trends, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.

These needs from today’s consumer are why the patios and balconies at 17 Green overlook the rolling hills of the TPC Craig Ranch golf course. 17 Green also offers golf cart access from your backyard and cozy bench seating in front of the patio fireplace, a new favorite outdoor trend this year.

According to Freshome, a design and architecture magazine: “One of the biggest factors for not using an outdoor area is either the cold or the wet; a fire pit solves one of these pickles. Wouldn’t you like to spend more evening with your loved one, gazing up at the stars in front of a nice, bone warming fire? It’s like sitting around a camp fire, and all the wonderful memories that come with it.

If you’re seeking a new home in McKinney with a peaceful outdoor space, come by the Craig Ranch Information Center (6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104, McKinney, Texas 75070). To learn more about 17 Green and The Estates at Craig Ranch, contact Christy at 214.693.1600 or

Lock-and-Leave: A McKinney Lifestyle That Clicks

by crblog - June 5th, 2014

It’s Sunday evening, and you’re strolling home after an early supper with your grandchildren. That gives you plenty of time to finish packing for tomorrow morning’s flight – the mini-vacation you threw together at the last minute. The car comes at 8 and the flight leaves at 10; thankfully, you’re just minutes from the airport.

While you’re away, you have no worries. The neighborhood is gated and the yard is maintained for you. All you need to do is sit back and relax.

This is life at 17 Green at Craig Ranch, in a master-planned community where luxury lock-and-leave homes make living so easy.

Grandparents want to live near their grandchildren, but in a home that fits their needs, not the needs of a young, growing family. That’s why master-planned communities such as Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas have lured so many residents. Its elegant, maintenance-free homes for grandparents and neighborhoods full of kids with excellent schools close by are just a few of the many Craig Ranch perks.

Kit Tozier, a trainer with Texas Fit Chicks, has lived in Craig Ranch with her husband, Rob, for more than four years.

“We chose the area because it was a bit ‘secluded’ but still near the action we loved,” she said. “We also chose our location due to the higher-end quality – it was more our taste in design.”

Master-planned communities like Craig Ranch include amenities such as retail shopping and dining, office and medical space, schools, parks, recreation and community events. They are self-contained and well-maintained, which helps hold value.

craig ranch mckinney community

Master-planned communities offer a lifestyle that is attracting more and more people every year. The Urban Land Institute reports that home sales in master-planned communities have been on the upswing since 2010 – and have reached pre-recession levels.

Does a low maintenance, lock-and-leave lifestyle sound like the perfect fit for you and perhaps your spouse and family? You’ll be in good company when you move into Craig Ranch! Many of our residents are thriving in a community that allows for family time as well as peace of mind when you take those spontaneous bucket list trips.

Contact Craig Ranch today to discuss the suitable lifestyle we can provide tomorrow. 972.529.5700