Regional Destination Spotlight: Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - July 31st, 2015

With the school year quickly approaching for the Craig Ranch community, spending time as a family while the kids are out of school is really important. Sometimes being a tourist in your own town can be really fun – and we can’t think of a better place to explore than Historic Downtown McKinney.

Photo By: VisitMcKinneyTexas.com

Main Street in McKinney, TX combines the best of small town living with a vibrant downtown urban scene from retail, office, art, entertainment, restaurant, residential and leisure options. Whether you’re coming to Historic Downtown McKinney for an event or just to take a stroll and visit the shops, McKinney really is the #1 best place to live in America.

Historic Downtown McKinney’s next event, and perhaps one of the most anticipated of the year, is the McKinney Oktoberfest taking place at the end of September. This family-favorite event gives you a taste of Germany just minutes from Craig Ranch with authentic music, food, costumes, drinks, children’s activities and more.

Additionally, downtown offers numerous activities and educational tours for your kids to participate in. Some of our favorites are the Chestnut Square Historic Village and the traditional Follow the Frog game. Play “I Spy” with your kids and search for the quirky frogs throughout downtown located on storefronts and hidden in gardens. Then, head over to the historic village for a tour and fresh produce from the farmer’s market.

Be a part of McKinney’s great community by making Craig Ranch master-planned community your new home. Our homes provide beautiful green views and sprawling spaces with a focus on a health conscious lifestyle. Between more than 400 acres of trails, TPC-certified golf course and state-of-the-art amenities we know you’ll love living here!

Get to Know CR Lifestyle Director, Alicia Schultz

by crblog - July 24th, 2015

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Top 4 Things To Look For When Relocating To McKinney

by crblog - July 17th, 2015

If you’re thinking about relocating to McKinney, TX, Craig Ranch is the perfect place to make your home. As you begin your journey researching different areas of the metroplex, be sure to consider the following.

Location

If there’s one thing people love about Craig Ranch, it’s our location. Craig Ranch is located at the crossroads of Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney, the marquee cities of Collin County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Situated on State Highway 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway in McKinney, Texas, Craig Ranch is nearby numerous retail and dining options, hospitals, major employers and allows quick access to DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport and McKinney National Airport. In fact, McKinney was named the Best Place to Live last year by Money Magazine.

Jobs

North Dallas is quickly becoming a hotspot for some of the best companies. To name only a few, Toyota and FedEx Office announced they will be moving their headquarters to Legacy Business Park and Liberty Mutual Insurance will also be bringing 5,000 jobs to its new Plano campus. McKinney, Texas is adjacent to Plano and only a few miles from these new corporate campuses, making Craig Ranch an ideal community for easy commutes.

Housing

Craig Ranch offers a wide variety of housing options – from luxury apartments to single-family homes to luxury golf villas overlooking TPC Craig Ranch, there is something for everyone. David Weekly Homes, Ashton Woods Homes and Darling Homes will soon be opening models in new neighborhoods at our DFW master-planned community. With these homebuilders’ openings, we will have the best variety of builders, price ranges and lifestyles available in Collin County, including our current builders Our Country Homes, Nathan Carlisle Homes, Landon Homes, Beazer Homes, and Huntington Homes. If your family is looking for something a little more custom, Craig Ranch also offers a variety of custom builders in The Estates neighborhood.

Schools

For relocating families, school districts are very important considerations when decided where to buy a home. Craig Ranch sits among some of North Texas’ most respected educational institutions from pre-elementary schools to high school and even higher education. The neighborhoods in Craig Ranch feed into nationally acclaimed Frisco ISD, which is rated exemplary – the highest rating given by the state of Texas! A future neighborhood and some luxury apartments in Craig Ranch attend Allen ISD, renowned both for its athletic programs and academics. For a full list of the surrounding schools, visit our education page.

Jobs, housing, schools, and location are all important when considering a new city to call home. Craig Ranch offers the best in all four of these categories, making relocating easy. Stop by and take a tour of this vibrant North Texas community!

Homebuilder Spotlight: Our Country Homes

by crblog - July 10th, 2015

Our Country Homes builds beautiful homes in The Settlement neighborhood in Craig Ranch. This neighborhood has the best of Craig Ranch’s amenities in close proximity – both Cooper Fitness Center & Spa at Craig Ranch and the TPC Craig Ranch golf course are adjacent to the neighborhood, which includes many homes that overlook the golf course.

Our Country Homes sets itself apart from other homebuilders by truly taking the time to listen to the needs, wants, and vision of their customers and by having the ability to truly customize plans accordingly. Another component that makes this renowned homebuilder so successful is their dedicated team. Each member is highly skilled and prepared to help you build the dream home you’ve always wanted. We are thrilled to have them as one of our homebuilders at Craig Ranch!

The homes offered by Our Country Homes in The Settlement at Craig Ranch are both one and two story plans starting from about 3,500 square feet. The outstanding Frisco ISD serves students in this neighborhood with nearby schools Comstock Elementary, Scoggins Middle School and the new Independence High School.

Each Our Country Homes floor plan is built with energy efficiency in mind. After a floor plan is drafted, it is sent to a company called Energy Inspectors Inc. who then prepares a full analysis of the home and how to achieve the highest energy standard possible. This not only saves the homeowner thousands of dollars, but also helps keep the environment cleaner and safer.

Our Country Homes start in the $590s at Craig Ranch. Come by and learn more about the different homes that are available in the community. Visit Marina Axaopoulos in their model, open Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 12pm-6pm, located at 5101 Settlement Way or call her at (469) 742-1751.

Regional Destination Spotlight #3: Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - July 2nd, 2015

If you’ve lived in Craig Ranch for a while, you’ve probably been to Historic Downtown McKinney but if you haven’t, now is the perfect time to check it out! Downtown is full of great stores, dining options and even places to stay the night.

Photo By: McKinneyTexas.org

Did you know that McKinney’s downtown is one of the oldest in Texas? The commercial district of downtown offers more than 100 unique shops that are great for an afternoon stroll, a view of one-of-a-kind art, finding gifts or furnishing your home.

In addition to the shops, stays and dining options, downtown also puts on events regularly. Two of their upcoming events include Red, White and BOOM and Downtown McKinney Explorer Club. Red, White and BOOM is the biggest 4th of July celebration this side of Texas – and if you ask us, the best one! The day kicks off with a parade right in the middle of downtown and resumes in our very own community. Downtown McKinney Explorer Club encourages kids to get outside and explore the community around them by following a guidebook of free, fun activities!

Not in the mood to shop or eat? Walk your dog and take in the sights. The eclectic homes and lush landscapes will make you reminiscent of the 80s. Historic Downtown McKinney is a fun place to be day or night, so we hope you take our advice and visit!

Be a part of this great city by moving to our community today! Stop by the Craig Ranch Information Center at 6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104 for a tour or take a look at our new home inventory list to learn more.

Red, White and Boom in Craig Ranch

by crblog - June 26th, 2015

If you haven’t heard by now, it’s time for the annual Red, White and Boom Independence Day celebration! This special event is near and dear to our master-planned community because it takes place right in Craig Ranch. Enjoy a free day full of family fun this July 4th.

The day kicks off with a parade, complete with a classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney. The official Red, White and Boom parade will commence at 10am, followed by the car show at 1pm. Be sure to arrive early to reserve a great view!

Following the parade, take an hour or two to stroll around the downtown area and explore the many dining and shopping options our great city of McKinney has to offer. Then in the evening, take a short walk across the community to the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch for the evening festivities.

There will be music, food, kid’s activities and of course, a spectacular fireworks show! Hollie Cavanagh, American Idol Finalist and McKinney native, will be live on stage to provide music during the evening’s events.

To keep the event as family friendly as possible, alcohol is not permitted at the event. However, coolers are allowed. Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the food vendor area with handicap parking available at the north entrance. For the safety of your own animals and others, please leave your pets at home.

We hope to see you out at the biggest event the City of McKinney has all year long – Red, White and Boom! For more information on the activities at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, please feel free to call their number at 972.547.7480. From all of us at Craig Ranch, have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday!

Craig Ranch is the Ultimate Summer Pet Destination

by crblog - June 19th, 2015

Keep your pets happy and healthy this summer in Craig Ranch by utilizing amenities that your pets will love! We have exciting things in the works for your animal companions and a few heat safety tips as well. Keep reading to learn more.

Toward the end of summer, Craig Ranch will welcome a newly designed dog park that will feature areas for both large and small dogs in addition to drinking fountains for you and your four-legged friends! The one-acre park is now under construction near Spicewood (our newest neighborhood to open in 2016) and the Corporate Center. Sniff it out the next time you’re over there.

A few simple tips can go a long way in keeping your pets safe in the summer heat. If your dog is left home alone often, consider installing a doggie door with access to your backyard. By doing this, your dog can visit the outdoors and use the restroom while still having access to the air-conditioned house during the hottest part of the day. Also, take careful consideration of the water bowl you choose for your pet, especially if it will be left out in the sun. Metal bowls can get hot and turn refreshing water for your animal into an uncomfortable temperature.

Really pamper your pet this summer by winning them a $200 gift card to PetSmart! Craig Ranch is hosting a contest on Instagram – and you could be our winner! Simply share a photo of your pet enjoying summer using the hashtag #CRPamperedPets and tag us at @Craig_Ranch! The winner will be announced at the end of July.

We hope these safety tips, fun contest and our new development excite you as much as they excite us! Make Craig Ranch your ultimate summer pet destination and say yes to living the Craig Ranch way.

Make It Modern – A Design Evolution at 17 Green

by crblog - June 12th, 2015

There’s a new look at 17 Green – some of the luxury lock-and-leave townhomes are getting a modern/contemporary feel, courtesy of approved builder David Yowell Construction.

Yowell says they’re calling it modern/contemporary … and very transitional. Think lots of light – from the big, beautiful windows and plenty of decorative lighting. It’s the look for two of the shells Yowell is finishing out at 17 Green.

“It’s got a lot of straight lines, but still has some dark colors,” he said. “That’s where the demand is going. Buyers want a more transitional look.”

That’s part of the freedom buyers get when they choose to build out a shell – you can design your home any way on a much shorter timeframe. (Finishing a shells takes about four months, as opposed to 14 months to two years to build a home.)

“Anything you can dream up, we can do it,” said Yowell, who has worked as a custom homebuilder in McKinney for nearly three decades.

Floor plans are completely flexible, thanks to structural integrity. Yowell said that, as a builder, he is impressed with standards such as concrete walls, steel trusses and I-beams and even concrete floors on the second story.

“You don’t normally see these kinds of amenities in a home because the market is too competitive,” he said. “But it (17 Green) passes the knock test at the end of the day. … That translates into quality.”

4 Places to Celebrate Father’s Day Around McKinney, TX

by crblog - June 5th, 2015

Father’s Day is coming up at the end of this month. Have you thought about what your family in Craig Ranch is going to do to celebrate? With the days dwindling down, it’s time to put on your thinking caps and impress dad! Check out these four ideas on where to party with your dad around McKinney, TX!

1. The Beach at Craig Ranch

If your dad is the athletic type, he will love participating in the 5th Annual Father’s Day Tournament in our community. The Beach at Craig Ranch offers residents and families numerous volleyball tournaments throughout the year. Register as a family or one-on-one with your dad for a little Dad’s Day competition. For an extra special day, get matching tee shirts that show your dad how much you care!

2. A Slice of Pie from Emporium Pies

What better way is there to celebrate a holiday than eating some delicious dessert? If you haven’t been to Emporium Pies in McKinney, TX – you’re missing out! Emporium Pies makes delicious, homemade pies with unique flavors that your dad will love. Try one of their scrumptious summer pie flavors to top off a great day like The Drunken Nut, The Cherry Bomb or Mellow Yellow.

3. Dinner at Harvest Seasonal Kitchen

Get a little dressed up and head out for dinner at Harvest Seasonal Kitchen this Father’s Day. With fresh food farm-to-table style, delicious sides and homemade specialties by Executive Chef, Andrea Shackleford your dad will leave feeling loves.

4. Your Own Home

You don’t have to leave the Craig Ranch community to have a wonderful Father’s Day. Whether you barbeque together in your own backyard, or spend the day watching movies together on the couch – your dad will love just spending quality time with you.

From all of us at Craig Ranch, we wish you and your family a wonderful Father’s Day!

David Craig Discusses Three New Parks in Developer’s Corner

by crblog - May 29th, 2015

New parks are popping up all over our community. As Craig Ranch reaches maturity and new neighborhoods and commercial parcels are being developed, many planned parks around Craig Ranch are under construction, adding beautiful new spaces to enjoy. Learn about all of them in this month’s addition of Developer’s Corner below:

Crossroads Park

The centerpiece of the recently completed McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch is a beautiful new park for both day and night time residents of Craig Ranch.  Named Crossroads Park, this park is anchored by a lake with an overlook that is surrounded by walking trails and many mature trees and is even lighted at night for evening and nighttime use.  The trails connect to the adjoining corporate park as well as provide access to all Craig Ranch residents along Henneman Way near Parkside.   In keeping with our healthy living philosophy, these new wooded trails create an oasis from work, a great place to jog or take a stroll with the family with benches and seating areas along the way.  Get out and take advantage of this beautiful new amenity in your community!

Millie Cooper Park

Located adjacent to the Cooper Fitness Center and the Texas Health Building in the Town Center and adjoining the new Spicewood neighborhood in Craig Ranch, Millie Cooper Park is under construction with a planned August/September completion.  This innovative one-acre park has a Ying-Yang design that joins together the urban and suburban aspects of Craig Ranch. The half of the park facing the buildings is an urban-style park and the half of the park that faces the new residential neighborhood is a passive park.  With a 6-7 ft. elevation change, the park is two levels with the passive side overlooking the urban park. A rotunda and open green space along with beautiful landscaping creates a relaxing casual design on one side, while the treed, grid design of the urban side provides decomposed granite pathways, benches and a more formal approach to park space that appeals to daytime residents and visitors.

Dog Park

Dog lovers rejoice! Your pets will soon sniff out a fun new park designed just for them! A one-acre dog park is now under construction near Spicewood and the Corporate Center. This park will feature both a small dog area and a large dog area and provide drinking fountains for both human and four-legged visitors. Walking paths and a picnic area in a wooded area of mature trees will keep you cooler in the summer. The park will also feature double-fenced access points with separate entrance and exit, dog drinking stations and a mulch ground cover verses the grass you see in most dog parks.  Grass is typically quickly turned into dirt by a lot of use and then becomes muddy and dirty for your pets.  This mulch base will keep that from happening.  This new park is scheduled to open in August/September.

Happy Graduation to our seniors in Craig Ranch and have a safe summer!