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!

Regional Destination Spotlight #2: Allen Premium Outlets

by crblog - May 22nd, 2015

The start of any season is a great time to shop for new clothes. If you’ve lived in Texas for a while, you know the weather can be unpredictable. Prepare yourself for any inclement weather in McKinney, TX by picking up a few items from the premium outlets, located just a short drive from our master-planned community in Allen.

Allen Premium Outlets is comprised of upscale, fashionable stores that sell top rated brands and designer labels. The unique, outdoor experience of an outlet mall means you get savings between 25-65% on all your purchases, every day and every time.

If you choose to go shopping this weekend for Memorial Day, pay close attention to their holiday hours, which are:

  • Friday & Saturday: 9am-9pm
  • Sunday: 10am-7pm
  • Monday: 9am-9pm

As an added bonus to shoppers, Allen Premium Outlets also has numerous events throughout the year. Their next one is going to be this weekend, which is the perfect excuse to check them out! During the hours listed above, you can take advantage of extra savings on top of already low prices, and enjoy extended shopping hours. Download a printable map and directory list here to make your trip this weekend easier.

For more regional destination ideas about where to go in McKinney, Dallas, Frisco, Allen and Plano, subscribe to our blog. From all of us at Craig Ranch, have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

4 Tips to the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend in Craig Ranch

by crblog - May 15th, 2015

Spring is full of holidays, and we aren’t through celebrating them yet! One of our favorite holidays to spend in Craig Ranch is Memorial Day weekend, coming up at the end of this month. With the kids out of school, it’s a good time for family get togethers. Here are four simple tips to ensure you’re making the most of Memorial Day weekend in McKinney, Texas!

1. Cookout in your Craig Ranch Home’s backyard

A great way to spend Memorial Day is with a traditional American backyard cookout, right at your own home! For extra delicious food, be sure to preheat your grill for at least 20 minutes before you start cooking. Still have food residue from the last time you grilled? No problem! Leftover food particles are much easier to remove when the grill is heated, so after you preheat it, simply scrape off any gunk with wire brush.

2. Create a Care Package with your kids

Another way to celebrate Memorial Day is to teach your children the significance of the holiday. One fantastic, fun and charitable way to do this is through sending a care pack to a solider. There are many websites dedicated to the cause that will help connect you with a solider overseas. Have the kids help you put the package together or give them paper and crayons to make a card the solider will love!

3. Go for a hike

What better way is there to show appreciation for our country than getting outside and viewing it? Craig Ranch has numerous hike and bike trails that showcase the beauty of our state and our country. Get the family together for a little fitness walk, and then stop to have a picnic along the way.

4. Visit the Veterans Memorial Park

Our master-planned community in McKinney, TX has a gorgeous Veterans Memorial Park located on a half-acre site in Van Tuyl Plaza. The park features a Wall of Honor with names of the Collin County servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Take a moment this Memorial Day to stop by and honor the heroes.

However you choose to celebrate Memorial Day in Craig Ranch, we know with these tips it will be fantastic!

3 Summertime Hot Spots Around McKinney, Texas

by crblog - May 8th, 2015

Right now McKinney, TX is in the sweet spot of spring with mild rain showers and sunny days, but soon the Texas heat will be upon us. When school is out with the hot sun this summer, you and your family will need an escape! So, beat the heat with our suggestions for the 3 Best Summertime Hot Spots Around McKinney.

Hawaiian Falls

Hawaiian Falls Water Park is a great summer destination for anyone looking to cool off and have a good time. The water park is located just a short drive west , ½ mile north off Sam Rayburn Tollway, nestled in The Colony. We know our Craig Ranch residents will love the aquatic fun here and appreciate the clean environment, free parking and large variety of attractions.

Lake Day

There are numerous lakes around the DFW metroplex that are beaconing you for a Craig Ranch family cookout. Whether you’re looking to take a dip in the water or just take a shade break under a tree, we know you’ll love taking your family to the lake this summer. Many parks have playgrounds for the younger kids to play on and barbeques to fire up some delicious fare.

Your Own Backyard

Escaping the heat doesn’t mean you have to leave home. Cool off from the summer sun in your own backyard with water balloon fights and a DIY slip-n-slide that your kids are sure to love! Don’t feel like creating a mess? Craig Ranch offers many wonderful amenities to residents, and one of them is our sparkling pool!

We hope these ideas on where to find the best summertime hot spots around McKinney, TX help your family in Craig Ranch combat the summer heat!

Our Community – By the Numbers

by crblog - May 5th, 2015

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about connections … namely, how connections often are what make a neighborhood vibrant, convenient and, well, fun. So we got out a map and considered some of the most important connections for Craig Ranch.

Here’s what the numbers tell us.

7 – major festivals or series to enjoy in Historic Downtown McKinney every year, including Bike the Bricks and Second Saturdays.

16 – restaurants and cafés to visit while you’re downtown – and more on the way!

20 – personal trainers available to help you meet your fitness goals at Cooper Fitness Center-Craig Ranch.

72 – par course at TPC Craig Ranch, designed by Tom Weiskopf and surrounded by rolling hills certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for efforts in supporting wildlife.

98.1 – four-year graduation rate (98.1%) for Frisco ISD, where most Craig Ranch kids will go. A high graduation rate generally is a sign of a top-quality school district.

26 – miles to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (less than half an hour) – your business and vacation gateway.

8 – miles to Frisco and its many amenities, and …

11 – miles to corporate boomtown Plano. Again, proving just how connected Craig Ranch can be.