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.

Regional Destination Spotlight #1: Nebraska Furniture Mart

by crblog - May 1st, 2015

It has been said before, and we’ll say it again – Craig Ranch is located at the crossroads of many great cities all around the DFW area. Being so close to numerous retail, dining, entertainment and store options is just one of the reasons why people in McKinney love calling our master-planned community home.

Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News

One regional destination hot spot right now for many of our residents is the Nebraska Furniture Mart, located in The Colony, which is just a short drive away from our Craig Ranch community! The Nebraska Furniture Mart is now officially open, after holding a soft opening for families and employees.

The new Texas store covers over 560,000 square feet of space showcasing items from appliances to furniture, and even electronics! Nebraska Furniture Mart has been around for many years and began as a pop up shop in 1937 in the basement of a downtown Omaha shop. Groundbreaking for Nebraska Furniture Mark Texas began in 2012 and to the delight of our McKinney residents and surrounding areas like Plano, Allen and Frisco, their timeline has stayed on track!

The weather looks like it’s going to remain beautiful throughout the remainder of this week and all throughout the weekend, so it’s the perfect time for your family in Craig Ranch to take a trip! Hop in the car and head out to The Colony to see what the Nebraska Furniture Mart has in store. For more Regional Destination Spotlights about stores, events and more 10-15 minutes away from our community, be sure to check back on our blog.

Craig Ranch Celebrates 15 Years in McKinney TX

by crblog - April 23rd, 2015

Time flies when you’re having fun here in McKinney, Texas. Craig Ranch is coming up on its 15th anniversary, and we still have many more changes in the making. Find out why everyone is choosing our DFW master-planned community to call home in this month’s edition of Developer’s Corner by David Craig:

Did you know that we are coming up on Craig Ranch’s 15-year anniversary?

Yes- the first piece of land we purchased for what would become Craig Ranch was closed back in 2000.  How things have changed!!  First we built the incredible infrastructure and secured the signature amenities that make Craig Ranch so unique. Then sales in our first big residential phase – Craig Ranch North – were spectacular and some new neighborhoods south of Stacy were started. When the national recession hit in 2008, activity slowed to a crawl through 2012, but we emerged from that into one of the most robust overall real estate markets ever – and Craig Ranch is at the epicenter of it.

With all of the new corporate relocation coming to the region, the timing couldn’t be better to launch new residential phases. The final residential property has been sold so there are over 1,000 new residential home sites under construction or in the planning stages to be delivered in the next three years by DFW’s top home builders.

We very proud of the outstanding line-up of builders we now have in Craig Ranch. Our new builders will include Ashton Woods Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes and Megatel. Beazer Homes and Landon Homes have just opened new model homes in Creekside and The Fairways, respectively.  Established Craig Ranch builders like Huntington Homes, Our Country Homes and Nathan Carlisle Homes round out this amazing builder group.

We’ve got the most diverse lifestyle options, price ranges of homes and mix of amenities of any master-planned development in North Texas and new neighborhoods are sprouting up in every corner of the community.

The new neighborhoods will be priced from the $300s to $600s+ and a resurgence of the luxury market last year is keeping Huntington Homes, Sanders and a select group of preferred custom builders very busy in The Estates.

Craig Ranch currently has a little over 9,000 residents but it is estimated with the completion of the final phases of single-family homes and completion of our multi-family communities, Craig Ranch will likely have a total of 20,000 residents at build-out.

Spring is in the air and construction is going on everywhere. Get out and celebrate Spring around our beautiful community and pardon our construction as we have become one of the most active communities in the DFW market.

4 Reasons To Join Cooper Craig Ranch This Summer

by crblog - April 17th, 2015

Summer is only a few months away. Start the season off with a membership to Cooper Craig Ranch to ensure your swimsuit-ready for fun in the sun. Whether you’re looking to build a healthy lifestyle or fine-tune your body for the beach, Cooper Craig Ranch in McKinney will provide you with everything you need. Here are 4 reasons we think you should join:

1. Proximity

Some say the hardest part about working out is simply getting there. Here at Craig Ranch, we make it easy for you to be fit with a luxury fitness center located in your backyard! Whichever neighborhood you live in at our community, you’ll only be a short walk, jog, bike, or ride away from a top-of-the-line fitness facility.

2. Diversity

Cooper Craig Ranch is a diverse mecca for health-savvy individuals. Equipment aside, Cooper Fitness Center also has a swimming pool, nutrition center and café, pro shop, spa, swimming pool and much more! In addition, Cooper is always putting on Youth Fitness Programs that encourage healthy living for the entire family.

3. Events

Cooper Craig Ranch knows that some people workout better in groups, that’s why they constantly host events that encourage healthy living and an active lifestyle. Come out for one of their health expos, or participate in one of their numerous races and triathlons that run all year long.

4. Community

The gym is a great place to get to know your Craig Ranch neighbors and build a strong sense of community within a small sector of McKinney, Texas. Cooper Craig Ranch is a great place for new residents to mingle with other families and make new friends!

Dr. Cooper is committed to making sure your Craig Ranch family is fully equipped with everything you need for a long, healthy life and summer-ready bodies. This year marks their 45th anniversary, so stop by and sign up today!

4 Things You Need to Know About the Collin County Trails Master Plan in McKinney, TX

by crblog - April 10th, 2015

Craig Ranch offers many state-of-the-art amenities, but our resident favorite has to be the fitness trails that run through the heart of Craig Ranch. These trails will eventually be a part of the six-city hike and bike trail in Collin County, which winds through different areas of the metroplex. Make the most of the upcoming trail additions in McKinney by reading the 4 Things You Need to Know About the Master Plan below:

1. The History

The Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan began in 2011 as a means to provide connectivity between cities through the use of fitness trails. This plan is in accordance with the Collin County Parks and Open Space Program, which promotes healthy living and a high quality of life for residents through the addition of new parks and open green spaces.

2. Six Cities Trail Plan

Perhaps more near and dear to the hearts of people at Craig Ranch is the Six Cities Trail Plan, which is a regional plan under the Collin County Trails Master Plan umbrella. The six cities plan will consist of hard and soft surfaces and will connect the cities of Plano, Allen, Frisco, Garland, Richardson and our very own town, McKinney! Between this popular trail plan development, and our own hike and bike amenities at Craig Ranch, you’ll never want to spend time indoors!

3. Commercial Areas

No car? No problem. One really unique feature of the trail connections is the link it provides to commercial areas. This is perfect for active families because it provides an alternative to driving. In addition, McKinney is going to work hard to accommodate trail crossings that meet high-trafficked roadways by ensuring trail underpasses are created – making the trails extra safe to use!

4. Cyclist Welcome

In case you were wondering, the trails are open to cyclist as well! The trails the Collin County and the City of McKinney provide are multi-use for walkers, cyclists, joggers, skate boarders, and roller bladers alike.

Whether you’re looking to move to McKinney, TX or are already a part of Craig Ranch’s master-planned community, we know you’ll love utilizing our current and future fitness trails. To see the trails up close, or to tour one of our high-quality homes, come by our information center today!

Sunny Weather, and Plenty of Parks to Explore Close to Home

by crblog - April 8th, 2015

Pack your picnic basket and your walking shoes. The weather has finally warmed up enough (and it’s not too hot!) to enjoy some time in nature. We’ve chosen five parks for you to explore in and around McKinney. We hope to see you there …

Photo Credit: The Texas Peach

Rowlett Creek Park – McKinney

A wide hike-and-bike trail follows a wooded creek corridor in this 20-acre neighborhood park – a great place to get some exercise for you or to get the little ones more comfortable on two wheels. The park also has a playground, swings, pavilion and shared parking with Ogle Elementary. Location: 4300 Big Fork Trail, McKinney

Frisco Commons - Frisco

This 63-acre park is home to Frisco’s largest playground system, and includes a nature garden, spray park and walking trails. Frisco Commons has won a Park Design Excellence Award by the Texas Recreation & Park Society, “Metroplex’s Best Family Park” by Dallas Child Magazine and a Facility Design Award by the National Recreation and Parks Association, Southwest Regional Council. Location: 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco

Central Park – Frisco

Look for the “hero-size” bronze sculptures and quotations representing the historic cattle drive along the Shawnee Trail in this seven-acre park. You’ll also find a small pond, brook and walking trails. Location: 3155 Parkwood Drive, Frisco

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – Plano

There’s so much to say about this beautiful park. On its 200 acres, you’ll find all manner of wildlife and can follow the hike and bike trail, try orienteering, or have fun on the playground. Arbor Hills has three distinct “ecoregions” to explore – the blackland prairie, with grassy fields and wildflowers such as bluebonnet (the state flower) and yellow daisies; the riparian forest, where Indian Creek hides turtles and fish from egrets and herons; and the upland forest, a great place to walk on a hot day. This link has much more information. Location: 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano

Lavon Lake – Wylie

This Army Corps of Engineers-maintained land has a multitude of parks to enjoy about 30 minutes from Craig Ranch –whether for the day or for camping. Many of the parks, including Ticky Creek, Avalon and Caddo, have playgrounds and swimming beaches or fishing ponds. Sister Grove, operated by Collin County, has hike and bike trails, restroom facilities and picnic pavilions. For some parks, there is a day-use fee of $4. For more information: http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/lavon/Recreation/Parks/Corpsparks.asp

3 Reasons to Relocate to McKinney, TX

by crblog - April 2nd, 2015

Are you thinking about moving to McKinney, TX? You couldn’t have considered a better choice! Last year, McKinney was named the No 1. Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. Craig Ranch is located just miles outside of the bustling DFW metroplex in McKinney and offers a suburban small town feel that’s a welcome retreat next to the busy city life. Here are three reasons to persuade you to say, “yes” to moving instead of “maybe.”

1. McKinney is one of the fastest growing cities

It has been said time and time again, McKinney is one of the fastest growing cities in America. Residents of McKinney enjoy excellent new home options, such as Craig Ranch, along with a great selection of shopping destinations located just minutes away, and the city is home to nationally-recognized independent school districts. McKinney’s location at the crossroads of Frisco, Plano, Allen and McKinney means easy access to major employment centers and strong business opportunities.

2. McKinney has a unique small town vibe

As we mentioned before, McKinney is at the epicenter of popular neighboring cities like Dallas, Frisco, Plano and Allen. However, sometimes you need a breather from the urban metropolitan area. Shop, dine, listen to live music and even buy farm-fresh goods right in the heart of historic downtown McKinney. The historic downtown square is home to over 100 unique shops, restaurants and neighborhood pubs, adding an eclectic family fun feel during the day and a vibrant nightlife in the evening. The downtown area of McKinney also has a variety of art galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

3. McKinney is home to natural scenic features

If you love the green scene, McKinney, TX is the place for you. McKinney is home to three public golf courses and four private golf courses, including our very own TPC Craig Ranch golf course. McKinney has numerous hike and bike trails that are part of Collin County’s Six Cities Trails Plan, which provides trail corridors with regional linkages between cities. Craig Ranch itself is home to seven parks, so there’s no shortage of nature!

Come see why so many people are making the move to McKinney, TX! Now is a great time to be a part of the Craig Ranch master-planned community. Stop by and take a tour of our properties or give us a call at 972.529.5700.

3 Outdoor Spring Activities in McKinney, TX

by crblog - March 27th, 2015

Spring is here this week in McKinney, TX. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and plants are starting to bloom at Craig Ranch. With the weather warming up, it’s time to shed your winter coat and get outside and play. Here are a few fun ways you and your family can enjoy the season outside your home in McKinney, TX:

Go for a jog or bike ride

McKinney, TX is truly “unique by nature,” and the Craig Ranch master-planned community with it parks, trails and greenspaces makes outdoor activities a breeze. One of our resident’s favorite spots to bike ride is Rowlett Creek Park. This 20-acre neighborhood park features a 12-foot-wide hike and bike trail located along a wooded creek corridor, playground, swings, pavilion and shared parking with Ogle Elementary. Craig Ranch also has miles of fitness trails, which is ideal for hiking and biking in the gorgeous spring weather. The fitness trails are part of the Collin County Regional Trail system that is planned to connect various cities in North Texas. If you’re a runner, the rubberized jogging track in The Settlement near the Cooper Fitness Center is perfect for helping keep your joints healthy while staying fit.

Eat and drink in the season

One of the most exciting ways to welcome a new season is the opportunity to incorporate seasonal foods in your family’s diet. Visit the McKinney’s Farmers Market for fresh sugar snap peas, asparagus or even go berry picking just a short drive away in Denton Country. If you don’t feel like taking a drive, consider enjoying a picnic in your own backyard. Grill out with your kids and have a family meal on your patio while soaking in the sun.

Get in the dirt

If you’re a parent, you know kids love to get dirty. Spring is the perfect opportunity to let the little ones explore the outdoors. Go exploring with a hunt for four-leaf clovers or have them help you plant seasonal plants in the garden. Of course, don’t forget jumping in rain puddles!

These are just some of the many outdoor spring activities you can participate in at Craig Ranch! Leave us a comment on Facebook with some of your favorites, tag us on Instagram @craig_ranch with your family’s fun spring photos and don’t forget McKinney’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza is Saturday, April 4th at the Craig Ranch Soccer Complex!