American Legend Homes Model at Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 15th, 2018

We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and while you’re still in the loving spirit, we want to show you one of the model homes at Craig Ranch from American Legend Homes that we’re sure you’ll love.

About 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 and impressive reputation with both Realtors and buyers over the years. American Legend Homes has set out to become the best home building organization in America by focusing on thoughtful design, finish quality and customer satisfaction. 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.

Their Model Home at Craig Ranch

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The American Legend Homes model home at Craig Ranch is a truly breathtaking 2-story home based on their 1196 floorplan. This 3,302 square foot home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2 living areas and 2 dining areas. Looking for something smaller? Our beautiful model home is only an example of one of the 16 floorplans offered by American Legend Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch.

Discover Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Students living in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch currently attend Frisco ISD’s Elliott Elementary, Scoggins Middle School, Liberty High School and Independence 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 also includes an amenity center with a swimming pool exclusively for Watters Branch at Craig Ranch residents!

American Legend Homes are available in our master-planned community starting in the high $300s. Contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today if you’d like to tour this or any other beautiful model homes in Craig Ranch. Get a taste of our community’s lifestyle by following Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4 New Homebuying Trends for 2018

by crblog - February 8th, 2018

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The housing market is an ever-evolving industry, and every year brings new trends. If you’re thinking about joining our master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, then you first might want to read through these 4 new homebuying trends we’re forecasting for 2018.

1. The Sooner You Buy – The Better

One of the new homebuying trends that we’ll be seeing in 2018 is mortgage rates going up to 5%, however, for the last couple of years they’ve always hovered around 4%. It’s important to note that this is in no way a reflection of the housing market, it’s simply the nature of economic growth. With all that being said, you’ll have the best chance of getting a low mortgage rate if you purchase one of our new homes in Craig Ranch within the first half of the year.

2. Low Credit Isn’t the End of the World

Used to, if you had poor credit, then being able to get approved for an adequate home loan with a reasonable mortgage rate was impossible, but not anymore! This can finally be the year that even those with lower credit scores can become homeowners. There are already a few lenders out there that are starting to work towards creating interest-only mortgages for those that have had a major life event that caused them to lose their house or file for bankruptcy.

3. Automation Improves Loan-Application Process

Getting your home faster! The loan application process for a home loan used to be very arduous, but now with lenders finally starting to embrace all the technology that’s at their disposal, they’ve begun to automate the process. An example of this would be Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, which has developed software so that virtually your entire loan application can be completed online.

4. More People to Flock to DFW

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX isn’t the only area of DFW that saw a lot of growth in 2017, and you can expect even more growth in 2018. So, what does that mean for new homebuying trends? To simply put it, there will be even more competition for you to snag your dream house. Don’t worry, it isn’t too late to tour some of the beautiful model homes in our master-planned community.

Now that you’re in the know about some of the new homebuying trends for 2018, it’s time you make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. If you still aren’t sure, explore our community website or get to know our lifestyle by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Spend Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch with Your Sweetie

by crblog - February 1st, 2018

February Events, Valentines Day at Craig Ranch

February is officially here, and while it’s the shortest month of the year, it’s arguably the one filled with the most love. That’s right – it’s almost time for Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch! While there are plenty of Valentine’s Day events happening around Craig Ranch in McKinney, you just can’t beat when you can make a special, love-filled day out of the wonderful amenities that are right here in our master-planned community!

Break a Sweat Together

Who says your Valentine’s Day events have to start off as relaxing? Instead, you and your special someone can join one of the group X classes at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa and break a sweat together. We’re all about an active living, and the group X classes are a great way for couple to achieve a more active lifestyle together.

Reach New Heights at the Rock Climbing Wall

Not really feeling like getting as involved as signing up for a weekly class? Well then try an equally fun activity like climbing the rock wall at Craig Ranch Fitness. If you guys are the competitive type, you can see who can get to the top the fastest, or for the less experienced – who can get the farthest.

Discover Who’s the Better Cook

You might be planning to simply go to a nice restaurant for your Valentine’s Day meal, but why not try something different with the culinary demos also available at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa? Not only will this culinary demo give you a chance to reconnect over food, you’ll also learn about healthier eating habits and cooking methods.

Treat Each Other with an Evening at the Spa

Last, but most certainly not least, is probably going to be your favorite part about spending Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch. Treat each other to evening at the spa part of Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa. With such a wide array of services, the two of you are sure to find the indulgences that sound the most enticing.

If you’ve already been keeping up with your new year resolution at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, then you probably already know that you can enjoy all these great things within our master-planned community. For more ideas on what you could do for a wonderful Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch, be sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Find Your ‘Southern Chic’ in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - January 25th, 2018

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Sometimes, you and the girls just need to get away. While a big ladies trip may be out of the question, having a little retreat in Historic Downtown McKinney is completely possible thanks to the Southern Chic Retreat! Let’s explore more of how this is the perfect getaway for those living in our new homes in McKinney.

About Southern Chic Retreat

Opening their doors in 2014, Southern Chic Retreat is a beautiful bed and breakfast in Historic Downtown McKinney. The entire concept started when the owner, Monica Baker, wanted to be able to spend more time with all the women in her family. From there she started planning a retreat weekend for her and the girls, and sure enough one thing lead to many other opportunities and Monica soon opened Southern Chic Retreat.

Your Weekend in Historic Downtown McKinney

Designed to allow guests to enjoy their weekend getaway in Historic Downtown McKinney however they like, the Southern Chic Retreat gives women the ability to do virtually anything from crafting with some wine, shopping and dining in the surrounding hubs or just relaxing on the couch with your favorite ladies watching chick flicks in your pajamas. It’s even the perfect spot to have a wedding weekend getaway with your bridal party!

The Accommodations at Southern Chic Retreat

Whether you’re trying to have a getaway with just you and your best gal pal or you want to get all the ladies of the family together, Southern Chic Retreat has the space you need! You can pick from the Two Hoots and a Holler package all the way to the Whole Home package, which fits a max of 14 guests.

The Southern Chic Retreat is the perfect destination in Historic Downtown McKinney for you and the girls to take a load off and get crafty. Now, if you’re looking to be more active with your gal pals, then we’d recommend getting fit at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa in our wonderful master-planned community. For more information on things to do around our community, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nathan Carlisle Homes’ Model Home at Craig Ranch

by crblog - January 18th, 2018

As a master-planned community, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX strives to offer every type of dream living environment. From our luxury senior living at Artistry to our spacious estates, like the ones that we’re talking about today in the Retreat at Craig Ranch from Nathan Carlisle Homes! ‬‬

About Nathan Carlisle Homes

A division of Winchester Carlisle Companies, Nathan Carlisle Homes is a private North Texas homebuilder with over 25 years of experience in building breathtaking homes. They’re passionate about creating active adult neighborhoods that immediately create a sense of community. With unwavering customer service, they’ve taken the time to understand the various needs of their homebuyers to craft a truly exceptional living experience. They also take the extra step to have each of their homes individually inspected to be Energy Star Certified ensuring that they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Their Model Home at Craig Ranch

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The Nathan Carlisle Homes model home at Craig Ranch is a stunning 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1-story home that’s 2,533 square feet. This exceptional home showcases Nathan Carlisle Homes’ Jackson floorplan. You can tour this model home in the Retreat at Craig Ranch right off of Custer Road near Stacy Road, and if you love the home and the neighborhood, you can get in one of the quick move-in ready homes!

The model home is located at 8912 Woodheath Circle, McKinney, TX 75070 and is listed for $387,500.

The Nathan Carlisle Homes model home at Craig Ranch is a stunning 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 2-story home that’s 2,634 square feet. This exceptional villa style home was built using Nathan Carlisle Homes’ Jordin floorplan. You can come tour this model home in the Retreat at Craig Ranch and if you love the home and the neighborhood, like we think you will, then you can get in one of the quick move-in ready homes!

The model home is located at 8608 Shallowford Lane McKinney, TX 75070 and is listed for $387,500.

Discover the Retreat at Craig Ranch

Okay, so you’ve probably already fallen in love with Nathan Carlisle Homes, but now it’s time to fall in love with the Retreat at Craig Ranch. Focused on maintenance free living, the Retreat at Craig Ranch helps residents completely maintain the exterior of their home and landscape. There’s no need to worry about mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges! Residents of the Retreat will also have exclusive access to the neighborhood’s own community pool and 9,000-square-foot, 2-story clubhouse.

If you want to learn more about Nathan Carlisle Homes and the Retreat at Craig Ranch, contact us today. You can also view our full inventory to see all the move-in ready homes available by Nathan Carlisle Homes in the Retreat neighborhood. We can’t wait to show you why Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is everyone’s favorite North Texas master-planned community!

Keep Up with Your New Year Resolution at Craig Ranch Fitness

by crblog - January 11th, 2018

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What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? If you’re like most people, you probably set a fitness resolution to strive for in 2018. At Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, we’re all about being an active living community, and Craig Ranch Fitness makes keeping your New Year’s resolution easy by offering an array of workout classes and activities:

Yoga and Pilates

Become more flexible and go with the flow in one of the Yoga or Pilates classes available at Craig Ranch Fitness. Both Yoga and Pilates allow you to become more in tune with your body and its physical abilities, and you don’t have to worry if you are a beginner because Craig Ranch Fitness has certified yoga and Pilates instructors to make sure that you’re doing the exercises correctly.


If you’re looking to really get your heart racing this new year, then your New Year’s resolution should be to join the Sweat.Equity class. These custom heart rate circuit training and conditioning classes are designed for all ages and fitness types. One thing is for sure, you’ll certainly sweat out and work off all of those holiday sweets!

Personal Training

If you think you’d be more successful in a one-on-one workout environment, Craig Ranch Fitness has you covered. Sometimes the best way to fully achieve active living is by enlisting the help of a personal trainer that can be there with you through every step, every mile and every bead of sweat.

Nutritional Programs

Exercise is really only half the battle, so if your New Year’s resolution was just to get in better shape, then joining the nutritional programs at Craig Ranch Fitness is a must. They say abs aren’t made in the gym, but in the kitchen. Discover how to cook healthier without having to make ridiculous compromises when it comes to flavor or flare by coming to a FREE culinary demo!

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy… keeping it is the hard part. If you’re looking for additional ways beyond Craig Ranch Fitness to get fit, we’ve also created a quick and easy guide to recreation and fitness at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. To learn more about all of the wonderful things our master-planned community has to offer for the new year, contact us today.

Top DFW Events Happening in January

by crblog - January 4th, 2018

With the new year comes plenty of new events near Craig Ranch and things to do near McKinney. If you’ve made McKinney, Texas home and are trying to decide on the events you most want to go to, here’s our list of the top DFW events happening in January near our master-planned community.

Journey to Space

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When: Every day from Monday, January 1 – Wednesday, January 31
Where: Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas
What Time: 10:00 AM

Get ready to be as close to being in outer space as you can get without leaving Earth! The Journey to Space exhibition has been going on for a couple of months now, and if you haven’t gone to check it out with the kiddos, you’re missing out! This exhibition features two massive rotating labs that show kids what it’s like to be on the International Space Station Destiny module.

Jurassic Quest

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When: January 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21
Where: Fair Park – Dallas
What Time: The 12th and 19th 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM & All other days 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

It may not be Jurassic World, but next up on our list of DFW events in January, Jurassic Quest will be a most fun adventure for the whole family! This event has doubled in size since last year with total of 80 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs! Jurassic Quest is certainly the most prehistoric of things to do near McKinney, and the whole family is sure to love it.

McKinney Bridal Show

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When: Saturday, January 20
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center
What Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Are you getting ready to take the next big step in life with your significant other but have no idea where to start planning your wedding? The McKinney Bridal Show is the perfect event near Craig Ranch for any bride-to-be to explore all of their options for different vendors from caterers, cake bakers, makeup and hair stylists to florists and so much more!

These are just a few of the many events near Craig Ranch that you’ll want to go check out in January. However, there’s always plenty to do within our master-planned community, so enjoy the many activities we have to offer. For more fun ideas about things to do near McKinney or other DFW events, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Hobby Lobby is Coming to McKinney in 2018

by crblog - December 28th, 2017

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We say this with mixed emotions, but 2017 is nearly over. This has been an absolutely great year, and 2018 is sure to also be another great new year in McKinney! The new year will bring with it plenty of new things to do in McKinney and great new restaurants near Craig Ranch. Here are some of the best things coming to our lovely McKinney, Texas community in 2018.

McKinney’s First Hobby Lobby

It may come as a surprise that despite all of the great retail in McKinney, our city does not have a Hobby Lobby. But that is changing in the new year! Set to open within the first couple of months of 2018, this Hobby Lobby will be 55,000 square feet and will be located on Hwy 380, a bit west of Central Expressway.

New Cinemark Theatre

While McKinney already has one Cinemark Theatre on Central Expressway north of El Dorado, they’re opening another location in the spring of 2018! Going to the movies is already one of our favorite things to do in McKinney and with the new Cinemark, which will feature 12 screens and one XD screen as well as luxury recliners, going to movies has gotten even better! The new Cinemark Theatre will be located at the southwest intersection of Hardin Boulevard and US 380. Of course with our very own Movie House and Eatery located within Craig Ranch, you may never have to venture out to the movies!

Plenty of Food

As the list of exceptional restaurants near Craig Ranch continues to grow this next year, you can expect to see some amazing eateries opening up! For example, The Donut Kitchen will be opening their second location in August at 205 W. Louisiana Street. A newcomer to the McKinney restaurant scene, Dillas Quesadillas will be opening early in the new year at the northeast corner of US 380 and Hardin Boulevard. There are plenty more eateries that will be popping up around our master-planned community, but these are just to give you a sneak peek.

Of course with HUB 121 starting construction in 2018, we are counting down to the opening in 2019 as it will bring a wide variety of new restaurants right into the Craig Ranch community!

This new year promises to be a great one for McKinney! If you want to stay in the know about all the going ons around our master-planned community, follow Craig Ranch in McKinney on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Holiday Spa Services at Craig Ranch Spa

by crblog - December 21st, 2017

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Tis the season of giving, and what better gift for the holidays at Craig Ranch than a gift card for one of the special holiday spa services at Craig Ranch Spa! Who says you have to leave our master-planned community to be pampered like royalty? Take a look at the three unique holiday spa services.

Toasted Coconut Hot Chocolate Facial

Few things remind you of being cozy and comfy on a cold winter day quite like hot chocolate, but did you know that chocolate has a lot more useful properties than just being a tasty treat? For the holidays, Craig Ranch Spa is offering a unique toasted coconut hot chocolate facial. For $125 you and that special someone can enjoy a hydrating facial with an aromatic chocolate mask. It’s so good that they’ll want to lick their lips.

Peppermint Pedicure

At Craig Ranch Spa, they believe in taking care of you from head to toe. So now that you’ve gotten the hot chocolate facial to take care of your face, it’s time to treat those toes to a peppermint pedicure! You can get or gift this premium minty cool pedicure for just $65.

Warm Glow Massage

Head – check. Toes – check. Now it’s time to take care of everything in between with a warm glow massage! Where the first two holiday spa services were complete offerings, for $10, this warm glow massage allows you to add a luxurious warm Agave Oil seasonal upgrade to any massage.

Craig Ranch Spa Gift Card

If none of these services seemed to strike your fancy, or if you aren’t 100% which service would be most appreciated, you can never go wrong with getting a Craig Ranch Spa gift card! You can create your gift card entirely online, and you can either put a specific amount on there or make it out for a specific service at Craig Ranch Spa.

As a master-planned community, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX strives to provide everything that our residents may need and then some! When looking for any other holiday gift ideas, start your search within the community first. You might be surprised by the gems you’ll find! To stay in the know about the latest and greatest things to come to our community, follow Craig Ranch on Facebook and Instagram. You can also keep up with the latest news from The Spa at Craig Ranch on Facebook.

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Model Homes to Visit this Month at Craig Ranch

by crblog - December 14th, 2017

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has downright breathtaking homes, and more and more are becoming available all the time thanks to our wonderful homebuilders! Here are the most recent model homes from Beazer Homes and Ashton Woods that you’ll want to visit in our master-planned community.

Beazer Homes at Creekside

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Starting off our list is the beautiful model home from Beazer Homes in Creekside at Craig Ranch. Offering 5 home designs for Creekside, the model home is based off of Beazer Homes’ Galveston home design. Beazer Homes is the only homebuilder building homes in Creekside, which is just a hop and a skip from Frisco ISD’s Ogle Elementary School. Beazer Homes in Creekside at Craig Ranch start in the mid-$300s and range from 1,871 square feet to 3,432 square feet.

Beazer Homes at The Grove

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Making their imprint at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, Beazer Homes is also building their beautiful homes in The Grove neighborhood. Out of the 11 home designs Beazer Homes is offering for The Grove, they chose to use the Hamilton home design (first image) for their model to represent their Arbors collection and the Summerfield home design (second image) to represent their Vistas collection

Ashton Woods at The Trails and at Southern Hills

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Ashton Woods builds in The Trails and the Southern Hills neighborhoods of our master-planned community.

Offering 13 unique home plans at The Trails, Ashton Woods’ model home is based off their Glenn home plan. Ashton Woods also allows you to customize your home to fit your needs. The masterfully crafted homes by Ashton Woods in The Trails at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX start in the low-$400s and vary in size from 2,228 square feet to 3,749 square feet.

At Southern Hills, Ashton Woods has 6 different model homes spanning 3 unique homes series, Fairway Series (40’ lots), Park Series (50’ lots) and Club Series (60’ lots). These beautiful, single-family homes in McKinney range from the $380s to $590s.

Regardless of which talented Craig Ranch homebuilder you love the most, they all have plenty of breathtaking homes available at our master-planned community. Find your family’s dream home by viewing our inventory page and you can contact us if you’d like to schedule a tour of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX or any of our model homes.