Piazza on the Green Now Open in Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 28th, 2015

Wedding season is upon us in McKinney, TX and there’s no better place to get married in the area than right here in the Craig Ranch community. Our beautiful venue, Piazza on the Green is nestled right along the TPC golf course and is the newest venue in the metroplex.

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As part of Piazza on the Village, which has a high reputation as being a premier wedding destination in DFW, you can expect signature décor such as crystal chandeliers, intricate architecture, world-class cuisine and more.

Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch features two ballrooms, a wedding chapel with 325 seats, an outdoor wedding facility, and of course, great golf course views. With easy access to 121, 75 and the Dallas North Tollway this venue is great for guests coming from all different areas.

A wedding wouldn’t be nearly as fun without the reception though, and that’s why Piazza on the Green has two onsite ballrooms just a short walk from the chapel. The village ballroom is a gorgeous space equipped with professional lighting and a large dance floor so you and you significant other can boogie in style. Do you have a video you want to play? No problem. Two large screens in the ballroom will easily play any slide shows or videos you may have.

If you need something large for your wedding attendees, reserve the grand ballroom, which comfortably seats up to 275 people with plenty of room to dance, dance, and dance. Did we mention there’s a disco ball?

Learn more about Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX by following this link.

Having a (Soccer) Ball in Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 27th, 2015

Your afternoons and weekends already have become a rush of locating shin guards and chattering – maybe arguing? – about goal kicks and throw-ins.

For the uninitiated, that’s the language of soccer practice.

It’s fall soccer season, and McKinney Soccer Association youth league games starts Aug. 29.

Ah, soccer – if you have kids, then you know your fall weekday evenings are filled with practices and weekends are filled with games.

But in Craig Ranch, you won’t spend all day every Saturday commuting to and from the games — the soccer fields are right here, at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. The facility has 12 full-size fields and a championship field, all lighted and with bleachers, concessions and restrooms. (Plus hiking/biking trails and a pond for between-game diversions.)

League play is managed by the McKinney Soccer Association, which coordinates games for children under 4 to under 19, and adult recreational coed teams. There’s also the Soccer Shots program for younger kids or children with special needs.

Tournament play at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch typically draws players from across the North Texas-Oklahoma region. And, although soccer is the biggest sport played at the fields, lacrosse and flag football team tourneys are growing in popularity.

Kids don’t play? You can still watch — all games are open and free to spectators.

Back to School Blues? Maybe We Have the Cure …

by crblog - August 26th, 2015

We hate to say it … but summertime is nearly gone, and the first day of school has since passed. Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD went back to the grind on Monday, Aug. 24.

Craig Ranch Community Association’s annual Back to School Celebration gave us plenty to be excited about. But getting back into school mode is hard. If you find yourself struggling, here are some top tips for getting ready for school this year:

  1. Plan a play date – This is important before school starts, but it’s just as important once school is in full swing! During the beginning of the year, help your child reconnect with a few friends, so there are familiar faces in the hallways and classrooms on that sometimes-scary first day of school. (Via pbs.org.)
  2. Create Calendar Central – Let’s face it … coordinating schedules once school starts is a daily miracle. Cynthia Ewer, who wrote “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Organized,” suggests attaching all your vital info – school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports schedule, etc. – to your calendar, whether it’s a digital tool or a big whiteboard in the kitchen. (Via organizedhome.com.)
  3. Turn off the TV – To transition your kids back into “quiet learning-time mode,” provide books, puzzles, games or simple arts and crafts projects for some daily focused learning. (Via National Association of School Psychologists.)
  4. Meet anxiety with information – If your child struggles with new situations, try to inject some fun into it – with silly goodbyes, for instance. If the problem persists, ask the teacher how he or she recommends you address the anxiety. (Via School Family.)
  5. Make a special breakfast and lunch for the first few weeks of school – Distract the kids with Frankenmuffins and pizza lollipops, and get them to help with the preparation. Pinterest is full of ideas … (Via parents.com.)

We hope these tips help get your family ready for a great school year.

3 Reasons to Play Volleyball at The Beach at Craig Ranch This Summer

by crblog - August 21st, 2015

We’ve added to our roster of Craig Ranch amenities with the new expansion of The Beach at Craig Ranch. Spend your summer in McKinney, TX having fun with our leagues, party packages, and workout groups! There’s never a dull moment here, and we want you to join in on the fun. The following are three reasons why you should be playing volleyball this summer.

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1. Celebrate the end of summer

There’s no better way to say goodbye to the summer than with a beach party! The Beach at Craig Ranch has recently expanded and opened a new restaurant called Bermuda’s Grill and Bar. It offers indoor and outdoor courts, corn hole, bocce ball, and tennis. What are you waiting for? Book your bash today!

2. Meet new friends

The Beach offers both junior, adult, and family leagues for you to join! This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while getting some exercise in. Youth and family leagues play for 6 weeks and are guaranteed 21 sets. The 6th week is the play-off tournament in which all teams qualify for. Champions receive tank tops or tee shirts and 2nd place wins a round of drinks. All participants are eligible for free open play as well. The same rules apply for adult leagues as well. There are several options for adults, with open gender, coed, semi-coed, king or queen of the beach, combo leagues, group leagues, and corporate leagues. To find out which league you’d best fit, click here.

3. Exercise

The Beach Fit Crew is a group that helps empower men and women to get fit through a variety of fun activities. Many of the activities are centered around sand because people burn more calories, build better stabilizing muscles, and develop more power. Take a look at the schedule to see what fun activities the crew is up to. We use Meetup.com to schedule sessions and activities. That way, you can always be in the loop and RSVP right from the site.

Ready to hit the sand? See you there!

New Business and Big Growth Coming to McKinney

by crblog - August 14th, 2015

It’s no mystery why west Plano’s office market is booming. With long-time established companies like Pepsi Co and Yum! Brands, and new ones such as Toyota and FedEx Office, this area is blazing. Stream Realty Partners is adding more fuel to the real estate fire by marketing a 12-story office building on the Dallas North Tollway and Tennyson.

The project will be called Platinum Tower and will be part of the second phase of Stream Reality Partner’s Platinum Park development. There is also a site next to this planned building that can support an even larger building. Over 5 million square feet of office space is getting ready to open up along the Tollway in Plano, TX and Frisco.

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What does this mean for residents of McKinney, TX? They get to reap the benefits. McKinney is only a few miles from both Frisco and Plano, making commutes ideal for employees of current and future companies in the area.

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The new Toyota headquarters is expected to bring 3,000 jobs to Plano, TX, along with 5,000 more with Liberty Mutual. It’s an excellent time to relocate to the north Dallas area, and people are turning to McKinney for a safe and affordable place to call home. McKinney repeatedly gains the attention of people trying to purchase a home due to its excellent school districts, low crime rates, superb location, and proximity to dining and entertainment. Be a part of booming Collin County with great place like this one, Hall Office Park, Grainite Park at 121 and the Tollway and of course, our very own McKinney Corporate Center at Craig Ranch! Come tour our community to see how we can make your dream home a reality.

Children’s Learning Adventure in McKinney Provides Innovative Education

by crblog - August 7th, 2015

Children’s Learning Adventure is opening its doors in McKinney adjacent to Craig Ranch. They provide infant care, toddler care, preschool/pre-k, kindergarten, and after school care for your children. Their mission is to provide a loving and nurturing environment for children as they become confident and independent in life. The way they fulfill their mission is by providing an unprecedented level of training to all staff members and teachers, ensuring top-notch educational programs.

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One of the most popular programs offered is the Lifetime Adventures Curriculum. Designed with the practices of early child development theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erickson, and Lev Vygotsky in mind, Lifetime Adventures aims to stimulate students by encouraging them to play an active role in their own cognitive development. Children are able to constantly interact with other children and adults and are constantly challenged with real-life experiences. Teachers and parents work together to create a curriculum that works for each specific child. According to the website, studies show that “children that form secure emotional attachments with parents and teachers early in life make better social adjustments and perform better in later school experiences.” Learning is a great adventure, and Children’s Learning Adventure ensures each student creates their own adventure and finds success.

The afterschool program is also a popular option for working parents. Children can complete their homework at the computer lab, perform in a show at the theater, bowl, play basketball in the indoor court, or simply hang out in the The Jungle.  Every Children’s Learning Adventure offers the latest technology. For more information on the afterschool program, click here.

Childrens Learning Adventure is yet another resource for students of Craig Ranch schools and those who attend Frisco ISD schools. Education in McKinney is very important to many families, and these programs will help your children be the best they can possibly be.

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.

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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.