3 Reasons the School District Matters When Buying a Home

by crblog - April 29th, 2016

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX puts a high value on education. The new homes for sale in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch feeds mostly into Frisco ISD, a nationally-acclaimed school district. It’s no surprise that the school district should be factored into the home buying decision.

However, some people may wonder if the school district really matters. That’s why today, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing 3 reasons the school district matters when buying a home.

1. Cost of Education

One of the major benefits to living in a good school district is that residents don’t have to spend thousands of dollars a month on private school tuition for students to receive a good education. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX feeds into the nationally-acclaimed public school system of Frisco ISD, which means students can get a quality public education. However, if residents prefer students attend a private educational facility, Craig Ranch is also close to excellent private schools!

2. Home’s Value

The upfront cost of buying a home in a high-quality school district may be slightly higher, but in the long run, it’s worth it. While homes in good school districts generally cost more, they also hold their value longer. The good school actually helps to protect the home from the real estate market’s ups and downs.

3. Quality of Education

Similar to the first benefit listed, there’s no doubt that a better school district will have a better quality of education. For example, Frisco ISD, which is what the majority of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX feeds into, offers amazing educational opportunities for all students. They have special programs that allow students to learn and grow skills that will benefit their future education and eventual career. Take a look at some more of the benefits of attending Frisco ISD.

These are just 3 of the many reasons why the school district matters when buying a home. The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has new homes for sale that are located in Frisco ISD and Allen ISD. For more information about education in Craig Ranch, visit the community website!

Upcoming May Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - April 21st, 2016

May is almost here and with it come great events near the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Here are just a few to look forward to!

Allen Arts Festival

Where: Watters Creek – Allen

When: May 13-15

Every year, artists from all over the country come to Allen, TX to show off their artwork. This is the 7th year for the Allen Arts Festival, and there will be 95 artists showing their unique pieces. The categories of artwork are:

  • Clay/Ceramics
  • Drawing/Pastels
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Metal
  • Mixed media
  • Painting (acrylic/oil/other)
  • Painting (watercolor)
  • Photography
  • Printmaking/Graphics
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

There will also be food and live music. All activities, parking and admission for the Allen Arts Festival is free.

Toyota Texas Fest

Where: Toyota Stadium – Frisco

When: May 20-22

The Toyota Texas Fest is an all out good time. The live music and great food make attending this event near our master-planned community a must! Fun for the whole family, there will also be a Kids Zone and a variety of games and activities at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures area.

There will also be some big names in country music there. Friday, Big & Rich will perform. Lee Brice will perform on Saturday, and Kip Moore will go on Sunday. Here’s the ticket information.

Bike the Bricks

Where: Downtown McKinney

When: May 27

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Of all the McKinney events, Bike the Bricks has to be one of the most athletic. This year they’re expecting that 500 cyclists will participate in an effort to grab a piece of more than $25,000 in prize money. If you’re not a cyclist, you can still come out and enjoy the day in Historic Downtown McKinney!

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas gives residents plenty of fun things to do within the community. However, if you’re looking for another way to enjoy a warm May weekend, then start with these great events. Visit the Craig Ranch website today and see our available homes.

Benefits of Attending Frisco ISD

by crblog - April 14th, 2016

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Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX puts a high focus on education. That’s why most of the master-planned community is a part of the nationally-acclaimed Frisco ISD. Here are just a few of the benefits of attending Frisco ISD.

Multiple Campuses

Frisco ISD has nearly 70 campuses, all of which are held to the same standard of excellence. With this many campuses, students can easily attend a school that is close to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. This also means that the class sizes are kept at a manageable level so that each child can get the amount of attention they deserve.

High Graduation Rate

The schools in Frisco ISD also have a high graduation rate of 98.8 percent. More than 75 percent of seniors take college entrance classes and exams, not to mention that 90 percent of students continue their education after graduation.

Wide Variety of Electives

While a student’s core classes teach them the basics of English, math, science and history, it’s the electives that help to give them skills in things that interest them. Frisco ISD students can choose from elective courses like:

  • Broadcast journalism
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Animal science
  • 3d animation
  • Pharmacology
  • Sports marketing
  • Video game design
  • Art history

Special Programs

Along with the plethora of electives, Frisco ISD also has special programs such as Gifted and Talented, which is a program for younger students who may be accelerated learners. They also provide programs designed to help those with Dyslexia. The district’s Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 30 programs for high school students to explore their future.

Frisco ISD truly gives each student the opportunity to grow and achieve their own unique goals, whether it’s academic or otherwise. These are only a handful of the many benefits of attending Frisco ISD. And it is for these reasons and more that the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is proud to be a part of this school district. For more information about education in Craig Ranch, including information on Allen ISD where a small portion of Craig Ranch students attend, visit the community website today.

How Frisco and Allen ISD Prepare Students for Their Future

by crblog - April 7th, 2016

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about education. That’s why most Craig Ranch students attend the nationally acclaimed Frisco ISD, and parts of Craig Ranch also attend the outstanding Allen ISD.

Both of these school districts offer Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to help high school students be more prepared for whatever they’ll do after graduating. Here is a brief overview of what each of the districts’ CTE programs offers.

Frisco ISD

The Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center is a state-of-the-art facility with real-world learning spaces and equipment. High school students take introductory classes at their home campus and then take advanced courses at the CTE Center.

The award-winning center offers more than 30 programs of study including:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Health Science
  • Marketing
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • PLTW (Project Lead The Way)

The Frisco ISD CTE Center also has several student organizations such as Business Professionals of America, DECA, FFA, HOSA, Mock Trail and Texas Association of Future Educators.

Allen ISD

In August of 2011, AHS opened the Career and Technical Education Center featuring “Blu’ Community Bistro” a student-managed restaurant open to the public, “Eagle Edge” a student-managed retail store with student designed items and multiple new Mac labs.

The Programs of Study offered by the AHS CTE are:

  • Ag Science
  • Communication and Media Arts Science
  • Business Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Services Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about education. That’s why the master-planned community sits among the region’s most respected educational institutions. Visit the Craig Ranch website to see the available homes and make your move today!

Upcoming Events in McKinney, Texas

by crblog - April 1st, 2016

McKinney, ranked the #1 Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2014, is full of exciting events each month that you can attend with your family and friends!

Now that the weather is warming up outside, it’s time to take a look at all of the events happening this April.

Here are the events to keep an eye one if you want something to do with the family near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas:

Neighborhood Night Out at the Movies

It’s a movie party in McKinney, and everyone is invited! Throughout the month of April, McKinney is hosting a neighborhood night at the movies, where three different parks will play host. The movie schedule and locations are as follows:

Friday, April 1st, 7:30 PM @ Falcon Creek Park – Inside Out
Friday, April 15th, 7:30 PM @ Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex Phase 2 – Shaun the Sheep Movie
Friday, April 29th, 7:30 PM @ Sonntag Park – Minions

Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks! It’s sure to be a great time for the whole family under the big Texas night sky.

Arts in Bloom

When: April 9th
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What time: 11 AM – 8 PM

Art is in the air in McKinney, Texas! If you’re into art or spending a beautiful day outdoors, this is the event for you! Admission is free, and this all-day event is the perfect opportunity to get out to Downtown McKinney to do some shopping and exploring! There will be art, music, food and much, much more!

DD & The Studebakers 50s Rock-N-Roll Concert

When: April 16th
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center
What time: 7 PM

Were you alive in the 1950s? If the answer is yes, then get ready to re-live one of the greatest eras in American history! If not, get ready to experience what it was like in America in the 50s! Wear your bobby socks, ponytails, greasy hair and t-shirts. DD and The Studebakers will perform all of the classics from Chuck Berry to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis to Brenda Lee!

Classics on The Square Car Show

When: April 30
Where: 111 Tennessee St.
What time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

It’s that time again! Classic car lovers rejoice as the Morning Maniacs will take over downtown McKinney once again. Classic cars and trucks in the morning are a perfect match with breakfast and shopping in Downtown McKinney!

It’s looking like it’s going to be another fun month full of McKinney events!

You don’t always have to leave the master-planned community of Craig Ranch to find something to do, but if you do, downtown is a great place to start! Visit our website to see what available homes we have and make the move today!

3 Fun Sports to Keep You Fit

by crblog - March 29th, 2016

The older you get, the more difficult it can be to keep up with the young ones in certain sports. Whether it’s basketball, soccer, or roller hockey, active adult communities such as Craig Ranch are full of kids who enjoy being active outdoors.

But there are other sports where age is less of a factor and still a great workout.

Here are three sports to take part in if you want to be active but also want to take it easy on the knees and back.

Swimming

You’re never too old to hop in the pool for a few laps. Not only is it a great way to get the blood flowing, but it’s also an excellent way to escape the Texas heat! Swimming can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with joint problems like arthritis. Since you are virtually weightless in the pool, swimming doesn’t cause any heavy strain on your joints like other sports might. Swimming is also a great way for the entire family to enjoy themselves while breaking a figurative sweat.

Tennis

Tennis is a sport that can be picked up at any age. Not only is it fun, but it is also a good workout for your entire body. As people age, they generally gravitate toward playing doubles for both the social aspect and to lessen the wear and tear on the bodies. It’s recommended you play only 90-120 minutes three days a week and mix up your routine with singles, doubles, and hitting off of a machine.

Golf

Golf may be frustrating, but like other sports, it’s all about improvement. Golf keeps the body moving, which is important as you age. Another plus, you don’t have to play against anyone else if you don’t want. So, you can play at your own pace. On the other hand, golf can be a very social sport when you play in a group.

Staying active is the key to longevity. Fortunately, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch offers many different options for active adult living. Take a look at the available homes in Craig Ranch and make the move to our master-planned community today!

Benefits of Playing on a TPC Golf Course vs. a Standard Private Course

by crblog - March 17th, 2016

When you become a member at TPC Craig Ranch, you become a member of the TPC Network. This gives you access to not only some of the best golf courses in America like TPC Scottsdale and TPC Sawgrass, but also TPC courses around the world.

Your “TPC Passport” ensures you’ll receive the same preferential treatment and exclusive amenities normally reserved for PGA TOUR professionals when you visit any of the TPC Network golf courses. What’s not to love about that?

When it comes to active adult living, there’s nothing better than hitting the links with friends or business associates, especially on a beautiful spring day in Texas!

Here are some of the other amenities you can expect with your TPC Craig Ranch Membership:

  • Complimentary greens fees & practice facility access
  • Priority starting time reservations in advance at TPC Craig Ranch
  • Participation in club-sponsored Member events (Member-Member-Member, Guest Days, Member-Guest, Instructional Clinics, TPC National Interclub Championship, etc.)
  • Membership privileges extended to Member’s spouse and dependent children (includes full-time students living at home up to age 25)
  • Enrollment in TPC Passport, your private member concierge to the TPC Network and Partner Properties
  • Access to play and entertain guests at TPC Craig Ranch, TPC Network facilities & Partner Properties
  • Complimentary utilization of banquet space and meeting rooms for family gatherings, special occasions and business meetings
  • Freedom from Capital Assessments
  • Transferability*

There is something for everyone in your family at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX!

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get serious about your golf game. Find out more about a TPC Craig Ranch Membership and experience all of the benefits that come along with it.

They say the most important shot in golf is the next one and you’re up! Visit our website today to find your dream home and make the move to Craig Ranch.

What are the Health Benefits of Exercising Outdoors?

by crblog - March 10th, 2016

Now that spring is officially just days away, it’s time to rejoice because the weather should be warm for good.

Although the Cooper Fitness Center is a beautiful facility, there’s just something about breaking a sweat outdoors with a breeze in your face and soaking up the sunlight.

Not only does exercising outside feel better, it actually comes with some pretty positive health benefits.

Here are 3 benefits of exercising outdoors:

Good for Your Mind and Your Body

Though we work out for mostly the physical benefits, did you know it can actually be beneficial to your mental health? A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry analyzed 11 trials including more than 800 adults. They found that outdoor exercise was associated with increased energy and revitalization. It also decreased confusion, anger, depression and tension.

Feel Better About Yourself

It can sometimes feel like all eyes are on you when you exercise in a gym, but nature doesn’t judge you. Exercising outdoors can improve your self-esteem. Further, you don’t have to go all out, because research indicates low-intensity workouts had the greatest positive effects. Consider going for a long walk in one of the many Craig Ranch parks!

Soak Up the Sun

While too much sun can be harmful to your skin, there are many benefits to soaking up just the right amount. When the sun hits our skin, it creates vitamin D3, which is important for bone health and metabolic function. Also, exposure to the sun can help you sleep better at night, improve immune system function and increase endorphin production.

Active adult living is best done outdoors! Now that it’s warm outside, start working out in the great outdoors and soak up all of the great benefits that come with it. Make a visit to Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas and see why Craig Ranch is one of the most active adult communities in North Texas!

4 Activities to do with Your Kids in Craig Ranch

by crblog - March 4th, 2016

The weather is warming up outside at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas! Spring is just weeks away, and it appears warmer days are on the horizon.

With warmer weather comes more opportunities for outdoor activities and we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do outside with your family. Being healthy isn’t just about eating well; it’s a lifestyle that is accomplished by eating right and plenty of physical activity.

Getting outside is half the battle, so here are four Activities to Do With Your Kids in Craig Ranch:

Modern Day Sand Box

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What happened to the good ol’ days of kids playing in sandboxes? (iPads happened) What hasn’t changed is kids still love getting dirty. Build your child a sandbox on wheels so that it’s easy to move while still being able to provide hours of fun!

Outdoor Shower

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Once the weather really gets warm, building an outdoor shower is a great way for kids to have fun playing in water for hours. Oh, and also getting them to rinse off before going inside your beautiful Craig Ranch home!

DIY Outdoor Music Station

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Got some old pots and pans? Build your kids an outdoor music station! Music inspires creativity and getting started from a young age is a great way to get your kids thinking. The perk of building this outside is it gives your kids the chance to make some noise for as long and as often as the want!

Lawn Games

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Kids are easily entertained. Creating your game can be especially fun when you have all the tools you need in your house and around your yard!

Active adult communities are filled with active adults who teach their children the importance of physical fitness. If none of these games sound appealing, there are other ways in our master-planned community to get in some physical activity! Take a look at the available homes we have and visit Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today!

10 Golf Tips to Enhance Your Game

by crblog - March 1st, 2016

Believe it or not, the sport of golf can take a toll on one’s body and every player from amateur to pro has room for improvement. Making some minor adjustments can have a very noticeable impact on both your game and longevity as a golfer.

At its core, golf is a low impact sport. But regular play can improve your stamina, increase your heart health and keep your muscles toned. Your overall health can improve your golf game.

Here are 10 Ways to Improve Your Golf Game

  1. Don’t practice the same shot over and over. Do a maximum of 5-10 swings only and vary your clubs.
  2. Don’t grab the large bucket of balls at the range. Mix in putting and chipping within your full swings.
  3. When practicing your putting, straighten and stretch regularly.
  4. When picking up your ball, always bend your knees and use your club for support.
  5. Don’t over-swing. It leads to poor golf shots and an increased risk of injury.
  6. If the game is slow, don’t stand still. Take the time to do gentle stretches or walk in circles.
  7. While playing, avoid excessive alcohol and junk food. These will zap your energy level in the middle to the end of the round.
  8. Walk more often than using a golf cart.
  9. Warm up for 30 minutes prior to each round.
  10. Have your clubs fitted specifically to you.

Craig Ranch residents enjoy the luxuries of master-planned community living, never having to leave to experience TPC Craig Ranch, a world-class golf course.

As a part of active adult living, golf is a great, fun and easy way to get the juices flowing. By focusing on your health, you can improve your game!

Take a look at the available homes we have in Craig Ranch and contact us today!