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:

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!

Warm Up to These Spring Events Around McKinney

by crblog - March 24th, 2015

Stepping out of the winter doldrums is looking bright, with major arts and entertainment events planned in and around the neighborhood this spring.

Photo Credit: BigStock Photography

Consider adding these five hot events to your spring calendar:

Heard Natural Science Museum – Take a Guided Trail Hike to learn about the flora and fauna of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary. The hike, led by a trained guide, lasts 45-60 minutes. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11.

“Carnival of the Animals” by the Plano Symphony Orchestra – Children can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo and even Be a Conductor. The concert features pieces inspired by the animal kingdom and includes puppeteers from Le Theatre de Marionette and Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. April 19 in McKinney.

Arts in Bloom – Enjoy a day of art, music and shopping, with exhibits and performances by local and regional artists. This all-day street festival each year invites residents to experience art in all forms, throughout the Historic District. April 11, Historic Downtown McKinney.

David Gaschen – Gaschen earned his fame performing the lead role in “Phantom of the Opera,” which he has played more than 1,300 times in the U.S. and Europe. All that, and he’s a Texan through and through – born in Lubbock and inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2006. April 18, McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Texas Legends – Sports more your speed? Get ready for a great game. This NBA development league leads in attendance. The Legends also are the league’s flagship franchise for charitable jersey nights, with more than half of the team’s home games centered around unique jerseys. Through April, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco

Jump Into Spring with the March Edition of Developer’s Corner with David Craig

by crblog - March 20th, 2015

Spring is a busy season for Craig Ranch, as we continue construction on Piazza on the Green and start construction on new neighborhoods and welcome new model homes!  In the March edition of the Craig Ranch telegram, developer David Craig discusses the exciting additions coming into Craig Ranch. Get the full story below:

As we get into the prime Spring home buying season, Craig Ranch is positioned to take advantage of the booming real estate market with more new neighborhoods under construction and new models starting in the coming months – and we welcome Beazer Homes’ new model that opened last week!  We are very excited about the new builders, new home styles and new neighborhoods underway all around Craig Ranch that will open this year.  We are proud to have some of the finest builders in DFW coming into Craig Ranch including Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, Darling Homes and David Weekley Homes in addition to our current outstanding line-up of builders including Huntington Homes, Our Country Homes, Landon Homes and Nathan Carlisle Homes.

Our luxury neighborhoods are also very active with The Estates seeing lots of activity and interest from relocating corporate executives who realize the incredible location, amenities and lifestyle of Craig Ranch and McKinney.  Huntington Homes is quickly moving through their half-acre home sites and we have a lot of sales activity on the one acre home sites where you’ll notice new luxury homes starting construction. 17 Green has also sold six homes in the last year so we have seen a lot of interest in the luxury market.

Piazza on the Green, the beautiful new wedding and event venue going up near the golf course, is really taking shape and they have already booked many weddings for the picturesque location. With a summer opening planned, you’ll see lots of brides around Craig Ranch in the future.

Everyone is excited about the Moviehouse & Eatery location coming to Craig Ranch. This will provide a wonderful new entertainment and dining option on the property for Craig Ranch residents. Anticipated opening is 2016.

The McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch improvements for our new corporate campus are finally complete with Spring rains expected to fill up the pond and enhance the beautiful landscaping and trails around the corporate center that will attract many new companies to Craig Ranch.  Take a jog around the area and see the new round-about, entrance, pond and trails we’ve just completed.

As we come up on the 15th anniversary of the purchase of the first parcel of land assembled for Craig Ranch, we now only have about 360 acres of remaining land out of the total 2,200 acre development with the last residential parcels now sold for development.

Collin County continues to be the epicenter of activity in North Texas and our diverse economy and relocation activity just continues to grow. With almost 25% of the DFW market located in Collin County this area is attracting exciting new entertainment options just a few minutes away including the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters and entertainment venues along the Dallas North Tollway at Warren Parkway in Frisco. In addition, the huge new Grandscape development anchored by Nebraska Furniture Mart is just up the road on Sam Rayburn/121 offering a shopping experience that is unmatched in size and scope. It’s even big by Texas standards!

We are lucky to be in North Texas!

4 Ways to Make Your Relocation to Craig Ranch Easier

by crblog - March 13th, 2015

Craig Ranch is home to more than 2,000 acres of land in McKinney, TX, located next to Frisco, Plano and Allen. Our community was recently named Master-Planned Community of the Year in 2014 by the Dallas Builders Association, and is one of the top-selling DFW communities. While the community is sure to make your new life in McKinney, Texas a breeze, here are four things you should know prior to relocating:

1. Education

The majority of Craig Ranch, including all of the single-family homes in the community, attends Frisco ISD, which is highly rated with a 14:1 student to teacher ratio. Frisco ISD is one of North Texas’ most highly rated school districts. Frisco ISD also offers its students advanced placement courses, as well as numerous extracurricular options and study mentorships. Some of our luxury apartments are zoned for Allen ISD, another acclaimed Collin County school district. Higher education surrounding Craig Ranch includes Collin County College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and The University of North Texas.

2. The Metroplex

McKinney is just one of a number of cities that make up the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. McKinney is conveniently located on and near several major thoroughfares of North Texas: Highway 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway, Highway 75/North Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway. A quick jaunt down any of these roads will lead you to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Love Field Airport, Downtown Dallas and the major sports arenas in the area. Craig Ranch is also home to its own medical center and has easy access to some of the best shopping in the region!

3. Live, Work, Play

At Craig Ranch, we take pride in healthy, active lifestyles by offering top of the line amenities. Some of our amenities include our world class TPC Craig Ranch golf course and club, Cooper Fitness Center and Spa, the McKinney Soccer Complex and much more! For our more outdoorsy residents, Craig Ranch has parks, trails and even an extensive sand sports complex!

4. The Neighborhoods

Craig Ranch has a variety of neighborhoods suited to fit any family’s needs, including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes and even luxurious apartment complexes! We have a wonderful lineup of builders building a variety of new homes in Craig Ranch – with many more to come in 2015! To learn more about each, visit our website.

Get in the know on all things Craig Ranch to make your move to McKinney, TX easy! As one of the fastest-growing communities in the metroplex, Craig Ranch is the perfect location for your new life in Texas.

How to Host the Perfect St. Patty’s Day Party in Your McKinney Home

by crblog - March 6th, 2015

Hosting a party in your McKinney home can easily become stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you plan ahead! Saint Patrick’s Day is only a couple weeks away, and with these tips, your party is sure to be a blast.

1. Hit the store early

If possible, try to purchase everything you need for your party now. Perishable food can wait to be purchased until a few days prior to the party. However, any décor, utensils, or non-perishable goods should be bought as soon as you can make your way to the store. This will save you from scrambling to get everything you need the day of, and will give you a wider selection to choose from before items (like green food coloring!) are sold out.

2. Prep the night before

The night before, try to make any meals or crafts you’ll need. Popular food dishes like dips can be made in advance and stored away in the fridge until it’s time to be served. After dinner the night before the party, decorate the table with any accessories you purchased. Little things like these add up to be a big time saver during the party day in your Craig Ranch home.

3. Stick to the main dish

If you ask us, it’s not a party unless you have great food. For the best St. Patty’s party in your Craig Ranch home, stick to one main dish. Many traditional Irish dishes can be made easily in a crockpot or large pot on the stove. Make your party potluck style by asking your guests to bring side dishes and desserts, so there’s less for you to worry about.

If you follow these three simple tips, we know you’ll have a party perfect for friends, family and maybe a leprechaun or two! From all of us at Craig Ranch, happy St. Patrick’s Day!