A Guide to Summer Camps in McKinney

by crblog - May 18th, 2017

Summer Camps McKinney

There are plenty of exciting things to do in McKinney, especially fun and educational summer camps. If you think it’s too late to sign your children up for fun summer camps, think again! Here are some of the summer camps near our master-planned community that we’re sure will be a blast.

Unique by Nature

When: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
Where: Old Settler’s Recreation Center
What Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Taking McKinney’s motto to heart, the Unique by Nature camp will be a perfect opportunity for kids to get in the great outdoors. The campers will learn all sorts of valuable skills like teamwork, basic navigation and building self-reliance. This camp is for children ages 7 – 12.

Sink or Swim

When: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11
Where: Old Settler’s Recreation Center
What Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

While Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has a great community pool and other amenities, even we admit that it can’t compare to the thrilling water slides and wave pool of Hawaiian Falls. Children ages 7 – 12 will be able to attend the 5-day Sink or Swim camp where they can play their summer days away at Hawaiian Falls. The first session in June has already filled, but it isn’t too late to sign up for the August session!

Camp Invention

When: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 & Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21
Where: Minshew Elementary School
What Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

For young students entering first through sixth grade that love to brainstorm, tinker, create and invent, Camp Invention is a great weeklong summer camp in McKinney! Your kids will get to be curious kids in a safe, fun learning environment. They’ll get to take a part and create all sorts of gizmos and gadgets.

If you’re hunting for some fun things to do in McKinney for your kids to do this summer, then a summer camp is always a great option. To learn about more things to do in McKinney or to schedule a visit to our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today.

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Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

by crblog - May 11th, 2017
Watters Branch

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Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has a reputation for beautiful homes with spacious, open floor plans, and we just keep adding on more exceptional homes! One of the newest additions to our master-planned community is the Watters Branch neighborhoods. Here are just a few things to know about Watters Branch and the beautiful homes that’ll be available there.

About Watters Branch

So, what’s so special about this new neighborhood? Well, Watters Branch is a neighborhood that offers homeowners exclusive access to private neighborhood amenities. Watters Branch also is in a prime location near some of our best amenities! It will be the closest neighborhood to Michael Johnson Performance, The Ballfields at Craig Ranch and The Beach at Craig Ranch. There will also be two top tier homebuilders in Watters Branch – Normandy Homes and American Legend Homes!

Normandy Homes at Watters Branch

Bringing uniquely beautiful homes to Craig Ranch, Normandy Homes offers six various open floor plans that are perfect for any family! Their available layouts range from the 1-story, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,200 square foot Ash floor plan to the 2-story, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,547 square foot Rosewood floor plan. Normandy Homes’ single-family homes at Watters Branch start from the $380s.

American Legend Homes at Watters Branch

The second homebuilder for Watters Branch is American Legend Homes. Also offering dynamic, open floor plans, American Legend Homes has 14 floor plans available to homebuyers looking at Watters Branch. Their floor plans range from the 1-story, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 2,170 square feet 1151 MR floor plan to the 2-story, five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, 3,569 square feet 1196 AH floor plan. The American Legend Homes at Watters Branch will start from the $400s.

If you’d like to learn more about one of our master-planned community’s newest neighborhoods, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and would love to set up a time for you to come tour our wonderful slice of North Texas heaven.

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day in McKinney

by crblog - May 4th, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away! If you’re wanting to do something extra special for the mother or mother figure in your life, there are plenty of things to do in McKinney! We’ve got a few ideas about how you can treat mom without having to venture too far away from our master-planned community.

Beauty Brunch

When: Saturday, May 13th
Where: Gather McKinney
What Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

While the other two ideas aren’t actually events, this Mother’s Day Beauty Brunch is the perfect way to start off Mother’s Day weekend. Treat your mom to delicious food and pampering with an array of skincare and beauty products. Tickets for this event range from $50 – $70, and you’ll want to get your tickets before they sell out!

Spa Day at Cooper Fitness Center

Who says you have to even leave our master-planned community to spoil mom? Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has all sorts of great amenities and community features – one of which is the Cooper Spa! They focus on the entirety of your mom’s well-being – physically and emotionally. This relaxing environment is just what any mother needs after spending countless hours of hard work on their career, their family or both!

Wine Bar

After a day full of being spoiled, mom will be thinking “How could this day get any better?” That’s when you take her to the Mitas Hill Wine Bar. Whether you’re there for one of their gourmet pizzas or a bottle of their award-winning wine, Mitas Hill Wine Bar is the perfect way to end Mother’s Day in McKinney.

Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, aunt, wife or any other mother figure in your life, make sure you show them just how much you appreciate them! To learn more about some of the things to do in McKinney and about our master-planned community, explore the Craig Ranch website and read our weekly blog.

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Boutiques in Historic Downtown McKinney: A Number of Things

by crblog - April 27th, 2017
Historic Downtown McKinney

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When you’re trying to think of something fun to do for the day, aside from enjoying the great amenities in our master-planned community, you can head to Historic Downtown McKinney for excellent boutiques and restaurants. Today, Craig Ranch wants to shine the light on one quaint, little boutique in particular – A Number of Things!

About A Number of Things

A family owned and operated business, A Number of Things is a cozy little boutique shop near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. The once public school teacher that opened the shop loves to craft and create handmade, personalized home accents and gifts. It’s a true family operation: the mother runs the shop with her husband and their four children help out wherever they’re needed. You can find them working together in the store or even at multiple tradeshows and events like Third Monday Trade Days, also near our master-planned community.

What You Can Find There

With the grandfather doing most of the woodwork, you can find some great, simple decorations that are perfect to give as a gift or even keep for yourself. All of their hand-crafted products have a country chic feel that is perfect for any true Texas home. They have everything from personalized vintage windows, which are available with a variety of colored vinyl, to personalized pillows that are a perfect addition to any couch.

A Number of Things is just one of the many great boutiques in Historic Downtown McKinney! To stay up to date with all the exciting events near our master-planned community, make sure to read our weekly blog! If you’d like to learn more about our beautiful new homes and schedule a tour of the community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

American Legend Homes Now Selling in Watters Branch

by crblog - April 20th, 2017
Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

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Our master-planned community is excited to add new neighborhoods this year including Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. American Legend Homes will be one of the two homebuilders in this neighborhood along with Normandy Homes. Here is what you need to know about these new American Legend Homes at Watters Branch!

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 over the years.  Ranking 8th among DFW homebuilders, American Legend Homes has set out to become the best home building organization in America by means of quality, profitability and customer satisfaction. That said, 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.

Open Floor Plans

The new homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch include a variety of open floor plans. The homes are priced from the $400s and American Legend Homes is offering 14 floor plans for this neighborhood. They range from the three bedroom, two bathroom, 2,170 square foot 1151 MR floor plan to the five bedroom, four and a half bathroom, 3,569 square foot 1196 AH floor plan.

Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

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

We’re extremely excited for Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the American Legends Homes model home opening! If you’d like to learn more about these new homes, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas today!

5 Trends Impacting the Housing Market in 2017

by crblog - April 13th, 2017

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The housing market is in a constant state of change. Thankfully, 2017 has been shaping up to be great year for homebuyers. We’ve started to notice a few recent trends and to make sure you stay in the loop; Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing the top 5 trends that have impacted the housing market so far this year.

1. Mortgage Rates Increasing

While this may seem like a negative trend, it isn’t as bad as you may think! Over the past few years, mortgage rates have hit record lows, so a natural increase was expected for 2017. Even though there will be a slight increase, it’s expected to stay within the 4 percent range, which is still considerably better than the average mortgage rate in 2007 of 6.5 percent or historic highs over 15% a few decades ago!

2. More Credit

So mortgage rates may rise a bit, but that’s okay because we’re also seeing slightly looser lending standards, which means that mortgage credit is becoming more widely available! There are also large government-owned mortgage companies that have started to back larger mortgages for buyers in more expensive markets.

3. More New Homes

We’re still seeing a continual boom in new homes, like the ones in our master-planned community, and they can’t seem to be built fast enough! Craig Ranch has dozens of beautiful new homes available right now, and we’re always adding more to the list. Just see our full inventory for yourself!

4. Continual Rise of Medium-Size Cities

McKinney, Texas and other mid-size cities are still on the rise as more and more people flock to the DFW Metroplex for its high-paying jobs and affordable housing. That’s why Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is ideal for families looking to relocate due to a career-related change.

5. Younger First-Time Homebuyers

For a long time now, the housing industry was seeing younger couples renting for longer and holding off on actually purchasing a home. However, with the culmination of the first 4 trends, we’re really starting to see more first-time homebuyers back in the market.

While the housing market may constantly be changing a little bit here and there, it’s fairly safe to say that 2017 is an excellent year to buy a home! You can easily find your new dream home at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. All you have to do is contact us, and come take a tour of our master-planned community.

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Fun Easter Events in DFW

by crblog - April 6th, 2017

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Easter is just around the corner, and there are plenty of fun family events near McKinney that will be perfect for kids and adult alike. Here are just some of our favorites!

Community Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 8
Where: Sent Church – Plano, TX
What Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

From babies to 5th graders, your little ones are welcome to join in on all the festivities that’ll be happening at the Community Easter Egg Hunt at Sent Church in Plano. Along with an egg hunt, there will also be bounce houses, raffles and lots of other fun activities!

AroundTownKids Easter Party
When: Thursday, April 13
Where: EQ Kids Club – Frisco, TX
What Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a truly interactive Easter party, AroundTownKids is hosting a special event in Frisco! The cost of this event is $15 per child and they have limited space, so register for the AroundTownKids Easter Party right away!

Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
When: Saturday, April 15
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum – Plano, TX
What Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Although there are many Easter egg hunt events near McKinney, not a single one is quite as big as the Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival in Plano! This event will feature a 5,000+ egg hunt, face painting, wagon rides and more! The hunts are separated by age, so that every kid has a chance to safely grab some eggs.

Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 15
Where: Plano Aquatic Center – Plano, TX
What Time: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

This isn’t your traditional Easter egg hunt. This aquatic Easter egg hunt lets your little swimmers show off their swimming and egg grabbing skills! Kids will be spread out based on age, with the youngest kids being in the shallow section and the older kids in the deeper section. Are you ready to dive into Easter?

Craig Ranch living is all about getting outside and enjoying nature with your family, and all of these events do just that. We hope everyone has a fun and safe Easter celebration. If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX and the various events near McKinney, contact us today.

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April Events Near McKinney, Texas

by crblog - March 30th, 2017

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People planning on buying a new home in our master-planned community will be impressed by the amenities that encourage active living and by all the fun events so close to home! Check out some upcoming April events that will allow you to get acquainted with the areas surrounding Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

McKinney Young Artist Competition

When: Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2
Where: Heard-Craig Performance Hall

Since 1998, young pianists can participate in a weekend-long student piano competition. While the time to apply has passed, you can still go and listen to some phenomenal, young musicians at the McKinney Young Artist Competition.

Spring Cocktail Workshop

When: Wednesday, April 5
Where: Ettiene Markey
What Time: 4:00 PM

Tired of serving the same cocktails at your parties? Head to the Spring Cocktail Workshop, where you’ll learn some great new recipes to impress all of your friends at the next party! Attendees must be 21 and over.

Neighborhood Night at the Movies

Two neighborhood parks will be screening free movies for the whole family to enjoy. Angry Birds will be playing in Mary Will Craig Park on Friday, April 14 at 8:15 PM. On Friday, April 28, Storks will play in Valley Creek Park. Make sure to bring a blanket and snacks!

Mud Factor

When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Myers Park

All you need is a photo ID, signed waiver and a desire to get dirty to have the time of your life at Mud Factor! Even kids as young as four will be able to run in the 3k obstacle course with their parents. The only features that set the 5k-obstacle course apart are fewer open running sections. All participants in the events will receive a temporary tattoo, runners bib and a Mud Factor bandana. There will be vendors, so be sure to bring cash for food and drinks after the race!

With so much to offer within our master-planned community and beyond, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is a must-visit if you’re considering buying a new home. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our wonderful community.

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Boutiques in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - March 23rd, 2017

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When it comes to shopping, historic downtown McKinney has got it figured out! There are more than 120 unique shops for people to visit and discover a variety of items from antiques to specialty creations. If you live at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, then this shopping epicenter is just a short drive away! To get a better idea of all you can find there, here are some of our favorite boutiques in historic downtown McKinney.

The Groovy Coop

Starting off with what can only be described as eclectically vintage and modern, The Groovy Coop is a boutique that has a little bit of everything fun and quirky. There, you can find vintage vinyl records, new clothes and nearly anything from yesteryear. Go check them out and see what hidden treasures you’ll discover!

Landry Kate

Now if you’re looking to step up your fashion game, head over to Landry Kate. This chic clothing boutique will help you pave the way as a trendsetter! They have timeless and trendy clothing options for any occasion – from a day out with friends to a formal event.

Mom & Popcorn

For a truly special treat, wander over to Mom & Popcorn where you can find gourmet popcorn that’s to die for! They have over 51 flavors from classic kettle corn to more outlandish flavors such as watermelon, Cajun and even their own McKinney Style popcorn. You can order their gourmet popcorn online, but the best popcorn experience is at their historic downtown McKinney storefront.

Fair & Square Imports

This isn’t your average boutique store. Fair & Square Imports offers unique, handmade items from around the world. Everything they have in their store is fair trade because they want to ensure that the people who make their items are treated humanely. Whether you’re looking for a bracelet from Thailand or a flute from Peru, Fair & Square Imports has it!

These are just a few of the many great boutiques in downtown McKinney that are just a few miles from our master-planned community. If you’re looking to relocate to this area, check out Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Our community has all the amenities you could dream of, and we’re in a spectacularly convenient location!

Homebuilder Highlight: Ashton Woods Homes

by crblog - March 13th, 2017

Craig Ranch McKinney TX

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has phenomenal homebuilders that build all the wonderful homes in our master-planned community. Today, we want to take a moment to talk about one in particular – Ashton Woods Homes. Here are a few things to know about this great North Texas homebuilder and their contribution to Craig Ranch.

Over 25 Years of Beautiful Homes

Ashton Woods Homes isn’t new to the world of homebuilding by any means. For over a quarter of a century they’ve been building gorgeous homes throughout the DFW and US. Since selling their first home in 1989, Ashton Woods Homes has set themselves apart from other homebuilders through their dedication to the home buying experience.

Personalized to Your Taste

When buying a home from Ashton Woods Homes, you aren’t just buying a cookie cutter home design. They let you personalize your new home, and their open floor plans make designing your home for how your family lives easy! They have their own home design studio where you can meet with a designer that’ll help you find all the design elements you want and need for your new Craig Ranch home.

Ashton Woods Homes in Trails at Craig Ranch

Ashton Woods Homes builds in two of the neighborhoods of our master-planned community. The first neighborhood is Trails, in which Ashton Woods Homes is building homes on 40’ and 50’ home sites. The homes on the 40’ home sites range from 2,204 – 3,190 square feet, and from the $360s to the $380s. Homes on 50’ home sites range from 2,228 – 3,740 square feet and pricing ranges from the $380s to the $450s.

Ashton Woods Homes in Southern Hills

The second Craig Ranch neighborhood featuring Ashton Woods Homes is Southern Hills. In this neighborhood, Ashton Woods Homes offers spectacular homes on 40’, 50’ and 60’ home sites with unique plans for each lot size. The Fairway Series offers 2-story homes ranging from 2,188 – 3,115 square feet on 40’ home lots. The Parkside Series features 1 and 2-story floor plans that range from 2,020 – 4,177 square feet on 50’ home lots. The final series of floor plans is the Club Series, which are built on 60’ home lots and range from 2,970 – 4,641 square feet.

Ashton Woods Homes is just one of the many homebuilders that help make Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX a great place to call home. To learn more about the available homes in our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today.