Ashton Woods is Building New Homes at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 12th, 2018

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When it comes to all the new homes at Craig Ranch, we’re kind of spoiled by all our truly amazing homebuilders! While we could talk about all of our homebuilders, this week we want to shine the spotlight on one in particular – Ashton Woods Homes.

About Ashton Woods Homes

For over a quarter of a century, Ashton Woods has been building remarkable homes throughout DFW and the US. Their sheer dedication to perfecting the overall home buying experience has helped set them apart from most other builders. When you buy one of their new homes in McKinney, they allow you to personalize so many parts of your house that it truly becomes a home for you, by you. Ashton Woods Homes at Craig Ranch are built in two of our neighborhoods – Trails and Southern Hills.

Ashton Woods Homes in Trails at Craig Ranch

Located right by Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa and Millie Cooper Park, the Trails at Craig Ranch is a perfect neighborhood for young, active families. Ashton Woods is the only homebuilder in this neighborhood. They’re building on 50’ lots and offering 13 unique floorplans ranging from 2,228 square feet to 3,749 square feet. There are currently 6 Ashton Woods Homes available in the Trails at Craig Ranch, and they start from the $400s.

Ashton Woods Homes in Southern Hills at Craig Ranch

The second neighborhood in our master-planned community that Ashton Woods builds in is Southern Hills at Craig Ranch. Ashton Woods builds new homes at Craig Ranch in Southern Hills on 40’ lots, 50’ lots and 60’ lots, and they are also the only homebuilder in this neighborhood. Their 40’ plans are part of the Fairway Series, which has 7 floorplans ranging from 2,188 square feet to 3,370 square feet, and there are currently 4 move-in ready homes available. Their 50’ plans are part of the Parkside Series, which offers 8 floorplans ranging from 2,020 square feet to 3,872 square feet, and there are 4 homes available. Lastly, for the 60’ lots, they have 10 floorplans as part of the Club Series. These floorplans range from 2,712 square feet to 4,641 square feet, and there’s only 1 home currently available in this lot size at Southern Hills at Craig Ranch.

Did you like what you heard about these great new homes at Craig Ranch? Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about the Ashton Woods Homes at Craig Ranch by contacting us today. We’d also be more than happy to give you a tour of our master-planned community, but first you can stop by our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles to see just what it’s like to call Craig Ranch in McKinney home.

Summer Day Trip Ideas from McKinney

by crblog - July 5th, 2018

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As much as we love summer in McKinney, sometimes it’s nice to get away, even if it’s just for a day! Don’t worry, because Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has got you covered for fun summer day trip ideas.


Not too long ago, Waco wasn’t really on anyone’s radar, especially when it came to fun day trips near DFW. However, over the last few years, there’s been a major revival thanks to the hit television series Fixer Upper. This little college town has now become a great tourist destination as people flock to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ popular Magnolia Market at the Silos, the Dr. Pepper Museum and the historic Hippodrome Theater.

Glen Rose

You’ve probably taken your kiddos to see the massive dinosaur skeletons at The Perot Museum, but if you take a trip to Glen Rose, you’ll get to see where they once roamed. Head out to Dinosaur Valley State Park, just outside of Glen Rose, and play archeologist for a day! This beautiful park also offers so much more than dino bones; other activities include hiking trails, wildlife watching, and swimming and fishing in Paluxy River.

Pilot Point

Considered one of Denton County’s best hidden gems, Pilot Point is a perfect remedy for a boring summer day. Start exploring the town by checking out the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Gallery, which is a collection of art and antiques housed in a former bank building that was used in Bonnie & Clyde. There are also plenty of other fun things to do near Craig Ranch in Pilot Point like going swimming in Lake Ray Roberts or getting a delicious fried pie from Old West Coffee Café.

While these are just three fun summer day trip ideas, we’d love to hear about the family-friendly activities near McKinney that your family loves to do during the summer! Share with us how you enjoy summer in McKinney by connecting with Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will also be sharing several ideas of our own that you won’t want to miss!

Realtor Tips to Closing on Your Home Before Summer Ends

by crblog - June 28th, 2018

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Congrats! You’ve found your dream home at Craig Ranch, but you have a lot to do before the house is officially yours. Did you know the average closing time is around 50 days for a pre-owned home and build times for new construction homes can range from about 5 – 8 months right now in North Texas? If you’re looking to close on your dream home at Craig Ranch before summer or this year ends, check out these realtor tips from to stay on track!

Getting Financed

As with any large investment, the loan approval process takes a decent amount of time to complete. It can take up to 45 days to obtain a mortgage from start to finish, so if you want to speed up the closing process on a home at Craig Ranch, it helps to get a pre-approval letter from a lender that clearly states how much you are qualified for. This allows you to see what you are able to afford and shows the seller that you’re a qualified buyer.

Home Inspections

Unfortunately, home inspections can eat up as much as 15 days of the closing timeframe, but they are necessary for you to obtain before closing on your home. Try to schedule your inspection ahead of time to speed up the process and be present for your new home inspection. Being present can ensure that all inspection tasks are finalized before you close and help you learn all about your new home at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Titles and Securing Insurance

Be sure to budget extra time for any unforeseen issues. Some title roadblocks may arise during your closing, like a tax lien or a loan that was mistakenly recorded to the property’s address. If you have time allotted for these unforeseen hold-ups, you will stay on track toward your closing date. Or you can opt for a new construction home by one of our top McKinney homebuilders to be sure that a previous owner’s records won’t affect your new home purchase! Most new home builders keep inventory homes that are available much sooner than a build-to-suit home if you need to get into your new home before school starts!

Finally, as a homeowner, you are required to secure homeowner’s insurance for your new home. This can be done while the closing process is taking place, so make sure you have all the necessary insurance before the day of closing!

If you’re looking to close on a new home in McKinney, TX before summer ends, be sure to check out our master-planned community at Craig Ranch! Learn more about the Craig Ranch builders and look at our available home inventory here! To stay up to date with all the things happening at Craig Ranch, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Celebrate Fourth of July Near Craig Ranch with Red, White and BOOM!

by crblog - June 21st, 2018

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Looking for a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family? The City of McKinney will be celebrating Wednesday, July 4 with Red, White and BOOM!, a day full of family-friendly activities and events sponsored by our very own master-planned community.

Morning Activities in Historic Downtown McKinney

Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day at 10:00 AM with a parade in Historic Downtown McKinney. The parade runs from Lamar St. to Standifer St. and features classic cars of all shapes and sizes. Soon after, the Yankee Doodle Block Party goes from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and offers pop-ups, bounce houses, dunk tanks, craft stations and more. With so many activities, there’s plenty to do at Red, White and BOOM! Historic Downtown McKinney restaurants and shops will be open for families to explore as well. If cars are more your speed, the classic car, truck and cycle show goes from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Evening Festivities at Craig Ranch

The family-friendly activities continue at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with live music, food, kids’ activities and a firework display to wrap up the night. The Dallas-based indie rock group Trey Allen Band performs from 6:30 – 7:15 PM, and Palestine-based Southern rock band Blacktop Mojo performs from 8 – 9:30 PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets! The firework display begins at 9:45 PM and is accompanied by Sounds of America simulcast music. The fireworks go with the music, making the Red, White and BOOM! experience different from all the rest.

This McKinney tradition is a guaranteed great time for both you and your family. Come out to celebrate America’s Independence in the best way possible – with plenty of friends, family, food, fun and fireworks! Below, you’ll find a map of the Downtown McKinney activities, so you know exactly where to park and where all the fun will be happening. Let us know how you and your family plan on celebrating Fourth of July by connecting with Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Builders Bring New Homes to Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

by crblog - June 14th, 2018

Struggling to find a new home in DFW? Look no further than one of our lovely Normandy Homes or beautiful American Legend Homes right here in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Time after time we’ve fallen in love with their home designs and it’s our hope that you will too after checking them out during your McKinney real estate search. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy fantastic amenities, including a new community pool only for Watters Branch residents, quick access to several miles of trails throughout the Craig Ranch community and great access to nearby shopping and dining.

About Normandy Homes

Normandy Homes is an award-winning home builder native to the DFW area. Normandy Homes is a boutique builder that provides a true “love at first sight” experience. Their homes are built with timeless architecture paired with some of the most advanced in-home technology on the market. Their innovative and ingenious home designs work to ensure that every Normandy Homes family lives in a best-in-class home they’re proud to call home.

Normandy Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Normandy Homes, Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

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Normandy Homes offers six different floor plans in the Watters Branch neighborhood, providing the perfect fit to any family looking for a new home in McKinney. These all-encompassing plans range from the 1-story, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,179 square foot Ash floor plan to the 2-story, 4 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,526 square foot Rosewood floor plan. These Watters Branch homes start in the $390s. Normandy Homes currently has 3 homes available in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch.

About American Legend Homes

Also an award-winning builder, American Legend Homes has been building highly sought-after new homes in DFW for 15 years. American Legend Homes has a remarkable reputation both with community developers, builders and Realtors as well as homeowners because they are dedicated to innovative and thoughtful home designs and making sure their customers are 110% satisfied.

American Legend Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

American Legend Homes, Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

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Offering 14 versatile floor plans, American Legend Homes has the perfect home for every family, ranging in size from 2,170 square feet to 3,775 square feet and starting from the $390s. American Legend Homes currently has six quick move-in homes available in this beautiful neighborhood of our master-planned community.

Watters Branch at Craig Ranch is just one of many amazing neighborhoods at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Come take a look at all that our master-planned community has to offer by contacting us today and setting up a community tour! You can also view our available inventory to see just how many beautiful houses are waiting for a family to make them a home. You’ll be glad you did.

Father’s Day Gift Guide with Amazon

by crblog - June 7th, 2018

Father's Day gift guide from Craig Ranch in McKinney

Father’s Day is just around the corner and finding dad that perfect gift can sometimes be harder than you think. Sure, you could just get your dad another tie, or you could check out our Father’s Day gift guide to find the gift on Amazon that puts a smile on your dad’s face. It doesn’t matter if your dad’s an outdoorsman, a DIY guy or a tech junkie, the Father’s Day gift guide from our master-planned community has got your dad covered.


Is your dad all into the latest technology? Surprise him with some great smart home technologies like the Ring Video Doorbell, Wemo Mini Smart Plug or Philips Hue Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit. Other great electronic gifts for Father’s Day include Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Amazon Echo Spot and Tile Finder Combo Pack.


For those DIY dads out there, you can find all the tools he’ll ever need for any project and then some on Amazon! We’d recommend giving dad something as simple as a useful Gerber Dime Multi-Tool or a Stanley Mixed Tool Set. If your dad is a little more into the intricate DIY projects, he may love the X-ACTO Hobbytool Set.

Outdoors Gear

Does dad love to spend time in the great outdoors? When living in an active adult community like Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, it isn’t surprising that your dad loves being outside. To help him keep having fun in the sun, give him some fun outdoor games like Ladder Toss, Lawn Darts, Washers/Cornhole or horseshoes. These are all extra great because then it gives you and dad the chance to spend time together playing games and making memories.

We hope this quick Father’s Day gift guide helps you get some ideas about what you could do for dad. Now, if you’re looking for an activity you can do for Father’s Day, we’d recommend taking a gander at the great community amenities our master-planned community offers for those seeking active living. Connect with Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to show us how you choose to celebrate dad this year for Father’s Day.

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The 2018 Guide to Summer Camps in McKinney

by crblog - May 31st, 2018

Summer Camps in McKinney

If summer 2018 snuck up on you, don’t worry, it’s not too late to sign your children up for summer camps in McKinney! There are plenty of fun, educational and athletic summer camps near our master-planned community. Here is a small sampling of some summer camps for kids that are sure to be a blast!

Camp Invention

When: Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 & Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20
Where: Wilmeth Elementary School
What Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Let your kids be curious in a safe and fun learning environment. They’ll get to take apart and create all sorts of gizmos and gadgets. If you have a student entering first through sixth grade that loves to brainstorm, tinker, create and invent consider signing them up for Camp Invention. It is a great weeklong summer camp in McKinney!

Fantastically Fun Summer Camp

When: Weekly sessions, June 11 – August 17
Where: Zenith Elite Gymnastics
What Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Full Day), 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Half Day)
Maintain your children’s active lifestyle this summer by enrolling them in Zenith Elite Gymnastics’ Fantastically Fun Summer Camp. Campers can enroll in the “Fun & Fit” option, focusing on a variety of activities, like games, open gym, arts and crafts, and more or the “Gymnastics” option, which limits camp time to tumbling and trampoline activities. This 2018 summer camp runs weekly beginning June 11 and offers half day or full day sessions, so pick a week and time that works best for you and your little camper!

Sink or Swim

When: Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22 & Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
Where: Old Settler’s Recreation Center
What Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

While Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX offers a variety of great 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 splash the week away at Hawaiian Falls. There are two sessions available this summer!

If you’re searching for some fun things to do in McKinney for your kids this summer, then a local camp is always a great option. Review other options here. To learn about more things to do in McKinney or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Craig Ranch! You can also learn more about what it’s like living in our master-planned community by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch

by crblog - May 24th, 2018

Have you been looking at new homes in McKinney, and just haven’t quite found the right house? Well, come take a tour of the beautiful Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch! You and your family would love this homebuilder in our master-planned community. Here’s just a little more info to really make you fall in love with Darling Homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

About Darling Homes

Darling Homes was started back in 1987 by three brothers who had a desire to build homes that would truly stand the test of time. That’s where the Darling Homes Difference was born, and that difference has been the driving force behind their great success among homebuyers! One of the biggest things to note about their new homes in McKinney is that they’re all built with immense energy efficiency in mind.

About Spicewood at Craig Ranch

Spicewood at Craig Ranch has two exceptional homebuilders, but this week we’re focusing on Darling Homes! The Spicewood neighborhood, like most neighborhoods in our master-planned community, is designed for low maintenance living, and that translates to all the houses as well. All students in Spicewood will also attend Allen ISD.

Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch

Darling Homes features 5 floorplans priced from the $340s and ranging from 2,100 – 2,600 square feet. There is currently one move-in ready home available now in Spicewood at Craig Ranch.

7312 Van Tuyl Parkway

Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch, 7312 Van Tuyl Parkway

• Available Now
• 2,442 square feet
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• $399,055

Darling Homes is just one of our exceptional homebuilders and Spicewood is just one of our many great neighborhoods. Explore the Craig Ranch website and see which homebuilder and neighborhood is perfect for you and your family. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Craig Ranch anytime! You can also learn more about what it’s like living in our master-planned community by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

New McKinney Developments Coming This Summer

by crblog - May 17th, 2018

With a strong community close to booming retail developments and growing businesses, Craig Ranch in McKinney continues to be one of DFW’s hottest places to live. McKinney’s growth is unparalleled, and more new businesses and retail developments are coming this summer!

New McKinney Developments

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New Retail Development Takes Shape

This summer, McKinney residents will have more options for retail shopping as new developments near Craig Ranch continue being built. The northeast and southwest corners of Hardin Boulevard and US 380 are expecting three new retail stores, Costco, Petco and Hobby Lobby. These three developments follow Stein Mart, which opened on the northeast corner of this intersection in March.

As construction on these two corners continues to rapidly develop, additional retail space is expected to take shape on the other two corners of this bustling intersection. Rest assured that the city of McKinney has planned ahead for a slight increase in traffic. Several turn lanes have already been constructed and an incentive agreement is in place to expand Bois D’Arc Road.

With all these great new McKinney developments, the Craig Ranch location just keeps getting better and better!

New McKinney Developments

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New Businesses Continue to Flock to Craig Ranch

Moss Construction Management celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony April 4 after moving from El Paso to Craig Ranch in McKinney. Moss Construction at Craig Ranch features a 10,500-square-foot regional office and the company plans to bring 35 new jobs to the city of McKinney over the next three years.

Moss Construction Management chose Craig Ranch after completing several projects in the area and the company believes the Moss culture will align well with the dynamic McKinney community.

As other corporations and retail businesses eye McKinney and neighboring cities to set up shop, it proves there really is no better time to move or relocate to the McKinney area. New developments near Craig Ranch make it a great place to live, but the people and community feel are what make it the best! Stay up-to-date with new developments coming near our master-planned community by following Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Enjoy Some Fun in the Sun at The Beach at Craig Ranch

by crblog - May 10th, 2018

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We’re gearing up for some summer fun at our master-planned community and The Beach at Craig Ranch is the ideal place for some fun in the sun. From sand tennis, soccer and volleyball to indoor sports, find out why The Beach at Craig Ranch is just one of our favorite things to do at Craig Ranch!

Sand Volleyball Leagues

No shoes, no problem! Register today for the Adult Sand Volleyball League for five weeks of play plus a playoff tournament. Meet new friends and stay active all summer long with game days that fit your schedule. Why not make it a family event? Get kids, ages 10 -16 years old, involved in the Youth Sand Volleyball League!

Open Play

If an impromptu volleyball, soccer or tennis game in the sand is your vision for a bright summer day, The Beach at Craig Ranch is also the perfect place for you. Open play times are perfect for those who want to “drop in” for a game with friends and neighbors. Register as a The Beach Fit Crew Member to be notified of designated open play times.


Assemble a team and sign up for Texas Sand Games at The Beach. Select a team of two, four or six players in divisions for youth, adults and collegiate players. Events take place May 18, 2018 and May 19, 2018 with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Texas, so sign up today!

The Sports Cabana

Enjoy some indoor shade at The Sports Cabana with a quick game of volleyball or tennis! In addition to outdoor sand sports, The Beach at Craig Ranch offers athletes and non-athletes of all ages the opportunity to play various sports, like volleyball, pickle ball, and dodgeball, indoors. You can even register for leagues like the Indoor Volleyball League to put your skills to the test!

Bermuda’s Bar & Grill

All that exercise got you hungry? Fuel up and stay hydrated at Bermuda’s Bar & Grill. The on-site restaurant is the perfect place to grub and grab a drink with friends. Enjoy paninis, salads, sandwiches, snacks, appetizers and adult beverages after a long day in the sun.

Host Your Next Event

With so many great McKinney venue options, it can be hard to pick the perfect place. Plan your next event or party at The Sports Resort! Offering three different venues and themed activities, it’s the perfect spot for any occasion.

You don’t have to travel far for fun summer activities, especially with The Beach at Craig Ranch being right in our own backyard! Craig Ranch residents receive special perks at The Beach – like free access on Sundays from 1-9 pm with a valid ID. Learn more about what it’s like living in our master-planned community by following Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.