School District Highlight: Frisco ISD & Allen ISD

by crblog - March 9th, 2017

While our master-planned community is located in McKinney, Craig Ranch feeds into Frisco ISD and Allen ISD thanks to our central location in booming Collin County. These school districts are both fantastic, and have been ranked among the best school districts in Texas of 2017! Here are some of the top things to know about these phenomenal, but unique, school districts.

Frisco ISD

Ranked as number 8 overall in the state of Texas, Frisco ISD is an excellent school district! Our master-planned community primarily feeds into Frisco ISD, which offers a variety of educational opportunities. Their Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 30 programs for high school students to allow them to choose their educational paths. All 70 of their campuses are held to the same standard of excellence, so you know that no matter what Frisco ISD school your child attends, they’ll have an outstanding educational experience. Frisco ISD is also committed to more intimate schools. The district keeps all of their many high schools in the new 5A (previously 4A) size classification – so more students have the opportunity to play varsity sports and students are better able to know everyone in their grade!

Allen ISD

Allen ISD ranked in at number 11 in the state of Texas for best public school districts. While Allen ISD is smaller than Frisco ISD overall, it is a one-school town, so all Allen ISD students are Allen High School Eagles. Along with being 11th overall, Allen ISD was also ranked as 9th for having some of the best teachers in Texas! In addition to their exceptional educational programs, they have a high school sports facility and football field that could rival many college campuses. The one-school concept allows for a unique sense of cohesion and community within the entire district and provides incredible facilities and accolades for the district!

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX cares about the education of its youngest residents, and that’s why our master-planned community is built to feed into these two great public school systems. To learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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A Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in McKinney

by crblog - March 2nd, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! To make sure you get the most out of this holiday here is a guide to some of the fun events leading up to St. Paddy’s Day near Craig Ranch in McKinney.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 5k and Fun Run

Start enjoying your Saint Patrick’s Day early with a festival and fun run on Sunday, March 5th! Register to run or enjoy all the fun festivities. There will be live music, food trucks and even a beer garden at this fun St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Fun Run.

St. Patrick Week at The Celt

For The Celt in McKinney, Texas, Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t just a single day, but rather an entire week! There will be plenty of Irish music played by 13 bands over the course of 9 days. The fun starts Saturday, March 11th and runs through to Sunday, March 19th. Along with all the Irish music, The Celt will also be serving up plenty of Irish cocktails and grub.

St. Patty’s Day Celebration Cooking Class

For a fun way to embrace the Irish spirit, attend a hands on cooking class at Kitchenwares on the Square in McKinney, Texas. You can learn how to cook tasty Irish meals like ultimate Irish apple cake, Guinness beef stew with cheddar herb dumplings and smoked wild Irish salmon with chive pancakes. You can cook up all these delicious dishes on March 18th for $69.

Who says you can only celebrate Irish traditions once year? Check out all of the fun events throughout the week in McKinney, Texas. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

A Day in Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - February 23rd, 2017

A great way to spend a day McKinney is to check out the historic downtown of McKinney! There are so many fun things to do from shopping to entertainment. It can be hard to know where to even start, so here are some of our favorite things to do.

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Grab a Tasty Bite at Rye

Inspired by the rustic buildings and streets of historic downtown McKinney, Rye uses locally sourced ingredients to prepare their delicious food. Since they locally source as many of their ingredients as possible, Rye has seasonal menus that embody the unique tastes of every season! For a truly excellent Rye experience, go on a Sunday for their famous brunch. Check out their current menus for sneak peek of what they serve.

Find Some Fashion at Orisons Boutique

Orisons Boutique has dressed McKinney residents for over 20 years. From jewelry and accessories, to fantastic western wear you can try on any new country chic look at Orisons. Its close proximity to our new homes in McKinney makes it the perfect place to find great looks and also support a local business!

Enjoy a Cold Craft Beer at Tupps Brewery

Once you’ve filled your belly and shopped until you dropped, head over for a cold craft beer at Tupps Brewery! Tupps is adjoined to the historic Cotton Mill making it a classy fixture to the historic downtown of McKinney. They fully embrace the historic spirit of the brewery and share it with their clients. Every Saturday, they have free brewery tours, live music and local food trucks that serve up some extra tasty food. Go sample all 9 of their current beers on draft.

Historic downtown McKinney is an excellent place to enjoy any beautiful spring day. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is close to all of these great businesses and more. To learn more about our new homes contact Craig Ranch today!

Get Married at Piazza on the Green in Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 16th, 2017

Valentine’s just passed, but love is still in the air as February is national wedding month! If you’re planning a wedding, and are still in search of the perfect venue, check out Piazza on the Green in our master-planned community. Here is all you need to know about this beautiful North Texas wedding venue.

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Chapel

When it comes to having your dream wedding ceremony, the chapel at Piazza on the Green is charming and unique. Not only does it have magnificent ambiance lighting, but also boasts beautiful vaulted ceilings and three in-house cameras that will capture the beauty of the ceremony. The chapel has seating for up to 300 people.

Village Ballroom

If you’re opting for a smaller wedding with less than 200 guests, you can comfortably dance the night away and celebrate in the Village Ballroom. With beautiful hanging crystals that make the room sparkle and a large wooden dance floor, this ballroom is an excellent place for your first dance. The Village Ballroom also features two large screens where you can play a video or slideshow.

Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom is the biggest reception area and can comfortably seat up to 325 guests. With amenities such as professional lighting and a wooden dance floor, this ballroom is fit for any wedding reception. If you’re planning a beautiful spring wedding, your guests can also enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio.

Catering

Aside from providing you with 3 magnificent venues, the Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX also provides professional catering! Regardless of what type of food you want to have at your reception, the Executive Chef, Erwin Turalba, can make a wide variety of mouthwatering meals.

Located at the heart of our master-planned community, the Piazza on the Green is an ideal wedding venue! To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX and our new single-family homes, contact us today.

Grand Opening of Southern Hills at Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 9th, 2017

We’re beyond excited to announce the grand opening of the newest neighborhood in our master-planned community – Southern Hills! Here are some of the things to know about this new neighborhood at Craig Ranch in McKinney TX.

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Ashton Woods Homes

As the only homebuilder in Southern Hills, Ashton Woods Homes offers many floor plans within its 3 different series that start in the mid $300s. 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. To see where each series of home lots are positioned in Southern Hills, here’s the neighborhood sitemap.

Golf Course Views

Southern Hills is one of the few Craig Ranch neighborhoods that border our beautiful TPC Golf Course. The homes on the 60’ lots will have direct views of the golf course.

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Kid Friendly

These cozy new homes are in a safe neighborhood with a playground within walking distance! With slides, swings and monkey bars, it’s a great place to entertain young kids.

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Located in Frisco ISD

Our master-planned community sits at the four corners of McKinney, Allen, Plano and Frisco, and feeds into two different school districts – Allen ISD and Frisco ISD. The students in the Southern Hills neighborhood will attend schools in the highly-acclaimed Frisco ISD!

Come visit the beautiful new homes in Southern Hills. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact Craig Ranch today.

Special Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 2nd, 2017

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and there are plenty of fun things to do with your loved one near our master-planned community. Here are just a few ideas on how to spend your Valentine’s Day near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX!

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Éclair Bistro

Éclair Bistro in downtown McKinney offers a unique dining experience. To ensure that you have a table for this delightful restaurant, book your reservations today! If you want a more intimate dining experience, book a table in their new, secluded second floor Jazz Martini Lounge.

Rohr Hot Air Balloons

Show your Valentine just how you feel by taking them on a hot air balloon ride with Rohr Balloons! The two of you can enjoy the view of the setting sun as you soar through the air near our new homes in McKinney, TX.

Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen

Another great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by heading out to the Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen. They will be serving unique dishes and craft cocktails all in a laid back dining environment. While Valentine’s Day is special, what makes it special isn’t what you do, but who you do it with!

Painting with a Twist

A favorite among the couples in our master-planned community, Painting with a Twist always offers something fun for couples to do! On Valentine’s Day night, they will have two separate painting sessions available – Walk of Love and Laugh Love Laugh. Make sure to reserve your seats now before they’re all gone!

Valentine’s Day is a special day, and we hope that everyone has a wonderful time with their special date! If you’d like to learn more about our new homes in McKinney, TX, contact Craig Ranch today.

Make the Move to Southern Hills at Craig Ranch

by crblog - January 26th, 2017

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Our master-planned community offers nine different neighborhoods with unique lifestyle qualities. Southern Hills is one of our beautiful neighborhoods bordering the scenic TPC Craig Ranch Golf Course. Here are some reasons why you should make the move to this exceptional neighborhood!

Ashton Woods Homes

The new homes in Southern Hills are built by Ashton Woods Homes and start from the mid $300s. Ashton Woods prides itself on being more than just a homebuilder – blazing new trails in design, personalization, possibilities and modern homes.

These beautifully designed homes are available in three different series. The Fairway Series offers 2-story homes ranging from 2,188 – 3,115 square feet on 40’ lots. The Parkside Series features 1 and 2-story floorplans ranging from 2,020 – 4,177 square feet on 50’ lots. The Club Series, built on 60’ lots, range from 2,970 – 4,641 square feet.

Each of these options is stunning, and any series your family chooses will make you feel right at home! Take a look at the neighborhood sitemap to see where each series is located within Southern Hills.

Located in Frisco ISD

Since our master-planned community sits at the four corners of McKinney, Allen, Plano and Frisco, our community feeds into two different school districts – Allen ISD and Frisco ISD. The students in the Southern Hills neighborhood attend schools in the highly acclaimed Frisco ISD!

The Frisco Independent School District has a phenomenal curriculum, which stimulates students and encourages learning. With a 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio, every student receives the attention they need.

Southern Hills offers many gorgeous homes that fit your one-of-a-kind lifestyle just steps away from the tees of the five-star TPC golf course. To learn more about the new homes in our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today!

February Events Near McKinney, Texas

by crblog - January 19th, 2017

When it comes to active living, nothing is better than the many McKinney events that happen near our master-planned community! Whether it’s fun day for the whole family or a romantic night out with your loved one, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. Here are all the fun February events happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

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Dinosaurs Live!


When: Wednesday, February 1 – Sunday, February 19

Where: The Heard Museum

What Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Witness as some of the most well-known dinosaurs come back to life at Dinosaurs Live! at The Heard Museum. The new life-size animatronic dinosaurs range from the 46-foot T-Rex to the virtually armor-plated Stegosaurus. There are a total of 11 animatronic dinosaurs for you and your family to discover.

Date Night Cooking Class at Kitchenwares on the Square


When: Saturday, February 11

Where: Kitchenwares on the Square

What Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

You and your special someone can enjoy the Date Night Cooking Class at Kitchenwares on the Square as you learn how to cook and have a blast doing so! Spots are limited, so contact them and save your spots as soon as possible. The cost is $49 per person.

Love the One You’re With Valentine’s Concert with Maylee Thomas and Jon Christopher Davis


When: Saturday, February 11

Where: The Sanctuary Music & Events Center

What Time: 8:00 PM

If cooking isn’t really your thing, but you still want to do something special the weekend before Valentine’s Day, try the Love the One You’re With concert! Sure to be a great night, it will feature the Maylee Thomas Band and Jon Christopher Davis. Ticket prices range from $20 – 120.

These are just a few of the many exciting McKinney events happening in February. Here’s a full list of the February McKinney events. We have beautiful new homes available in McKinney, so our residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy all of these fun city events. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney today!

Charming Decorations for a Winter Wedding

by crblog - January 12th, 2017

If you’re planning to have a wedding in the coming weeks and still need some last-minute ideas for decorations, we can help! Our master-planned community has a few ideas for charming decorations for a winter wedding.

Pinecone Pew Accents

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Bring the natural charm of winter by adding these pinecone accents to the pews. These are great because they can go with virtually any color scheme. You can also compliment the pinecones with a ribbon like in the picture above. To match the winter theme, use light, soft-colored ribbons and avoid bold, summer-colored ribbons.

Log Centerpieces

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Give the tables at your reception a dynamic look by adding a few small logs of various heights. These are a great and cost-effective way to have beautiful centerpieces that give a charming feel to the reception. Placing a few candles on top of the small logs also adds a romantic and intimate touch.

Hot Cocoa and S’mores Station

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While you may not think about a hot cocoa or s’mores station as a type of decoration, it is the best decoration of all! This wonderful sweet-filled display of delicious chocolates and fluffy marshmallows is sure to be a hit.

Make sure your winter wedding has all the decorations to embody the natural beauty and charm that comes with this chilly season. Planning a wedding is no doubt stressful at times, but take a moment to enjoy the small details and decorations! Don’t forget to have fun with the wedding planning and take in every moment because it will be over before you know it.

If you’re planning a wedding for next winter and are still searching for the right venue, take a look at the breath-taking venue Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. To find out more about our master-planned community and all of the beautiful new homes available, contact us today!

Homebuilder Highlight: Our Country Homes

by crblog - January 5th, 2017

Our Country Homes

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is filled to the brim with magnificent new homes, and they’re all built by excellent homebuilders. Today, we want to shine the light on one homebuilder in particular – Our Country Homes. Here’s what you need to know about the new homes from Our Country Homes.

Our Country Homes in Craig Ranch

The new homes in our master-planned community built by Our Country Homes are downright beautiful! They build homes in The Settlement at Craig Ranch starting from the $600s bordered by the TPC Craig Ranch golf course, and wooded parks and trails. These modern homes range from 3,400 to 5,000 square feet and feature unique home designs and open floorplans.

A Personal Approach

As a homebuilder, Our Country Homes understands that buying a home is a big decision. That’s why they’ve made their home buying process very personal. Their focus on being completely transparent and open during the entire process means that you know what’s going on every step of the way.

Energy Efficient Building

Every single one of the new homes from Our Country Homes is designed with energy efficiency in mind. To ensure that their homes are as energy efficient as possible, they use a third party inspection company to make sure the house is perfect!

Attention to Detail

No detail is too small for Our Country Homes. They know that when you buy a home, you’re expecting to happily live there for decades. That’s why they pay attention to every tiny detail of the construction. From the little things like crown molding all the way to the choice of roofing material, everything is done with the purpose of giving you the best home experience possible.

Would you like to learn more about Our Country Homes and our master-planned community? If so, contact us today, and we’ll gladly give you a tour of our slice of North Texas paradise.