The 5 Most Important Things to Look for When You’re Buying a Home

by crblog - February 11th, 2016

Think you’re ready to make the big move? We think so too!

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch is ready for you and your family. But before making the final decision, here are a few things to consider when you’re buying a home:

Location, Location, Location

Location is important for many different reasons. When deciding where to move, you want to be a part of a community that is welcoming, growing, and convenient. Located at the crossroads of McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano, Craig Ranch can offer exactly that!

The School District

Craig Ranch takes serious pride in being a part of both Frisco and Allen ISD. From pre-school to high school, Frisco and Allen are two nationally acclaimed school districts. Excelling in academics, sports and arts, these school districts perfectly cater to young and eager minds!

Crime

This one goes without saying. You want to make sure your kids are safe when you aren’t around. Frisco, Allen, McKinney and Plano are each considered to be one of the safest cities in North Texas.

Walkability

Whether it’s a casual jog or an all-day adventure, Craig Ranch has several parks that are perfect for every outdoor activity. There aren’t many other active adult communities that can offer what Craig Ranch can.

The Neighborhood

Whether day or night, there is always something to do in Craig Ranch. You can find fun, family-friendly activities everywhere you go in Craig Ranch! With the many amenities available to Craig Ranch residents, there is never a shortage of things to do without even leaving the community.

Now that we’ve covered some of the important topics, only one question remains. When are you ready to move into your dream home in Craig Ranch? Visit our community at the crossroads of McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano or contact us today!

6 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Every Golf Player Will Love

by crblog - February 4th, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and if your special someone is a golf lover, then we have just the list for you!

With these 6 golf gift ideas, you’re sure to leave your true love happily anticipating their next round at TPC at Craig Ranch!

6 Gift Every Golf Lover Will Want on Valentine’s Day:

Golf Balls

You can’t go wrong with golf balls. No matter how talented we all think we are at golf, we’ve definitely all had a few casualties on the course.

Golf Shirts

Casual, classy, formal. A nice golf shirt is right for any occasion, and you can find plenty of golf apparel at the PGA Superstore.

Golf Lessons

Help take your special someone’s game to the next level by hiring a professional. A one-hour session could do wonders for their game. TPC in Craig Ranch offers golf instruction by PGA Golf Professionals to help enhance your loved one’s game and get them playing like a true pro.

Gloves and Tees

There’s just something about putting on that new golf glove that fits just right, and you can never have enough golf tees.

Free Caddie

This one probably takes the most effort and learning on your part. Offer to caddie a round for a day. Not only will your loved one appreciate your hard work and effort, but you will also be able to spend more time with them while doing something they love.

Good Golf Reads

For the serious golfer, it’s nearly impossible to get enough golf. Check out some of the classic golf books on the market. Not only will it help improve their game, but they may learn a thing or two!

There are plenty of golf lovers at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX and members can enjoy playing golf on the award-winning championship golf course, TPC at Craig Ranch. Take a look at our available homes and make your move to our master-planned community today!

What Does It Mean to Live in a Master-Planned Community?

by crblog - January 29th, 2016

Deciding where to live can be one of life’s biggest decisions. The location, school district, and convenience are among many different aspects to consider when buying a home.

Luckily, Craig Ranch was designed with all of this in mind.

As a nationally-acclaimed master-planned community in McKinney, Texas, Craig Ranch offers more than just a home. Everything you need to enjoy your healthy and active lifestyle can be found at Craig Ranch.

What Are the Benefits of a Master-Planned Community?

The housing industry forever changed with the emergence of master-planned communities. In the past, families sought out the best neighborhood for their family. The only problem was that when neighborhoods were being built, nothing but the actual neighborhood was taken into consideration. Little attention was given to the surrounding area – such as schools, parks, shopping, banking and other everyday needs.

That’s where master-planned communities come in – on the opposite end of the spectrum. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX was planned down to the smallest detail from the very beginning and has amenities that exceed many other master-planned communities.

Since the entire community is pre-planned, here are some distinct advantages of living at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas:

Craig Ranch Parks – With Millie Cooper Park and the new Dog Park opening soon, Craig Ranch is now equipped with eight parks. Beautiful landscaping is ideal for jogging or simply enjoy the scenery with your family.
Top-Notch Builders – Some of the finest builders in the state and country build in Craig Ranch. From Ashton Woods to Darling Homes, you can expect the highest quality when building your new home.
More Space – Unlike traditional neighborhoods, homes in Craig Ranch aren’t all built on top of each other with nearly no space in between. Some neighborhoods offer large lots, some offer smaller lots, and some are designed for you to e babel to lock-and-leave without worrying about the house! You can even see which Craig Ranch homes are ready for move-in today.
Amenities – A TPC certified golf course, first-class fitness center, Michael Johnson Performance, and Dr. Pepper StarCenter all make for some of the finest amenities for those seeking an active community!

If you’re ready to make the move, look no further than Craig Ranch. See what homes are available for move-in and visit us today!

Homebuilder Highlight: Ashton Woods

by crblog - January 21st, 2016

When searching for a place to live, look no further than Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. When deciding what house you want to make a home, look no further than Ashton Woods 50’ lots!

Craig Ranch sits among the gently rolling hills, mature woods and miles of pristine parks and trails of North Texas. Ashton Woods modern homes are designed to fit your one-of-a-kind lifestyle just steps away from the tees of the five-star TPC course.

The newest neighborhood within Craig Ranch is The Trails, where you’ll find incredible choices for personalizing your home. From classic touches throughout, such as free-standing tubs in the master bath or a tray ceiling with exposed beams in the owner’s suite. Ashton Woods homes in The Trails start from the upper $300s and range in size from 2,228 – 3,749 square feet.

Ashton Woods prides itself on being more than just a homebuilder – blazing new trails in design, personalization, possibilities and modern homes.

From the first home completed in 1989 to being recognized as the nation’s 4th largest private builder in 2013, Ashton Woods is a builder positioned for the future. Ashton Woods aims to deliver what savvy homebuyers week in a new home: high design, high quality, and a high level of personalization in prime locations such as The Trails of Craig Ranch in McKinney Texas.

Recognized as the 2013 & 2014 Most Trusted Builder in America, according to Lifestory Research Most Trusted Builder in America Study, Ashton Woods is also the only builder to nationally utilize the Environments for Living Platinum Program, which certifies the energy efficient status of our homes.

The Trails is located within the highly acclaimed Frisco Independent School District and is located near the incredible amenities within Craig Ranch. Residents can take advantage of having world-class facilities onsite like TPC Craig Ranch, Cooper Fitness Center & Spa and Michael Johnson Performance, or head out any time to enjoy fitness trails, parks, The Beach, the ball fields, soccer fields or Dr. Pepper StarCenter.

If you’re ready to make the move into an Ashton Woods home in Craig Ranch, you’ll be satisfied like the thousands of other Ashton Woods homeowners around Texas. Ashton Woods is also building in Southern Hills in Craig Ranch – check back for more information soon!

Six Things to Do Without Having to Leave Craig Ranch

by crblog - January 15th, 2016

Live, work, play at Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Craig Ranch prides itself on being a self-sustaining master-planned community featuring all the amenities one could desire. From recreational options to corporate offices, live the life you’ve always imagined without having to leave your neighborhood!

Here are some of the best amenities Craig Ranch residents get to enjoy on a daily basis:

TPC Craig Ranch

The gently rolling hills and mature woods surrounding the limestone banks of Rowlett Creek sets the scene at the highly acclaimed TPC Craig Ranch, which bestows the highest course ranking given by USGA. This par-72, world-class golf course, covers 7,438 yards from the PGA Tour tees and includes a duel-ended driving range, short-game practice area, putting greens, and a 43,000 square feet clubhouse.

Neighborhood Parks and Trails

There are currently six parks within Craig Ranch that all take on a unique personality and embrace the “unique by nature” theme perfect for an active adult community. Coming soon are the two newest additions, the dog park and Miller Cooper Park, which will be a one-acre space that has a ying-yang feel between urban and suburbia.

Cooper Fitness Center & Spa

Like to exercise? Then you’ll love living at Craig Ranch! As an active adult community, Craig Ranch offers one of the finest workout complexes anywhere in the metroplex at the Cooper Fitness Center & Spa. Established in 2006 by the “father of aerobics” Dr. Kenneth Cooper and his son, Dr. Tyler Cooper, the Cooper Fitness Center & Spa offers all of the amenities of a full-service health complex.

Michael Johnson Performance

Got an athlete who is looking to take their game to the next level, whether that be high school, college or professional? Michael Johnson Performance is a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor training center founded by Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson. Build speed, agility, strength and stamina on the field, track, or court.

The Ballfields at Craig Ranch

A 75-acre state-of-the-art sports complex features eight youth baseball fields (each with its own Championship field) and five additional softball/baseball fields to accommodate young boys, girls, women’s and men’s softball.

The Beach at Craig Ranch

When the weather warms up, so does the competition at the Beach at Craig Ranch! A premier athletic facility for beach sports is set within Craig Ranch in the form of 12 pristine sand volleyball courts that can transition between beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach soccer and other fun sports.

Whatever your active adult lifestyle calls for, do it within Craig Ranch! The phrase live, work, play at Craig Ranch isn’t a cliché; it’s a way of life.

Find out what Craig Ranch has to offer for you and your family.

What is Luxury Living?

by crblog - January 7th, 2016

What does the phrase luxury living mean to you?

Is it the biggest house? The biggest garage? Or maybe the overall good looks and fancy finishes.

Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas takes luxury living to the next level because it’s all about you.

Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, a nationally acclaimed master-planned community in North Texas, provides beautiful green vistas and a healthy appreciation for a luxuriously comfortable lifestyle.

Here is what luxury living means in Craig Ranch:

Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is your luxury, no matter what you are into! If you’re a golfer, there is a TPC golf course located right in Craig Ranch! Want to live healthier? Then the Cooper Fitness Center is just for you. Maybe you’re a shopper, well then hit up any of the major shopping destinations surrounding Craig Ranch! Whatever your lifestyle, Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas can help you live it in luxury.

Variety
Craig Ranch offers a true variety of luxurious and spacious homes. With various lot sizes and exceptional homebuilders to choose from, at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, luxury living is not hard to find.

Amenities
With a plethora of amenities in Craig Ranch, the possibilities are endless. Residents can find entertainment right outside their doorstep. Here are the amenities located within Craig Ranch:

The Beach at Craig Ranch

Michael Johnson Performance

Cooper Fitness Center

TPC Golf Course

Piazza on the Green

Fitness Trails

Parks

And More

When considering a move, Craig Ranch homebuilders provide luxury home plans that can fit the needs and wants of any resident! View our website and see what available homes we have in our master-planned community to match your lifestyle today.

4 Essential Home Projects for the New Year

by crblog - December 29th, 2015

The end of every year brings all of the joys in life: beautiful fall trees, the holidays, family, fun, and food. With the new year, also comes colder weather, even at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas! January is a great time to begin your preparation for what is usually an unpredictable winter season.

Four Projects to Tackle This January:

Put Your House on an Energy Diet

There are plenty of ways to save energy on your house and doing so early in the year can have financial benefits that you’ll feel year round! For example, if you have always wondered about energy-efficient light, make a point to make them happen this year. If every American home replaced just one incandescent light with an Energy Star-certified variety, we would conserve enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year. Think about that!

Fix That Leaky Sink

If you’ve been putting off that sink or faucet making that constant dripping noise, now is the time to take care of it! Most fixes only require tightening a valve or replacing a worn washer or ineffective flapper, all things you can do yourself at your Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas home.

Pack Up the Holiday Decorations

Unpacking the lights and decorations is usually one of the best parts of the season and a fun activity for the whole family, especially in new homes in DFW. You can come up with creative ways to make putting away the decorations just as fun, such as these DIY options.

Fire It Up

What’s better than the smell of a freshly lit fire inside of your Craig Ranch home? Not much. Although when building a house, you do get the option of a gas fireplace, there are still traditionalists among us who use smoky wood. Be sure to do your research on different types of wood to find exactly the kind you’re looking for.

Don’t let January come and go without accomplishing a few tasks! Before the harsh and cold weather comes, make sure you have a few of these things done in your home. If you’re interested in living in a beautiful master-planned community, see the available homes in Craig Ranch and make your move!

Why Winter is the Best Time to Buy a Home

by crblog - December 11th, 2015

Brrrr! It’s cold in Craig Ranch in McKinney TX. While the cold weather may be deceiving and lead people to believe it is not a good time to buy a home, Winter is considered to be one of the best times to move!

Here are five reasons why:

Motivated Sellers

Those who have their house on the market during the winter months usually have a pretty good reason for needing to move away from their property. Whether that be for job relocation or simply needing more space, using this to your advantage could lead to a favorable deal on a new home.

Bargain Prices

Speaking of favorable deals, new homes are at an annual low in the winter months. This means buying a new home right now can increase your purchasing power and can get you more for your money.

Lower Competition

For the reasons listed above, winter doesn’t seem like an ideal time to move and search for a home. It’s for that reason that the competition for a new home will be significantly less than during the peak seasons of spring and summer. This means there is less likelihood of there being multiple offers on a single property and a better chance for you.

Perspective

Viewing a house during a winter month gives you a chance to experience the house during the cold temperatures. How well does the heating system work? Are there any drafts coming from windows during your visit? Being able to observe the house under these conditions can save you money down the road.

Availability of Professionals

Sometimes working with a realtor can be difficult during peak seasons. With less people looking for new homes, they’ll have more time to focus on you!

So take a leap of faith! There’s no time better than the present to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX! We have new homes available in Craig Ranch, so visit our website or see our beautiful master-planned community in person and visit us today.

Why Should You Relocate to Craig Ranch?

by crblog - December 4th, 2015

As the award winning master-planned community Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX continues to expand, the list of reasons to relocate to Craig Ranch continues to grow.

With new homes popping up every day, there is no better time than the present to make the move to make Craig Ranch your home.

Why should you relocate to Craig Ranch?

The Location
Craig Ranch is ideally situated at the crossroads of McKinney, Frisco, Plano, and Allen, four bustling suburbs in the DFW metroplex. Its convenient location along the Sam Rayburn tollway/Highway 121 provides access to both Hwy 75 and the Dallas North Tollway, making every part of the metroplex just a short drive away.

The Amenities
Live, work, and play in Craig Ranch. Craig Ranch offers a world-class Tournament Players Club golf course and country club, the renowned Cooper Fitness Center & Spa, neighborhood parks and trails, and Michael Johnson Performance training center. Craig Ranch even includes sports complexes for baseball, softball, soccer, sand sports and hockey! No matter if you are looking to play and train with professionals or just to live near fields for your kids to play soccer on the weekends, Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas offers all of the amenities to achieve an active lifestyle for everyone in the family.

The Education
Most children residing in Craig Ranch attend the exemplary-rated Frisco ISD. With an impressive 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio, active PTOs/PTAs, technology leadership and a curriculum designed to challenge and set high standards for achievement, Frisco ISD is one of North Texas’ highest-ranked school districts. Students in the Parkside luxury rental community and the Spicewood neighborhood attend the Allen Independent School District, known for its outstanding academics, scores, athletics and arts programs. Craig Ranch is also located within 40 minutes of UNT, SMU, and UT-Dallas.

The City
McKinney, Texas was named the No. 1 “Best Place to Live” in America in 2014. Located in Collin County – one of the fastest growing counties in the country – residents enjoy a fabulous selection of shopping, entertainment and recreation around town, and a friendly atmosphere built on small-town roots. Within the city of McKinney, residents enjoy an extensive park and bike trail system that is a natural fit with Craig Ranch’s active-lifestyle community.

So what are you waiting for? There’s no time better than the present to relocate to Craig Ranch McKinney, TX! Visit our website or make a visit today to our beautiful Craig Ranch community.

A Guide to Winter Workouts in Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 30th, 2015

Being an active adult community, Craig Ranch in McKinney prides itself on being health-conscious no matter the time of year.

With Thanksgiving officially in the rear-view mirror and Christmas on the horizon, motivation can usually go out the window as most go into winter-mode. Cold temperatures, nights that start at 6, and the idea of cozying up under a nice warm blanket, can make it easy to get out of a workout routine.

But don’t!

Sure, it may be a little more difficult to get out and exercise, but your health will thank you – especially once the warmer days do start to roll around again – which could be tomorrow, this is Texas after all!

Here are some ways to stay motivated this winter:

Break A Sweat Inside
This one might seem obvious, but if it’s too cold outside, head indoors to the Cooper Fitness Center! There are plenty of ways to stay warm during the winter, but none better than breaking a sweat.

Get A Workout Buddy
When your personal motivation starts to dip, it’s always nice to have someone there to keep you going and hold you accountable. Recruiting a workout buddy to hit the gym with you is one of the best things you can do to help you stay motivated during the winter. Craig Ranch in McKinney is an active adult community, so finding a partner shouldn’t be too difficult.

Take Your Gym Bag To Work With You
Leaving the office once it’s already dark can be a drag, especially when cozying up on the couch sounds so appealing. By taking your gym bag to work, you’ll have no excuses not to stop by the gym first before cozying up on the couch, which will still feel just as good.

Gear Up
If the outdoor workout is still your thing even in the winter months, treat yourself to some brand new winter exercise gear. Having new outdoor workout gear begging to be put to use will definitely provide some motivation when your discipline is waning.

Just because winter is coming doesn’t mean you have to halt the workouts. That may be the easy thing to do, but here at Craig Ranch in McKinney, there is always a way to stay active!