Enjoy a Weekend of Relaxation at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa

by crblog - August 16th, 2018

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If you missed National Relaxation Day yesterday, August 15, don’t fret! We have a few ideas to help you disconnect and relax for a few hours this weekend without having to go far from home. One of our favorite amenities at Craig Ranch is Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa. This world-class facility offers something for everyone looking to unplug and unwind.

Yoga at Craig Ranch Fitness

You deserve to take some time for yourself and Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa can help you do just that. Since Craig Ranch is an active living community, our on-site fitness center offers a variety of yoga classes for peak relaxation! If you’re looking to try hot yoga or restorative yoga, Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa has you covered. The fitness center also offers Mommy & Me yoga and power yoga! Take a look at the schedule to view available classes and plan to attend a class this weekend.

Craig Ranch Spa

After your yoga class concludes, why not continue the weekend of relaxation with a visit to the spa? The award-winning spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa is a favorite escape for residents and visitors of Craig Ranch in McKinney. This serene oasis offers a wide range of services from well-trained professionals. Make the most of your visit by arriving early to unwind in the steam room or sauna and chillout in the whirlpool. This relaxing environment is just what you need after spending countless hours of hard work on your career, family or both!

Craig Ranch Spa Services

The spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa has an extensive list of unique services available for guests. Depending on your relaxation needs, you can choose from a 50 or 80-minute relaxation, therapeutic, aroma, stretching, prenatal, postpartum, stone or sports massage. You can also add on a variety of massage enhancements to really make the most of your service. If you would prefer a facial, the spa offers an assortment of tailored services based on your skin’s specific needs. Why not finish off your visit with a manicure and pedicure? Enjoy the express manicure and pedicure or opt for the longer luxury lavender manicure and pedicure. In addition to these services, the spa also offers a variety of cosmetic services to keep you looking your best.

Schedule your appointment by calling 214-383-1010. Walk-ins are also welcome based on availability.

These are just a couple ways to celebrate National Relaxation Day at Craig Ranch in McKinney. Regardless of how you like to relax, make sure to set aside time for yourself this weekend – you deserve it! To learn more about our master-planned community and amenities at Craig Ranch, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Best North Texas Farmers Markets Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 9th, 2018

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With more and more DFW farmers markets popping up in recent years, there’s plenty of options to keep the fresh fruit and vegetable aficionado happy. If you’re on the hunt for fresh produce, local-made foodstuffs and some of the best farmers markets near Dallas and Craig Ranch, be sure to check out these seasonal markets!

McKinney’s Historic Chestnut Square Farmers Market

If you’re looking for things to do in McKinney, this farmers market is right up your alley. The McKinney Farmers Market strives to recreate the feel of the old market days which were held in downtown McKinney’s Chestnut Square. Visitors are even encouraged to bring a chair, sit down and converse with the other guests like the good old days! With vendors offering fresh produce, local and organic meat, dairy, and honey, McKinney’s Farmers Market is sure to satisfy all of your fresh food needs.

The McKinney Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Due to construction and limited parking, they are temporarily located north of the downtown square, in front of the Roy & Helen Hall Library at 101 E. Hunt Street. There is ample parking in lots a block away from the site!

Frisco Rotary Farmers Market

Founded in 2007, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market has become a Frisco staple. Focused on connecting consumers to local farmers and encouraging social gathering and interaction within the Frisco community, this farmers market is hard to pass up. With 32 different vendors offering farm fresh produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, preserves, artisanal items and more, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market is one of the best local farmers markets in Texas!

Located at 8821 4th St, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market is up and running every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Downtown Plano Farmers Market

Hosted by Georgias Farmers Market, the Downtown Plano Farmers Market is now in the Arts District! There are a variety of goods being sold, including fresh produce, breads, eggs, jams, and more.

The Downtown Plano Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 916 East 15th St in Downtown Plano.

These are just a few of the best local farmers markets near Craig Ranch! Share your favorite farmers market photos with our master-planned community – Craig Ranch – on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Get Ready for Back to School with Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 2nd, 2018

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It’s about that time! Time to start getting ready to go back to school at Craig Ranch. Between back to school events, tax free weekend and school supply lists, here are some things to help you and your kids get ready to go back to school at Frisco ISD and Allen ISD.

Fill the Bus with Allen ISD

It’s a sad truth, but many families don’t have the financial ability to get all the needed school supplies, and that financial stress is multiplied when they have more than one school-age child. To help these families, Allen Community Outreach has their Fill the Bus school supply drive, which benefits Allen ISD students in need by providing all their school supplies. They are accepting donations through Tuesday, August 7.

Allen ISD School Supplies

Since a portion of our master-planned community feeds into Allen ISD, students living in these neighborhoods attend Lindsey Elementary School, Curtis Middle School, Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School. Here’s the school supply list for Lindsey Elementary. For Curtis Middle School, parents simply pay a $30 supply fee, and Allen ISD will take care of their school supplies, except for pens, pencils and paper. As for the Freshman Center and Allen High, students only need to bring a pen, pencil and paper and they will be informed by their teachers what supplies are needed for each class.

The first day of school for Allen ISD is Wednesday, August 15.

Back-to-School Bash with Frisco ISD

For our Frisco ISD students, get ready to celebrate the new school year with the Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 11. This back to school event will take place at the Career and Technical Education Center from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Aside from fun activities, prizes and giveaways, there will also be free immunizations and vision screening for Frisco ISD students.

Frisco ISD School Supplies

Now, with most of our master-planned community feeding into Frisco ISD, there are different Frisco schools they may attend. The schools students living in Craig Ranch attend are Ogle Elementary School, Comstock Elementary School, Isbell Elementary School, Elliot Elementary School, Lawler Middle School, Scoggins Middle School, Vandeventer Middle School, Liberty High School and Independence High School. Visit each school’s website for a list of the school supplies your child will need.

The first day of school for Frisco ISD is Thursday, August 16.

Tax Free Weekend

Want to make sure you save as much as you can on school supplies? Make sure you get them during Texas’ Tax Free Weekend, Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12. That means you’ve got just one more week to get all your shopping lists together if you want to get school supplies without having Uncle Sam trying to take his cut.

We know your kids may not be ready to go back to school yet, but we certainly are excited for school to start back up! How do you prepare for going back to school at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX? We’d love to know what your strategy is for getting all your little pupils ready to go back to class. Share your back to school prep tips with us and all the other residents of Craig Ranch by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Home Maintenance Tricks That Will Save You Money This Summer

by crblog - July 26th, 2018

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Looking to cut costs around the house and keep cool this summer? With one of the hottest summers we’ve had in Texas, Craig Ranch is here to provide you with some home maintenance tips and tricks to lighten the load on your wallet while also helping you keep cool!

Set Your Ceiling Fans

This home savings tip might surprise you: ceiling fans can spin in two different directions! When your ceiling fan doesn’t seem to be effectively cooling the room down, it might be spinning the wrong way. During the summer, you’ll want to make sure your fan spins counterclockwise, causing the air to be pushed down, ultimately helping to cool you off. Something as simple as this can help save on air conditioning costs.

Window Treatments

Sunlight that seeps into your home through open windows can heat the indoor air significantly. This forces your air conditioner to work even harder than it has to so you can stay cool. To make sure your home stays as cool as possible, invest in blinds or blackout curtains and close them to help your home maintain a cool temperature during times of peak heat.

Clean appliances

One of the lesser known tips to save money this summer is cleaning the dust and debris out of the vents and grates of your appliances. This small task will help them perform better and more efficiently, which helps cut costs. Appliances you should regularly clean out include your dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine!

Change AC Filters

Normally, you should change your AC filters every 2-3 months. However, the extreme Texas heat makes your air conditioner work much harder, so filters should be changed every month during the summer. If you do this, you can ensure your air filter is working at 100%, avoiding a higher bill.

Change Your Light Bulbs

The easiest way to save money AND energy is to make the switch from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LED light bulbs. LED bulbs can cut your electricity bill down drastically and will last much longer than the traditional bulbs.

Saving money on bills during the summer isn’t as difficult as it may seem! These easy home savings tips can cut down your summer costs drastically and, most importantly, keep you cool!

Learn more about our master-planned community at Craig Ranch today. For more energy-saving tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Plan a Memorable Summer Staycation at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 19th, 2018

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If you’re looking for fun ways to spend your summer in McKinney, look no further! You don’t have to travel far for an enjoyable staycation at Craig Ranch; check out some of these fun summer staycation ideas.

Dr. Pepper StarCenter

If you want to get out of the blazing Texas heat for a while, head over to the Dr. Pepper StarCenter, one of the great area amenities at Craig Ranch. The facility has two ice rinks, a StarStuff pro shop, a snack bar and four party rooms. They offer Learn-to-Skate programs, figure skating, youth and adult hockey and ice skating to the general public. Spend some time this summer learning how to skate with the family and don’t let the Texas heat keep you from being active.

The Beach at Craig Ranch

One of the best amenities at Craig Ranch, The Beach, offers 12 sand courts where you can play volleyball, beach tennis, beach soccer and other outdoor sports. This facility is sure to keep you and the family entertained with a variety of activities! The on-site restaurant, Bermuda’s Bar & Grill, is air-conditioned and offers food and drinks for the whole family. The Beach is proud to offer Craig Ranch residents free entry on Sundays between 1 pm and 9 pm, so take advantage and make a whole day of it!

Moviehouse and Eatery

Moviehouse and Eatery is the perfect spot for dinner and a movie. It even provides a great way to get out of the heat! There are plenty of new movies out for the whole family to enjoy. There’s even a free first come, first serve kids summer camp with movies starting at 10 AM!

These are just some of our favorite summer staycation ideas, but there are plenty of other amenities at Craig Ranch to keep you entertained for the summer! We’d love to hear about how you and your family plan on spending the rest of Summer 2018! Share your best staycation photos with Craig Ranch by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

Waco

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 Realtor.com 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.

Red, White and BOOM!

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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.