Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

by crblog - December 7th, 2016

Living in Texas, you don’t usually get to enjoy a snow-filled Christmas, but don’t let that stop you from creating your own winter wonderland at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX! Take advantage of the modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes in our master-planned community to turn your house into a glorious winter wonderland.

Winter Wine Bottles

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Give your empty wine bottles a second life and transform them into this beautiful centerpiece. Once you’ve created these easy DIY winter wine bottles, place silver, glittery sticks and small branches from a craft store like Michael’s.

Ornament Vases

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If you’re looking for a very easy DIY project that doesn’t take any time at all, then you’ll love these ornament vases! Simply find the right vase, solid color ornaments in assorted sized and some large beads to fill the extra spaces, and you have a super easy piece of winter wonderland home décor!

White Christmas Tree

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Why settle for a regular green Christmas tree, when you can try something new this year with an all-white Christmas tree! You can choose to add color with your ornaments or use all white ornaments that create a beautiful simplicity.

Mini Winter Wonderlands

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Perfect for small shelves or fireplace mantels, these mini winter wonderland Christmas tree snow globes are also a great craft for your kids to help with! Everyone in the family can make their own and display them in their favorite room in the house.

Pinecone Door Hanger

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If you’re tired of just hanging a wreath by your door, try this elegant pinecone door hanger. This is also a fun craft idea you can do as a whole family!

Are you ready to turn your home into a winter wonderland? These 5 ideas will certainly get you on the right track. The modern home designs and open floor plans of our homes make it easy to go all out with decorations without crowding your living space. If you would like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today!

How to Host a Flawless Christmas Party

by crblog - December 1st, 2016

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When it comes to hosting a party, things can get a little stressful. However, the modern home designs and open floor plans of our homes make hosting a party more manageable by offering plenty of space so you and your guests can easily move through your home. To help you even more, our master-planned community is sharing a few tips on how to host a flawless Christmas party!

Choose an Easy Theme

Are you going to be hosting an adults-only event or a family-friendly gathering? Answering this first question will help you plan for your theme and therefore the rest of your party. Regardless of what theme you choose, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. Keep it simple and your guests will enjoy themselves no matter what.

Limit Your Number of Guests

To make sure that everything will go off without a hitch, keep a limit on your number of guests to what will fill the space without overcrowding. This will keep the gathering intimate and ensure that your guests will be able to easily interact and socialize with one another. Thankfully, the open floor plans of the homes in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for accommodating a small or larger number of guests!

Create Simple, Self-Serve Food and Drinks

There’s no need to miss out on all the fun at your own party! Your guests will be plenty happy with simple drinks and foods that they can serve themselves. Try offering a table full of finger foods or small hors d’oeuvres that people can easily grab and help themselves to. As for your drinks, try making a large bowl of holiday punch. Maybe even bust out the eggnog – it is a Christmas party after all!

Hire Inexpensive Party Help

If you’re looking to go all out for your Christmas party and want to make it a formal event, try hiring inexpensive help. Look at hiring older teenagers in our master-planned community or even college students that would be willing to help serve and clean for a little extra cash over winter break.

Give these tips a try at your next Christmas party! For more homeowner tips or to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today. Happy holidays!

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December Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 23rd, 2016

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While the last part of your December may be jam-packed with holiday plans, if you’re still looking to fill up the first part of the month, there are plenty of McKinney and Allen events near Craig Ranch in McKinney! Here are some of the December events near our master-planned community.

Breakfast with Santa


When
: Saturday, December 3
Where: McKinney Community Center
What Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Meet the jolly man in red himself at Breakfast with Santa! Get in the Christmas spirit with delicious breakfast, arts and crafts, a train ride and a visit from Santa. If you want to attend, please register here. It’s $10 for McKinney residents and $15 for non-residents.

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair


When
: Saturday, December 10
Where: Joe Farmer Recreation Center – Gymnasium
What Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Knock out your holiday gift list with a trip to Allen’s Holiday Arts & Craft Fair. You’re sure to find a wide variety of handcrafted items from local artists. There will also be plenty of tasty food booths to try out. As with most Allen events, attendance is free!

Christmas Parade of Lights


When
: Saturday, December 10
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: 6:30 PM

Considerably the brightest of all the McKinney events, the Christmas Parade of Lights will be a great way to end a chilly December day. The theme for this year’s parade is “The Gift of Christmas.” If you would like to register and have a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize, click here.

McKinney Community Band: Countdown to Christmas Concert


When
: Sunday, December 11
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center – Courtroom Theater
What Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Sure to be a family fun event, the Countdown to Christmas Concert is free to attend. It’ll feature both old and new holiday music played by the McKinney Community Band. So whether you’re looking to tap your toe or sing along, bring your whole family for some light-hearted holiday fun!

Holiday Celebration


When
: Saturday, December 17
Where: Joe Farmers Recreation Center
What Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If you miss Santa when he’s in McKinney, don’t worry, because he’ll be in Allen on the 17th for the Holiday Celebration! There will be a bunch of holiday-themed games and activities like cookie decorating and more. At the end, there will be story time with Santa and a chance to get a few photos. The cost of admittance is $8 and is open to ages 2 – 13 years old.

These are some of the best McKinney and Allen events going on in December. If you’d like to know more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, contact us today. We’d love to spread some holiday cheer and give you a tour of our master-planned community!

McKinney, TX is the Nation’s 8th Fastest Growing City!

by crblog - November 17th, 2016

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It’s no secret that cities all around North Texas are starting to grow, and McKinney is one of the fastest! In fact, in a recent WalletHub study, it was ranked as the 8th fastest growing city in the nation. If you’re wondering what all that means, our master-planned community is going to tell you just that.

Job Growth

Ranked as fifth for the highest job growth, companies are flocking to McKinney and are more than willing to hire local McKinneyites. No matter what industry you work in, you should be able to easily find a job in McKinney or one of the nearby cities. You can find out about the top employers in McKinney here.

Poverty Rate Decrease

Following the increase in employment opportunities, McKinney, Texas also tied for first in the highest poverty rate decrease. That means not only are more citizens being employed, but they are also getting paid a sufficient amount. The city is coming together to employ its own citizens and make the city as a whole an even better place to live!

Record-Breaking High School Stadium

Aside from the WalletHub study, McKinney is also proving its extreme growth by building the nation’s most expensive high school football stadium. The $70 million stadium will be able to seat 12,000 people is being funded by a $220 million bond. The rest of the bond is being used for other McKinney ISD improvements.

With all of this growth comes a lot of new homes in McKinney, TX, and that includes the beautiful homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Are you ready to make your move to this booming city? If so, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today, and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our master-planned community!

Show Your Thanks with These Simple Acts of Gratitude

by crblog - November 10th, 2016

We all have people in our life that we are grateful for, and we want them to know how much we appreciate them. To help you do just that, our master-planned community is sharing a few simple and fun ideas of how to show your gratitude!

Write a ‘Thank You’ Letter

This may seem like such a simple task, but it can really make a big impact on someone. Let them know how much you appreciate all that they’ve done for you by writing them a letter and sending through the mail. By handwriting the message, you’re showing the person that they mean that much more to you!

Volunteer for a Cause

Whether it’s at a soup kitchen or with an emergency relief team, giving back is a great way to show your gratitude for the things you have. This can also put things into perspective, and you’ll feel better knowing that you served rather than being served.

Pay for the Person Behind You in Line

Like the idea of paying it forward, pay for the person’s food or drink who is behind you in line. You’d be surprised how much this could improve someone’s day, and they’ll more than likely pay for the person behind them.

Be There for Someone in a Tough Spot

If you know someone who is going through a tough time in their life, give them a call. Just by being there for them to talk to can be a big stress reliever. Sometimes it’s the simple act of doing nothing and just listening that can have the greatest impact.

Hand Sandwiches Out to the Homeless

Go out and buy a dozen sandwiches and hand them out to the homeless. For safety, do this with a group of people, and each of you can bring a few sandwiches. You’d be surprised how something as simple as a bologna sandwich can completely make someone’s day when they don’t have much.

This is the season of giving back and showing your gratitude, and these ideas will help you do just that! If you would like to know more about our master-planned community of new homes in McKinney, TX, contact us today! We’d love to answer any questions you may have as well as give you a tour of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

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What’s Coming Soon Near Craig Ranch?

by crblog - November 4th, 2016

With a strong community and near booming business, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is one of DFW’s hottest places to live. McKinney’s growth is unparalleled, and new businesses and infrastructure are coming.

Blount Fine Foods

One of McKinney’s largest new businesses is expanding. Blount Fine Foods produces premium gourmet foods for retail and club use. The company opened new offices in McKinney at the beginning of 2016 and has already begun an expansion that will bring 85 new jobs to the city. The two-phase development will see a 70,000 square foot addition to Blount Fine Foods’ building and a $20 million capital investment in McKinney.

The company is over half a century old and is family-owned. Its dedication to freshness has made it a popular supplier for retail establishments. It has been a welcome member of the McKinney business family and has become an integral part of the city’s stability and growth.

McKinney National Airport (TKI)

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McKinney National Airport (TKI) will have a new hangar by Summer 2017. The airport’s location makes it a hit with businesses in the booming McKinney and recreational pilots looking for peaceful skies. The City of McKinney purchased the airport in 2013 and has since turned it into a sustainable, integral part of McKinney’s growth. Under the city’s management, the airport has undertaken storm drainage initiatives and noise reduction operations on par with the best airports in the country. The 7,002-foot runway can accommodate propeller aircraft and corporate jets.

McKinney’s unprecedented prosperity and the nullification of the Wright Amendment have made TKI the fastest growing domestic airport in the DFW Metroplex. Demand for hangar space at TKI has been high for years. An 18,000 square foot hangar completed in August was rented to capacity before construction even began! The new hangar, currently in the design phase, is expected to house between 8 and 10 planes. The hangar will add on to McKinney National’s already impressive 250,000 sq. feet of indoor storage space. It is just 15 minutes east of our master-planned community.

Craig Ranch offers the most beautiful new homes in McKinney, TX. With miles of trails, open green spaces and a breathtaking golf course, Craig Ranch is designed for active, healthy living. If you are interested in making the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today!

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Homebuilder Highlight: Beazer Homes

by crblog - October 27th, 2016

When you’re in the market for a new home, the possibilities are endless. Finding your dream home isn’t just a fantasy, it’s an expectation. Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas offers a variety of homes with a variety of the nation’s best homebuilders. One of those builders is Beazer Homes, today’s homebuilder spotlight.

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Beazer Homes builds in the Creekside neighborhood with homes starting from the mid $300s. These homes range from 1,871 – 3,453 square feet and are equipped with the latest energy efficient materials to keep average monthly utility bills in the $110 – $165 range depending on home size. Here are just a few more reasons to buy a Beazer Homes in Creekside at Craig Ranch:

Customer Service

Reliable homebuilders can be hard to find, and Beazer Homes is one of the best in the industry. Customer service is key when purchasing new homes. A Beazer Homes representative will work with you throughout the homebuilding process to make sure all your needs are met.

Financial Assistance

Navigating the world of financing on your own can be a daunting task. Your Beazer Homes representative can walk you through the process of estimating your mortgage, prequalifying for a loan and applying for a loan. As soon as this step is done, you can move onto customizing your new home!

Customization

One of the greatest parts of buying a new home is the ability to customize it to make it your own. Beazer Homes works with the top manufacturers to ensure that you receive the best choice of products and appliances. Representatives will help you pick out the pieces that are true to your design aesthetic and also within your set budget.

Construction Process

With Beazer Homes, you are always a part of the process. They take pride in keeping their clients up-to-date and informed at all times. This enables you to provide input and ask any questions that you may have along the way. Their purpose is to build trust and provide you with a positive experience.

Warranty

Upon completion, all homeowners will receive a 12-month warranty. This is to provide you with peace of mind, and knowledge that you are protected against most major failures and a variety of defects. Depending on the situation, the warranty may also cover incidences for up to 10 years!

If you are interested in moving into one of the reliable new homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today! We’d love to hear from you and give you a tour of our master-planned community.

November Events Near McKinney, Texas

by crblog - October 20th, 2016

November is here, and that means everyone’s favorite holidays are just around the corner. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is in a prime location for many unique seasonal activities. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we’re sharing a few family-fun McKinney events coming up in November.

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St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Where: McKinney, TX, Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community

What Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Don’t miss out on this year’s highly-anticipated St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique. Over 80 artisans will be on site selling unique handcrafted items. Pick up a raffle ticket for a chance to win exciting prizes. If you would like to help contribute to McKinney families in need, you can bring a canned food donation. Admission is free, and all sales will benefit the St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community.

2016 Plano Craft Fair

When: Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, November 6, 2016

Where: Plano, TX, First United Methodist Church of Plano

What Time: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

With so many holidays right around the corner, get a head start on your gift shopping at the First United Methodist Church of Plano Craft Fair. Make sure to get everyone on your list a unique, one-of-a-kind gift while browsing over 100 different vendors. Come out to show your support and help raise money for mission efforts around the community, as well as around the world.

McKinney Third Monday Trade Days

When: Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20, 2016

Where: McKinney, TX, 4550 W University Dr.

What Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us at the historic Buckner Community to stroll the outdoor grounds and enjoy the fall weather for the McKinney Third Monday Trade Days. This family-friendly event will feature over 450 vendors, displaying everything from unique gifts, trendy clothing and accessories, home décor, sporting goods, and more! Pick up a bite to eat at the State Fair-type concessions and find out what the buzz is all about!

Craig Ranch residents are in a prime location for some of the best McKinney events of the season. If you would like to be a part of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, take a look at the available homes in our master-planned community.

How to Find the Perfect House

by crblog - October 13th, 2016

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With so many new homes in McKinney, TX, finding the perfect house can be hard. We want to make sure you have the proper tools to be able to pick the house that’s just right for you and your family. So today, we’re sharing a few tips on how to find the perfect house!

Set Your Priorities

Before you even start looking, write down a list of your must-haves. Let every member of the family say one to two things that they think the new house should have. Once you have this list, narrow it down to your top three to five items. Then, create a secondary list of bonuses that can help you make the final decision if more than one home has everything you’re looking for from the first list.

Make a Comparison Chart

When you’re walking through dozens of new homes in McKinney, TX, it can be very easy to get mixed up on what house had what. Making a comparison chart that you fill out during or immediately after touring the house can help you remember the distinct differences of each house. This chart could include notes on landscaping, natural light in each room and storage space.

Walk Through More Than Once

The first time you walk through a possible home, you can be distracted by all the bells and whistles, and that’s okay. Enjoy the first walk through and get a feel for the house. Once you’ve done that, walk through it once more, but this time pulling out your checklist and really taking a deep look at everything.

Check Out the Home at Different Times of Day

Once you think you’ve found a good home that checks off all the boxes, drive by it at different times of the day. This will allow you to get a sense of the neighborhood and the change in lighting may allow you to see something that you didn’t notice before.

Think About How You Would Use the Space

Whenever you walk into a room of the house, think about what you would do with that space. Could you turn an extra bedroom into a home gym or office? Think about how you would want your furniture laid out and walk around the room like that furniture is already there.

These are just a few ways that you can find the perfect house. If you’re interested in new homes in McKinney, TX, come check out our master-planned community. Contact us for more information about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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Moviehouse & Eatery Now Open in Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 6th, 2016

Residents of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas can now enjoy one of the finest movie experiences in the country! Moviehouse & Eatery’s McKinney location has just opened, offering North Texans the opportunity to see blockbuster hits in absolute comfort.


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Moviehouse Experience in Craig Ranch

The McKinney theater boasts 10 screens, all filled with plush recliners. The full-service bar and lounge will be a popular place for Craig Ranch residents to gather and chat. Moviehouse & Eatery does not sacrifice service and convenience for movie quality. State-of-the-art projection systems and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound ensure an excellent moviegoing experience.

Moviehouse Dining

Moviehouse & Eatery is perhaps best known for their outstanding scratch kitchen. Seasoned chefs prepare burgers, gourmet sandwiches, salads, and renowned appetizers. They also serve several vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dishes to suit any diet. Moviehouse & Eatery is especially proud to serve a wide selection of local brews on tap.

Reserve Your Recliner

Eliminate lines and getting to the theater early to save seats with Moviehouse & Eatery. Moviegoers can book tickets and reserve seats from a desktop computer, mobile device, or the box office. Craig Ranch residents can book tickets online in minutes and have a seat waiting for them at showtime!

The theater is sure to be a favorite amongst the many amenities offered at our active adult community. Craig Ranch features a full recreation facility, The Beach at Craig Ranch, soccer fields and miles of trails to support active living.  If you want to learn more about our master-planned community, explore our website today and take a look at our available homes!