How to Prepare Your McKinney Home and Garden for Spring

by crblog - February 20th, 2015

The cold weather months are here, but they won’t be around much longer! Soon spring will be in FULL bloom in McKinney, TX! Here are a few simple tips for preparing your McKinney home and garden for the warmer months ahead:

1. Seal up spaces

Spring in Texas often leads to storms and spring showers. Prevent any leaks or potential roof damage before problems arise by using a flashlight to make sure everything is tightly sealed. If something looks loose, use silicone or caulking to fill the gaps.

2. Trim the trees

The coming season is known for constant weather changes, which can contribute to severe storms. Prune any large shrubs and tree branches away from your McKinney home so if a storm does hit, loose limbs and branches won’t land on your house or power lines.

3. Embrace the rain

Remove any debris from your drains and gutters that was collected over the winter months. This will ensure that water flows freely off your roof and away from your home. If your family’s home has any downspouts, check to make sure they are all draining away from your foundation. If they aren’t, add an extension.

4. Inspect the AC

Lastly, check your air conditioning unit to make sure it’s working properly. Soon you will be swapping out the heat from your furnace for cool air. If you wait to check it until the first hot day hits, you may encounter a problem.

For more home and garden tips like these, be sure to follow our blog and social media pages. You can also share photos with us on Instagram by tagging @Craig_Ranch!

Get a Jump on Spring Cycling in McKinney’s Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 16th, 2015

Is it just us, or is the sun starting to shine a little bit brighter these days? Must be time to start training to hit the bike trails!

Luckily, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX hooks up to a network of regional bike trails – in addition to the neighborhood trails the whole family can use. In fact, McKinney, Plano and Frisco, TX (along with Allen, Richardson and Garland) make up the Six-Cities Trails, a plan to link communities through a serious of biking trails for commuting and recreation.

Even better, you can find help with your training right in the neighborhood. You can take cycling classes or work with a personal trainer at Cooper Fitness Center Craig Ranch or schedule sessions with a coach at Playtri McKinney.

Looking for inspiration? You can watch the Bike the Bricks Criterium Race and Family Festival in McKinney on May 22, 2015. You’ll see some great cycling – for free!

Beazer Homes Comes to Creekside at Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 13th, 2015

We are excited to announce that Beazer Homes is once again a part of Craig Ranch! Their new model home is nearly complete, but in the meantime here is some more information:

The Beazer model home will be located at 4401 Forebridge Drive in McKinney, TX in Craig Ranch. Beazer Homes will build in Craig Ranch’s new Creekside neighborhood, offering single-family homes starting from $290s – and they are already preselling! You will be able to choose from different mortgage options, floorplans and designs specifically catered to your family.

Beazer Homes has been building for more than 35 years and is one of the top 10 homebuilders in the United States. Last year, Beazer was awarded Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

View the five different home designs Beazer Homes is offering at Craig Ranch on their website – and check out the quick move-in homes they are already building! Homes include options such as bay windows, covered patios, extended nooks, pet spaces, studies and much more. Each of their homes is built with energy-efficient features (you can see your monthly average utility bills right there on their website!) and is located in the acclaimed Frisco ISD.

We’re happy to have Beazer be a part of Craig Ranch’s exciting phase of expansion, which includes more than 1,000 new home sites. The new development in Craig Ranch is in one of the best locations in North Texas – on State Highway 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway between Custer Road and Alma Road.

The Beazer Homes model will be open to the public starting March 7. Contact Valerie Swindle, sales representative for Beazer Homes in Creekside at Craig Ranch, by calling 972-767-5915.

Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in McKinney, Texas

by crblog - February 6th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a week away! Whether you’re celebrating it with a loved one, or celebrating it with some friends, it’s always good to spread a little love. There are numerous places in and around McKinney, TX that are the perfect date night destinations for February 14th, but here are five of Craig Ranch’s favorites:

1. McKinney Performing Arts Center

Start the day of love off right with an afternoon showing of “Casablanca” at McKinney Performing Arts Center. The classic movie will begin at 2pm and the cost will be $8 per person. There’s nothing like a romantic movie to make you swoon.

2. Mitas Hill Vineyard

Mitas Hill Vineyard is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day. Stop by for a guided tour of the winery, and sample a few wine tastings. Then end your day at Justine’s Steakhouse at Mitas Hill for a four-course Valentine’s dinner. The price is $75 per person, which includes delicious dishes like beef tenderloin with scallops and dark chocolate mousse.

3. Gregory’s Bistro

Some call Paris the most romantic city, so it’s a good thing we have a little slice of France right here in McKinney for Valentine’s Day! Gregory’s Bistro serves up the best culinary dishes the French have to offer. They will have a three-course meal followed by a sweet finale for $150 per couple, and their bistro is BYOB!

4. Cadillac Pizza Pub

If you’re looking for a casual evening after a night of wining and dining, Cadillac Pizza Pub is the place for you! On February 14th at 9pm, the Maylee Thomas Band will be performing! Soak in the gospel-based blues and enjoy a cold draft for a perfect end to a romantic day.

5. Italian Garden

No Valentine’s Day date list would be complete without Italian food. Italian Garden, located just minutes outside of Craig Ranch, is cooking up award-winning favorites like fried calamari and chicken parmigiana. In addition, Italian Garden is also BYOB!

Choose any of these options for a great Valentine’s Day out in McKinney, TX! We also have some ideas about how to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day in your Craig Ranch home, click here!

More Than 1,000 New Home Sites at Craig Ranch

by crblog - January 30th, 2015

With the new year in full swing, the Craig Ranch community in McKinney, TX is starting construction on all remaining residential land. Since developer David Craig purchased the first parcel of land in 2000, Craig Ranch has produced 2,359 homes (thanks to the area’s top builders), 1,000 apartment units, retail, office, a medical district including a full service hospital and a new corporate center.

Due to the demand to live in our master-planned community, the development of more than 1,000 new single-family home sites is underway. These lots will be completed over the next 36 months. New home construction by top area home builders such as Beazer Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Ashton Woods Homes, Megatel and Landon Homes will provide a wide range of home designs in Craig Ranch.

“We are pretty much done on available residential land” developer David Craig said in a recent Dallas Morning News article. “The demand for homes has been incredible and we will be able to provide new homes in McKinney from $300s to $2.5 million over the next 3-4 years.

Craig Ranch is at the epicenter of the North Texas region with more than 9,000 residents in our community!  Once these phases are complete, we estimate adding 20,000 residents in the span of five years. All of this new development will take place just north of State Highway 121between Custer Road and Alma Rd.

“[Craig Ranch has] the most diverse lifestyle options, price ranges of homes and mix of amenities of any master planned development in North Texas,” Craig said.

Since 2000, David Craig’s dream has been to enhance the American tradition of community through a blend of family-friendly neighborhoods served by employment, medical services, shopping and dining within walking distance of home. The signature amenities, open green spaces and small-town ambiance are sure to make you fall in love with Craig Ranch as well as the city of McKinney, TX, which was ranked #1 by Money Magazine as the Best Place to Live in America in 2014 and Top 10 Best Places to Move by Forbes Magazine.

Learn more about our community on our website or stop by the Craig Ranch Information Center! We are so excited about these new phases of development and growth.

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Developer’s Corner with David Craig: New Year, New Developments

by crblog - January 23rd, 2015

The past year was a busy one for Craig Ranch – the McKinney Corporate Center at Craig Ranch opened, the Villas sold out, new construction projects began and much more! In this month’s Craig Ranch Telegram, developer David Craig reflects on the progresses made in 2014 and where 2015 is headed. Here’s what he had to say:

2015 should be another banner year for Craig Ranch. In fact, we will be celebrating the community’s 15th Anniversary this year!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since I closed on the very first 1,100 acre piece of land that would eventually become the award-winning, 2,200-acre master-planned community of Craig Ranch. While the national recession that hit the DFW market in 2008 and lasted until 2012 slowed us down a bit, the activity and transformation that has occurred in the last two or three years is truly amazing. From the residential construction activity that has dirt flying in every corner of Craig Ranch to the new retail, new office and new corporate campus we recently completed, Craig Ranch is thriving in every sector.  As a final wrap up for 2014, consider the activity of just last year:

  • The McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch opened a beautiful new entrance from Sam Rayburn Tollway with beautiful landscaping, a pond and additional trails that added to our miles of available trails in and around Craig Ranch.
  • The Villas was sold out –Thank You K. Hovnanian Homes and Highland Homes for creating such a beautiful neighborhood!
  • The Estates has extensive activity as relocating corporate executives are choosing Craig Ranch due for its signature amenities, lifestyle and location.
  • New residential neighborhoods are open or underway on the north, south, east and west sides of Craig Ranch bringing beautiful new home designs to the community.
  • Two builders opened new model homes in 2014: Our Country Homes in The Settlement and Landon Homes in The Fairways.
  • Piazza on the Green- a new wedding venue overlooking the fairways of TPC Craig Ranch, started construction at TPC Drive and Collin McKinney.
  • Moviehouse & Eatery, a premier dine-in cinema was announced in November that will bring a fun entertainment and dining experience to our community.
  • McKinney Corporate Center I opened with Barclays becoming our newest corporate resident.

We’re looking forward to a busy 2015 at Craig Ranch; please pardon our construction as we continue to grow. We wish you a healthy and happy new year!

Craig Ranch Homebuilder Spotlight: Landon Homes

by crblog - January 16th, 2015

Landon Homes is an award-winning homebuilder in McKinney, TX whose home designs respect both the environment and your budget, ensuring that you are happy homeowners in our Craig Ranch community!

Landon Homes has been named Texas Builder of the Year five out of seven years and has received a number of other honors for architecture, product designs and excellent customer service. They recently began building beautiful homes starting in the $330s in the Fairways at Craig Ranch neighborhood. Home plans range from 2,124 square feet to 3,124 square feet with many open floor plans and covered patios for entertaining and optional add-ons to make sure you buy the right home for your family. The Landon Homes model is open daily and is located just off of Custer Road for easy access to Hwy 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway.

Craig Ranch encompasses a unique blend of natural amenities, social opportunities and connectivity that is perfect for families, couples or empty nesters. A full-time lifestyle director keeps a full calendar of events for residents and facilitates many different clubs and groups for Craig Ranch residents.

While Craig Ranch students attend the highly coveted Frisco Independent School District, we are located in McKinney, TX, Money Magazine’s #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014. There’s rarely a dull moment in this exciting city where you can check out Historic Downtown McKinney for some delicious restaurants and fun entertainment or hop on 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway and be in Downtown Dallas, at DFW Airport or anywhere in Collin County in just a short drive!

Make your next home tour be your last with the help of Landon Homes! To learn more about this builder, contact Patrice Hopkins: 972.540.0000 or stop by the Landon Homes model in The Fairways at Craig Ranch at 5905 Mickelson Way, McKinney, TX 75070.

Craig Ranch Neighborhood Spotlight: The Estates at Craig Ranch

by crblog - January 9th, 2015

Welcome to The Estates!

Craig Ranch is one of McKinney and North Texas’ most popular communities. Proximity to major thoroughfares like 121-Sam Rayburn, the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 75; fabulous shopping and dining destinations; and major employment centers make the community an ideal destination for busy families or couples who value convenience.

Here at Craig Ranch, we pride ourselves on our luxurious master-planned community and unique signature amenities. If you’re looking for a luxury homes in Craig Ranch, here is one neighborhood you need to check out: The Estates at Craig Ranch.

The Estates at Craig Ranch is a gated enclave that offers one-acre custom home sites along the TPC Craig Ranch private golf course and half-acre home sites by Huntington Homes. This neighborhood encompasses a number of custom homebuilders including Custom Homes of Texas, Peckham Custom Builder, Lewis & Early Custom Homes and more.

The Estates at Craig Ranch is a luxury neighborhood that provides its new homeowners with a two-year membership to Cooper Fitness Center and Spa and the opportunity to waive the one-time initiation fee for membership at TPC Craig Ranch. This is perfect for those of you looking to get active and fit in 2015!

If you’re looking for a new home in McKinney (or a home in the prestigious Frisco Independent School District), be sure to stop by the Craig Ranch Information Center at 6850 TPC Dr. in McKinney to find out everything Craig Ranch has to offer.

Simple New Year’s Resolutions: Effective and Easy to Keep

by crblog - December 29th, 2014

We will welcome the new year this week, and that means it’s time to reflect on 2014 and decide how you want to move forward in 2015. For many people, the new year is an opportunity to create new goals. Coming up with practical resolutions can be difficult, so we’ve compiled this short list to help you out:

Put Your Phone On A Diet

It’s easy to get wrapped up in your devices, but doing so takes away from time you could be spending with your family in your McKinney home. In fact, the 24/7 cycle of mainstream media can be really exhausting. Instead of pulling the plug on your phone for long lengths of time, commit to turning off your phone for 20 to 30 minutes each day. This is a great resolution to do with family members, so you can hold each other accountable. For example, you and your spouse can agree to keep your phone off and away during dinner.

When In Doubt, Walk It Out

We know that not everyone has time to exercise strenuously on a set schedule. However, committing to a few minutes of exercise each day can really make a difference for your health in the long run. Take a short walk around our McKinney community, or opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator on your way into work. Little things like this will add up to contribute to better overall health.

Enhance What You Already Do Well

This is probably the easiest resolution to maintain throughout the new year. Instead of trying to change something completely, or add something to your routine, just pick something you already do well and aim to do it better. For example, if you are a good cook, try to make more meals at home instead of eating out.

We hope these simple and effective New Year’s resolution ideas will help get your 2015 off to a great start!

The Breakfast Recipes You Need to Please Family and Guests

by crblog - December 23rd, 2014

If you ask us, the best way to start a big day is with a big breakfast! For the holiday you celebrate this season, these recipes are sure to have everyone rushing into your McKinney home.

Breakfast Sausage Casserole

This is a great make-ahead breakfast dish, especially for those living in our single-family homes that may have a kitchen full of guests. The recipe serves eight people. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Crumble up the sausage into a skillet and cook over medium until browned, and then drain. In a bowl, mix the mustard power, salt, eggs and milk. Add the sausage, bread cubes and cheese, and then stir to coat evenly. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 inch-baking dish. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours or while you’re sleeping! The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, cover and bake 45 to 60 minutes. You may need to add a little more time depending on your oven. This recipe is so good, we’re sure it will be a new tradition for your family.

Eggnog French Toast

This recipe screams holiday, but we’re sure you’ll want to make it year-round. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups eggnog
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 slices French bread

Whisk the eggs, eggnog, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. Preheat a lightly greased electric skillet to 300 degrees. Dip one slice of bread at a time into the mixture, coating the bread thoroughly. Place the coated bread slices into the skillet and cook, turning once, until each side is a nice golden brown. Now your delicious breakfast is done! Here’s a quick tip to make it even more flavorful: soak and refrigerate your bread slices in the mixture overnight in a large baking dish.

We hope these breakfast ideas will fill your holiday mornings with joy! Come back to our blog for more recipes your family and guests will love.