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!

Easy DIY Home Projects for Empty Nesters

by crblog - September 22nd, 2016

The modern home designs and open floor plans make the homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX perfect for empty nesters. One of the biggest benefits of being an empty nester is having more free time to do the things you want to do. If you enjoy filling your free time with simple and fun home projects, here are a few DIY projects that are perfect for empty nesters!

Invigorate Your Entryway

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While the homes in Craig Ranch already have plenty of curb appeal, you can never have too much. That’s why adding more to your entryway, such as potted plants and even painting your front door, is a perfect weekend project that you can easily do yourself.

Charging Drawer

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Don’t let your phone and computer cords create a tangled mess. Using kitchen drawer dividers and a power strip, you can easily turn an otherwise useless drawer into a hidden charging station. By drilling a small hole in the back of the drawer and desk, you can seamlessly plug the power strip into the wall and keep the cords hidden.

Add Crown Molding

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Whether it’s in your living room, dining room or any other room in your house, adding some crown molding can bring the overall room design to a whole new level. This ultimate guide to molding will help you decide on the perfect style!

Install a Medicine Cabinet

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With just a stud finder and a drill, you can increase shelf space in your bathroom in under an hour. For the quickest installation, choose a medicine cabinet that can be hung directly on the wall rather than cutting away drywall and recessing the cabinet in between studs. Here is a step-by-step guide to installing a medicine cabinet.

These four easy DIY projects are perfect for giving your home that little something extra. If you want to find out more about the modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today and plan a visit to see our beautiful master-planned community for yourself!

Upcoming Events in McKinney, TX

by crblog - September 15th, 2016

With wonderful McKinney events and area attractions, there is always something fun to do near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas! Here are a few of the fun McKinney events going on during the rest of September and October.

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McKinney Oktoberfest 2016

When: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: Friday: 4 PM – 11 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 11 PM, Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest! This fun event will have authentic German music, food, drink, costumes and dancing. You can walk around Historic Downtown McKinney with your favorite German beer and bratwurst all weekend long.

Neighborhood Night at the Movies – Hotel Transylvania 2

When: Friday, October 7

Where: Old Settlers Park

What Time: 7:30 PM

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly movie. Hotel Transylvania 2 will be showing at Old Settlers Park on October 7th, and admission is free!

Classics on the Square Car Show

When: Saturday, October 29

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Do you love classic cars and trucks? Well, this event hosted by the Morning Maniacs in Historic Downtown McKinney is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Roam the square, enjoy some breakfast and check out all of the classic cars and trucks!

Scare on the Square

When: Monday, October 31

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This is an annual McKinney event where hundreds of trick-or-treaters can enjoy a fun and safe Halloween night. The streets will be closed off so that kids can cross safely without worrying about oncoming traffic. Make sure to get there early so you can get the best treats!

Residents in our master-planned community are immensely close to some of the best area attractions and never run out of fun things to do! If you would like to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, take a look at our available homes today.

How to Protect Your Home from Burglars

by crblog - September 8th, 2016

When your home is broken into, it can be a truly terrifying experience. Don’t let your home fall victim to thieves. To help you do just that, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing a few tips on how to keep your home safe from burglars.

Install a Wireless Alarm System

While any alarm system is good to have, the best to have is a wireless alarm system that is connected to your cell phone. That way you will get an immediate notification if someone tries to break in. Wireless alarm systems are also harder for burglars to disconnect and disarm.

Motion-Sensor Lighting

Adding motion sensing outdoor lighting will not only make every area of your house clearly visible, but when it flashes on, it will startle the burglar and cause them to leave. Place them near all major entryways and even on other sides of your house so you know that no one can sneak around your house without being seen.

Keep Your Windows Shuttered

Many modern home designs have begun to incorporate more windows to let more natural light in. While this is great, you should make sure that you have shutters, drapes or curtains that can properly cover your windows when you aren’t home. Otherwise, the burglar will be able to look directly into your home and see all of your valuables.

Using Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolts are highly effective at protecting your door from being easily kicked in, and they are harder to pick. Add a deadbolt lock to each door of your home to make them more secure and keep burglars out. If you frequently exit and enter your home through the garage, you can also add a single sided deadbolt lock to your front door that can only be unlocked from the inside.

Doing these 4 things should help to protect your home from any burglars. For more helpful homeowner tips or more information about the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore the Craig Ranch website today.

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What Makes Craig Ranch Perfect for Empty Nesters?

by crblog - September 7th, 2016

When it comes be being an empty nester, there are many different factors to consider when choosing a new home. With the convenience, active lifestyle and many other benefits offered at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, empty nesters will find that Craig Ranch is the perfect master-planned community for the lifestyle they are looking for. Here’s why:

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Modern Home Designs

Since empty nesters usually have more time on their hands and fewer people living in the house, they can easily host dinner parties or invite the kids over for the holidays. The modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for such a thing.

In fact, Darling Homes and David Weekley Homes are building some fabulous homes in the Spicewood neighborhood on small lots for couples looking for a lock-and-leave lifestyle!

Exceptional Amenities

Empty nesters have many exceptional amenities to choose from at Craig Ranch. Residents can take it easy by kicking back and relaxing by the resort-style pool or getting a five-star treatment at Cooper Fitness/Spa. If residents are interested in maintaining an active lifestyle or even taking it up a notch, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has many options for recreation and fitness.

Easy Walkability

There plenty of great parks and fitness trails that make it easy to walk around the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Craig Ranch is a part of the Six Cities Trail Plan, which will be 20 miles of trails along a pristine creek that connects one city to the next. There aren’t many other communities that can offer what Craig Ranch can.


Location is important for many different reasons. When deciding where to move as an empty nester, convenience is everything. Located at the crossroads of McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano, Craig Ranch can offer exactly that!

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is perfect for empty nesters. If you’re an empty nester and would like to learn more about Craig Ranch, contact us today and take a look at all of our available new homes.

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Summary of the 2016 Rio Olympics

by crblog - August 25th, 2016

The Olympics are officially over, and as always, Team USA took home the most medals with a final medal count of 121 medals. We won 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. China came in second place for the total medal count with 70 medals, and Great Britain came in third with 67 total medals. Today, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is going to give a brief summary of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Michael Phelps the Olympic Legend

Cementing his Olympic legend status, Michael Phelps brought his total medal count to 28, 23 of those being gold. This further solidified his position as the most successful Olympian of all time. Rio was also his last Olympics.

Usain Bolt Completes Triple-Triple

Winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in the last three Olympics means that Usain Bolt completed the unprecedented triple-triple. He is the first person to ever complete such a feat. He is also now the second most successful Olympian of all time, across all sports.

Record Breaking Olympics

Rio 2016 has been the Olympics of breaking all sorts of Olympic and world records. There were 65 Olympic and 19 world records broken. One of the most notable was when South Africa’s Wayde van Nierkerk ran the 400m with a time of 43.03 seconds. The original record was set 17 years ago by America’s Michael Johnson with a mark of 43.18 seconds.

Brazil Wins Gold in Soccer

It was no secret that the one sport Brazil wanted to win more than any other was soccer, and sure enough, they did. Playing in their home country, Brazil won in the final against Germany with a penalty shot.

Simone Biles’ Olympic Debut

Already a big name before she got to the Olympics, Simone Biles didn’t disappoint. Already holding multiple world records prior to competing in the Rio Olympics, all eyes were on the 19-year-old athlete as she brought home 4 gold medals and 1 bronze. After just competing in her first Olympics, Simone Biles is already considered one of the best Olympic gymnasts of all time.

These are just a few of the major things that happened at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Learn more about active living at the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX by exploring our recreation and fitness page.

Olympic-Themed House Party Ideas

by crblog - August 18th, 2016

The 2016 Olympics is here and the new homes of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for hosting an Olympic-themed house party that’s sure to draw in the crowds! With modern home designs, open floor plans and a few of these tips, the possibilities are endless for a gold medal worthy party!

Edible Torches

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Use popcorn and ice cream cones or create DIY paper cones and fill them with your flame-colored favorite snacks. These torches will keep the crowds satisfied all throughout the games.

Give Them the Gold

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Give your guests their own medals to make everyone feel like Olympic champions! Here’s how to make these DIY Olympic Gold Medals.

International Refreshments

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Keep your guests hydrated with an array of international beers and sodas. For an extra layer of fun, pour them into clear cups and have them try to guess what country the beverage comes from!

Olympics of Your Own

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Watching all of the incredible athletes on TV, you can feel inspired to do it yourself. Pool noodles, skewer sticks and a hammer is all you need to have your own hurdle race that’s fun for the whole family.

DIY Olympic Candy Jars

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Give your guests a sweet treat with these creative candy jars that only need a little spray paint, hot glue and candy to get the crowds cheering.

Olympic Backdrop

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Make your Olympic party one for the books with this photo booth that will capture your memories and the spirit of the games. Create your own props and decorations and it’ll sure be a hit!

These fun and creative party ideas will keep your friends and family entertained at your Olympic-themed party. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore our website today and take a look at the available homes!

Olympic Legend Michael Johnson

by crblog - August 12th, 2016

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is all about active living, and that is evident by the many recreation and fitness amenities that are located within Craig Ranch. Michael Johnson Performance, which was started in 2007 by the Olympic legend Michael Johnson, is one of the amazing places located in our master-planned community that people can go to train like an Olympian. Here are a few other things you should know about the Olympic legend, Michael Johnson.

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Texan Born and Raised

Born in Dallas, Texas on September 13, 1967, Michael Johnson is the youngest of five siblings. His full name is Michael Duane Adalbert Adam Johnson. As a teenager, he devoted his time to his studies and participated in athletics as a mere extracurricular activity.


At the age of 19, he went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for accounting. It was at Baylor, in April 1987, that coach Clyde Hart spotted him as he broke the university 200m record. At that point in his athletic career, he had already adopted his distinct running style, characterized by an upright gait and short stride. That running style eventually lead to his nickname “the Duck”.

The Road to the Top

In 1990, after getting his degree, Michael Johnson decided to focus full-time on athletics. At the end of the year, he was at the top of the international rankings for both the 200m and 400m distances. It was very rare for one athlete to excel in both. Then, at the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, he helped the USA team secure the gold in the 4×400 relay.

Sprint Superman

Following Barcelona in 1993, he went undefeated in 58 400m races, which soon hailed him the nickname “Superman”. However, his true accomplishment came in 1996 during the Atlanta summer Olympics where he completed a remarkable 200m-400m double, an achievement never matched before or since in men’s athletics. His world record 19.32 second 200m remained unbroken until Usain Bolt in 2008. Then in 1999, he set a new world record for the 400m at 43.18 seconds, which remains unbeaten to this day.

Michael Johnson Performance

In 2007, Michael Johnson founded Michael Johnson Performance at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Every program uses the same fundamentals that brought Michael record-breaking success and helps athletes of all ages, in any sport, reach their full potential.

To learn more about Michael Johnson Performance or Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore the Craig Ranch website today.