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.

It’s Never Too Late to Start a Healthy Lifestyle

by crblog - December 22nd, 2014

If you think the ship has sailed on getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, think again. Recent research by the Cooper Institute, the parent of the Cooper Fitness Center Craig Ranch, shows that those who stay active through midlife had fewer chronic diseases in their later years.

That means you can start now, and reap the benefits through your retirement. Pretty good news, huh?

What’s even better news: You have many options for getting active and plenty of fitness experts to help you out when you live in Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Golf: Members of TPC Craig Ranch can get lessons and instruction from top PGA golf professionals.
Tennis: The pro at Cooper Fitness Center Craig Ranch offers individual and group lessons. (Cooper also has on staff pro coaches in water sports, basketball and martial arts.)
Fitness: Shy about exercise equipment? Don’t know where to start with strength and endurance training? One of Cooper’s 20 personal trainers can help.
Cycling/triathlon/multisport: The self-proclaimed world’s largest triathlon store, Playtri, is in the heart of Craig Ranch, and they have intro classes and training to help get you started.

The bottom line is that, according to Cooper, it’s not too late to start a fitness plan that will help you age well and live a longer, healthy life. So what’s holding you back?

Last Minute DIY Holiday Gifts

by crblog - December 19th, 2014

This time of year is the season of giving, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with clever gift ideas without spending an arm and a leg. If you’re still scrambling to find the perfect present, Craig Ranch has you covered. Take a look at these simple DIY holiday gift ideas you can create right in your McKinney, TX home.

Animal Bookends

This adorable and practical gift will have your gift recipients smiling. It’s a great idea for families or kids that love to read! All you need is two of the child’s favorite plastic animal toys, two small blocks or scraps of wood, glue, and spray paint. Next, use the spray paint to coat the plastic animal toy in their favorite color and do the same with the block of wood.  Wait for them both to dry, and then adhere the toy onto the block of wood. Repeat these steps one more time, then viola! You have a pair of kid-friendly bookends.

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri

This is a great gift idea if you’re new to McKinney or recently purchased a new home in McKinney, and you want to get to know your neighbors! One of the reasons we love the holiday season is because of all the smells reminding us of winter. So, why not bag that smell?

In a clear or decorative bag, place one orange, three cinnamon sticks, one cup of fresh cranberries, one to two teaspoons of cloves (whole or ground), and one to two teaspoons of nutmeg. Then tie the bag up with a pretty ribbon and add a tag with the following instructions: “Cut up the orange and place in a small saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Then fill the saucepan with water until it is about one inch below the rim. Place on the stove and simmer on low. Soon your home will smell like the holidays!” Consider giving this easy gift to your new McKinney neighbors to welcome them to the neighborhood!

Personal, Artsy Mugs

This is one of our favorite DIY gifts. All you need to make this popular craft are porcelain mugs and a porcelain paint pen, both in colors of your choosing. With the pen, write a personal note or the name of your gift recipient on the mug. You could even draw something decorative! Let the mug dry for 24 hours and then it’s ready to use.

For more holiday ideas and community updates, be sure to check back on our blog frequently! If you’re thinking about moving to McKinney we still have plenty of new Craig Ranch homes for sale.

Holidays at Craig Ranch: Have Yourself an Effortless Family Holiday

by crblog - December 18th, 2014

Do you think holiday entertaining must involve a trip over the river and through the woods – or at least a car ride across town? It doesn’t have to! The holiday fun stays in the neighborhood, when you live in a master-planned community, such as the award-winning Craig Ranch in McKinney. You and your holiday guests don’t need to plan a 30-minute caravan to keep things lively.

For starters, you can relax. Your guests can join you for a seasonal massage, pedicure and facial at the Cooper Spa at Craig Ranch. Then you can sign up for any of the fantastic holiday fitness programs at the Cooper Fitness Center, Craig Ranch’s state-of-the-art wellness facility. Members receive one free guest pass (and can purchase additional ones), so you and your holiday guests can keep up with your workouts while you celebrate.

Or both the adults and the kids can drop in for public skating at the Dr Pepper Star Center Ice Arena, at 6993 Stars Ave. What’s the holiday without a spin around the rink? You can even win 4 free skating passes this month – find out how here.

Tired of coordinating meals? Grab a quick breakfast, lunch or pick-me-up smoothie at Tenley’s Café at the Cooper Fitness Center; it’s full of healthy food choices. Members of the TPC Craig Ranch golf club – the centerpiece of the community – can enjoy a casual meal at The Legend’s Grill, with light fare, a full-service bar and panoramic views of the Audubon-accredited course.

Before your guests pack up and head home, host a farewell holiday meal at the TPC Craig Ranch club’s formal dining option, The Portobello Room. The event will practically plan itself; less work and more fun for you and everyone!

How to Keep Your McKinney, TX Home Safe During the Holidays

by crblog - December 12th, 2014

The holidays are here in McKinney, TX and for many families that means you are busier than ever! It’s easy to get swept away decorating your McKinney home for the holidays or preparing your travel plans. So, we’ve complied a few simple tips to keep your house safe during all the hustle and bustle.

Get To Know Your Neighbors
The holidays are a great time to get to know your neighbors. If you haven’t done so already, or you are new to living in McKinney, stroll over and introduce yourself! Don’t be limited to next-door meet-and-greets; include neighbors across the street and behind you as well. If traveling for the holidays, ask your neighbor to keep an eye out for suspicious activities. This will help build friendships and keep our Craig Ranch community safe!

Lock It Up
Take extra caution this holiday season to ensure that your McKinney home is safe and secure. Lock windows and doors when leaving as an extra precaution. It’s also a good idea to lock up while you’re inside. Remind children not to answer the door for people they do not recognize, as there can be a lot of door-to-door solicitations this time of year!

Be Discrete
Try to avoid keeping gifts or valuable objects near windows, where they are in plain view from the street. Be sure to also close the blinds when you are not home. Consider setting a timer on your indoor and outdoor lights to give the illusion that you’re home, even if you’re not.

Follow these simple tips to have a safe and enjoyable holiday in McKinney, TX and check back frequently to learn more about our new homes in Craig Ranch!

Health Benefits of Massage – Well Beyond Stress Relief

by crblog - December 12th, 2014

When it comes to massage, plenty of studies have shown that this alternative therapy can help relieve stress, reduce pain and nix muscle tension.

In addition, according to the Mayo Clinic, research shows regular massage can help with anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-related insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, nerve pain, soft tissue strains, sports injuries and temporomandibular (or jaw) pain.

And more than that …

“Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist,” Mayo says.

Cooper Spa Craig Ranch, a serene oasis located in the Cooper Fitness Center, offers a full range of massage techniques for members and non-members.

Swedish massage: For tension in the muscles and tissue.

Deep-tissue massage: Therapeutic massage focusing on trigger points in the muscle tissue by using strong pressure. Ideal for an active person or someone who needs relief from extended muscle soreness or tightness. 

Fitness massage: Integrating deep-tissue massage with deep stretching to release tension, increase vitality and enhance flexibility.
Stone therapy massage: Combines Swedish techniques with the placement of warm and cool stones to loosen tight muscles, relieve stress and ease tension.

Aromatherapy massage: A blend of pure essential oils to reduce anxiety and lift the mood.
Neck and shoulder massage: No time for a full massage? Target the neck and shoulder area based on your preferred pressure to get rid of the tension where it builds.

Texas two-step massage
: Massage as a couples activity! Enjoy side-by-side massages with your spouse or a friend.

What do you think – time to say, “Ahhhhhhhh”?