Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for You and Your Family

by crblog - October 24th, 2014

Witches, goblins and werewolves – oh my! The streets of McKinney will be full of them next Friday on the evening of Halloween. Before filling treat bags and putting on masks, its important families and children review safety tips to ensure the evening is full of fun and no frights.

Tip 1. If a costume includes a sword, knife or similar accessories, be sure it’s short, soft and flexible. When moving from house to house, sharp objects could potentially hurt another trick-or-treater.

Tip 2. Stay together! No one should trick-or-treat alone. Stay in a group and have at least one trusted adult there to supervise – the more adults, the more fun for both parents & kids!

Tip 3. Add pieces of reflective tape to costumes and treat bags so drivers can see you. Look both ways before crossing the street!

Tip 4. Use a flashlight to help everyone see what’s ahead and for others to see you.

Tip 5. Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult and if it’s a well-lit house. Don’t stop at dark houses or accept rides from strangers.

Tip 6. Avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure your costume is flame-resistant. Here’s some information about flame-resistant fabrics.

Tip 7. If staying at home to hand out treats, be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause falls.

Tip 8. Keep jack-o-lanterns with candles away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains.

Using Halloween safety tip handouts is another great way to help keep children safe. Handouts offer parents and teachers a perfect opportunity to talk about the potential dangers of Halloween while reinforcing safety rules and engaging children in an activity. Here are some handouts to print: http://bit.ly/1uzTz2Q

Craig Ranch hopes it’s a frightening good time for everyone and wishes you a Happy Halloween!

How to Successfully Relocate Your Family to the McKinney, Texas Area

by crblog - October 17th, 2014

As large corporations make their way to Dallas-Fort Worth, they bring with them thousands of employees who will settle down in the area with their families. Based on the local news Toyota’s relocation will bring 4,000 jobs to their new headquarters in Plano, Texas over the next couple years. This relocation will be the largest out-of-state move to Plano since retailer J.C. Penney transferred its headquarters in the 1980s.

For anyone being relocated to the area, they should consider what they’ll find in McKinney (the BEST place to live in America!) Located just 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney has a quaint, small town feel that has a friendly charm, tree-lined neighborhoods, a historic downtown and beautiful parks. If non-Texans are not as familiar with the area and need to make a quick moving decision, they can find all of the relocation materials they need to make an educated choice. Here they’ll find:

  • A city snapshot with accolades, wage data, demographics, community and education information.
  • A Chamber of Commerce guide offering an overview of McKinney’s lifestyle, business, education, local government info and wellness offerings.
  • MISD information sheet
  • Parks activity guide
  • A city overview from D Magazine covering its history and annual events.
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Visit McKinney brochure which includes an overview of all the things to do and see in McKinney.
  • McKinney National Airport brochure with information about McKinney’s full-service general aviation airport and award-winning, fixed-base operation.

Thankfully master-planned communities such as Craig Ranch in McKinney easily accommodate families relocating to the area and looking for a home, not just a house! We’d love to speak to you about what we have to offer and why McKinney is the perfect fit for you. Contact us online or stop by our information center in person: 6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104, McKinney, Texas 75070

Craig Ranch Community Spotlight: The Settlement at Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 10th, 2014

When entering the Craig Ranch community for the first time, many are surprised not only by the number of homes and amenities but also by the various neighborhoods we let residents choose from. Each neighborhood is located within Craig Ranch and has something to offer. The Settlement neighborhood is bordered by TPC Craig Ranch, wooded parks and trails. The Settlement in Craig Ranch is unique because it includes custom single family homes and luxury townhomes with golf course views.

Craig Ranch’s newest builder is Our Country Homes, which will design and build beautiful, one-of-a-kind homes in The Settlement neighborhood. Realtors and consumers recently got a peek at the new Our Country Homes model home (and we’re sure they are now raving about what The Settlement has to offer!)

The Settlement in Craig Ranch residents are within walking distance to Cooper Fitness Center and Spa plus they can easily hop on the community’s half mile rubberized jogging track. Easy access to a healthy lifestyle is proof Craig Ranch is providing new ways of living well for its residents.

If you’re ready to make the move to Craig Ranch and specifically to The Settlement, there is no better time than now. Those relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas from out-of-state should consider looking at what’s available as well – and sooner than later!

A few Our Country Homes 3 and 4 bedroom custom homes are available. These homes range from 3,342 to 3,997 square feet and offer desirable lot sizes as well. To tour these homes and find out what the Craig Ranch lifestyle is really about, stop by the Craig Ranch Information Center (6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104, McKinney, Texas 75070) or give us a call! 972-529-5700

New Developments Continue to Make McKinney Great

by crblog - October 3rd, 2014

The town of McKinney is considered one of the most popular new areas in the greater Dallas area. With its charming buildings and neighborhood feel, living in McKinney embodies the perfect suburban lifestyle. Craig Ranch in McKinney is one of the premier developments in the area. When you move into a beautiful new home in the Craig Ranch community in McKinney, you will be treated to a leisurely and pleasant lifestyle. Here are some of the new developments that are continuing to make McKinney a great place to call home – and the number one place to live in America according to Money Magazine!

Popular Restaurants

Dining in McKinney will appeal to foodies and families alike. McKinney is attracting well-known chefs from around the Dallas area. When you visit downtown McKinney, you can sample farm to table cuisine, classic American dishes, and restaurants that serve elegant cuisine in a refined setting. When you feel like treating your loved ones to a night out to dinner, McKinney has many restaurants that will please every member of your crew.

Fantastic Boutiques

Boutique owners and businesses are setting up shop in the McKinney town square. When you move into one of the new homes in McKinney, you will be able to take advantage of terrific shopping in town. From lifestyle boutiques to stores specializing in Texas-inspired goods, McKinney is a great place to pick up that special something that you have been hunting for.

New Homes

The new homes in McKinney are among the most exciting new developments in the area. Craig Ranch in McKinney offers premium townhomes and single-family homes that have been handcrafted with the best materials and finest amenities. If you are on the market for a new home near Dallas, be sure to visit an open house at the Craig Ranch community in the McKinney area. Our latest model home from Our Country Homes recently opened and is now available for Realtors and homebuyers to tour!

New Business

About a year ago was the groundbreaking of McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch, which has since attracted major corporations and is currently the largest corporate center in the area. One major corporation being London-based Barclays Bank which placed their new U.S. technology center in a 40,000 square foot office on Weiskopf Avenue.

As other corporations eye McKinney and neighboring cities to set up shop, it proves there really is no better time to move or relocate to the McKinney area. New developments make it great but the people and community feel are what make it the best!

For more information about available homes in McKinney, TX, call (972) 529-5700 or visit www.craigranchtexas.com.

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McKinney Rated Number One by Money Magazine

by crblog - September 26th, 2014

Since 2008, McKinney has been making its way up the rankings on Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live annual list. In 2010, McKinney made a huge jump from #14 (in 2008) to #5 then in 2012, it snagged the #2 spot.

This year Money Magazine set out to find the nation’s top cities with populations between 50,000 to 300,000. Starting with 781 cities, they used data and other sources to review everything from the local economy and housing market to schools and healthcare. Then reporters were sent to visit the top 35 cities to get a feel for the community and other intangibles.

When the 2014 Best Places to Live list went live this week, the #1 spot was taken by McKinney, Texas!

“It’s a mix of European, East Coast, and West Coast here,” said Patrizia Montanari, a photographer and McKinney resident. “You get culture and more country charm for less money than what you’d find in Dallas.”

It’s no surprise to us McKinney topped the list. With excellent schools, beautiful natural parks and open spaces, affordable and diverse housing, plenty of jobs and a vibrant downtown, McKinney has become one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. According to McKinney resident Alex Lanio, McKinney “is a truly hometown feeling” and we’d have to agree.

If you’re relocating to Dallas-Fort Worth or looking for a more suitable home, the Craig Ranch community in McKinney, Texas is the perfect place to start looking. Aren’t you ready to live in the #1 Best Place to Live in America? Come by Craig Ranch to see what we have to offer; we’d love to meet you!

Craig Ranch Resident Event Spotlight: Town Hall Meeting & Back to School Bash

by crblog - September 19th, 2014

Living in an established master-planned community in one of the most thriving cities in Dallas-Fort Worth comes with its perks. Craig Ranch in McKinney offers fabulous amenities, stunning homes and a busy social calendar for its residents.

Recently Craig Ranch residents were invited to a town hall meeting intended to bring the community together to present ideas they had for improvement or questions they had about the community. There was no specific agenda but instead the floor was open to residents in order to address the matters important to them.

The evening of the meeting, approximately 65 residents were in attendance, making it a very productive and positive evening. Most who attended expressed wanting to be more involved at Craig Ranch and to know more about what was going on in the community.

A few of the topics addressed included: the opening of Silverado Trail to Custer Road, proposed rezoning signs, new restaurants, tenants in the McKinney Corporate Center, new homes, 2015 budget and new parks.

“The meeting lasted about two hours and included a lot of positive conversations about the community and what’s new in Craig Ranch,” said Mandi Smith, Lifestyle Director, Craig Ranch Community Association.

A few days after the town hall meeting, it was time to have one last “hurrah” of summer before school started. Nearly 100 kids and adults gathered at the Riverwalk Pool for Craig Ranch’s Back to School Bash. The evening was a great way for the community to enjoy music, sno-cones and the last moments of a fun-filled summer in McKinney.

Interested in learning more about living in Craig Ranch? We’d love to talk to you! 972-529-5700. Do you live in Craig Ranch and want to get more involved? Email Mandi Smith: amsmith@ccmcnet.com.

McKinney Named One of D Magazine’s Best Suburbs

by crblog - September 12th, 2014

If you are seeking a beautiful new home in the suburban Dallas area, you may want to consider moving into one of the new homes in McKinney. The Craig Ranch community in McKinney offers wonderful amenities and a great neighborhood living experience, all within easy access to the city of Dallas and the surrounding area. In the beautiful and friendly neighborhood of McKinney, your house will feel like a true home. To highlight the advantages of taking a look at the new Craig Ranch homes for sale, here are some of the top reasons why D Magazine named McKinney one of the best suburbs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.

Strong Community
The new homes in McKinney provide residents with a strong sense of community. When you move into one of the homes for sale in Craig Ranch, you will experience all of the charm and amenities of a small town lifestyle. McKinney offers fantastic opportunities to get involved with sports, neighborhood organizations, and other rewarding activities.

Location, Location, Location
McKinney stretches from the close-in location of Craig Ranch at the crossroads of Collin County where Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney meet to historic downtown McKinney will all the charm of a close-knit community – all with easy access to airports and the entire North Texas area via SH121/Sam Rayburn Tollway and Highway 75.

Town Center
At the center of life in McKinney lies the historic downtown square. This vibrant district offers shops, dining, and a variety of other great entertainment amenities and services. Downtown McKinney is a terrific gathering place for every resident of the area.

If you’re interested in learning more about living in McKinney, TX, call (972) 529-5700 or visit www.CraigRanchTX.com today.

Our Country Homes Grand Opening Event at Craig Ranch in McKinney

by crblog - September 5th, 2014

Our Country Homes is set to unveil their stunning new Platinum Series Model Home in The Settlement at Craig Ranch. For three generations, Our Country Homes, a family-owned custom builder in DFW, has established a solid reputation for designing and building beautiful one-of-a-kind homes in a timely and budget-friendly manner.

This new model home showcases the custom design and luxurious appointments that Our Country Homes has built their reputation upon and overlooks the prestigious TPC Craig Ranch golf course. An abundance of custom trim details and wonderful architectural details throughout the home is sure to inspire. Walking through the model, you’ll see 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a spacious wine cellar, butler’s pantry, study, gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, an outdoor kitchen, large utility room with sink and window, energy star certified stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and a 3-car garage.

“The unique lifestyle offered by Craig Ranch coupled with a location that is easily accessible to the entire Metroplex is the perfect location for our new home designs”, according to Harvey Grimes, sales consultant with Our Country Homes. “TPC Craig Ranch, Cooper Fitness Center & Spa, six parks, hike & bike trails, athletic fields and sports complexes are an unbeatable combination for today’s active families.”

Our Country Homes is a welcome addition to the builders at Craig Ranch because every member of their staff and vendor team is committed to the homeowner’s complete satisfaction –always focusing on the little details that make a big difference in the quality of the home and the customer service experience. They set themselves apart by having in-house architectural design services and staff, affordable offerings, flexibility with home sites, service after the sale and energy-efficient designs.

To celebrate their grand opening in The Settlement at Craig Ranch, Our Country Homes is offering giveaways, family entertainment and refreshments on Saturday, September 13th from 1 – 6 p.m.

To visit the model home in The Settlement at Craig Ranch, take Sam Rayburn Toll Road/121 to the Custer Road exit and go north to Stacy Road. Turn right on Stacy Road then right again on Settlement Way. The model is on your left at 5101 Settlement Way. For more information call 972-369-9300 or visit CraigRanchTX.com or OurCountryHomes.com.

The Cooper Craig Ranch Spa Treatments You Need This Summer

by crblog - August 22nd, 2014

If you are looking for a great way to relax and unwind in McKinney, Texas, you may want to consider scheduling a spa treatment at the Cooper Ranch Spa. Our master-planned community offers a premier spa destination that can be used by residents and visitors alike. Here is a quick peek at some spa treatments that await you at the Cooper Craig Ranch Spa.

Massage

Even though the summer season is designed to be relaxing, life’s frustrations and stresses still arise. The Cooper Craig Ranch Spa offers a variety of massage procedures to help you recoup from hectic days. From deep tissue massage to aromatherapy massage, we are sure to offer a massage style that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a revolutionary spa treatment that will provide you with healthier, younger looking skin. During this treatment, a technician will gently exfoliate your skin removing dead cells and leaving you refreshed and clean.

Bath Treatment

For the ultimate in relaxation, you may want to choose a bath treatment. The green tea bath at the Cooper Craig Ranch Spa will allow you to unwind and relax, while also detoxifying your body.

So what are you waiting for? The school year is about to begin so now is the perfect time to treat yourself to relaxing massage. Plus the summer spa specials are still available until September! For a complete overview of all of the spa treatments that await you at our master-planned community in McKinney, visit our website or give us a call at (972) 529-5700.

How to Get Your Family Ready for the 2014-2015 School Year

by crblog - August 19th, 2014

The summer season is winding down, and now is the time to make sure that your family is ready for the new school year. When you move into a McKinney master-planned community, your children and their neighborhood friends will be headed off to great schools in your district. To ease the transition out of summer and into study mode, here are some tips for getting ready for the school year.

Introduce a Schedule

During the summer months, your daily routine may be disrupted by camps, vacations, and other special activities. To prepare for the first day of school, you may want to introduce a routine schedule for your children, including regular bedtimes and wake up times. You may also want to coordinate your schedule with other families in your McKinney master-planned community. By introducing a schedule, you will reduce the shock of waking up for the very first morning of school.

Create a Calendar

To get ready for the school year, create a master calendar for your family. By writing every person’s schedule down in a single place, you will be able to plan out your activities and school schedules with ease. You may also want to color code each member of your family, so you can determine your daily schedule at a glance.

Go School Shopping

School shopping can add both stress and excitement to the end of summer. When you are getting your family ready for the school year after you move into one of the beautiful new homes in McKinney, it is important to go school shopping well in advance. By planning ahead and getting your shopping done in plenty of time, you can make sure that everyone get the supplies and new clothes that they need for the upcoming year. Luckily living in McKinney means you have plenty of places to shop just minutes away!

Like these cute backpacks? You can buy them here!

For more information about living in McKinney, TX, call (972) 529-5700 or visit www.craigranchtexas.com to see available homes now.