Commercial Real Estate Coming to McKinney, Texas

by crblog - November 20th, 2015

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In the past six months alone, Craig Ranch has completed more than $132 million worth of deals totaling 58 acres of McKinney real estate.

David Craig, founder and developer of Craig Ranch, expects to have 20,000 residents living in Craig Ranch in McKinney by 2020 and is continuously developing the master-planned community with both residential and commercial real estate.

Here are some highlights of what is coming to the master-planned community:

Audi Dealership
Sewell Automotive is bringing a brand new Audi dealership west of intersection at the northwest corner of State Highway 121 and Stacy Road. The 65,000 square foot dealership will include a pre-owned component and employ about 100 people.

Moviehouse & Eatery
Located on the northeast corner of Craig Ranch Parkway and State Highway 121, this isn’t your average movie theater. Reserve your own recliner and order chef-prepared food while enjoying the latest blockbusters on ten wall-to-wall screens. The Moviehouse & Eatery Craig Ranch will open in Fall 2016.

The Marketplace at Craig Ranch
A staple of any community is a local retail center and the Marketplace at Craig Ranch will be just that. The 20-acre Class A neighborhood retail center, located at the northeast corner of Custer and Stacy Road, will offer grocery, medical services and retail to residents of the master-planned community Craig Ranch in McKinney. Recently announced, Walmart Neighborhood Market will serve as the anchor of the McKinney commercial real estate development.

Holiday Inn Express
Under contstruction is the new Holiday Inn Express along State Highway 121, joining the existing La Quinta Inn.

Named the number one place to live by Money Magazine in 2014, there is no end in sight for McKinney’s potential growth and attractiveness for future McKinney real estate.

Craig Ranch is certainly playing a big part in that and will continue to do so, just as was planned.

Four Simple Table Decorations for a Craig Ranch Thanksgiving

by crblog - November 13th, 2015

As preparation begins for Thanksgiving around Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, there can be a lot that needs to be done before the big holiday. Especially if you’re playing host. There’s the food, space, seating, and last but not least, the center piece for the table where the main course will be served.

From simple to extravagant, a centerpiece can really accentuate the table and set the mood for a delicious meal and giving thanks.

Here are some centerpiece ideas collected from around the web that will definitely help create the perfect atmosphere this Thanksgiving at your Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX home:

Easier Than It Looks

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This design is simple, yet elegant. Although it may take a little leg-work, the final result is pretty unique and will definitely set the fall mood this Thanksgiving. All you need is a log, some fall themed items like pumpkins, acorns and leaves, and some candles to top it off. Jenna Burger gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create this beautiful centerpiece.

Mason Jars to the Rescue

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Is there really a situation where mason jars don’t seem to work? (No, they’re perfect for any event.) Thanksgiving is no exception. Fill the bottom of the mason jars with acorns, add a candle inside and you have simple, fall-inspired center pieces!

Keep it Classic

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You can’t go wrong with the simple pumpkin and fall décor design in your Dallas home.

Don’t Keep it Classic

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While there is something to be said for the classic “fall” look with orange pumpkins and fall foliage décor, there is definitely an appealing look to the alternative white-themed fall lineup. Paint pumpkins white, along with white candles, and an earthy arrangement of pumpkins and dishes and the table is set!

You can browse even more Thanksgiving table decorations to find the exact one you’re looking for! Thanksgiving is a special holiday and Dallas homes will be filled with families giving thanks. Set the mood by setting the table with something unique and prepare to enjoy the meal with your family at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Darling Homes Coming Soon to Spicewood at Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 6th, 2015

The more than 400 acres of sprawling green spaces known as Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas will continue its growth with the newest addition coming soon: Darling Homes in Spicewood!

Located at the four corners of McKinney, Plano, Allen, and Frisco, the award-winning master-planned community has all of the amenities to help families live the life dreams are made of. From the five-star TPC Craig Ranch golf course to the winding creekside trails, Craig Ranch McKinney TX offers a chance to live in a true Texas community just north the ever-bustling city of Dallas.

Why Darling Homes?
Darling Homes’ stunning floor plans, European-style designs and rich detail deliver a life of luxurious comfort like none other. Homes start in the mid $300s and average between 2,100 to 2,600 square feet to give you and your family the space it needs to make a house a home.

(The rendering of the Villa product is only a representative.)

More Darlings Homes Features:

  • 31’ Villa-style homes
  • Two-story floor plans
  • Innovative and distinct designs
  • Gourmet kitchens
  • Architectural authenticity

Aside from being located in Money’s Magazines Best Place to Live in America in 2014, Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch will feed into Allen ISD, one of the top districts in the nation for education, sports and the arts.

Craig Ranch believes in living a healthy lifestyle, one of the main features of this master-planned community. Enjoy the state-of-the-art Cooper Fitness Center and Spa, biking and running trails, the Ballfields at Craig Ranch, soccer fields, and parks the entire family can enjoy.

The model home for Darling Homes isn’t open just yet but is coming soon.

If you’re currently looking to build a new home and want information about Darling Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch, contact Cindy Bush, the Community Sales Manager, at 972-542-8335 or

Darling Homes is coming soon, but there are plenty of homes to ready now at Craig Ranch! Check out our current inventory for home that are ready now and check back for more information to come on additional builders and neighborhoods coming to Craig Ranch in 2016!

Craig Ranch Community Manager: Laura Kurak

by crblog - November 6th, 2015

Craig Ranch would like to introduce the Community Manager, Laura Kurak! Laura took the time to answer a few questions about herself and what she loves about Craig Ranch. Learn more about Laura and her passion for the Craig Ranch community below:

1. Tell us about yourself!

“I am a proud Texan and have lived in the Dallas area for over 40 years.  I grew up in the Irving area and am a current resident of Plano for over 13 years.  I am a graduate of the University of Texas and am so honored to be a Longhorn!  I am a mother of 3 amazing kids, ages 20, 17, and 14, and am so very proud of their wonderful accomplishments as students and young adults.

My career in community association management began as a homeowner with an undying passion to be neighborly and work with people to help them live their dream. I work each day in the association industry to help others share in this passion and pay it forward to others by exemplifying this positive, contagious behavior. My journey into this exciting field continued with my volunteerism as a Social Committee member and eventually into the leadership position of a Board of Director. I served my community with pride for over 7 years. I will do the same at Craig Ranch, for I am a believer of this wonderful community!”

2. What do you love most about Craig Ranch?

“Craig Ranch embodies the essence of a wonderful community with its aesthetic appeal, quality development of homes and businesses, and harmonious people. Behind every developer, builder, business partner, and resident, there are people. People are the very foundation of every community. Just as a building a home needs to be properly constructed with a solid foundation, every community needs a strong base of owners to build an outstanding development. People work hard to live the American dream of owning their own home or business. It is important for a community association to acknowledge and foster this owner sentiment, and it is equally as important for a Community Manager to implement and encourage this feeling as well.”

3. What is your favorite amenity at Craig Ranch?

“The community of Craig Ranch offers a wealth of amenities that work for individuals of all generations from sport complexes, golf course, fitness centers, businesses, and most importantly, beautiful homes of all different models and styles to meet the varied needs of our growing cultures. For an owner coming home to Craig Ranch is not just stepping into their front door, it is stepping into a lifestyle that will enhance their living.  Craig Ranch promotes a lifestyle of fitness and the old saying rings true of “your health is your wealth.”  I love the numerous parks within Craig Ranch and really enjoy the newest amenity of Crossroads Park.  What a beautiful new park it is and it is breathtakingly gorgeous!”

4. What do you hope to accomplish as the community manager at Craig Ranch?

“I am most excited to serve as the Community Manager at Craig Ranch, and I work hard to represent this community to the highest quality standard that is exemplified throughout the community and its development. Craig Ranch is an exceptional community mixing quality homes, builders, and businesses to create a unique place where people can live, work, and play. I am excited to see all the wonderful developments in the community, and I will continue to help exude this enthusiasm as their Community Manager. I will continue to focus on listening to community members, enhancing communication and building beneficial relationships between Craig Ranch residents and business partners.  I strive daily to help owners live the dream in Craig Ranch am committed to helping the owners feel part of the lifestyle of Craig Ranch.  I am proud to call Craig Ranch my career home.”

Ahead of the Curve- Healthy Neighborhoods Trend

by crblog - October 30th, 2015

Healthy Neighborhoods

How important were parks, hiking and biking trails, and other active lifestyle amenities when you moved to Craig Ranch?

If you’re like a growing number of Americans, health and wellness matters quite a bit when you buy a home. The quality of the environment and healthy lifestyle is the top priority of 87 percent of adults when choosing a place to live, according to the most recent survey by the Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative.

Consider this:

  • Gym memberships in the U.S. reached a record 51.4 million in January 2015 (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association).
  • More Americans report frequent exercise so far this year – 55.5 percent of those surveyed by Gallup in June.
  • Sales of organic food and non-food products broke records last year – up 11.3 percent to $39.1 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Craig Ranch is at the forefront of this healthy-neighborhoods trend, with trails for walking, jogging and biking crisscrossing the neighborhood.

Then there’s Cooper Fitness Center & Spa and the TPC golf course. (And remember that 17 Green homeowners have exclusive access and free membership opportunities at both.)

How does it feel to be living ahead of the curve?

Craig Ranch Community Spotlight: Michael Johnson Performance

by crblog - October 23rd, 2015

Speed, agility, strength, and stamina. Michael Johnson Performance specializes in building these aspects of an athletes’ performance to improve their game to the best athlete they can be. Michael Johnson Performance in Craig Ranch, pushes the limits and knows what it takes to succeed.

“Our mission is to help every athlete reach his or her full athletic potential, regardless of age, gender, limitation, sport or natural ability.”

The Craig Ranch spotlight shines on Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Texas because of its great mission and success of aiding all athletes to reach their potential.

Michael Johnson opened Michael Johnson Performance after his retirement in 2001with a mission to help all athletes of all sports reach their full potential. Michael Johnson was known as the “Fastest Man in the World” in 1996 when he recorded the fastest time ever clocked by a human in his 200-meter world record performance. He is a four-time Olympic track and field gold medalist, nine-time World Champion, and world record holder. These are just a few of his many accomplishments during his 11-year career.

With the experience, passion and sheer love for the game, Michael Johnson and his team of training staff professionals provide results for all athletes that come through the door.

Who trains at MJP?

-Official training partner of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Cowboys

-Five NFL 1st round draft picks in 2009 chose Michael Johnson Performance

-NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, and Olympic athletes from around the world

-Youth athletes from the DFW Metroplex committed to improving their athletic performance

From youth programs to professional training, MJP has it all. If you’re looking to involve your kids in something extraordinary, then check out the youth programs MJP has to offer and sign them up today!

Craig Ranch’s active community and Michael Johnson Performance make the perfect combination to fit the healthy and active lifestyle of Craig Ranch. Visit their website to see all of the amazing opportunities they offer to all athletes and all sports!

5 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall in Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 16th, 2015

When the cool fall air begins to flow through the DFW master planned community of Craig Ranch, so does the smell of delicious home cooked fall meals. It’s the season of everything pumpkin. With so many sweets, it’s easy to break a diet, Craig Ranch is here to help. Here are some great healthy recipes that you should try at your Craig Ranch home!

Silver Dollar Pumpkin Crunch Pancakes

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What better way to start your morning than with delicious pancakes? These aren’t your normal pancakes. They offer a whole serving of vegetables, 100% whole grain and no refined sugar. The delectable crunch comes from the pecans that you can sprinkle on top or throw in the batter. Here is the full recipe for you to try!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Now, this isn’t the one you order at Starbucks every fall. This is one you can make without ever leaving your Craig Ranch home. Though, this isn’t instant coffee, you make it in your slow cooker. You can prepare it the night before and just set it to ‘warm’ overnight. In the morning, you will have a delicious smell to wake up to and an even more delicious pumpkin spice latte.

Turkey and White Bean Pumpkin Chili

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One of the best parts about the cold air hitting McKinney, Tx is that you can fix hearty meals that are usually too much for the summer time. Understandably, you might be a little thrown off by the name. You may not think that those 3 flavors would go well together, but that’s the lovely part about chili, you can put virtually anything in it and it will come out delicious. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try it, you can find the recipe here.

Pumpkin Pie Butter Cups

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During Halloween, Reese’s peanut butter cups are usually the favorite of every trick-or-treater. But after Halloween, it’s pumpkin pie’s turn. However, this year, instead of peanut butter, put pumpkin pie filling inside the chocolate. This delicious recipe can be found at Healthy Nibbles and Bits.

Primal Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pie is a part of most people’s childhood, whether they loved it or hated it. Make this dessert the one that you tell all of your family to try when they come to Craig Ranch for the holidays. Enjoy this healthier version of this beloved classic, Primal Pumpkin Pie.

Give these healthy recipes a try and let Craig Ranch know how they turned out! Post on Craig Ranch’s Facebook wall a picture of the treat you made and tell us how it turned out!

The Perfect Piazza on the Green Wedding

by crblog - October 9th, 2015

Piazza on the Green is elegant, extraordinary, and everything you need and deserve for your big wedding day. With crystal chandeliers, stunning architecture, world-class cuisine and personal service, Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch is the perfect place for the perfect wedding.

Picture Perfect Scenery

Pictures are everything on the special day. With the beautiful scenery of 17 Green, Craig Ranch provides the perfect background for outdoor wedding pictures. Not only is it beautiful on the outside, but the Chapel’s extravagant architecture on the inside make any picture turn out gorgeous. At Piazza on the Green, you are guaranteed to have beautiful wedding pictures to look back and reminisce on. Look at these beautiful wedding photos at Piazza on the Green to prove it!

Ballroom Reception

With the Chapel and Reception in one location, Piazza on the Green makes it convenient for everyone! Piazza on the Green provides a stunning Grand Ballroom that comfortably seats 340 people for a larger reception. There is also the option of the Village Ballroom that seats 180 guests for a more intimate gathering. Both of these ballrooms provide a great place to celebrate the newly weds!

Top Quality Catering

What’s a wedding without food? Piazza on the Green offers Premiere Catering with a highly trained staff to provide top quality catering. Food is an absolute must at weddings, and to ensure all needs are met, Piazza Catering works closely with all clients to design the perfect menu and service style to suit any wedding or event.

These are just a few reasons why Piazza on the Green is perfect for any wedding. Let your story begin at Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch and have the most special venue for your most special day. Follow this link to see everything Piazza on the Green has to offer!

At Craig Ranch, Great Golf Means Giving Back

by crblog - October 2nd, 2015

It’s not enough to be named one of the 10 best golf courses in Texas and rated one of the top private courses in the country by Golf Digest.

It’s not enough to be one of only two golf courses in Dallas-Fort Worth certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, guaranteeing a beautiful and natural golfing experience.

At TPC Craig Ranch, the golfers are driven to give back to their community – and their country – through multiple high-profile charity events each year.

The best example is Birdies for the Brave, which brings PGA Tour champion Phil Mickelson’s vision to TPC Craig Ranch. In 2005, Mickelson started donating $100 for each birdie or $500 for each eagle to Homes For Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Now, donations are made through annual benefit tournaments at TPC clubs like Craig Ranch.

Each year, service members attend the tournament at Craig Ranch – for free. As part of the program, the club also has given a lifetime membership to a service member.

The club shuts down for Birdies for the Brave and raises tens of thousands of dollars each year. TPC Craig Ranch launched its annual tournament in 2006. This year’s tournament was August 22nd.

Since starting up its annual tournaments in 2006, TPC Craig Ranch has raised nearly $500,000 for Birdies for the Brave.
This year’s Birdies for the Brave tournament was Aug. 17. Click here for photos.

5 Tips to Create the Perfect Fall Garden in Craig Ranch

by crblog - October 2nd, 2015

As North Texas transitions into the fall season of beautiful colors and cool breezes, so should your home’s garden.  Step out into the garden of your DFW master-planned community and dig into the rich soil of McKinney’s own Craig Ranch.

1. Prepare the soil

Pull out any of your summer plants that are no longer producing and any weeds or debris that may have gathered in your garden. The summer heat can be tough on soil, so it is best to wet the ground and cover it to allow the soil to rehydrate for a few days before replanting.  Once you have done that, you will want to lay down compost to help add the nutrients back into the soil that were used by summer plants.

2. Choosing the right plants

The plants could either be native or adapted to the McKinney, Texas climate.  While it will be easiest for the native plants to grow and thrive, plants that are from other regions of the country can also do well, but they may require more resources like water and fertilizer.  Here is a database that can be helpful when trying to find both native and adapted plants.

3. Proper planting

Know what the selected plants and flowers need in terms of sunlight, water and possibly even space.  Some fall plants will grow wide instead of tall, so avoid planting them too close to each other.  If they are planted too close together, that area can begin to look crowded as the plants mature.  Plan your placement around the plants’ needs and then around how you want it to look.

4. Maintenance

The biggest key for a successful fall garden, after everything is prepped and planted, is to be patient. The days are shorter in the fall, which means less sunlight.  Fall plants will take longer to mature, but once they do they will transform your garden into a fall masterpiece.

5. Get the whole family involved

It’s the perfect weather for the whole family to be outside and spend quality time together.  Enjoy the outdoors and breathe in that cool fall Craig Ranch breeze.  There are many activities that you can do with your children when it comes to preparing and maintaining your fall garden.  A fun activity can be making crop markers.

We hope these tips will help you with your fall garden in Craig Ranch! To learn more about our community, come visit our beautiful information center or contact us today.