3 Outdoor Spring Activities in McKinney, TX

by crblog - March 27th, 2015

Spring is here to stay this week in McKinney, TX. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and plants are starting to bloom here at Craig Ranch. With the weather warming up, it’s time to shed your winter coat and get outside. Here are a few fun ways you and your family can enjoy the season outside in McKinney, TX:

Go for a bike ride

Craig Ranch is truly “unique by nature.” Our master-planned community is full of parks, trails and greenspaces to make outdoor activities a breeze. One of our resident’s favorite spots to take a bike ride is at Rowlett Creek Park. This secluded hideaway spot has over 30 acres of trees, flowers and trails along the white rock Rowlett Creek, making the views almost as fun as the ride itself! Craig Ranch also hasa fitness trail that runs for 20 miles, which is ideal for hiking and biking in this gorgeous spring weather. This fitness trail is one of a kind as its part of a six-city trail that is cleverly wound through DFW’s metroplex.

Eat and drink in the season

One of the most exciting things about a new season beginning is the opportunity to incorporate seasonal foods in you and your family’s diet. Visit the local farmer’s market for fresh sugar snap peas, asparagus or even go berry picking just a short drive away in Denton County. If you don’t feel like driving, consider taking your food to the backyard. Grill out with your kids and then have a family meal on your patio furniture soaking in the sun.

Get in the dirt

If you’re a parent, you know kids love to get dirty. Spring is the perfect opportunity to be a little lax with their fun outdoors. Go exploring with a hunt for four-leaf clovers or have them help you plant seasonal plants in the garden. Of course, don’t forget jumping in rain puddles!

These are just some of the many outdoor spring activities you can participate in at Craig Ranch! Leave us a comment on Facebook (link) with some of your favorites, and don’t forget our Easter Egg-Stravaganza is Saturday, April 4th at the Craig Ranch Soccer Complex.

Warm Up to These Spring Events Around McKinney

by crblog - March 24th, 2015

Stepping out of the winter doldrums is looking bright, with major arts and entertainment events planned in and around the neighborhood this spring.

Photo Credit: BigStock Photography

Consider adding these five hot events to your spring calendar:

Heard Natural Science Museum – Take a Guided Trail Hike to learn about the flora and fauna of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary. The hike, led by a trained guide, lasts 45-60 minutes. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11. www.heardmuseum.org

“Carnival of the Animals” by the Plano Symphony Orchestra – Children can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo and even Be a Conductor. The concert features pieces inspired by the animal kingdom and includes puppeteers from Le Theatre de Marionette and Geppetto’s Marionette Theater. April 19 in McKinney. http://www.planosymphony.org/education/family.asp

Arts in Bloom – Enjoy a day of art, music and shopping, with exhibits and performances by local and regional artists. This all-day street festival each year invites residents to experience art in all forms, throughout the Historic District. April 11, Historic Downtown McKinney. http://mckinneytexas.org/index.aspx?NID=687

David Gaschen – Gaschen earned his fame performing the lead role in “Phantom of the Opera,” which he has played more than 1,300 times in the U.S. and Europe. All that, and he’s a Texan through and through – born in Lubbock and inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2006. April 18, McKinney Performing Arts Center. http://mckinneycommunityconcerts.org/2014-2015%20performances.htm

Texas Legends – Sports more your speed? Get ready for a great game. This NBA development league leads in attendance. The Legends also are the league’s flagship franchise for charitable jersey nights, with more than half of the team’s home games centered around unique jerseys. Through April, Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco http://www.nba.com/dleague/texas/schedule/

Jump Into Spring with the March Edition of Developer’s Corner with David Craig

by crblog - March 20th, 2015

Spring is a busy season for Craig Ranch, as we continue construction on Piazza on the Green and start construction on new neighborhoods and welcome new model homes!  In the March edition of the Craig Ranch telegram, developer David Craig discusses the exciting additions coming into Craig Ranch. Get the full story below:

As we get into the prime Spring home buying season, Craig Ranch is positioned to take advantage of the booming real estate market with more new neighborhoods under construction and new models starting in the coming months – and we welcome Beazer Homes’ new model that opened last week!  We are very excited about the new builders, new home styles and new neighborhoods underway all around Craig Ranch that will open this year.  We are proud to have some of the finest builders in DFW coming into Craig Ranch including Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, Darling Homes and David Weekley Homes in addition to our current outstanding line-up of builders including Huntington Homes, Our Country Homes, Landon Homes and Nathan Carlisle Homes.

Our luxury neighborhoods are also very active with The Estates seeing lots of activity and interest from relocating corporate executives who realize the incredible location, amenities and lifestyle of Craig Ranch and McKinney.  Huntington Homes is quickly moving through their half-acre home sites and we have a lot of sales activity on the one acre home sites where you’ll notice new luxury homes starting construction. 17 Green has also sold six homes in the last year so we have seen a lot of interest in the luxury market.

Piazza on the Green, the beautiful new wedding and event venue going up near the golf course, is really taking shape and they have already booked many weddings for the picturesque location. With a summer opening planned, you’ll see lots of brides around Craig Ranch in the future.

Everyone is excited about the Moviehouse & Eatery location coming to Craig Ranch. This will provide a wonderful new entertainment and dining option on the property for Craig Ranch residents. Anticipated opening is 2016.

The McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch improvements for our new corporate campus are finally complete with Spring rains expected to fill up the pond and enhance the beautiful landscaping and trails around the corporate center that will attract many new companies to Craig Ranch.  Take a jog around the area and see the new round-about, entrance, pond and trails we’ve just completed.

As we come up on the 15th anniversary of the purchase of the first parcel of land assembled for Craig Ranch, we now only have about 360 acres of remaining land out of the total 2,200 acre development with the last residential parcels now sold for development.

Collin County continues to be the epicenter of activity in North Texas and our diverse economy and relocation activity just continues to grow. With almost 25% of the DFW market located in Collin County this area is attracting exciting new entertainment options just a few minutes away including the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters and entertainment venues along the Dallas North Tollway at Warren Parkway in Frisco. In addition, the huge new Grandscape development anchored by Nebraska Furniture Mart is just up the road on Sam Rayburn/121 offering a shopping experience that is unmatched in size and scope. It’s even big by Texas standards!

We are lucky to be in North Texas!

4 Ways to Make Your Relocation to Craig Ranch Easier

by crblog - March 13th, 2015

Craig Ranch is home to more than 2,000 acres of land in McKinney, TX, located next to Frisco, Plano and Allen. Our community was recently named Master-Planned Community of the Year in 2014 by the Dallas Builders Association, and is one of the top-selling DFW communities. While the community is sure to make your new life in McKinney, Texas a breeze, here are four things you should know prior to relocating:

1. Education

The majority of Craig Ranch, including all of the single-family homes in the community, attends Frisco ISD, which is highly rated with a 14:1 student to teacher ratio. Frisco ISD is one of North Texas’ most highly rated school districts. Frisco ISD also offers its students advanced placement courses, as well as numerous extracurricular options and study mentorships. Some of our luxury apartments are zoned for Allen ISD, another acclaimed Collin County school district. Higher education surrounding Craig Ranch includes Collin County College, The University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and The University of North Texas.

2. The Metroplex

McKinney is just one of a number of cities that make up the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. McKinney is conveniently located on and near several major thoroughfares of North Texas: Highway 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway, Highway 75/North Central Expressway and the Dallas North Tollway. A quick jaunt down any of these roads will lead you to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Love Field Airport, Downtown Dallas and the major sports arenas in the area. Craig Ranch is also home to its own medical center and has easy access to some of the best shopping in the region!

3. Live, Work, Play

At Craig Ranch, we take pride in healthy, active lifestyles by offering top of the line amenities. Some of our amenities include our world class TPC Craig Ranch golf course and club, Cooper Fitness Center and Spa, the McKinney Soccer Complex and much more! For our more outdoorsy residents, Craig Ranch has parks, trails and even an extensive sand sports complex!

4. The Neighborhoods

Craig Ranch has a variety of neighborhoods suited to fit any family’s needs, including single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes and even luxurious apartment complexes! We have a wonderful lineup of builders building a variety of new homes in Craig Ranch – with many more to come in 2015! To learn more about each, visit our website.

Get in the know on all things Craig Ranch to make your move to McKinney, TX easy! As one of the fastest-growing communities in the metroplex, Craig Ranch is the perfect location for your new life in Texas.

How to Host the Perfect St. Patty’s Day Party in Your McKinney Home

by crblog - March 6th, 2015

Hosting a party in your McKinney home can easily become stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you plan ahead! Saint Patrick’s Day is only a couple weeks away, and with these tips, your party is sure to be a blast.

1. Hit the store early

If possible, try to purchase everything you need for your party now. Perishable food can wait to be purchased until a few days prior to the party. However, any décor, utensils, or non-perishable goods should be bought as soon as you can make your way to the store. This will save you from scrambling to get everything you need the day of, and will give you a wider selection to choose from before items (like green food coloring!) are sold out.

2. Prep the night before

The night before, try to make any meals or crafts you’ll need. Popular food dishes like dips can be made in advance and stored away in the fridge until it’s time to be served. After dinner the night before the party, decorate the table with any accessories you purchased. Little things like these add up to be a big time saver during the party day in your Craig Ranch home.

3. Stick to the main dish

If you ask us, it’s not a party unless you have great food. For the best St. Patty’s party in your Craig Ranch home, stick to one main dish. Many traditional Irish dishes can be made easily in a crockpot or large pot on the stove. Make your party potluck style by asking your guests to bring side dishes and desserts, so there’s less for you to worry about.

If you follow these three simple tips, we know you’ll have a party perfect for friends, family and maybe a leprechaun or two! From all of us at Craig Ranch, happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Art is Just Around the Corner!

by crblog - March 2nd, 2015

The promise of spring has us thinking about art gallery crawls – a favorite warm weather activity.

So here’s a little taste of our very own gallery picks, featuring some of the great galleries in McKinney, Frisco and Plano.

LAST Art Gallery, founded by award-winning artist Gail Delger, showcases works from talented local artists ranging from traditional to eclectic. (105 W. Louisiana St., McKinney; hours – 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 214.960.4741; www.lastartgallery.com)

The ArtCentre of Plano opening reception for “JUST ART: Defined” is March 6. The exhibit runs March 6-April 4. (901 18th St., Plano; hours – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 972.423.7809; www.artcentreofplano.org/)

thegallery8680 addresses a fascinating topic with its next big exhibition: “PLACE.” The exhibition answers questions like, how does contemporary art address the idea of place and how do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about land, home and natural identity? The opening is April 10 at 7p.m. (8680 Main St., Suite E1, Frisco; open by appointment; 214. 585.8175; www.thegallery8680.com/)

Frisco Art Gallery’s main and reception galleries are free and open to the public. From April 7-May 17, the Visual Arts Guild of Frisco will host a member exhibition, “Mythology.” The closing reception is from 3-5 p.m. on May 17. (8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco; hours – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays;

972.668.5180; www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/frisco-art-gallery)

We hope to see you out at these beautiful galleries this spring!

17 Green Presents: Advantages of a Low Maintenance Home

by crblog - February 27th, 2015

Life can get hectic in the blink of an eye, and while a beautiful yard can be a wonderful part of your home, all that upkeep can be taxing. 17 Green at Craig Ranch combines the feeling of a beautiful, lush yard with the easy upkeep that serves on-the-go families, the avid traveler or the busy power couple lifestyle well!

Craig Ranch’s 17 Green townhomes are the perfect low maintenance home for an active lifestyle. They are built along the seventeenth green on the private TPC Craig Ranch golf course, meaning your views are beautiful and green without you ever having to lift a thumb! The yards are small to keep you close to the course and yard maintenance is completely taken care of by the community, so you don’t have to worry about watering or landscaping if you leave town or have a busy spring.

In addition, all of the homes in 17 Green can be customized with luxury features and eco-friendly options that truly give you a one-of-a-kind purchase. Design the space inside the existing high-quality construction shell to efficiently meet your needs! Too keep your home looking as pristine as the yard, you can install hardwood tile, stone flooring or natural wood floors instead of carpet. Hard flooring options like these are both durable and easy to clean, making them the perfect low maintenance option for homeowners.

Convenience is the name of the game in 17 Green where world-class amenities are a short walk away. 17 Green is within walking distance of the acclaimed Cooper Fitness Center, making it easy to use your two years of free Cooper membership that is included with the purchase of a 17 Green townhome. A waived initiation fee to TPC Craig Ranch is also included in your purchase, and living at 17 Green allows you the opportunity to drive your golf cart straight into the course and play without a tee time on a PGA course!

Enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle at 17 Green in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. If any of these advantages sound like a fit for you, contact Gina Lester at 972.365.5215 or glester@briggsfreeman.com or Christy Berry at 214.693.1600 or cberry@briggsfreeman.com.

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.