The Garage in McKinney Now Open

by crblog - November 15th, 2018

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McKinney is constantly growing, and with that comes great new bars and restaurants opening up in the beautiful downtown area. The Garage in McKinney is a new restaurant in McKinney, and here is everything you need to know about this new hometown hotspot!

About The Garage in McKinney

Have you visited the well-known Spoons Café in Historic Downtown McKinney? Almost every resident of McKinney raves about this local gem. The café’s owner has recently revamped the overflow seating space in the back of the restaurant and opened up The Garage. Karen Klassen, Spoons Café owner, saw the transition of downtown McKinney and realized the need for a quieter venue suited for adults.

Craft Cocktails & Comfort Food

Now, for what The Garage in McKinney is all about! Come thirsty, because The Garage has an array of craft cocktails perfectly suited for their grownup customers. The Garage also offers delicious food items from the Spoons Café kitchen. In addition to the Spoons Café menu during regular business hours, the new space offers small portion comfort food and “comfort cups.” If baked spaghetti with garlic toast served in a glass sounds like something you’d love to try, be sure to visit The Garage in downtown McKinney.

Hours of Operation

Ready to grab your friends and hit the new space within Spoons Café? The Garage is open Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Guests ages 18 and older are welcome until 9 p.m. when The Garage becomes a space for only those ages 21 and older. Are you planning a holiday get-together near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX with friends and family? If so, the newly renovated space offers a lounge area available for private cocktail parties, making it the perfect place for your next holiday party.

We’re excited that The Garage in McKinney is now open, and we can’t wait to hear what all of our residents think of this new spin on Spoons Café in downtown McKinney. Connect with Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to tell us what you think about The Garage and to stay in the know about other things happening in and around our master-planned community.

Grand Homes Bringing New Homes to Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 8th, 2018

When you’re in the market for a new home at Craig Ranch, the possibilities are endless. Finding your dream home shouldn’t just be a fantasy, make it a reality at our master-planned community. Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas offers a fantastic selection of homes from some of the best local and national homebuilders. One of our exceptional builders is Grand Homes, building new homes in two of our neighborhoods.

About Grand Homes

For over 30 years, Grand Homes has been building well-designed homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Grand Homes is the largest single-family homebuilder operating exclusively in the DFW metroplex, completing over 400 homes in 30 different communities around DFW each year! They’ve also won multiple awards including the “Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence” and “America’s Best Builder” twice! Now, let’s look at the stunning homes built by Grand Homes in two of our master planned communities’ neighborhoods, The Tour and Westminster.

Grand Homes at The Tour at Craig Ranch

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The Tour at Craig Ranch, one of our newer neighborhoods, epitomizes the executive lifestyle of Craig Ranch. Grand Homes is the only homebuilder building in this neighborhood, and they’re offering 11 unique home designs. There are also currently 4 homes available for move-in before the end of the year. New homes in The Tour at Craig Ranch range from $370s – $650s. To learn more about these available homes, visit the Grand Homes model home (shown above) in The Tour at Craig Ranch at 5805 Pete Dye Rd. McKinney, TX 75070.

Grand Homes in Westminster at Craig Ranch

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Everyone loves Grand Homes’ new homes at Craig Ranch so much that we are excited they are building homes in another neighborhood of our master-planned community. Westminster at Craig Ranch is also a Grand Homes-exclusive neighborhood where they’re offering 8 breathtaking floorplans. Grand Homes currently has 5 homes available for immediate move-in. Act fast, these stunning homes won’t last long! Visit their model home (shown above) in Westminster at Craig Ranch, located at 5313 Squeezepenny Ln. McKinney, TX 75070 to discover your dream home!

We love having so many great homebuilders in our master-planned community, and we invite you to come out to visit them soon! Would you like to learn more about new homes at Craig Ranch? If so, contact us today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our beautiful community.

North Texas Thanksgiving Events Happening this Month

by crblog - November 1st, 2018

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Gobble gobble! Who’s getting excited for what is sure to be another great Thanksgiving in McKinney? The fun events near Craig Ranch continue to set Thanksgiving in McKinney apart from other cities. Here are just some of our favorite things to do in McKinney over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

North Texas Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
Where: 5500 Frisco Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034
What Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

This is the eighth year of the popular North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco, and this family-friendly event continues to grow each year. Make plenty of room for all of the Thanksgiving food you’ll be consuming in the evening by starting the day with a 10K trot, 5K trot or Miracle Mile for kids. Register yourself and your little turkeys today! Each participant will receive a long sleeve shirt to wear on race day and a participation medal.

Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Game

When: Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
Where: AT&T Stadium – Arlington
What Time: 3:30 PM

There are a variety of Thanksgiving events near Craig Ranch and while this one may not be heavily attended by residents in our master planned community, it’s probably the most watched. Honestly, we all know that in Texas, every Cowboys game is an event worth celebrating! For the annual Thanksgiving Day game, the Cowboys will be playing the Washington Redskins.

Annual Great Turkey Skate

When: Saturday, November 24
Where: Allen Community Ice Rink – Allen
What Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Keep the Thanksgiving festivities going through the weekend with the Annual Great Turkey Skate in Allen! This event comes at the perfect time, giving you and your family an opportunity to skate off all that Thanksgiving grub. This North Texas Thanksgiving event is fun for all ages. Featuring great Thanksgiving-themed games and activities, like turkey bowling, this event is also one of the many charitable events near Craig Ranch during the holiday season. By bringing two non-perishable food items with you to the Great Turkey Skate, you can receive a free skate rental. All donations benefit Allen Community Outreach to help those underserved in our community.

We hope you’re getting as excited for Thanksgiving in McKinney as we are! Stay up-to-date with all the great things to do in McKinney, including events near Craig Ranch, by following our master planned community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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3 Reasons Why Craig Ranch is Ideal for Empty Nesters

by crblog - October 25th, 2018

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Located in beautiful McKinney, TX, Craig Ranch is a master-planned community found in the heart of Collin County. With tons to offer empty nesters and those who enjoy active living, Craig Ranch is the ideal place to live for families in any stage of life! Here are three reasons why Craig Ranch is the best place to be for empty nesters.

Living at Craig Ranch

As families mature, their needs and desires often change. The same is true for what people need and want out of where they live. Crag Ranch offers two unique living options well-suited to move down homebuyers and empty nesters whose current homes no longer reflect the needs of their everyday life.

Artistry at Craig Ranch

Artistry at Craig Ranch is designed to meet the needs of those who prefer active living. Featuring upscale apartments in McKinney, TX, this brand-new active adult residence is part of our master-planned community. These award-winning apartments are the only age restrictive community in Craig Ranch. This section of our community accommodates residents 62 and older in beautiful, spacious apartments with upscale finishes, contemporary amenities and a calendar full of exciting community events. Artistry takes low-maintenance living in Craig Ranch to a whole new level!

The Retreat at Craig Ranch

Nathan Carlisle in The Retreat at Craig Ranch offers beautiful, 2 and 3 bedroom single-story attached homes in our master-planned community. These homes are designed with stylish livability in mind, featuring layouts that are built for entertaining. The Retreat’s extremely low-maintenance homes allow for a true lock-and-leave lifestyle while still owning your own home, an ideal setup for jet-setting empty nesters who still want plenty of room to have the grandkids visit!

Amenities at Craig Ranch

Craig Ranch isn’t an excellent place to live just because we offer beautiful residences with amazing amenities inside them. We also offer amazing conveniences that can be taken advantage of by all of our Craig Ranch families. With over 400 acres of parks, hiking and biking trails, the TPC Craig Ranch golf course, Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa and amazing dining and shopping options nearby, there is never a dull moment at Craig Ranch.

The Benefits of A Great Location

Part of why Craig Ranch is able to provide so many outstanding community amenities is our amazing location. Nestled at the four corners of Allen, McKinney, Frisco and Plano, Craig Ranch offers access to the Sam Rayburn Tollway, Dallas North Tollway and US 75 for an easy commute to all the shopping, dining and entertainment the Dallas area has to offer.

Explore the Craig Ranch community and see which neighborhood is perfect for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Craig Ranch! You can also keep up to date about what is going on in and around our master-planned community by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Frisco Ranks as Money’s Best Place to Live in America

by crblog - October 18th, 2018

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Nestled between McKinney, Allen, Plano and Frisco, our master-planned community is perfectly positioned to give you the best living experience DFW has to offer. Recently named the best place to live in America by Money, a publication of Time, Inc., Frisco, TX has a lot to offer new residents such as economic growth, quality of life and affordability.

The study looks at any U.S. city with a population greater than 50,000 people while factoring in schools, city economies, community vibrancy and crime rates.

Economic Growth

Residents are choosing Frisco, TX as their place to settle when they come to DFW because of the way it works with businesses. For example, the city has partnered with Drive.AI, a California-based self-driving car company, to bring driverless car testing to Frisco. The city hopes this project will ease transit for residents while boosting business in Frisco’s entertainment district.

Frisco maintains a sharp focus on economic growth by creating numerous public-private partnerships, helping the city achieve its ranking. These partnerships bring high-level sports, art and technology jobs to the town.

Focus on Education

While many jobs in the area would allow for private schooling, there is little need as Money notes. The value provided by the excellent public schools within Frisco ISD cannot be undersold. The city of Frisco, Frisco ISD and the Dallas Cowboys have a partnership that allows students to use the indoor practice facility at the Star for high school football games.

Quality of life

Another factor Money considered in their rankings was quality of life. Frisco has a thriving entertainment industry that provides residents with plenty to do. The city’s best bars, wineries, breweries, restaurants, music venues and theaters all within arm’s reach. Living at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX gives residents the perfect spot to build a fulfilling life.

Our master-planned community is proud to offer residents a chance to live near such an exciting area. To keep up with all that’s going on in the North Texas and DFW area, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Shops at Legacy’s Dog-Friendly Stops

by crblog - October 11th, 2018

For those of you looking for things to do near Craig Ranch with your favorite four-legged friend, this post is for you. Recently, The Shops at Legacy in Plano, located just a few miles down SH 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway from Craig Ranch, has undergone a transformation! Pup Stops is a new program just unveiled by The Shops at Legacy and its participating retailers.

The Shops at Legacy

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Dog-Friendly Designation

Retailers who are dogmatic about being dog-friendly now display the above window sticker. These dog-friendly shops proudly display the window decal to let you and your pooch know that you are both welcome to stop by and shop.

Participating Locations

  • Altour AMEX – dog-friendly lobby
  • Benchmark Bank – dog-friendly lobby
  • Benefit Cosmetics – water bowl and treats available for customers & dogs allowed inside store
  • Bluemercury – treats for customers upon request & dogs allowed inside store
  • Cru – water bowl available for customers & dog-friendly patio
  • The Ginger Man – water bowl available for customers & dog-friendly patio (leash required)
  • Henry’s Tavern – water bowl and treats available for customers & dog-friendly patio
  • Jaspers – dog-friendly patio
  • Kendra Scott – treats for customers upon request & dogs allowed inside store
  • Kilwins – water bowl available for customers
  • Lily Rain – water bowl available for customers & dogs allowed inside store
  • The Marriott – dog-friendly patio
  • Nicolas – dog-friendly patio
  • Pepper Smash – dog-friendly patio
  • Ringo’s – water bowl and treats available for customers & dog-friendly patio
  • Scout & Molly’s – water bowl and treats available for customers & dogs allowed inside store
  • Taco Diner – water bowl available for customers & dog-friendly patio
  • Urban Outfitters – water bowl and treats available for customers & dogs allowed inside store
  • Village Burger Bar – dog-friendly patio
  • The Yoga Factory – water bowl available for customers

We know how much Craig Ranch residents love using the K-9 Corral Dog Park within the community, and this is a great opportunity to let your pups explore the area with you! We are so excited to see that 20 stores at The Shops at Legacy are now welcoming you and your furry friends and we are excited to see if more join this extensive list! With fall upon us, it is the perfect time to grab your pup and enjoy dinner and drinks outdoors with your family and friends. You could even bring your pooch along and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at The Shops at Legacy in Plano!

If you’d like to stay up to date with things going on near Craig Ranch in Mckinney, TX, or if want to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today or follow us on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter.

North Texas Halloween Events You Can’t Miss This October!

by crblog - October 4th, 2018

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October is officially upon us and if you’re getting excited about all the fun North Texas Halloween events this year near our master-planned community, then you’ll want to read this quick guide to some of the best Halloween events that’ll be happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Trick-or-Treat at Frisco Fire Safety Town

When: Friday, October 26
Where: Frisco Fire Safety Town
What Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Just a short drive from our master-planned community, Frisco Fire Safety Town will be hosting the annual Fall Festival with Trick-or-Treating. Plan to come in your best Halloween costume and enjoy this family-friendly event near Craig Ranch. While the activities will be geared to children fifth grade and under, children of all ages are sure to have a great time exploring the fire truck, seeing the safety house and snagging sweet treats in the village!

Friscovania

When: Saturday, October 27
Where: Toyota Stadium – Frisco, TX
What Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This October attend one of the most popular Halloween events in North Texas, Friscovania. You and your family can come all dressed in your costumes and trick-or-treat your way down the haunted carnival concourse, play carnival games, meet live characters, taste yummy treats and more. When night falls, strut your stuff on the main stage in a spooktacular costume contest with prizes from celebrity judges! There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Friscovania!

Scare on the Square

When: Wednesday, October 31
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
While all these other Halloween events are happening the weekend before the holiday, you can’t miss an event that’s actually happening on Halloween day. Throw those costumes on one last time for one of the biggest Halloween events in North Texas – Scare on the Square. This annual event provides interactive activities to celebrate a safe, secure and family-friendly Halloween.

We hope everyone is getting as excited for these great Halloween events as we are. If you want to learn about all the other great events happening around Craig Ranch in McKinney, follow our master-planned community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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A Guide to Craig Ranch Parks

by crblog - September 27th, 2018

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At Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX we are proud to embrace our city’s ‘unique by nature’ saying with several exceptional parks sprinkled throughout our master-planned community. Each is a little different and we’re here to give you a quick overview of what makes each Craig Ranch park unique by nature.

Collin McKinney Park

Collin McKinney Park, named after Collin County’s namesake, is set to feature a replica of the original home of Collin McKinney. This park will also be a great place to go if you are new to the McKinney area to learn more about the city and its founder.

Crape Myrtle Park

As the only site in the world to represent each of the 120 known varieties of crape myrtles, Craig Ranch in McKinney is lucky to have this rare park. Covering 7 acres of our master planned community, this serene park is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the scenery, especially the breathtaking flowers!

Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park

If you’re looking to get or stay in shape, but want to enjoy the changing seasons outdoors, try visiting Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park! With a half-mile rubberized track in a beautifully wooded setting, it’s the perfect place to run outdoors at Craig Ranch.

K-9 Corral Park

While all the Craig Ranch parks are dog-friendly, the K-9 Corral Park is designed around our four-legged residents. This one-acre dog park has a small dog section as well as a big dog section, making it safe and comfortable for you and your pup. This park even includes water fountains and a mulch ground cover, instead of the grass seen in most dog parks!

Millie Cooper Park

Joining together the urban and suburban aspects of Craig Ranch, the one-acre Millie Cooper Park has a Ying-Yang design. Enjoy a rotunda and open green space, along with beautiful landscaping, granite pathways and benches. If you want to step back and take in all that nature has to offer or enjoy a quick afternoon walk, then you’ll certainly love this McKinney park.

Rowlett Creek Park

This secluded hideaway hosts 30-acres of trees, walking trails and flowers along the peaceful white-rock Rowlett Creek. Also featuring a play structure, swings and a pavilion, this park includes plenty of space for the entire family to enjoy a picnic lunch or an afternoon outdoors!

Throckmorton Park

At the center of The Settlement, Throckmorton Park offers an abundance of open green space that’s perfect for a pickup football, soccer or kickball game. This park is conveniently located in the heart of our master planned community, making it easy for all residents to visit.

Van Tuyl Plaza and Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney

A community gathering spot for events like festivals, weekend farmers’ markets and more, Van Tuyl Plaza is an ideal place to host a variety of events. It is also home to the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney, featuring a Wall of Honor inscribed with the names of servicemen and women from Collin County who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom.

Currently, these 8 parks make up Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. In addition to each of these distinctive parks, the various amenities at Craig Ranch also offer many ways to live out the city’s ‘unique by nature’ saying. If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today or follow us on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter.

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Food and Entertainment You Can’t Miss at the State Fair of Texas This Year

by crblog - September 20th, 2018

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The State Fair of Texas is just around the corner, and most North Texans would agree that the State Fair of Texas is hands down one of the most fun things to do near McKinney. Today, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is here to break down all the food, festivities and family fun planned for this year! So strap on your boots, because opening day is Friday, September 28 in Dallas’ historic Fair Park!

Most Anticipated Foods

If there’s one thing that the State Fair of Texas is known for, it’s the wide variety of incredible, edible fried food creations! Every year it seems like an outrageous variety of foods are being deep fried and devoured by the masses and we can’t wait to try the new confections they’ve cooked up this year! Some of the food that we’re most excited about are the Southern fried chicken nachos, cotton candy tacos and deep fried shepherd’s pie! Plan how you’re going to eat your way through the State Fair of Texas by reviewing the full list of new foods.

Most Anticipated Attractions

Did you know the State Fair of Texas can be as much of an educational experience as a fun one? Once you have gotten your fill of fried foods, visit the Hall of State and stroll through two new exhibits. The first exhibit, Celebrating Texas Innovation, highlights some of the best Texan inventions and innovations of all time. The second, Dallas in the Time of MLK, focuses on Dr. King’s 1963 speech in Fair Park and his 1966 speech at Southern Methodist University. There are also plenty of other family-friendly attractions planned for this year.

Sounds of the State Fair of Texas

No matter what kind of music you like, the State Fair of Texas has something for everyone. There are five stages around the grounds, each of which is filled with a variety of live music every day. In addition, there are 24 days of concerts from national and regional artists planned for the Chevrolet Main State.

We hope you’re as excited about the State Fair of Texas as we are – now is the time to start planning your trip and purchasing your tickets! The next time you’re trying to think about family-friendly events near Craig Ranch, just remember the State Fair of Texas is going on from September 28 – October 21. To keep up with all that’s going on in the North Texas and DFW area, make sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

New Homes Available Now from Normandy Homes at Craig Ranch

by crblog - September 13th, 2018

Craig Ranch features some of the best homebuilders in McKinney and has a variety of exceptional homes. We love talking about the homes in our master-planned community as much as our residents love living in them! Today, we want to shine a spotlight on the new homes at Craig Ranch from Normandy Homes both in Spicewood at Craig Ranch and Watters Branch at Craig Ranch.

About Normandy Homes

Normandy Homes is a boutique homebuilder with award-winning homes in locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They are committed to building high-quality homes in the most desirable locations. They’ve also won a multitude of awards including the 5th Fastest Growing Homebuilding Company in Professional Builder Magazine and Dallas Business Journal’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Company in DFW twice! Let’s take a look at the homes built by Normandy Homes in the Spicewood and Watters Branch neighborhoods of Craig Ranch in McKinney.

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Normandy Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch

The Spicewood neighborhood, like most neighborhoods in our master-planned community, is designed for low maintenance living, and that translates to all the houses as well. Normandy Homes is one of two homebuilders building in this neighborhood, and they’re offering 5 distinct, open concept home designs with flexible room options. The Normandy Homes model in Spicewood at Craig Ranch is located at 7313 Collin McKinney Pkwy. McKinney, TX 75070. Currently, there are 5 homes available for move-in before the year ends! Normandy Homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch include 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5 – 3.5 baths, 2-car garages and offer 2,250 – 2,582 square feet of living space. Homes start in the mid-$300s.

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Normandy Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Normandy Homes isn’t a one neighborhood homebuilder! Buyers love their new homes in McKinney so much that, of course, we wanted them to build homes in another neighborhood of our master-planned community. Watters Branch is a neighborhood that offers homeowners exclusive access to private neighborhood amenities. Normandy Homes’ model home in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch is located at 6700 Sleepy River St. McKinney, TX 75070. They also currently have 6 available homes ready for move-in before the end of this year. Homes start in the high-$300s.

We love having so many great homebuilders in our master-planned community, and we hope you will come out to visit them soon! If you want to learn more about Normandy Homes at Craig Ranch or any of the other homebuilders, contact Craig Ranch today. We’d love to answer any questions you may have about our beautiful community.