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:

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 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 or

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.


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 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 to see available homes now.

Craig Ranch: Located in One of the Fastest Growing Cities in the Nation

by crblog - August 15th, 2014

McKinney, Texas is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. With its wonderful amenities and beautiful new homes, McKinney is an attractive choice for many new homeowners. To highlight the advantages of purchasing a home in McKinney, here is a look at the recent growth in the area.

Increasing Population in Texas

Texas is one of the most popular states in the country. In fact, the state of Texas is home to seven of the most quickly growing cities in the United States. Between 2012 and 2013, McKinney increased by as much as 3.9 percent in size. Everything is bigger in Texas!

Creating a Master Plan

To ensure that the growth occurs smoothly, the McKinney area has implemented a master plan. Getting a jumpstart on the potential growth not only effect residential living, but paves the way for growing education, businesses and public amenities. By building master-planned communities, McKinney is ensuring that each new resident enjoys a luxurious and peaceful lifestyle.

Improving Jobs and Amenities

As the population of McKinney increases, so do the jobs and amenities in the area. When you move to McKinney, you will find a variety of terrific career opportunities available to you. As our community grows, however, the quality and lifestyle of McKinney won’t be compromised. The best is yet to come.

For more information about purchasing a new home in McKinney, TX, contact Craig Ranch by calling (972) 529-5700. We will be happy to tell you more about the new homes we have for sale.

Developer’s Corner With David Craig: A Summer to Remember

by crblog - August 1st, 2014

Summer will soon come to an end but in the meantime, it’s important we take note of the developments underway in the Craig Ranch community! Amidst the pool parties, barbecues and new school year plans, Craig Ranch continues to add new amenities, venues and residents (both residential and commercial).

Who better to tell you about these developments in the McKinney, Texas Craig Ranch community than our developer himself, David Craig? Each month, David contributes to the “Developer’s Corner” column in the Craig Ranch Telegram. Here is some of what he had to say about the exciting happenings during the past few months.

  • The Beach at Craig Ranch is under construction for The Sports Resort with FOUR new indoor volleyball courts. Soon, you will be able to play year round!
  • Our Country Homes is opening their new model in The Settlement at Craig Ranch September 13, 2014. Tell your friends and come by to see this spectacular new home design! Several inventory homes are under construction but they may be sold by the grand opening event.
  • Beazer Homes will be starting development soon in Creekside at Craig Ranch, located  on Silverado Trail, just east of Custer Road. Homes are anticipated to range from $290s to $370s on 142 lots.
  • Parkside at Craig Ranch has completed the first phase of 418 rental residences with a new phase planned to start in the fall. Allen ISD serves the Parkside area.
  • McKinney Corporate Center Craig Ranch (MCCCR) is nearing completion of the new entry monuments and landscaping to complete the City of McKinney’s premier corporate center. Take a spin along Sam Rayburn access road to see the progress!

You can see that every segment of the residential and commercial real estate market is really humming along right now; we have a lot of action all over Craig Ranch! To keep plugged in to what is happening around our community, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Craig Ranch team wishes you a smooth and exciting new school year! See you in September!

If you would like more information about the Craig Ranch community or want to learn more about our developer, David Craig, come by the Craig Ranch Information Center: 6850 TPC Drive, Suite 104, McKinney, Texas 75070 or call 972-529-5700.

The Best Swimming Tips for Your McKinney, Texas Family

by crblog - July 25th, 2014

Summer in McKinney, Texas means it’s the perfect time to put on your suit and hit the pool in your backyard or one of the community pools you can enjoy as a Craig Ranch North resident. The temperatures of Texas in July should not be taken lightly nor should swimming pool rules, so help your family stay safe this summer. Here is an overview of the best swimming tips for your family.

Always Have Adult Supervision
Have you ever noticed how attentive lifeguards are when they scan the pool area? Much like the safety precautions they take, keeping your eyes on your kids is a must. Another great alternative is to make sure that there is adult supervision at all times. Never leave young children in a pool that is unattended by an adult.

Use the Buddy System
A great additional pool safety tip is to always use the buddy system. By encouraging your kids to swim with a partner, you can help them stay safe or call for help if anything unusual happens when they are in the pool and enjoy the summer sun together. After all, two is better than one, right?

Take Swimming Lessons
To ensure that your children are safe around the pool, it is a great idea to sign them up for swimming lessons. Not sure where to go? The City of McKinney Swim School offers a program suited for all ages. When children become familiar with an activity such as swimming, it not only is fun but also allows your children to learn something new on their own. With proper instruction, children will be aware of pool safety and perhaps teach others their skills!

To learn more about the wonderful amenities that await you at Craig Ranch, call us at (972) 529-5700. Our master-planned community in McKinney is a place that you will be proud to call home.

How to Control the Mosquitoes at Your Home in McKinney This Summer

by crblog - July 18th, 2014

Summertime in north Texas means sun, fun and fireworks. It’s also the return of pesky mosquitoes. During the summer months, mosquitoes are a familiar nuisance for homeowners in the McKinney area. If you are moving into a master-planned community in McKinney, it is important to make sure that your home and loved ones are protected from these bothersome pests. Here are some essential mosquito control tips for the summer months.

Use Insect Repellant
One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to use insect repellant whenever you step outside your home. By always wearing and spraying insect repellant in surrounding areas, you can prevent the danger of being eaten up by mosquitoes in your very own backyard.

Drain Standing Water
Mosquitoes thrive and breed in wet, swampy conditions. To control mosquitoes at your home, it is a great idea to drain or, if possible, cover any standing water around your property.

Close Your Windows
If your home is equipped with a central air system, you may want to keep your windows closed. Closing your windows will keep mosquitoes safely away from the inside of your home. Investing in mosquito nets is an alternative that is just as effective.

When you are shopping for a new home in McKinney, be sure to check out the master-planned community of Craig Ranch. To learn more about living in McKinney, call us at (972) 529-5700.