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.

Top North Texas Events Happening This Fall

by crblog - September 6th, 2018

Fall is rapidly approaching and there are plenty of North Texas events planned to help you enjoy the cooling weather and changing seasons! Here are a few of the fun fall events going on near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

Plano Balloon Festival 2018

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When: Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23
Where: Oak Point Park
What Time: Friday 4 PM – 10 PM, Saturday 6 AM – 10 PM, Sunday 6 AM – 7 PM

The Plano Balloon Festival is celebrating its 39th year of ballooning in Plano! This fall event is a wonderful family-friendly event near Craig Ranch. Offering something for everyone, this festival includes live entertainment, fireworks, kid’s activities, a variety of food and handmade products and, of course, the breathtaking hot air balloons. Make sure to plan your visit around the planned balloon launches, scheduled for 7 AM and 6 PM daily.

McKinney Oktoberfest 2018

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When: Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: Friday 5 PM – 11:30 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for McKinney’s Oktoberfest! The event will have authentic German music, food, drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and more. The “bier garden” covers a total of 14 blocks throughout Historic Downtown McKinney, so you can walk around with your favorite German beer and bratwurst all weekend long! While there are plenty of fun things to do in McKinney, you won’t want to miss this event!

With so many wonderful McKinney events and area attractions, there is always something fun to do near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas! Share with us some of your favorite things to do in McKinney during fall by connecting with Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you’d like to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, take a look at our available homes today.

New Homes Available in Spicewood at Craig Ranch from Three Homebuilders

by crblog - August 30th, 2018

It comes as no surprise that Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has amazing new homes! Today, we’re shining a spotlight on three great homebuilders with new homes available in Spicewood at Craig Ranch.

About Spicewood at Craig Ranch

This week we’re highlighting Spicewood at Craig Ranch’s three exceptional homebuilders, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes and Normandy Homes! 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. The youngest residents of Spicewood will attend schools in the excellent Allen ISD.

Darling Homes at Craig Ranch

Darling Homes only has TWO remaining in Spicewood at Craig Ranch! Available homes are priced in the $400s and range in size from 2,400 – 2,567 square feet. If you’re interested in Darling Homes at Craig Ranch, we recommend you act fast! There are only two move-in ready homes from Darling Homes left in Spicewood at Craig Ranch.

7301 Collin McKinney

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• Available now
• 1025 model plan
• 2,576 square feet
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• $479,507

David Weekley Homes at Craig Ranch

David Weekley Homes builds amazing homes in Spicewood at Craig Ranch with homes starting in the mid $300s. Their 9 beautiful floorplans range from 1,856 – 2,958 square feet and feature the best in design, choice and service! David Weekley currently has 3 homes available for immediate move-in at Spicewood at Craig Ranch.

6213 Smithwick Drive

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• Available September
• The Peppervine floorplan
• 2,943 square feet
• 4 bedrooms
• 3 bathrooms
• $447,471

Normandy Homes at Craig Ranch

Normandy Homes also offers a variety of new home plans in the Spicewood Neighborhood. Normandy currently has five quick move-in homes available that will be complete before the end of this year! These homes range from 2,250 – 2,582 square feet and are all priced in the $360s-$370s, with some offering greenbelt views!

7260 San Saba Drive

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• Available October
• The Fairmont Floorplan
• 2,324 square feet
• 3 bedrooms
• 2.5 bathrooms
• $364,990

These are just three of the multiple beautiful new homes available in Spicewood at Craig Ranch that offer delightful, low-maintenance living in a truly wonderful area. To learn more about all our available homes, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

The Yard in McKinney Opening Soon

by crblog - August 23rd, 2018

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McKinney is constantly growing, and with that comes great new businesses setting up shop in the beautiful downtown area. The Yard in McKinney is the newest of these businesses, and there are a few things to know about this new restaurant.

About The Yard in McKinney

Situated in beautiful downtown McKinney, The Yard is the perfect place to visit with your friends and family while you eat some delicious grub, enjoy refreshing beer and cocktails and play a round or two of ping pong. The Yard in McKinney is owned and operated by 33 Restaurant Group, which are the same local people behind Cadillac Pizza Pub in downtown McKinney.

Eat, Drink and Play Outside

Now, for what The Yard in McKinney is all about! Come hungry, because The Yard has plenty of food and something for everyone. You can start off with a Picnic Platter, then move on to The Backyard Salad for something light or go all in with Pa’s Country Fried Steak. With all that delicious food, you’ll need something to wash it down. The Yard has 13 beers on draft and an additional 8 available in cans, and that’s just for right now. Not much of a beer fan? Well, then you’ll love their frozen and on-tap cocktails like the frozen Yard Smash or the on-tap Honeysuckle. While all of the new restaurants in McKinney offer food and drink, what about play? Come take on your friends and family to find out who the true ping pong master is at The Yard.

Officially Opening in Time for Labor Day Weekend

If you’re on the hunt for things to do in McKinney for Labor Day weekend, The Yard in McKinney is set to open at the end of this month, which is just in time for Labor Day celebrations! For an exact date for their grand opening, make sure to follow The Yard on Facebook, as they are excellent at keeping us all in the loop. It’s important that we point out that while they have plenty of outdoor space, The Yard will NOT be allowing dogs in the beginning as they are still in the process of looking into required permits and health procedures.

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

Enjoy a Weekend of Relaxation at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa

by crblog - August 16th, 2018

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If you missed National Relaxation Day yesterday, August 15, don’t fret! We have a few ideas to help you disconnect and relax for a few hours this weekend without having to go far from home. One of our favorite amenities at Craig Ranch is Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa. This world-class facility offers something for everyone looking to unplug and unwind.

Yoga at Craig Ranch Fitness

You deserve to take some time for yourself and Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa can help you do just that. Since Craig Ranch is an active living community, our on-site fitness center offers a variety of yoga classes for peak relaxation! If you’re looking to try hot yoga or restorative yoga, Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa has you covered. The fitness center also offers Mommy & Me yoga and power yoga! Take a look at the schedule to view available classes and plan to attend a class this weekend.

Craig Ranch Spa

After your yoga class concludes, why not continue the weekend of relaxation with a visit to the spa? The award-winning spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa is a favorite escape for residents and visitors of Craig Ranch in McKinney. This serene oasis offers a wide range of services from well-trained professionals. Make the most of your visit by arriving early to unwind in the steam room or sauna and chillout in the whirlpool. This relaxing environment is just what you need after spending countless hours of hard work on your career, family or both!

Craig Ranch Spa Services

The spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa has an extensive list of unique services available for guests. Depending on your relaxation needs, you can choose from a 50 or 80-minute relaxation, therapeutic, aroma, stretching, prenatal, postpartum, stone or sports massage. You can also add on a variety of massage enhancements to really make the most of your service. If you would prefer a facial, the spa offers an assortment of tailored services based on your skin’s specific needs. Why not finish off your visit with a manicure and pedicure? Enjoy the express manicure and pedicure or opt for the longer luxury lavender manicure and pedicure. In addition to these services, the spa also offers a variety of cosmetic services to keep you looking your best.

Schedule your appointment by calling 214-383-1010. Walk-ins are also welcome based on availability.

These are just a couple ways to celebrate National Relaxation Day at Craig Ranch in McKinney. Regardless of how you like to relax, make sure to set aside time for yourself this weekend – you deserve it! To learn more about our master-planned community and amenities at Craig Ranch, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Best North Texas Farmers Markets Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 9th, 2018

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With more and more DFW farmers markets popping up in recent years, there’s plenty of options to keep the fresh fruit and vegetable aficionado happy. If you’re on the hunt for fresh produce, local-made foodstuffs and some of the best farmers markets near Dallas and Craig Ranch, be sure to check out these seasonal markets!

McKinney’s Historic Chestnut Square Farmers Market

If you’re looking for things to do in McKinney, this farmers market is right up your alley. The McKinney Farmers Market strives to recreate the feel of the old market days which were held in downtown McKinney’s Chestnut Square. Visitors are even encouraged to bring a chair, sit down and converse with the other guests like the good old days! With vendors offering fresh produce, local and organic meat, dairy, and honey, McKinney’s Farmers Market is sure to satisfy all of your fresh food needs.

The McKinney Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Due to construction and limited parking, they are temporarily located north of the downtown square, in front of the Roy & Helen Hall Library at 101 E. Hunt Street. There is ample parking in lots a block away from the site!

Frisco Rotary Farmers Market

Founded in 2007, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market has become a Frisco staple. Focused on connecting consumers to local farmers and encouraging social gathering and interaction within the Frisco community, this farmers market is hard to pass up. With 32 different vendors offering farm fresh produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, preserves, artisanal items and more, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market is one of the best local farmers markets in Texas!

Located at 8821 4th St, the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market is up and running every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Downtown Plano Farmers Market

Hosted by Georgias Farmers Market, the Downtown Plano Farmers Market is now in the Arts District! There are a variety of goods being sold, including fresh produce, breads, eggs, jams, and more.

The Downtown Plano Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 916 East 15th St in Downtown Plano.

These are just a few of the best local farmers markets near Craig Ranch! Share your favorite farmers market photos with our master-planned community – Craig Ranch – on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Get Ready for Back to School with Craig Ranch

by crblog - August 2nd, 2018

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It’s about that time! Time to start getting ready to go back to school at Craig Ranch. Between back to school events, tax free weekend and school supply lists, here are some things to help you and your kids get ready to go back to school at Frisco ISD and Allen ISD.

Fill the Bus with Allen ISD

It’s a sad truth, but many families don’t have the financial ability to get all the needed school supplies, and that financial stress is multiplied when they have more than one school-age child. To help these families, Allen Community Outreach has their Fill the Bus school supply drive, which benefits Allen ISD students in need by providing all their school supplies. They are accepting donations through Tuesday, August 7.

Allen ISD School Supplies

Since a portion of our master-planned community feeds into Allen ISD, students living in these neighborhoods attend Lindsey Elementary School, Curtis Middle School, Lowery Freshman Center and Allen High School. Here’s the school supply list for Lindsey Elementary. For Curtis Middle School, parents simply pay a $30 supply fee, and Allen ISD will take care of their school supplies, except for pens, pencils and paper. As for the Freshman Center and Allen High, students only need to bring a pen, pencil and paper and they will be informed by their teachers what supplies are needed for each class.

The first day of school for Allen ISD is Wednesday, August 15.

Back-to-School Bash with Frisco ISD

For our Frisco ISD students, get ready to celebrate the new school year with the Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, August 11. This back to school event will take place at the Career and Technical Education Center from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Aside from fun activities, prizes and giveaways, there will also be free immunizations and vision screening for Frisco ISD students.

Frisco ISD School Supplies

Now, with most of our master-planned community feeding into Frisco ISD, there are different Frisco schools they may attend. The schools students living in Craig Ranch attend are Ogle Elementary School, Comstock Elementary School, Isbell Elementary School, Elliot Elementary School, Lawler Middle School, Scoggins Middle School, Vandeventer Middle School, Liberty High School and Independence High School. Visit each school’s website for a list of the school supplies your child will need.

The first day of school for Frisco ISD is Thursday, August 16.

Tax Free Weekend

Want to make sure you save as much as you can on school supplies? Make sure you get them during Texas’ Tax Free Weekend, Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12. That means you’ve got just one more week to get all your shopping lists together if you want to get school supplies without having Uncle Sam trying to take his cut.

We know your kids may not be ready to go back to school yet, but we certainly are excited for school to start back up! How do you prepare for going back to school at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX? We’d love to know what your strategy is for getting all your little pupils ready to go back to class. Share your back to school prep tips with us and all the other residents of Craig Ranch by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Home Maintenance Tricks That Will Save You Money This Summer

by crblog - July 26th, 2018

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Looking to cut costs around the house and keep cool this summer? With one of the hottest summers we’ve had in Texas, Craig Ranch is here to provide you with some home maintenance tips and tricks to lighten the load on your wallet while also helping you keep cool!

Set Your Ceiling Fans

This home savings tip might surprise you: ceiling fans can spin in two different directions! When your ceiling fan doesn’t seem to be effectively cooling the room down, it might be spinning the wrong way. During the summer, you’ll want to make sure your fan spins counterclockwise, causing the air to be pushed down, ultimately helping to cool you off. Something as simple as this can help save on air conditioning costs.

Window Treatments

Sunlight that seeps into your home through open windows can heat the indoor air significantly. This forces your air conditioner to work even harder than it has to so you can stay cool. To make sure your home stays as cool as possible, invest in blinds or blackout curtains and close them to help your home maintain a cool temperature during times of peak heat.

Clean appliances

One of the lesser known tips to save money this summer is cleaning the dust and debris out of the vents and grates of your appliances. This small task will help them perform better and more efficiently, which helps cut costs. Appliances you should regularly clean out include your dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine!

Change AC Filters

Normally, you should change your AC filters every 2-3 months. However, the extreme Texas heat makes your air conditioner work much harder, so filters should be changed every month during the summer. If you do this, you can ensure your air filter is working at 100%, avoiding a higher bill.

Change Your Light Bulbs

The easiest way to save money AND energy is to make the switch from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LED light bulbs. LED bulbs can cut your electricity bill down drastically and will last much longer than the traditional bulbs.

Saving money on bills during the summer isn’t as difficult as it may seem! These easy home savings tips can cut down your summer costs drastically and, most importantly, keep you cool!

Learn more about our master-planned community at Craig Ranch today. For more energy-saving tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Plan a Memorable Summer Staycation at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 19th, 2018

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If you’re looking for fun ways to spend your summer in McKinney, look no further! You don’t have to travel far for an enjoyable staycation at Craig Ranch; check out some of these fun summer staycation ideas.

Dr. Pepper StarCenter

If you want to get out of the blazing Texas heat for a while, head over to the Dr. Pepper StarCenter, one of the great area amenities at Craig Ranch. The facility has two ice rinks, a StarStuff pro shop, a snack bar and four party rooms. They offer Learn-to-Skate programs, figure skating, youth and adult hockey and ice skating to the general public. Spend some time this summer learning how to skate with the family and don’t let the Texas heat keep you from being active.

The Beach at Craig Ranch

One of the best amenities at Craig Ranch, The Beach, offers 12 sand courts where you can play volleyball, beach tennis, beach soccer and other outdoor sports. This facility is sure to keep you and the family entertained with a variety of activities! The on-site restaurant, Bermuda’s Bar & Grill, is air-conditioned and offers food and drinks for the whole family. The Beach is proud to offer Craig Ranch residents free entry on Sundays between 1 pm and 9 pm, so take advantage and make a whole day of it!

Moviehouse and Eatery

Moviehouse and Eatery is the perfect spot for dinner and a movie. It even provides a great way to get out of the heat! There are plenty of new movies out for the whole family to enjoy. There’s even a free first come, first serve kids summer camp with movies starting at 10 AM!

These are just some of our favorite summer staycation ideas, but there are plenty of other amenities at Craig Ranch to keep you entertained for the summer! We’d love to hear about how you and your family plan on spending the rest of Summer 2018! Share your best staycation photos with Craig Ranch by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ashton Woods is Building New Homes at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 12th, 2018

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When it comes to all the new homes at Craig Ranch, we’re kind of spoiled by all our truly amazing homebuilders! While we could talk about all of our homebuilders, this week we want to shine the spotlight on one in particular – Ashton Woods Homes.

About Ashton Woods Homes

For over a quarter of a century, Ashton Woods has been building remarkable homes throughout DFW and the US. Their sheer dedication to perfecting the overall home buying experience has helped set them apart from most other builders. When you buy one of their new homes in McKinney, they allow you to personalize so many parts of your house that it truly becomes a home for you, by you. Ashton Woods Homes at Craig Ranch are built in two of our neighborhoods – Trails and Southern Hills.

Ashton Woods Homes in Trails at Craig Ranch

Located right by Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa and Millie Cooper Park, the Trails at Craig Ranch is a perfect neighborhood for young, active families. Ashton Woods is the only homebuilder in this neighborhood. They’re building on 50’ lots and offering 13 unique floorplans ranging from 2,228 square feet to 3,749 square feet. There are currently 6 Ashton Woods Homes available in the Trails at Craig Ranch, and they start from the $400s.

Ashton Woods Homes in Southern Hills at Craig Ranch

The second neighborhood in our master-planned community that Ashton Woods builds in is Southern Hills at Craig Ranch. Ashton Woods builds new homes at Craig Ranch in Southern Hills on 40’ lots, 50’ lots and 60’ lots, and they are also the only homebuilder in this neighborhood. Their 40’ plans are part of the Fairway Series, which has 7 floorplans ranging from 2,188 square feet to 3,370 square feet, and there are currently 4 move-in ready homes available. Their 50’ plans are part of the Parkside Series, which offers 8 floorplans ranging from 2,020 square feet to 3,872 square feet, and there are 4 homes available. Lastly, for the 60’ lots, they have 10 floorplans as part of the Club Series. These floorplans range from 2,712 square feet to 4,641 square feet, and there’s only 1 home currently available in this lot size at Southern Hills at Craig Ranch.

Did you like what you heard about these great new homes at Craig Ranch? Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about the Ashton Woods Homes at Craig Ranch by contacting us today. We’d also be more than happy to give you a tour of our master-planned community, but first you can stop by our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles to see just what it’s like to call Craig Ranch in McKinney home.