Staycation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX

by crblog - July 20th, 2017

While Summer is usually the time of year when everyone goes on vacation, who says you can’t have a great staycation right here in our master-planned community? Between our beautiful homes and luxurious amenities, you and your family can easily enjoy a staycation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, and here are just a few ideas on how you could relax, unwind and save some money in the process!

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The Beach at Craig Ranch

Who says you have to ride in a car or plane for hours to enjoy the sun and sand of a beach? The Beach at Craig Ranch offers all your favorite beach sports, and some you probably never even thought of! In addition to everyone’s favorite sand volleyball, they also have sand soccer and even sand tennis. Even if you don’t really want to feel the sand between your toes but you’re still looking for a little summer fun, they also have non-sand activities like cornhole and bocce ball.

TPC Golf Course

If you’re a lucky member of one of the area’s best golf destinations, it is east to plan a staycation around the award-winning TPC Golf Course! This par-72 golf course was designed by PGA TOUR legend and architect, Tom Weiskopf. While it is ranked as one of the toughest golf courses in Texas, there are multiple tee spots at every hole, making it an enjoyable course for anyone to play regardless of skill level. Even if golf is not your sport, having a nice lunch overlooking the course from the comfort of the air conditioned club.

Craig Ranch Spa

If when you think about a staycation in our master-planned community and immediately think about finding a spa around us, then you’re in luck! Check out the spa at Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa, the premier destination for ultimate relaxation at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. They offer all sorts of luxurious services like manicures, pedicures, facial, massages, spray tanning and so much more!

Instead of going on an expensive family vacation for just a week or two, stay at Craig Ranch and enjoy a staycation all summer long! If you’d like to learn more about how our master-planned community provides everything our residents may need or want, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today.

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Maintaining Your Pool in Craig Ranch on a Budget

by crblog - July 13th, 2017

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Few things are better on a hot summer day than being able to go out to your backyard for a refreshing dip. Having a pool all to yourself is amazing, but it can be a tough and fairly costly chore. That’s why today, we’re sharing some summer tips for maintaining your pool on a budget.

Buy Chemicals in Bulk

Just like with anything, it’s always easier and cheaper to buy in bulk. Yes, the initial investment will be greater, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Many pool care and chemical stores will run deals during the early season. Seeing as we’re already well into summer, your best bet is to still buy your chemicals in bulk.

Shock Your Pool Weekly

If your kids are bringing all their friends over and you constantly have people in your pool, then you’ll definitely want to add shock on a weekly basis. Adding a bag or two of shock every week is much cheaper than if you skip a week and then have to triple the amount of shock the next week just get your pool to be clear again. For the best results, you’ll want to shock your pool in the evening after the sun has already gone down.

Cover Your Pool to Limit Evaporation

A pool cover may seem like an unnecessary expense, but with Texas summers easily reaching triple digits some days, the water in your pool can quickly start to evaporate. By simply covering your pool in Craig Ranch whenever it isn’t in use, you could potentially save hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water that you would’ve used to refill your pool.

Our master-planned community features many great amenities to stay active and have fun this summer. If you’d like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today.

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Where to Hear Live Music Near McKinney

by crblog - July 6th, 2017
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What’s better than enjoying live music on a summer night? Whether it’s a hole in the wall venue, or a stadium that can fit thousands of people, you just can’t beat the experience. Today, our master-planned community is sharing some of the best places to hear live music near McKinney.

The Celt Irish Pub

With a casual Irish pub atmosphere, The Celt Irish Pub in Historic Downtown McKinney has live music every day except Monday and Tuesday. While a majority of their shows are performed by Celtic/Irish/folk musical groups, they also have country music and blues/jazz shows.

Cadillac Pizza Pub

Not too far from Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX sits an establishment known to the locals as “The Caddy.” The Cadillac Pizza Pub is McKinney’s premier neighborhood bar for delicious, wood-fired pizza and great live music. With the feel of Memphis, the buzz of Austin and the spirit of New Orleans, The Caddy draws musicians from every genre.

The Dirty Rooster

More ideal for the audience that’s looking to make some noise and have a hell of a good time doing it, The Dirty Rooster in Allen has karaoke every Thursday and live music every Friday and Saturday. While you’ll mostly hear rock, don’t be surprised if you hear some country, Americana or even some blues.

Eight11 Place

When it comes to live music near McKinney, Frisco has the exceptional indoor/outdoor Eight11 Place. This casual, family-friendly music venue, bar and restaurant has live performances Wednesday – Saturday. Looking more like a home than a place for live music, Eight11 Place is located in Historic Downtown Frisco.

Taverna Rossa

Last but not least, if you’re looking for live music near McKinney and you’re closer to Plano, then head over to Taverna Rossa. They have two locations – one in Plano and one in Southlake. So, when you’re looking for a show, make sure you’re choosing one in Plano and not Southlake!

Since our master-planned community is at the four corners of McKinney, Allen, Plano and Frisco, we’re close to many great music venues and more! If you’d like to know more about our community and what’s around Craig Ranch in McKinney, explore our community website.

Exciting New Developments at Craig Ranch in McKinney

by crblog - June 29th, 2017

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Summer is in full swing, and we hope you’re all having a cool, safe and fun Texas summer! Our master-planned community is constantly growing in our efforts to better serve our residents and all the citizens of McKinney. We have many new and exciting business and retail partners coming to Craig Ranch.

Children Come First

First and foremost, we’re very excited to welcome a Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center to Craig Ranch. It will be located at Stacy and Alma and will provide an acclaimed early learning center option for resident and area parents. Children’s Lighthouse provides childcare for infants and toddlers, preschool for children ages 2-5 years old and afterschool childcare for children 5-12 years old.

Better Banking

The Bank of the Ozarks is going up at Custer Road and Collin McKinney Parkway. They expect to be complete and open for business this fall. Prestige Credit Union is also under construction on Custer Road and also is scheduled to open this fall.

The Market Place at Craig Ranch

The Market Place located at Custer and Stacy is now under development. This new neighborhood shopping center is expected to have a Neighborhood Walmart, Quick Lube, a climate controlled storage facility and additional retail offerings.

More Developments

Additional retail is in the planning stage at Custer and Silverado and new medical office space is also under development on Custer. 2 Greenside, our 3-story, 48,000-square-foot office building located at SH 121 and TPC Drive, is nearing completion with great highway access and views of the TPC Craig Ranch golf course. Sewell Audi located along Sam Rayburn/SH 121 is continuing development of their new Audi dealership located in Craig Ranch.

We hope you will enjoy these new shopping, medical business and retail conveniences joining the Craig Ranch community! If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community and our new homes in McKinney, Texas, contact Craig Ranch today.

Fourth of July Fun Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - June 22nd, 2017
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The big day is almost here! Time to celebrate our country’s independence and enjoy the day with our friends and family. If you don’t want to stray too far from Craig Ranch in McKinney for some Independence Day fun, here are some of the Fourth of July events near McKinney.

July 4th Fireworks Tournaments

When: Tuesday, July 4
Where: The Beach at Craig Ranch
What Time: 9:00 AM

If you’re a volleyball lover, then you can spend the whole day in our master-planned community for the July 4th Fireworks Tournaments! This will be a mini-tournament format and feature 2×2 and 4×4 opportunities. Even if you only come for part of the day, you’re sure to have a blast! You can play in the morning and then always stay right in Craig Ranch for the other major Fourth of July event in McKinney.

Red, White and BOOM!

When: Tuesday, July 4
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney & McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
What Time: Parade starts at 10:00 AM

Guaranteed to be fun for the whole family, Red, White and BOOM! is a McKinney tradition. As is tradition, Craig Ranch partnered up with the City of McKinney to make sure this Fourth of July will be one for the record books! It’ll start with a parade through Historic Downtown McKinney and then there will be live music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.

Frisco Freedom Fest

When: Tuesday, July 4
Where: Simpson Plaza at City Hall & Toyota Stadium
What Time: 4:00 PM

Starting off Independence Day a little later in the afternoon, Frisco will be holding their Frisco Freedom Fest at the Simpson Plaza at City Hall. Sure to be lots of fun, they’ll have their “Party in the Plaza” with the community stage and children’s expo. For the Frisco foodies, they’ll also have their Taste of Frisco, which will feature delicious food from some of the best Frisco restaurants.

Plano’s All-American Fourth

When: Tuesday, July 4
Where: Amphitheater at Oak Point Park
What Time: 5:00 PM

What other Fourth of July celebration do you know of that syncs their fireworks up with music? Well, Plano’s All-American Fourth is going to do just that! Aside from their musical fireworks, there will also be a variety of food trucks and plenty of family-friendly activities!

These are just some of the Fourth of July events near McKinney, and there’s certainly no shortage of celebration on such a big day! If you’d like to learn more about our master-planned community and our available new homes, contact Craig Ranch today.

The Grove at Craig Ranch

by crblog - June 15th, 2017
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If you thought that our master-planned community was done growing, think again. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is constantly growing and adding more and more beautiful, new homes by outstanding homebuilders. One of our newest neighborhoods is The Grove at Craig Ranch. Here are some things to know about this new neighborhood.

About The Grove at Craig Ranch

The Grove will border Stacy Road and neighbor our other new neighborhood – Watters Branch. Because of its great location in our master-planned community, The Grove will also feed into the exceptional Frisco ISD! As if being in a great school district wasn’t enough, all the homes will also be built by an amazing homebuilder that has built in Craig Ranch for several years– Beazer Homes. They’ll be building on both 40’ and 50’ home sites.

Beazer Homes 40’

For the 40’ homesites, Beazer Homes has six incredible floor plans, each of which has additional options so you can truly make it your dream home! You can choose from the one-story, 1,800 square foot, three bedroom, two bathroom Jefferson plan all the way to the two-story, 2,836 square foot, optional 5 bedroom, four bathroom Hamilton plan.

Beazer Homes 50’

As for the 50’ homesites, Beazer Homes is offering five unique, open floor plans. Having this little bit of extra space can make all the difference when you think about having enough room for a playset for your kids or for Fiddo to run around outside while you’re at work. You can choose from the one-story, 1,871 square foot, four bedroom, two bathroom Silverado plan all the way to the two-story, 3,315 square foot, optional five bedroom, four bathroom Summerfield plan.

You can tour the Beazer Homes model home at:
5001 Dallas Red Court
McKinney, TX, 75070
972-767-5926

The homes at The Grove at Craig Ranch will start in the low-mid $300s. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is excited to be adding more homes to our community, and for more information on the new Beazer Homes being built at The Grove at Craig Ranch, contact us today.

Understanding Your Mortgage: The Terms and Lingo You Need to Know

by crblog - June 8th, 2017

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When you’re a first-time homebuyer, there are a lot of things you have to learn to be able to successfully purchase your first home. To help you be as knowledgeable of a homebuyer as possible, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is going to explain the common terms used when dealing with a home loan mortgage.

Down Payment

While the concept of a down payment surely isn’t foreign to the average homebuyer, the down payment for a car and the down payment for a house are a little different. Just like when you buy a vehicle, a mortgage down payment is a lump sum of money that you pay at the time of purchase. The average mortgage down payment is 20%. However, there are options for those first-time homebuyers that don’t quite have that much money saved up.

Interest

Nothing in this world is free, especially when it comes to borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home loan. Your interest rate will vary based on lender’s preferences and requirements as well as both you and your partner’s credit scores. Average interest rates are currently staying around 4% for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage.

Principal

So all that money that you borrowed from your lender will need to be paid off with monthly payments over the life of your mortgage. The amount of money that you borrowed is called the principal.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage

If you hate surprises, then a fixed-rate mortgage is what you’ll want! Essentially, you and your lender will come to an agreement on an interest rate, and that rate remains the same for the life of the loan. This can be good if interest rates were to all of a sudden to skyrocket. However, if rates were to drop, you would still be paying the agreed upon interest rate.

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

Doing exactly as the name implies, this type of mortgage allows for your interest rate to fluctuate with the market. The good news with these types of mortgages is that they initially start with lower rates, and as long as rates stay low, then so will your monthly mortgage payment.

Closing Costs

So the down payment isn’t the only chunk of change you’ll have to put down on your house right away. While sometimes closing costs can be negotiable, it’s always safe to assume that you will be responsible for paying the entirety of the closing cost. The closing costs on your home will be generally 2% – 4% of the loan amount.

If you’ve been looking at our new homes in McKinney with Frisco schools and feel like you are about ready to take the plunge and buy a new home, come tour our master-planned community. Contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today to learn more about our beautiful new homes.

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A Tech Savvy Guide to Father’s Day Gifts

by crblog - June 1st, 2017

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With so many Father’s Day gifts out there, it can be hard to decide which one is right for dad, especially one that’s a tech nut, or if you are looking to make his life easier through technology! To help you figure out the perfect gift for the father in your life, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has a list of some great tech savvy Father’s Day gifts.

Gifts Under $50

Who said you had to spend a fortune on a great Father’s Day gift? There are plenty of great gifts for under $50! If your dad loves watching movies, TV shows and sports without all the commercials, then he’ll love the Roku Streaming Stick. If he is always on the go and his phone has a hard time holding its charge, get him an EC Technology Power Bank – even more old-school dads can put a new phone charger to good use!

Gifts Under $100

For a little bit bigger of a budget, you can get your active dad the new Fitbit Flex 2 to help him track his fitness level on land or in the pool! If your dad is a bookworm, you can get him an Amazon Kindle! If he already has one, choose a book to read with dad so he can share his love of reading with his kiddos and get in some quality family time doing something he enjoys.

Audio and Video

Whether your dad is all into shooting video or just listening to music, there are plenty of great Father’s Day gifts that he’ll love! For exceptional sound quality that also gives dad the freedom to get up and be active, the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones are perfect for running around the neighborhood or venturing out for a hike. If he’s the adventurous type, help him capture every new outing with the GoPro Hero5 Black so he can remember and relive all of your family’s adventures.

Smart Home Tech

If your dad is all about getting the latest and greatest in smart home technology, you can’t go wrong with getting him the Amazon Echo. If he likes it, he can then build out his home around devices that are compatible with the Echo. For the dad who hates it when people mess with the thermostat, get him the Nest Learning Thermostat. It can learn your family’s routine and keep your house at the perfect temperature.

Don’t let Father’s Day gifts stress you out! Get dad a gift he’s sure to love! We hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful new homes that would really make for a Father’s Day gift he’ll never forget.

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Stay Fit and Healthy this Summer in Craig Ranch

by crblog - May 25th, 2017

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Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means! If you’re looking to get fit in time for summer, then Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is the place for you. Our community and amenities are centered around active living. Here are some of our amenities that’ll help keep you in the best shape.

Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch

If it’s a one-stop fitness shop that you want, then the Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch is where you’ll want to go. This 75,000 square foot health and fitness complex has state-of-the-art equipment, highly trained professionals and a supportive staff that are there to help you get into shape. Aside from the traditional machines and free weights, Cooper Fitness Center also has an indoor basketball court, Olympic-size swimming pool, rock climbing wall and exercise classes like Yoga and Pilates.

The Beach at Craig Ranch

Now if you’re trying to stay out of the gym but still be plenty active, then take some friends over to The Beach at Craig Ranch! As the name entails, you can expect to find a lot of sand and plenty of people playing sports like sand volleyball, sand soccer and sand tennis. The amount of agility and stamina needed to play these games, plus the restriction of the sand, make all of these sports excellent ways to stay in shape, while also having loads of fun!

Parks

Our new homes in McKinney are surrounded by beautiful, open parks that are perfect for free play. Whether you and your friends want to play a game of kickball, fetch with Fido or any other fun activity you could think of. Each of the Craig Ranch parks is a little different and can be used for different exercise needs.

Fitness Trails

If working out at a center, playing a sand sport or going to a park doesn’t do it for you, try getting your heart pumping on our fitness trails. There are trails all throughout the community, so there’s no excuse to not go out for a morning or afternoon jog!

Don’t let summer sneak up on you. You still have time to hit the gym and get into your ideal shape before summer is in full swing. Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is all about active living, and if you’d like to learn more about our amenities or our new homes in McKinney, contact us today.

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A Guide to Summer Camps in McKinney

by crblog - May 18th, 2017

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There are plenty of exciting things to do in McKinney, especially fun and educational summer camps. If you think it’s too late to sign your children up for fun summer camps, think again! Here are some of the summer camps near our master-planned community that we’re sure will be a blast.

Unique by Nature

When: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
Where: Old Settler’s Recreation Center
What Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Taking McKinney’s motto to heart, the Unique by Nature camp will be a perfect opportunity for kids to get in the great outdoors. The campers will learn all sorts of valuable skills like teamwork, basic navigation and building self-reliance. This camp is for children ages 7 – 12.

Sink or Swim

When: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11
Where: Old Settler’s Recreation Center
What Time: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

While Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has a great community pool and other amenities, even we admit that it can’t compare to the thrilling water slides and wave pool of Hawaiian Falls. Children ages 7 – 12 will be able to attend the 5-day Sink or Swim camp where they can play their summer days away at Hawaiian Falls. The first session in June has already filled, but it isn’t too late to sign up for the August session!

Camp Invention

When: Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23 & Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21
Where: Minshew Elementary School
What Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

For young students entering first through sixth grade that love to brainstorm, tinker, create and invent, Camp Invention is a great weeklong summer camp in McKinney! Your kids will get to be curious kids in a safe, fun learning environment. They’ll get to take a part and create all sorts of gizmos and gadgets.

If you’re hunting for some fun things to do in McKinney for your kids to do this summer, then a summer camp is always a great option. To learn about more things to do in McKinney or to schedule a visit to our master-planned community, contact Craig Ranch today.

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