Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center Now open Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - April 12th, 2018

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We know that your child’s education and development is immensely important, and so does the city of McKinney. With that being said, we’re beyond excited to introduce you to the next big thing in McKinney education learning programs – the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center. Here’s what you need to know about the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center as they bring education near Craig Ranch to the next level of excellence.

About Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in McKinney

As a family-owned company, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center was started in Fort Worth in 1997. Since then, they have been able to expand to 12 U.S. cities. They offer a unique approach to educational childcare that builds up your children to be ready for success in elementary school and in the world beyond that. They use a proprietary curriculum of academic and character values-driven learning programs that are targeted for each specific age group to create the ideal learning environment for every child.

What This Means for Schools Near Craig Ranch

So, this all sounds great, but what does having the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center mean for all the schools near Craig Ranch? Well simply, this now gives Craig Ranch residents with small children an excellent chance to help their child start to succeed at an early age. Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center offers fulltime childcare and early learning for kids as young as 6 weeks up to 5 years old. In addition, they also offer fun and educational after-school programs for children ages 6-12 years.

Some of the other major benefits to parents who enroll their child at the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center include:
• Early and late hours to fit the parents’ schedules
• Internet video monitoring to provide a constant connect to parents
• Security-controlled building access to keep the environment safe and secure

The Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center is located at 7900 Stacy Road in Craig Ranch, and we’re so excited that they’ve opened their doors! If you wish to enroll your child into one of their programs, click here. Connect with Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop about all the great things happening in and around McKinney.

Craig Ranch’s Guide for Brides to Be

by crblog - April 5th, 2018

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Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married! Calling all brides to be who are working on planning a wedding in McKinney! We know that it can stressful trying to plan your perfect day, especially when it comes to finding the perfect “chapel of love” because there are so many McKinney wedding venue options near Craig Ranch. To help all the beautiful brides to be, we’ve put together a helpful little guide to a downright magical North Texas wedding.

Book Your Perfect McKinney Wedding Venue

First things first, you want to book your wedding venue as soon as possible to make sure you can have the perfect place to say “I do” with your future spouse. While there are plenty of McKinney wedding venues, we’d suggest taking a look at the two stunning Craig Ranch wedding venues – TPC Craig Ranch and Piazza on the Green. Both of these venues offer a complete wedding management service as well as premier catering.

Say Yes to the Perfect Dress

Now that you’ve found and booked your perfect venue, it’s time to find the perfect dress. Brides in McKinney have a lot of options for wedding dress shopping. Having all those options means you can find the perfect dress for you and your budget. The two McKinney wedding dress shops we would most highly recommend are LeAnn’s Bridal and Say Yes to the Re-Dress, both of which offer exceptional discounts on stunning dresses!

Get Your Hair and Make-Up Done

So, you’ve got the perfect venue and dress. That means it’s time to turn your attention to your hair and make-up. While some brides in McKinney choose to take care of one or both of those themselves, we think that since it is your special day, you shouldn’t lift a finger! Get all glammed up by a talented stylist at Salon Crush, Beautiful Hair McKinney or The Hair Parlour.

Find a Phenomenal Florist

Last, but certainly not least, all brides to be need to find a great florist. Believe it or not, the wrong flower arrangement can make or break a wedding. While there are tons of McKinney florists that do weddings, our top recommendations would be The Lily Pad, A Twist of Lime and Franklin’s Flowers.

Planning a wedding in McKinney can be a bit stressful at times, but with this little brides to be guide from us here at Craig Ranch will help you make your wedding day absolutely perfect and magical. Craig Ranch is an ideal location for North Texas weddings not only because of our breathtaking wedding venues, but also our unbeatable central location. For more great tips that go beyond planning a wedding in McKinney, follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Top 4 Reasons to Buy a New Home in a Master-Planned Community

by crblog - March 22nd, 2018

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There are so many amazing reasons and incentives to buy a new home in a master-planned community like Craig Ranch! For those who haven’t been keeping up with the Craig Ranch blog, check out what it means to live in a master-planned community here! Today, we’ll be diving deeper into the many reasons to buy one of our new homes in Craig Ranch!

Options to Customize Your Home

When most people decide to make a home purchase, they are paying for the house exactly as it stands. However, that isn’t the case when you buy a new home with our coveted homebuilders in McKinney. Homebuyers are given the flexibility to choose a floorplan that best suits their lifestyle, select all the finishes, and customize their home to ideally fit their family and lifestyle!

Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa

Who says you have to go to a gym that’s 15+ minutes away from home? Buying one of our new homes in Craig Ranch gives you the ability to walk, ride or drive right down the street and start exercising at the state-of-the-art Craig Ranch Fitness and Spa. Not only can you go there to break a sweat and get your heart pumping, but it’s also the perfect place to take a break from the stresses of life and treat yourself to a spa day.

Exemplary Education

We know that your child’s education is of the utmost importance. That’s why we have plenty of new homes in Frisco ISD, which has been acknowledged time and time again for their exceptional educational programs and overall school performance. A portion of our master-planned community also feeds into the fantastic Allen ISD, and our close proximity to several renowned private schools is also a plus.

Smart Investment

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen McKinney and other homes near Allen and Frisco skyrocket in value. This means that when you buy a new home in Craig Ranch, you aren’t only getting a home that’s ideal for your family, but you’re also making a smart investment that will hold or grow its value as the years go by.

If you’re ready to buy a new home but aren’t quite sure whether you want to be in McKinney, Allen, Plano or Frisco, have the best of four worlds with Craig Ranch! Our location is second to none, and if you come visit our master-planned community, we’re sure you’d agree. Contact us today or come out for a tour, and follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest in greatest in and around McKinney.

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Tech Companies Near Craig Ranch Making Their Mark on Historic Downtown McKinney

by crblog - March 15th, 2018

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In the past few years, there have been so many new McKinney developments that have caused our city to grow tremendously. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of tech companies near Craig Ranch popping up, and they’re calling Historic Downtown McKinney home. Let’s look a little more at these new developments near Craig Ranch, and what they mean to our community.

Playful

First up on our list is a video game development company that your kids will certainly love, and you will too! Playful has designed many great and fun video games for windows, Xbox, PlayStation VR and more. They got their start in McKinney 5 years ago with just 3 employees. Now, they have 65 full-time employees and are building a 50,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Historic Downtown McKinney. Their continual growth is a good sign for any video game designers looking to move to McKinney.

VOMO

McKinney is a city that’s all about the community, and that’s only further exemplified by great tech companies near Craig Ranch like VOMO. At VOMO, they’ve created an app that allows volunteer organizations to get the word out about their causes, create and invite people to events and manage the overall volunteer program. They’ve helped various types of organizations from schools and churches to nonprofits and disaster relief. VOMO is now located in the booming Cotton Mill in downtown McKinney, which provides an ideal, central location for a company like theirs.

More Tech Jobs in McKinney

These are only two of the many tech companies near Craig Ranch, but unlike other new McKinney developments, these companies are calling Historic Downtown McKinney home. They’re the trendsetters that will certainly kickoff a trend of more tech companies relocating or starting up in McKinney, and that means more tech jobs in our area!

If you’ve been tossing the idea back and forth, it’s time to act and make the move to McKinney! If you’re still not sold, then check out some of these other great new McKinney developments that are helping make our city better and better every day. Get social with Craig Ranch and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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New Academic Programs Coming to Frisco ISD

by crblog - March 8th, 2018

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We know that as parents, your child’s education is top of mind. At Craig Ranch in McKinney, we send many our youngest residents to the exemplary schools in Frisco ISD. The schools near Craig Ranch that our residents get to attend are top notch, and they keep getting better. Just check out these great new academic programs that are coming to Frisco ISD!

Advance Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is an elective course that’s specifically designed to provide academic, social and emotional support to seventh graders as they take on more rigorous coursework. The average AVID student will be the first one in their families to attend college and traditionally come from groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

In addition to working toward a high school diploma from Frisco ISD, students will now be able to enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to help them prepare for success at the university level, while simultaneously preparing for life along the way. This challenging academic program allows students to choose courses from each of the five core subjects, including a language other than English. Students who earn an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma can also earn college credit.

Primary Years Programme

As part of the same organization, the Primary Years Programme is tailored for elementary students and capitalizes on your child’s natural curiosity, critical thinking and communication skills. This framework is designed to be flexible and pliable to each student’s unique way of learning.

Project Lead The Way Launch

Building a strong educational foundation for elementary aged students, Project Lead The Way Launch is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Tailored for K-5 students, this educational program now offered at Frisco ISD taps into your child’s natural exploratory nature to help them understand and eventually change the world around them.

A great education is the key to a lifetime of success, so it’s important to have your children involved in these programs at our great Frisco schools! With Craig Ranch’s unique location, we have plenty of new homes in Frisco ISD and with the expected North Texas home buying trends for 2018, you’ll want to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney sooner rather than later. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful master-planned community.

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Can’t-Miss St. Patrick’s Day Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - March 1st, 2018


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March is finally here, and you all know what that means – St. Patrick’s Day! Get ready to bust out your four-leaf clovers and all your green and gold garb for these fun St. Patrick’s Day events near Craig Ranch.

St. Patrick’s Day in a True Irish Pub

When: Wednesday, March 14 – Sunday, March 18
Where: The Celt
What Time: Show times will vary by day

It’s always St. Patrick’s Day at The Celt in Downtown McKinney. While they haven’t announced an official St. Patrick’s Day event, they will still be having live music that’s all in the genres of Irish music, from traditional Irish to more folksy and acoustic Irish sounds. Check out The Celt’s McKinney events calendar to see what shows they’ll be having during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

McKinney’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Shamrock Run

When: Saturday, March 17
Where: TUPPS Brewery
What Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

While there will be plenty of McKinney events happening throughout the week of St. Patrick’s Day, only one can be the official celebration of McKinney, and this year it’s at TUPPS Brewery! The St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Shamrock Run is sure to be a hoot and a half. Did we mention that the Shamrock Run 5k will have a prize for the team that has the best costumes? Of all the St. Patrick’s Day events near Craig Ranch, this is probably the one we’re most excited for. Set to be fun for the whole family, there will be live music, local artists and craft vendors, food trucks and, of course, green beer!

These are just a couple of the many great St. Patrick’s Day events near Craig Ranch. If you don’t want to just do St. Patty’s Day in McKinney, check out the other events in Plano, Allen and Frisco. To stay up to date with all the other great things to do near Craig Ranch, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

New McKinney Developments February Round-Up

by crblog - February 22nd, 2018

Just like last year, this year Craig Ranch is witnessing tons of new McKinney developments popping up all over our great city. We wanted to give you a quick rundown on our favorite new developments near Craig Ranch that we think our residents will be especially excited to have in our great city!

CarMax

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Are you about to be in the market for another car for your family? Well you’re in luck because this year, CarMax will be building their first dealership in McKinney! Whether you’re looking to get a great deal on a new or used car for yourself or the teenager that just got their license, CarMax in McKinney will be the top destination for where the rubber meets the road. The McKinney CarMax will be located at 1441 N. Central Expressway.

Petco

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Sit. Stay. Good store! Are you tired of having to drive to Allen or Frisco to get the exclusive brands that your pet loves from Petco? Coming this year, you and Fido can take a trip to the new Petco in McKinney! While we wouldn’t put going to the pet store at the top of our list for things to do near Craig Ranch with your pet, it can still be a real treat to go in there and let them pick out their next toy or treat to bring back to the K9 Corral in Craig Ranch! The McKinney Petco will be located at the northeast intersection of Hardin Boulevard and US 380.

Costco

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Following the trend of our first two new developments near Craig Ranch, this will be the first Costco in McKinney. We would highly recommend getting a Costco membership even before the McKinney Costco is completed because as soon as it is, you’ll want to do virtually all your shopping there! Plus, Costco is a great place to discover new flavors as they frequently have multiple taste-testing sessions set up all throughout the massive store. You may not want to do all your shopping there if you don’t have a large family, but the bulk savings on toiletries and basic groceries alone make the $60 annual membership beyond worth it. The Costco in McKinney will be located at the northeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and US 380.

Richardson Bike Mart

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Last up on our list of Craig Ranch’s top new McKinney developments is Richardson Bike Mart. It doesn’t matter if you’re just looking to get a bike to cruise around our master-planned community with your family, or if you’re wanting to get into the cycling scene, the new Richardson Bike Mart in McKinney will have it all! They’ll even allow for bike rentals so you can tryout a new set of wheels before you decide to buy. The McKinney Richardson Bike Mart will be located at 9040 Falcon View Drive.

With all these great new McKinney developments, the Craig Ranch location just keeps getting better and better! Last year we wrote about some of the other great new developments near Craig Ranch that were going to be opening up this year, and we’ll surely be highlighting more as the year goes on. To stay even more up-to-date with the latest and greatest things to do near Craig Ranch, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

American Legend Homes Model at Craig Ranch

by crblog - February 15th, 2018

We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and while you’re still in the loving spirit, we want to show you one of the model homes at Craig Ranch from American Legend Homes that we’re sure you’ll love.

About American Legend Homes

American Legend Homes is part of Bright Industries, a 60-year-old, family-owned Dallas company with operations all over the DFW area including new homes in McKinney in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch. The organization’s stable foundation has contributed to its growth and impressive reputation with both Realtors and buyers over the years. American Legend Homes has set out to become the best home building organization in America by focusing on thoughtful design, finish quality and customer satisfaction. Customers who choose American Legend Homes as their builder can have peace of mind in knowing that their builder will be with them for the long haul.

Their Model Home at Craig Ranch

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The American Legend Homes model home at Craig Ranch is a truly breathtaking 2-story home based on their 1196 floorplan. This 3,302 square foot home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2 living areas and 2 dining areas. Looking for something smaller? Our beautiful model home is only an example of one of the 16 floorplans offered by American Legend Homes in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch.

Discover Watters Branch at Craig Ranch

Students living in Watters Branch at Craig Ranch currently attend Frisco ISD’s Elliott Elementary, Scoggins Middle School, Liberty High School and Independence High School. Homeowners are given the opportunity to tailor their new homes with options like additional rooms to customize their home to fit their family’s needs. Craig Ranch offers more than 400 acres of green space with trails throughout the community, including a rubberized jogging track in Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park. The neighborhood also includes an amenity center with a swimming pool exclusively for Watters Branch at Craig Ranch residents!

American Legend Homes are available in our master-planned community starting in the high $300s. Contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today if you’d like to tour this or any other beautiful model homes in Craig Ranch. Get a taste of our community’s lifestyle by following Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4 New Homebuying Trends for 2018

by crblog - February 8th, 2018

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The housing market is an ever-evolving industry, and every year brings new trends. If you’re thinking about joining our master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, then you first might want to read through these 4 new homebuying trends we’re forecasting for 2018.

1. The Sooner You Buy – The Better

One of the new homebuying trends that we’ll be seeing in 2018 is mortgage rates going up to 5%, however, for the last couple of years they’ve always hovered around 4%. It’s important to note that this is in no way a reflection of the housing market, it’s simply the nature of economic growth. With all that being said, you’ll have the best chance of getting a low mortgage rate if you purchase one of our new homes in Craig Ranch within the first half of the year.

2. Low Credit Isn’t the End of the World

Used to, if you had poor credit, then being able to get approved for an adequate home loan with a reasonable mortgage rate was impossible, but not anymore! This can finally be the year that even those with lower credit scores can become homeowners. There are already a few lenders out there that are starting to work towards creating interest-only mortgages for those that have had a major life event that caused them to lose their house or file for bankruptcy.

3. Automation Improves Loan-Application Process

Getting your home faster! The loan application process for a home loan used to be very arduous, but now with lenders finally starting to embrace all the technology that’s at their disposal, they’ve begun to automate the process. An example of this would be Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, which has developed software so that virtually your entire loan application can be completed online.

4. More People to Flock to DFW

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX isn’t the only area of DFW that saw a lot of growth in 2017, and you can expect even more growth in 2018. So, what does that mean for new homebuying trends? To simply put it, there will be even more competition for you to snag your dream house. Don’t worry, it isn’t too late to tour some of the beautiful model homes in our master-planned community.

Now that you’re in the know about some of the new homebuying trends for 2018, it’s time you make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. If you still aren’t sure, explore our community website or get to know our lifestyle by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Spend Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch with Your Sweetie

by crblog - February 1st, 2018

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February is officially here, and while it’s the shortest month of the year, it’s arguably the one filled with the most love. That’s right – it’s almost time for Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch! While there are plenty of Valentine’s Day events happening around Craig Ranch in McKinney, you just can’t beat when you can make a special, love-filled day out of the wonderful amenities that are right here in our master-planned community!

Break a Sweat Together

Who says your Valentine’s Day events have to start off as relaxing? Instead, you and your special someone can join one of the group X classes at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa and break a sweat together. We’re all about an active living, and the group X classes are a great way for couple to achieve a more active lifestyle together.

Reach New Heights at the Rock Climbing Wall

Not really feeling like getting as involved as signing up for a weekly class? Well then try an equally fun activity like climbing the rock wall at Craig Ranch Fitness. If you guys are the competitive type, you can see who can get to the top the fastest, or for the less experienced – who can get the farthest.

Discover Who’s the Better Cook

You might be planning to simply go to a nice restaurant for your Valentine’s Day meal, but why not try something different with the culinary demos also available at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa? Not only will this culinary demo give you a chance to reconnect over food, you’ll also learn about healthier eating habits and cooking methods.

Treat Each Other with an Evening at the Spa

Last, but most certainly not least, is probably going to be your favorite part about spending Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch. Treat each other to evening at the spa part of Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa. With such a wide array of services, the two of you are sure to find the indulgences that sound the most enticing.

If you’ve already been keeping up with your new year resolution at Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, then you probably already know that you can enjoy all these great things within our master-planned community. For more ideas on what you could do for a wonderful Valentine’s Day at Craig Ranch, be sure to follow Craig Ranch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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