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Downtown Plano has become such an upbeat and hip place for locals & tourists to visit. Not only is there urban living but there are many restaurants, art galleries, unique shopping and event venues. It has such a cool vibe with all the historic buildings and brick roads, yet the DART is just a step away. If you haven’t ever visited, just head towards 15th Street and 75 North. You can’t miss it!

One of the most known and popular places to visit in Downtown Plano is Urban Crust. The pizza is amazing!! Urban Crust has the largest hand-crafted wood burning oven to prepare the best pizza, steaks and seafood in town! There is also a 30-foot long, frozen rooftop bar overlooking downtown Plano, called “32 Degrees.”  It is called that due to the constant temperature the draft beers are poured at. The liquor taps pour at -5 degrees. The strip of ice that runs the length of bar is so guests can keep their drinks cold! Just take a few steps up when you are done eating at Urban Crust to enjoy 32 Degrees.

Or, for different twist on pizza, try Za*Lat on the corner of 15th St. and K Ave. This no frills pizza joint serves variations like the Loaded Notato (tastes like a loaded baked potato) or the Pho-Zhizzle (taste like Pho and served with Sriracha and Hoisin). Crazy good. Yes they have traditional flavors, too. It all looks delicious. I tried the Buffalo Chicken pie and it was really good. Za*Lat is open seven days a week until 4AM. They deliver until 3:30AM.

Just down the street from Urban Crust is The Fillmore Pub. This neighborhood-style bar features homemade food, large whiskey selections and has craft beer. What I personally love about The Fillmore Pub is their late night menu which starts at 11:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m.  Fish and chips anyone?

The shopping is very unique in the area. You can find anything from handcrafted art pieces, pottery, jewelry, women’s fashion, children’s clothes, furniture, home accessories, antiques, cigars and you can even get a tattoo or body piercing. Just saying…I stopped in Murphy Mom-owned Southern Vintage Glam. I met some fellow Murphy-ites and picked up this great holiday t-shirt.wpid-20151110_143027.jpg

Shinola Detroit across from Za*Lat drew my attention. Why a store from Detroit in the middle of downtown Plano? I ventured in to learn that it is a Fossil company know for upscale bikes, watches, journals, dogs and leather. Willy’s Detroit, Shinola’s bruh, is located next door. Definitely for the Hip.

There is a new apartment complex called Junction 15.  It has the “luxuries of high-end finishes, but also appreciates the century-old district.”  It is very cute and adds to the charm of the area. DART also has a stop in downtown Plano. It is on the corner of 15th Street and Avenue J. Definitely walking distance from everything.

Do you know the history of the area? It was initially settled in 1840.  It became a trading center of the farming community of southwest Collin County when the Houston and Central Railroad opened. There was a fire in 1896 and they had to re-build many of the buildings, but many of those are what are still standing today.

This year I will be attending, for the first time, Dickensfest. It is a free event on Saturday, December 4th starting at 6:00 p.m.  There will be carolers, various stages with music and Santa. Some of the entertainers will be hand bell choirs, local choirs, dance groups, and more. The entertainment plus food and shopping sounds like a good time to me!  Maybe I will see you there…

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with ANY of your Real Estate needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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Tomorrow is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!

I bet you didn’t know that that August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Is it a truly legit holiday? Well…it is listed on the National Day Calendar along with some other awesome (and not so awesome) holidays. But I say…let’s celebrate!

Did you know Zucchini, or Courgette, is a fruit? It is treated as a vegetable but it comes from the zucchini flower. Zucchini is one of the easiest plants to grow and most gardeners end up with tons on their hands come August…hence, the holiday.

So why not share? If you are one of these gardeners out there and you are looking for a way to get rid of excess, leave some secretly on your neighbor’s porch. Don’t forget to send me your pictures and stories!

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One of my favorite and easy recipes is Zucchini Fritters.

You will need:

1 ½ pounds zucchini, grated

1 teaspoon salt

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg, beaten

2 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mix zucchini and salt together in a colander then place in sink to drain for 10 minutes.
  2. Use some cheesecloth to get excess moisture out of zucchini, or just squeeze excess water out with your hands. Don’t miss this step – otherwise they get soggy.
  3. Mix flour, cheese, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  4. Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  5. Mix the flour mixture with the zucchini.
  6. Scoop about a Tablespoon of batter in the skillet, gently flatten with the top of your spatula, and fry about 3 minutes per side. Add oil as needed.
  7. When they are golden brown they are done. Enjoy!

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As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance with your home selling or buying needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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New Listing in Maxwell Creek!

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Stunning 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 3-car-garage home for sale in the wonderful community of Maxwell Creek in Murphy. The total square footage is 3,888. This home has upgrades and beautiful features throughout! The dark brown hand-scraped hardwood floors add such an elegant touch. Get ready to fall in love with the master bedroom suite complete with a sitting area, picture window, spa-like bathroom and custom closet. There is tons of storage throughout the home. The second bedroom and full bath downstairs could also be an office. The kitchen is open with plenty of counter space, double ovens, island and a large pantry. New roof as of June 2015, You’ll definitely love this home! Most furnishings are also for sale.

Maxwell Creek is a neighborhood you would want to live in! It’s proximity to many different shopping centers, restaurants and recreational activities make it a perfect spot for the active lifestyle. Children attend the award-winning Wylie ISD School District.

Call me for more details at 972-689-8424!

Dawn Redmond

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Sounds at Sundown

If you haven’t ever been to the City of Murphy’s Sounds at Sundown, then you won’t want to miss it this summer!

Three very popular bands from the area will be highlighted. You will hear Petty Theft on June 12th, Northern National on June 19th and Emerald City on June 26th.

Petty Theft is a Tom Petty tribute band led by radio personality Mike Rhyner of KTCK, The Ticket. Northern National plays pop, folk and rock music in the general style of the Dave Matthews Band. And of course, Emerald City, a local favorite, has a show filled with glitz and glamour!

Besides the great company and music, many different food vendors will be available. PDQ will offer chicken tenders with all the fixings, South Fork Texas will have brisket tacos, SU Amazing Foods will have hamburgers and hot dogs, Mell’s Grill will have BBQ and Kona Ice will have flavored shaved ice.

You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or stadium seats. Also, since we had all that rain, bug spray is a must! “The concerts are a great way to join with family and friends for a great dinner and entertainment experience at very little cost,” says Kayla MCFarland.

So join us at Murphy’s Central Park amphitheater on June 12th, June 19th and June 26th. Pre-concert activities start at 7:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. for the June 12th and 26th show and both start at 6:00 p.m. for the June 19th show.

Below are videos from You Tube to give you a taste of what is to come!

PETTY THEFT (June 12th):

NORTHERN NATIONAL (June 19th):

EMERALD CITY (June 26th):

Hope to see you there!

In the April 2015 Issue of Living there was such an interesting article called “Sculpture in the Garden.” It talks about how three landscape architects incorporate their architecture designs right into their gardens and landscapes. It showed some truly beautiful and magical pictures. It made me think that there is no right or wrong when it comes to transforming your yard into a masterpiece. Some shapes of the trees and bushes were trimmed into something I would have never imagined to do. Yet, it is breathtaking! So take risks. Be different!

One of the artists is Jinny Blom. He says on his website that the gardens he creates for people “are as varied as their owners and locations.”

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Another artist, Erik Dhont, always tries to create sub-spaces in his larger spaces. He wants each to have individual character, and he likes surprise and rhythm.

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The last artist, Ludwig Gerns, likes to incorporate a structure into an area to add identity to that space.

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It reminded me to just get creative! You should too! If you have any pictures you would like to share please send them to me. Also, remember I am here to take care of any real estate needs should you have any. Have a blessed Memorial weekend.

Did you check out the Collin County Farmers Market this past weekend?

If you didn’t get the chance to check out the Collin County Farmers Market this past weekend, then don’t worry, I will tell you all about it.  Plus, it will be here every Saturday now thorough October 31st, so hopefully you will get the opportunity to visit it for yourself!

I was very pleased to see how busy and crowded it was. Lots of people were excited to see what our local vendors had to offer.  There was such a variety of items offered…soap, bird houses, beef jerky, eggs, wine, pies, breads, salsa, coffee, meats, spices, body scrubs and honey to name a few.  So many booths were such a hit that two I ran across were even sold out of their items! What makes it fun and interesting is every week might be a little bit different depending on what vendors come out to sell….so no two weekends should ever be the same!  Hopefully I will get a chance to buy some macaroons next weekend:)

It was nice to run into so many neighbors and friends.  We get so busy shuffling our kids around and working, that is was a treat to see some friendly faces.  People also brought their dogs just to stroll around, and some people were just hanging around listening to the live band. Yes, I just said live band!

If you would like some more information on the Farmers Market, you can visit the website at www.collincountyfarmersmarket.org.  It will be open every Saturday until 10/31/15, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Murphy Municipal Complex. Hope to see you there sometime!

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As always, never hesitate to call should I be able to assist you with ANY of your real estate needs!

-Dawn Redmond

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Keep Murphy Beautiful

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The City of Murphy is hosting a few different events on April 18th to Keep Murphy Beautiful! What a great time to start clearing the clutter we all accumulated over the winter and to get out and enjoy the warmer air!

The first is the “Clean & Green Trash and Recycling Event” starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at noon…rain or shine! You can drive through the City of Murphy Municipal Complex to drop off any electronics, batteries, brush, used building materials, etc. There will also be document shredding on site. City of Murphy has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Collin County as well as the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club to take any items that could be used for their cause!

Second is the “Great American Clean-up” from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Murphy’s Central Park. This is a litter pick-up campaign. The first 100 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch will be provided to all. Volunteer here!

Last, Progressive Waste Solutions will be sending their trucks out on Saturday morning to the Murphy neighbors that called ahead (phone: 469-452-8000) to pick up any electronic or household hazardous waste. This service will be free of charge. Don’t forget to call and get yourself scheduled by April 17th at 4:00 p.m.!

As always, don’t hesitate to call me should you need help with any of your Real Estate needs. If you have any friends that want to move to the Murphy area, just send them my way! Happy Spring Cleaning!

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Murphy – Safest City To Live In!

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If you already live in Murphy, then you are lucky! A study was conducted recently by ValuePenguin and they listed the top 5 safest places in Texas.  Guess who filled the #1 spot? Murphy. They took the most recent FBI crime report and listed them in order from 1 to 210.  Most of the top 5 were in the DFW area.

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Wanna move to Murphy now? Give me a call at 972.689.8424 or email me at dawnredmond@ebby.com so I can help you find your dream home!

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Murphy + Farmers’ Market + Spring = Can’t Wait!

The Collin County Farmers’ Market is moving to Murphy! They will be located at Murphy City Hall coming this April. They are a non-profit Community Development Corporation whose mission is to “support local farmers while providing the community access to fresh, wholesome and healthy foods” as well as educating the public about health and environmental issues. The Collin County Farmers’ Market will also need volunteers and donations. These will help support their desire to donate to local food banks and pantries.

Murphy residents, along with the staff of the Farmers’ Market, are excited for the change. “The city of Murphy has a strong commitment to preserving the gifts of nature,” said Murphy City Manager James Fisher in a released statement. “Residents appreciate parkland, open space and clean air. The [Murphy City Council] is also heavily invested in providing resources for a clean and healthy environment. We’ve shown that economic and community progress can go hand-in-hand with good stewardship of our natural world.”

The market will be open on Saturday mornings with booths and shops by vendors and volunteers. There will be educational programs for the children and a community garden in the area.

Do you have what it takes to be a vendor for the Famers’ Market? They are accepting applications at this time. Here are the qualifications:

  • Produce must be grown locally or in Texas only
  • 60% must be grown by vendor and 40% must be clearly marked with the farm name it was obtained from
  • Cottage foods allowed per the guidelines of SB 81 with proper labeling
  • Only Farm or Artisan food products with the small exception of farm produced body care
  • No home accessories, distributorships or resale items
  • Artists, apply for our fall market season and art show

If you are interesting in becoming a vendor, here is the link to apply: http://managemymarket.com.

I can’t wait!

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7th annual Christmas in the Park

Mark your calendars for Murphy’s annual Christmas in the Park. It will be on Thursday, December 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. As usual, there will be choirs, arts and craft vendors, food, entertainment and of course…photos with Santa! Don’t forget that live Reindeer will also be waiting to see you, too!

This is a fun event for the family that I really enjoy going to every year. I hope to see you out there!

Please visit www.murphytx.org for more information.

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