5th Best Place To Live In DFW Also Has Magnificent Gardens!


D Magazine voted the city of Murphy the 2014 5th best place to live in Dallas-Ft. Worth for its neighborhoods, schools and quality of life. I want to add another category: Gardens!

Look at Murphy in bloom! These gorgeous stargazers lilies are from the Leflett family garden who live in  Maxwell Creeks. These lilies are so vibrant and beautiful.  Did you know that the pink stargazer represents wealth and prosperity and are a sign of aspiration? More pink stargazers for me! Thanks to the Leflett family for sharing.

There is plenty to be seen in Maxwell Creek. Not only are the flowers radiant, but the veggies are growing strong, too. My next stop was a few doors down where I had a great visit with my Maxwell Creek neighbor and fellow gardener, Kara, and her family. She has a growing vegetable garden which features tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, a variety of hot peppers, cucumbers, squash, garlic and, my favorite from her garden, the beautiful purple hull pea.









Kara turned a problem area in her backyard into the perfect spot for one of her two gardens. She cleaned the area and placed a nice garden box in the location. This might be an idea for those you who are trying to decide where to build your garden. Look for an unexpected location with lots of sunlight for your beds.


As Kara showed me her garden, we were lucky to see a busy bee pollinating blooms. Ahhh, the plant life cycle continues…



…and I will continue to feature magnificent Murphy gardens.  If you would like your garden to be represented, please email me at http://www.dawnredmond@ebby.com

Stay tuned for next week’s gardens.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day this weekend!


Good Luck to everyone, especially my Murphy area friends, who are participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day!  What you are doing is so admirable and I thank you for raising funds and awareness for this cause.   Have fun this weekend!



PSAPSA (Plano Sports Authority) is set to open in Murphy on Friday, November 1st!

Murphy is opening the doors to an 85,000 square foot athletic facility in just over a week!  There will be basketball, volleyball, soccer and football arenas.  The builders did a wonderful job to have the facility match the Murphy style with its beautiful exterior and landscaping.  Maybe we can all join an adult league….who’s in?

Murphy ranked among the best small towns by Money Magazine

Murphy homeowners are smart shoppers! The city was ranked #27 on  Money Magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 best small towns to live in the US . The towns were selected based on “great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, nice weather, plenty to do, and more” according to the magazine article. Readers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite small town by “fanning” the city’s Facebook page.

My family initially elected to live in Murphy because of the green space,  decent schools, moderate home prices and cultural diversity. The city has grown since in the six years we have been here and now offers many desirable amenities such as a variety of restaurants and nearby shopping. I still call it DFW’s best kept secret.

Other Texas small towns listed include The Colony (#68), Cibolo (#77), Wells Branch (#92) and Keller (#93).

Here is a link to the story: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/index.html

2011 Maxwell Creek Easter Egg Hunt

One of the strongest attributes of Maxwell Creek is that it is a family-friendly community with plenty of kids. The Easter Egg Hunt is always a big hit for residents and a great way to kick off the Easter weekend.

Dawninthehood was on the scene to capture this year’s hunt on April 23rd. The Egg Hunt committee, headed by Maxwell Creek neighbor Shelly Johnson, put on quite a “hoppin” event which included 2500 eggs and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

See it here:


It’s so nice to have places to shop  and visit within a few  miles. I wish we were getting boutiques and unique shops. I’m not complaining because the new stores mean job creation and more money spent in the area (and a bigger tax base). It also means more traffic. But hey, we are getting our major roads widened to handle the traffic. But then we lose the “life at your pace” feel that is Murphy’s slogan.  But we gain convenience and visitors who think going to Wylie/Murphy is going to the city…I will stop right there.

Welcome to the new additions to Murphy and the surrounding area:

DollarTree – now open

Tuesday Morning – Opens March 1

Kohl’s – Opens March 6

Wylie Recreation Center – Now Open

The snow people of Maxwell Creek

The first snowfall of the season on January 9th brought out the inner sculptor of many of the neighbors. Families and friends joined forces to build  snow people for all to enjoy.  Some neighbors have real talent for snow carving. Here are a few of the “flaky” friends

408 Post Oak

315 Post Oak


405 Brookmere

620 Candlewood

620 Candlewood

204 Crepe Myrtle

217 Crepe Myrtle

216 Crepe Myrtle

409 Crepe Myrtle

440 Creekside

812 Hunters Glen

721 Rosewood

2010 Maxwell Creek Holiday Bling Award announced

With over 1300 votes casted, the count is in for the 2010 “Holiday Bling” Award for the favorite holiday light display in Maxwell Creek. The home that received the most votes is (drum roll, please)…..

829 Cold Springs

Congratulations! This home has a nicely choreographed theme and dancing lights that really light up their cul-de-sac lot.

They are the recipient of a holiday gift basket courtesy of Jeff Little, Maxwell Creek Sales Manager for Standard Pacific Homes and a gift card courtesy of the Murphy Albertsons location.

Here are a few shots of their light display

The Honorable Mention award goes to:

525 Camrose

These homeowners went all out with displays, lights, synchronized music broadcasted from their own FM radio station and overall BLING. They will receive a gift card courtesy of www.dawninthehood.info.

Watch the videos of their light display to see why they had to be mentioned!

A special thank you to those of you who voted and to this year’s sponsors Standard Pacific Homes and Alblertsons .

Most of all, thank you to the neighbors who worked so hard to light up their homes for all to enjoy. It was fun! Start planning for next year.

Merry Christmas everyone!

En Fuego Tobacco Shop is now open!

After two years of searching for the best location for their second store, father and son team Larry and Mark Moore opened En Fuego in the Murphy Marketplace next to Sprout’s. Their original store is in the Rockwall Harbor.

Mark who is an architect by trade designed the store which boasts of indoor and outdoor lounges, private lockers, an extensive humidor and bathrooms for both male and female patrons (we ladies appreciate that!)

What sets En Fuego apart from other cigar lounges is that it offers a sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere for guests who are greeted with warm customer service and complimentary wine. In addition, guests are welcome to bring in their favorite libation and food to enjoy.

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10AM to 10PM
Fri – Sat 10AM to 11PM
Sun 1Pm to 9PM

Extras: Wi-fi, Fire Club Rewards program, 10% discount on products for locker owners, email alerts for special events.