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New Buildings In A New Economy

Interior of Sarasota Waterfront Luxury Home Built By Murray Home Inc.As a builder of luxury waterfront houses - $1 million and up – I have pretty savvy clients. They’re not only interested maximizing their living pleasure, they also think of their home as an investment. Many of them come to me saying, “We want it for us, but we also want it to make commercial sense, so where is the market going to be in three year’s time?”
Whilst I don’t have all the answers, I do think that houses are becoming smaller; The 6,000 square foot home is now 4,500 square foot.

Many Realtors and builders have commented on this change in perspective, but what does this 20% reduction in living area actually mean? How does it affect livability? Does it really mean making do with less?

Modern Florida Kitcchen Design Built By Murray HomesIn certain ways, it means actual downsizing. The big homes used to have two dining rooms, a formal one which gets used only at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a smaller table perched in the corner of the kitchen where people eat the rest of the year.
Instead, I recommend, and a number of my clients have agreed, to have one dining area only, but in the best location possible. That way, every time they eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, they have the best view and can enjoy it.

The same thing holds true for the living room areas. Why have a large living room – usually near the entry – filled with furniture that you only pass to and from the way to the bedroom? It takes up space, has to be air conditioned, and serves as little more than a showroom at a car dealership – no one drives those models; no one sits on that furniture. Why not get rid of it and add the space you’ve saved to your main living area where you and your guests really spend time?

That way, you reduce cost and size by making the... full post

Murray Homes Voted "Best Of Houzz 2013"

Florida based Luxury Home Builder Murray Homes was voted as Best of Houzz 2013 by the community

Murray Homes specializes in building high-end luxury homes in and around Sarasota Florida's premier waterfront locations.
Owner Steve Murray had this to say about the award, “Over the years Murray Homes has won some accolades from different local organizations, but being voted as 'Best of' by the design-savvy Houzz community is a real honor.” Murray added,”Our focus as a luxury market builder has always been around design, quality and creating enduring value that goes beyond the latest building fads. The members of Houzz are there to view beautiful designs and get ideas for projects so receiving notice from that group of discerning individuals is gratifying to all of us at Murray Homes and Murray Realty.”... full post

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Murray Realty Finds A New Home!

Murray Realty finds a new home!

We are very excited to announce that Murray Homes and Murray Realty are moving into a new home in downtown Sarasota! It’s not often that we get the opportunity to become our own clients and practice what we know about real estate on ourselves!

The journey to find the right office space for us turned out to be quite extensive because we soon discovered that there were not many commercial locations that fulfilled our basic requirements. Along the way, we were tempted to jump into a couple of other opportunities which had great plus points, like oodles of space, but would have been a gamble in terms of location or cost.

What helped us make the right decisions was sticking to the basic principles of investing in real estate:


Who are your neighbors? How close are the amenities? How easily can customers get to you? What impact can you have on the local community?

With the majority of house hunting being conducted in cyberspace, the reliance on walk-in customers has become less important to the survival of real estate companies, but we still wanted to be accessible to local and seasonal residents. So we are very pleased that we found a place in downtown Sarasota on Osprey Ave, just south of Main Street.

Primary goal achieved!

No. 2 – USE

How do you like to live or work? How much space do you need? Who will use it and how often?

The office is a well known, slightly odd looking structure built in the 1950s by Sarasota School of Architecture icon, Victor Lundy. It’s all glass, concrete and angles. As you can see from the pictures, it is in need of some TLC. But the space... full post

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