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Bev Murray

Although October is best known for being breast cancer awareness month - even PF Changs got into the spirit by painting their iconic horses pink! - it is also the month of "Archtober", national architecture and design month.

Sarasota of course has plenty to boast about when it comes to architecture and it appears that it is right on trend. Take a look around the Crate and Barrel store at the new University Town Center mall and you can instantly tell that mid-century modern is en vogue.

As part of the festivities, The Sarasota Architectural Foundation hosted the inaugural SarasotaMod weekend, a four-day celebration of Sarasota's unique architectural heritage.

"Sarasota in the 1950s was one of the most important placesĀ in the world for architectural creativity, where the greatest design movements of the day came together." - Carl Abbott FAIA

As a continuation of the Center for Architecture Atelier Talk series, Murray Homes is opening up the doors of our Victor Lundy-designed office on December 10th 2014. All are welcome.

Victor Lundy Designed 25 S. Osprey

A huge thanks for to all those who turned out to support the Child Protection Center's Pillar of Hope event on October 16th.
The evening was a huge success; over 400 people came by to find out more about the Child Protection Center's crucial work and to enjoy the fantastic food provided free of charge by 20 of our finest local restaurants. Thank you!

Center for Architecture Atelier Talk at Murray Homes December 10, 2014

25 South Osprey by Victor Lundy

Please join the Center for Architecture and Murray Homes for a behind the scenes tour of Murray Homes offices which are located in the original Barth Insurance Building designed by master architect Victor Lundy in 1957. Learn about the history of the building and the renovations completed last year. Registration for the Atelier Talk is limited to 45 attendees.

When: December 10 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:25 S. Osprey Avenue. Sarasota, FL 34236

Cost: Member - $10. Non member - $20
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Sarasota named Google's 2014 eCity

Sarasota named Google's 2014 eCity Google picks Sarasota as Florida's leading e-city this year. This award acknowledges Sarasota as having the strongest combined e-commerce, social media, and web presence within the state of Florida. Sarasota is using the web to find new customers as well as connect with existing ones therefore help boost the local economy.

"Being recognized by Google as Florida's 2014 eCity means we have the most robust e-business community in the State as determined by Google and research," said City Manager Tom Barwin. "What a great foundation to build upon. With three universities, a vibrant downtown business center and digital business incubators, a San Francisco-like spirit of innovation and creativity is clearly in this community's business, academic and social DNA. Google algorithms have proven what many of us have suspected. Sarasota is open for digital, high tech oriented folks who enjoy cultural amenities and the world's greatest sunsets," said Mr. Barwin.

One more reason why we love our beautiful Sarasota!

New Listing - University Park

6722 Chancery Pl. University Park

This is a wonderful opportunity for discerning buyers wanting the "best of the best" for their new home behind the gates of the coveted University Park Country Club. There was no expense spared on the upgrades and finishings. This truly shows like a model home!

- Over half acre lot with expansive views of the 9th and 18th fairways
- High quality fixtures and furnishings included in the price
- Custom cabinetry and moldings throughout
- Large covered deck overlooking the golf course
- Less than 3 miles from the best local shopping and the new UTC mall

Offered at $1,450,000

Update on Staysail Court at The lake Club

The Resolute Model Inspored By The America's Cup

Interior renderings are now available of the first model, The Resolute, scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. The Resolute is named after the 106-ft. America's Cup winning racing yacht Resolute
The Resolute model features:

- 3,984 sq ft
- 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, flex room/bedroom, library, summer kitchen
- Three car garage with split design
- Over 1,000 square feet of outdoor living space
- Exquisite architectural details, clean elegant lines, and the finest custom finishes throughout the home

For more information on new homes at Staysail Court
call Steve Murray at (941) 906-7000, or Bev Murray at (941) 365-1837

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Real Estate Market Update

Market Summary Single Family Homes in Sarasota County:

  September 2014 September 2013 % Change
Closed Sales 688 545 26.2%
Cash Sales 337 268 25.7%
Pending Sales 614 525 17.0%
New Listings 818 831 -1.6%
Median Sale Price $189,000 $185,902 1.7%
Median Days On Market 46 40 15.0%
Active Listings 2,546 2,694 -5.5%
Month Supply of Inventory 4.0 4.4 -10.1%


Upcoming Events

2014 Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes

The 17th Annual Tour of Homes continues through November 23rd. Guide maps are available at Lakewood Ranch information centers and models are open daily. Tour of Homes website

When: Through November 23rd
Where: Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota Farmers Market

The market will expand its downtown presence with a midweek market each Wednesday starting November 5th. It will include 40 - 45 vendors of mostly agricultural products and some arts & crafts vendors. The Saturday morning market will continue from 7am-1pm around the intersection of Main Street and Lemon Avenue in Downtown Sarasota.

When: Each Wednesday. Nov 5 - April. 10 AM - 2 PM
Where: Five Points Park

Hooves, Paws N' Claws Festival of Footprints

Free admission. Fun for the whole family, leashed pets welcome. Raffles, silent auction, beer, bounce house, slides, face painting, food and drinks, ice cream, vendors, kids' activities and crafts, games, contests, prizes, music & More!

When: November 8, 2014. 11 AM - 4 PM
Where:Spring Forest Office Park. 10930 SR 70 E. Bradenton, FL 34202

2014 Sarasota Chalk Festival

Artists from all over the world will travel to Venice to create their 3D masterpieces. The theme this year is 'Extinct and Endangered Species' Cost: free. Donations are welcomed. Sarasota Chalk Festival Website.

When: November 10 - 17
Where:Venice, FL

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

The fifth annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic will have master sand sculptors competing throughout this five-day event. There will be live entertainment as well as an amateur sand sculptor contest. Proceeds benefit Mote Marine Laboratory's sea turtle research and conservation programs. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Website

When: November 14 - 18
Where:Siesta Beach

5th Annual Wine, Dine & Pine

Delight your senses with an evening of wine, music, delectable hors d'oeuvres, and tempting desserts provided by some of Sarasota's best local eateries. The event will benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Reservations available beginning November 1st at

When: December 4th, 2014. 6 - 8:30 PM
Where:The Great Room at Selby Gardens

Christmas Candy Land

Family-friendly event supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation. Walk down Candy Cane Lane to meet Santa, paint your face like an elf, decorate cookies, and feed your Yuletide appetite. Tickets are $75 per adult and $50 per child (12months and older) Christmas Candy Land website

When: Saturday, December 13. 11 AM - 2 PM
Where:Michael's On East Ballroom

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In This Issue: Message from Bev Center for Architecture Atelier Talk at Murray Homes Sarasota named Google's 2014 eCity 6722 Chancery Place Staysail Court News Real Estate Market Update Upcoming Events 6 Reasons To Choose The Murray Group What Type Of Seller Are You? Siesta Key Update
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Siesta Key Siesta Key 349 Homes For Sale $1,387,503 Avg. Price 2,161 Ave. Sq Feet

Home to a spectacular white sandy beach which earned the coveted title of "Number 1 Beach in America" in 2011, Siesta Key is the most family-oriented of Sarasota's barrier islands. The heart of the key is the relaxed but hopping Siesta Village, jam-packed with outdoor eateries, funky stores and ice cream shops.

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