This article originally appeared on La Jolla Light.
By Marti Gacioch
Murfey Construction is ready to break ground in September 2014 for a five-story apartment building that will house 36 “luxury” apartments on the corner of Washington Street and Eighth Avenue in Hillcrest. “They are our main focus now,” said sales manager Jesse Lyons.
The one- and two-bedroom units will range in size from 760- to 1200-square-feet.
“Amenities will be similar to other Murfey Construction projects, including solar panels on the roof top deck complete with a BBQ, that serves as a common area for residents to entertain and socialize,” Lyons said.
Energy-efficient stainless steel appliances and energy-efficient green heating and air conditioning are also a given with Murfey Construction. The company thinks green for the environment and builds green to continue protecting it while serving its tenants with cutting edge, state-of-art technology, Lyons said.
Other amenities will include European-style wooden cabinets, hard surface quartz counters in two color schemes, a washer and dryer in each unit, and refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave and tankless water heaters.
“Everything will be pre-wired for cable and Internet and there will be wall-mounted connections for flat panel TVs and LED lighting,” Lyons said. “There will be some nice panoramic views toward the ocean … a fitness center may be included.”
Russ Murfey added “With our projects, we install highly efficient, cost-effective products whenever possible, including gas appliances, which are less expensive to operate than electric appliances. We build with Quartz countertops and recycled wood flooring, including bamboo, and try to keep products out of the landfill by recycling more than 50 percent of the materials we use.”
Units in Murfey’s Famosa project at Voltaire Street and Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma (nine contemporary, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhomes with 2-car garages) are now for sale. A few of the 1,400-1,500 square foot townhomes include a rooftop deck. The multi-use project will have street-level retail spaces.
“The Hillcrest and Famosa projects afford Murfey Construction the opportunity to create unique and sustainable living spaces within the urban areas of San Diego,” Murfey said. “These are just two examples of the many projects we are working on which feature green building techniques, designed to blend into the existing neighborhoods seamlessly.”
Murfey Construction is also known for its commercial construction and custom-home building projects. Among those recently completed are a hotel at Crystal Pier, the Promiscuous Fork Restaurant’s second location in Pacific Beach and a UC San Diego medical clinic.
The company is working on two mixed-use developments — Atlas Lofts in South Park and an unnamed 20-unit development in North Park.