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The house stands on stilts and has 3 levels. Ground level contains 2 garages that can be used as storage, and a carport for at least 3 cars (plus 5 more parking spaces). In one of the garages, guests will find all beach gears they need – beach carts, chairs, umbrellas, floaters, balls, etc. Each of the units is 1630 square feet (!) living space (that's more than some single family houses!) and has 2 private bedrooms/2 full bathrooms with spacious living room, kitchen, laundry, spacious porches and balconies.
Both levels receive very pleasant breezes that blow across the island from the Gulf. There are many days in a year when guests find the air conditioner unnecessary.
Eastern half of each unit features an open concept, tiled (upper unit) or hardwood (lower unit) living room, kitchen with breakfast bar, and dining room with a big round table and comfortable sofas. Two french doors lead to a very spacious porch furnished with outdoor furniture. Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room equipped with washer and dryer as well as an iron and an ironing board. Kitchen has a fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, stove with oven, double sink with garbage disposer and dishwasher. Cupboards contain plenty of cookware, dinnerware and cutlery for gourmet dining and wining. Entertainment center has a big screen high definition TV (HDTV) and DVD player. There are plenty of fiction and mystery books by best American authors provided for avid readers.
In addition, we provide a WiFi internet connection and free phone calls within north America (optional). Guests can set up a cozy office space using provided table and chairs and telework (that might be hard to do in the relaxing atmosphere of the island :-))!
There are two spacious tiled bedrooms on the west side of each unit. Master bedroom has full bathroom, walk-in spacious closet, night stands, big mirror, chest of drawers, comfortable queen bed, and cable TV. Guest room contains a closet, night stands, big mirror and two twin beds. Large glass sliding doors lead from both bedrooms to the balcony overlooking path to the beach along the West side of the house.
Another full bathroom is located off the hallway. In the hallway closet, guests will find supplies of fresh bath and beach towels, linens, blankets and extra pillows.
In total, the two bedrooms provide comfortable sleeping for family of four; however, there is plenty of sleeping space in the living room for two more persons.
We are animal lovers and consider pets family members who deserve a vacation too. Polite pets are welcome to stay for additional fee. Please note, our pet fees vary from $100 to $150 depending on the number, size and breeds of pets. Please let us know up front in your initial inquiry what pets and how many you are planning to bring with you or your friends or visitors will be bringing. It is very important for us to know all that information to arrange for proper cleaning, as people who will stay after you might be allergic to animals.
If you are making a last minute reservation, we will require you to also add a $30 key service fee, so you could pick up the keys at the local management company. For advanced reservations, we mail the keys with prepaid return envelope to your address of choice at no extra charge.
If you have generated a Booking Request using Book Now button, and some fees are not automatically included, we will adjust the final cost by subtracting the missing fees from the $300 refundable security deposit. Please check with owners if in doubt about applicable fees.
There are two spacious tiled bedrooms on the west side of each unit. Master bedroom has full bathroom, spacious walk-in closet, night stands, big mirror, chest of drawers and comfortable made-up queen bed. Guest room contains closet, night stands, big mirror and two twin beds. Balcony overlooking the path to the beach with enticing blue water of the Gulf runs along the West side of the house and connects two bedrooms....moreless
Thank you for considering our house for your stay on Anna Maria Island! We are sure once you stay with us, you will want to come back again and again. This is a true home away from home. There are glass drink-ware, open-loop hangers in the closets, and bookcases, filled with books, that are not bolted to the walls. Please observe your children as you would in your own house to prevent injuries and damages.
If you are renting for the first time with us, we will need to talk to you on the phone before allowing you access to the property. Please make sure you provide your phone number, especially when sending your prepaid booking requests. Note about extra fees: page http://tinyurl.com/krntmbz describes extra fees that VRBO/HomeAway applies depending on what type of payment you chose for making your booking, or if you are from outside of the United States. We will apply these fees against your security deposit if we get charged these fees, and not you directly....moreless
Many fiction and mystery books, as well as books describing local attractions and nature. You will also find binders with useful information about services and dining on the island....moreless
DVD player is in the living room on the entertainment center...moreless
Satellite / Cable
Cable TV in the living room and both bedrooms....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Gulf of Mexico peeks from bedrooms' balconies. You can see the house while standing in the water on the beach -- it is that close!...moreless
Gulf of Mexico peeks from bedrooms' balconies...moreless
Great Inter-coastal Waterways ('Bay') view from the spacious and private porches (completely separate for each unit) you will love to hang around on....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Big round table with chairs, adjacent to spacious living room with comfortable sofas, coffee table, entertainment center (TV, DVD player)....moreless
Seating for 6 people
We provide one lockable garage for tenants to store their beach gear, kayaks, bicycles, etc. In this garage guests will find umbrellas, beach carts, chairs, and beach toys....moreless
The A/C doubles as a heat pump, so it will warm up in cold months. You will need to set the thermostat to Heat....moreless
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $144 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $147 Nightly
Winter2 Jan 1 - Apr 30, 2016 20 night min stay
Discounts: 20 nights or more: $160 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $151 Nightly
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
$149 Fri, Sat, Sun
Discounts: 7 nights or more: $113 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: $120 Nightly
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Pet Fee$100 + tax
Cleaning$100 + tax
We accept payments only through HomeAway/VRBO, which is your most secure way of paying for your rental. No personal checks or payments directly to us please; we do not handle any of your financial information. Our preferred method of payment is eCheck, which does not incur any additional fees or surcharges and will be presented to you by default on the payment page. Please refer to the following page for the list of fees that HomeAway/VRBO may charge: http://help.homeaway.com/articles/en_US/Article/What-are-the-credit-card-transaction-fees-for-HomeAway-Payments?&q=Fee. They might also add surcharges for international transactions or if your payments are not in US dollars. If the fees and surcharges are not applied directly to you, but instead transferred to us, we will be subtracting these fees from your security deposit. We will refund overpaid fees/taxes. We might consider splitting your payment in two parts (please inquire); 50% due at booking and the remaining 50% two (2) months in advance of your scheduled arrival. Our Cancellation Policy (no exceptions) is included in the posted Rental Agreement that you will be able to download and review before making your payment.
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Best of both worlds – the Bay and the Beach of the Gulf of Mexico! The house is situated in the middle of a narrower part of Anna Maria Island on the boundary of the cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. From the house’s porches and balconies, guests can see Sarasota Bay to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to the West. It's close to water on both sides with constant ocean breezes, magnificent Bay sunrises and Gulf sunsets.
The climate is temperate with very few cold days even in the dead of winter. A beautiful, non-crowded white-sand beach is just steps away. The warm waters and gentle surf of the Gulf are perfect for wading or swimming. On your way to the beach you will pass convenience store that is open 24/7 to pick up your favorite drink or ice cream, as well as some supplies.
There are usually fewer people on this stretch of the beach than elsewhere on Anna Maria. Maybe this is the reason why sea turtles prefer to lay eggs in our dunes and birds choose to nest on our beach. If you are lucky, you will catch young turtle hatchlings run to the ocean after digging themselves out of the sparkling white sand one warm summer evening. This is also a paradise for bird watchers: squadrons of pelicans and frigates flying by, colonies of several species of seagulls and shorebirds fishing and foraging in the surf.
In the water, beach goers can observe groups of skates and other fish, as well as occasional manatee, and of course dolphins. Shell collectors will be surprised to find many species of beautiful unbroken shells in the sand. Some find fossilized shark teeth.
The house is located midway between two drawbridges linking the island to the City of Bradenton on the mainland. Gulf Drive, a heritage trail, continues to the south through Longboat Key to St. Armand's circle where there is a third bridge to the mainland at Sarasota.
A large supermarket and grocery store, hardware store, drugstores, restaurants and pubs are within easy walking distance, or a quick ride on a free Island Trolley away, in bordering city of Holmes Beach.
The bustling center of Bradenton Beach is 1.5 miles south at Bridge Street with its marina, boardwalk, historic pier, shops and fine restaurants. Just to the south of Bradenton Beach across a drawbridge is the upscale community of Longboat Key, with its ocean-front mansions and high rise condominiums, followed by trendy shops of nearby St. Armand's circle.
Many famous Florida attractions are within easy driving distance: Sarasota - 35 min, Tampa - 1hr, Disneyworld - 2.5hr, Bradenton - 10 min, Longboat Key - 5 min.
Recently Manatee County introduced a free Trolley Service, which runs about every 20 minutes. These pleasant old-style vehicles, which are open in the back, travel between Coquina Beach to the South and the Village of Anna Maria to the North. They are very convenient for shopping and eating out, so you would not need to drive around the island. There are many stops along the way including ones near the house.
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We are biologists currently living and working in Maryland. We love Florida, nature photography, clean environment, animals and adventure.
Why the Owner Chose Anna Maria Island Club: We always wanted to own a house in Florida. We traveled all over the state from Panhandle to Key West and from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island won our hearts with its white pristine uncrowded beaches, clear calm water of the Gulf, abundance of birds and marine creatures and absence of high risers and strip malls.
We became owners of this house in late 2011. We fell in love with its airy light atmosphere and generous floor plan. From the flat roof, one can overlook long stretches of the island and observe sunrises over Sarasota bay and sunsets over the Gulf. We have made lots of renovations, including new roof and porches, to make sure our guests feel as comfortable as possible both during short vacations, and long monthly rentals.
The Unique Benefits at this House: We like that the house does not stay right on the beach front. This creates a more common home-like atmosphere, as if you would live in the city, yet know that you can walk 200 steps and find yourself in a completely different world of the beach, with bright sun over deep and warm white sands. As an extra bonus, it is attractive for people who would like to vacation on the budget, yet be ridiculously close to the beach and the bay.