Vacation Home with Pool/Canal Front/3 Blocks to Gulf Beach on Anna Maria Island

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

3 short blocks to the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and 5 blocks to Tampa Bay. This traditional Florida home is on a canal, with bikes, fishing gear & a kayak for your recreational use. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and traditional Florida room overlooking a large patio and pool and our dock on the canal. We also have a screened porch for relaxing on warm sunny afternoons, or you could grab your morning cup of coffee and sit out on the dock and watch the fish jump. The perfect place to relax; lots of wildlife, beautiful beaches and a quiet neighborhood with friendly, helpful neighbors.
There are a local corner store, Post Office, bar, restaurants & shops within walking distance. You can take the free trolley around the island, to the supermarket, library and more shops and restaurants. Para-sailing, motor scooter rentals, kayaking, biking, and above all swimming in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, make this an ideal location. Attractions off the island include the Asolo Florida State Theater, Mote Marine Laboratory, Selby Botanical Gardens and upscale shopping at Saint Armand's Key. There are also several natural preserves nearby for walking and observing nature. Please note: ours is a "green" house where we use unscented products including soap and laundry detergent. We try to provide this for all guests, however, should we run out, please buy only unscented products usually called "free and clear" or unscented for use in the house. Thank you.

Keywords: bungalo, cottage, casita, water front


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    One sink in a vanity cabinet...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Two sinks in a vanity cabinet...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Handy for kids coming out of the swimming pool...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 'Pack-and-play' and highchair available with advance notice. Kids enjoy fishing from our dock. ...moreless



  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

    You can see the water from the kitchen/dining area , Florida room and the entire area around the pool. We are screened a bit by mangroves along the canal. It is private but with a water view....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Our dock on the wide canal just beyond the pool is great for fishing and bird watching. Twenty minutes of paddling our kayak will bring you out on Tampa Bay near the City Pier....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    There are three dining areas, one in the Florida room overlooking the pool, one inside the screened porch (a good spot for kids in wet bathing suits), and one at the shallow end of the pool....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air conditioning in all rooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Carport parking for one car...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Light hand weights...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating in all rooms...moreless

  • Internet:

    WIFI high speed....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens and kitchen linens are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    We have a traditional living room with a sofa, two easy chairs and a large desk. The second living room, called a 'Florida room', has a sleep sofa and two light chairs. It overlooks the swimming pool...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for up to 3 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    In addition to one car in the carport, one car can park in the driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Land line with both corded and cordless receivers....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels and beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:



  • Coffee Maker:

    OK, we are coffee nuts. You will find a drip coffee maker, a French press and two stove top espresso pots....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    For a second home --quite a few utensils as we are cooks....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Mikasa dishes, flatware. glasses and wine glasses. Everything you need for a comfortable vacation stay....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Yes, IKEA. New....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    includes stove, microwave and dishwasher. Kitchen is divided into a preparation area and a clean up area, each with its own sink....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Electric oven as part of the stove...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We have basics in the house including salt, pepper, tea, spices, some canned foods/pasta to help out when you arrive. ...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    4 bikes--2 adult , 1 mid size child, one for preschooler...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The pool deck is made of paving stones so that it is not slippery even when wet....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two-seater kayak which you can slide down the bank into the canal or launch it from the dock in the back yard....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The Florida room is much like a lanai because the glass walls on two sides slide open to the pool and to the screened porch....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The landscaping in maintained by a service company on a weekly basis....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large propane-burning grill...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Fishing poles and other gear....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Pool is 30 feet long and varies in depth from 3 to 5 feet. It is salt water. Weekly pool service is provided....moreless



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December 15 - April 30 $1500/week + $125 cleaning fee
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June 1 - July 31 $1500/week + $125 cleaning fee
August 1 - December 15 $1300/week + $125 cleaning fee

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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56 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tampa (TPA) / Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) 20mi
0.9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Sandbar
3.6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Key Royale Golf Club
2.9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
State Route 64 (Manatee Ave)
0.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Sandbar
1200 Miles
Nearest Ski
Pocono Mtn
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Newton Lane at the Gulf of Mexico

Car: Recommended


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1981

About: Jim is a Florida native who vacationed on Anna Maria Island as a child. His grandparents built a cottage here in 1941, having originally come over to the island in the early 1920's by steam ship! Margaret and Jim met in the 3rd grade, married after college and have 3 grown children--Graham, Ian and Meg--and 4 grandchildren. All of us love this island. Our main residence is in West Chester, PA, in an 1876 Victorian town house. Jim is a mechanical engineer who taught in a community college, and Margaret worked as a school psychologist in an independent school. We have hosted many international students in our home and been involved in exchange programs around the world and especially in Japan and the UK. We just retired and are enjoying time with family and lots of travel. This year we are headed to Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Why Anna Maria:
We bought this property in 1981 because of Jim's family connection here and because it is simply the most beautiful beach spot in the world. We knew we wanted to spend time here in retirement and felt we needed to buy early. In December 2011 we completed a renovation of the property, adding a large salt water pool, a screened porch and extra half bath near the pool--and created a totally new 'old' look with a peaked metal roof and 1930s look furnishings. We also added lots of insulation for summer and winter comfort and Florida native landscaping with palms and wild flowers. The location is ideal --a couple blocks from beach and bay, on a wide canal which is like a lake. Iris Street is a cul de sac --so not much traffic and wonderful neighbors.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We chose this property for location, location and location. The proximity of the gulf beach, the canal with dock and jumping fish, the lack of traffic--and all on the quiet north end of the island and yet close to unique shops and good restaurants--especially the Sand Bar where you can eat--on the beach. (See one of our photos.)

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Speaks: english



  • Front of house

    Front of house

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Florida room which opens out to pool and to screened porch

    Florida room which opens out to pool and to screened porch

  • Master bedroom opening to master bath

    Master bedroom opening to master bath

  • Second bedroom

    Second bedroom

  • Back yard with deck and pool and canal view

    Back yard with deck and pool and canal view

  • Dock and view of canal at back of house

    Dock and view of canal at back of house

  • Sandbar Restaurant--1/2 mile from house on the beach

    Sandbar Restaurant--1/2 mile from house on the beach

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Kitchen


  • Florida room

    Florida room

  • Master bath

    Master bath

  • Second bathroom with tub and shower

    Second bathroom with tub and shower

  • Back of house viewed from dock/canal

    Back of house viewed from dock/canal

  • Rod and Reel fishing pier--5 blocks from house

    Rod and Reel fishing pier--5 blocks from house

  • Free Island trolley

    Free Island trolley

VRBO #400506

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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Vacation Home with pool/canal front/3 blocks to Gulf beach on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria #400506

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