Focus: Anna Maria Island

Longboat Key, Florida | October 15th, 2019 – Anna Maria Island counts as one of the areas dear to the heart of the Judy Kepecz Hays team and where we’re quite delighted to serve buyers and sellers of residential properties. Just this October, we’ve listed on the Sarasota real estate market a waterfront estate at the Bay Harbor subdivision in this charming island just south of Longboat Key where we have our offices.

An opportunity to facilitate a residential sale in Anna Maria has always been a fascinating experience in our over 40 years serving the Sarasota property market. This island, after all, is one of the crown jewels of Southwest Florida.

Focus: Anna Maria Island

A Mix of Three Cities

Anna Maria Island stretches about 7 miles north to south, and much of its charm is drawn from its location right at the mouth of Tampa Bay and just west of the city of Bradenton, seat of Manatee County. Three cities comprise the island: Anna Maria in the northern part, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach in the south, closest to Longboat Key.

The island living that the three Anna Maria cities offer appeal to many residential property buyers. The residents relish the tranquility and privacy that their respective communities offer. While the island is a very popular tourist destination, Anna Maria has been spared of overdevelopment. The local city governments and socio-civic groups are working together to ensure that the island retains its old Florida charm and its pristine Gulf of Mexico environment preserved.

Its white sand beaches along with the turquoise Gulf waters are the primary assets of Anna Maria Island. Significantly, all of the beaches on the island are open to the public, starting from Bean Point in the north down 7 miles south to Longboat Key Pass.

The island’s colorful sunrise and stunning sunsets are not only the attractions that residents and visitors alike share. There are various outdoor activities to partake like boating, fishing, and parasailing.

Endearing Market Profile

The city of Anna Maria, where our new listing is located, is more of a residential community. Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, on the other hand, are more tourist-oriented and where rental property investors are likely to find plenty of market opportunities. The values of Anna Maria’s residential properties, in one recent industry analysis, were estimated to be 20 percent higher than those in the island’s other two cities.

The entire population of Anna Maria Island totals approximately 10,000. Many of the island’s residents were visiting tourists who settled permanently in Anna Maria, falling in love with its numerous points of interest besides the local beaches and waters. In general, the island’s shops and restaurants are homegrown. There is only one major roadway in Anna Maria, Gulf Drive, which traverses the island’s entire length. A free trolley bus service serves the residents and tourists, and bicycle rentals are available as well.

What we’re fond too about Anna Maria is its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, even as its residents are from various places. This amiable character could be attributed to the various community groups that you could easily join in, such as the nonprofit Center of Anna Maria Island, the local artist guild, and other socio-civic organizations. Monthly events are likewise regularly being organized including art fairs and festivals.

Get in touch with our Judy Kepecz-Hays team if you’re set on buying or selling a residence in Anna Maria Island. We can help you unlock more of its charms, especially the market opportunities it offers.


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