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Along the neat streets one can find small cottages, newer single-family homes, a few motels and several key west style condos. Venture toward the beach or bay front and you’ll find some of the area’s most exquisite and protected luxury homes, complete with expansive views and private docks.
There is a relaxed and respectful atmosphere on this key. Those who reside on Anna Maria Island real estate enjoy its unique vibe. Often referred to as “old Florida,” it perpetuates a little bit of a small town, homey feel with its own schools, churches, restaurants and essential shopping, but without the overbearing commercialism of many beach towns. It’s building code restricts construction to nothing over 3 floors, and a commitment to natural preservation pervades the island. You’ll not find fast-food or chain dining on our Anna Maria Island, but you will delight in the fresh catch of the day at welcoming, small family-run restaurants. Enjoy eco-friendly tourism while walking the beaches and many piers. Keep your eye on the sea so you don’t miss the dolphins, sea turtles and many of the tropical sea life.
Residents are closely connected to the mainland for entertainment, air transportation and other more demanding activity. They are as close to the big-city amenities of Tampa, St. Petersburg as they are to Downtown Sarasota. Recently a section of Pine Avenue has undergone major renovation to repurpose several blocks of older, historic buildings into a walkable arts and commercial strip with boutiques, restaurants and some mixed-use addresses at the northern most tip of our string of keys is Anna Maria Island.
Found on this quiet key/island are three small communities: Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, whose combined population is around 8,500. It is believed that Anna Maria was named by explorer Ponce De Leon in honor of the queen of Charles II of Spain, Anna Maria van Pfalz-Neuburg.
Anna Maria real estate (and her “sisters” Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach) offers the visitor or lucky resident a taste of paradise on the scale of the 1950’s before the explosion of social media, constant connections and rampant technology. It offers some of the best real estate in Manatee County Florida. It is truly a place for a casual rejuvenating beach get-away.
For property showings and Real Estate information on Anna Maria Island please contact Oliver McConnell at 941-539-1916.
It’s Manatee County’s ultimate remote gulf coast keys lifestyle – Anna Maria Island is located on the remote northern tip of Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island is 45 minutes from the SRQ Airport and 1 hour 30 minutes to the Tampa/St. Pete Airports. Either driving or boating into Anna Maria is dreamy. Head north past Sarasota, Longboat Key, and Holmes beach and just directly west of Bradenton. Popular Passage Key inlet is a boaters destiny at Anna Maria Island. You will find pockets of quaint beach communities, marinas, restaurants, tourist attractions and beautiful fishing piers. Dolphins, sea turtles, and rare wildlife flourishes here. You can find single family homes start at approximately $400’s and can go up into the multi millions. Condominiums, Duplexes, and Cottages will start at approximately $600’s and go up to the multi millions. Land starts at approximately $350’s and can go up into the millions. Pricing is higher on Anna Maria Island because of it’s very low inventory and it’s highly sought after “artistic beach town” feel. The Anna Maria Keys are boasting with tourism, long white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.The city occupies the northern part of Anna Maria Island and is one of three municipalities on the island. The others are Holmes Beach in the center and Bradenton Beach in the south.
In 1892, George Emerson Bean homesteaded the north 160 acres (0.65 km2) of Anna Maria Island. After his death in 1898, the land went to his son, George Wilhelm Bean, who partnered with Charles Roser, a wealthy real estate developer from St. Petersburg, to form the Anna Maria Beach Company to develop the area.
The city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2). 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (21.21%) is water.
Ponce de Leon was said to have named the island for Maria Anna von der Pfalz-Neuburg, the queen of Charles II of Spain, the sponsor of his expedition. In the past, pronunciation of the name differed: old timers said “Anna Mar-EYE-a,” but most people today say “Anna Mar-EE-a.” According to a regional historian of note, Lillian Burns, the daughter of the early land developer, Owen Burns, the correct pronunciation of the name of the island by its early settlers was, an-na ma-rye-a, since it was named for the strong winds occurring in the area, using the German term for the wind, Maria. This pronunciation may be heard in the popular song, They Call The Wind Maria, from the musical, Paint Your Wagon.