Situated between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Palma Soma Bay to the east, is the barrier island of Anna Maria in Manatee County near the city of Sarasota. Famous for its white sand beaches and wonderful weather, this island is a destination for residents from all over the Florida peninsula, even from across the nation, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Named by discoverer Ponce De Leon for the Spanish queen of Charles II, Anna Maria is home to three cities, which include its own namesake at the north end, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach, which is located on the south end of the barrier island. It has about 8,500 full time residents, but is also a popular location to own a vacation property or second seasonal home. The communities are served by the Manatee County School District, along with some outstanding private schools.
Anna Maria Island Real Estate
The real estate market on the barrier island of Anna Maria is a very diverse one, which includes single family homes, condominium, townhome, and villa communities, as well as luxury residences located right on the beach or on the bay. Prices range greatly, beginning as low as $128,500, up to the mid and high $300's, and over well-over $1 million.
The median home value on the island comes in at $394,250. What's more, it boasts a very stable, upward appreciation rate, which can be attributed not only to the sunny white sand beach location; but to the weather, which delivers warm summers, mild winters, and wonderful fall and spring seasons.
Things to Do and See
Anna Maria is synonymous with beaches, sunrises, and sunsets, as well as plenty of outdoor recreational pursuits such as kayaking, biking, sunbathing, tennis, sailing, and hiking. For those who like golf, there is no shortage of choice, which includes Manatee County Golf Course, Timber Creek Golf Course, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sara Bay Country Club, and Rolling Green Golf Club, just to name a few of many fine and challenging courses.
There's always something to see and do in the area, like world-famous Bradenton Beach, the quaint Coquina Baywalk, Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, Anna Maria Historic Green Village, and the Ringling Museum. Shopping bliss can be found at the very distinct Saint Armand's Circle, Westfield Sarasota Square, and Bridge Street Bazaar.
With approximately 360 days of sunshine each year, it's little wonder why so many people choose to live in the area full time or seasonally.