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Beach Yoga

Anna Maria Island has the perfect balance of relaxation and fun things to do. Why not combine two spiritual experiences to the ultimate outdoor worship in a session of Beach Yoga?

For the Yoga lovers – can you imagine the serenity of the gentle breeze on your body while you strike a Tree or a Warrior 1? You will sense the turquoise water in the background and watch the bluer than blue skies as you stretch and hold your poses.

Fortunately, there are a number of Beach Yoga opportunities all along the island. Watch for the signs along the beach. There is a spot by the BeachHouse Restaurant and across the Tortuga Inn by their wedding pavilion. You will find local gurus who offer classes oftentimes for donations only.

Not all types of Yoga are offered at Beach Yoga.

There are also several Yoga Studios that offer classes with anything from Beach Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation, Breath Work, Yin Yoga, Basic Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, SUP Yoga as well as Arm Balances and Inversions can be found. Just call your studio of choice and inquire what they offer or have the instructor come to your Island vacation home.

Here are some studios on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Some of them also offer massage and stretch therapy, acupuncture, organic facials and if you don’t mind traveling outside the Island. Who knows – you may even find the very popular Goat Yoga!

Aluna Wellness is part of the VIP Duncan Perks and will offer something special for our guests. Just tell them Duncan Real Estate send you!



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Friday Night Lights

Football season is just around the corner – yeah!!! Are you ready to see some great action and support local kids then Friday Night Lights is for you! While you are visiting Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach  – catch some great High School Football at our own Darcie Duncan‘s Alma Mater, Manatee High School. This is the zoned High school for the island kids where Darcie was a Star Softball player for the Hurricanes back in the day.

Manatee High School’s Hurricanes

Manatee High School is the oldest and largest public high school in Bradenton and their football team ‘The Hurricanes” has been State Champions 5 times 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992 and 2011. Numerous players have played Div I College football and multiple players have made it to the NFL. I don’t believe there’s another school in our area who has a more loyal fan base. Manatee usually travels very well and packs the stadium better than the hosting team – so you can imagine how we roll at home!

This Friday the home game will be a very tough one against Florida Powerhouse Lakeland HS. Game time 7:30 pm. Tickets can usually be bought at the gate at the Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium, or call the school to see if advanced tickets can be bought earlier in the day on campus so you don’t have to stand in the sometimes very long line.

Manatee County is home to a lot of great football programs and long standing rivalries, so if you don’t make it to the game this Friday, there will be plenty of other opportunities.

Click here for the 2019 season games list and keep in mind that the cheerleaders are multiple times State Winners as well. Go Canes Go!!!!!



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Summer Golfing

Are you spending any time on beautiful Anna Maria Island during the summer time and like golfing? A great way to explore the many different golf courses in the vicinity is summer golfing with the Big Summer Golf Card. If offers discounted rates that are not available to the general public for a one time fee of $60. The main season is May through October but some courses also offer special rates for April, November and December.

There plenty of participating courses in Manatee and Sarasota County to practice your swing.  Some offer a 25% or higher discount on the daily green fees and marked as “exclusive courses”.

You can pick from 10 courses on the mainland in the Manatee County area which is closest to Anna Maria Island:

Manatee Golf Courses

Just a bit longer driving time will give you access to many more golf courses in the Sarasota County area:

Others benefits include an automatic entry to the Big Money Tour with cash and other prices totaling $5000/month. A great way to compete and get to know fellow players are the area tournaments for Big Summer Golf Card holders.

Others benefits include an automatic entry to the Big Money Tour with cash and other prices totaling $5000/month. A great way to compete and get to know fellow players are the area tournaments for Big Summer Golf Card holders.

Key Royale Golf Club

If you do not like to leave the island there is the 9 hole golf course on Key Royale on the island. The Key Royale Golf Club also offers a summer membership.  It is a par 32 walking golf course for all levels of play. There is a beautifully designed clubhouse with a full bar and lunch and dinner service. Tee time are not required and organized golf events are offered year round.

If you like to stay near the Key Royale Golf course consider some of Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals. Port Royale is a beautiful 2 bedroom home with a caged pool and magnificent water views. For all other rental or sale information contact Team Duncan with our knowledgeable sales and rentals agents. You can call us at 941 779 0304 or or send us a quick message.

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What to do on rainy Days?

Florida is associated with sunshine and beaches but what to do on rainy days?

Luckily, there are many indoor activities offered in the vicinity of Anna Maria Island. Besides the typical alternatives like movies, bowling and shopping visit one of the great museums in this area.



Here the Top Ten:

  1. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
    402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Free Admission
    January-March: 10am to 4pm
    April-December: 10am to 1pm
    Tour this small museum, the historical Belle Haven house and the Old Anna Maria City Jail. Learn how the island changed over the years from an untouched jungle to a tourist attraction.
  2. The Bishop Museum of Nature and Science
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
    Sunday: Noon to 5pm
    Formerly known as South Florida Museum it is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  There is also the Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.
  3. Florida Maritime Museum
    4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
    Free Admission
    Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 4pm
    Located in the historic 1912 school house of Cortez the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage
  4. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
    5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Free Admission on Monday
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    This state art museum was founded by the circus magnate and features 31 galleries in a pink Renaissance-style palace. The Circus Museum is charting American circus history with props, costumes & a restored Wisconsin train carriage. The home to the Ringlings is called Ca’ d’Zan and is a 1924 mansion draws inspiration from the palazzos of Venice.
  5. Sarasota Classic Car Museum
    5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Daily 9 am to 6pm
    Tour this 60,000-square-foot facility with about 100 vintage cars of all types in a constantly rotating collection. The museum also displays rare cars and ones owned by famous people.
  6. The Dali Museum
    One Dali Blvd, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
    Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday 8 pm
    It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe with more than 2,000 pieces of art in 20,000 square feet of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects.
  7. The Florida Holocaust Museum
    55 5th St  S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Daily 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (except holidays)
    The museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. It features permanant exhibitions with original artifacts, historical photographs and documents with additional changing temporary exhibitions.
  8. Museum of Science & Industry
    4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    MOSI for short is a not-for-profit science museum located in Tampa, Florida. It is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.
  9. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates
    2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
    Daily: 9 am to 5.30 pm
    Dating from 1885 when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home this historical museum and 21 acre botanical garden is located beside the Caloosahatchee River.
  10. Chocolate Museum and Cafe
    11701 International Drive Suite 400, Orlando, FL, 32821
    Daily 11 am to 7 pm
    If you are exploring Orlando stop by this museum for a “treat”.  A tour takes you from the beginning of the use of the cocoa beans through its rich history. Sampling is included and stay at the Cafe to taste more of the delicious sweets.
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Salty Turtle

This darling Anna Maria Island home will make anyone feel welcome! Salty Turtle offers a great location on the Northern end of Holmes Beach and West of Gulf Drive. It comes with ground level convenience and a private pool in the backyard.  Just bask in the tropical charm of this three-bedroom bungalow and enjoy island time.

Salty Turtle is decorated in green and blue colors that resemble the shades of the Gulf of Mexico which is just a few steps away. Stroll down this quiet side street and touch the sand in a few short walking minutes.

The house was complicated remodeled and has all the amenities of a modern home. Start your day with a great breakfast prepared in the well-equipped kitchen, where you’ll find stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a dishwasher for easy clean-up. The skylight brings additional light into this area.The dining area is just passed the counter for easy access.

Large glass doors are opening up to the backyard where you can relax after beach hours or just take a dip in the pool. There is sitting around the pool and a propane gas grill to prepare a steak dinner or your fresh catch! Also, enjoy the outdoor shower for a quick refreshing moment after rinse off the sand.

Three bedrooms offer plenty of room for up to 6 guests. There are two bathrooms with walk in shower each.

There are two sitting areas in the house. In the front is a living room with flatscreen TV, while the second area overlooking the pool is a great hangout place to read a book or just enjoy peace and quiet. Stay connected with family and friends with the free Wifi.

Park your car in the garage or driveway and explore the island by foot or via trolley. There is a stop close by and you can ride the free trolley all the way to the North or South end of the island. The boutiques and eateries around Pine Avenue are also in walking distance. Wonder along the beach and take one of many beach accesses to reach your favorite restaurant.

Salty Turtle is a wonderful home, loved by the owners and guests alike. Duncan Real Estate is looking forward to welcoming you to this fantastic vacation rental. Please contact anyone in rentals at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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4th of July Festivities on Anna Maria Island!

4th of July festivities on Anna Maria IslandAre you one of the lucky ones to spend the holiday week in this part of the world to take part in the 4th of July festivities on Anna Maria Island? If so be prepared to enjoy a full day of fun!

It starts with the yearly 4th of July parade organized by the AMI Privateers. The caravan sets up a Coquina Beach by 10 am and makes it way northward all the way to the end of Pine Avenue. Local businesses and other islanders throw out beads, candy or rock their favorite tunes! Get your lawn chair out early and reserve the best spot for a great free entertainment!


Next is the 1pm Hot Dog Eating contest at the Swordfish Grill, 4528 119th St.W. Cortez. Who needs Coney Island??

Head over the bridge to historic Cortez! While there stroll through the village and discover its charm. Do you know that three fishermen, Captain Billy Tyne, Michael “Bugsy” Moran and Dale “Murph” Murphy were crew members of the ill-fated Andrea Gail that had all ties to Cortez? A monument honoring Cortez veterans lost during wartime and Cortez commercial fishermen lost at sea is underneath a shady tree near the A.P. Bell Fish Co. where the names are etched on a corroding plaque. The 3 men were aboard the swordfish boat that left Gloucester, Massachusetts and sank south of Nova Scotia during a fierce storm in 1991 and were made famous by the movie “The Perfect Storm” with George Clooney.

Take the afternoon off or take a nap on the beach to be ready for the Sandbar Restaurant Extravaganza. The beach front restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary with a VIP party. The event begins at 6 pm. Enjoy champagne toast, open bar, complimentary T-shirts, raw bar, buffet and dessert! This all takes place at the Sandbar’s Grand Pavilion. Reservations are required.

If you are not having a reserved seat for the firework show enjoying the extravaganza just come out to the beach after dark. The sparkling celebration will start at 9 pm from barges out in the Gulf by the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.

Happy 4th to y’all!


While celebrating our independence consider donating some of your time for the next day beach clean up! The Fourth of July is a day filled with food, fun and fireworks but the day after is one of the dirtiest days of the year at the beach. Join “Keep Manatee Beautiful” for the 5th of July Beach Cleanup. Volunteers will pick up the litter and debris from 8 – 11 a.m. Meet the group at the Coquina Beach Bus Circle on Gulf Drive South. Gloves and trash bags are provided.
If you have any questions click here.


If you are still looking for a vacation rental check out our last minute discounts for the month of July 2019! Also, be sure to sign up for our promotions to never miss one of our great Duncan Flash Sales. For more information please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.


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Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria Island

Welcome to Lazy Hammock on Anna Maria Island!

If you are looking for a tropical, laid back escape with all the bells and whistles stop your search right now! Lazy Hammock has it all! This amazing north-end canal front home offers everything you need to make this your best Anna Maria Island vacation ever.

When you arrive at this prestigious North end location, park your car in the circular drive and enter through a jasmine pergola to this stunning ground level beach house! You will never want to leave! The vacation home is located on the very quiet Hammock Road in the historic city of Anna Maria, only a two minute walk to Pine Avenue. It has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms on an oversize lot which offers plenty of room for several outdoor sitting areas, a private pool with spa and 2 ponds. We assure you, nothing has been spared when it comes to fine details and comfort inside with the lush gardens and mangrove lined canal for total privacy outside.

The split floor plan features the centrally located living room with comfortable couches and large flat screen to enjoy a movie. Wireless high speed internet with free domestic long distance calling is provided. The adjacent kitchen is a delight and has everything you need for entertaining. It has all of the amenities you will need to grab a snack or to make a gourmet dinner for your sun induced appetites.

The dining area is just past the sitting area with three walls of large sliding doors to take full advantage of the magnificent outdoors. This room with a view of the pool and tropical gardens will make any dining experience a special occasion. There is also a covered outdoor eating area complete with twinkle lights and a water feature.
The house features 2 master suites on each side of the house with TVs and a third guestroom with a queen size bed. The main bedroom has a king size bed with en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The second master has a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower/tub. The third bedroom comes also with a queen size bed with a hall bathroom right next to it. There is also a shower/tub combo.

A desk area is by the foyer if you need to work while away. Other amenities include a full size washer and dryer, gas grill, beach chairs and pool items.


The garden features several outdoor areas to sit and relax. Take some time to walk around and explore all the plants and beautifully maintained flower beds. Let the day pass while reading a book in the hammock or take a nap after coming home from the beach. Refresh in the large heated pool with spa and enjoy an outdoor shower. Pick your favorite sitting area and be surrounded by nature. There is a path through the backyard down to the dock which is a perfect spot to launch a kayak or fish right off the dock and catch the evening dinner. Watch mullets jump and manatees floating by or just enjoy the quiet nature views. Bring your low clearance boat as you need to pass bridges to access Tampa Bay.

The beach is a few minutes away walking along the quiet side streets to the beach access on Coconut Ave.  If you do not feel like cooking yourself stroll over to historic Pine Avenue. There are several eateries to satisfy your appetite. Try the Turtle Shack, General store or Burn’s Pizzeria for lunch. If you are looking for a nice dinner out check out the Waterfront Restaurant.  The Rod ‘n Reel Pier is also a nearby choice to grab a Mahi Mahi sandwich while watching fishermen and passing dolphins.

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If you are interested in Lazy Hammock or any other Duncan vacation rental please call Team Duncan! You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.


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Beach Time on Anna Maria Island!

Summer is here and beach time on Anna Maria Island officially starts! School is out, the Gulf waters are warming up and locals as tourists are flocking to the beach. Just remember a few hints and have a great time enjoying sand and surf!

Beach flag warning system

Look at the flags at the Coquina and Manatee Public Beach. The life guards will change the flags accordingly:

Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf
Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions
Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide



Don’t underestimate Florida’s sun! It is extremely strong and applying sunscreen is a must if you do not like to suffer the rest of your vacation stay. Cover ups like hats and other UV protective gear, umbrellas or sun tents are also recommended.



Have you been to the beach when you see the most beautiful turquoise water under blue skies and turn around to see dark, ominous clouds coming from the other side? Please remember Tampa Bay is called  the “Lightning Capital of the World” and the safest place to be in a thunderstorm is indoors. Head off the beach when you hear thunder in the distance because lightning is in striking distance.


Shore Fishing

Fishing directly off the shores on Anna Maria Island requires a saltwater fishing license for anyone over 16.  The piers have a blanket license under which you are covered.  Watch out for swimmers close to you. Nobody wants to be “hooked”.



Pool safety

Are you renting a home with a private pool? The sad statistic is that drowning is the leading cause of death of young children in Florida. Therefore a residential swimming pool must have at least one of these pool safety features. Make yourself familiar which safety option is at your rental home.
(a) the pool must be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the pool barrier requirements
(b) the pool must be equipped with an approved safety pool cover
(c) all doors and windows providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with an exit alarm
(d) all doors providing direct access from the home to the pool must be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device



Litter Control

There are about 372,000 miles of world coastline with over one-third of the total human population or about 2.4 billion people living within 60 miles of an oceanic coast. Please be aware of what you are bringing to the beach and more importantly that you take it all back. With plastic trash accumulating in the oceans we all can help out a bit. There are trash and recycle receptacles at every beach access on the island.
Leaving nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories!


Hurricane Season

The official start for the storm season is June 1st and lasts through November 30th. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near normal hurricane season with 9-15 names storms. The ongoing El Nino is expected to stay in place and suppress the intensity of the hurricane season. Preparation is key. If there is a mandatory evacuation all islanders need to leave which includes all vacation renters.



If you are planing to vacation on Anna Maria Island call Team Duncan for all your rental needs at 941 779 0304,  book online or send us us a quick message here.

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Violetta Cottage

If you are looking for Anna Maria Island charm consider Violetta Cottage for your next Florida vacation. Located on the Southern end of the island, this ground level home is just a minute away from the Gulf of Mexico. The cottage features 3 bedroom and 1.5 bath and a private pool in a very secluded back yard.

Violetta Cottage has an open plan living area with plenty of seating for the whole family. There is a large flat screen TV and a desk area if you need to work while on vacation. The kitchen is well equipped with all appliances and has a dining nook. Perfect for grabbing a meal before and after your island adventures. There are 3 bedrooms in total that sleep up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and an adjacent powder room. The twin bedroom is also located in that part of the house. A hall bathroom features a tub/shower combination. From the kitchen is a door leading a few steps down to the laundry area and the third bedroom. It has a full size bed and an a/c wall unit to keep you cool during warm summer nights.

This area opens up to the carport and the pool back yard. There is also an outdoor shower located by this side entrance to wash off the sand after returning from the beach.

The lagoon shaped, heated pool is in a private setting with tropical landscaping.  Take a dip and relax on the sun loungers! A sitting area with umbrella invites for a dinner al fresco prepared with the provided gas grill. If you do not feel like cooking Violetta Cottage is located only a short walk from Bridge Street with all its restaurants, great shopping and the Bridge St City Pier.

This cute vacation rental captures all the historic charm of Anna Maria Island. What else do you need for relaxing beach days?




Do you need any more information please call Team Duncan! You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.




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Birds of Anna Maria Island

white pelican on Anna Maria islandThe birds of  Anna Maria Island are just another part of the ecologically diverse paradise that is known for its sugar white, powdery beaches on the Gulf coast of Florida. Bird lovers will experience many sightings along the beach or in the sanctuaries on the island like Grassy Point or Leffis Key and the Robinson and Neal Preserve just over the bridge in Bradenton. There are local and migrating birds with the white pelicans being most visible in the winter months. Some shorebirds like to feed at high tide while others feed at low tide which makes any time during the day a perfect opportunity for bird watching by the water.


Bird Nesting Season

The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is also involved in shorebird monitoring. The bird nesting season on the island is a bit different than the turtle season and it runs from March through August. There are a few tips to observe during that time.

  • Never touch a shorebird chick, even if it is wandering outside a staked nesting area.
  • Teach kids not to chase birds. Bird parents may abandon their nests if they are disturbed.
  • Don’t feed birds. It encourages them to fly at people aggressively.
  • If birds are screeching or flying at you, you are too close.
  • Avoid posted bird nesting areas and use designated walkways to the beach.
  • Keep pets away from bird nesting areas. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Anna  Maria Island.
  • Keep the beaches clean. Food scraps attract predators like racoons or crows and litter can entangle birds and other wildlife.

The Manatee County Audubon Society in partnership with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is sponsoring a Bird Steward program during the busiest weekends on Anna Maria Island.  The information collected on the Memorial Day holiday weekend and July 4th weekend is used to provide information to the beach visitors about the nesting birds and the importance of not disturbing the birds.  2 volunteers are taking 3 hours shift from 8 am to 8 pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife has an Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC to report people disturbing nesting birds.

Bird Species

Other most common birds seen on Anna Maria Island are below:

Anhinga – The Anhinga, sometimes confused with the cormorant, has a longer, wider tail with a pale brown stripe, and dark wings patched with silver. The neck is extremely long and thin except when expanded to swallow fish caught by the diving bird’s pointed yellow beak.

Brown Pelican – Majestic brown pelicans are often seen perched on channel markers or swooping inches above the rolling waves. An instantly recognizable pouched beak and webbed feet enable this variety of pelican to dive into the water to scoop up food. Mature adults have a white head, dark brown and gray body, and a incredible wingspan of over seven feet.

Great Blue Heron – Standing at up to four feet in height, the regal great blue heron can be spotted wading along the shores of Anna Maria’s waterways and coastlines. Mostly covered in gray, the king of Sarasota’s wading birds is identifiable by the white crown stripe extending from behind its beak. Particular to south Florida and some areas of the Caribbean, the great white heron (not to be confused with the white egret) may also be sighted occasionally.

Roseate Spoonbill – Anna Maria is one of the few places in America where observers can find the roseate spoonbill, a somewhat odd yet elegant pink bird that is often mistaken for a flamingo. While its similar color may confuse visitors.  The distinctive spatulate bill and bald crown help to differentiate this bird from its Caribbean cousin.

Snowy Egret – The yellow feet and long black legs help the snowy egret to stalk small fish swimming alongside the edges of Sarasota’s ponds and coastlines. This brilliant white bird is distinguished by its black beak and small yellow accent under the eye. Though smaller than the great egret, the snowy egret’s flight over Sarasota Bay is still a breathtaking sight.

White Ibis – Often seen along Anna Maria’s coastlines, the white ibis sometimes wanders inland to search for food with its curved, orange-red beak. Mostly white in color, this medium-sized bird’s mask and legs are a matching red with black accenting the wing-tips.

Christmas Bird Count

The Audubon Society holds the Christmas Bird Count, a tradition introduced by the ornithologist Frank M. Chapman beginning on Christmas Day 1900. The last count was held December 15,2018 in Bradenton for a 15 mile circle with 149 species registered.

Manatee Audubon Society

Interested in learning more about the birds of Anna Maria Island? Visit the Anna Maria Turtle Watch volunteers at the weekly Tuesday farmers market at the end of Pine Ave or stop by our office Duncan Real Estate, also on historic Pine Avenue. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or a send us a quick message.

Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.