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Sailfish Beach Resort

Come and relax at the Sailfish Beach Resort on the sugar white beaches of Anna Maria Island! This unique, laid back, Old Florida style accommodation guarantees a memorable beach vacation! Sailfish Beach Resort is a fantastic ground level Gulf front paradise. There are 4 units in total with two suites directly on the Gulf of Mexico with water views and two suites in the back with garden views. All feature 1 king bedroom and 1 tub/shower bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen that sleep 4 in total. There is a shared laundry on site and and outdoor shower to rinse off the sand and saltwater.

 

Gulf Front Retreat

The entire front of the complex that faces the beach offers a large shared patio with plenty of seating. There are tables with umbrellas and a charcoal grill for that fresh fish dinner! Enjoy island breezes, views of the dunes and the spectacular turquoise waters. Step out and onto the beautiful powdery beaches–it simply doesn’t get better than this. There are also sun loungers for your relaxation nestled in the private sand area.

Being Gulf front means spectacular sunsets night after night. Enjoy picturesque skies right from the comfort of the living room in the front units or just get comfortable on the patio for an unforgettable display of nature. Retreat to your quarters knowing you can have your feet right back in the sand the next morning.

Perfect Island Location

The location of the Sailfish Beach Resorts in Holmes Beach puts you right in the heart of the island, not only are you directly on the Gulf beaches but just a short walk away from all the best amenities the island has to offer. Explore the island on your own or simply take the free trolley to get hassle free to all island places.

Shopping, restaurants and a free trolley are within 2 blocks from this convenient spot on Anna Maria Island.  The island’s only full service grocery store “Publix” is conveniently located in walking distance as are The Anna Maria Island Shops along East Bay Drive. They offer a wide variety with small eateries, souvenir shops, pharmacies and a mail store.

The close by Manatee Public beach features a lifeguard tower, an on-site concession, showers, playground and volleyball courts. Friends and family will enjoy the proximate to all these facilities.

Sailfish Beach Resort is the perfect vintage feel Florida retreat with all the modern amenities if you are traveling as a couple or a family with children. Rent one or all 4 units for a larger group with up to 16 people.

Take advantage of the current introductory rates as they will not last long!  Some renovations are coming September/October 2019.

Gulf front Sailfish Beach Resort

If you need more information on this fantastic Gulf front Duncan vacation rental on Anna Maria Island or other beach front and water view properties  in our rental program please contact Team Duncan. You can contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Passion for Fashion

The premier fashion show “Passion for Fashion” on April 11, 2019 was a successful event at the Center of Anna Maria Island. This first showcase of spring and summer styles from the local boutiques on Pine Avenue is a fundraiser for the center’s programs that will receive all the proceeds. Tickets were $40 to participate to support this important part of our community that serves so many.

The event featured an elegant luncheon, a silent auction, honoring of local businessmen Ed Chiles and Mike Thrasher and the guest speaker Barbara Zdravecky that gave a talk about her passion for women in business and female empowerment.

 

 

Center Stage took the fashion show itself with models wearing the latest fashion wear from Pine Ave boutiques Bella By The Sea and Pink&Navy. With the owners Jo-Ann Lefner and Amy Fleece being co-chairs of the event plus several models being owners along other Pine Ave business female success was very well presented. Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate showed 3  different looks on the cat walk that also features beach hats and bags. Jo-Ann from Bella By The Sea stressed that not only bold colors like yellows are popular, also being comfortable makes jumpsuits, jogging style pants and wrinkle-free sundresses a favorite choice this season. Amy Fleece from Pink&Navy narrated her model styles that showed off cute swim style choices for the little ones as well as men beach wear. Live steel drum music accompanied the experience.

Darcie Duncan (2nd right)

 

The silent auctions featured several handmade bags and fun get togethers like a shopping party for 20 at Bella By The Sea or Pink&Navy, Wine and Cheese pairing lesson from Olive Oil Outpost,  a luncheon hosted at the Shiny Fish Emporium and a makeover at a Salon.  The beautiful orchid decor at the tables was also available for purchase to support the Center’s programs.

Delicious cookies from the Pine Ave store “Hometown Dessert” were served as sweet endings of a great event. In addition each attendee received a swag bag of samples from several Pine Ave businesses.

 

 

Anna Maria Center Fashion Show

 

 

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Golf carts or LSV?

Traditional golf cartsHave you seen all the funky, little vehicles on Anna Maria Island? But are they golf carts or LSV (light speed vehicles)?
Traditional golf carts that are found on golf courses are really the minority of vehicles you see cruising on the island. They are not allowed on any street that has a 35 mph or higher speed limit including State Road 64 (Manatee Ave),  State Road 789 (East Bay Drive), Gulf Drive (north of SR 64), Palm Drive, Marina Drive. However, they may cross the main streets but are also banned from sidewalks, bicycle paths and multi-use paths. All of the traditional golf carts in the city of Holmes Beach are privately owned.

They have in common with the popular LSV that they both need seat belts and must be operated by a licensed driver.

 

Light speed vehicles travel at faster speeds and in addition need to be equipped with headlights, mirrors and a windscreen and have to be licensed and insured. They are fully street legal.

All rental places on the island offer this kind of transportation. They come in all shapes and colors and look like a lot of fun! If you are staying with Duncan Vacation Rentals take advantage of our Duncan V.I.P. Perks! The island shop “Beach Bums” offers a large, meticulously maintained, rental fleet of bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, surreys, beach supplies, electric golf carts, and electric bikes! Click here for their website. Enjoy 10% off any rental item with your Duncan guest promo code.

Beach Bums Rental Vehicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tennis Anyone?

Anna Maria Island supports an active lifestyle with inviting blue skies almost all year around. The beaches are great for relaxing but also good for exercising. Besides swimming in the Gulf of Mexico stroll at an easy pace and pick up shells on your way or power walk along the shores. You can watch people playing frisbee, beach ball, spike ball or a round of beach volleyball at the Manatee Public Beach. There is beach Yoga offered or bike along the multi use trail by Coquina Beach.

Many homes and condo complexes offer community pools but how about tennis, anyone?

There are free public courts in Holmes Beach by 62nd St or try the hard courts at the Center on Magnolia Ave for a daily or longer membership cover.

Even better is staying at one of Duncan Vacation Rentals condos that offer tennis courts or pickle ball as a great additional amenity. There are three complexes in total.

Water;s Edge on Anna Maria IslandWater’s Edge

With the beach steps away and the rest of Anna Maria Island easily accessible by car or trolley, you have no shortage of ways to enjoy your next Florida vacation in this Gulf front resort.
The large pool is located between the two Water Edge buildings. You can swim in the heated pool and gaze out over the Gulf! There are loungers to soak up the sun. The tennis courts are just across the street.

Stay at Water’s Edge 205 S or Water’s Edge 110 N and don’t forget your racket!

 

 

Playa Encantada TennisPlaya Encantada

Right next door is “Playa Encantada”. This supreme Anna Maria Island Gulf front complex offers direct access to one of the best beaches on the Florida West Coast. Elevator, heated pool and hot tub, meeting room and covered parking are some of the features amenities. The tennis courts are across the street next to the rest of the condos on the East side of Gulf Drive.

Book Playa Encantada 214 or Playa Encantada 116! The later one is for the tennis enthusiast and offers first row seating right!

 

 

Nautilus Tennis CourtsNautilus

The Nautilus complex is a sought-after beach resort that has plenty to offer. Don’t miss any of the stunning sunsets that the island is famous for! Lounge around the pool area and meet new friends! Nautilus 104 and Nautilus 117 are ground level and have direct access to the heated community pool via a side door from the condo. Be active – walk the beach, take a swim or pick up the tennis racket.  The tennis courts are located street side.

Book now! 

 

 

If you need more information on these Duncan Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island or others in our rental program please contact Team Duncan. You can contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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2018 Real Estate Agent Market Report

2018 Second highest Realtor Darcie Duncan

2018 proved to be another fantastic year for real estate sales on Anna Maria Island according to the 2018 MLS Real Estate Agent Market Report. The Florida Multiple Listing Service records the listing and selling activity by the Realtor Association of Manatee and Sarasota county.

Looking at all sales in this area 2018 Realtor Darcie Duncan came in as the second-highest local realtor with a total transaction volume of $54,918 000.

 

 

 

Currently, there are 342 properties listed on the island which is a bit higher at this time of the year due to the seasonal activity. Anna Maria Island’s property use is a mix of people living or planning to retire in paradise, investment and vacation rentals. New construction is still taking place. However, it seems the housing market is stabilizing and prices are going to level off some in 2019.

2018 Real Estate Transactions

Even though the island is only 7 miles long there are three cities that are divided in 2 zip codes in regards to their real estate transactions.

Anna Maria City with the North end especially desired by vacationers for the quiet ambience shows the highest listing and selling averages. In 2018, three of the top 20 realtors in Manatee and Sarasota County selling property in this 34216 zip code were from Duncan Real Estate and contributed 28 transactions in total. Among them are Darcie Duncan leading Team Duncan with 20 sales at the average purchase price of $1,185 000, followed by Christine Kourik and Michelle Laade.

Currently, 80 properties are listed for sale here. They are a combination of residential, income and vacant land. Residential listings make up the highest number with 72 at a purchase price average of $1,640 547.

 

 

 

 

 

Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach sales are recorded combined under the zip code 34217. In 2018, Darcie Duncan was in the top position of all realtors with 27 transactions for a total of $27,987 000.  Christine Kourik and Michelle Laade  came in under the top 12 realtors in this geographic category and added 29 sold listings for the Duncan Real Estate team.

Darcie Duncan top realtor

Jan-Dec 2018 MLS Agent Market Report, Holmes Beach

 

 

 

 

At this time there are 260 listings in the 34217 zip code.  212 of them are residential properties and their listing average is $997 047.

 

 

 

 

If you like any more information on current listings or other real estate information please reach out to one of Team Duncan’s professional realtors. You can call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Super Bowl LII on Anna Maria Island

We look forward to having you as a guest and spending this Super Bowl LII weekend on Anna Maria Island. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite places to watch the big event this Sunday!

The Anna Maria Princess is the only paddle wheel boat sailing the waters of AMI and Longboat Key. Measuring about 80 feet from bow to stern, the boat was built in 2002 and was extensively refurbished prior to its inaugural Sarasota Bay cruise in 2018. They are offering a cruise where you can watch the first half at sea and the second half at port for $32, click here for the link to their website.

“Slim’s Place” is a great spot to watch the game if you are looking for the sports bar environment with great wings and pool tables. They are located just around the corner from us on the North end. Click here for the link to their website.

Duffy’s Tavern: an Anna Maria island staple. Cheap cold beer and amazing burgers. This cash only tavern is the perfect spot to watch the game for the whole family, click here for their website.

A German restaurant that is used to watching another kind of football, this Sunday they will be showing the American version. Make sure you try the schnitzel at the “Old Hamburg Schnitzelhouse”, click here for their website.

A new small bar tucked away behind Wicked Cantina in Bradenton Beach. They are hosting a party for the big game with burgers and dogs, $2 Busch cans and $4 fireball, see the event here.

A great spot on Bridge Street is the “Bridge Tender Inn”! Watch the game and walk down to watch the sunset at half time. Click here for their website.

An Irish pub where you can get some amazing food and a tall pint in one sitting. “Freckled Fin” is a sure spot for the game with indoor and outdoor seating, click here for their website.

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Sunset views at Water’s Edge 205S

Gulf views from Waters Edge 205 SWelcome to Gulf breezes and sunset views at Water’s Edge 205 S!
Experience the island like never before with this Gulf view condo! With the beach just steps away, you’ll love finding the perfect spot to take in some famous Florida sunshine along our seven mile shore. After a full day out, kick back in the shared heated pool or grab a seat on the balcony to watch the fun on the beach. Don’t miss a single spectacular sunset!

Enter the South building of the Water Edge complex through a secured lobby and take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. An open living room with lots of light and the fabulous view will greet you. The condo features 1 bedroom with a king size bed , 1 1/2 bathroom with a shower/tub combo. It also offers a sleeper sofa in the den area, so there is plenty of room for 4 guests.
The large heated pool is located between the two Water Edge buildings. You can swim in the heated pool and gaze out over the Gulf! There are loungers to soak up the sun. Tennis courts are across the street for your enjoyment.
There’s parking for one car for those who would like to drive to their various excursions or relax and try the free trolley. One of the many stops is close by on Gulf Drive. Explore the island and meet locals on the bus!

Weekly rentals allowed.

If you like more information about this wonderful island getaway call our Duncan Vacation Team for more information. We love to help you plan your next vacation! Please call 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

 

Waters Edge 205 S

 

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Online-Gewinnspiel mit Steiff Manati

Florida Gewinnpreis ManatiDas offizielle Tourismusbüro von Florida “VISIT FLORIDA” bietet ein Online-Gewinnspiel in Verbindung mit seiner neuen Mietwagenrundreise “Florida Wild und Wundervoll” an. In Zusammenarbeit mit Spielzeughersteller Steiff und dem deutschen Reisekonzern FTI wurde ein neues Kuscheltier “Manati” speziell für diese Kampagne entworfen. Das neue Modell sieht aus wie die Manatees oder Seekühe, die in den Gewässern um Florida beheimatet sind. 
Bis 31. Januar 2019 läuft ein Online-Gewinnspiel, um einen Namen für das Stofftier zu finden. Glückliche Gewinner erhalten eines von 100 Stofftieren oder besagte neue Mietwagenrundreise für 2 als Hauptgewinn.

Welcher Name soll es sein?

Versuchen Sie Ihr Glück mit “Gib unserem Manati einen Namen” oder gehen Sie am 1. und 2. Februar 2019 in den Pasing Arcaden in München auf Suche nach einem lebensgroßen Steiff Manati. Wer es findet, soll ein Foto per Facebook oder Instagram teilen. Am 4. und 5. Februar haben Sie nochmal eine Chance mit derselben Aktion am Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf. Wer nicht unter den Gewinnern ist, kann trotzdem ein Manati kostenfrei ergattern. Bei Buchung dieses neuen Trips erhält man eines der Steiff als Geschenk.
Zur Zeit liegt “Manni” in der Beliebtheitskala weit voraus.  Viel Glück!
Sollte Ihre Reiseplanung Anna Maria Island einschließen, kontaktieren Sie unser Ferienteam für kompetente Beratung. Duncan Real Estate bietet eine gefächerte Auswahl von Ferienobjekten direkt am Strand, in einer ruhigen Seitenstraße auf der Insel, mit Pool oder ein charmantes Cottage an. Einige Häuser befinden sich auf dem Festland in Bradenton. Unser Gäste- und Wartungsservice steht täglich zur Verfügung, damit Sie Ihren Urlaub unbeschwert genießen können. Wenn Not besteht, ist zu jeder Uhrzeit einer unserer Mitarbeiter zu erreichen.
Sie können uns telefonisch unter 001 941 779 0304 erreichen oder einfach, gerne auch in deutsch per Email.
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Family vacation with Duncan Real Estate

Vacation time is always fun with the family and Duncan Real Estate can help you planning the perfect one! If you are thinking of a larger get-together or family reunion it might be a good idea to be close to each other but in separate accommodations. Check out our great duplexes and property combinations to spend time with your loved ones on Anna Maria Island and the beautiful beaches.

 

The Magnificent Magnolias

Canario Cottage PoolThis combination of three homes on Magnolia Avenue sleeps up 20 guests in 3 homes. All have a private pool and are within steps of each other.
Canario Cottage, Sea Mist, Bodacious Oasis

Enjoy a relaxing stay on quiet Magnolia Avenue on the North end of Anna Maria Island. The three homes are located in short walking distance to historic Pine Avenue with shops, small eateries and unique boutiques. The Anna Maria City Pier that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma will be reconstructed in 2019 and will be again a favorite hangout spot for the locals. Stroll down Magnolia Avenue to the beach access and soak up the sun on the wonderful beaches and breeze of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beach Walker Three

This duplex is a great family compound for 10 people and just steps to the beach! The nautical design and beautiful wooden floors are just the start to a wonderful island getaway. The downstairs features 3 bedrooms and a large loft that has a full bed to sleep 8. The smaller Sidekick has a separate side entrance on the first floor and sleeps 2 in a king size bed. Beach Walker 3 provides outdoor space with room to gather the family for a cookout. Rinse off the sand from your beach day in the outdoor shower. Relax in several sitting areas with the comfort of 7 TVs and free Internet. Washer and dryer are on site. The property is located in the heart of Holmes Beach and literally close to everything!

Surfer’s Paradise

This wonderfully remodeled duplex features a 2 bedroom downstairs and a one bedroom upstairs. Enjoy the tropical back area with large pool with spa and barbeque setup. You can sleep up to 6 people comfortably in beds. Surfer’s Paradise is just around the corner from the beach. This sounds like a great island getaway!

Surfer's Paradise on Anna Maria Island

 

Are you ready to plan your next island vacation? Please contact us our Duncan Vacation Team for more information! We love to find you the perfect place! Call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

 

 

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Relax at Canario Cottage!

Canario Cottage porchIf you are still looking for a March getaway to Anna Maria Island relax at Canario Cottage! This lovely 3 bedroom vacation rental has 1254 square feet of elevated living space and offers 3 bathrooms to accommodate 6 guests very comfortably. Canario Cottage has plenty of sitting inside and out. Enjoy your morning coffee, lunch or dinner from the front porch overlooking palms and tropical foliage along quiet Magnolia Avenue. There is also a large porch at the back of the house with view of the sparkling pool and well kept back yard. Just move around with the sun! Or if you prefer shade after a long day at the beach take cover with one of the 4 provided sun chairs underneath the porch.

Enjoy island life in this elevated home. Walk up the stairs to the living floor. The fully equipped kitchen has a great eating bar to accommodate 6 people. Relax at the comfy living area, pick your spot in the 3 bedrooms! There are 3 bathrooms and an outdoor shower by the pool.

The best part is the location of this home! You are in the preferred North end area with everything in walking distance. Enjoy lovely vistas of Tampa Bay, stroll along Pine Avenue and browse the small eateries and boutiques. The beach access is at the end of Magnolia for a fun filled day at the beach. In the mood for some group acitivity? The Center of Anna Maria Island offers tennis, fitness and other classes and is also close by.

Canario Cottage has lots to offer! Don’t miss out on this great vacation home and book your dates now!  Team Duncan is looking forward to greeting you on our island paradise soon!

Canario Cottage Pool

If you like more information about this home or other Duncan Vacation Rentals please contact our team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

 

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