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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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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.

 

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Holiday Restaurants

Be merry and don’t do dishes when enjoying some open restaurants during the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s have become popular times for beach visitors and island restaurants are awaiting holiday guests. Below the list of places that invite you to spend family time:

 

 

 

 

Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Beach Café (Open ALL Holidays)
4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941-778-0784

Bridge Tender Inn (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
941-778-4849

Sandbar (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-0444

Rod N Reel (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
941-778-1885

Waterfront (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
941-778-1515

Waterline (Open Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Eve/ Day)
5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Fl 34217
941-238-6262

Off  the Island

Bonefish Grill (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
7456 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-795-8020

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
2106 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207
941-755-7712

Columbia Restaurant (Open ALL Holidays)
 411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-3987

Harry’s Continental Kitchen (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-0777

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant (Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-2391

Outback Steakhouse (Open ALL Holidays)
 4402 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-792-1898

Pier 22 (Open ALL Holidays)
1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
941-748-8087

 

If you need any more suggestions for your holiday stay please contact our experienced Vacation Rental Team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Historic Pine Avenue Shops

Historic Pine Ave with Roser Church

The half mile stretch that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Tampa Bay is home to about 25+ Pine Avenue shops and businesses. It comes with a lot of history. The first island settler George Emerson Bean called the island his home in 1892 and started developing streets, sidewalks and installing a water system. In 1911 the Anna Maria City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue was built to ferry island day visitors from nearby Tampa. Bean’s contemporary John Roser built the first church on Pine Avenue in 1913.  Shortly after came a school that lead to the beginning of an island community. A jail was built just down the street from the church in 1927 for the drunk and disorderly visitors. The roof was lost a long time ago and it now serves as popular photo op. It is part of the historic museum complex which displays many highly interesting island memorabilia.

In 1921 the first wooden bridge was built connecting the island to the mainland passing the fishing village of Cortez. Part of the original bridge is now used as the Bradenton Beach Pier. With the help of a bridge more people visited the beach and the new island era began.  Skip close to 100 years and the face of the island has changed a lot. The entire land has been developed and about 8500 residents call the barrier island their permanent home. There are families, children, singles and retirees all living here together. Let’s not forget how Anna Maria Island has become a vacation favorite among local, national and international travelers. From honeymooners to Hollywood film crews, youngsters to the young-at-heart, people from around the world have discovered this slice of paradise.

 

Shopping Pine Avenue

Pine Avenue Shops

With the steady flow of visitors many new shops and businesses opened up along Pine Avenue. Since many of them use environmentally-friendly practices it is also called “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”. There is even a community garden that features several edible boxed gardens located outside certain Pine Avenue destinations. Each box has an information card and a scannable QR code. Local landscape designer Michael Miller helped installing the garden which goal is to encourage people to learn more about, see and eat exotic-sounding vegetables like Okinawa spinach, edible hibiscus or moringa.  There are eateries like The Donut Experiement, Poppa’s Taqueria, Burns Pizza, Hometown Dessert to name a few. The General store, Olive Oil Outpost, Spice Merchant are other great stores to find unusual food items. Several boutiques and artsy stores like Bella by the Sea, The Island Cabana, Shiny Fish Emporium, Pink&Navy, Emerson Studio and Tide and Moon make a stroll interesting.  BeachBums is a quirky rental store that offers beach merchandise and rental equipment like bikes, golf carts and surreys. Technically not on Pine Ave but situated at the end of Pine Avenue stood the Anna Maria City Pier for more than 100 years. Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused severe damage and the pier had to be torn down with plans to be rebuilt and completed in 2019.

Duncan Real Estate is also located on the historic stretch with the address 310 Pine Avenue.

Pine Avenue Events

 

Trick-or-Treaters at Duncan Real Estate

Pine Avenue is a popular street for festivals and has seen its share of a lot of fun over the years. The Easter Parade is the first event of the year. It features a large than life size bunny that leads the group of kids from the SandBar Restaurant to fun, games and Easter bonnet contest to Pine Ave.

A Saturday in May was reserved for “Food and Wine on Pine” for several years until is was discontinued in 2017. It was all about celebration of food and wine found all over the island from about 20 of the area’s finest restaurants plus music, art and kids activity area.

Bayfest is a staple and the most anticipated island event. Since its inauguration in 2000 the all-day street festival has lots to offer. The classic car show always draws a big crowd starting as early as 10 am. The family friendly atmosphere features arts, crafts, music, food and a kids zone.

 

 

Holiday Walk 2017 Realtors Martha Jones, April Green

The Trail of Treats celebrates Halloween for the little ones. Businesses are welcoming Trick-or-Treaters in the afternoon hours on October 31.

Another larger street celebration is the Christmas Walk in December. Pine Avenue becomes a pedestrian zone and businesses open their doors to showcase their products and offer snacks, treats and winter themed goodies.

The yearly 4th of July, Veterans and Christmas parades also run along Pine Avenue with crows lining the street.

 

 

 

Vacation Rentals close to Pine Avenue

 

Duncan Real Estate Office

Duncan Real Estate has a convenient location along historic Pine Avenue. We opened our doors in 2001 and offer real estate and vacation rentals. If you like to stay close to this area of Anna Maria Island consider one of the following Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals:

AMI Du Soleil
207 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Bodacious Oasis
514 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria

Haupia House
315 Hardin Ave, Anna Maria

 

Manatee Cottage
149 Crescent Dr, Anna Maria

Sea Mist
512 Magnolia Street, Anna Maria

For these or other Duncan Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island please contact our local team at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message.

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Bayfest 2018

The Bayfest 2018 was held Saturday, Oct 20th and opened the festival season on the Anna Maria Island. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. As usually, large crowds started filling Pine Avenue as early as 10 am. Despite summer like temperatures the day was another success. Duncan Real Estate tradition is giving out fans that were in high demand again this year. 500 fans went in less than 1 hour.

 

Bayfest 2018

Lindsey Leech, Martha Jones and Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

With a full program lots of entertainment was offered.  The Bill Mergens Memorial Auto show is a classic car show named after the show’s late organizer. It displayed more than 100 vehicles that were lining on the West part of Pine Avenue. Visitors admired the different models with owners close by to answer any questions. Many vendors lined the street and offered their merchandise like arts and crafts. Non-profit organizations gave out information and support options. The Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, slides and games is always a big success and the kid friendly activities offers by the Roser Memorial Community Church. Little ones enjoyed arts, coloring and face painting. Food and music are other highlights.

Car Show Bayfest 2018

Duncan Real Estate Office

 

Despite a serious problem with red tide this summer it was great to see thousands of people coming out and enjoying the day along Pine Avenue. According to Chamber President Terri Kinder some of the proceeds will go to Island workers who suffered as the Island economy was hit by the lack of business from the red tide.

If you missed all the fun this time put this event on your calendar for next year. Bayfest is usually held the third Saturday in October. Here the full program that was offered:

Bayfest 2018 Program

Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about other festivals this season or send us a quick message.

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AMI – The One Million Dollar Island

If you have you been watching the Anna Maria Island Real Estate market recently you might have noticed many sales that reached or passed the one million Dollar mark.

Investing in Real Estate has always been an American strategy to begin building wealth. It can generate ongoing passive income and can be a good long term investment if the value increases over time.  A decade after the financial crisis and drops of over a third in value homeowners have regained their worth led by a robust labor market with economic activity and housing demand. According to a Reuters poll US house prices will rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay with an expected gain of 5.7% this year.

US Wide Median Home Values

Looking at the median value the wealth building strategy seems to hold true for many metropolitan areas. Exclusive suburbs close to finance or tech hubs have seen drastic value increases over the last 2 years like San Jose (by 53.8%), San Fransisco (by 45.5%) and Seattle (by 44.7%). Both US coasts are clustered with million dollar markets. According to Zillow there are 197 cities where you will need a 7 figure check to purchase real estate. California features more than half of these markets, followed by New York and New Jersey. 

The One Million Dollar Island

Florida has seen its share of rising median values. Miami tops the list with an increase of 30.4%. For example, Fisher Island is the home of the stars that features a median value of about $ 3.2 million.

The other 2 larger cities in the Sunshine State are Tampa and Orlando that also saw a higher than average growth with over 20% value increases. However, no other Florida area than Anna Maria will join the exclusive list of the million dollar municipalities next. Zillow is projecting that the median price of island homes will rise to $1.0094 million from the current $964,200.

Looking at sales in Holmes Beach over the last 3 months the sold prices seem to confirm this trend.

The one million Dollar Island

 

 

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Happy Anna Maria!

Happiest Town contest 2018A national online contest by the Coastal Living Magazine helped to determine how happy Anna Maria in comparison to 9 other seaside towns in the USA is. The ten finalists were from 9 different states with Anna Maria and Vero Beach being the 2 seaside destinations in the Sunshine State. Others nominees were Cape Charles, VA, Bluffton, SC, Cannon Beach, OR, Cambria, CA, Bellport, NY and Hampton, NH, Ocean City, NJ and Traverse City, MI.

The yearly contest had picked the top 10 communities via social media nomination and by judging several criteria. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of locals, geographic diversity and coastal vibe were taken into consideration.

The Vote

The voting started in January 2018 with the final result being announced in June 2018. There was discussion among the Anna Maria City commissioners what level of participation to take in this tremendous opportunity of free advertising. As with other topics on the island concerns of overexposure need to be weighed against the positive economic impact created by visitors. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce were promoting the online contest at their Facebook pages and other digital media platforms.

After the final count Ocean City, NJ came in as the winner. Anna Maria is the 6th happiest and Vero Beach made it to the number 4 spot.  Anna Maria was described as old-Florida dream of an island town, with a sweet little main street, community gardens, and streets lined with candy-colored cottages.

It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when you live on a barrier island with a seven-mile strip of white beach!

 

 

 

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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Plan your Summer AMI Vacation on Bradenton Beach!

The kids are done with school and it is time for you to plan some fun summer trips!  Why not put Anna Maria Island on your list on places to visit and have a AMI Vacation!?  With 7 miles of beaches and endless things to do, AMI is the perfect spot for your summer vacation.

Here at Duncan Real Estate we offer 100 vacation rentals for you to choose the perfect AMI VacationIsland Blessings is a brand new vacation rental with Duncan Real Estate and offers up to six people a perfect AMI Vacation!

This three bedroom / two bathroom private home is located in Bradenton Beach, one of the cities in Anna Maria Island.   Bradenton Beach is on the south end of Anna Maria Island and besides the beach, there is much for you to choose from.  You and your family could play a game of miniature golf at the Fish Hole and then enjoy some delicious ice cream at Joe’s East and Sweets!  If you are super hungry after miniature golf and need some lunch, head down to the end of Bridge Street to AMOB Pier.  Kids eat for a penny an inch which a fabulous deal and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Pier!

Enjoy many of meals while enjoying the water views and dolphin sightings while on your AMI Vacation!  Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach also offers shopping, dining, live music, and tours of the island by Segs by the Sea!  Your options are endless.

After a day on Bridge Street, head back to Island Blessings and enjoy a dip in the heated pool or relax in the jacuzzi while sipping on a glass of wine.  The kids would enjoy casting a fishing line from the private boat slip that Island Blessings offers to you while on your AMI Vacation!  If you are super tired and just ready to settle down and cool off inside, Island Blessings has two family rooms with lots of seating and TVs to enjoy a movie or to catch up on the news.

A full day on Anna Maria Island calls for a great night sleep!  You have a choice of three bedrooms at Island Blessings.  The master bedroom has a queen size bed with a flat screen TV.  The first guest bedroom has a full size bed and twin bunk beds. The second guest bedroom has a twin bed.  Wake up and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast in the newly updated kitchen or outside by the pool.  Can you think of a better way to enjoy your AMI Vacation then views of the water first thing in the morning!

Our team at Duncan Real Estate would be happy to answer any questions about Island Blessings you may have and to book your AMI Vacation!   Just give us a call at 941-779-0304 and anyone on our rental team is ready to work with you!  You can also check out other activities on Anna Maria Island on our website – www.teamduncan.com  We have a section on our site that tells you the many things to do while on your AMI Vacation!

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Bodacious Oasis – Anna Maria Paradise Found!

Welcome to Bodacious Oasis! You found Anna Maria Paradise in this beautiful 4 bedroom home. The house with its quiet location on Magnolia Avenue invites to take in all of the Florida lifestyle.  It features an open floor plan and can accommodate 8 family members very comfortable.  There are plenty of places to hang out as a family. Let’s start with the kitchen. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your favorite meal in the fully appointed kitchen.  With generous space for all of your groceries, updated appliances, granite counter tops, it sounds like a fun time to use all the comforts of home to prepare your family feasts! If grilling is your choice of cooking have a steak dinner or the fresh catch using the provided gas grill.

There are also two large porches with plenty of seating to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on those warm summer evenings.

Enjoy your private swimming pool with outdoor seating surrounded in lush tropical landscaping. There is a wading end on one side of the pool if you just like to keep your toes in the water. Mix it up with going to the beach. The bay side beaches are only a short stroll away. If you prefer the stunning Gulf beaches talk a pleasant walk along Magnolia Avenue to one of the many public beach paths. Bodacious Oasis provides a beach cart, beach chairs and toys.

Feeling tired after a long day in the island salt air? Splendid interiors, supremely cozy beds, and flat screen TVs in every bedroom make falling into bed that much more enjoyable!

There is a lot to do close by on popular Pine Avenue. Small eateries, boutiques and the Historical Museum are just some of the fun activities.

If you have a larger party consider renting Sea Mist next door as well. This well appointed 3 bedrooms sleeps 6 guests in total.

Please contact our vacation team at Duncan Real Estate if you are ready for a fantastic stay at Bodacious Oasis. The house accepts 14 nights stays and has openings for the winter season 2019. You can reach us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick inquiry here.

 

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