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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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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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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.

 

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Eating Out on Thanksgiving

Eating out ThanksgivingBe spoiled while spending the holidays on Anna Maria Island and visit one of the local restaurants for eating out on Thanksgiving. There are plenty of restaurants on the island and surrounding areas that will do the cooking and cleaning for you.  Relax and enjoy! You deserve it!

 

 

Island Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

Off  the Island

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

Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Open Easter, 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 Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)
525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
941-383-0777

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant (Open Easter, 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 are planning on gathering the family around and enjoy the holidays together consider these larger Duncan Real Estate properties for your island getaway!

Beach N Lake House
Put this brand new vacation rental with fantastic lake views and within minutes to the Gulf of Mexico on your map. Just bring your fishing pole and flip flops! This spacious 3 BD/3 BA ground level home sleeps up to 8 people and accepts pets upon approval. Its split layout is perfect for a larger family traveling with children.  Book now!

Beachwalkers
5 bedroom duplex, sleeping 10. Just across the beach in a great central Holmes Beach location. Close to everything! Book now!

Bodacious Oasis
Stunning 4 BD/2.5 BA home with private pool. Enjoy the Florida lifestyle inside and out with splendid furnishings and entertainment features. Comes with beach equipment. Quiet side street on North end. Looking to accommodate a larger party? Book Sea Mist next door to sleep 14 in total. Book now!

Seagrass Retreat
5 bedroom single family home, pool (heat included), ground level. Spread out and enjoy! Book now!

West O’Gulf
Spectacular 4 bedroom home with pool on Park Ave. Steps to beach! Relax, swim, eat, repeat! Don’t miss out on lower 2018 rates! Book now!

Beachwalkers Living Area

 

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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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Introducing Beach N Lake House

Serene views of Spring LakeAptly named Duncan Vacation Rentals is introducing “Beach N Lake House”, situated by Spring Lake on Anna Maria Island. This beautiful brand new vacation rentals delivers a great location with serene lake views. The ground level home is located on a quiet side street in Holmes Beach within an easy 4 minute walk to the glorious white beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Get lulled into vacation mode by enjoying tranquil views of the lake from almost every room of the house.

Recently updated, this house is very comfortable and spacious with several sitting areas to spread out the family. Up to 8 guests have plenty of room to relax.  You enter and be welcomed by the lake views. There is the main living area with TV, another hang out area and a large dining table all facing the lake. The fully-equipped kitchen sits next to a breakfast nook. The split layout plan offers 2 bedroom wings. From the kitchen area you proceed to the dedicated kids’ side. There is a sitting area with TV, a full bathroom with laundry access and a bedroom with 2 bunk beds. The other side of the house features the master bedroom with its own bathroom. The guest bedroom feature a queen bed and has access to the hall bathroom with tub/shower combo.

The backyard invites to take full advantage of island living. Off the kitchen area you can serve meals by the outdoor dining area complete with umbrella and charcoal grill. Bring your fishing pole to catch dinner right from the lake.

With its plush furnishings, flat screens, wireless access, new linens and beach towels this house is perfect for a wonderful island getaway. Stroll to the beach within a few short minutes. Take the trolley and explore the rest of the island. The house sits in between the North and Southbound route of the free island bus.  Walk to restaurants and shops of Holmes Beach or play some tennis or pickleball at the nearby public courts. If you bring your doggie meet new friends at the dog park behind close by Holmes Beach City Hall.

This sounds like a fun time! Book your stay at Beach N Lake House for a great island vacation!

Beach N Lake House on 68th St Holmes Beach

 

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

 

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“Live like a Tourist” Campaign

To offset the serious impact of Red Tide for Anna Maria Island businesses the “Live like a Tourist” Campaign might just be the answer. If you think about it we all are tourists somewhere. The question is how far do you have to be away from your house to stop being a local. Manatee County residents are being called “day trippers” when they visit the beach.  Does this mean I am a tourist if I have to take a short drive over the bridge to the island? Also, how long do I have to be living in one place to become a local? In any regard, we all here at Team Duncan have a strong island connection and recognize the significant challenges for our fellow island businesses. We consider ourselves locals and can tell you the best spot to take the perfect beach picture,  how and when to avoid traffic, where to get the best lunch sandwich or where to go fishing.

 

However, now is the time to support our neighbors and “live like a tourist”. Darcie Duncan, the Chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and owner of Duncan Real Estate, encourages “everybody to think local. Let our wide circles of friends and families know that Anna Maria Island and all of Manatee County are open for business”.

Campaign Specials

The Waterfront Restaurant offers 25% off your bill if you mention their social media posting. The Sandbar Restaurant, BeachHouse or Marvista have $10 off coupons if you spend $30. Stop by at our Duncan Real Estate office on historic Pine Avenue to pick one up. Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Bridge St Pier has $5 deals.  Have a pancake order or 2 fish tacos plus margeritha or a Bud light pitcher! Grab a BOGO burger at “Eliza Ann’s” at the Waterline Hotel on Sunday-Thursday.

Duncan Vacation Rentals joins the effort and offers 50% off the rental fee of select properties for 2018 arrival. All other vacation rentals offer a 10% discount for the rest of the year (holidays excluded).  “Live like a tourist” or experience Anna Maria Island as a local! Everybody is welcome! Click here to start your search for the perfect island getaway!
Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about this fantastic offer or send us a quick message.

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New Margaritaville Hotel

The ever increasing supply of vacations rentals on Anna Maria Island will have a new addition just over the bridge with the new Margaritaville Hotel.

The Bradenton City Council unanimously approved the site plan amendments of the Minto One Particular Harbor project.  The reason for the changes was the proposed conversion of the commercial space for hotel purposes.  Even though the floor coverage of the commercial segment of the project will increase from 64 000 square feet to 122 20 square feet the footprint itself will not be changed. The new buildings will have multiple stories instead. The site plan amendment was found compatible with the Bradenton Comprehensive Plan and surrounding area.  Also, the city services like water and sewer will meet the changed demand.

Once finished the entire Minto development will feature 3 sections in total. There is the completed Harbor Isle with its separate gate entrance to the coach homes at Mangrove Walk and Edgewater Walk and the Waterfront Beach Club. Marina Walk is located behind the marina. It consists of 11 residential buildings and is also finished. One Particular Harbor is the final phase of the Minto project.

Margaritaville Hotel Details

All commercial buildings will be located at least 300 feet away from the residential section “Marina Walk”. This area is called One Particular Harbor and features the marina with 55 wet slips and 128 dry slips, retail space and hotels.

The originally planned retail space of 17 600 square feet is now reduced to 1520 square feet. This commercial area will be used as the ship’s store already under construction. The store will be located by the dry dock marina.
The restaurant space will also be used differently and will feature only one instead of two restaurants and will have 305 seats.
The planned hotel will be the first of the brand new upscale boutique style hotel brand COMPASS under the Margaritaville umbrella. There are a total of 2 hotel sites planned. One will be located directly in front of the marina with 30 rooms over 3 stories. The Minto representative Marvin expects the primary visitors to this hotel to be boat owners and guests to the marina. The primary hotel building will face Manatee Avenue with a setback of 150 feet from the right of way. There are 101 rooms planned over five stories.

If you like to stay directly on the island for a tropical getaway contact our Duncan Real Estate rental team at 941 705 3344, browse our inventory or send us  a quick message here.

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Back to School Specials with Duncan Real Estate

The summer break is almost over for the local kids and back to school specials and sales are all over to be found. Duncan Real Estate also offers great vacation rental savings for the coming weeks and months. September is traditionally the quietest month on Anna Maria Island. In a not so distant past some stores and restaurants used to close in the off season leaving residents with less options to patronize. Nowadays, all shops stay open. With less crowds the island is yours.

Duncan Real Estate Deals

Take advantage of some great savings during our off season. September features the lowest rates throughout the year.

The best Duncan Deal is Cayman Cay 107, a 2 bedroom condo with pool. It features a rollback special at $550 plus extra fees.

The very luxurious Pier to Pier Paradise that overlooks Tampa Bay is at $2500 per week plus fees a very good value compared to the highest priced week at the same property.

Stay longer and pay less at Pleasant Palms. Take 50% off the rental fee for a month long stay through Sep 29, 2018 and enjoy the sunshine and pool area in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house.

The complete list of Duncan Deals is here.

Also, don’t forget to mention our return discount if you happened to stay before with Duncan Real Estate (Sorry, the return discount does not stack with specials or other reduced rental fees).

Local Deals

Are you staying with Duncan Real Estate and are looking to rent fun and beach equipment? Give BeachBums located on Pine Avenue a call. They offer our guests a 10% discount!

Traveling in September has other advantages. Local attractions and stores offer a bunch of specials.

The Mote Marine Aquarium is one example. Florida residents can visit for $7 on any September Saturday. The deal is good for four. Find a local, make friends and enjoy this interesting research center. It offers individual animal exhibits that are up-close and hands-on. There is an open water Shark Zone, touchable rays without the stings! and other reef animal exhibits.

Enough of the sun and heat? Try a movie. The renamed newly AMC Bradenton 20 has a Tuesday special for $5.

How about a free cocktail from 5-7 pm at the Pier22? The restaurant is located on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. Post a sunset picture until Sep 30th and enjoy waterfront dining at this historic building. It dates back to 1828 and served as a memorial to honor 21 young men from Manatee County who died in WW1.

 

 

 

Banking with Bank of America? Present your bank card and photo ID to get free admission to 2 local favorites: the South Florida Museum and Sarasota Selby Gardens on the first full weekend of the month.

 

If you relaxed all day at the beach get some exercise at the AMF Bradenton Lanes on Cortez Road. They offer great specials throughout the week like Sunday Funday for $2.50 per game and shoe rental.

 

 

 

 

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