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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.

 

 

 

 

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SeaStar Villa

Welcome to SeaStar Villa – Duncan Real Estate’s newest vacation rental home on beautiful Anna Maria Island!

This newly constructed property offers the comfort and relaxation you are looking for during your Florida holiday.  The townhome features 2 bedrooms, a study and 3 bathrooms with plenty of room to spread out. A larger family of up to 6 can enjoy the open floor plan with comfortable island style furnishings and entertainment features. Enjoy family meals, cocktail hour, and preparing your catch of the day in the fully appointed kitchen. With plenty of space for all of your groceries, enjoy updated appliances, granite countertops, and all the comforts of home to prepare all of your family treats!

Splendid interiors with supremely cozy beds make falling into bed after a long day on the water so relaxing. The wonderfully inviting master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a walk in shower. There is a large balcony that overlooks the pool too. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with walk in shower. The study is set up as additional sleeping area with two twin beds and a hall bathroom for convenience.

Guests are sure to take full advantage of all the outdoor, Florida lifestyle features! The conveniently located covered porch area has an outdoor TV to watch the game or enjoy an afternoon cocktail. Splash in the great private swimming pool, refresh under the outdoor shower and relax soaking up the sun on the outdoor loungers. There is also a table sitting group for a grill night prepared on the provided gas grill.

The beach is easily accessed via the numerous beach paths in Holmes Beach. The closest is on Gulf Drive in the 5600 block which is about 0.3 miles away. It will take about 5 minutes and should be a pleasant stroll through the quiet side streets and the provided beach cart with beach chairs and toys.

 

SeaStar Villa on 306 60th St, Holmes Beach

Put SeaStar Villa on your list for a great Anna Maria  Island getaway. If you like more information on this or other Duncan Real Estate vacation rentals please contact our knowledgeable reservationists. We are happy to help assisting with your beach vacation plans. Call our office at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.

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Team Duncan’s Accomplishments and Awards

Girl on pilingSince 2001, Duncan Real Estate is providing expert services for Anna Maria Island real estate needs. Located on the historic Pine Avenue on the North end of the island we offer your complete realty source with outstanding customer service. Although only 7 miles long Anna Maria Island features three quaint towns that have their own distinctive personalities. Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach each offer a wide variety of properties. Team Duncan’s local know how and market expertise will guide you to your slice of paradise. Enjoy the sunset side of Florida with us!

 

 

Team Duncan

Experience the Duncan Difference!
Whether buying and selling island real estate or throughout Manatee County, needing property management services or looking for a vacation rental department with international reach our dedicated team of experienced professionals will satisfy your needs. For owners, we provide free commercial brokerage analysis and specialist identification. For buyers, our commercial property specialists will work with you to identify your specific needs and locate the right property.

Our team is a mix of life long island residents and people from everywhere statewide and even international that made this island and surrounding areas their permanent home. We are community oriented and participate in the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, Anna  Maria Island Community Center, PACE for Girls, Woman’s Resource Center and Realtor to the Rescue Animal program. Duncan Real Estate is a regular sponsor of community programs and events.

Awards

Duncan Real Estate’s proven performance has resulted in numerous accomplishments and awards. Darcie Duncan was featured on HGTV’s hit show “House Hunters” helping a couple find their perfect island getaway. She was also awarded with the prestigious decoration as “Business Person of the Year” in 2011 by the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club. Darcie is the current Chairman of the Board of the Manatee Chamber.

In 2013 Duncan Real Estate came in as a  finalist in the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year race and won the award in 2014. A popular contest by the island newspaper “The Sun” determines their readers’ favorite island businesses. Duncan Real Estate won the Readers Choice Award two times in a row for 2017 and 2018.

Sun Choice Award

 

We’re here for you!

The Duncan Real Estate team is looking forward to meeting you. We do business the way it was meant to be – friendly, trustworthy and with your best interests in mind.

Please contact us at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.

 

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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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Beach Views from Gulf Watch 204

Duncan Real Estate’s newest addition to the rental program is the condo unit 204 at the Gulf Watch complex that offers fantastic beach views. This 2 BD/2 BA rental features plenty of seating in the living room where you can hang out after a day at the beach. Enjoy your favorite show or sports game on the brand new flat screen TV. For other entertainment log on to the free internet.

The kitchen is fully equipped and has a breakfast nook with a small dining table and seating for 4. There is an additional dining area to gather and end the day with a home cooked dinner. The screened balcony is a great place to have your morning coffee. Plan your day while checking out the daily water conditions of the Gulf of Mexico across the street.

There are two bedrooms sleeping 4 in total. Both feature king beds and TVs which makes Gulf Watch 204 an ideal vacation rental to share with another couple. You just need to decide who gets the master that features the ensuite bathroom with a shower tub. This bedroom has also another sliding door that leads to the screened balcony. The guest bathroom comes with a tub/shower combination.

Gulf Watch has a heated pool

Heated Pool at Gulf Watch

Other Condo complex amenities include a heated pool and covered parking.  The location provides close proximity to island shopping along Bridge Street. There are also great restaurants in walking distance. Best of it all  are the fabulous white sand beaches just across the street! This is a great spot to spend a week or longer and enjoy everything Anna Maria Island has to offer.

Gulf view from Gulf Watch 204

View from Gulf Watch 204

 

If you like more information about this vacation rental or other Duncan Real Estate properties feel free to call our office at 941 779 0304. Any of our rental specialists are happy to help you plan your next vacation. If you prefer 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.