All photos courtesy of The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Anna Maria Island: One of the Top 30 Islands in the World
Visit Florida.com By- Kara Franker
It’s no wonder that Anna Maria Island, featuring seven miles of picture-perfect sugar-sand beaches, has been named one of the top 30 islands in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
The popular travel magazine describes Anna Maria Island as a “narrow band off Florida’s west coast, this barrier island has some of the softest, whitest sand on the East Coast. And as it faces west, it’s a stunning place to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.” The island is just a 40-minute drive from Sarasota.
Four times this year I’ve been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of deep history.
Theme parks, made-made-islands, cruise ships, old quarter facades, entire cities fashioned to appear as someplace else. It’s hard, these days, to find a land that has escaped the allure of reincarnation.
Many years ago, after making first descents of a number of wild rivers around the world, I was invited by Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida to join a media event, the launch of their Congo River Rapids Ride. Some P.R. visionary had concocted a trope in which George Plimpton, the famous “participatory journalist,” and I would make “the first descent” of the Congo River in Florida, with hundreds of media reporting. It was such a circus of counterfeit adventure that I felt I needed a shower after being splashed by the chlorinated Congo. It turned out Mr. Plimpton felt the same way, and as we left the Gardens he turned to give some advice. “If you want to experience the real thing, head over to Bradenton.”
Anna Maria Island twelve-month sales 9/30/2015 are up 27 sales over the previous twelve month period – at an outstanding pace of 433 over 406 properties sold. The inventory is at the lowest level in the past decade which contributes to the lower sales volume. High demand & low supply continue to push up prices of single-family homes & condos. Pended properties are at seasonal highs – indicating continued sales growth.
Below are the current Island statistics:
Real estate sales – Sept ’15 @ 31 compared to Sept’14 @ 27
Last 12 month sales – 433 compared to 406 last year.
Sept. ‘15 Sales distribution – Single Family @ 14, Condo @ 13, Duplex @ 3 & Lots @ 1.
Pended sales – 24 compared to 32 last month with 14 S/F, 7 Condo, 2 Duplex & 1 Lots. 31 properties closed last month – meaning 24 more properties were put under contract during the past 30 days.
Inventory – 248 unsold with 121 S/F, 79 Condos, 23 Duplexes & 25 Lots. Inventory has been decreasing steadily at 248 coming down from a high of almost 1,000 in 2006.
Distressed Properties (short sales & bank owned) – Holding steady @ 23 with 11 S/F, 10 Condos, 2 Duplexes & 0 Lot. AMI distressed sales year to date represent less than 8% of the sold inventory.
The absolute best investments continue to be luxury condo-hotel apartments, located at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort & Tradewinds Resort in Bradenton Beach. These cash positive, rental apartments are not going to last at prices 50% below their 2004 sales prices.
If you’re planning on buying a property in the next year, now is the time to buy – while these great values are available. You will receive complete professionalism and knowledge for all your real estate transactions with the 16 year expertise of Liz Codola (Anna Maria Island Broker Associate and Realtor) & David Teitelbaum’s decades of real estate development, marketing & management experience.
Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida. A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line this barrier island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida.
I am lying on hot slab of rock on the coast of Maine. Fifty feet down to my right, the Atlantic Ocean crashes against a cliff face. I watch as the water spews upward and across a pile of boulders, leaving tide pools in its wake.
I am completely mesmerized. The waves come and they go and I stare and stare, my mind totally blank.
But then I realize it’s not so much blank as content, mentally at rest, and that it’s been a while since I’ve felt this good. The water has apparently washed away any thoughts of stuff I need to do for work, or personal troubles that days before were weighing me down.
I’m on vacation, I say to myself, and that’s why happiness has taken over my brain.