The Sarasota Keys form an archipelago of barrier islands that contain a wide range of very attractive real estate options. Anna Maria Island is the northernmost Sarasota Key, and it is considered by many to be the prettiest. The best thing about this charming island neighborhood is that it is not as widely known among visitors or house hunters.
To get an idea of just how pleasant life can be in Anna Maria, consider the two main drivers of tourism on the island: Birdwatchers and honeymooners. This is a place where neighbors are passionate about developing the arts and culture, preserving history, protecting nature, and maintaining spectacular real estate.
A handful of neighborhoods make up the small housing market of this island. Of all the Sarasota Keys, Anna Maria stands out for its departure from the Mediterranean style of residential architecture that can be seen everywhere in the region. Home designs here tend to be mindful of the historic legacy of the island, so the Old Florida style reigns in Anna Maria. Housing options range from villas to single-family homes and from beach cottages to waterfront mansions as well as new developments that focus on energy efficiency and nature preservation.
Residents of Anna Maria do not have to worry about being crowded during busy tourist seasons; most tourists stay on Holmes and Bradenton beaches and do not venture into Anna Maria, which means that locals get to enjoy the beach all to themselves. Neighbors are also able to minimize their travel outside of the island thanks to a few shops and dining establishments located nearby. For a wider choice of suburban comforts, residents can be in Downtown Bradenton or Holmes Beach in less than 10 minutes.
One public elementary school and a couple of private academies are located right on the island, thus responding to the changing demographics of the community. Whereas Anna Maria Island used to attract mostly seasonal residents and retirees, young families have been discovering that this quiet paradise offers both safety and prosperity.
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