No wonder Anna Maria homes for sale are so popular! Anna Maria Island is one of Florida’s true Gulf Coast gems. It is located on the northern tip of the Gulf Coast barrier islands just west of Bradenton Florida. It offers beautiful beaches, great beachfront seafood restaurants, eclectic shopping, and Florida sunshine all year round! Read More Below...
Enjoy a taste of Old Florida on Anna Maria Island. Anna Maria Island is the northernmost island on a chain of barrier islands off Florida’s Gulf Coast just west of Bradenton. It is south of popular St Pete Beach and north of Longboat Key. With a charming, laid-back island atmosphere, it is a popular vacation destination. But it is also a popular spot for a second home or a new primary residence. As you will learn below, it is a place where you can enjoy beautiful beaches, great restaurants, boutique shopping, and lots of outdoor activities.
Residents love the tropical feel of the island and the laid-back lifestyle. Parking is limited at some of the most popular spots so you’ll often see residents in Golf carts or walking for shorter excursions. There is also a very convenient trolly system available to residents and visitors.
Anna Maria stretches about 7 miles from the northern tip of the Manatee County barrier islands down to Longboat Key. The white sandy beaches on the west side of the island face the Gulf of Mexico. The eastern shores face Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound. From north to south, the cities on Anna Maria Island are Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.
Unlike most other Florida Gulf Coast communities, Anna Maria Island is dominated by single-family homes rather than condominiums. Almost 80% percent of Anna Maria real estate for sale is single-family homes and only about 5% are condos and 5% percent duplexes.
Typical houses for sale on Anna Marie Island are 3 bedroom 3 bath layouts with about 2,000 square feet of living space. But sizes vary greatly ranging from two bedrooms two bath bungalows up to five or six-bedroom mansions with over 5,000 square feet of living space.
The majority of the homes were built between 1950 through the current time. But most of the serious development began in the 1970s through the 1980s. Anna Maria homes typically have a lot of creature comforts and about three-quarters of the homes have private pools. Heated pools are popular despite the tropical climate.
One of the best things about the homes is that Anna Maria is a small island so you are never far from the beaches. Even homes in the “interior” are only a 5-minute or so walk to the beach.
Waterfront homes are plentiful with about half of the homes having some form of water view. Most of the waterfront homes are on canals and beachfront homes are relatively scarce. Two of the biggest waterfront subdivisions are Luna lakes and Bimini Bay which offer canal homes with docks and access to the Gulf and Anna Maria Sound.
Anna Maria has a number of subdivisions to choose from. Some of the larger and most popular subdivisions are summarized below. See Map Below.
The Anna Maria Beach subdivision is the largest subdivision on Anna Maria Island. It is home to almost 300 beautiful homes. The western side of the subdivision is bordered by the beaches and City Park. The northeastern side stretches to North Bay Boulevard. Bayfront Park is on the northern side of the subdivision facing Anna Maria sound. The 700-foot-long Anna Maria City Pier is also on the northern border of the subdivision. The City Park is on the southwest section of the subdivision facing the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico. See the Anna Maria Beach Subdivision homes for sale.
The Shore Acres subdivision is on the very Northern tip of Anna Maria Island. This is the second-largest subdivision on Anna Maria with over 200 single-family homes. The western side of the subdivision faces the beaches and the Gulf of Mexico. The northern and eastern borders face Tampa Bay and the Anna Maria Sound. See the Shore Acres homes for sale.
Bimini Bay Estates has over 100 homes and is the southernmost of the Anna Maria subdivisions. Most of the homes are on waterfront canal lots giving you access to Bimini Bay and from there out to the Anna Maria Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. See the Bimini Bay homes for sale.
Luana Isles is just south of Shore Acres and in the central part of the island. Like Bimini Bay Estates, it also has a large number of waterfront canal lots. You can also access Anna Maria Sound with your boat but you do have to cross under a low bridge on Crescent Drive which precludes high masted boats. See the Luana Isles homes for sale.
There are lots of great local restaurants in and around Anna Maria Island. Here are some of the most popular places to dine.
Sandbar Restaurant - This popular beachfront restaurant is located off of Spring Avenue directly on the beach. Stick your toes in the sand, take in the Gulf vistas, and enjoy some fresh seafood! They are known for their sunset celebrations and sustainable and locally sourced creations. They offer lots of local seafood choices, salads, and handheld classics. They have breathtaking sunset views. They also host beach weddings & receptions. Located at 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Beach House Restaurant - This popular beachfront restaurant is located about 5 miles south of the Sandbar Restaurant. The restaurant is located on 650 feet of pristine Gulf front beach on Bradenton Beach. They offer full seafood and steak dinners as well as handhelds, salads, and appetizers. Sit inside, or enjoy the huge veranda and view of the beach and Gulf. 200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Anna Maria Beach Cafe - The Beach Cafe feels like a resort getaway as much as a beachfront seafood restaurant. Sit on the sand and listen to live music as you enjoy your meal and cocktail. They have indoor as well as outdoor Gulf Front dining. They also have a bamboo beach bar, volleyball, chair and umbrella rentals, and other amenities for you to enjoy. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a casual menu. They are located directly south of Anna Maria Island at 4000 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Skinny’s - Skinny’s is known for handcrafted burgers, hotdogs, homestyle sides served in a rustic setting with outdoor seating. Their motto is “Home of Great Burgers & Frosted Mugs”. They definitely specialize in burgers and popular “bar foods”. If you are looking for seafood, this isn’t your place. But if you are looking for a classic burger joint, you gotta check it out. They only accept cash and they are closed on Mondays!
The Donut Experiment - A must-visit while in Anna Maria & a local favorite! Build custom donuts with a variety of icings and toppings. Great for kids and so delicious!
Anna Maria City Pier - located at the north end of the island, with the best views of Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge. Enjoy dolphin sightings and fishing. It has been around since 1912. It is a popular tourist attraction but is also enjoyed by locals. The Waterfront Restaurant is a popular venue at the end of the pier.
Ginny's and Jane E's Cafe & Coastal Store - This is a cute breakfast and brunch spot with a gift store including local art, jewelry, and beachwear great selections!
Bean Point - This beach is on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island. There is limited parking so it can be a challenge to get there. But when you do, you are rewarded with soft white sand and beautiful clear water, and fewer crowds. There is lots of marine life, and it is not unusual to see a family of manatees or dolphins here! For those lucky enough to live in Shore Acres this is an idyllic spot to walk or relax and enjoy nature.
Bridge Street - "The Hot Spot" of Anna Maria on the southern end of the island. The trolley will take you the entire length of the island to here. Enjoy Intercoastal and Gulf views. Take in the local shopping and gift shops. Dine at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the pier on the Intercoastal side, or the Beach House Restaurant on the Gulf. It is a very lively place with lots of things to do and see.
When you live here you can enjoy all this Island has to offer all year round. Enjoy great weather through all the seasons, beautiful tranquil beaches, great restaurants, and lots of things to do and see. Don’t feel like going out? That’s OK too. Relax in your home and hang out at your private pool or BBQ and enjoy the Gulf breezes.