|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
It's time to get back to 'The Front Porch' of this pink and turquoise adorable island bungalow. Enjoy sea breezes on the beach just 8 homes and a shaded path away or head the other direction to the calm of the inter-coastal waterway. Enjoy your meals on the screened lanai with views of lush foliage and a quaint white picket fence. Inside you will find a newly updated beach theme continued with cool tile floors throughout and immaculate bathrooms remodeled to include granite countertops and brand new fixtures. The light, airy kitchen is well appointed with everything you need to enjoy your vacation cooking. However, the free island trolley stops at the end of the street and can whisk you away to the many island eateries and more. You are within walking/biking distance to live entertainment, the two most famous eateries “The Sand Bar” beach restaurant and “Ginny and Jane’s IGA”-- a unique experience, an ice cream shop and so much more. Both large bedrooms have windows to the private back of the house and ceiling fans cool every room.
Our pool was installed in the Spring of 2010. Be one of the first to enjoy your own private oasis of sparkling water and sun surrounded by fruit trees and swaying palms. The side and back yard of this home are surrounded by a privacy fence that fully encapsulates your experience. Yet, when you tire of all this heavenly privacy, you can always head back to the wide and long, Spanish tiled Front Porch to sit and sip and enjoy the camaraderie of a beautiful neighborhood.
Anna Maria is a wedding destination, an island untouched by commercialism, a place where bicycles abound and the pace is slow. All the shops and restaurants are local and afford you the opportunity to treasure hunt. We think you will find “The Front Porch” to be an island treasure and we hope you will return often.
Keywords: Duplex, Anna Maria, House, Pool, Lanai, Holmes Beach
The Darbyshires have been coming to Bradenton, Florida and Anna Maria since the early 1980's and have owned a condominium in Wildewood Springs since 1985. We purchased this home with our daughter's family in 2010 to both use and rent. Our families hail from the midwest and are all educators with degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Due to the number of years spent in the area, we have many connections and lots of tried and true information and experience to help you have an ideal vacation.
Jaime purchased this house in 2010
We chose Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach for the laid back old Florida charm. We love the many activities and amenities. There's always a festival!! Bikes, kayaks and shells galore. The speed limit is 25 so you see segways, golf carts, scooters and more. You even have groceries on the island so you don't have to leave. And as Kenny Chesney says, 'No shirt, no shoes, no problem.' Happy, sunny, healthy people abound. We got quite tired of all the 'YOU CAN'T DO's' in the inland complexes. Here there is freedom and fun!
Privacy. Comfort. Island experience.
This is a perfect Anna Maria Island house. It's decorated with great charm in the Old Florida beach style, but the amenities are all new and up to date (bathrooms, kitchen). The owner actually uses it herself, so there are plenty of beach toys, including 2 bikes and a beach wagon to bring your gear down to the beach. There is an outdoor shower to rinse off and the small pool is very warm and perfect for a quick dip. The internet service is fast and the TV is a nice new modern unit. We had a wonderful time here and hope to return next year.
We had a nice week in this house and enjoyed our stay very much. The beach is within a few minutes walk away and there are plenty of beach chairs, towels etc. being provided. The pool is refreshing during the hot sun at lunch time.
There are extremly friendly neighbors around. When we arrived on the first day one of the light bulbs and the gas grill didn t work. The neighbors immediatly exchanged the bulb and also did show us how to run the grill with new gas.
We would come back any time to spend our holiday here.
non potevo immaginare di meglio, la priscina privata e stata poi la ciliegina sulla torta...
l'appartamento era poi molto carino e fatto bene...... ci siamo veramente rilassati io e la mia famiglia...grazie Jaime Smith per la tua cortesia
Non vediamo l'ora di ritornare
We have been and continue to be pleased with our visits to "The Front Porch". The house is not only decorated beautifully, but is spotless as well. The pool is a perfect place to relax after a day at the beach, which is only a two minute walk away. It is well appointed with everything needed to make it your home away from home, to include two bicycles for cruising the island. There is a new flat screen TV with a comprehensive cable package that includes the option to tape programs. This came in handy during the recent Winter Olympics. The owners are easy to work with. To top it all off, it is pet friendly. Bailey loves it. All in all, "The Front Porch" is delightful. We will be back.
We didn't have very good luck at this rental. First of all, when we rented it we thought we were going for a week vacation. Then my mother who lived in St Pete(about 40 minutes from the rental) became ill and was hospitalized and died during this time so we were driving back and forth everyday. This was hard on us and then we had several problems from the first day in the rental which made things VERY HARD: A/C /heating didn't work and we had to find the repair #, call to have it repaired and wait for the guy to show up, get into the garage next door to fix it(luckily,the people renting the adjoining unit were there and helpful) all on Christmas eve when we were planning to go out for my husbands birthday. Then the cable went out and we had to wait for the cable guy to come TWICE on Dec 26...this was difficult for us as my mom was now in hospice and we had to be there with her not waiting for the cable guy.
I feel the owners, who were very responsive, should have compensated us some for the trouble this caused us.... I know it wasn't their fault that my mother was dying but even if this had not been the case our vacation would have been impacted by the repairs.
otherwise, I think the rental is very nice and in a good location.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Notes||May is considered "OFF Season". Holiday rates are higher. Please email owner with any questions. Pool heat is a separate fee and must be requested and paid for through owner. $75 per week to heat pool.|
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