Are you thinking of purchasing an investment vacation home on Anna Maria Island? It’s an excellent choice, but there are so many choices to make! What are the most important things to look for in an investment home on Anna Maria Island? What do you need to know to insure that your investment pays off? Wonder no more, Anna Maria Life is here to set you up for investment home success! Here are the top 5 things to look for in an Anna Maria Island investment vacation home!

1) Location, Location, Location!

Anna Maria Island is a 7 mile long barrier island off the coast of Manatee County Florida. Known for it’s small town, old Florida ambiance throughout, Anna Maria Island is divided into three cities each with their own charm…

The city of Anna Maria is located at the North end of the island. Anna Maria features incredible homes of all sizes, in quiet neighborhoods, and stunning beaches. Anna Maria offers food, shopping, and culture on famous Pine Ave.  Exquisite cuisine will be found at The Waterfront Restaurant overlooking the Bay. Catch Fish and incredible views from The Anna Maria City Pier or Rod and Reel Pier. Family and fun converge at The Center (Anna Maria’s community center,)  and at Bayfront park. Anna Maria is always in high demand for vacationers, so you’ll find that it is home to many successful investment vacation homes!

Holmes Beach is located in the center of Anna Maria Island, and it’s here you’ll find the Publix grocery store, Pharmacies,  Banks, Key’s Marina and sugar white sands with unlimited pancakes at The Manatee public beach. It’s safe to say that Holmes Beach is epicenter of Anna Maria Island life. Houses in Holmes Beach are large and small, new and old. Holmes beach is home to many of the Island’s full time residents as well as some of the islands great vacation investment homes!

Bradenton Beach is located at the South end of Anna Maria Island. It’s here you’ll find Historic Bridge Street’s restaurants and shops, The Moose Lodge, and toes in the sand dining at The Beach House Restaurant. Coquinna Beach calls locals and visitors alike to its pine shaded park and pristine beaches. Bradenton Beach is the thinnest part of the island so the beach and the bay are always within walking distance of your Bradenton Beach home! Bradenton Beach has everything from small cottages and condos, to large homes. There are some nice investment homes in Bradenton Beach.

Whether you choose to buy and investment vacation home in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, or Bradenton Beach, it’s the beach that draws vacationers to Anna Maria Island, so it’s important to choose an investment home that is within walking distance, or a short golf cart ride to the beach!

2) Few people know this secret: it’s often the pool that really rents your home! So a pool is a must!

(Or at least the ability to install a pool!)

Pools are a big deal to Anna Maria Island visitors, so often, it’s the pool that really rents your home! Your pool area should be a lush and inviting tropical oasis! This is the crowning glory of your investment in your investment home, and an incredible pool area will keep your home at the top of the vacationers “Must Rent List!”

3) Whats inside counts: Your investment vacation home’s interior.

Many choose to purchase a home that’s ready to rent right away, while others like to buy something that needs a bit of TLC and really personalize their home, after all they’ll be enjoying it for years to come! Either way it’s important that the Interior of your investment home be well equipped, clean, classy and beachy. The nicer the better of course!

           4) How many bedrooms should an investment Vacation Home on Anna Maria Island Have? 2? 3? 4? 5?

I’m often asked how many bedrooms are best in an Investment Vacation home. The answer is that there isn’t a hard and fast rule. You should choose an Investment vacation home with the number of bedrooms appropriate for your family and friends who will join you when you come to vacation in your vacation home!


5) There is still so much to know about buying an investment home on Anna Maria Island, Where do I start?

Start Here!  There is a lot to consider when searching for the right investment vacation home for you and your family! It’s imperative that you find a Realtor who understands the local rules, regulations, and zoning laws in regard to vacation rentals. Call Billi Gartman of Anna Maria Life Real Estate,, who has years of experience in the vacation rental industry, in addition to helping buyers and sellers in the local Real Estate market. Billi has been living, working and raising her family right here on Anna Maria Island for years, and she has built outstanding relationships with the who’s who of Anna Maria Island, to ensure that you are well connected to everything you want and need right from the start. Anyone will tell you that with Billi you will always be treated like family, as she  puts your interest first in every way. She’s always there ready to go above and beyond, every time you call! Now she’ll put her experience, expertise, connections, and dedication to work for you.  Guiding you through this rewarding experience, to ensure that you reap the maximum financial and personal benefits possible from your investment home purchase and ownership!  Start the conversation today! It’s never too soon! Call Billi at 941-545-8877!