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825 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria Island

This beachfront home in Anna Maria really does have it all--a great location right at the tip of Bean Point, where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf. An up-to-date “coastal” style that’s the latest thing in all the magazines. Views of Egmont Key, the Skyway Bridge, even the St. Pete skyline, and lots of terraces, balconies, etc., to enjoy them from. The only thing missing is a pool, but with 350 feet of private beach, who needs a pool?

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The architectural style is described as “Anglo Caribbean” which I guess means it’s like something you would find on Barbados. It’s a timeless style that will wear well and never go out of date, and both the interior and exterior are full of beautifully refined details—windows, ceilings, railings—that are perfectly in scale.

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It’s a fair sized house, with almost 3,500 square feet of living area. There are three bedrooms, and four-and-a-half baths. The master suite is on the second floor and contains a sitting area, office nook, laundry, and private balcony. The two ensuite guest rooms also have sitting areas and one can be used as a private apartment. You’ll also find a workout studio, climate controlled wine cellar and an oversized two-car garage.

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The lot is just over two acres and has meandering paths that lead through the rustic vegetation down to the beach. The house has a name, Bel AMI, the AMI also being a sort of pun for Anna Maria Island.

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Bel AMI can hold its own with anything on Longboat or Casey Key and has the added distinction of its Anna Maria location, where things are quiet, unpretentious and nostalgically Old Florida in feeling and surroundings. The highlight of your day will be a stroll to town to get an ice cream cone—if you ever want to leave this spectacular home, that is.

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825 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria. Priced at $3,999,000. For more information call Linda Dickson of Michael Saunders and Co. at (941) 224-1337.

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