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Property Details

Updated: Apr 17, 2015
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

If you go to the Amenities button [see the buttons beneath the photos] and scroll down to 'Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website' and click on the Slide show link for more pics. This only works on the site.

As a number of returning guests have said 'it feels like we are coming home when we come in the door'. 2BR-one with a king bed and 2 twins in the 2nd BR.

I take a personal interest in the day-to-day care of the place and am available by phone/text/email to ensure that everything is as it should be for the guests, and I deal with local contractors who are aware of my standards and with whom I have a longstanding relationship. Both units have all the comforts of home due to the fact my wife and I stay here frequently. Our goal has been repeat guests coming back again and again.. we really want you to have a pleasant stay so you want to come back. Is it perfect? No way, but it is clean, tidy, well groomed and it just works. This year the winter guests are coming back for the 6th and 7th year in a row in 2015. For 2015 Scots are coming back for the 4th time in the off season. Germans returned last year for 3rd and 4th time. Returning guests in 2015 in April, June, July and October so far. My goal has been to never advertise again because all guests are returning. Making progress but not there yet. So, please, ask me questions as you decide on a place to vacation. Thanks for your time!

1. Have the place cleaned by a fussy cleaner

2. A clean place is so important and Sherry, now lives just off the island and is a fussy cleaner who likes order and she is available for little issues too.

3. Putting in a good quality mattress is another detail that I am committed to providing: new high end Sealy medium firm Queen mattress November 2012 on one side and new high end Sealy medium firm King mattress January 2013 on the other side. One guest from Germany said they would take the mattress home with them if not for the expense.

4. The furniture is in good condition and replaced right along and NO pets and NO smoking makes a big difference in cleanliness.

5. I limit the place to 4 people not because of size. Look at studios that say 4 people ok - but because it keeps the wear and tear down and I can keep the price more affordable.

6. The bikes are looked after by Claude's Mobile Bike Repair. He is coming April 1 to give them a look over and fix what needs fixing. They are island bikes for sure - some with a salt air patina.

7. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.

I have found that people arrive and unload luggage and head to the beach. The busiest street on the island in this spot is Marina Drive and you do NOT cross it on the way to the beach. The access is a three block stroll or easy bike ride (I held the video camera as I rode a bike to the beach and it is a 2 minute 14 second ride to the beach) - part sidewalk and street as in a neighborhood of homes and you will be as amazed as my wife and I are at how few people live here. Take a walk at night and it is perfectly quiet! And the property is located in the middle of the street not on a busy corner or street.

And 62nd street does not go through directly to the beach and I have come to value that big time as it cuts down on the car traffic and foot traffic making for a quieter street!

Thank you!

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

I currently live in Minneapolis Minnesota and work as a residential real estate agent.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

2 week stay.

Places to visit: of course the beach, the pier and we liked downtown Bradenton.

Memories: very nice white sand beach, beautiful warm water, lots of fish and cute Pelicans catching fish, a very quiet street (62nd) is a great location for the house, a tranquil garden and everything in the cottage makes you feel comfortable.

Liked the WIFI and my mom loved the cable TV watching TCM channel every night.

Free long distance calls

Free trolley on the island

We enjoyed meeting people from other countries at the beach and at the cottage.

Improvements: we were happy with everything. This was our first stay in a cottage. We usually stay in a hotel. This vacation exceeded our expectations.

Joel, thank you for everything and for checking in with me for time to time. We would like to come back to Anna Maria Island.
Jul 2014
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Two weeks have gone just one day !

  • 5 of 5
Our trip to Bradenton on Nov., 21 - Dec., 4th was related specifically to the Eddie Herr international tennis tournament in IMG academy. I've been travelling with my two teenage daughters - 11 yrs and 14 yrs old - From Vancouver, BC, Canada. Both girls played on this tournament.
Joel's place has fit perfectly fine for us - reasonable price for separate dwelling, not a condo, near the beach, which was the main reason for us, close to the tennis tournament site - just 12 - 15 min drive. Also the tennis courts in walking distance helped my girls a lot. They had practice every day and were warmed up for their official matches at IMG.
Walking distance to the Manatee Beach was the main advantage for this location. Every afternoon, after a hard morning practices with Team Canada and tough matches on the tournament after that we had a lot of fun on the beach ! My girls loved it ! I loved it myself, probably, even more then they are !
Joel was a great host, even we never saw him ;-))) He called us on regular basis in case if we had any questions or concerns. It was very nice of him.

My children didn't want to leave this house and Anna Maria Island !
We had the greatest vacation during the last several years !

Everything good is over pretty fast and our 2 weeks have gone like a one day !

We will definitely will be back and stay at Joel's place again !

Thank you, Joel !


Vancouver, BC Canada
  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always fun to hear the words "best vacation ever" and "we don't want to leave".
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Quel bel endroit - Such a nice place !

  • 5 of 5
Une maison tout à fait idéale pour passer de belles vacances. Très propre, bien éclairée et assez grande, on y retrouve absolument tout ce dont on peut avoir besoin, autant à l'intérieur qu'à l'extérieur, pour passer un merveilleux séjour. On peut facilement se rendre à la plage à pied ou à bicyclette et tous les accessoires nécessaires (bicyclettes, serviettes de plage, chaises, parasol, jouets, etc ) sont en bon état et disponibles.
L'accès internet et les interurbains en Amérique du Nord sont
aussi fort appréciés.
Joel, le propriétaire, est d'une efficacité sans pareil. On peut le rejoindre facilement, il est très avenant pour ses locataires. Nous n'avons manqué de rien ... sauf de la présence du soleil. Nous y reviendrons donc ... et c'est chez Joel que nous passerons notre prochain séjour sur cette île magnifique.

The house is a great place for holidays. Really clean, well illuminated anf big enough to fell great. We can find eveyrything we need, inside or outside, to make our stay absolutely fantastik.
We can easily walk ou ride to the beach. The house provides us bicycles, beach towels, umbrellas and toys for kids.
Internet access and free calls all over North America were really appreciated.
Joel is a great Landlord who wants us to be satisfied. We can easily reach him, he is really friendly.
We missed nothing .... except the sun ! So, we will have to come back in A.M.I. and we will, at Joel's place for sure!

Francine Boisvert, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words!

We try hard to keep Songbird in good repair and well cleaned. The bikes are a great way to see the island.
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

4th time returning. Staying 2 weeks is the answer!

  • 5 of 5
This is our 4th time staying in Songbird. My in-laws have come with us each year and the last 2 years my wive's brothers have stayed in the other unit. We keep coming back because it is such a great place to stay. It has all the amenities including laundry and is always clean when we arrive. It is so close to the beach that you can walk there in 4 minutes or ride a bike in 2. The listing description and pictures are exactly what you get. Some p;laces to try for sure. Skinny's Burgers, The Beach Cafe (for all you can eat pancakes), St. Armand Circle for great shopping and Lobstah's restaurant, Big Cat Habitat and Red Barn farmers market to name a few traditional things we do or visit.,All are within 20 minutes of the property. There is tons more to do but out favorite part is the beach... By day, sun and waves and by night the most beautiful sky and sunsets you will ever see and the stars are amazing with no city lights. This was our first year staying for 2 weeks and it was 4x more relaxing and fun!
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, David, for your kind words. We work to keep Songbird "move-in ready". I agree 2 weeks of vacation on Anna Maria Island is the best.
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
winter park, fl, usa

"old florida" style cottage

"old florida" style cottage
  • 5 of 5
The owner provided an accurate description of this "old Florida" style cottage. It was exceptionally clean; and was light and airy with an open floor plan The comfy, sturdy furniture was welcome after a wonderful day at the beach. The well-equipped kitchen did not lack a utensil. The wi-fi was strong and fast. My restaurant of choice, Sandbar, was gulf-side where you could have your feet in the white sand or sit inside with the AC and watch the sun set. There were many photo opportunities of shorebirds, sunrises and sunsets. The lack of high rises is one great asset of this fine island of Anna Maria.
The owner was very attentive and accommodating ensuring I was happy, relaxed and everything was in order. I have already recommended this fine property to friends. While away from home I felt as though I was at home!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad that you had a good time!

We try hard to keep a clean, tidy and organized place that might just become to feel like home . . . .
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

WOW what a great place to stay

  • 5 of 5
Hi Joel
You are a star****Thank you for our wonderful stay at your home.We had a great time there.The cottage was very clean and you have everything there for our needs.It is close to the beach where we went every day.Great idea you have a trolley there to carry all the chairs,towels and beach umbrella to the beach. We were very relaxed there as we spent some time in Orlando before we arrived,so thanks again.
We will return again but next time will stay much longer.
See you soon
John & Catherine from UK
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, John and Catherine.

I am diligent about fixing things that break. The washer and dryer were repaired during their stay and bathroom faucet rebuilt just before they arrived. And I am fussy about the cleaning as I dislike staying in a poorly cleaned place when I travel. Not perfect but tidy, clean and organized.
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
Ottawa, Canada

A Great Island Cottage

  • 5 of 5
The unit is a perfect vacation cottage for couples or small families. The beds are very comfortable, and the unit is well equipped and cozy. The owner, Joel, is helpful and follows up to ensure that no problems have been encountered. His instructions on how to run the units mechanicals were perfect. The place was clean, bright and cheerful. It is very close to the beach (less than 10 minute walk), shopping and the some great restaurants (Tortilla Bay, Mr. Bones, Sandbar, etc.). We did not get a chance to use the bikes, but there are quite a few to choose from. And, plenty of beach equipment stored in the shed in the back. We have stayed in other locations on the Bay side of the island and I was happy to find that Joel's location did not come with cockroaches! We look forward to renting this unit from Joel again. Sandy & Ron
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Sandy and Ron,

Your kind words are appreciated! Clean, bright and cheerful are good words to describe Songbird Side A.

It is Florida and a diligence is needed about pests as I learned; so the place gets treated every 2 months.

Thank you.


From the Owner

We read about the island in our local newspaper and found everything they wrote was true once we got here.

Activity and Interests

Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this home is located 3 blocks away from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance. The home's central location provides you convenient access to:

* Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - 22 miles away

* Tampa International Airport - 1 hour away

* Disney World - 2 1/2 hours away

* St. Armands Circle - 25 minutes away

* Downtown Sarasota - 30 minutes away

* Dowtown Tampa - 1 hour away

* Tropicana Dome (Tampa Bay Rays) - 45 minutes away

* Busch Gardens - 1 hour away

* Adventure Island - 1 hour away

* Siesta Key - 30 minutes away

* Approx. 15 golf courses - all within a 40 minute drive of the house!

There is no shortage for things to do in the area!


From $540 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
Apr 26 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Jan 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning $90 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 11.5%

I collect $500.00 to hold the rental. The balance is due 90 days before arrival.

Add $100.00 for the 4th of July, Christmas and New Years.

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Updated: Apr 17, 2015


From the Owner

The original owner from 1971 sold us this place and it was clean and well cared for. We have continued that tradition of care and cleanliness. Also improved mechanicals, decor and landscaping. The backyard has a banyan tree, orange trees and a remarkable mango tree. Privacy is afforded by an Oleander hedge and the concrete wall along the back lot line. We visit in December and have enjoyed Christmas dinner on the patio with the Side A guests for 3 years running.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • walking

Floor Area

  • 756 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • King bed, 2 twin beds in guest bedroom.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • *Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico *9 bikes provided and a tandem too *Full sized kitchen with coffeemaker/ microwave/ toaster/dishes and all the stuff you will need *Full size washer/dryer on premises - no charge for use *HD flat wide screen tv with premium cable and dvd. *Beach chairs & beach towels, umbrellas, skim boards, beach toys *Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach %5Bone new wagon July 2013%5D *Nice collection of easy reading books *2 Twin beds guest BR *Linens and towels provided *Ironing board and iron *No Smoking and No Pets *Grab bars in the shower come in real handy *Central AC/heat new 2011 *Ceramic tile bathroom *Questions? Help? Emergencies? Our 24/7 guy Fred is available via cell phone and loves to provide a helping hand. New Roof in 2010 January New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011

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