ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- The 21st annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into island living with distinctive architecture, elegant interiors and stunning waterfront views open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Tour of Homes draws thousands of people annually. The 2014 tour includes five select island properties in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, which services more than 5,000 children, families and seniors in the community.
Homes on the tour include:
House No. 1, Diana MacManaway, 203 65th St., Holmes Beach: Quaint and elegant, cozy and breathtaking, cute and sophisticated. The exterior is cottage and craftsman, with brown shingles, blue door and blue accents on the pillars. Admire the nautical office. The built-in desk can be converted to a closet. Spacious and airy open kitchen, dining and living areas spill out enormous sliding doors onto the multilevel pool deck. The upper level surrounds the pool/hot tub and the lower level is a private outdoor kitchen and dining area.
Interior details include an inset metal gas fireplace, custom barnwood dining table and beds, gigantic wood frame mirror, skylight, LED lighting, plentiful built-ins, marble countertops and dazzling white cabinets. Wide faux plank, wood floors are actually tile. Completed in December 2013, this 4,000-square-foot home features main floor living, and second-floor guest bedrooms, bath and laundry, third-floor balcony, bedroom and full bath.
House No. 2, Jeanie and Rick Pickwick, 209 81st St., Holmes Beach: The 1952 block construction 1,650-sqaure-foot bungalow with recent renovations. Original to the structure are the Saltillo floors with their trademark embedded "paw prints," southwestern-style wood burning fireplace, and the knotty pine ceiling in breezeway. Enhancements include a large sunroom with vaulted ceiling, large eat-in kitchen with skylight, guest suite converted from original garage and detached two-plus car garage with shop area and bath. Great antiques. Features include plantation shutters and rattan ceiling fans. Grounds are large and private tropical retreat, with a walled courtyard and gardens, and an enormous Bismarck palm anchoring the front yard.
House No. 3, Jennifer and Shawn Kaleta, 101 Willow Ave., Anna Maria: Beachfront cottage completed in 2013 by the owner/builder. The former Moss property, originally built in 1922. Young owners have built a smart house with integrated I-pads, which run the security system, six cameras, music system, thermostat and lighting. Dining room chandelier, walnut floors, wide baseboards, unique children's playroom, nautical motif in the boy's bedroom and bath, and the pink paradise of the girl's bedroom. Wall sconces, wainscoting, wood plank-vaulted ceilings, window seats and beautiful Gulf views. The master suite with walk-in closet, cabinetry, oval tub and steam shower. Dual kitchen allows multiple chefs to create at the same time.
House No. 4, Jody Beck, Ross Tisdale, 743 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria: Built in 2013, this stunning three-bedroom, four-bath home was created using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The 3,000-square-foot home was built with poured concrete supports and concrete floors ground to expose aggregate, giving the appearance of terrazzo. LED lighting throughout. Kitchen counters made of "paper stone," or recycled paper with a leather look, and cypress plank ceilings. Gulf views from living room through disappearing slide-away doors and screens. Master suite features Gulf views, built-in storage and sea-foam subway tiles. Roof lightning rod and solar panels provide 70% of the electricity. Private pool and deck and "xeriscape" gardens.
House No. 5, Karen Sparks, 709 Fern St., Anna Maria: For years, Sparks lived three doors down from this pale yellow island cottage and was friends with the previous owners. Sea-foam shutters, covered porch and Craftsman-style front door in large entry way. "Shocking coral" guest room features a built-in headboard with matching niches on either side for books or a beverage. Dark wooden highboy provides storage. The guest bath features an old-fashioned-looking basin with oiled bronze fixtures. The master is a beachy deep turquoise. Rattan headboard with a matching ceiling fan gives it a tropical appearance. Living room surrounded by high wainscot walls with a tray ceiling hiding track lighting. Coffee-colored floors have a reclaimed wood appearance and lead through French doors to the pool. Kitchen features dark quartz countertops accented with a marble back splash. Pool with lush landscaping and outdoor covered patio.