After spending a week at Angie and Oliver's lovely home on Anna Maria Island, I've made a resolution to start playing the lottery, in the hopes of living waterfront full time. :) It's incredibly peaceful and beautiful there.
The house is exactly as shown in the photos, tastefully decorated and very clean. The view from the boat basin is priceless, and my children and I spent many hours reading and talking while relaxing on the upper deck. It was the perfect spot to watch the manatees that come to the boat basin every day (including a baby manatee and mother). We also saw dolphins several times at the end of the canal that opens up to Tampa Bay. If you kayak out of the boat basin (three free kayaks at the house), you can see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which is pretty cool.
The beach is a quick walk across the street and very quiet and pretty. If you walk 5 - 10 minutes south, you can go to the tiki hut bar and restaurant right on the public beach.