Vol 7 No. 39 - June 20, 2007

Ocean Park Terrace offers rooftop terraces
Ocean Park Terrace

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This small 14-unit complex offers big complex amenities such as a heated pool, secured entry, elevator and individual storage units.

By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am continually surprised by the variety and beauty of residences on Anna Maria Island, especially the ones you drive by every day and may not even notice.

Ocean Park Terrace Condos at 2700 Gulf Drive N. in Holmes Beach is easy to miss. Even the name on the building is hard to find, but the small complex offers big complex amenities with a very unique aspect.

Ocean Park Terrace was built in 1982 with 14 units on two levels and under building parking. The building is directly on the beach and units are either Gulffront, with screened lanais on the back, or Gulf views, with screened lanais on the side. All units are about 1,100 square feet and have two bedrooms and two baths. Amenities include a heated pool, secured entry, elevator and individual storage units.

What makes Ocean Park Terrace a little different from many other condominium complexes on the Island are the roof top terraces. The top seven units all have private roof top terraces which are accessed from the interior of the units via a spiral staircase.

The only recorded sale so far this year was a top floor unit with Gulf views closing in January for $735,000. As of this writing, there is one first-level unit with Gulf views available for sale. The price is $699,000, and it is being sold turnkey furnished by an Island broker.

Most of the 14 units are available for rent with monthly, in-season rentals starting at $3,300. Units must be rented for a two-week minimum, and there are some restrictions on the number of times a unit can be rented within the same year.

The next time you’re whizzing by on Gulf Drive, slow down and check out Ocean Park Terrace Condos. On an island where sunset watching is taken very seriously, it’s clear the owners and residents who are lucky enough to be on the top floor have taken it to whole new level. But even if you walk down to the beach rather than up to your private terrace, the sunsets are the same and always outstanding.


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