The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 8 No. 47 - August 13, 2008


Find casual elegance at Old Bridge Village

Reel time

SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER The complex of 11 residential units
is surrounded by lush landscaping.

Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto "less is more" to describe the fundamentals of his architecture. Less is more can also be applied to scale – the scale of a home, an expensive piece of jewelry or a development. Old Bridge Village in Bradenton Beach is an exceptional example of less is more – a few residential units surrounded by lush landscaping creating luxury on a small scale.

Old Bridge Village is located on the water in Bradenton Beach at Bay Drive South between Third Street South and Fourth Street South, just steps from Bridge Street. The small complex of 11 residential units and two offices was built in 2004 on what was formerly the site of one of Anna Maria’s most charming residential spots. The new Old Bridge Village replaced the old Old Bridge Village, which was comprised of small cottages surrounded by lush Florida landscaping.

Much of the original landscaping has been retained and transplanted, maintaining the sumptuous, snug feel of the original site. Fountains and low white fencing continue to enhance the village feel. A heated lap pool is available for residents and every unit at Old Bridge Village comes with a boat slip on the bay with easy access to sailboat water.

The units are designed with open floor plans, 10-foot ceilings, large windows and balconies with views of Sarasota Bay. They have top of the line appliances, kitchens with granite, stone and high end cabinets and crown molding all encased by detailed and interesting Key West influenced architecture. There are both townhouse units on three levels and condominium units on one, with private under building parking.

The original asking prices at Old Bridge Village in 2004, started at $750,000 and went well over a million. There have not been any re-sales since 2004, and currently four are on the market with asking prices ranging from a high of $1,485,000 to a low of $925,000.
For the discriminating luxury buyer, Old Bridge Village offers taste, style and amenities on a scale not often found in the Florida condominium market. At Old Bridge Village, less is more with the emphasis on more casual elegance.

Real Estate Transactions
Closed sales between April 21 and May 17, 2008

Anna Maria

717 North Shore Drive       Single Family       $3,725,000
214 Fir Ave.       Duplex        1,300,000
522 Loquat Drive       Single Family       1,050,000
513 Bayview Place       Single Family        800,000
744 North Shore Drive        Single Family        700,000
103 Los Cedros Drive        Single Family        698,000
209 Coconut Ave.       Single Family        550,000
217 Willow Ave.       Single Family        465,000
153 Crescent Drive        Single Family        375,000
522 Pine Ave. #3C       Condo        250,000

Bradenton Beach

108 13th St. S.        Single Family        $1,160,000
200 Gulf Drive S. #6        Condo        750,000
2516 Ave. A       Condo        680,000
249 17th St. N.        Condo        400,000
103 Seventh St. S.        House & Duplex        380,000
232 17th St. N.       Condo        368,800
106 23rd St. N.       Single Family        355,000
2310 Gulf Drive N. #204       Condo        280,000
1201 Gulf Drive N. #200       Condo        280,000


No recorded sales

Holmes Beach

107 75th St.       Duplex       $3,500,000
625 Ivanhoe Lane       Single Family        2,050,000
521 Key Royale Drive        Single Family        1,500,000
688 Key Royale Drive        Single Family        750,000
523 75th St.       Single Family        730,000
617 Gladstone Lane        Single Family        660,000
404 & 406 80th St.        Duplex        595,000
510 75th St.       Single Family        550,000
304 64th St.       Duplex        500,000
311 64th St.        Condo        470,000
503 67th St.       Single Family        455,000
207 76th St. #A        Duplex        390,000
3311 Gulf Drive #1        Condo        357,900
2703 Gulf Drive        Single Family        300,000

Source: Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office

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