The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 22 - March 14, 2012


Tour of Homes: Island living at its best


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

The Community Center's 19th annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes six Holmes Beach homes that showcase the distinct style of Island living and provide participants with ideas for interior decorating and entertainment.

The tour includes the homes of Diana McManaway, 208A 66th Street; Dan and Jan Hazewski, 212 68th Street; Susan Gress, 534 70th Street; Debi Wohlers and Lori Waggoner, 508 72nd Street; Marty and Laurie Hicks, 615 Key Royale Drive; and Ron and Barb Harrold, 619 Ivanhoe Lane.

Tickets for the tour are available for $20 at various Island locations. Free shuttles to tour homes are available beginning at 10 a.m. at the AMI Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 5313 Gulf Drive, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church parking lot, 6608 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach.

At the Hicks home in Key Royale you'll find the Tropical Treasures Boutique offering unique items for the home with a tropical twist. You can also view the beautiful handmade quilt, "Birds' of Paradise," that will be raffled at 3 p.m. on the day of the tour. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six.

Quilt tickets are available at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, until the day of the tour. For more information, call the Center at 778-1908 or log on to

208A 66th Street • Holmes Beach: Diana McManaway

Just right for an Island getaway, this is a compact home with spacious aspirations.

Light hued walls and a vaulted lapboard ceiling in the kitchen/great room provide a sense of airiness and room.

The master bedroom is conveniently located near the entrance. A guest bedroom and bath are featured on the second floor.

Down the hallway from the entrance lies a narrow deck overlooking a stone waterfall and pool with a floating tiki bar, a perfect place to sip a relaxing libation.

A small collection of pelicans and paintings of egrets, a boat and fish complement the Island motif.

212 68th Street • Holmes Beach: Dan and Jan Hazewski

A cornucopia of colorful plants in an Island garden greet your arrival.

As you enter the home, look upward to view the stained glass light in the ceiling. This design is replicated in a small half-moon rendition high up on a kitchen wall.

The vivid orange encircling the light is repeated in accent pieces and ceramics, also in turquoise, all found at flea markets and yard sales.

In a corner of the dining room, a local artist's easel in original condition supports a print of a Latina lady sporting peacock feathers from Longboat Key.

A diving woman fashioned of tin reigns in the aqua bath of the guest/sitting room.

534 70th Street • Holmes Beach: Susan Gress

Royal palms flank a walkway leading to a curved staircase. Once inside the tall, double, wood doors your eye goes past the dining table through glass doors to an infinity pool and onward to Tampa Bay.

On the way, see the white, pickled wood dining table and ikat upholstered chairs in cream tones underneath the Tiffany blue, coffered ceiling.

White marble countertops and white cabinets in the kitchen are offset by a large black-countered island.

The office and master bedroom open to bay views. In one bedroom upstairs, bunk beds are built in with individual television sets.

A second-story galley provides a view of the dining room and entry chandelier.

508 72nd Street • Holmes Beach: Debi Wohlers and Lori Waggoner

You'll think you're in paradise when the flamingo welcomes you.

Inside the door, you're greeted with a large, hand-painted mural on the wall over the two-story living room. The mural depicts the pier, Sunshine Skyway and even the owners' dog and house. See if you can spot them.

Also, be sure to look down at the circular mosaic inset in the foyer floor. It was custom-made with its seahorses and underwater scenes in colors the owners selected. Other mosaics decorate the bathrooms.

Four glass doors open to a pool area and outdoor kitchen.

Upstairs, find a great room with game table, TV and wet bar. Look for the monkey on the fan over the great room, visible from the railing.

615 Key Royale Drive • Holmes Beach: Mary and Laurie Hicks

The view of the Intracoastal Waterway and Tampa Bay is central to the ambience of this home.

Walking up the stairway, through the hall to the great room, you pass through glass doors to an infinity pool and view of the bay.

A large cook's kitchen features an island, granite countertops and six-burner stove. A workout room is located just off to the left.

The master bedroom and bath in travertine marble open to a tile deck.

Upstairs the bay scene is accessible from a balcony. Three guest bedrooms are located here.

Plan to linger here with a visit to the Tour of Homes Boutique, featuring Island specialties.

619 Ivanhoe Lane • Holmes Beach: Ron and Barb Harrold

The motto displayed on the living room walls says it all – "We'll sing in the sunshine, we'll laugh everyday" – the perfect philosophy for Island life.

The home faces the Key Royale Golf Club, a private course on the Island. Sliding doors open to a canal.

The kitchen also offers views of the canal and, with its granite countertops, provides space for informal dining. Off the kitchen, a formal dining area accommodates eight.

A white grandfather clock guards the entry to the home's bedrooms – a master bedroom/bath suite; and two guest bedrooms located with the bath and laundry rooms.


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