The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 14 No. 8 - December 18, 2013

REAL ESTATE

A room with a view

 

When I was a kid, we had a concrete patio off the kitchen with a roof over it constructed with two by fours covered with a little paint. The barbeque was yards off the patio to keep the smoke out of the house, and all of this was built by my father my brother and a few neighbors. That plus a picnic table and a few lawn chairs pretty much passed as my parents’ outside entertaining area.

Today’s outdoor entertaining has changed a good deal since the 1950s, with backyards being turned into elaborate rooms and some homeowners wanting to duplicate the interior of their homes. With many new innovate products on the market and many more companies designing and installing outside kitchens and living space, this has become easier, if not more costly, in recent years.

The outdoor kitchen or summer kitchen has really taken off, especially in states like Florida, where good weather year round makes outdoor living a daily event. However, even in colder regions of the country outdoor kitchens are popular, adapting their designs to accommodate the weather. The cost for the privilege of installing a high end outdoor kitchen starts around $20,000 and goes up to $100,000 or more based on the vast variety of amenities to choose from.

Custom polymer cabinetry, which was developed for use in the marine industry, designed to resist all outdoor elements and perfect for the waterfront living available on Anna Maria, is pretty much the industry standard for new outdoor construction. Kitchens are being equipped with multiple cooking surfaces and multiple barbeque areas, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and islands, as well as shatterproof dinnerware designed to look like high end pottery, for outdoor use.

In addition, companies that sell high-end kitchen equipment for outdoor kitchens have developed a dishwasher specifically designed for the outdoors – built with stainless steel casing, specialized tubing and electric systems to resist dampness. Also available are outdoor TVs, created to withstand foul weather and temperatures from 24 degrees below zero up to 122 degrees. One of the companies that sell these TVs is SunBrite, which claims its price has come down considerably with its 32-inch, outdoor TV now costing $1,495. down more than $1,000 in recent years.

Outdoor furniture companies also are expanding their lines of outdoor furniture and rugs to meet the demand as well as adding outdoor artwork and floral arrangements. But that’s just the beginning. Outdoor spaces are being converted to tiki huts, custom designed bars and flooring using brick and stones, including fireplaces and retractable screening. You may not need the screening, however, if you install a mosquito control system to go along with your cooling-mist system.

Even Florida can get chilly in the winter, so don’t forget to add the old stand by fire pit and/or radiant-heat light fixtures. And for the seriously decadent in all of us an outdoor movie theatre, pizza oven and beer tap. It goes without saying that homes have evolved from simply being shelter with four walls and a roof to elaborate structures that express our tastes and wealth, and I doubt it will end with over the top outdoor entertaining spaces.

My poor parents would have a stroke if they saw all this, but I wonder if the burgers really taste any better cooked in a $100,000 outdoor kitchen than on my father’s homemade brick barbeque. No longer are we just looking for a room with a view. Now the room has become the view, a long way from that brick barbeque.

Even if you didn’t get a new outdoor kitchen under your tree this morning I bet your holiday burger will taste just as good. Have a happy and peaceful holiday.

Real Estate Transactions
Real estate transfers as of May 2013
Sponsored by Alan Galletto Island Real Estate

Sold Date | List Price | Sold Price | Address | Provision | Property Style

Anna Maria

09/06/2013 499,900 465,000 830 North Shore Dr 1467 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/20/2013 529,000 490,000 313 Magnolia Ave 1424 73x114 2 Br/2.5 Ba SFR
09/20/2013 799,900 750,000 115 Willow Ave 2140 50x110 3 Br/3 Ba SFR
09/20/2013 750,000 750,000 300 Shore Dr 1680 4 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/23/2013 875,000 800,000 511 South Dr # A 2742 158x130 5 Br/3 Ba SFR
09/23/2013 430,000 445,000 511 Spring Ave 1093 52x145 2 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/24/2013 634,900 600,000 113 Pelican Dr 1008 91x100 2 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/24/2013 720,000 677,500 771 Jacaranda Rd 1586 52x98 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 09/25/2013 594,0 00 540,000 215 Palm Ave 1040 52x110 3 Br/2 Ba SFR 09/06/2013 369,900 360,000 812 Jacaranda Rd 61x108 Vac.
09/20/2013 1,835,000 1,865,000 207 - 215 Magnolia Ave 260x110 Vac.
09/26/2013 500,000 500,000 207 Magnolia 52x110 Vac.
09/26/2013 500,000 500,000 Magnolia 52x110 Vac.

Bradenton Beach

09/20/2013 434,900 405,000 2113 Avenue C 1280 50x100 3 Br/1 Ba SFR
09/05/2013 290,000 265,000 2302 Avenue B 2145 50x100 3 Br/2 Ba SFR, Short Sale
09/06/2013 395,000 380,000 1325 Gulf N Dr # 166 1392 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/06/2013 799,999 799,000 2309 Avenue C # Both 3326 6 Br/4 Ba Villa
09/06/2013 799,999 800,000 2309 Avenue C # Both 3326 102x108 Inc.
09/23/2013 269,900 280,000 102 1st N St 2447 50x106 Inc., Bank Owned

Holmes Beach

09/06/2013 475,000 405,000 415 Bay Palms Dr 1746 80x100 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/12/2013 2,174,000 1,900,000 534 70th St 3511 109 x 119 4 Br/4.5 Ba SFR
09/12/2013 625,000 575,000 207 69th St # B 1200 70x110 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/13/2013 450,000 355,000 6818 Palm Dr # A,B 2042 3 Br/2.5 Ba SFR
09/20/2013 519,000 495,000 4110 6th Ave 1500 3 Br/3 Ba SFR
09/20/2013 1,695,000 1,350,000 204 66th St 3400 29x105 6 Br/5.5 Ba SFR
09/26/2013 2,499,000 2,170,000 103 49th St 2431 113x150 3 Br/2.5 Ba SFR
09/26/2013 649,500 615,000 300 67th St 1450 50 x 100 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/30/2013 579,000 552,500 215 66th St 1114 54x105 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/30/2013 449,000 438,000 231 64th St 1206 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/30/2013 719,000 650,000 5605 Carissa St # South 1500 76x117 3 Br/2 Ba SFR
09/02/2013 249,000 225,000 3601 East Bay Dr # 202 1035 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/18/2013 1,000,000 1,000,000 6006 Gulf Dr # 201 2010 3 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/20/2013 325,000 300,000 6200 Flotilla Dr # 261 1426 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/30/2013 379,900 379,900 6005 Gulf Dr # 219 1011 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/30/2013 529,900 500,000 7000 Gulf Dr # 107 1259 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/30/2013 317,500 307,500 5808 Gulf Dr # 104 1198 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/30/2013 374,900 360,000 3311 Gulf Dr # 1 1331 2 Br/2 Ba Condo
09/23/2013 279,000 265,000 3100 Gulf Dr # 5 884 2 Br/2 Ba TH
09/17/2013 299,900 287,500 426 63rd St 1216 2 Br/2 Ba 1/2 Dup., Bank Owned
09/25/2013 475,000 425,000 6504 Marina Dr # A 1791 104x100 Inc.

Source: Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office


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