2 bedroom, 2 bath lakefront condo, new mattresses and shower heads 12/15
About Margaret Hudgings
Jim is a Florida native who vacationed in the Bradenton area as a child. His grandparents built a retirement home on Anna Maria Island in 1941, and his family has enjoyed happy times there ever since. Margaret and Jim met in the third grade, married after college and have three grown children--Graham, Ian and Meg--and 5 grandchildren. Our main residence is in West Chester, Pennsylvania in an 1876 Victorian townhouse. Jim is a mechanical engineer who taught at a community college, and Margaret worked as a school psychologist in an independent school. We have hosted many international students in our home and been involved with exchange programs around the world, especially in Japan and the UK. We retired in 2011 and are enjoying time with family and lots of travel. We recently visited Bavaria and Prague for the Christmas markets. Magical!
Margaret Hudgings purchased this Condo in 2013
Why Margaret Hudgings chose Bradenton
We bought this property in 2013 because of its excellent location, close to the beaches of Anna Maria Island and all conveniences. We particularly like the Shorewalk complex because of its location, friendly atmosphere and diverse activities, from tennis to basketball and barbecuing to bocce. We also enjoy Shorwalk's international atmosphere and on our recent visit heard French, Spanish, German and Norwegian spoken and also English in its Canadian, American and British forms. Located just one block from a bus line, it is possible to walk to shopping and entertainment and just a short bus ride to the beach. Key Lime Condo is located on the ground floor at the end of building so it is light and cheerful. The view from the dining area is of a white bridge crossing the canal and from the lanai you see the lake with its wildlife framed by palms and pines. This is one of the most private locations in Shorewalk and yet close to the activity areas of swimming and tennis. Our special thanks to John van Zandt and Helen and Eric Povey who introduced us to Shorewalk.
What makes this Condo unique
Private location in Shorewalk and excellent privacy within the unit. Furnished in an elegant yet comfortable style with antiques from Pennsylvania including an oak kitchen table, a mission style sideboard housing the dvd player and cable box, an oak writing desk in the bedroom and art work including endangered butterfly prints painted by the owner's friend Catherine Bosna and a color copy of a postcard sent to Margaret's grandmother in 1906 from her cousin who was visiting San Francisco. Unique and interesting. It feels like home with all necessary kitchen appliances, utensils, 2 sets of dishes, many serving plates and dishes, lots of towels, sheets and bed coverings, etc. The unit has always been maintained and updated with beautiful tile floors and a new kitchen and bath suite in the MBR. Newly painted and totally refurnished April 2013. The owners care very much about their property and want you to have a wonderful vacation . Free morning exercise class in the larger pool at 8:30 am is a great way to start the day. There is a lending library in the clubhouse--very convenient.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Enjoyed our stay!
This was a very last minute booking for a two day get away for us. We were so glad to find this cozy condo and it is just like the pictures and description. We felt totally at home and had everything we needed and even beach umbrellas which was such a blessing for we only brought one for the three of us. One of the pools was very close to the unit and looked very nice, however we never made it there. We enjoyed ourselves and it was a nice change to stay off the beach away from the crowds.
I had a few questions for the owners and they were quick to reply and very nice.
We definitely would stay again!
quaint and quiet
We had a wonderful stay in this quaint home. It was perfect for our travel along the coast!
Had a great time!
This property was perfect for us. Close to everything we needed even the beach. We very much enjoyed our stay.
Great stay for a great price
Tasteful and quiet. Minutes from Anna Maria Island, but located where you can have your own private getaway. Loved it!
Good location, near the beach.
My husband and I were fine with it. My 16 y.o. son and his 16 yr. old cousin were bored. Not much for them to do on th property. We would have to leave them home next time we rented your place.
Your review was a complete surprise to us. Compared to most rentals there are many things for teens to do at the Shorewalk resort. There are basketballs for kids to borrow and bocce and pool and ping pong tables. And 2 swimming pools and tennis courts. Within a 1/2 mile are miniature golf and a bowling alley. 10 minutes away is the gulf beach. There are kayaks and sailboats to rent and a movie theater a few blocks away. Sorry your teens did not enjoy their visit and glad that you did!
nice condo....enjoyed it
Mote Marine Aquarium--Longboat Key--great sea life viewing and undersea life petting pool for kids
DeSoto Monument--history of local exploration and manatee watching
F.I.S.H., Cortez--Museum of the history of the fishing village of Cortez; good locally caught fish served out on the dock in an open air cafe
Asolo Theater, Sarasota--Florida state theater--includes a tiny Italian theater from the 16th century relocated in Florida from Asolo, Italy--live performances
Ringling Museum, Sarasota--mansion, fine arts collection, circus museum on Sarasota Bay
Mixon orange groves--learn about the orange crop and sample some fresh squeezed juice
Robinson Preserve--nature preserve with trails for hiking and kayak rentals--watch for manatees and dolphins
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach--quaint shopping street and launch site for boat cruise of Sarasota Bay.
Outlet shopping, Ellenton
Upscale shopping, quaint St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota
Amusement parks: Busch Gardens, Tampa--1 hour
Legoland, Winter Haven--1 1/2 hours
Disney World, Orlando--2 hours