Dana Feldman , CONTRIBUTOR
Jimmy Buffett adores his fans as much as they adore him. So, when the music legend announced to his Parrotheads that he was currently building a string of Margaritaville-inspired active adult communities, the news spread like wildfire. Now, he’s announced that for his younger fans, nicknamed "Parakeets" or "Keets," he’s building a community for all ages in Bradenton, Florida, in addition to vacation cottages in Orlando.
With so much interest in the communities for those “55 and better” currently being built in Daytona Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina, Buffett has once again joined forces with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings in a partnership for One Particular Harbour Marina and Luxury Residences at Harbour Isle that will include a Marina inside a 220-acre private island community with 132 luxury residences on Anna Maria Sound directly across from Anna Maria Island. Construction on the marina has begun and is slated for completion in spring 2018. The sales office is currently open and move-in ready homes are now available.
“We look forward to bringing Margaritaville’s fun, escapism and casual-luxe lifestyle to Harbour Isle, a community already known for its charming seaside appeal,” said John Cohlan, Chief Executive Officer of Margaritaville.
The Bradenton community, on Manatee Avenue West, will feature the relaxed, charming, coastal-inspired design that is the Margaritaville brand and will include 55 wet slips and 128 dry slips, a ship store and up to 30,000 square feet of commercial space with restaurants, entertainment and shops. State-of-the-art aspects will feature floating boat docks and an enclosed boat-storage facility capable of supporting vessels up to 42 feet in length.
For residences on the Marina Walk, there will be walkable access to boating, dining and entertainment on what is Florida’s last private island in one of the most iconic Gulf Coast settings. “There is no other place like it,” said Minto Senior Vice President William Bullock.
All residences will offer spectacular views of Anna Maria Sound or the lagoon. Priced from the high $400s, residences in Marina Walk range from 1,483 to 1,650 square feet with floor plans that will include two and three bedrooms, with two or three bathrooms, a spacious master suite, gourmet kitchen, dramatic living and dining areas and an expansive screened lanai.
This will be the third and newest neighborhood on Harbour Isle. Each has its own private amenities, including a resort-style pool, kayak launch, outdoor kitchen and more. Owners will have access to the 23,000-square-foot Beach Club, which opens to breathtaking views of Anna Maria Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. Amenities include a 4,200-square-foot fitness center, second-floor Sky Bar Lounge with billiards area and second-floor balcony for outdoor dining, a covered Cabana Bar, resort-style swimming pool, Jacuzzi, private lounging cabanas, yoga lawn, event lawn and beach for launching kayaks and paddleboards. There is a gated entrance and an observation tower that opens up to a streetscape lined with palm trees that borders a 38-acre lake at the center of the community and a two-mile walking path that encircles the island.
In addition, Margaritaville Resort Orlando today unveiled the first look at its much-anticipated vacation cottages starting at $250,000. “Once we open, Margaritaville Resort Orlando will be a relaxing and fun vacation destination, where travelers can check in, chill out and create unforgettable memories,” said James Bagley, project developer at Margaritaville Resort Orlando.
Expected to open its doors in late 2018, the new Margaritaville Resort Orlando will feature 1,000 units including a mix of resort vacation homes, cottages, villas and timeshare units. With a casual-luxe design and colorful exteriors, these homes will embody Margaritaville’s laid-back lifestyle with an authentic, “no worries” tropical vibe and an escape to the islands experience inspired by Key West, the Bahamas, Jamaica, coastal Carolina, the Florida Keys and towns along the Gulf Coast.
Renters and homeowners will have access to all the development’s amenities, including the dining and entertainment district, swimming areas with a variety of tropical cocktails, a 12-acre water park, 200,000 square feet of festive retail space, recreation such as paddle boarding, snorkeling and more.
Buffett, 70, was reported to have a net worth of $550 million as of 2016 and was ranked No. 13 on FORBES first-ever list of America’s Wealthiest Celebrities. His 2016 earnings alone total an approximate $40.5 million. The singer, songwriter, bestselling author and business tycoon has enjoyed huge success with his Margaritaville empire, which includes nine destination resorts in the United States and the Caribbean, four casinos and more than 60 restaurants that include his signature Margaritaville, award-winning JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. More than 15 million people visit a Buffett destination each year.
Where will Buffett break ground next? The beloved singer is known for listening to the wants of his fans, so stay tuned!