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Like heading south for winter? This historic Gulf Coast charmer will make you want to stay forever.

By Marisa Spyker

While there’s no denying our year-round obsession with the Sunshine State, there’s something about the holiday season that always leaves visions of sugar sand beaches dancing in our heads.

So, when it comes time to create our holiday wish list, you can bet we fill it with the most swoon-worthy Florida real estate we can find. (We can all dream, right?)

At the top of that list this year? This tiny coastal cottage in the historic fishing village of Cortez—just minutes from some of the finest white sand you can find on Florida’s west coast. At 715 square feet, the pint-sized charmer has all the hallmarks of a classic beach cottage, from its vibrant red exterior to its light-filled interiors and, of course, idyllic water views.

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Built in 1938, the old fishing cottage is one of a number of relics that remain in the town of Cortez, one of the last remaining fishing villages on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. With its own private deep-water dock on Sarasota Bay, with access to the Gulf, owners can launch their own fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards right from their backyard.

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Inside, the house is beautifully renovated with an open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. The kitchen sports upgraded finishes (Carrara marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash) and appliances, while the master bedroom boasts wraparound windows and French doors that open onto a large water-facing patio. An extra bedroom adds sleeping or office space to the compact floor plan.

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If you’re as smitten as we are with this waterfront cottage, good news: For a price tag of $1.25 million, you can gift this adorable piece of real estate to yourself this year. (The property is listed with Kenneth Jackson of Green Real Estate in Anna Maria, Florida.)

As for the rest of us, we’ll enjoy the eye candy. See more of this stellar property below:

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