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9 Reasons Why There’s No Place Like Boca Grande

BocaGrande-DSC_5689 (2)Boca Grande is like a Floridian Brigadoon. It is as enchanting as it is distinctive, as untouched by time as it is by snow. And from my first visit to the island to every excursion that has followed, I’ve never been to a place that is more transformative.

This island is more like a mind-set than a destination. It’s as if the Boca Grande experience is the embodiment of those signs you see decorating vacation homes: “Gone fishing” or “Fuhgeddaboudit” or “On beach time.” (more…)

Featured Property: Coastal Chic on Palm Island

If you are drawn to sand, shells, sea, and sky, then you no doubt can imagine your ideal coastal home. You dream of a place that whispers “summer” all year long, a home that is central for creating good memories, and a haven that evokes the easy, carefree feel of boating and beachcombing. Our featured property of the month is located at 630 Bocilla Dr. Placida, Florida on Palm Island.

Please know that this property has Sold, but you can still view Palm Island, Florida homes for sale.

IMG_0093The 3,220 square foot residence provides a light and breezy atmosphere as it overlooks serene waterfront splendor. This lovely four bedroom home is perched along the Intracoatal Waterway near Don Pedro Island State Park and preserve, showcasing natural Florida beauty at its finest. (more…)


8 Swimming Pools Worth Diving For

When you get right down to it, all of us want a swimming pool. Whether you swim regularly or not, having one is the epitome of luxury living.  Pools are central to gatherings with friends and family; they are places for creating memories, getting a good work-out, relaxing, or just cooling off on a warm summer’s day.

On the Gulf Coast, pools are a year-round celebration of our lifestyle. These 8 pools in Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota homes for sale will make you envision long days spent soaking up the sunlight (or moonlight for that matter).

Lido Shores Homes for Sale (more…)

Discover Affordable Waterfront in Cape Haze….at least for now

Waterfront property is like a covered parking spot in Manhattan – all residents want one but only the very wealthy need apply. However, let it be known heretofore that there is affordable waterfront land available within Charlotte County and (like a Manhattan parking space) it is still close to everything.9300-Hialeah-Terrace-D5780222_14



Charlotte County: Leading Florida in Sale Price Increases

Englewood Homes for Sale

View Englewood Homes for Sale. A home for sale in Charlotte County where home prices have seen some impressive increases. (This home has sold.)

Interest in Charlotte County homes for sale is explosive. The Michael Saunders & Company Realtors in Englewood, Burnt Store, Boca Grande, and Punta Gorda have been witnessing an impressive increase in real estate activity. The following article, published in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, outlines just how remarkable these gains are.

Charlotte enjoying a home-price bump


Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

After months of trailing the region in home price recovery, Charlotte County saw its residential prices roar past the entire state last month. (more…)

A Founding Festival: Englewood Prepares for Pioneer Days

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day's most popular event. Photo courtesy

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day’s most popular event. Photo courtesy

Pioneer Days are approaching in Englewood and there is a good deal of anticipation for the return of this annual festival.  Now in its 57th year, the community gathers to celebrate Englewood’s original settlers with a series of exciting events that engage both young and old.   

The theme for 2013 is “Englewood Goes Hollywood” paying homage to the stars who have chosen to reside amongst Englewood’s sunny shores and beckoning boating waters. Celebrities in residence have included the ultimate silent film star, Mary Pick­ford; American actor, Douglas Fair­banks; game show host, Ed McMa­hon; pop singer, Bobby Vin­ton; and comedian, Dan Rowan.

From August 17th to September 2nd, participants can join in with a variety of contests and events – from “Englewood’s Got Talent” to a Chalkfest, Fish-A-Thon, Car Show, and even a Hollywood Song Sing-A-Long.  But ask any of our Englewood real estate agents and they will tell you the most highly anticipated events are, without question, the Card Board Boat Races and the Pioneer Days Parade! (more…)


Englewood Unveiled: A Fresh Slice of Old Florida

EnglewoodAerialI was recently treated to a grand tour of Englewood and the surrounding areas. Located between Sarasota and Fort Myers, water surrounds this laidback community that rests within both Sarasota and Charlotte County. Not having spent ample time within its borders, I was fortunate to find Michael Saunders & Company Realtor Pam Neer, who served as the ideal guide for my day trip. With a home in the area for over 24 years, Pam is a virtual custodian of the area’s history, natural beauty, recreational pursuits, and easy-going charm. Together, we explored all over Englewood, Manasota Key, Cape Haze and Placida, and only then did I truly begin to understand the depth of its many offerings. (more…)

New Book Chronicles Punta Gorda’s Earliest Days

FishermansVillageFrom the look and feel of today’s Punta Gorda, you would never suspect that this beautiful and magnificently-planned waterfront community on the southern edge of Charlotte Harbor grew and prospered despite very hardscrabble beginnings.

Those days are chronicled in “Punta Gorda:  In the Beginning, 1865-1900” a new book by Vernon Peeples, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives and a resident of Punta Gorda since 1933.

The painstaking research that went into the book’s telling of Punta Gorda’s early history was substantially augmented when Peeples was handed the daily journal of an 1874 Charlotte Harbor homesteader, Jarvis Howard, by one of Howard’s descendants  who was visiting the area.

Read more about early Punta Gorda—and how Peeple’s book came to be—in this recent article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, penned by Thomas Becnel.  Entitled “Punta Gorda’s history, warts and all”  it will give you a new appreciation of how this wonderful and welcoming community sprang to life.

Port Charlotte Neighborhood Video

Port Charlotte is located between Sarasota and Fort Myers. It sits right at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor, where the Peace River and Myakka River meet. Residents refer to it as the “Jewel on the Harbor,” with a charming personality and beautiful waterfront living. Bayshore Park runs along the whole waterway with fishing piers, kayaking, walking trails, restaurants and picnic pavilions.

The homes in Port Charlotte range from smaller 2-bedroom bungalows to larger Tudor homes and even Mediterranean estate homes. There are also waterfront communities offering carriage homes, single-family homes and estate villas.

The Neighborhood Report – Downtown Punta Gorda

Revitalized and Refreshed: Discover the charms of downtown Punta Gorda. Image courtesy of

The City of Punta Gorda was founded in 1882 by Colonel Isaac Trabue on 30 acres of land on the southern shore of Charlotte Harbor. A fire downtown destroyed almost all of Punta Gorda in 1905. After this disaster, the city council mandated all new businesses and homes be constructed of brick or concrete. After the completion of the first bridge across Charlotte Harbor in 1921, the great Florida boom reached the fishing village of Punta Gorda, and several key structures were built including City Hall, the Old Courthouse, Charlotte High School and the Punta Gorda Ice Plant

An Area of Revitalization – Downtown Punta Gorda

In 2004, the damage Hurricane Charley inflicted on the Punta Gorda area included many homes, structures and historical landmarks. A number of revitalization projects took place in the following years involving federal grants for restorations and amenities throughout the downtown corridor. Laishley Park Municipal Marina was constructed along Charlotte Harbor, the second largest harbor in the State of Florida with world-class fishing and access to the Gulf of Mexico. The marina has 85 boat slips and a boat launch for public use. A newly constructed Boat and Sail Club at Alice Park offers a kayak and canoe launch, along with powerboat dockage. The new construction of the Charlotte Event Center on Charlotte Harbor will bring culture and special events to the downtown corridor, and 800 new hotel rooms and restaurants add charm to the historic and downtown feel of the city. (more…)

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