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…)
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.
The 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…)
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).
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.
The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day’s most popular event. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com
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…)
I 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…)
From 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.
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.
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.
Revitalized and Refreshed: Discover the charms of downtown Punta Gorda. Image courtesy of tampabay.com.
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…)