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…)
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.
Often called the heart of the home, kitchens have become more than a place to store and prepare food. They are central to our daily rituals, encourage quality time with loved ones, and they even allow us to indulge in life’s many treats – whether it be chocolate ice cream, brie cheese, or strawberries. These six kitchens featured in Sarasota homes for sale are sure to appeal to your many tastes (and your taste buds).
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…)
Conveniently located midway between Englewood and the Murdock section of Port Charlotte on the western bank of the Myakka River, Gulf Coveoffers its residents a quiet family neighborhood with an assortment of home styles. The community has its own private park area that is available for use by the residents for a small annual fee of $40. Many properties are set on boating water and many enjoy sweeping views of the river. Perfect for boaters, the community boat ramp is available for use by any resident that purchases a boat ramp decal for a fee of $45 annually. The community ramp offers quick and easy access to the Myakka River, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. If a property owner so chooses, they may join the voluntary Home Owners Association. Englewood Beach is within a 20-minute drive and is the most popular beach on Manasota Key. (more…)
Find a unique range of home styles and opportunities in Pirate Harbor. Pictured: 24217 Treasure Island Blvd.
Situated on the banks of Charlotte Harbor is Punta Gorda’s best-kept secret, Pirate Harbor. Pirate Harbor is a quiet eclectic waterfront community with charms not seen or experienced anywhere else in Charlotte County. Amenities such as fine dining, excellent golf courses and shopping are all nearby. But the real charm of Pirate Harbor is nature. Whether it just relaxing on your lanai watching the tropical wildlife or sitting on your dock enjoying sunsets, you will become immersed in the peaceful natural beauty found in this unique enclave. (more…)
South Gulf Cove is a deed restricted, waterfront community located on the Cape Haze Peninsula with over 55 miles of canals that all lead to the Charlotte Harbor and Gulf of Mexico. The depth of the canals typically ranges from five to seven feet or more, and is maintained by a lock system that has recently been updated to feature remote control operation. The lock is located at the north end of the community. There are approximately 62,000 acres and 126 canals that comprise one third of all canals in Charlotte County. South Gulf Cove also features a boat ramp for boaters and fishermen alike. (more…)
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…)