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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…)

Ribbon Cutting for New MSC Burnt Store Office

Over 100 people attended the ribbon cutting at the new Burnt Store office. Photo courtesy Premier Photographic Events, LLC.

Over 100 people attended the ribbon cutting at the new Burnt Store office. Photo courtesy Premier Photographic Events, LLC.

Michael Saunders & Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony April 23, 2013 for the opening of its new Burnt Store real estate office.  Located along Burnt Store Rd, it is now adjacent to Burnt Store Marina, but still convenient to the surrounding communities.  An impressive upgrade from the previous space, the new Burnt Store real estate office is larger and more visible, enhancing customer service to area residents.  (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.

Punta Gorda Real Estate – Pirate Harbor

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…)

Punta Gorda, FL – Freedom Swim

Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, less than 50 miles south of Sarasota, Punta Gorda offers leisurely, uncongested living in an area Money Magazine has ranked among the best places to live in America.

The recently revitalized downtown features cobblestone streets and charming gas streetlights. The residential neighborhoods feature numerous brick streets, lined with royal palms that showcase vintage tin-roofed homes with wide verandas.

Attractive family-friendly neighborhoods and parks are scattered throughout the area, which takes great pride in its youth programs, educational system, and community activities.

This 4th of July, Punta Gorda had their 20th annual  “Freedom Swim” where people of all ages and abilities come out to swim, float, kayak and noodle. They began their journey on the Northwestern side of the Charlotte Harbor bridge and traveled across the Harbor to Fisherman’s Village where cheering fans awaited them.  This year, Rise Wells’, a MS&C agent in the Punta Gorda office, 34 year old son-in-law decided he was going to swim across.  He made it in 1 hour and 8 minutes without stopping while his father-in-law kayaked next to him. This great event is only one of the many things the Punta Gorda area has to offer.

Congratulations from Michael Saunders & Company on completing the challenge!!

You can also see some of this Punta Gorda event by viewing the video below.

The Neighborhood Report – Deep Creek

A well-priced, family-oriented community in Punta Gorda, Deep Creek offers an array of single-family homes, condominium and townhome complexes. Families enjoy utilizing the many tennis courts and the playground, and Deep Creek Elementary School is located in the area. The convenience of being located just off Interstate 75 is a preference to many individuals, as well as living in a deed restricted area where property values are protected. With a quick hop onto the Interstate, you arrive in Sarasota within 40- 45 minutes; Southwest Florida International Airport is just 35 minutes and Naples is 60 minutes. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Karen Martin to the Punta Gorda office.


Born in Peoria, IL, Karen relocated with her family to Port Charlotte at a very young age in 1967. Currently a resident of Punta Gorda, she offers her clients an in-depth familiarity with the range of communities that grace our area.

With a background as a financial advisor and consultant, Karen brings proven experience handling the wealth management and investment planning to meet the unique needs of her individual clients. These important skills translated perfectly when she transitioned to the real estate industry in 1991. Now with a broker’s license, Karen specializes in residential properties located in Deep Creek, North Port and throughout Charlotte County.

The Neighborhood Report – Burnt Store Marina

The largest deepwater marina located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Burnt Store Marina is nestled in Punta Gorda on the shores of Charlotte Harbor and offers direct deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico. The area has been ranked as one of the top ten places to sail by Sail magazine, and is just ten nautical miles to the Gulf of Mexico via Boca Grande Pass.

The gated resort community of Burnt Store Marina not only offers residents sensational boating and fishing, but also features a 27-hole golf course, on-site fitness center and tennis courts, walking/jogging paths, two on-site restaurants, yacht club, along with a community clubhouse and activity center. (more…)

Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Connie Nowell to the Punta Gorda office.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Connie relocated to Port Charlotte in 2005, where she specializes in properties located throughout Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Management, Connie’s professional background includes elementary and secondary education, having earned her original teaching certification from San Diego State University. She later worked on her master’s degree in special education at the University of South Florida.

After purchasing rental property in 1993 and becoming a landlord/investor, Connie earned her real estate license in 2005, and worked for Prudential Village Realty in North Port. She later entered the rental business with Rent Me Florida as their qualifying broker before opening her own real estate office called HG Real Estate Services.


Michael Saunders & Company is pleased to welcome Rise Wells to the Punta Gorda office.

Originally from Fresh Meadows, New York, I’ve spent most of my adult life in Florida. Having lived in Fort Lauderdale for twelve years and now living in Port Charlotte on the West Coast of Florida, I can honestly say the laidback pace of the Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and North Port area is where I want to spend the rest of my life. I’m blessed to have my children and grandchildren very close by and love spending time with them.

I’m also very excited to be a Realtor when “excellent customer service and expertise” is more important then ever. Every one of my clients is unique, and that is exactly how I treat him or her. I’m proud to say that my extensive customer service background has made me stand out from other agents. I don’t measure my success by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and it shows!

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