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 Cape Haze peninsula is located between Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Within its tropical shores is the community of South Gulf Cove, resting midway to Port Charlotte and Boca Grande. Once there, you’ll find a relaxed, yet upscale community with some smart homebuyers who have already started staking their claims.Ellen Baker is one of those homeowners who also happens to be a Realtor with the Michael Saunders & Company Englewood office.
“Eighty percent of all new construction in Charlotte County south is concentrated in South Gulf Cove,” she explained. “The area is just exploding with interest. Around 150 homes are set for new construction this year and they are all sold.”
Waterfront and Affordable
South Gulf Cove is comprised of 15,000 lots, over 4,000 of which are directly on the water. Most waterfront homes range from $250,000 – $400,000. Meanwhile, you can purchase an undeveloped waterfront parcel (which during the boom were going for $300,000) for only $60,000.
More than 120 man-made canals wind through the neighborhood leading straight to Charlotte Harbor and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. The 55 miles of canals are wide and at least 4 – 5 feet deep. Sailboat access has even been designated to numerous properties where there are no bridges blocking their voyage to the Harbor.
Since much of the land is undeveloped, the homes (which are mainly Mediterranean in style) are spread out on ample acreage. This luxury home currently for sale sits comfortably on 6 lots. What’s more, many residences are distributed on one level – even those ranging from 4,000 – 6,000 square feet.
Within a fifteen minute drive of South Gulf Cove, you’ll find six Gulf Coast beaches on Manasota Key and Boca Grande; five golf courses – Long Marsh, Palms, Hills, Pinemoor, and Links; as well as great shopping and dining. In six minutes, you can watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
An Active Lifestyle
An abundance of water and canals ensures that boating and fishing is more than just a pastime. A sense of community and a social atmosphere is provided by the South Gulf Cove Yacht Club. Nearby, the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail is ideal for biking, walking, running or skating. Its 8 miles of trail connects CR 771 in Cape Haze Pioneer Park to the Boca Grande Bike Path. Residents enjoy birding and spotting wildlife (from turtles to Florida panthers). Not to mention, locals love the beach.
“It’s really a beach community here,” Ellen explained. “It’s unheard of that you can have this type of beach access but still be living in a very quiet, secluded, wildlife habitat area.”
You can view listings within South Gulf Cove here. The Cape Haze Peninsula is also home to the neighborhoods of Englewood East, Placida/Cape Haze, Grove City, and Rotonda West –offering a range of lifestyles and experiences from tropical country to relaxed sophistication. Read more and check out photos of the area in this recent post on theSaundersBlog.
Have you been to the Cape Haze Peninsula? Let us know what you think!