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If you are looking for a laid-back coastal lifestyle, Englewood in Florida is the perfect place. Situated northwest of Port Charlotte and south of Venice the beach town borders Lemon Bay. Many retirees move to Englewood because of the year-round pleasant weather and the gorgeous beaches. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, Englewood offers some spectacular waterfront properties, excellent neighborhoods, great restaurants with tasty seafood, and live entertainment. State Road 776 is the main artery, and Dearborn Street, the historic part of Englewood, also called Olde Englewood Village, presents vivid street restaurants and the best Farmers Market in the area. Englewood Real Estate Whether you are looking for a place to raise your family, build a vacation home, or buy a perfect place to retire, Englewood will fit your needs perfectly. Moreover, Englewood real estate is on average less expensive than real estate in Sarasota, Venice, or let alone Naples. Also check out Rotonda West, located southeast of Englewood and surrounded by 7 golf courses. Continue reading about Englewood here.

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Rotonda West

Spread over twelve square miles with a diameter of 11 miles, Rotonda West has the distinct shape of a wagon wheel. That is quite an unusual layout for a town, but this shape is a welcome change to all the surrounding communities. Most cities are built in squares like a chessboard but Rotonda is different. Round is associated with softness. The shape of a round table is considered softer than a traditional square table. With 17,000 residents, the Rotonda West Association is the largest mandated Homeowners Association in Florida. Although continually expanding, it is still a tranquil neighborhood with residents from all over the US and overseas. A significant addition is the recent acquisition of the 165 beautiful acres of Broadmoor Park, which features a new 8,000 square foot Community Center with lakes, a lush tropical landscape, plenty of wildlife, and 3 miles of walking trails. Rotonda West is surrounded by five golf coursesFive golf courses are positioned around the community totaling 99 holes of fun and challenging play. Five golf courses, The Hills, Long Marsh, The Palms, The Links, and Pinemoor, also mean that there are plenty of properties with golf course views available in Rotonda West. So, now you understand that there is an abundance of waterfront homes and golf course view homes available. Here are some facts: 560 acres of water in Rotonda West. Ponds, lakes, and 23 miles of waterways, like canals. The master-planned community has also over 20,000 acres of greenbelts and nature preserves. That is a lot of nature and it is beautiful. Rotonda West and Seven NeighborhoodsLocated between those spokes are the seven sub-communities, golf courses, lakes, and canals. The southwest area of the "wheel "is a big nature preserve, inhabited by alligators, bald eagles, and a wide variety of other "Florida Natives. " The homes are located along the spokes (streets) of the "wheel." The names of the communities are Oakland Hills, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Broadmoor, Long Meadow, Long Marsh, and Pine Valley. Outside of the wheel are the communities of Rotonda Lakes, Rotonda Heights, and Rotonda Sands.Every section has a distinct character. Oakland Hills is the oldest section and the only section with underground utilities. Some areas have very lush landscaping, almost like a jungle, while others are more open. However, none of the neighborhoods are gated, but the neighborhood watch is doing a fantastic job to keep the community safe. The Pine Valley Subdivision was the last "piece of the pie" to be developed. The homes are newer and larger. Pine Valley is in close proximity to thousands of acres of preserves with an abundance of natural wildlife. Rotonda West Real Estate and Homes for SaleAre you looking to buy a home in Rotonda West? Located just south of Englewood, the home buyer has many choices in Rotonda West. Single-family homes and Pool Homes represent the majority, however, there are also condos and townhouses available. Single-family homes can be smaller and older in Oakland Hills. Expect large newer Estate Homes or even brand new homes in Rotonda Meadows and Long Marsh. Homesites are as big as 1/3 acre, or sometimes larger when you are able to buy the lots on either side of your property. Plenty of vacant lots remain available, many with a very decent price tag. There are quite a few reputable builders who can build a home according to your specifications. Greenbelt-views, golf-course-views, pond/lake-views, or waterway views - the choice is yours. You can use a small boat on many canals in Rotonda, but you will not be able to take your boat out to the Gulf of Mexico, However, there are many full-service marinas nearby where you can keep your boat if that is your dream. Keep it high and dry, call them when you want to use it, and let them clean it and store it in a safe place. It can't get any better, right? More about the unique circular city of Rotonda West

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Charlotte Harbor, Grove City, Murdock, Port Charlotte, Rotonda West, El Jobean, Little Gasparilla Island, Deep Creek, Solana, and Placida are the unincorporated communities in Charlotte County. So, Placida is only one of many in the County, but it is somehow unique.History of PlacidaPlacida seems to be a place where time stands still, but with all the new construction going on the secret is out. If you are interested in reading about the history you may continue here. Low-Density AreaIf you love uncrowded tropical areas, Placida is the place for you. It offers an unparalleled waterfront lifestyle with short boat rides to Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of small Islands, where you can drop your anchor and spend the daytime.Endless PossibilitiesPlacida offers homes on the water with private boat docks, or Luxury Condominiums with water views and boat slips, they are gated and non-gated. Town-homes with elevators and four-car tandem garages to store your boat, your kayaks, your bikes, your cars, and whatever toys you have are also available. You can also built your favorable home on an empty lot. The choice is yours. Placida - an insider's tip

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is centrally located between Sarasota and Fort Meyers, and in addition, it is also still within a comfortable driving distance to Tampa and Orlando. Due to the proximity to Charlotte Harbor and the extensive canal system, Punta Gorda has an abundance of waterfront properties. Especially the neighborhoods of Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles offer many new and newer homes and condominiums on the water with deep water/sailboat water canals leading out to the Gulf of Mexico. Punta Gorda Isles is a Boaters and Golfers ParadiseCharlotte Harbor and the Peace River offer excellent recreational fishing and spectacular boating opportunities. The water is perfect for sailing boats, power boats, and small watercrafts, like kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes. If you don’t care about fishing or if you are already getting seasick by watching the pelicans floating by, you can play a round of golf instead. That will stabilize the horizon dramatically.For example, you can go to the semi-private Punta Gorda Country Club, which is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course, and play a round of golf. They have a driving range and a pro shop if you want to buy some new equipment. If you need to rent clubs, you can do that at the pro shop as well. The people who run the facility are more than happy to make your day. Historic Downtown Punta GordaDowntown Punta Gorda presents its charm with picturesque renovated historic homes, royal palm-lined streets, brick lanes, historic street lamps, and its old Florida atmosphere. Punta Gorda has a beautiful waterfront area with a large harbor, marinas, and many waterfront parks, all of which are open to the public. Punta Gorda also offers a lot of art with museums, galleries, symphony, and theater. Read more about Punta Gorda - a Boaters and Golfers Paradise

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Port Charlotte

Port Charlotte is located halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers. With a population of approximately 55,000 + the City has an average size for the Sunshine State. The proximity to Charlotte Harbor, a massive body of water, is what makes the location so unique. Port Charlotte has more than 150 miles of natural and human-made waterways, and many of the canals provide direct access to Charlotte Harbor, the Peace and Myakka River and consequently, to the Gulf of Mexico. A Large Planned CommunityPort Charlotte has the character of a large, planned community. Besides from an area along the US-41, the town is quiet and basically residential, with a substantial percentage of retirees and snowbirds. Compared to Englewood ,Venice, or Sarasota, one can say that this town is not particularly touristy. When tourists spend their hard-earned money, they want to be in heaven, and heaven is usually directly on the beach, or where you can at least smell the ocean. Real Estate and Homes for Sale in Port CharlotteVast sections of land, mostly towards the I-75 in the north of Port Charlotte, are still waiting for buyers and home builders. The closer you get to the harbor, the denser the development. The majority of homes are single-family homes from the 60s and later. Port Charlotte has some new communities, but most of the building activity takes place in communities closer to the Gulf of Mexico at this point.....Continue reading

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Explore Venice FL the city on the Gulf and the many Real Estate opportunities in the local real estate market. Search on the MLS thru the hundreds of properties for sale. Venice is rich in history and culture and offers coastal living with a Mediterranean flair. View our 3D Tour of Venice BeachVenice is located in Sarasota county perfectly located about 20 miles south of Sarasota, 10 miles west of Port Charlotte, and 10 miles north of Englewood. All international airports (Sarasota, Tampa, and Fort Myers) can be reached in 1,5 hours or less. Read more about the Venice area.

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Bordered by the cultural city of Sarasota to the north and vibrant city Venice to the south, Nokomis is known for its beautiful beach, many shopping opportunities, and cultivated residential areas. The unincorporated town includes Casey Key and Nokomis Beach, which is one of the oldest beaches in Sarasota County. This beach is located at the south end of exclusive Casey Key, a barrier island. What to expect in NokomisNokomis offers small-town living and a relaxed beach town atmosphere, while also experiencing all that Florida's Gulf Coast has to offer. Somehow, the area around Nokomis and Osprey was able to preserve some of that laid back "Old Florida Charm." Visitors can experience this "special laid-back feel" in nearby restaurants, waterfront Tiki-bars, and small shops.Real Estate in NokomisNokomis real estate is a mixture of old and new, small and big. Gated communities of all sizes offer luxurious homes and a headache-free living. The buyer has many choices, and he can build his dream home according to the latest building code. Older communities offer homes that sometimes need a lot of attention, but you do not live in a community where the trees consist of a bunch of bonsais. So, you have pros and cons, but Nokomis has a wide variety of opportunities. Nokomis - Relaxed Beach Town Living

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Osprey is a thriving community located on "Little Sarasota Bay." The community is squeezed in between Sarasota to the north and Nokomis/Laurel to the south. Water is everywhere; consequently, a lot of homes have beautiful Bay- or Water views. The name derives from the birds that lived there when the first settlers arrived. Those settlers were so impressed when they saw the large fish-eating bird of prey that they called the new community "Osprey."Real Estate for Sale in Osprey It seems that everything is available in Osprey; there are old cracker-barrel homes from the 30's or 40's, regular size single-family homes (old and new). Multi-million dollar mansions, condominiums, homes in gated communities, homes on golf courses, and homes with boat dock are also available. The Oaks ClubIf you are looking for luxury coastal living, the Oaks Club may be the place where you feel home. In the Oaks Club, you're closer than you can imagine to big-city amenities and sugar sand beaches alike. The community has two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, a very active tennis community, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and a lot more. Osprey - a Thriving Community on Little Sarasota Bay

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"The Greatest Show on Earth"Have you ever heard about "The Greatest Show On Earth?" Well, Sarasota has long had ties to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and "The Greatest Show on Earth" was their slogan. Those guys used Sarasota for their winter retreat because both, the circus animals and performers liked the mild temperatures on the Gulf Coast.Unfortunately, the good times for circuses are long ago; however, the Ringling Museum and the Cà d' Zan, which was the Ringling's mansion, are still around and worth visiting. If you are slowly turning red at the beach, you may want to give your skin a break. Get in the shade and enjoy a great museum experience in Sarasota.Real Estate in SarasotaFor people from New York City or Los Angeles, Sarasota may look more like a small town, but it has all the amenities you can find in a big city with more quality of life. Whether you want to live in a brand new Condo in Downtown Sarasota, or in a Beach Mansion, Golf Community, or in a historic home, there are many possibilities and options.... Continue reading

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Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch in Florida has evolved from an agricultural track that straddled the Sarasota-Manatee County Line, just east of Sarasota and Bradenton to today’s award-winning 23,000-acre master planned community encompassing all aspects of residential and commercial development. With 50 square miles Lakewood Ranch is a real town and has currently over 200 shops, restaurants, and cafes arts and entertainment. You will find stylish boutiques, and international restaurants, cinemas year-round festivals and events. Waterside Place, an 8-acre peninsula, is a new neighborhood opening in 2020. Lakewood Ranch boasts 22 vibrant neighborhoods The 22 villages that makeup Lakewood Ranch offer a variety of lifestyles. From townhomes, single family homes and luxury estates, Lakewood Ranch communities share living space with dramatic landscapes of forest and wetland preserves full of native wildlife. Recreational facilities include Lakewood Ranch Country Club and Athletic Center, 54 holes of championship golf, the Sarasota Cricket Club, nine world-class polo fields and a variety of community parks, lakes and nature preserves. Lakewood Ranch Neighborhood Centers Residents enjoy multiple neighborhood centers for all their daily needs. Lakewood Walk is located on the corner of Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and State Rd. 70. You will find a Publix with casual dining, a nail salon, banks, an eye doctor, dry cleaner, dentist and a jewelry store. The Shoppes of Summerfield offers quick and casual dining, banks, AAA and a UPS store. Lorraine Corners features a Walgreen’s, Dunkin Donuts, gas stations, salons, and a Publix us in the future plans. Market Square is located just off University Park with a Publix supermarket surrounded by Chili’s, First Watch, a travel agency, dry cleaner, florist and more. Main Street at Lakewood Ranch has many more stores and businesses, too many to list here. Noteworthy is a Healthy Living Organic and Natural Market, Fine Wine Tasting and Naples Soap Company, Starbucks and a Sushi Lounge. The Green at Lakewood Ranch features more than two dozen businesses with Earth Fare, a specialty grocery store and LA Fitness. Live Music, Farmers Market and Sports On the first Friday each month, the community gets together for live music on Main Street. Do you love to go to the Farmers Market? There is one in Lakewood Ranch from December to April. Theatre in the open field, here you don’t need to be inside, just enjoy the outdoors with live performance. If you are a sports fan you come to the right place. The premier sports campus show your favorite local, state and national teams on 23 fields and 140 acres. Play football, soccer, rugby, frisbee and more. Walking Trails, Polo and Golf For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are miles and miles of trails, along the River, connecting neighborhoods and through nature parks. Bring your four-legged friend and splash away at the dog park. Golfers and Polo players have their playing field right at the Ranch. Polo matches are every Sunday during the winter season. With 130 acres of manicured grounds, Sarasota Polo Club boasts 7 world class polo fields. Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch Waterside is built around water. Water is life and so the residents of the new village will enjoy seven sparkling lakes with 20 miles of shoreline, preserves. There will be a modern and vibrant lakeside town center, with apartments, restaurants, shops, offices and performing arts with over 300 performances per year. Pedestrian trails connect to other neighborhoods, Nature Trails, Markets, and a new Lakeside Town center create offer stylish shops and restaurants. 5000 homes will be connected via water taxis and nature trails. The new homes will have stunning lake views and kayaks and canoes will be welcome. A variety of home styles inspired by the tropics will be your choice.

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Bradenton is a “riverfront community” with a unique mixture of heritage, culture, arts, and sports. History also plays a vital role because some of the first European “tourist” set foot on land somewhere in the Bradenton area. While the first Spanish “visitors” who came to the area did not stay for good, the settlers, who came centuries later, liked it there very much and settled in that area. They became the nucleolus of the new city on the Braden River. Bradenton Homes for sale range to include palatial waterfront estates with unbeatable views, various styles of single-family homes in gated and non-gated communities, townhouses, and various styles of condos and not to forget the Margaritaville Lifestyle on the peninsula of Harbor Isle.Learn more about Bradenton

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North Port

North Port is the fourth largest city by land area in Florida; with 77 square miles of land and an 8,000-acre state forest within its city limits. 25 years ago, North Port was still a sleepy village nobody had ever heard of. That has changed dramatically. Today, North Port is a thriving community with plenty of job opportunities for younger people. Interesting job opportunities are paired with great leisure activities, and his is a perfect combination that is attracting young families, while the latter is appealing to the retired folk as well. Warm Mineral SpringsThere is also something special in North Port called "Warm Mineral Springs." It is a sinkhole filled with warm water. The primary source of water is a spring below the lake. It is the only warm mineral spring in Florida. Although those springs are not really the "Fountain of Youth", which the Spanish Conquistadors were trying to find, but they come pretty close. It feels good when you are floating in that warm water because you can forget your aching bones and joints for a while The springs are located right at the western boundary of the city, and they are pretty hot. Those hot springs may not be too attractive during the hot summer months when the sun is beating down on you, but when the cooler winter months come the Warm Mineral Springs are an appreciated option to warm up the tired old bones again. North Port Aquatic CenterThe North Port Aquatic Center is a beautiful addition to the city. The Aquatic Center includes a 25-meter stretch pool, a lazy river, a kids activity pool with zero entry, two body flumes (or slides), a bowl slide, shade structures, a bath house with locker rooms, a small concession area, fencing, and more. The 25-meter stretch pool is able to accommodate 25-yard or 25-meter lap swimming and competitions.Golf, Parks and RecreationThere are plenty of parks, golf courses and walking trails in North Port. The beautiful Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park offers walking trails, kayak/canoe launch, picnic shelters parking and restrooms. The Blue Ridge Park is a neighborhood park and provides water access to the Blue Ridge Water Trail, with playground, restrooms and fishing dock. North Port has many dog parks as well. Check them out here.For all Golfers, there are plenty of Gulf Courses in the area, and North Port has two championship Golf Courses as well. They are Heron Creek and Bobcat Trail, two well maintained golf courses in gated communities.

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