Area Information and North Port Properties for Sale
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 limits, it is just huge. There is one fact that amazes everybody: only ten percent of the whole area is populated. In season, the population still measures only 59,000, but what was the starting point? In 1990 less than 20,000 people lived in the City of North Port, and it was really quiet.
Today North Port is a hot spot and offers a rare combination of a relaxed country lifestyle and easy access to all the conveniences of a big city. As mentioned before, that was not always so. Ten years ago there were no Lowe’s Home Improvement store, no Home Depot and even no Walmart in North Port.
Now things are different. North Port is wide awake and is “improving” every day. The city even became the “lead City” in the North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota Metropolitan Statistical Area. Search for your next affordable home in North Port, and we can provide all the information you need.
The city with its unlimited recreational opportunities and 1,000 acres of beautiful parks does not have a single foot of shoreline, though. Therefore, people have to drive about 15 minutes to reach the next beach, which is in Englewood. However, this does not mean, that there are no waterfront properties available. Lakes and miles of freshwater canals provide ample opportunities. There are also waterfront properties with direct access to the stunning Myakka River which is a designated “Wild and Scenic River” with alligators, aquatic birds and many more species of animals. So, what else do you need when you are a nature lover?
What’s going on in North Port
Compared to many other cities in Florida, the population in North Port is not as old as in other communities. North Port is not all about recreation and retirement. Many new businesses are popping up everywhere, and they are attracting a younger workforce.
The median age of the residents is somewhat around 40. That is a lot younger compared to other areas in Florida.
Small Businesses are important
North Port has a small business/self-employed culture. It is not the “big guys” who are offering most of the jobs, the small businesses do. This doesn’t mean that there are no large companies offering employment, but there are just not enough there. The city of North Port and the Sarasota County government do everything they can to attract and to nurture new companies, and they are both pretty successful.
The economic development ad valorem tax exemption program, for example, designed for the entire Sarasota County, helps encouraging new businesses to relocate to the area. The program authorizes the City to grant qualifying businesses a property tax exemption for up to 100% for up to ten years, on both real and tangible personal property. Impact fees, utility and land cost are very reasonable, and opportunities for additional education and training through local schools, colleges and Universities are great. All this is what young families and startup companies need.
Gated Communities in North Port
Heron Creek Golf and Country Club and Bobcat Trail Golf Club are the most upscale golf communities in North Port. Prices are higher than in the surrounding areas but adequate for what the lifestyle communities have to offer.
If you don’t want to spend $300,000 or 400,000 for your new home, you may check out Villas at Charleston Park. If you are 55 and over you may want to explore Cypress Falls. Cypress Falls is a lifestyle community with newer homes and new construction. They offer single family homes as well as attached villas.
If you are looking for an attached villa in a gated and maintenance free community, you may like Turnberry Trace. There is a beautiful community for nature lovers: Talon Bay. Talon Bay offers newer homes in a friendly and natural environment, with kayak launch.
The North Port real estate market is starting to move at a much more rapid pace, though. Quicker sales and multiple offers are common when the houses are priced right.
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Dining and Shopping
Along U.S. 41 are plenty of new stores, shops, restaurants, and cafés are in small or big neighborhood shopping plazas.
North Port is conveniently located on the west coast of Florida, between Tampa and Ft. Myers. They currently have two exits on Interstate 75 within city limits. North Port’s stretch of U.S. 41 is attractive and booming, with street widening ready for new traffic. New stores, cafe’s and restaurants are everywhere waiting for customers.
Parks and Recreation
There are plenty of parks, golf courses and walking trails in North Port which make a living in this community even better. 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. For all Golfers, there is plenty of Gulf Courses in the area. North Port has three championship Golf Courses: Heron Creek, Bobcat Trail, and Sabal Trail.