Rotonda West - Choose from seven different Neighborhoods
12 square miles, shaped like a wagon wheel and about 4 miles in diameter- this is the „round city“ called „Rotonda West.“ It is visible from the sky; you cannot miss that distinct circular shape. The outer ring consists of a canal, framed in by two streets. From there the spokes of the wheel are leading to the center ring, which is still one mile wide. In the heart of that ring is a park where the residents can enjoy the outdoors.
Located between those spokes are the 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 biting and stinging „Florida Natives.“ The homes are nestled between several golf courses and many homes have canal front and lake views.
Only a mile south of Englewood is the border between Englewood East and Rotonda West. All of a sudden you will notice that nothing is square anymore.
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Rotonda West is built like a Wagon Wheel - is that the right shape?
The Rotonda community has about 8,000 home sites with approximately 5,000 completed homes, and Rotonda is experiencing tremendous growth right now. Residents are predominantly full-time residents, but there are also some snowbirds enjoying the winter months in Florida. The Rotonda community has five golf courses, with miles of beautiful canals, preserves, and lakes surrounding the homes.
Rotonda West just opened its new community center in July 2017 providing many activities to the residents.
When did all this start?
The birthday of the „round city“ was already some 50 years ago when a guy with the German name Klein (which means „small“ in the German language) had a „big“ dream. He believed that only a city with a round shape would create perfect harmony. By avoiding squares and blocks, the subdivisions would mingle and merge with each other, and the residents “would feel like they were living in paradise.” Okay, I have to admit that the last section of the sentence is my interpretation, but it comes probably close to Mr. Kline's idea.
The circle has been known long before the beginning of recorded history, and cities in a circular shape are not a new idea, nor did Mr. Klein invent them.
Herodotus described Ectababa, now Hamadan in Iran, as a circular city. It had a distinct center with a large temple complex and two outer ring walls. The town Ectababa was already founded in 713 BC. Sorry Rotonda, you are not the first one.
Seven Sub-Communities and a Nature Preserve
Seven sub-communities are located inside the wheel; several other, newer communities are surrounding the circular city. Oakland, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Broadmoor, Long Meadow, Long Marsh, and Pine Valley are the names of those communities of Rotonda West. Several challenging World- Class Golf Courses are embedded here and there, and the newest addition is an 8,000 sq ft community center.
Rotonda West Homeowners Association
The homeowners need to be members of the homeowners association, with a „steep“ $190.00 annual fee and some deed restrictions. However, none of the sub-communities is going overboard. Most of the Rotonda area looks groomed and well maintained.
Check the rules and regulations to find out for how long you can keep your boat or RV in the driveway. It won't be forever, though. No junk on the driveway, just common sense rules.
What to Expect
If you are looking for a home – what can you expect? The oldest homes are from the 70's/80's; newer homes are from “tomorrow.” Yes, they are actually in the process of getting built. It can't get any newer than that.
So, that means that you have plenty of choices and opportunities. From „needs TLC“ to partially/completely remodeled to brand new. Some homes in the oldest section come with a 1.000 sq ft living area and a one car garage; others have 3,000+ sq ft, a pool, and three car garages. Many homes have canal front and lake views. Everything is possible, and if you want to build a new home... the sky is literally wide open.