Rotonda West Homes for Sale and Area Information
Rotonda West is a Community built like a Wagon Wheel
12 square miles, shaped like a wagon wheel and about 4 miles in diameter- that is the „round city“ called „Rotonda West,“ and this page is about Rotonda West FL Real Estate. 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.“
A Perfect Shape for a perfect City?
The community contains about 8000 home sites with approximately 5000 completed homes. Rotonda experience tremendous growth. Residents are predominantly full time residents, but there are also quite some snowbirds enjoying the winter months in Florida. There are five golf courses within Rotonda, with miles of beautiful canals, preserves and lakes surrounding the homes. Rotonda West opens its new community center in July 2017 with many activities available to the residents.
Rotonda borders Englewood about 2 miles further south. Take the main drag through Englewood, which is 776/MC Call Road. Drive eastward towards North Port/Port Charlotte. Once you passed Walmart, every street on your right will get you to Rotonda.
When did it 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 German) had a „big“ dream. He believed that only a city with a round shape creates perfect harmony. By avoiding squares and blocks, the subdivisions would mingle and merge with each other, and the residents “would feel like 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 round cities 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. This town was already founded in 713 BC.
But the Start was not an Easy One
So, he found some money in his petty cash and bought the place for $20 million. Thrilled about his brilliant idea, he immediately started digging. The project was huge from the beginning and progress was slow. Not too much happened during the first decade. It was by far less than he had expected, but at least something happened. Now, 50 years later, there is building activity everywhere, and Mr. Klein would be the happiest person in the world if he could see that digging and hammering.
However, despite all the activity, there are still plenty of vacant lots for a reasonable price available for those who see the opportunity of Rotonda. Rotonda is awakening, and with no doubt, it will play a significant role on the Cape Haze peninsular shortly.
Seven Sub-Communities and a Nature Preserve
Seven sub-communities are inside of the wheel; several other newer communities are surrounding the round city. Oakland, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Broadmoor, Long Meadow, Long Marsh and Pine Valley are the names of those communities in 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. Sorry, that is the rule. Membership comes with a „steep“ $190.00 annual fee and some deed restrictions. However, none of the sub-communities is going overboard. But once in a while, there need to be rules or restrictions. 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. What about the dead refrigerator? Well, we are not so sure about that thing. You might want to keep it inside or toss it.
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 come with a 1.000 sq ft living area and a one car garage; others have 3,000 and a pool and three car garage. Everything is possible and if you want to build a new home… the sky is literally wide open.
Whether you are looking for Golf Course View, Canal View or Nature Preserve View Home – in Rotonda you will find your perfect spot. Give us a call 941-460-8832 or email us.