Charlotte County – one big natural Harbor
Charlotte County, located at the southern border of Sarasota County, is less populated than the two counties further north. There is a lot of growing activity going on. Particular the corridor along US 41 is extremely busy.
The county is dominated by a huge body of water, Charlotte Harbor, which is also part of the Charlotte Harbor estuary. This estuary is spanning the West Coast of Florida from Venice all the way down to Bonita Springs. It is the second largest estuary system in the State of Florida.
The Peace River, Caloosahatchee River and Myakka River are also part of the ecosystem which was already established in the year 1975. Rapid growth and development, combined with an overuse of natural resources, made this step necessary, and it was a brilliant move. Now everybody is happy that the water is crystal clear and that nature is in shape again.
In 1513 discovered by the Spanish, in 1775 taken over by the English, and established in 1921, Charlotte County has an interesting and eventful history.
Cities in Charlotte County
Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are the major cities; however, only Punta Gorda is incorporated. North Port is actually part of this “melting pot”, where it seems that the whole area is one big city. But the city of North Port is not a part of Charlotte County. It still belongs to Sarasota County.
In spite of a rapid growth in the last years, Charlotte County has remained to be a healthy place to work and live. Not too long ago the county was rated number #1 place to retire. Well, those ratings change and do not last forever, but Charlotte County is still not far away from being that #1.
Living in Charlotte County
The laid back atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of the big cities attacks young and old. Miles of natural beaches, world-famous fishing (Gasparilla), pristine golf courses and boating attract a lot of visitors every year, and not too few of them decide to stay longer …or even for good.
Is Charlotte County more like an undeveloped community? By all means “No.” All amenities you need in order to live pleasantly are in place; elementary middle and high schools, hospitals, churches, shopping centers, restaurants – you name it – it is there.
Access to area Beaches
Neither Punta Gorda nor Port Charlotte or North Port has their own beach communities. They have to “borrow” the beach from Englewood, which is only a 20-minute drive away. That may sound like a long ride but ask people from Sarasota how long it takes to get to Siesta Beach during peak season. The beach may only be 5 miles away but to get there can take forever – yes, forever.
What makes these three cities so attractive?
The answer is one word: affordability. Besides the fact that the job market is booming in Charlotte county, a lot of younger people, families, and retirees are attracted, because this is the only place where they can get a decent starter home for a decent price. Maybe even on a canal? Maybe. Try this in Sarasota or Fort Myers.