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. However, there is a lot of growing activity not only going on in Manatee and Sarasota County. Particular the corridor along US 41 is extremely busy and Charlotte County is no exception to that rule.
Charlotte County is somewhat different, it is dominated by a huge body of water. Charlotte Harbor, which is also part of the Charlotte Harbor estuary, sits right in the center of the county. This estuary is actually spanning from Venice all the way down to Bonita Springs. It is the second largest estuary system in the State of Florida.
Don't be afraid of Water - Water is everywhere
are also part of the ecosystem which was already established in the year 1975, a time when many people didn't think about the environment. 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. Nobody believes that this was such a "hot spot" in history, but it was. Now it looks so innocent and ..."boring."
Although a couple of miles away from the beaches, the North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda area is attracting more and more people. The reason is the affordability of housing. Mane homeowners in spe are already priced out of the market in Englewood or Venice.
Cities in Charlotte County
Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda are the major cities; however, only Punta Gorda is incorporated. North Port is also 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 among the 25 best places to retire. Well, those ratings change and do not last forever, but Charlotte County has been hovering around that rating for quite a while now. Thre is no reason why that should end soon.
Living in Charlotte County
The laid back atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of the big cities attracts young and old alike. Miles of natural beaches, world-famous fishing on Gasparilla Island, pristine golf courses, and boating entices a lot of visitors every year, and more than a few of them decide to stay a little longer ...or even for good.
Is Charlotte County more like an undeveloped, rural 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. More new shopping centers were added to North Port recently, and that will not be the end of the story.
Access to Beaches
Now you have hit the soft spot. Neither Punta Gorda nor Port Charlotte or North Port has their own beach community. 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. By the way - try to get a parking lot on Siesta during the season. Hitting the right Powerball numbers might be easier.
What makes these three cities so attractive?
Fact is 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 nice starter or retirement home for a decent price. Maybe even on a canal? Maybe. It is not impossible. Try this in Sarasota or Fort Myers.
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