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Boca Grande

Located along the Gulf Coast on Gasparilla Island is the prosperous community of Boca Grande, Florida. Well-known for its championship fishing and boating, this small town hosts a variety of conveniences, including the Gasparilla Inn & Club. This historic resort has been serving guests since 1913, who come to enjoy the exquisite golf course, beautiful marina, interesting shops, and other activities.

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Median home values in the area top over $1 million and boast breath-taking views, impressive facades and magnificent landscaping. With restaurants, shopping centers, banks, and more nearby, you won't have to go far to run your errands and find entertainment options. The community also hosts numerous businesses which are locally owned and operated. Restaurants, jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, watersport & golf cart rentals are just a few things found around town.

Boca Grande is steeped in history, with historic sites like the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum enticing visitors from around the world. Tours of the museum are available daily, and there's also a quaint gift shop to browse through. Another notable nearby attraction is the Boca Grande Art Center, which is home to several art exhibits, classes, and special events throughout the year.

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The Boca Grande Historical Society hosts events year round which tell the tale of this charming little community that so many residents have come to love. Their bookshop has been providing locals with information and resources since 1995. Those who live and visit here will enjoy learning about the town's history and how such a wonderful community came to be.

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Cape Haze & Placida

Located south of Englewood are the relaxing, waterfront communities of Cape Haze and Placida. Its perfect proximity to the Southwest Florida coast means residents are consistently treated to heart stopping views of the water. There are also plenty of sandy beaches and palm trees to dazzle you daily.

There's no shortage of water activities to be had in and around the area. With close access to other waterfront islands like Little Gasparilla, Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, Useppa, and Cabbage Key, finding a place to boat, fish, jet ski, or relax is easy.

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Don Pedro State Park, which is located on a 100-acres on the Cape Haze Peninsula offers a fishing dock, kayak launch and nature trails. On Don Pedro’s Gulf side you will find one mile of white sandy beaches where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.

Nearby Cayo Costa is reachable by boat and provides a relaxing island destination for residents seeking a quiet oasis. Miles of sandy beaches, fishing, hiking, off-road bicycling and camping are just a few of the amenities.

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Englewood

Exquisite Englewood is situated within two counties in Florida; Sarasota, and Charlotte. Highway 776 runs right through the city, allowing for convenient access to just about anywhere that you want to go. When you live here, you won't have to go far to find fun activities to do. However, thanks to the beautiful, sandy beaches you will probably struggle to pull yourself away from the water.

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Despite the population being on the smaller side, the city makes up for it with the number of tourists that visit throughout the year. Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve is a particularly desirable tourist attraction, with tours of its park and environmental center being offered throughout the week. Wildlife is sure to be found amongst the trails and marshes, with visitors often hoping to catch a glimpse of a dolphin or manatee during their excursion.

The schools in the area are part of the Charlotte County Public School District, which has been providing services to the area for over 125 years. The public schools are ranked 15th in the state and have received an A+ distinction for overall performance and Vineland Elementary, located just minutes away, has been recognized as an "A" school for sixteen years in a row.

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Many of the businesses are locally-owned and operated. The economy in Englewood thrives because of this, and residents are happy to support their friends and neighbors versus larger corporations. There's no shortage of local businesses to support, from antique shops to pubs to golf courses- Englewood has it all. When you live here you will never need to look far for something to do, and if you do, you can take a short trip up to Venice or over to North Port to find what you are searching for.

Area Stats:

  • Population 14,863 people U.S. Census
  • 1,518 people per sq. mile
  • Median Household Income $43,172
  • Area 9.79 sq. miles
  • Percentage of College Degree 25%
  • Percentage of Owner-Occupied homes 79%

North Port

North Port is an up-and-coming city located in Sarasota County, one of the most eclectic counties in Florida. With 76% of residents owning their home versus renting, North Port has a suburban feel that is perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy the Florida lifestyle.

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Its close proximity to the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton make it one of the best places for career-minded individuals to live. The median home value of $147,100 and is nearly $80,000 below the national average, making North Port a very affordable place to live. In fact, it's ranked one of the top 50 cities to buy a home in Florida.

The Sarasota County School District, which provides educational services to students living in North Port, has earned an A grade by the state of Florida for the 15th consecutive year.  It’s was one of 20 school districts in Florida to earn an A grade for the 2017-18 school year.

North Port Residents can enjoy skateboarding, hiking, horseback riding, biking, kayaking and canoeing.  The arts and cultural scene in North Port are booming, largely due in part to the renowned North Port Art Center and North Port Performing Arts Center. Both facilities offer events throughout the year to entertain locals. With Englewood beach located less than 30 minutes away, North Port is the ideal city for those seeking a relaxing lifestyle close to desirable amenities.

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Highlights:

  • Future Spring Training home for the Atlanta Braves
  • Playful City USA, 8 years in a row
  • 80 miles of Freshwater canals
  • Warm Mineral Springs, the location of a notable artesian spring
  • 1 hour to SWFL International Airport (RSW)
  • New $12 million Aquatic Center to be completed in 2019
  • Restaurants and shopping at local CocoPlum Plaza
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center & ER

Area Stats:

  • Population 57,357 people U.S. Census
  • 576 people per sq. mile
  • Median Household Income $53,815
  • Area 99.58 sq. miles
  • Percentage of College Degree 19%
  • Percentage of Owner-Occupied homes 76%

Port Charlotte

Tucked along the Gulf Coast is the welcoming city of Port Charlotte, Florida. Known for its easy access to over 165 miles of waterways, the city is close to Charlotte Harbor, Peace River, and Myakka River. There's never a shortage of swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and other water activities to experience in Port Charlotte.

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The city is nestled halfway between Fort Myers and Sarasota, making it both convenient and easily accessible to a variety of entertainment options that are just a quick drive away. Within the Port Charlotte limits, there's a scenic park at Port Charlotte Beach that boasts a boat launch, picnic areas, and dog park. There are also several other parks in the area, in addition to shopping centers, restaurants, and many other amenities.

When you move here, you will find there are many activities to enjoy, from biking or running among the numerous trails and parks. Golf is another popular sport here, and golf enthusiasts never have trouble finding a place to play. The Port Charlotte Golf Club is a local favorite and has earned the distinguished Best Golf Course award seven years straight.

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Highlights:

  • Future home of the Allegiant Resort
  • 20 minutes to Punta Gorda Airport (PGD)
  • Shopping at Port Charlotte Towne Center Mall
  • 20 + Golf Courses
  • The Charlotte Sports Park is home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs and the spring training location for the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Port Charlotte was named to Forbes' list of "25 Best Places to Retire in 2015”

Area Stats:

  • Population 54,392 people U.S. Census
  • 1,913 people per sq. mile
  • Median Household Income $38,697
  • Area 28.43 sq. miles
  • Percentage of College Degree 19%
  • Percentage of Owner-Occupied homes 76%

Rotonda West

Rotonda, a deed-restricted circular or radial concept community laid out much like Paris or Washington D.C. that features a central hub and canals reaching out like spokes in a wheel.

Golf lovers enjoy the many courses in this area. The Rotonda Golf and Country Club manage five scenic courses in the community. The club has won several awards, including the Charlotte Sun Herald's Reader’s Choice Award. With 99 holes to pick from, golfers of all abilities will find something to suit them.

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There are many other outdoor activities to choose from around Rotonda. Those who enjoy fishing and boating will find several ponds, lakes, and canals to practice their sport on. Residents enjoy the numerous parks in the area, such as the Rotonda Community Park and Preserve which is home to a nature preserve, playground, picnic area, bike trails, tennis courts, and more. Work or play, Rotonda West offers a little bit of something for everyone.

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Area Stats:

  • Population 8,759 people U.S. Census
  • 823 people per sq. mile
  • Median Household Income $47,055
  • Area 10.64 sq. miles
  • Percentage of College Degree 24%
  • Percentage of Owner-Occupied homes 79%

South Gulf Cove

South Gulf Cove is a waterfront community located in Port Charlotte, Florida. This community is made up of mostly newer construction, with many new homes currently being built. Since much of the land is still undeveloped, the community feels more rural and has a very peaceful atmosphere.

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Residents who live here enjoy access to beautiful views of the canals that lead to the Myakka River and Gulf of Mexico. Fishing, boating, canoeing, and other water activities are enjoyed by many. Although it feels like the community is miles away from everything, it's actually situated very close to numerous amenities.

Banks, restaurants, grocery stores, local and national retailers, parks, and more are all located within minutes. Boca Grande, North Port and Englewood are just a few miles away and offer luxurious beaches and other conveniences. Being situated between Fort Myers and Sarasota means that residents of South Gulf Cove have an abundance of entertainment options to choose from.

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A popular nearby attraction is the Charlotte County Sports Complex, where the Stone Crabs baseball team regularly plays. The Tampa Bay Rays also hold their spring training camp there. South Gulf Cove Park is another favorite among families here, known for its wonderfully maintained playground equipment and excellent fishing areas.

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Venice

Positioned along the Gulf Coast, in Sarasota County, lies the stunning city of Venice, Florida. Aptly named the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World," this quaint city is known for its picturesque Venice Beach as well as Caspersen Beach, where shark tooth hunters from around the world converge in search of their treasure.

There's more to Venice than just sandy beaches. There are many parks, restaurants, and shopping areas to entertain and amuse people of all ages. The superb Florida weather allows for plenty of time to be spent outdoors. The historic area of Downtown Venice has numerous shops to explore in addition to a farmer's market and festivals throughout the year. The beauty and charm of the palm tree-lined streets will captivate you from the very first time you arrive. Getting around town is a breeze, with plenty of parking along area roadways and quick access to major highways.

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While the weather is perfect nearly year round for outdoor activities, there's also plenty to do indoors. The Venice Theatre is a true gem, offering a variety of musical and dramatic performances in one of the largest community theaters in the country. Venice provides a pleasant, small-town feel with modern conveniences suitable for a variety of lifestyles.

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Area Stats:

  • Venice Regional Bayfront Health recognized as one of top 50 cardiovascular programs in the country by Thomson Reuters.
  • 30 minutes to Sarasota / Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
  • Listed as the #8 Best Place to Live in Sarasota County for 2018 by Niche
  • Venetian Waterway Park is a 9.3-mile concrete trail thru Venice
  • Farmers Market every Saturday
  • South Jetty Beach is popular for watching sunsets

Highlights:

  • Population 22,465 people U.S. Census
  • 1,359 people per sq. mile
  • Area 15.27 sq. miles
  • Median Household Income $52,471
  • Percentage of College Degree 39%
  • Percentage of Owner-Occupied homes 72%