Punta Gorda Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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One of Florida's more renowned and exclusive communities, Punta Gorda sits just off the Gulf coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers. Nestled on the inland rim of Charlotte Harbor, it has a beautiful harborfront park, a river walk, and numerous boutiques, restaurants, and shops. With massive palms lining the streets, a rich history, and historic buildings, it is both a beautiful and invigorating place to visit and call home.

Punta Gorda and the Gulf Coast

Among its strengths are the number and variety of civic groups, recreational facilities, and community and private organizations. Described by Money Magazine as the second best area of the country in which to live, Punta Gorda is bathed in gentle Gulf breezes, the warm Florida sun, and enveloped by sparkling waters. A waterman's delight as well as a golfer's, it's no wonder that the population swells in winter and grows from year to year.

The only incorporated city in Charlotte County, Punta Gorda was founded in 1887. The original plan was that all waterfront property would be public parkland. Homeowners, however, eventually outvoted the idea. Today the 15,000 residents--median age about 63--enjoy views of the harbor and the Gulf from their own porches. Well educated, moderately affluent, and for the most part married (73 percent), they are active citizens enjoying the delightful subtropical climate that the Gulf coast offers.

Punta Gorda, however, is not--as might be imagined--solely a retirement community. Its palm-lined neighborhoods invite both young families and the "winter birds." Thanks to an extremely low crime rate, its streets are as safe as they are lovely. Approximately 300 students graduate each year from Charlotte High School, the oldest in the county. There are seven public and one private primary/middle schools, as well as a second high school.

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