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How’s the Market So Far in 2018?

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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The first half of the year was quite busy in regards to real estate sales in 2018. In the waterfront subdivisions of Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles, there were 222 homes closed (sold). That is a great number in comparison to some other years. During the same periods in 2010, 2012, 2016, the number of homes sold were:

2010 – 122
2012 – 170
2014 – 174
2016 – 171

222 homes sold compared to 120-170’s is a big jump. That means more buyers are coming to our area and buying. During that same 6 month period, the average sold prices of homes in PGI/BSI also increased from $467,802 to $497,111. That represents a 5.9% increase in average sold price in a just a 6 month period.

Currently, there are 145 homes for sale in the two communities.

Burnt Store Isles Then and Now: A Look Back at BSI’s Beginnings

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

by Adrienne Andreae

You didn’t grow up in Burnt Store Isles. Even if you own a home there now, you came from elsewhere.

How do I know? First, because when I tell people I grew up here, they invariably say, “What? We never meet anyone who is from here.” In fact, the Andreaes have dominated Burnt Store Isles for over 30 years. And I don’t mean just in sales (although that’s true, too.) In 1981, we lived in the fifth house built in BSI. My maternal grandmother lived down the street.

Second, when you see what Burnt Store Isles looked like back then, you will see that there was a time when I knew everyone in the neighborhood.

This is what Burnt Store Isles looked like in the 1980s.

Click on the pictures below to enlarge.

Burnt Store Isles 1983

Burnt Store Isles 1983–The intersection of US41 and Monaco is in the foreground.

The Andreaes had already lived in Burnt Store Isles for two years when that picture above was taken. You can see a real difference in the neighborhood around 1990.

Burnt Store Isles 1990

Burnt Store Isles 1990–Again, US41 is the two lane highway. You cans see the intersection of Tripoli and Monaco on the right hand side.

Burnt Store Isles 2004

Burnt Store Isles 2004– The Wal-Mart (now the Muscle Car Museum) is now in the picture on the right.


Burnt Store Isles 2014

Burnt Store Isles 2014–The corner of Madrid and Tripoli leading up to Monaco.

How Does Punta Gorda Keep the Canal System Looking So Gorgeous?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

ponce inlet croppedby

When you buy a waterfront home in PGI or BSI, it’s likely to be the first time you’ve lived on a canal. While it’s exciting to have this gorgeous waterway in your backyard, it’s normal to have questions about how the Punta Gorda canal system is maintained.

Recently, we learned of plans to start dredging the Ponce de Leon inlet. I used the news to strike up a conversation with Gary Disher, Punta Gorda’s Canal Maintenance Supervisor.

Disher was nice enough to explain everything new homeowners need to know about canal maintenance and the work happening on the Ponce de Leon Inlet.

How long have you been working with our canal system?

Disher: I started out as a contractor. It’s been about 3-4 years now that I’ve been working with them at some level.

Can you tell me a little more about the canal maintenance program?

Disher: It covers anything with the seawalls, depressions behind the seawalls. We do mangrove trimming, all of the aids to navigation, and the dredging program through the navigable portion of the waterways.

What do new residents, who maybe have never lived on a canal, need to know about maintaining their seawall and canal?

Disher: The best thing is that if anything happens to their wall they can get in contact with our Public Works department and they’ll be put in contact with me or the work order will go up front. Pretty much anything that goes on with their seawall we take care of. That’s a huge benefit to a homeowner.

I understand you’re dredging the Ponce De Leon inlet. Why is the dredging necessary?

Disher: We have an ongoing dredging maintenance program. We’ve got several inlets Bass, Pompano, Ponce, and the Burnt Store subdivision and other locations within the Punta Gorda canal system.

As the tides flow through, it carries sediment. Sediment settles and eventually the bottom builds up. A yearly thing we do is go out and do maintenance dredging to make sure our home owners can get in and out with their boats to the permitted canal cross sections for depth and width. We want to make sure whoever buys a home has access to the waterways.

You dredge every year or on a rotation?

Disher: It’s on an as needed basis. I was notified of one yesterday. A resident in Burnt Store Isles bumped bottom in a certain location. They’re going to give me some GPS coordinates. Then I’ll get the contractor out there with the dredge and make sure they remove that high spot.

With the Ponce inlet, it’s been quite awhile. I’m not sure how many years it’s been since we’ve done a full re-profile dredge. We’ve gone out and hit the high spots here and there. Now I want to go ahead and go through the headpins 1 and 2 all the way into the perimeter channel and make sure the entire channel is at its designated cross section.

If you didn’t dredge, what would happen to our canal system?

Disher: It would start limiting boat access, especially the larger sailboats would not be able to get out from the canal system and if they were bringing a boat in, they wouldn’t be able to get in.

If we don’t keep that maintained, I’ll get the call–especially in the winter low tides. Even when it’s dredged, we have some rather large sailboats in the area and if they don’t stay in the middle of the channel, they can find the bottom and I get the call. We’re just being proactive. We don’t have many issues now, but I want to make sure we’re ready for the winter season with all the residents coming back in.

When will dredging in the inlet begin?

Disher: We had a pre-kickoff meeting yesterday. We discussed are staging and how we’re going to route stuff. We verified the depths.

From the boat ramp out to the headpins or 1 and 2 markers, the dredge is to 8 feet deep. From the boat ramp in—inside the inlet from the mangrove line/shoreline to where the seawall starts at the perimeter channel–that’s permitted to  6 feet deep below low mean.

And you think this will take you to the beginning of the year?

Disher: That was our estimation. A good three months of digging possibly.

What do boaters need to know about passing through the inlet during this time?
Disher: They should keep doing what they’re doing.

We’re not going to be blocking the entire channel. They may have a delay if there is other boats passing. We talked about how to set up turbidity screens to allow boaters to still get through and get out.

We just want boaters to use caution. Just be aware of the workers and the dredge. We don’t want anyone getting hurt out there.

To sum up–Gary and his team are on it! You can move here and not know the first thing about canal maintenance. In fact, you can live here for thirty years and still not know anything about canal maintenance. You just need to know the number to Public Works: 941-575-5050.





It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like ‘Season’

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Get ready for more listings on the market.  As sure as the sun comes up in the east and sets in the west, the Charlotte County real estate market sees an upward spike in listing inventory every October and November.  It is already starting in Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles.  This “spike” has nothing to do with current market conditions.  It occurred in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and it is already starting this year.  If you notice, I left out 2004 because it did not occur that year due to Hurricane Charley.

I believe that the reason that this happens every year is threefold. 

The first reason is that the snowbirds start to come back to the area in October and November.  Many of these snowbirds were on the market in the spring but did not want to leave the house on the market while they were up north or leave it on the market with the hurricane shutters in place.  There are also a number of them that have decided to sell due to health, financial or personal reasons. 

The second reason that we see a spike in inventory is that many sellers believe that the prime selling season is about to start so they want to have their property on the market at the beginning of that “prime” season.  History has shown that similar amounts of properties go into Pending in the summer as in the winter but that is not the perception so many wait until the late autumn to put their house on the market.

The third reason is simply that September is typically the weakest month for sales in Charlotte County.  With September typically being the slowest month, less homes leave the market due to sales. 

The combination of returning snowbirds, the perception that the “season” starts in November and September’s usual slow sales has resulted in an inventory spike in October/November every year that we can remember (aside from 2004).  It has already started this year as well.

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Punta Gorda Market Update-September 2009

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Sometimes it truly does depend on how you look at the situation to decide if it is good or bad.  The Punta Gorda Isles/Burnt Store Isles (PGI/BSI) real estate market has good news, bad news and some that I am not quite sure is which. 

Transactions in Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles are definitely up.  There are simply more buyers buying properties which is good for any market.  Whether the buyers are back due to pent-up demand, lower prices, more confidence in the economy, or lack of any real hurricane threats is anyone’s opinion. 

An example of the up tick in transactions certainly can be seen in Burnt Store Isles.  In 2008, there were 24 single family residential homes sold.  Through September 1 of 2009, there were 24 single family residential homes sold with 6 currently in Pending.   With 6 in Pending and 4 more selling months, there will certainly be more homes sold in Burnt Store Isles this year than last.

However, this up tick in transactions has not resulted in appreciation.  I believe that this is due to the still very high amount of properties for sale (inventory).  In August 2008, the average sale price in PGI/BSI was $414,856.  In February 2009, the average sale price was $379,765.  In August 2009, the average sale price was $359,780. 

Good news – more sales due to more buyers
Bad news – prices still dropping due to very high inventory

For more information about the Punta Gorda Real Estate market, visit our website. You can view new listings by neighborhood, see all available properties organized by neighborhood, search all properties available in Charlotte County or even view Just Sold reports for many area neighborhoods.

Unofficial End of ‘Season’ for Punta Gorda Real Estate?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Easter weekend, for many people, marks the unofficial end of ‘season’ for many snow-birds and soon-to-be snowbirds. However, our stats show that the ‘season’ doesn’t directly correlate to any real estate seasonality that may occur. Historically, as many homes sell during the summer as they do during the winter months. Late August and September tend to be our slowest months with an uptick seen in October.

Punta Gorda’s Car Musuem

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Yesterday, Punta Gorda welcomed a new car musuem that is garnering national attention. Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Musuem features cars from his personal collection of more than 200 pristine, muscle cars from the vintage 50’s through the early 70’s. The musuem is housed in the old Wal-Mart building near the entrance to Burnt Store Isles. Wal-mart vacated the building when they opened a new Super Wal-Mart just a few miles down the road. Many local residents wondered what would occupy the former big box store and are pleasantly surprised with their new neighbor. The musuem promises cruise-ins and weekly car shows.

You can read more about the soft opening as reported by the St. Petersburg Times. Or learn about the Muscle Car City Musuem by visting their website.

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Burnt Store Isles Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

If you lived in Burnt Store Isles, last night you would’ve witnessed an annual tradition: The lighted boat parade. The BSI parade is sandwiched between the Punta Gorda lighted boat parade and the Punta Gorda Isles boat parade. Basically, three weekends of boat parades. We sat on the lanai and watched the boats as they passed by spreading their festive cheer.

Burnt Store Isles offers sailboat access throughout the community, meaning there are no bridges to go under on your way out to open water. Waterfront properties feature no less than 30′ of seawall upto more than 200′ of seawall. Find the perfect Burnt Store Isles home or property for you.

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