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Open House–Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 3, 4, and 5 2017

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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Come out and see this beautiful home!

2157 Deborah St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 3, 4, and 6 2017

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

You can’t find your dream home if you don’t look! A builder’s model, every detail of the home was built to impress. Come out and see for yourself this weekend.

What’s Happening in Punta Gorda: February and March 2017

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Is it February already? It’s hard to tell when it’s 80 degrees every afternoon. It’s officially season and our office has been a busy place this past month.

There is a lot going on in the next couple months, so I will get right to the good stuff.

  • Feb. 11, 8th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)505-7325.
  • Feb. 11, Managing Stress with Dr. Demers, the Yoga Sanctuary. For more information contact (941) 505-9642
  • Feb. 12, Charlotte County Concert Band Concert Series, Charlotte Cultural Center. For information visit
  • Feb. 13, Blanchard House Black History Month Film  and Performance Series, 500 Years Later Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • Feb. 18, American Heart Association, Charlotte Heart Walk 2017. For information contact (727)563-8083.
  • Feb. 18, Smuggler’s Downtown Hoedown, Marketplace property. For information contact (941)637-5953 or
  • Feb. 20, Blanchard House Black History Month Film and Performance Series, Performance by Ray Kamalay, guitarist and storyteller: “The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music” Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • Feb. 24, 2017, Behind the Notes with Maestro Raffaele Ponti at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street. For reservations contact (941)205-9743 or
  • Feb. 24-25, Florida Frontier Days, History Park, 501 Shreve Street. For hours and information contact (941)639-6746.
  • Feb. 24-26, Cirque Italia, Downtown Punta Gorda, Marketplace property. For information contact (352)502-3162 or
  • Feb. 25, 7th Annual Punta Gorda Pub Crawl and Food Drive. Downtown Punta Gorda. For tickets and information contact (239)872-1171 or
  • Feb. 27, Blanchard House Black History Month Film  and Performance SeriesThe Legacy of Slavery  Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • March 3-4, Funk Fest Punta Gorda, Marketplace property, downtown Punta Gorda. For information visit
  • March 3-5, Peace River Pickler’s Pickleball Tournament, Gilchrist Park Pickleball & Tennis Courts. For information contact (330)812-4500 or
  • March 4, Luna Fest, History Park, 501 Shreve St. For additional information contact (941)637-3830 or
  • March 5, Yoga for Caregivers, the Yoga Sanctuary. For more information contact (941) 505-9642
  • March 11-12, iHeart Media Seafood Festival, Laishley Park. For hours and information contact (941)815-0324.
  • March 12, Charlotte County Concert Band Concert Series, Charlotte Cultural Center. For information visit
  • March 17, 2017, Behind the Notes with Maestro Raffaele Ponti at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street. For reservations contact (941)205-9743 or
  • March 24-25, Pedal & Play in Paradise Bicycle Event, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)637-8326 or
  • March 25-26, TNT Arts & Craft Show, Marketplace property. For information contact (352)344-0657 or
  • March 25, Guns and Hoses 10K & 5K Runs, 1133 Bal Harbor Plaza. For information contact (941)575-7482.
  • March 26, Punta Gorda Rotary Taste of Punta Gorda, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)875-5629

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3 Upcoming Punta Gorda Building Projects You Should Be Excited About

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Fishermens construction2Have you heard? BIG things are happening in Punta Gorda. Recently, Bloomberg put us on its list of top 18 cities to see economic growth this year.

We love being on any list with a subtitle that begins, “Florida Dominates.” There is also plenty to be excited about around our town.

1. The Fishermen’s Village $40 million Expansion: The expansion will come in two parts: first, an $8 million facelift that will add parking, update the entrance and the center court, and welcome the arrival of Scotty’s Brewhouse. The second phase will take five years and cost $30-35 million. It will include a new space for marina facilities and shops, an additional parking deck, and a sand beach with a negative edge pool.

2. Cheney Brothers Opens in Punta Gorda: Have you driven on I-75 lately and noticed the large building adorned with the letters CBI? It’s a new distribution plant for one of the biggest food manufacturers in the southeast. Since 1925, Cheney Brothers have been feeding Florida. They’ve also won numerous big business awards, such as the 2012 Business of the Year award by the Palm Chamber of Commerce and 11th of top 100 Private companies according to South Florida Business journal.

Their motto is Delivering Southern Hospitality since 1925. We think they’re going to fit in around here just fine!

3. The Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden: Coming in September 2016, the Peace River Gardens will feature 27 acres of world class sculptures and botanicals.

In Phase 1 of the project, visitors will experience 7 sculptures from world- renowned artists and a community center. Plans for future expansion include: an art gallery, children’s garden, multi-use facility, and an event stage.

What are you looking forward to in Punta Gorda?

How Much More Does the Andreae Group Sell in Burnt Store Isles? (The Numbers Might Surprise You)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

by Punta Gorda pride

The 2014 sales numbers are in! It may come as no surprise that the Andreae Group has maintained the number one spot in Punta Gorda real estate sales again this year.  (We’ve held the top spot for almost 30 years.)

But have you ever wondered how much more does the Andreae Group really sell? Are we eking by to stay at number one? Well, no.

It’s easy for us to tell you we’re the best. It’s much more work to achieve the numbers to back it up. To give you an example of the difference between the Andreae Group and the rest, let’s look at just one segment of Punta Gorda real estate–Burnt Store Isles listings. Here are some things you should know about 2014 home sales in Burnt Store Isles:

  • 54 houses were sold in BSI last year. Luke Andreae was the listing agent on 17 of those homes. No other realtor had more than 3 listings sold in BSI last year.
  • The total value of BSI homes sold last year was just over $20 million.
  • Luke Andreae listings’ sales accounted for $6 million of that $20 million.
  • 31 realtors split the rest. No other realtor can claim even $2 million in BSI sales.

Why do so many people list with Luke?

Few people know Burnt Store Isles as well as he does. The Andreae family moved to BSI in 1981 when there were only five homes in the neighborhood. (His grandparents occupied one of the other four.)  In the 1980s, vacant lots stretched across entire streets, like the now-populated Licata Ct., where Luke learned to ride his bike and first discovered a cul-de-sac makes an excellent stick ball field.

By the mid-1980s, Nancy Andreae was a top realtor in town. As homes went up, Nancy would frequently load the kids in the car to tour each home’s progress.

If you live in a BSI home that was built in the 1980s, it’s likely little Luke Andreae watched your walls go up.

Luke is still a BSI resident. He still plays stick ball around the cul-de-sacs with his two daughters. (I hear the girls even let him win sometimes.)

Of course, much of the listings come from referrals. When you know an area so well, the people know you too. You can read what people say about working with Luke on his Zillow reviews page.

Have you ever worked with the Andreae Group? Do these numbers surprise you? Let us know about your experience over on our Facebook page.

Presenting the Most Popular Member of the Andreae Group: Our Free Moving Truck

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Few things are as big and exciting as moving into a new home.

Suddenly, you have reasons to shop, new neighbors to socialize with, and a fresh view on life.

However, there are some logistical elements to moving that aren’t as fun as your new lanai. One big one is renting a moving truck. When you’re moving across the country, you might hire movers. Heck, you might hire movers for your local move.

Yet local moves are different. It seems there is always a few things in the garage you want to move later. Or the couch a friend is  taking before you move. Or the grill you need to pick up from home depot for the housewarming party.  Local moves can be a hassle.

But not for our customers. When we see a challenge for our customers, we meet it head on. Hence the truck moved into the Andreae family about 15 years ago. Now, our customers need a truck and they’ve got it.

Punta Gorda Charities Love The Truck Too

The truck does more than move our customers around town. It is available to local non-profits, and they use it. Recently, the Peace River Riders used it for their Annual Wheels and Wings ride. It’s been used by the American Cancer Society, the Charlotte Chorale, and more.

Frankly, if you run a non-profit in Charlotte County, you’ve probably driven the truck or know your chance is coming. And we look forward to handing you the keys.

Benefits of using the Andreae Group’s truck:

  1. It’s free to our customers and charities.
  2. It’s much more stylish than your average U-Haul. You can look cool while you move.
  3. It’s a conversation starter. Over the past 15 years, countless customers and non-profits have used the truck to move. Chances are our truck has moved one of your neighbors.

How to book:

  1. Buy or sell a home with the Andreae Group.
  2. OR start a charity.
  3. Need a local move.
  4. Claim your date. Call our office to reserve the truck. (941) 833-4217.
  5. Bring  a copy of your license and insurance by the office.

Have you used the Andreae Group truck? Was it for your own move or for charity use? Let us know on Facebook your truck experience.



Take a Video Tour of Punta Gorda!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

All you know is you are done. You’re done with the scraping, the shoveling, and the trudging through snow. You can’t spend another springtime hoping the cold will end.

Next year, you will spend your winters on your boat.  You will laugh with glee as you watch the weather. The only ice you’ll see will chill your margarita.

Now that you’ve decided to finally start your search, you find the internet can give you all the facts you need about Punta Gorda. You can read about our minuscule crime rate, our near perfect weather, and the endless things to do here.

However, it might be difficult to get a feel for what Punta Gorda is really like. When every subdivision that grabs your interest has boating, golf, and tennis right outside your door, how do you know where to start?

Well, we feel for you. Punta Gorda has some amazing places to live. Although nothing compares to actually visiting and letting our buyer’s agents give you the tour, we made this video to get you started. The video takes you through the major subdivisions, explains the waterways, and shows off some of the many activities around town. We hope it answers your questions about our favorite city.

One more thing to consider: As you drool over the water views and gorgeous landscapes, remind yourself that we shot this video in February 2014.

Want your winter 2015 to look like the video? Now is the time to put away those long  johns, heavy coats, and mittens forever. Come down and let us show you around.

Shop Small Business Saturday and Find Unique Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

sm bus satIn 2010, the Small Business Association (SBA) named the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 30, 2013) Small Business Saturday. The day is meant to remind you to support your local businesses when you do your holiday shopping.  Those of us who remember what Punta Gorda looked like 20 years ago, when small business was sparse, hope that you will follow the SBA’s suggestion. Luckily, Punta Gorda now booms with small businesses. You can get all of your gifts without pushing your way through a big box store. And you are sure to find unique, distinctive gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Here are some local ideas to get you started on your small business Saturday shopping spree:

The Arts & Craft Lover

Sea Grape Gallery: Featuring acrylic, pastel, oil, watercolors, colored pencil, stained glass, jewelry and pottery, the downtown gallery has sold some of the most beautiful artwork in Punta Gorda for over 25 years.

Pottery Express: The Pottery Express, located off Burnt Store Road, is five acres of landscape, fountains and pottery from around the world.

The Fitness Fan

The Foot Landing: Stock up on gifts for your favorite athlete at Punta Gorda’s favorite running store, the Foot Landing. The Landing is located in the Herald Court Center downtown.

The Yoga Sanctuary: Around the corner from the Foot Landing at 112 Sullivan Street, you can purchase mats, bricks, and clothing for your favorite yogi. The Sanctuary offers daily classes and gift certificates are available.

The Water Lover

Beneath The Sea: Have a loved one you can’t keep on dry land? You’ll find something for them at Beneath the Sea in Fishermen’s Village. Beneath the Sea carries surf, snorkel, and other water sport equipment.

The Fashionista

Fishermen’s Village shops: With everything from men’s shops to kid’s clothes to ladies wear, you can dress your whole clan in one trip to Fishermen’s Village. In addition, you can dress every mood from contemporary wear for women at Nichole’s collection to J.J. Top end’s creative t-shirts.

Bejeweled by Renee: In the Towles plaza, Renee sells handcrafted, artisan jewelry and gifts. She has pieces for women, men, and children. Make sure to check out her full line of biker jewelry.

The Chef

Pies and Plates: Everyone wants to give their favorite chef something special. They can’t cook for you if they don’t have the right tools. Pies and Plates sells all kinds of culinary helpers and you can sign your chef up for cooking classes in their culinary academy.

Where did I miss? There are so many fantastic local shops in Punta Gorda. Where will you be shopping?

Has Punta Gorda real estate hit bottom?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I was recently asked if we have “hit bottom”.  I don’t think that there is a more loaded question for a Realtor.  If I say “Yes” and the market drops in 5 months, I look like a misguided fool and if I say “No”, I am called a pessimist who does not believe in the product (the local real estate market).

However, since I like to live dangerously, I am going to address the question.  I think that we have hit a leveling off period which may be the bottom of this drop.  The number of actual sales in Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte in 2009 is much higher than our number of sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008.  There are more deals happening which is good in two ways.  First, it helps to reduce inventory.  Less inventory means less competition from other sellers which means less pressure to reduce pricing.  The second benefit of more transactions is simply a building of consumer confidence.  It is becoming “all right” to buy real estate again.  For 2-3 years, buying real estate was not seen as a wise move.  Now, however, the statistics say that more people are buying real estate.  The summer is not typically our busiest time of year.  However, this year’s summer was busy.  If that continues through the winter and spring, we may be a much healthier market in May 2010.

Two positive sidenotes:

  1. Money magazines article ranking our area as the number one place to retire brought positive press to our beautiful area
  2. There have been many articles in Forbes magazine, the WSJ and others suggesting that real estate is one of the best hedges against inflation.  Good or bad, many of the people that I am talking to think that inflation is coming.  If it does, there are countless advisors saying “Get into Real Estate to protect against inflation”.   If we are going to have inflation (which I am not rooting for at all), at least I am in an industry seen as a hedge.

Visit our website to learn more about Punta Gorda real estate. You can search the Punta Gorda MLS or  read about Punta Gorda area neighborhoods. It is a one-stop resource when buying or selling Punta Gorda property.

Punta Gorda’s Newest Building

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I never used to consider a parking garage as the type of building that makes a downtown more attractive.  If you haven’t visited Punta Gorda in a while you will be surprised.  The brand new Herald Court Centre not only adds 400 parking spaces in the middle of our downtown, it also provides commercial space for potential businesses.  So far three new businesses have already signed lease agreements.  Be sure to stop by check it out for yourself.

Visit our website for more information on Punta Gorda real estate.

More Baseball Coming to SW Florida

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The Baltimore Orioles have signed a 30 year agreement bringing them to Sarasota for Spring Training. With the addition of the Orioles, the teams that call SW Florida home during Spring training are the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, the Boston Red Sox in Ft. Myers, the Minnesota Twins in Ft. Myers, the Cinncinnati Reds in Sarasota and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.

Learn more about the Punta Gorda area or Punta Gorda Real Estate at our website.