Punta Gorda Real Estate Market Update: An In-Depth Look at Inventory Levels

October 8th, 2015

by Luke Andreae

The past 18 months has seen a significant increase in the number of real estate transactions within the

PGI/BSI subdivisions. In a nutshell – the buyers are back. The increased demand has put pressure on inventory levels. Even as sellers continue to decide to sell their homes for a myriad of reasons, the inventory of Homes For Sale has continued to drop. Below are cumulative totals of existing homes for sale.

PGI/BSI Total # of Homes For Sale:

December 2004 – 69

Buyers are back. It's easy to see why they're coming to Punta Gorda.

Buyers are back. It’s easy to see why they’re coming to Punta Gorda.

December 2005 – 303

December 2006 – 339

December 2007 – 324

December 2008 – 282

December 2009 – 231

December 2010 – 275

December 2011 – 285

December 2012 – 225

December 2013 – 237

December 2014 – 185

October 2015 – 123

 

“Season” usually starts in late October / early November. Inventory of homes for sale going into this season will be the lowest since 2004.

For a look at all the Homes For Sale on a map, check out our Maps page.

 

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

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.

3 Upcoming Punta Gorda Building Projects You Should Be Excited About

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 to Achieve Your Sailboat Dreams with One Low-Priced Home

March 25th, 2015

Forget driving. You want to sail.

But to get to your sailboat you must drive. That’s no fun.

You’d like to look at your sailboat from your kitchen. But sailboat access homes are out of your price range.

Maybe. Or maybe you’re not looking in the right area. For instance, did you know in the O’Hara area of Port Charlotte you can buy a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house for $198,000?

Even if you don’t have a sailboat yet, there’s something beautiful about having sailboat potential.canalview

And if you like that waterfront view, you should know you can see the water from your kitchen.

 

 

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Or see the boats go by from your living room…

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And of course, there’s a patio…

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Want to see more? Take a virtual tour. Want to know more? Call our office: 941-833-4217

5 Things To Do this Spring Break in Punta Gorda

March 23rd, 2015

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It’s Spring Break time. College students from all over the country flock to Florida this time of year to party.

Visit other coastal towns and you’ll see spring breakers sucking down jello shots, yelling over hotel balconies, and drinking themselves silly.

When I was 17, I wished the jello shots and frat boys would make their way to my hometown. It sounded exciting then. Twenty+ years later, there’s not a midlife crisis severe enough for me to want to live in a spring break destination.

Instead, I prefer to do spring break Punta Gorda style.

Go Clubbin’

Start your day the Yacht Club or the PG Boat Club for socializing and boating.

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Then, head to the Turtle Club (where you’ll never see anyone funneling a beer) for a nice glass of wine and dinner.

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Serve up Shots to Your Friends

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Go cruisin’.

Head over to the Muscle Car museum or join one of the many local car clubs. And the best part? You’ll never worry about traffic or where to park in Punta Gorda.

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Soak up some rays…on the golf course

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Watch the sunset at the Tiki Bar

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14 Reasons to Love Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk

March 9th, 2015

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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite places in Punta Gorda: the Harborwalk. If you’ve never been, it’s a 2+ mile trail that takes you along the Harbor and into town.

It’s an amazing trail. I know. I’m an avid runner who likes to take my running shoes on vacation. I’ve run a relay race through the beautiful mountains of Oregon, laced up to run along Lake Baikal in Siberia, and even trekked along the Italian coast.

And you know what? Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk beats them all. While many places have good walking and running trails, few have trails with so much to offer along the same route. The Harborwalk has everything.

1. We’ll start with the obvious. The view is amazing.

While you’re gawking over the view, try to imagine the salty smell of sea air. I wish I could send you the sea breeze straight through your computer. You’d never want anything else again.

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2. No cars allowed. You can bike, run, or walk without worrying about traffic.

Want to tour Charlotte Harbor by bike, but don’t have one? You can borrow one with Team Punta Gorda’s free bike loaner program.
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3. You’ll never worry about having a flat. There’s a fixing station.

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4. Thirsty? Stop and have a drink at the Tiki bar.

Very few trails, if any others, have Tiki bars. Which is a shame, because I often think while running, “I’d rather be at a Tiki bar, right now.”

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5. If boat drinks don’t fill your belly, hop into Hurricane Charley’s for a meal.

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6. You can get a full workout in at the FREE adult fitness zone.

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7. You’re little friends can expel some of that never-ending kid energy on the playground.

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8. Adults can play too. There’s basketball and tennis.

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9. And of course, pickleball.

(What’s a walk without a pickleball game overlooking the Harbor?)
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10. A quick detour and you’re shopping at Fishermen’s Village!

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11. You might make a new friend.

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12. Or stop for a dog.

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13. Even when the route takes you away from the harbor, it’s still gorgeous.

This is where a lot of trails fail. They suck you in with a small section of beauty. Not our Harborwalk, it starts pretty and stays that way.

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14. You might see a dolphin, but you won’t see any snow.

ALL of these pictures were taken in February and March 2015. That’s right. While my northern friends were using words like, Snowpocalypse and Snowmeggedon, I was running along the trail in short sleeves!

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8 Great Things to Do in Punta Gorda in March

February 26th, 2015

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Chocolate and running in one event? Yes! I love Punta Gorda!

Chocolate and running in one event? Yes! I love Punta Gorda!

Well, we made it through our annual three days of winter. If you missed it, we had a couple of chilly days in February. It was awful. We all wore sweaters and closed-toed shoes.

Thankfully, we’ve made it back into spring weather which usually lasts about 360 days. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy paradise, there’s plenty for you to do in Punta Gorda next month.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

March 1 All Corvettes on the River: Everybody loves a corvette. This event showcases pairs some of the most stunning cars with a gorgeous Peace River backdrop. The event is hosted by Corvettes of Charlotte County. Judging starts at 11:00 a.m. Awards are presented at 3:00 p.m. Where: Gilchrist Park

March 6-8 22nd Annual Conquistador Cup Regatta: This year is the Punta Gorda Sailing Club’s 40th anniversary, and the club is ready to celebrate! This year’s regatta includes a little something for every boater, including a “poker run” for the non-race crowd on Sunday. A cocktail party starts the party on Friday night. For more information, go to the Punta Gorda Sailing Club’s website.

March 8 15th Annual Celtic Festival: Start your St. Patty’s day celebrations a wee early! Enjoy live Celtic music from 12:00-7:00 pm. Where: The Celtic Ray Cost: $5 More information at Celtic Heritage Productions.

March 19 Women in the Military Reception: The Military Heritage Museum salutes local women who have served our country. Show your support at the entrance to Fishermen’s Village from 4-7 pm.

March 21-22 Peace River National Art Show: Charlotte County’s largest juried art show happens outdoors. See art glass, jewelry, metalwork, paintings and more from nearly 100 nationally recognized artists. When: 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Where: Laishley Park

March 28 Pedal and Play Bike Ride: With three different routes ranging from 15 to 62 miles, there’s a ride for everyone at this fun event. You can even sleep late and ride in the afternoon’s history tour. Proceeds go towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and TEAM Punta Gorda’s Bicycle Friendly Community Initiatives. For more information, check out the website.

March 28 Chocolate Fantasia Run: Pedal and play in the morning. Run for chocolate in the evening. This 7k run starts at 8 pm, so you have plenty of time to get a nap in after your morning bike ride. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself!) Proceeds go to the Tender Hearts Partnership. For more information and information on other local runs, visit the Foot Landing’s website.

March 5-April 4 Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training: Take yourself out to the ballgame! Spring training is here. You can find game times and buy tickets here.

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The Single Worst Thing You Can do When it Gets Chilly in Punta Gorda

February 19th, 2015

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Taken in BSI this week--I'll take kayaking over thunder snow any day

Taken in BSI this week–I’ll take kayaking over thunder snow any day.

It’s chilly in Punta Gorda today. Here you are living the dream, and now you have to throw on a sweater and long pants. I know. It’s awful.

The highs won’t be in the 70s and 80s again until Saturday—two whole days from now!

What are you going to do until then?

You can go to the Club and have lunch. Get projects around the house done. Binge on Netflix. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you don’t make  this one horrible mistake.

Do not, under any circumstances, call your northern friends and attempt to commiserate with their winter woes. Don’t try to get their pity. It won’t work. I’ve tried. I lived in Boston for years. My Boston friends have no sympathy for me when I whine about highs in the 50s.

I try to tell them, 50s are “Florida freezing.” They don’t want to hear it. Remember, northerners associate 50 degrees with melting snow, clearing roads, and fewer layers. It’s amazing to think in some places 50 degrees is a sign of hope.

But it’s true. It’s likely that you’ve spent the last few months talking about your boat trips, casually mentioning golf scores, and posting pictures of you at the TT’s Tiki bar. You lost any hope of sympathy months ago.

You’ll must wait out Punta Gorda’s winter with other locals.

The Good News about Punta Gorda Winters

You may never get the sympathy you deserve for surviving the chilly front of 2015. I do have good news though.

1. Punta Gorda winters last 2-10 non-consecutive days. We had a couple of cooler days last week. This cold front is supposed to last through tomorrow. Last year, I think we had four days of winter. This year we may have as many as six. It’s rough. I feel sorry for us, even if your northern friends won’t.

2. You’re life will never get to the point when you’re waiting for thunder snow. Even on our worst weather days, you’ll never go so crazy you stand outside in 87 layers hoping for thunder snow. When I see this, all I can think is, “I hope they pay that guy really well.”

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Nobody is paying your northern friends to stand out in the snow. Yet they’re still up there, not feeling sorry for you. All you can do, is get out your winter jacket and bundle up. It’s going to be a chilly, two days of winter.

How to Stay Cool in Punta Gorda this February

February 4th, 2015

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See how we have it?

See how we have it?

Every February countless blog posts appear instructing readers how to stay warm as the Polar Vortex attacks their homes. Northerners need these articles to survive. Any attempt to stick a toe outside could be met with a falling icicle, sock-wetting slush, and/or slippery black ice.

It’s awful for them. And I do sympathize.

But what about us? People forget how hard living in paradise can be. The highs have been in the high 60s and 70s almost every day this winter. While those seem like perfect temperatures, they impose hardships. And nobody seems to sympathize with us. Luckily, I’ve lived here long enough to help you survive 70 degree days in February.

Before I get to the solutions, let me explain the problem. (I fear some of you don’t see it.) February nights sink down into the high 40s and low 50s. Yes, it’s perfect sleeping weather. Yet when you wake up, it’s easy to get ready for the day as if it will be freezing all day. (We consider anything under 65 degrees ‘freezing’.)

If you’re not careful, you could walk out the door overdressed, and find yourself tad warm by noon. To your average northerner, a ‘tad warm by noon’ sounds nice. But Floridians are different.

Remember the story of the Princess and the pea? Only the Princess lived in such comfort that she could feel the pea under her mattress. Well, Floridians are a lot like the Princess when it comes to weather. We appreciate good weather. We’re connoisseurs of good weather. We prefer to keep our bodies the perfect temperatures at all times.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Get up in the morning.
  2. Dress like it’s 70 degrees outside.
  3. Throw on a sweater.
  4. Take off the sweater when it gets warm.

As you can see, winter in paradise takes effort. People don’t know how hard we have it. If you have a friend or loved one who’s struggles to maintain to stay cool in February, share this post with them on Facebook.

The Hard Truth about Punta Gorda and Groundhog Day

January 28th, 2015

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Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vickispix/

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vickispix/

When researching places to live, you may think: Wow, Punta Gorda has beautiful scenery, lots to do, and near perfect weather. It sounds wonderful. But how do they celebrate Groundhog Day?

The answer is: We don’t. Which is odd, because normally Punta Gorda residents find any excuse to throw a party. We average one festival a month, celebrate Octoberfest twice, and turn Halloween into a week-long fright fest. You’d think we’d at least have one local groundhog to rival Punxsutawney Phil.  Yet we don’t.

It’s sad until you understand why. You see, nobody in Punta Gorda minds if there are six more weeks of winter. In fact, sometimes we forget it’s winter at all. Who can tell? Maybe we need a groundhog to remind us that it’s winter. We could name him Winter Will, and he could always be looking for his other flip-flop.

Now, if you’re banned from using your non-emergency vehicle right now or spending the day wading through Juno’s mess, forgetting about winter might be hard to imagine. But it happens.

I say bring on six more weeks of winter. Or don’t. It’s all the same.

Even if a noticeable difference between winter and spring existed, Groundhog Day loses its suspense in a place that’s almost always sunny. The groundhog would see his shadow year after year. There’d be more winter. And nobody would notice.

If you get excited about Groundhog Day every year, I’m sorry. It’s just one of those things you’ll have to give up when you move here. You’ll leave it behind with your snow blower, ice scrapers, and remote car starters.

I can promise you this: You won’t miss putting your hopes and dreams in the eyes of a rodent. You may even look back and think: Why? Why was I so attached to what a furry marmot saw? Was winter in the north so horrible that I’d eagerly watch a groundhog for entertainment? I could’ve been in Punta Gorda playing golf!

And then you’ll pick up your clubs and forget Groundhog Day ever mattered.