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Boca Grande

Boca Grande, Florida, offers the epitome of opulent island style living. Nestled off the coast of southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Boca Grande is like nowhere else on earth. Surrounded in lush foliage and sandy white beaches, Boca Grande marries eloquent island living with the easy lifestyle that southwest Florida is famous for. If you are looking for a beautiful luxury home or beach front condo in an intimate paradise setting, then Boca Grande is the place for you.

Situated midway between Sarasota and Fort Myers on Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande is in the perfect location to enjoy all that southwest Florida has to offer. Luxury real estate is abundant in this tropical paradise, known for its beautiful beaches and extravagant surroundings. Many homes in Boca Grande offer beach front views, tranquil surroundings, great privacy, and a taste of “old Florida” lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a waterfront home to dock your boat or simply a beautiful estate in the tropics, Boca Grande has just what you have been looking for.

Many of the properties in Boca Grande are million dollar estates with lush, tropical landscaping and all of the amenities of home that you could imagine. A variety of architectural styles can be found on the island as well from Mediterranean to Floridian, classical and contemporary. Imagine your own beach front luxury manse with wide windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, champagne sunsets by the pool and stargazing on your own private beach; it can all be yours in Boca Grande.

Whether you are looking for an upscale vacation property or simply an extravagant place to call home, then look no further than Boca Grande, FL. Breathtaking vistas, serene seaside strolls and luxurious real estate is all waiting for you in this coastal community. Come see why Boca Grande offers some of the best luxury real estate values on the Gulf Coast, and you will understand why many make this tropical paradise a place they call home.

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Known by many as the gem of the Suncoast, Englewood Florida is centrally located between Sarasota and Fort Myers. This is the perfect location to truly be in the heart of all that Southwest Florida has to offer, including pristine beaches, fine dining, arts and entertainment and more. Avid fisherman and beachcombers alike flock to Englewood’s shores every year to drink in the beauty and serenity of this tropical paradise. Whether you are seeking a fabulous location to purchase a vacation home, or simply want the perfect place to hang your golf clubs at the end of the day, then this is the ultimate southwest Florida destination for you.

If you have been searching for the perfect unspoiled location to build the home of your dreams, then look no further than Englewood, FL. Whether you have been dreaming of tropical swimming pools, upgraded interiors, boating access or waterfront views, Englewood can make all of your real estate dreams come true. With a variety of available lots, Englewood is the ideal location to begin constructing the perfect new home that you desire and deserve. While Englewood offers a vast array of beautiful resale homes to choose from, it is the availability of lush vacant waterfront lots and properties that makes Englewood different from neighboring towns that are already fully built out.

Even if you don’t have construction dreams, there are many pristine, previously owned homes in Englewood to choose from in a variety of price points and styles. If you are looking for resort style living, there are a number of gated communities offering single family homes, townhomes and villas that offering all the luxury you could ever need. If it is grand scale opulence you are looking for, Englewood will not leave you disappointed, with beautifully constructed gulf front homes started at upwards of a million dollars. However, in Englewood, you don’t have to be a millionaire to live like one.

The sleepy beach town of Englewood offers what we believe to the best mix of amenities without having the hustle and bustle of busier towns. Englewood’s smaller population offers peace and quiet that you just can’t get in most coastal areas of Florida anymore. If you don’t want to get caught in traffic jams…but still want to be close to the beach and great restaurants and shops, Englewood is for you!

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Manasota Key

Manasota Key is Barrier Island located just off the town of Englewood in Florida’s Charlotte County. This beautiful location is an 11 mile long island/peninsula that extends out into the Gulf of Mexico providing gorgeous views from the numerous white sand beaches located here. Manasota Key’s location between Sarasota and Fort Myers means that residents of this quaint community have access to all the benefits of a bigger city nearby while enjoying a small town atmosphere.

People are drawn to Manasota Key real estate because of the enticing warm waters of the Gulf, but they stay due to the many amenities and attractions offered. One can spend the day at any one of the four public Manasota Key beaches that are known for their tranquility. Less crowded than many of Florida’s coastal areas, these beaches are perfect for swimming, sun bathing, or simply collecting the numerous seashells and shark’s teeth that wash ashore.

Many of the Manasota Key homes for sale are located near the town center where you’ll discover great seafood restaurants like Lock & Key Restaurant and Pub. Here guests enjoy their favorite dishes while dining on the patio that overlooks the ocean. If you like outside dining and more of a tiki bar experience, check out Flounders. For more upscale fare, and a great view of the beach, check out the 2nd floor of the Gulf View Grill, another one of our favorites. There isn’t much shopping on Manasota Key, you will want to cross the Tom Adams Bridge back into Englewood to find a better selections of stores and shops.

Those who choose Manasota Key condos or houses to call home can expect an average temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit with June, July, and August being the hottest months. The winter is when this place really shines though, with very little rain and summer like temperatures. This makes Manasota Key and Englewood Beach the ideal spot for outdoor activities. One can fish for grouper and snapper from chartered boats or do some back country fishing for Snook and Redfish. Golfers love the nearby Myakka Golf Club’s excellent course, along with about 20 other golf courses within a 30 minute drive of the beach. Of course families never tire of the numerous water activities located near Englewood Beach.

Manasota Key residents and visitors will find renting a deck boat, Jet Ski, or ocean kayak a great way to explore the waters on their own at a business like Allure Boat Club. Others may prefer a pontoon boat ride with Lemon Bay Tours who offer an up-close look at the local wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, and the occasional bald eagle.

Real estate here on the key includes luxury beach front condos, single family homes, and of course waterfront housing with gulf or Lemon bay views. The wide range of prices makes living here a reality for many people regardless of budget. Small homes on the Island can start around 300k and go all the way up to 10-20 million. Two bedroom condos start around 200k and then go up based on location to the water, amenities and most importantly the water views of the condo.

Over the years Manasota Key has been the home to several famous singers such as Bobby Vinton, Tim McGraw, and Donna Summers…but you don’t have to be famous to live on Manasota Key, you just have to make a decision to live the good life!

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North Port

North Port, Florida, is a rapidly growing community located in southern Sarasota County on the west coast of Florida. The population in 2010 was 57,357 people. The location and warm climate make North Port Florida real estate attractive to a wide range of buyers.

North Port is located on U.S. Highway 41 which connects the communities along the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s west coast between Tampa and Naples. North Port’s location on Interstate 75 offers quick access to metropolitan Tampa-St. Petersburg area 50 miles to the north and Fort Myers 40 miles to the south. Airline service from all the major carriers is available at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and Tampa International Airport.

North Port was originally developed by the General Development Corporation as North Port Charlotte in 1959 by a special act of the Florida Legislature to support development of Port Charlotte in Charlotte Harbor. Residents of the city voted in 1974 to change the name to North Port to claim its own identity.

The city has grown rapidly in over 50 years. Today, there are many North Port Florida homes for sale in all parts of the city. Parents are attracted to the community for the school system. North Port High School serves students in grades nine through twelve. Students in grades six through eight attend either Heron Creek Middle School or Woodland Middle School. Homes for sale in North Port Florida can be found in neighborhoods where there are five elementary schools: Atwater, Cranberry, Glenallen, Lamarque and Toledo Blade.

Recreational and cultural amenities make real estate in North Port Florida attractive to prospective home buyers. North Port is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, such as Stump Pass State Park, Siesta Key, Manasota, Casey and Longboat Keys. The city has 26 parks and recreational facilities and an active youth sports program which also make real estate in North Port Florida attractive.

The North Port Art Center is a non-profit visual arts organization that offers classes for children and adults. The art center features a large art gallery, gift shop, classrooms, pottery studio, art library, kitchen and print shop. The North Port Performing Arts Center featuring a 1,000-seat auditorium was built in 2001.

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Nestled at the very southern tip of Florida's Cape Haze Peninsula is the small community of Placida. What began as a tiny fishing village has grown into a destination for those seeking a relaxed lifestyle with nearby modern amenities. Off the beaten path yet easy to get to, Placida is near Boca Grande and Port Charlotte, and is roughly half-way between the larger cities of Sarasota to the North and Ft. Myers to the South. Surrounded by the waters of Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound it has easy access to the Intracoastal.

Placida is a fisherman's paradise and is known as the 'Tarpon Capital of the World'. Besides fishing, all the watersports imaginable are available as well as sun-soaked white sand beaches to enjoy. There are also several golf courses within a 10 minute drive. The near-perfect semi-tropical weather has a tendency to turn visitors into fulltime residents.

The town of Placida isn’t a huge place, but everything you need is close including restaurants like Zydeco Grill, Villa Capri, Waterside Grill and The Fishery. If you are looking for something different, take a water taxi to Palm Island and eat at The Rum Bay Restaurant right on the water. There is a Publix grocery store in Placida as well as a post office. The urban center of Port Charlotte with shopping malls and chain restaurants is about 20 miles away.

The Placida real estate market has something for everyone; homes for sale in Placida cover everything from cozy cottages to full estates, while bay front Placida condos are yet another option for those seeking a new place to call home. Just take a look at our pre-searched locations on the right for more info on real estate in Placida Florida

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Port Charlotte

The unincorporated locale of Port Charlotte lies about 30 miles north of Fort Myers. The relatively small community of about 55,000 residents sits on the northern tip of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary. A 15-minute drive will get you to the Punta Gorda Airport, and you could drive to either the Sarasota Bradenton Airport in Sarasota or the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers in less than an hour. Northwestern Port Charlotte is known as Murdock, and it is home to the town center. State Road 776 and U.S. 41 intersect here, where a number of businesses and light industrial operations have set up shop.

Forbes named Port Charlotte as one of the "25 Best Places to Retire in 2015" and it also made the "Top Ten Best Places in the United States to Retire" by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. With accolades like this, Port Charlotte is fast becoming the place to be for those who enjoy all of the activities and beauty that Florida has to offer, but want to steer clear of the crowds who visit the bigger cities like Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

This Southwest Gulf Coast town is an excellent choice for people who like to live in a tranquil neighborhood but don't want to spend a lot of time driving to and from work - those who commute from Port Charlotte spend an average of 23 minutes on the road (the national average is 25 minutes). There are many real estate opportunities in Port Charlotte, including waterfront homes, condos and villas.

Summers in Port Charlotte are typically hot and humid with some passing afternoon thunderstorms. The weather stays relatively warm throughout the winter time with average highs around 74 January though March, with fewer rainy days throughout the winter season.

Take advantage of the sunny days in this cool little town by taking in a round of golf at the Riverwood Golf and Country Club, or cheer on the local baseball team, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, during one of their home games at Charlotte Sports Park. If the beach is more your style, look no further than Port Charlotte Beach Park for your sandy pleaure. Although the water here is not as clear at the nearby beaches of Englewood, you can still spend the day swimming and lounging with your toes in the sand, or bring friends and family for an afternoon of barbecuing, kayaking, or fishing. For real beach activities with prettier water, you will want to head to Englewood on Manasota Key or even Boca Grande.

When it comes to a fun night out, Port Charlotte has got it covered! There are many restaurants and bars to go to. Head to Visani Restaurant & The Comedy Zone, where you can expect a great meal with a side of laughs. See performers like Josh Blue, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and stand-up legend Gallagher. Port Charlotte also has all the chain restaurants you are accustomed to like, Outback, Red Lobster, Carrabbas, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chilis, etc…the list goes on and on and everything is located near the Port Charlotte Town Center mall.

If you're seeking a hometown that is conveniently located, while offering plenty of outdoor fun and just the right amount of night life, Port Charlotte real estate could be just what you are looking for!

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Punta Gorda

Described as one of the pearl cities on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Punta Gorda is a truly fantastic and incredible place to live and visit. This city happens to be the only incorporated municipality in Charlotte County and has a population of 16,641 as per the census conducted in the year 2010. The city of Punta has been in existence since 1815, and its name used to refer to a point of land that used to excrescent into Charlotte Harbor, which was an estuary off the Gulf of Mexico.

Since then this city has grown into an allure of a world-class resort and the charm of a welcoming hometown. This enamoring city offers the best in sports and recreation. It has a free bike-loner program that will allow you to get on your bike and pedal on the city’s streets. Likewise, you can decide to take a stroll with your pet dog or friends while enjoying an ice-cream cone in the streets or parks. You can also enjoy golfing and tennis in the available Golf and Country Clubs such as the Twin Isles Country Club, St. Andrews South Golf Club, Kingsway Country Club and many more. When it boils down to life in the outdoors, no city handles it with class and style like Punta Gorda.

When it comes to fine dining, this city thinks beyond big. You have wine and cuisine occasions in some of the best Hotels in the American east coast such as the Wyvern Hotel and Four Points. You also get to enjoy one of the most respected and heralded Charlotte Symphony Orchestra that is no alien to standing ovations. If you also enjoy jazz music, then this is the place to be as the city is host to numerous jazz festivals. This city also has a rich culture when it comes to art, and this is evident by the Legion open-air art shows meant to invigorate and bring the community together.

The city has some of its residential areas near its pristine beaches and privy islands that appear inviting to many of its visitors. The ocean waters have also been identified to be some of the friendliest by sailors. Therefore, those of you have or wish to have yachts, kayaks, or small and medium-sized cruisers will have plenty of fun. Punta Gorda also has access to deep water that allow for some of the best sail boating on the West coast of Florida.

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Rotonda West

Rotonda West, Florida is the perfect place to live for anyone who loves fun in the sun. Located on Florida’s luxurious Southwest coast, Rotonda West is a master planned golf community that is shaped like a wagon wheel. Surrounding the outside of the “wheel” is a large freshwater canal system which forms the neighborhoods of Rotonda West. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers thanks to the protected wetlands that are home to herons, alligators, armadillos, egrets, turtles and bobcats.

Temperatures in Rotonda West are typically mild thanks to the soothing sea breeze. While some summer days can heat up to around 90 degrees, they are tempered by the cool breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico. The mild weather is perfect for the variety of outdoor activities Rotonda West has to offer. If you feel like relaxing the day away at the beach, then there are plenty of nearby options. Head to Middle Beach for some dolphin watching, or check out Stump Pass Beach and try to spy some manatees. If you are a golfer, you can’t beat the 5 courses at The Hills, The Links, The Palms, Long Marsh and Pinemoor. If you’re a tennis player, there are courts at the county park in the middle of the community to hone your skills. If fishing is more your speed, then consider joining a fishing charter and experiencing the thrill of the catch or just throw a line into one of the freshwater canals behind your home.

After spending an active day in the sun, Rotonda West offers plenty of great dining options where you can refuel your energy. Check out Leverock’s Restaurant for an amazing selection of fresh seafood, or head to Prime Time Steak and Spirits for a great meal paired with a fun and festive atmosphere.

Rotonda West is a beautiful locale with numerous real estate options that provide quiet and comfort. It is conveniently located near Fort Myers and Port Charlotte, which means that an abundance of fine dining, shops and boutiques, and entertainment and sporting venues just a hop, skip and a jump away. Rotonda West is also located less than 40 miles from the Bradenton Airport in Sarasota.

Rotonda West real estate is booming right now. There are new home builders building on nearly every street. If you are looking for a vacant lot to build a new home, Rotonda lots offer some of the best values in Florida for a deed restricted location, low fees ($166 per year!), and proximity to world class beaches. Just click on the links on the right to see all Rotonda West homes for sale.

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Venice is on the Gulf coast of South West Florida with all of the sun, water and sand to prove it. A few miles south of Sarasota, Venice is about 28 miles from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The Venice Municipal Airport is an alternative to the larger one but caters to private planes. Other options for cheap flights are Ft Myers and Tampa airports.

Live here - be on vacation every day. This town of more than 21,200 is community-oriented and tourist-friendly at the same time, happily existing on the coast. Florida is an attractive destination for living or visiting with ocean and gulf beaches for swimming and fishing. Many communities are very concerned about ecology, and Venice has three separate organizations for conservation and environmental health.

Keeping Venice safe for plants, animals and humans will help maintain its beauty and desirability. Florida is wonderful for outdoor living, and beaches are just one aspect of it. The Venetian Waterway Park Trail is a flat, 9.3 mile path running along both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway. The head of this trail is in downtown Venice, ending in South Venice at Caspersen Beach. There are crossing bridges along the way. There is little shade, so dress accordingly when biking and walking. Stop off at Caspersen Beach Park for a swim mid-walk or -ride.

The Venice Beach fishing pier at Brohard Park is 700 feet long. No fishing license is required, and there's a bait shop right there. Sand volleyball, a golf course, a pavilion and 2 restaurants bars also provide options for fun. There are public restrooms, too, so visitors can make a day of it. Venice Beach, at the end of West Venice Avenue also has parking, food, sand volleyball lots, picnic areas and a boardwalk.

Venice, Florida condos are convenient vacation landing spots while staying in this area. Most have pools and are on the beach or close to it. Easy access to water sports and equipment makes it fun to kayak, canoe, dive or take sightseeing charters. Visitors can cook up the fish they caught on a fishing charter when staying in a condo instead of a hotel.

Many vacationers take advantage of their time off to look at Venice Florida homes for sale. Even a cursory look gives buyers an idea about where they might like to live in this area. Living here may entail fending off constant visits from friends and family, especially with all of the available deep sea fishing charters. Fair warning: the 12 golf courses and separate driving and putting ranges lure them as well.

With a name like Venice Beach, Italian restaurants are inevitable, thankfully. Sushi and Asian food are also good right here on the gulf. Just about every kind of ethnic food imaginable is in Venice as well, and there is no shortage of sub shops, pizza-parlors or diners. Upscale restaurants like the Crow’s Nest on Venice Island are not hard to find, and all manner of chain restaurants are in town as well.

Owning Venice Florida real estate is a way to be part of its long history. The town was begun in the 1870s and continues to thrive. It is on the Tamiami Trail running from Tampa to Miami, a 275-mile distance. Just over 100 miles north of the Everglades, it's a little more than a two-hour drive to this national treasure. Kids can see environmental protection in action and learn what else needs to be done to maintain this unique and valuable habitat.

Downtown Venice is like an outdoor mall, only interesting. Venice, Tampa, Nokomis, Nassau and Miami Avenues contain stores and shops to cover most consumer needs of most people. Gourmet food, clothing, jewelry, furniture, shoes and more await shoppers. There's only one way to see Venice; visit soon.

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Waterfront Property

Southwest Florida is known worldwide as a waterfront destination. With the wonderful yearlong warm weather, getting outdoors is mandatory for people living in this part of the United States. Part of that outdoor experience is life out on the water. Whether you enjoy boating, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, or sunbathing, there is some type of waterfront property here that will suit your tastes. Just read below to learn a bit more about waterfront types and how they are used in finding real estate that meets your needs here in the Charlotte and Sarasota county areas.

Beach front homes and condos here in Southwest Florida can have several different names. Since we are on the Gulf of Mexico many people refer to beach front homes as gulf front homes. You won’t hear many people refer to it as “ocean front” since the gulf is not technically an ocean. When you are looking for beachfront property and you want a full 180 degree view of the water, look for properties described as Full gulf view. For condos that might have a side view of the gulf, maybe a 90 degree view, these are known as partial gulf views. Beware that many agents when they list properties for sale here go a little overboard with their descriptions. Sometime you will only be able to see the slightest blue tinge of water between some buildings and they might call it a partial gulf view.

The next type of waterfront property that is very popular here are ones that have boating access right from the backyard of the home or from an on-site marina area if it’s a condo. Most people here call these gulf access homes. They could also be called boating access homes. These types of properties could be on a bay, on a saltwater canal, river, or on the Intracoastal Waterway…just as long as you can boat all the way to the gulf from the home. These properties are also sometimes sorted buy how large of a boat you can get into these properties. You usually see Sailboat Access which basically means there are no bridges on the way to the gulf, or if there are maybe it’s a drawbridge, either way you can get a boat with a tall mast out from the location.

The last type of home that people like to purchase is just simple waterfront homes with no gulf access. These homes might be located on a pond, lake or freshwater canal. The waterfront in this case is more for the view and less about access. Of course most of these bodies of water are full of freshwater fish for some lazy day angling. Another plus to being located on freshwater is for a larger separation of distance from homes behind you. Also, if you are on a freshwater canal or pond, you can usually tap that water for irrigation use which saves money on your water bill.

Just check out the links to the right of the page for researched pages showing your favorite waterfront properties.

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Gated Communities

Whether you're a retiree or young family looking to relocate to Southwest Florida, you'll find that many of the more desirable communities here are gated. You might be curious about what's behind those tall gates, from property layouts to general amenities. If you're seriously looking for a gated community in a tropical paradise, just read on...

Being located in a gated community means you will have neighbors nearby with a more intimate relationship. You'll find a better sense of neighborhood in these communities and many offer activities and functions to go to at their community clubhouses. Neighbors aren't strangers, but actually get along as they share property amenities and necessary upgrades to the entire community.

Many gated communities in Southwest Florida offer tons of amenities. These amenities can include items such as maintenance free living, lawn care, community heated pools and spas, tennis courts, workout centers, clubhouses with group activities, golf courses, libraries, and volleyball...depending on the community you may have access to these types of amenities and many more. Some of these community club houses remind you of a cruise ship with all the activities they have and things to do. Some of the larger gated communities are almost like living at a resort!

Even though the towns in our coverage area are very safe, the top benefit most people point out about gated communities is security. Although crime isn't impossible within gated areas, criminals must work much harder to access the subdivision. In most cases, criminals simply want an easy target with a lucrative end result. A gated community is too risky to access. Neighbors know the usual vehicles and people moving through the area, even frequent visitors. If a criminal tried to park outside a home, a neighbor would be on the phone in a moment to security personnel.

Gated communities in Florida usually have public spaces filled with recreational choices, such as tennis courts or playgrounds. All of these public areas and lush Florida landscaping must be maintained collectively by the property owners. Homeowners' association fees can be as low as a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 a month in some rare cases. When buyers are looking for a property, they must also add in these HOA fees to complete their possible monthly payment plan. HOA fees and other maintenance fees like CDD fees are always mandatory for all owners.

Regardless of HOA fee costs, gated property owners in FL appreciate the privacy and quality amenities they have access to every day. There are no strange people driving past the home to bother residents. Almost everyone knows each other, especially when visiting community amenities. Swimming pools, play areas and picnic spaces are all communal, but they offer clean and high-quality spaces to enjoy. Because everyone who uses these areas pays to maintain them, there's a high level of care and courtesy to keep the area spotless for years to come.

Always work with an experienced real estate agent to access all local gated communities. Agents may even have inside knowledge about some properties that help you make a final decision. Gated living in Southwest Florida can be a dream come true if you research properties properly to match them with your family's personality. Take a look at the communities to the left and start exploring gated community living in South West Florida!

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Golfing Communities

You could be looking for tropical temperatures year-round or just the perfect retirement spot when shopping for real estate in Southwest Florida. For many buyers, the idea of a golfing community is intriguing because it's literally recreation at your doorstep. If you're currently contemplating a new home purchase in a golfing community, examine some of the details that make these purchases unique.

Most golf communities are gated and the homes usually have nice views from their backyard lanais. Views might be of the golf course, the rough, a preserve area or a lake. Since you are located near a golf course, the greens and fairways should be lush year-round. Landscaping in the public areas of these communities is usually top notch. Many times the lawn service on your home will be included in the fees as well. In a gated golfing community, there's typically no bothersome street noise, just the sound of players striking the ball and hopefully making the shot. If you're a golfing fan, these sounds are music to the ears.

If you're planning on retiring and moving to a golfing community, there's almost always a clubhouse where everyone congregates. This space is meant to be used as a socializing area, allowing you to get to know neighbors and possible playing partners. If you're single, this clubhouse concept helps you meet other people and form new relationships in retirement, for instance. Your fees pay for this establishment too, so you won't have any extra charges to keep the clubhouse in full swing.

Unlike private golf clubs, golfing communities have avid players living in close proximity to the greens. Although not everyone will want to play at once, there could be larger crowds clamoring for a tee-off time compared to private clubs. Take this consideration into mind when searching for a golfing community. You might want a small community with a large golf course to stagger the tee-off times comfortably. Golfing should be calming and enjoyable, not busy and crowded. One caveat is that the only time you experience crowds when golfing is during the busy winter season, the rest of the year will be easy going.

Every golfing community is extremely different regarding the fee structure. When you show interest in a property, have your Realtor go over all associated costs with the home. Typically golf course fees are separate from HOA fees in our Golf communities here in Southwest Florida. If you don’t want to join the golf course you do not have to. Add all these HOA, Maintenance, and Golf course costs together to form a true picture of your investment. Every budget is unique, so take into account all the savings you'll find if golfing is your passion as you shop around to different communities.

If you ever plan on selling your golfing community home, buyers are often waiting at the door. These properties are considered popular within certain circles, making them great investments for nearly any age group. Drive around and tour several golfing communities before making a purchase decision. That perfect home overlooking a tee could be waiting for you.

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55+ Communities

If you have reached 55 years of age or older, then you are probably getting tired of cold winters. One of the main reasons that baby boomers want to move to Florida 55+ communities is to enjoy a year-round warm climate that permits enjoying outdoor activities. Communities built for older adults are often peaceful places without loud neighbors and high crime rates. Your neighbors will be of the same age group and frequently want to participate in the same type of recreational pastimes you do. Some of these subdivision are very active with organized activities like cards, happy hours, athletic activities, fishing trips, you name it.

The companies that build Florida adult communities listen to what their customers want when buying a new place to live. Older individuals want to live in a home that is located near to medical facilities, shopping centers and amenities. Some of the amenities that are available near age-restricted communities might include:

• Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
• Bus stops for public transportation
• Fitness centers for daily exercise
• Waterways for boating and fishing
• Golf courses for frequent enjoyment
• Parking areas nearby for automobiles and recreational vehicles
• Clubhouse to rent for parties
• Tennis courts to remain physically fit
• Pathways inside and outside for walking
• Continuing education center for classes and lectures
• Senior center that provides meals and activities
• Arts and crafts studios to express creativity

The Pros-and-Cons of Living in Age-Restricted Adult Communities

There are a few negatives of living in age-restricted communities. Most communities have rules that extended family members such as grandchildren or adult children can only live in a home for a particular amount of time. These rules are sometimes waived temporarily if a resident needs live-in care due to having surgery or an illness. Some Florida adult communities will permit residents to have spouses of a younger age, but this is a problem if the person over age 55 dies or must enter a nursing home. There are older individuals who miss living near younger people, especially relatives who can arrive quickly when there is an emergency. A positive aspect of living in Florida 55+ communities is that it is a nice transition from regular housing to living in assisted living situations.

Fee Requirements in Age-Restricted Communities

Florida adult communities may charge association or maintenance fees that help to pay for a variety of expenses such as repairing sidewalks and maintaining landscaping and the community in general. For seniors on a limited income, these expenses are an important factor to consider before buying a condominium or home. These fees are typically paid monthly or quarterly. Residents may also need to pay additional fees for using certain types of amenities like golf.  Take a look at the links to the right to start shopping for your new 55+ community!

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Bank Owned Foreclosures

If you are looking for a great deal on your next real estate purchase, you may want to look into buying a foreclosure.  Foreclosures, sometimes called bank owned properties or REO (real estate owned) properties are not as prevalent in Southwest Florida as they have been.  Just after the market bust of 2007, foreclosures were everywhere.  Today there are still some on the market, but the number of available bank owned properties are dwindling get them while you still can.

Foreclosure properties that you see for sale by a Realtor are not really foreclosure properties at all.  They are properties that WERE previously foreclosed on, but the bank bought them back at the foreclosure auction and has then listed them for sale with a Florida Realtor.  Unlike a foreclosure auction, when you buy a bank owned foreclosure from a realtor you can get financing, you get title insurance, you can do inspections, etc.  Buying a REO property from a Realtor is much safer than buying directly from the Charlotte County or Sarasota County foreclosure auctions.

Six things to look out for when contemplating the purchase of a bank owned property:

  1. Banks will not make any repairs, and the properties are usually in some state of disrepair.
  2. If you are getting financing, your lender may not lend on a foreclosure that is in bad condition.
  3. In order to make an offer on a foreclosure, you must have proof of funds if you are paying cash or a preapproval from a lender if you are getting financing.
  4. It’s generally very hard to get VA or FHA financing on a foreclosure, so if you need this type of loan product you will be better off looking for a normal home sale instead of a foreclosure.
  5. Just because it’s a foreclosure doesn’t mean it’s a great deal.  I see many overpriced bank owned properties every day.  Once you calculate the cost of repairing some of these homes, it may make more sense just to purchase a home that is ready to go from a normal seller.
  6. Many banks will make you pay for their Florida Documentary Stamp Tax.  This is almost always a seller cost but many banks force the buyer to pay it.

Interested in more info?  Click the link for a guide to the process of buying bank owned properties.

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