A Glimpse of the Area
Charlotte County is located on the southwest Gulf Coast of Florida between Sarasota and Lee Counties, homes, respectively, to the cities of Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Punta Gorda, the only city in Charlotte County, was founded in 1880 as Trabue, modestly named by Colonel Isaac Trabue of Louisville, Kentucky, who designated all the waterfront property in the city as park lands, a forward-thinking idea still very much adhered to today. Punta Gorda politics got their start with a secret but legal meeting on December 7, 1887 at which Trabue was officially incorporated under the current name.
Located on a lush peninsula jutting out into Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Spanish for "Fat Point", is aptly named. The Harbor itself is part of the second largest estuary in the state, fed by the watersheds of the Peace, Myakka, and Caloosahatchee Rivers (almost 4,500 square miles). In southwest Florida, the barrier islands and coastal waters are supplied with freshwater primarily from these three rivers. The Charlotte Harbor estuary and contiguous coastal waters serve as a home, feeding ground and/or nursery area for more than 270 species of resident, migrant, and commercial fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Manatees, sea turtles, pelicans, eagles, egrets and dolphins are also found in the estuary and its watershed. In other words, spectacular fishing and cruising!
The city is bounded by the Harbor to the west and by rural land to the east. That rural land is home to large tracts of citrus groves and cattle ranches and also portions of the Everglades. Punta Gorda is a rich mix of cultures and age groups, as families, retirees and winter residents share neighborhoods. One of the hallmarks of the city is its bountiful offering of organizations, from the smallest fishing clubs to city-wide civic groups. Civic pride is riding high as the City is rebounding spectacularly from its historic bout with Hurricane Charlie in 2004.
An Introduction to What We Do
As both full-time residents and real estate professionals, Ken & Karen consider it a privilege to introduce people to the Punta Gorda area and help them make the most of living here. They also know that finding that special property is just one of the tasks you face when you relocate or purchase a second home. To them, their job includes everything from providing information to anyone who wants learn more about the area they love so much and know so well to arranging for utility services at your new home. Their goal is to coordinate things as smoothly and efficiently as possible, freeing you to attend to those other tasks (from moving or purchasing furniture to having a celebratory dinner on your first night as homeowners).
|Ken & Karen's relocation/second home information packet is designed to help anyone considering making Southwest Florida a part of their life. It's an ideal way to learn more about Punta Gorda and the surrounding areas before you make any decisions about where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there. Here are just a few of the things Ken & Karen have included to help you with that decision:
Later, when the time comes, we will be pleased to provide two more items to ease your way through the new home process, from departure or arrival and beyond.
- Real estate maps to help you gain a perspective of the area and more readily locate the properties in which you may have an interest, whether you discover them via the internet, this website or (horrors!) another
- Visitors' Guidee from both the Punta Gorda and the Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce, both with over 100 pages of informative articles (and member advertising) that will provide a true "sense" of the entire community
- Use this link right now to visit the Charlotte County Economic Development Office website
- Use this link right now to visit the
Charlotte Sun-Herald, our local newspaper
- A variety of links to websites focusing on Southwest Florida, with an emphasis on Punta Gorda and the amenities we enjoy simply because we are fortunate enough to be here
- An insightful, step-by-step relocation checklist, including things you'll need to do in your current home, things to take care of in the area before you get here, and the things you'll need to take care of once you arrive
- A listing of service providers we know and utilize
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