Englewood : Florida

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What Englewood is like for active adults

Englewood is a small town on the Gulf coast of Florida, just south of Venice and west of Port Charlotte. The town is very popular with retirees (average age is 62) and snowbirds, some of whom come from England and Europe. Although the population is 18,000 it swells to several times that in the winter. Englewood Beach (previously known as Chadwick Beach) is one of four beaches here. Rotonda West and Placida are 2 smaller communities just to the south. All are located on Manasota Key, a barrier island on southwest Florida's coastline. Just below this Key is Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande) is an extremely affluent resort and charming community off the beaten path. These communities are considered Port Charlotte on tax records but are quite different. The long road to these areas from Port Charlotte leaves many to never explore this area.

There are two State Parks including Stump Pass Beach State park and miles of fishing along Lemon Bay and the Charlotte Harbor Estuary. There are many professional golf courses as well as tennis and all the water sports. The many parks offer a chance to relax and excellent bird watching opportunities. Photos courtesy of Rich Phillips.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

East Englewood has thousands of inexpensive lots for sale. New Hurricane approved homes are selling for $150,000 and even less depending on size.There are active adult communities in the area. See our Florida Directory of Active Communities and look under Englewood, Venice, Sarasota, and Port Charlotte.  According to City-Data.com the median price of a home in Englewood ranged between $120,000 and $140,000 in 2013, although Zillow reported the median home price at $158,600 in early 2014.

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What is special about this retirement community
Englewood is an old time Florida town and low key beach town. Homes are very inexpensive. Nearby Gasparilla Island is a beautiful place. The Englewood Sports Complex has very extensive community facilities.
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What is not special about this retirement community
There is not as much going on in Englewood as in neighboring places like Venice or Fort Myers.  The real estate market is weak. And the average age of the population is quite high.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People looking for a low-key beach town for retirement in a warm area will like Englewood.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism and retirement are important to the local economy.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Englewood is in southern Florida on a barrier island off the Gulf of Mexico. The average January temperature is in the low 60s and the average July temperature is in the low 80's.  Humidity is always high since it is on the water.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a resort you will find restaurants in different resort locations. Festivals include the annual Spring Arts Festival and the Cruzin' on Dearborn, a classic car show.   The Elsie Quirk Public Library is a vital resource with its Monday night movie nights, interlibrary loan, public computers and of course, free wi-fi. The Lemon Bay Playhouse is the community theater, while the Englewood Art Center has galleries, classes, workshops, and lectures.  The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay has shows. Nearby Venice and Sarasota have all of the culture you could want.

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Crime
We are unable to obtain statistics on crime in Englewood but assume that is lower than the U.S. average, given its small size and older population.
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Medical facilities
Englewood Community Hospital serves the town, and there are others in Venice and Port Charlotte.
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Transportation
There is no public transportation to speak of. Nearby airports in Ft. Myers and Sarasota offer frequent service.
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Facts about ENGLEWOOD
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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