Port Charlotte : Florida

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What Port Charlotte is like for active adults
Port Charlotte is a suburban community to the northeast of busy Fort Myers, Florida.  Located in southern Florida, Port Charlotte attracts many retirees who come for its warm winters  - the average age is quite high at 49. Port Charlotte is an unincorporated town governed by Charlotte County.  When you think of a retirement community on Florida's west coast Port Charlotte fits the definition (although plenty of non-retired folks live here too). Thousands of snow birds and retirees come because it is warm in the winter and home prices and rents are low.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Residential areas of the county are primarily single-family neighborhoods, along with many condos and villas. An amazing 40% of the homes have water access thanks to a maze of canals and estuaries, complete with hundreds of species of marine life. Dozens of active adult developments, neighborhoods, and gated communities of every type are available in Cape Coral (see link at right). Some have facilities like golf courses,clubhouses, or tennis courts - some have no facilities.
Compared to nearby Punta Gorda this is not a high profile town nor is it pretentious - but it can offer a very nice lifestyle for a reasonable amount of money. The median sales price of a  home in Port Charlotte was about $105,000 in mid-2013 (City-Data). For the entire Fort Myers/Cape Coral Metro the NAR reported a median selling price of $177,900 during the second quarter of 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community

Port Charlotte was named #1 Best Place to Retire by CNN Money. Charlotte Town Center Mall. Charlotte Sports Park is the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Charlotte Harbor and 165 miles of canals make the area great for boating.  Port Charlotte is one of the great housing buys in Florida.A hidden jem would be driving towards manasota beach through south gulf cove,east englewood and rotonda these places i feel are distant enough from Port Charlotte if you want even less population. These areas are the best places to buy since it has been kept quiet for so long . Boca Grande is less than a mile away where the Bushes vacation and is the top location in FL> for fishing.

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What is not special about this retirement community
Port Charlotte was hard hit by Hurricane Charley in 2004.  The housing downturn has reduced home prices which is bad for owners but good for buyers. Unemployment in the region is high.
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What kinds of people like retiring here

Retirees who enjoy golf, beaches, boating, warm winters and hot summers.

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Local economy is driven by
Up until recently construction was the big driver of the economy. Now health care and tourism are.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Port Charlotte is just to the north of Fort Myers on the southwest coast of Florida. There are plenty of bays and rivers opening up the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are about as warm as they get in the continental U.S.; summers are hot, humid, and it rains almost every day for a brief period.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Port Charlotte Cultural Center boasts a 500-seat theater. You can also take year-round classes in every kind of subject, from languages to dancing. Nearby Fort Myers is also brimming with cultural opportunities just short hop away.
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Crime
Crime in Port Charlotte is slightly lower than the national average.
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Medical facilities
Fawcett Memorial and St. Josephs Hospital Port Charlotte are the local hospitals.
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Transportation
Nearby Fort Myers has one of the busiest airports in Florida with service from both Southwest and Jet Blue.
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Valuable Links
Florida guide to retirement communities
Port Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
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What people are saying about Port Charlotte

East Englewood/Rotonda
This is by far the best dollar for dollar place in FL. There is some of the best secluded fishing areas and private islands here. you have extremely litle traffic and all the amenities are close by. several beaches with plently of room. These areas are not considered Port Charlotte and you will see why once you come.
Posted by mikevell on May 26, 2013

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Facts about PORT CHARLOTTE
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Boating Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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