Punta Gorda : Florida

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What Punta Gorda is like for active adults

Punta Gorda, Florida is a small community of 17,000 on the Gulf Coast of Florida, between Sarasota and Fort Myers. Many active adults choose this city as their retirement community because of its sub-tropical warmth, its small town feel, and it a bit more sophisticated and upscale than neighboring towns like Port Charlotte. Punta Gorda was the scene of massive destruction when Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurricane, came through the city on August 13, 2004. Punta Gorda is located in Charlotte County.

Punta Gorda was settled in the late 1800’s and quickly became the southern terminus of the American railroad system. In its early days it became an example of a community where all the classes lived together; it was both a tough frontier town and a haven for the rich seeking a warm climate. The city has an up to date strategic plan to help prepare for the future. Some of its initiatives include creating affordable housing, historic preservation, a diversified economy and tax base, and improved communications and emergency management. Photo of City Hall courtesy of WIkipedia and Wknight94.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There is a host of active adult communities and many attractive neighborhoods such as Punta Gorda Isles in the Punta Gorda area. See the active communities link at right.
The median sale price of a home in mid 2013 in Punta Gorda was $200,000 according to City-Data.com, after having been in the $150s for most of 2011 and 2012.  Zillow.com reports its Home Value Index to be $160,000 in mid 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community
• 14 public parks with many facilities • Gilchrest Park – 11 acres on Charlotte Harbor • Ready access to the Gulf of Mexico • A history of diversity • The Blanchard House and Museum of African American History Old Town • Many active adult communities • Babcock-Webb Wildlife Area • Restored and charming downtown
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What is not special about this retirement community

 Crowds in season; over development is always a risk; Punta Gorda does not have an active cultural scene;  Hurricane season

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Punta Gorda attracts a community of retirees who want to live in an understated community in a warm climate. The median age is about 65 and the household income is above the Florida median.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy
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Climate and Physical Environment
Punta Gorda is located on the southwest coast of Florida.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Blanchard House and Museum of African American History. While cultural resources in Punta Gorda are limited, there is a nice library. There are over 60 restaurants and boutiques in the downtown to enjoy. Additionally, Fisherman's Village has a large marina and nice restaurant selection. Among other festivals and events there is a an annual Wine and Jazz Festival held in Laishley Park.  A short drive to Sarasota or Ft. Myers offers tremendous variety.
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Crime
Crime in Punta Gorda is a little over half the national average.
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Medical facilities
Charlotte Regional Medical Center Hospital is here. Many others are nearby in Port Charlotte and Ft. Myers
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Transportation
Charlotte County Airport is 5 miles. Southwest Florida International, one of the largest in Florida, is 34 miles away in Ft. Myers.
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Valuable Links
Punta Gorda on Wikipedia
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Facts about PUNTA GORDA
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Boating Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 65+
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jfb48

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