Punta Gorda Real Estate
Punta Gorda is a city located in Southwest Florida midway between Sarasota and Naples. It serves as the county seat of Charlotte County, FL and is prominently positioned on Charlotte Harbor. It is a popular location for boaters with many marinas and homes with private boat docks offering gulf access boating. Punta Gorda homes prices tend to be lower than other prominent Southwest Florida cities and many newcomers are electing to call this coastal community their home.
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Punta Gorda History
Tucked away in southwest Florida between Fort Myers and Sarasota, Punta Gorda is a historic beach community surrounded by the Charlotte Harbor. Its name means “fat point” in Spanish and reflects the fact that a portion of Punta Gorda is located on a broad peninsula that protrudes out into Charlotte Harbor.
Punta Gorda Recreation
The city is known for its boating, fishing and golfing as well as its picturesque waterfront area, complete with a harbor, marinas, and a number of waterfront parks. Hiking, sailing and enjoying the scenic beaches are also popular pastimes.
Living in Punta Gorda
Realtor.com recently ranked Punta Gorda as one of the top places to retire while the city has notched a number of other accolades, including “Best Places to Live” by MSN and “Top 10 Small Metropolitan Areas” by Forbes Magazine. Punta Gorda originated as a small fishing village and later served as the “end of the line” for the railroad heading west from Miami.
Today, Punta Gorda’s historic downtown reflects revitalization efforts to restore an “Old Florida” vibe punctuated by new brick lanes, flowers, shade trees, and street lamps. Additional projects are in the works to add more parking and pedestrian access although Punta Gorda prides itself on being pedestrian-friendly The Punta Gorda Pathways connect 18 miles of bicycle and walking paths to the areas’s parks, neighborhoods, and commercial areas.
A casual stroll downtown on brick streets lined with royal palms showcases many of the vintage Key West-era homes, complete with tin roofs and verandas. Downtown offers an increasing number of restaurants, art galleries, and eclectic boutiques.