Gilchrist Park located on the south side of downtown Punta Gorda, is one of three premier parks that enhance the quality of living in this beautiful city. The park takes its name from Albert Gilchrist, Punta Gorda’s favorite citizen who made significant contributions to the city over the course of his life. Gilchrist made his name in real estate and land surveying but he also became active in politics.
Punta Gorda has long been a hidden jewel nestled on Charlotte Harbor, located in the well known region of Southwest Florida, famous for perfect winter weather with average daily highs of 75 degrees. Hurricane Charley ironically brought attention to Punta Gorda and in its wake it triggered a revitalization of this city of historic significance. The evidence of a new city is everywhere you look and what you see is impressive.
Of all the parks near Punta Gorda Isles, Ponce de Leon Park has perhaps the most intriguing history. Named after Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who came to Florida seeking the Fountain of Youth, the park itself marks the location where he was injured by the Calusa Indians as they resisted his attempt to claim their land. We have Ponce de Leon to thank for the discovery of Florida, and the park named for him is one of the best things about living in Punta Gorda Isles.
In Charlotte County, Florida, lies Punta Gorda, a city with roughly 18,000 inhabitants. During Hurricane Charley, Punta Gorda was nearly destroyed, yet recent efforts have brought this intimate city back to life, and Punta Gorda real estate began to thrive. Punta Gorda foreclosures have also increased due to the current economy, making it possible for many to find homes at reduced prices.
Foreclosure properties worth a look
BY BARBARA BOXLEITNER Florida Weekly Correspondent
BARBARA BOXLEITNER/ FLORIDA WEEKLY A rear view of this foreclosure listing in Burnt Store Meadows shows the landscaping needs attention, but the lot is not as unkempt as some vacant properties. People wanting to buy homes in Charlotte County are looking in all the usual places — and then some. Many of the county’s foreclosure properties on the Multiple Listing Service have become places where home seekers turn.