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.
Latest computer models show Southwest Florida unlikely to receive any oil from the massive spill. The data was released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Florida’s western shoreline has a 20% or less chance of seeing oil by August 1st. Much of Southwest Florida is forecasted to have less than a 1% chance of experiencing oil on there shores.
Geographically Punta Gorda located at the end of Charlotte Harbor is more than 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. This locality should protect our area from seeing any oil.
Punta Gorda has enjoyed 3 years of strong sales especially in the newer condo/townhome market. Supply has been plentiful in the past but that is changing rapidly. Improving market conditions coupled with a dwindling supply of “short sale and bank own” condos coming on the market is making it challenging to find newer properties at a good price. In short we’re transitioning from a buyers’ market to a more traditional or balanced inventory supply.