Is the Charlotte Sports Park and Punta Gorda real estate driving Florida’s population growth?

charlotte sport park460x345Florida saw a reduction of population between 2008 and 2009, but the University of Florida expects the population to have grown from April 2009 to April 2010 by 23,000 residents. The drop off was the first recorded in 50 years, after recording strong growth year after year. The states loss of residents was viewed by many including Time magazine, who questioned if Florida had lost its luster and had become the “Sunset State”.

Well it looks like the sunshine and balmy climate has worked its charm and has lured folk back to the great state of Florida. But are there additional factors driving Florida’s population growth?

No question, economic issues in Florida along with difficult times in other states will influence Florida’s future growth, slowing it to more sustainable levels. However for most, Florida and its ideal weather, just right for boating, golfing and any outdoor activity under the sun as well as it’s recovering real estate market (ie. Punta Gorda Real Estate) is hard to resist.

As an example, how’s this sound for an early March day in Punta Gorda. Baseball fever returns to Port Charlotte with the Tampa Bay Rays returning to Charlotte Sports Park. The newly renovated park is the spring training home to the Ray’s and is the home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Today Judy and I enjoyed a beautiful ride to the park on our motorcycle to partake in “America’s favorite pastime” of baseball, with the Ray’s hosting the Boston Red Sox’s. On a classic picture perfect day, a standing room only crowd saw the home team beat the Red Sox.

I think this is a good illustration of how real estate value is tied to the local community and it’s investments. Visiting the Charlotte Sports Park was simply a home town event. We met a number of folks who traveled hours to enjoy the game. Those of us who own homes in Punta Gorda directly benefit from this  particular investment not only in the form of a short ride to the park but in real estate home values and marketability.

When you’re looking for your next home carefully evaluate the big picture, get a pulse of the city or town and what it has to offer. The real estate in and around the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda area is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, rich history, coupled with character and charm. Translation, great place to live and own a home.
To learn more about the incredible real estate values available in our area, or to view Punta Gorda property for sale, please routinely visit or email me at or call 941-661-9773.


Ken Poirier

Hi, I'm Ken Poirier a local area resident and Realtor in Punta Gorda, Fl. To learn more about the incredible real estate available in the Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and North Port areas, please feel free to contact me directly by phone at (941) 661-9773, email or connect with me on Facebook.

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