Punta Gorda Tops The List Of Fastest-Growing Retirement Towns
It’s been no secret Southwest Florida has been a mecca for retirees for generations. According to Realtor.com Punta Gorda has been identified as the fastest growing retirement town in the USA. Local neighborhoods like Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles offer the ability and convenience of having your boat in your backyard.
Punta Gorda Housing & Population Stats:
Median List Price: $275,100
Percentage of residents age 60 and up***: 47%
Downtown & Fishermen’s Village
Downtown Punta Gorda now has 4 great hotel with lots of restaurants with some on the waterfront. Always a favorite is Fishermen’s Village which has been expanding and improving over these past 15 years. These things among others with careful planning has placed Punta Gorda on the map for a lot of good reasons.
15 Years After Hurricane Charley
Back in August 2004 Punta Gorda took a direct hit from Hurricane Charley’s 145 mph plus winds. This was national news and for most it was the first time they had ever heard of Punta Gorda. The historic city was devastated to the extent that one wondered how it could recover. Well over the past 15 years not only did Punta Gorda rebuild (employing the strictest building codes in the state of Florida) but paid close attention to its historic pass and core values. By doing so it never lost its charm or small-town feel.
Over the years Punta Gorda has received many accolades for home affordability, low crime, beautiful city parks connected via waterfront sidewalks and world class boating and fishing. Couple this with balmy winter weather and you have paradise in Punta Gorda.