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Old 01-15-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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We are considering moving to SW Fla. because we love the water and hate the snow. We have recently visited both towns (Venice and Pt. Charlotte) and like them, but they are also very different. We really could use positive and negative feedback if we can get it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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venice my vote
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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If you want old and decrepit where everything shuts down at 9, Venice. Generally younger and maybe at times raucous, within close proximity to Ft. Myers, Port Charlotte. Also it is cheaper to live in Port Charlotte.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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If you want waterfront (or rear) Gulf access, like we did...and are on a budget, like we were/are...Port Charlotte wins hands down. If money is less of an object for you....you should be comparing Venice and Punta Gorda. I'd still pick the Harbor/Gulf life in Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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We are considering moving to SW Fla. because we love the water and hate the snow. We have recently visited both towns (Venice and Pt. Charlotte) and like them, but they are also very different. We really could use positive and negative feedback if we can get it.
They are pretty different. Venice, in general is more expensive, closer to the beaches. Like Atom said, Venice's population overall is older than Port Charlotte. Are schools a concern? What else interests you?
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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If you want waterfront (or rear) Gulf access, like we did...and are on a budget, like we were/are...Port Charlotte wins hands down. If money is less of an object for you....you should be comparing Venice and Punta Gorda. I'd still pick the Harbor/Gulf life in Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte.
We passed through Punta Gorda on the way to Port Charlotte, and though we did not stop, noticed that it was quite attractive. Any comparative info would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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SoFLGal:While it's not the ocean, we loved the setting of the Port Charlotte beach. We don't have school-aged children, but good public school systems and a town's economic health are very important to us.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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SoFLGal:While it's not the ocean, we loved the setting of the Port Charlotte beach. We don't have school-aged children, but good public school systems and a town's economic health are very important to us.
Well, the PC beach complex is not what I would consider a "beach" since in all actuality it's on the bay. If you're fond of the beach complex then that would save you a lot of drive time.

If you haven't been over to Boca Grande beach or Englewood Beach you might want to give that a look too. That would be your closest beach to PC.

Next for consideration would be price. As I stated Venice is generally a bit more expensive than PC. Of course, it depends on exactly where you're looking but if you took the overall average sales prices Venice's average list price for the last 3 months was $147k and the average sales price was $140k. Where as Port Charlotte's average list price was $75K and average sales price was $69k.I agree with MessingAbout. I don't think you'll find a better bargain right now on the water than in Charlotte county.

If you lived in Venice then you'd probably go to Venice Beach or Nokomis Beach.

You can get an idea about homeowners insurance rates on this website: http://www.shopandcomparerates.com/HOCompareRates.htm You also need to take into consideration the location. Most of the homes in Charlotte and Sarasota county that are west of US 41, require flood insurance. The age of the home, whether it has hurricane shutters, how close it is to a natural body of water or fire hydrant, the style of roof (hip roof is generally the best), etc need to be taken into consideration.

Here's some info on the local schools: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp . Charlotte and Sarasota county have both received "A" district ratings for the last 7 years with Sarasota county's scores slightly higher than Charlotte.

Hope this helps

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