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Are you thinking of Englewood, FL?

Posted 08-23-2015 at 06:19 PM by SoFLGal
Updated 02-02-2019 at 04:52 AM by SoFLGal

Are you looking into the Englewood area? Here's the skinny..

I Love the downtown Englewood area with the Farmers Market every Weds on Dearborn St: Welcome to the Englewood Farmers Market Mango's Bistro on Dearborn usually has Swinging Bridge there on Friday night. They are a great little bluegrass band. Vino Loco is another great restaurant which serves tapas. Probably my favorite restaurant in Englewood is Beach Road Bistro they have great Ahi Tuna. Heading out toward the beach is Lock n' Key. The Zombie University plays there on occasion. They are a really fun band.

If you're driving down the main drag in Englewood, you'll see The Sno Queen Sno Cone Shop. My father and mother-in-law own that. They serve New Orleans Sno Cones.

Farlows in Englewood is being remodeled right now but they are another great place to grab something to eat. Oh and Flatbread Pizza is the best pizza place in town, if you're looking for that.

Getting back to the downtown area, there's always something going on--Every year in the beginning of Sept we have the Englewood Pioneer Days. This has been happening ever since I was a kid. My mom used to dress me up in pioneer dress and we'd march in the parade. They also have music, a pie and watermelon eating contest, a beard contest and a car show. It's really a great time.

Every holiday the downtown area puts something on-They have the Firecracker Fest on the 4th of July, for Halloween the vendors on Dearborn St pass out candy and prizes to the kids and at Christmas they light up the street with Christmas displays and lights.

Then there's car shows, and art shows, and gallery walks and wine tastings, and music festivals. The cardboard Boat Races are fun. The kids make boats out of cardboard and race them across the harbor.

This November they are talking about having a new festival called The Waterfest, which was just featured in the local paper: Englewood has big plans for WaterFest | HeraldTribune.com

The Earth Day Fest is always in April and at that festival they have yoga, educational demonstrations, arts and crafts, plants, drumming and live music.

Joanne over at The Art Alliance of Lemon Bay teaches some really great painting classes.

Robert and Lata over at the Englewood Yoga Center have great morning and sunset FREE yoga classes everyday on the beach, On-going Classes Every Sunday, an hour before sunset they have the drum circle out on the beach. That's always fun to go to.

The Englewood Event Center regularly brings in top acts like Charlie Daniels and some older bands like Whitesnake and various comedy shows. It's a pretty small venue and a great place to see events.

When I was a kid we lived on Leach St over in the Bay Vista area. Then we moved out onto Little Gasparilla Island in the Englewood/Placida area, which is only accessible by boat. Then we moved back to the downtown area of Englewood. I currently live on Palm Island, in the Englewood/Placida area.

Back to talking about the areas around Englewood. Rotonda is a great area to investigate is you're looking in the Englewood area. The HOA fees are very low and the area, in general, is very well kept. There are several golf courses in Rotonda and many miles of canals. It's very convenient to the above activities I listed as well as in close proximity to Boca Grande Beach as well as Englewood Beach. A few other areas that may be of interest are Boca Royale. It has golf, tennis, and fitness community with a large clubhouse and a spectacular restaurant. Pat Neal also has some new build homes going up in Boca Royale.

If you're OK with an older community then Englewood Isles might be to your liking.

Really what it boils down to is getting here and looking through a few communities and deciding what areas mesh with what you're looking for. Buyers usually know within a day or so what style and type of community they like and then you match them up with similar areas and communities.
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