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Old 05-26-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a buyer's agent for Rotonda West, Englewood and North Port areas? I am looking to purchase a foreclosure (single family home) under 100K.


How are those 3 areas different? I'm going to be there on a house hunting trip next week and may not have time to explore all 3 areas.
What type of community are you looking for? They are different in many ways.

North Port would be the farthest from the beach, about 25 minutes. It also, in general, has newer homes than the other two areas. North Port is also the second largest city in the state of Florida in land area at 103 square miles but is only 20% developed. Streets were laid out with many cul de sacs and U-shaped sections to minimize traffic in residential neighborhoods.

Rotonda has deed restrictions, which most of Englewood and North Port doesn't have. Rotonda West, Florida is a master-planned community with over 20,000 acres of lakes, ponds, greenbelts, and fairways and 23 miles of waterways. Rotonda West is comprised of several neighborhoods including Long Meadow, White Marsh, Broadmoor and Pine Valley. These outer communities are linked to land by three bridges that cross the canal system to the mainland. Home sites are as large as one-third acre.

Homeowners pay a modest association for canal and lot maintenance, and other expenses. The Rotonda communities are comprised of 8,000 home sites with about 5,000 currently completed. Most residents are full-time, and a few seasonal residents live here. There are six golf courses here, four of them operated by the Rotonda Golf and Country Club and two run by Pinemoor Golf Club. These communities are well-known for their natural surroundings, and include a bird sanctuary and plenty of canals for boating enthusiasts. The older communities like Oakland Hills and Pebble Beach are more fully developed, while the newer areas are still evolving. These include Pinehurst, Broadmoor, Long Meadow, and Long Marsh and the more recent development, Pine Valley. All communities are deed restricted with homeowners associations, underground utilities and public water and sewer.

The inner circle of Rotonda, Florida includes 1,600 square foot homes and larger, while the outer circle has homes that are more modest and smaller, ranging from 1,200 square feet and up. Rotonda Golf and Country Club features many courses scattered throughout the community. It offers complete practice facilities, a full length driving ranges, putting and chipping greens, and bunkers. The Country Club was awarded a ‘Beginner Friendly Certification’ from the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Charlotte Sun Herald Reader’s choice award as the best course in Charlotte County. The three Rotonda Golf and Country Club courses - The Hills, The Palms and The Links – stretch like a necklace of sparkling gems through the Rotonda, Florida communities, cooled by the gentle gulf breezes.

Rotonda is in a flood zone and much of Englewood is. Most of North Port is not in a flood zone unless you are right by the Myakkahatchee River.

Englewood has a quaint downtown area. It is also has Englewood Beach and nearby Manasota Key. Both Englewood and North Port have areas that are zoned agricultural.

There are other comparisons but these are some that I can think of.

Last edited by SoFLGal; 05-26-2011 at 09:55 PM..
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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How are those 3 areas different? I'm going to be there on a house hunting trip next week and may not have time to explore all 3 areas.
Shannon gave you some great tips already. A lot of it will be choosing the right Realtor who can give you a good sense of the areas very quickly. Did I mention SoFlGrl is a Realtor? If you don't have one already, please give her a call----she is amazingly knowledgeable and has lived in the area her entire life.

It really depends on what you are looking for. Do you prefer close proximity to the beaches? A newer home and more privacy? What is your budget?

All of those things will determine where you ultimately end up. In my opinion, Rotonda West is a great area if you want a newer home in a community AND close proximity to the beaches with either Boca Grande or Englewood Beach being 10 minutes away. The newer sections are more desireable, but the older sections are obviously more affordable.

North Port is great if you want a newer home and have a limited budget and don't mind driving to the beach. It is a younger demographic here with good schools. However, there are only a few "neighborhoods" if you like that kind of feel. It is more spread out.

Englewood is quirky, so it really depends on your budget. I can walk or ride my bike to the beach...but I live in a 1960's shoe box. There are some communities/neighborhoods in Englewood that are newer like Stillwater, Park Forest, Boca Royale, etc. but the cost varies.

So...lots to think about!
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: sittin happy in the sun :-)
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myfloreeda -will send DM in a few minutes. we are Rotondians !!
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