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Old 11-06-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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I have been looking at homes in the Charlotte and Sarasota counties and have found a few homes i really like in rotonda. I'm just wondering how family friendly this area is, me and my husband are a younger couple and we have 3 children ages 7,4and 2months. if you have any othe reccomendations for a family friendly area in these counties I'd appreciate that as well. tia
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:19 AM
 
Location: sittin happy in the sun :-)
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we have lived in outer Rotonda for a year now (vacationed here for many years) and there are a good few 'Rotondians' on here.
our view is its a great pleasant safe area.
i am sure someone will comment re schools which doesnt affect us.

personally i would aim for the eastern half (if you are looking within the circle) as the further round to the south east quadrant you go the older it gets.

the outer sections are quieter, safe (except for wildlife !!) cheaper -but smaller lots and less populated
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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As you are probably aware, Rotonda is a large area in the shape of a wagon wheel. There are several different communities within the Rotonda area. There are deed restrictions and some areas have homeowner association fees. Here are descriptions for you.

Rotonda West web site: Rotonda West Association, Inc.: Home Page

Rotonda, Florida is an idyllic blend of beautiful canals and desirable communities situated on the Cape Haze Peninsula on the south coast of Florida. These quiet and tranquil communities are definitely off the beaten path, providing ample seclusion, and yet near enough to schools, medical facilities, shopping and entertainment to offer complete convenience.
If you enjoy the water, Rotonda is definitely the place for you to call home with its more than 30 miles of canals. Fishing, boating, swimming and numerous other water sports abound here. Uncrowded beaches are convenient and easy to access, offering spacious expanses of unspoiled white sand for lounging and relaxation. This master-planned community also features easy access golfing, with numerous courses scattered throughout the local area.
There are numerous communities from which to choose in Rotonda; all featuring an array of home styles, including villas, single family residences and carriage houses.

Heights- is a lovely community that offers fantastic access to local golf course and beaches.

Lakes-this golf course community is situated only minutes from world class beaches, fishing and a marina in Boca Grande.

Pebble Beach-this golf course community is situated in an excellent location, only seven short miles from Englewood Beach.

Pinehurst-a tranquil golf course community with its own clubhouse for your convenience.

Sands-this picturesque community is located directly across from South Gulf Cove and features private, quiet streets and sparkling lakes.

Broadmoor-is a private golf course community that is situated near Boca Grande beaches as well as shopping and dining.

Long Meadow-this golf course community features tennis courts and close proximity to fishing, beaches, boating and shopping.

Oakland Hills-if you are looking for convenient access to golf courses, a clubhouse and ample street lining for complete security Oakland Hills may be the right choice for you.

Pine Valley-is one of the most popular and neighborly communities, located within minutes of dining, shopping and other services. Along with a golf course this community also has tennis courts.

White Marsh-featuring tennis courts and a clubhouse, this golf course community is the perfect blend of convenience and comfort.

As far as the schools, Rotonda is located in the Charlotte County School District. The district web site is: http://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/
Vineland Elementary School - http://ves.ccps.k12.fl.us/
L.A. Ainger Middle School - http://lam.ccps.k12.fl.us/
Lemon Bay High School - http://lemonbayhigh.com/

There are a lot of family friendly areas in both Sarasota and Charlotte counties. What type of neighborhood and activities are you looking for? Are you looking for a canal home with access to boating and fishing? Do you liking golfing? Do you prefer a neighborhood near parks and activities for children? Are you looking for a deed restricted HOA community where the ground maintenance is provided? It also depends on what price range you are looking in?
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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Thank you for the responses, I'm a native new Yorker so the whole boating and fishing thing is really not a necessity. I am looking for a family friendly are with activities for the kids, i want to make sure there are other kids in the area that thy can play with,not sure about the deed restricted hoa communities, I guess it wouldn't matter depending on what the restrictions are. I am hoping to find something under 300,000 but am willing to go as high as 300,000. Any recommendations for exact areas would be great.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I would suggest White Marsh as a top choice. Then Long Meadow, Pine Valley, PineHurst and Broadmoor. I attended LA Ainger as a kid and my brother attended Lemon Bay both were fine. If you're looking at schools you might want to also consider the Venice area as well.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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you will get something very nice for under that price inside the circle. outside you could have a custom home on a double lot and get change.

the social/ family thing i cannot advise on.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Rotonda is a mix of retirees, empty nesters and families (in smaller numbers). I would say the proportions are something like this in Rotonda: 60% retired, 20% familes, 20% empty nesters. Hope that helps! The schools are close, however.

For $300k, you could build a brand new home with pool.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Greetings from Germany,

we loveRotonda and just bought a home there.

Ingo
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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We bought a home built in 2003 in Long Meadow and love it. We bought a house that was turnkey furnished for well under $300k. The neighbors are very friendly and the street we live on has a nice mix of fulltime and parttime residents. There are families with children on our street as well as some couples/families from England. We back up to a golf course. Other homes back up to canals or greenbelts. Rotonda is off the beaten track which we appreciate. We come from a large metropolitan area so the peace and quiet of Rotonda are very welcome. Some people might find it too quiet but not us. It's not far to Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, North Port and Punta Gorda and about an hour from Sarasota and Fort Myers.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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I don't have young children, but I want to add my 2 cents. Rotonda is a quiet, safe area and I love Placida too. For some reason, I even like the Publix supermarket better in Cape Haze. LOL

I am 60 and have been living off of 771 (Gasparilla Road) for almost a year, and I'm often called "a kid" It's not just the community in which I live, since I lived in an entirely different section of Port Charlotte and most people on my block were retired. However, there are lots of activities for children at various centers, i.e., [URL="http://charlottecountyfl.com/CommunityServices/ParkPages/tringali.asp"]Tringali Recreation Center[/URL] in Englewood.

You didn't mention jobs, so I assume you already have that matter settled. Personally, with a young family I'd probably prefer an area closer to Sarasota, especially if I could afford it. Just my opinion. Keep in mind that good public transportation in Florida is almost non-existent.
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