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Old 05-20-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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We are looking to move to Englewood, FL later this year and buy a house. Englewood is in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. We would like to hear your thoughts on any differences, pros, or cons to owning a house in these two counties. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Here is some basic information of differences.
Schools - Englewood is split between northwestern Charlotte County and southwestern Sarasota County. The Sarasota County and Charlotte County School Districts have a reciprocal agreement allowing some Charlotte County residents to use the Englewood Elementary School and Sarasota County students to use the Middle and High School located in Charlotte County. There is one public high school – Lemon Bay High School and the nearest public Middle School is L.A. Ainger Middle School.

Utilities - Englewood has a private utility company. The Englewood Water District and the Englewood Fire District serve the community and the The Englewood Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is a special district the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners created on the Sarasota side of Englewood.

Charlotte County Utilities - http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CCU/

Beaches - Englewood has four beaches all of which are located on Manasota Key, a barrier island along the southwest Florida coast. You can look at Google Maps of Englewood and see where the county lines are split.

Taxes –
Vickie Potts, Tax Collector
Frank Desquin, Property Appraiser
Charlotte County Annex
6868 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 474-7775
www.charlottecountyfl.com

Barbara Ford-Coates, Tax Collector
Jim Todora, Property Appraiser
Sarasota County Government
PO Box 1358
Sarasota, FL 34230-1358
(941) 497-7394
www.co.sarasota.fl.us

Voting –
Mac V. Horton, Supervisor of Elections
Charlotte County Courthouse
PO Box 511229
Punta Gorda, FL 33951-1229
(941) 637-2232
election@peganet.com

Kathy Dent, Supervisor of Elections
Sarasota County Government
PO Box 4194
Sarasota, FL 34230-4194
(941) 951-5300
kdent@srqelections.com


Drivers License –
Sarasota South County Annex
4000 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 497-7394
www.co.sarasota.fl.us

Charlotte County Annex
6868 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 474-7775
www.charlottecountyfl.com

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Old 05-21-2012, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Homes on the Charlotte County side of Englewood are located closer to Rotonda West and Placida which are near S McCall Rd (776), Gulfstream Blvd and Placida Rd (775). The southern part of Manasota Key is also in Charlotte County. Any homes on Manasota Key or near Lemon Bay on or near the water are going to be around $400k and into the millions. The homes more inland are more affordable ranging from the $70’s to $300k with homes built in the 1970’s to 2000’s. You will find some newer homes in this area.

Homes on the Sarasota County side of Englewood are located more in the heart of Englewood and the northern part of Manasota Key. Dearborn St. runs through downtown Englewood as well as Old Englewood Rd. There are a lot of older homes ranging in the $40k to $200k. The closer you get to Lemon Bay or Manasota Key the more expensive the homes get up to the millions. You will find a couple of newer developments such as Stillwater as well as some 55+ communities such as Park Forest.

Both counties offer a wide range of options for living – single family, condos, townhouses, and mobile homes in varying price ranges and ages of homes. Both areas have a mixture of ages from young families, winter residents and retirees. The average age is in the high 50’s. The crime rate is relatively low and the population is increasing.

The city of Englewood is comprised of smaller areas such as:
Gulf Cove
Englewood East
South Gulf Cove
Englewood Isles
Rotonda
Grove City
Lemon Bay
San Casa
Gotfried Creek
Manasota Key
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Florida, Baja Sur & Alaska
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TamRE

living on McGrath Circle, PC....where do we go to change drivers license,
and also to apply for homestead???

Thank you.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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TamRE

living on McGrath Circle, PC....where do we go to change drivers license,
and also to apply for homestead???

Thank you.
County building in Murdock circle. It's too late to get homestead for 2012 taxes, but you can apply and get it for 2013.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Florida, Baja Sur & Alaska
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yeah I know, been through that before, just another way to glom some of our dollars. Where exactly is Murdock Circle? And also the DMV? thanx
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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yeah I know, been through that before, just another way to glom some of our dollars. Where exactly is Murdock Circle? And also the DMV? thanx
Here is a link with the address and a map to the DMV:
Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles: Charlotte County Driver License Offices FL

Coming from your house go 41 North toward the Port Charlotte Mall. Turn left on Murdock and the County Office Building will be on your left hand side on Murdock Circle. You can park anywhere in the front. Go through the main doors and follow the signs to the DMV. There is usually someone there to greet you at the door of the DMV. You have to take a ticket and wait to be called. It isn't as busy this time of year.

Here is the link for the Charlotte County DMV that tells you what you need to bring. http://www.dmvflorida.org/charlotte.shtml

Info on homestead exemption in Charlotte County, FL - http://www.ccappraiser.com/exemption.asp

Other info that might be helpful to you:
Charlotte County - Contact Information

Florida Power and Light
www.fpl.com
941-639-1106

Telephone, Cable, Internet
Century Link - 800-339-1811
Verizon - 800-483-4000
Comcast - 1-877-870-4310 - www.comcast.com

Charlotte County Utilities
941-764-4300
25550 Harbor View Rd, Unit 1
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CCU/

Vehicle Registration, Driver License
941-743-1350
18500 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte FL 33948
http://www.dmvflorida.org/charlotte.shtml

Voter Registration
18500 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1387
http://www.charlottevotes.com/

Garbage & Recycling
Charlotte County Solid Waste Department
941-764-4360
http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/PublicWorks/solidwaste/index.asp

Charlotte County Tax Collector
http://cctaxcol.com/

Newspaper
Charlotte Sun
http://www.yoursun.com
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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Thanks TamRE. That is some useful information. Are there any significant differences between the two counties that would make it more desirable to live in one or the other when it comes to; property taxes, county financial condition that may affect taxes/services, city water, sewer, electrical power rates, zoning, that sort of thing?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: englewood
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if kids are part of your investigating then in my opinion you are better in sarasota county. check the scores and look at the schools.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Thanks TamRE. That is some useful information. Are there any significant differences between the two counties that would make it more desirable to live in one or the other when it comes to; property taxes, county financial condition that may affect taxes/services, city water, sewer, electrical power rates, zoning, that sort of thing?
The main factors you would need to take into consideration are:

-The age and condition of the home for homeowner insurance
- Location of home whether it is in a deed-restricted community or not
- Elevation and location of home - is it in a flood zone
- Zoning depending on if you want to live in single family residential or multi-family, some communities are mixed with single family, condos and/or villas all in the same development
- Utilities - some are on city water and sewer others are on well and septic. You would need to know whether the home/community is slated for new water/sewer connections and the fees involved
- FPL rates are the same for both areas - FPL | All about your rates and charges
- Taxes (millage rates) are different for each county and location. The home woud be re-assessed after being purchased. What the current owner is paying is not necessarily what you would pay.
- If you are paying for your own health insurance, Sarasota County is cheaper than Charlotte County
- Water/Sewer rates are different
Sarasota Rates - Sarasota County Utilities
Charlotte County Rates - Utilities
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