Located just an hour and a half south of Tampa and tucked into the Charlotte Harbor area, Punta Gorda, Florida, is not only a great place to visit, but an area where you can plant your roots and call home.

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With an average high temperature of 75 degrees and an average low of 55, you can enjoy the host of activities this waterfront community has to offer year round.

While in Punta Gorda, you can take the day and enjoy a sightseeing boat cruise with King Fisher Fleet to the unique and unspoiled barrier island of Cayo Costa, or take off a little later in the day and watch the sun set over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

If shopping and sightseeing is more your style, the historic district of Punta Gorda boasts charming, old-Florida charm with not only brick lined roads and tin-roof homes, but also Fisherman's Village.

Fisherman's Village is a quaint bayside market offering shops, restaurants and even a military heritage museum. You can rent a waterfront luxury villa in this resort village for as little as a hundred and fity dollars a night and take advantage of the seven restaurants on location as well as a full marina.

In Punta Gorda, not only can you take advantage of Florida at nearby beaches, but you can also travel a short distance to places like Lake Okeechobee, famous for its fishing tournaments is just over an hour to the east. In addition, the Everglades lie just a few hours' drive to the southeast, and Disney is under a three-hour jaunt to the northeast.

With the average price of a three-bedroom home at around $280,000, real-estate in this community is slightly higher than the national average.

Rentals for a two-bedroom apartment can range from as little as $750 a month to as high as $4,000 depending on location and amenities. With that in mind, Punta Gorda sits just below the national average of $900 a month for rent and $1,100 a month average mortgage costs.

With the median age of Punta Gorda at 64 years, there's no doubt that this location is more than suitable for those looking for a great place to retire.

However, with over 15,000 students enrolled in the Charlotte County school system, there's also a strong presence of youth and young families.

There's no doubt this little community of the Sunshine State has much to offer for the young and the young-at-heart alike.