Southwest Florida, with sandy beaches and a verdant tropical setting, is located along the Gulf coast. The region boasts four metropolitan areas with a population of almost 2,000,000 residents.

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There is a wide assortment of housing spanning price ranges that will meet the needs of most people, and, with no state income tax, residents find they can save money.

Punta Gorda Real Estate

One of its hidden treasures is Punta Gorda, a small, historical town on Charlotte Harbor with a population of about 19,000 people. Its small town atmosphere and quaint charm attract people to the town. While it has all of the modern amenities, and is still growing, it still maintains a refined southern magnetism.

Home prices vary depending on location. New construction, resale homes, vacant land and condos are available for sale, and prices are determined by location.

Waterfront properties, both vacant land and single family homes, are generally more expensive, of course, but many affordable properties can be found based on water views, age of the home, and size of the seawall. Condos with waterfront access range from $150,000 to $750,000.

Port Charlotte Real Estate

Port Charlotte, located between Sarasota and Fort Myers, boasts miles of waterways, many golf courses, hiking trails, varied wildlife and is home to spring training for the Tampa Bay Rays. It offers historical sites, fine dining, and RV resorts. Living and working in Port Charlotte is very desirable.

The low (local) crime rate, proximity to a major interstate, freshwater lakes, and good schools make it very attractive to potential buyers. Lifestyle and expectations for daily living are likely met in Port Charlotte. This coastal town of 57,000 residents has a workforce of mainly service providers, office and sales personnel, and professionals. Ethnic diversity and relative quiet make it an enjoyable change from the more populous cities.

Englewood Real Estate

The small town of Englewood, 50 miles north of Fort Myers, has 15,000 residents. It has the distinction of being partially in Sarasota County and partially in Charlotte County. Uncrowded beaches, golfing, parasailing, jet skiing and fishing are outstanding.

Popular with snowbirds and retirees, homes are fairly affordable with a median price of $140,000, and the city is ethnically diverse. Just to the south are the smaller, unincorporated communities of Rotonda West and Placida on the same barrier island of Manasota Key.

Venice Real Estate

Venice, a small town on the Gulf coast, with a population of about 23,000 has a marina, Fishing, wildlife, good schools, slow pace, desirable climate, and amazing beaches are some of the pros. A low unemployment rate and reasonable median incomes are also some of the advantages.

Sarasota Real Estate

Sarasota is known to have some of the best beaches in the country like Siesta Key. On the Gulf Coast and south of Tampa, it is relatively affordable depending on the neighborhood. But as wealthy residents continue to move into the city, housing costs have increased, especially in the new developments and along the coastal areas. It has a population of over 56,000 residents, great neighborhoods, beaches, restaurants, and its schools are ranked very high on various national lists.