Historic Village Adds More Delights in Englewood


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 9th, 2016 – Realtor’s who have picked up a significant number of sales leads in Englewood are gratified that recent efforts to revitalize this town continue to gain headway. These initiatives, they agree, promise to further fuel market interest in this charming home buying destination in the Cape Haze Peninsula.

Much of Englewood’s ongoing renewal focuses on the historic Dearborn Street district which is popularly known as the Olde Englewood Village. The Old Florida ambiance pervades in this area. Here, the cluster of vintage ranch homes west of Dearborn serves as a fitting complement to a quaint commercial hub defining Englewood’s character. Homegrown shops and restaurants, antique collections, and a little community theater, Lemon Bay Playhouse, have taken up precedence along the western end of this street towards the bay.

Area Landmark and Festivals

Historic Village Adds More Delights in Englewood

One relatively new addition in the Olde Englewood area is the Veterans Memorial and Freedom Pavilion at Harbor Lane also at the western end of Dearborn. A project of the Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), this local landmark was dedicated in November 2014 after about a year of construction.

A non-profit civic organization, the OEVA (Olde Englewood Village Association), is also at the forefront of galvanizing the support of businesses, residents, and government in revitalizing the Dearborn area in particular and Englewood in general. To pump up village activities, OEVA is organizing seasonal events, such as the Winter Fine Arts Festival, Halloween Safe Walk, and Christmas Walk and Parade. Every first Saturday of the month, OEVA likewise hosts the Cruzin’ on Dearborn which draws crowds of car buffs.

Solar-powered Ferry Nears Debut

Another nonprofit, the Spirit of Englewood Inc., is pushing ferry services using a solar-powered vessel between Englewood and Manasota Key. The nonprofit’s president, Russ Kyper, said that this venture has the potential of an economic engine that could spark the development of downtown Englewood at the Dearborn Street commercial hub. It is also one good way to beat bridge traffic, he added.

Debbie Marks, manager of the Englewood CRA, noted that the ferry service was identified by community members in 2014 as the top priority in the CRA plan. The blueprint of the ferry service calls for having its mainland facilities for loading and unloading passengers at the docks near the Englewood Veterans Memorial and Freedom Pavilion at Harbor Lane. At Manasota Key, the proposed berthing point will be the bayside docks at Blind Pass Beach.

Remarkably, some affordably priced Englewood homes for sale can still be found on the eastern stretch of Dearborn Street. One current sales listing in this area is in the Prospect Park subdivision, a two-bedroom residence with a floor area of 912 square feet and priced in the low $100s.

The Creek Lane subdivision also at East Dearborn Street currently offers another rare find amongst Englewood homes for sale. Located within a half-acre fenced lot, this is a pool home designed with three bedrooms and three baths, awaiting offers for its tag price in the upper $100s.

At the higher price point, there is a new listing for a pre-construction home at Englewood Gardens, which is a short distance northwest of the Dearborn district. This one is priced in the low $400s and planned for three bedrooms and two baths within a floor area of 1,926 square feet.

For seniors or pre-retirees, the gated community of Park Forest for age 55+ residents provides attractively priced pre-construction Englewood homes for sale starting at the upper $200s. This community is programmed for homes with floor areas of 2,060 square feet, featuring three bedrooms and three baths. Located just northeast of Olde Englewood Village, this property too stands as a solid base by which to partake of the exciting revitalization radiating from the lifestyle hub of Dearborn Street.