North Port Says Let’s Play to Woo Residents


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 20th, 2016 – Plans that the city of North Port adopted earlier to help retain and attract residents through more and better equipped places to play have begun to pan out, subsequently further contributing to the marketability of its Sarasota homes for sale. This September, the city inaugurated a pedestrian and equestrian bridge linking its Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.


This connector provides North Port residents with further opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, bird watching and other outdoor fun activities. The span’s construction, which traverses the R36 canal at the city’s northern boundaries, was a $285,000 joint project of North Port and Sarasota County.

Earlier this year, the city also replaced the old facilities in its Highland Ridge Park with new playground equipment and outdoor fitness station. Renovations are also set at the Marina Park parking lot, in addition to re-mulching of several city playgrounds and floor resurfacing of the dance studio and gym of the Morgan Family Community Center. Additionally, a playground and a splash pad have opened at Atwater Park.

Blueways’ Delight for Paddlers

North Port Says Let’s Play to Woo Residents

The city has likewise spent $650,000 initially to tap the recreational possibilities of its 85-mile canal and creek system which officials dubbed as North Port’s Blueways. The first phase of the city’s Blueways master plan has been completed, resulting in more than six miles of a water-based trail connecting Blue Ridge, McKibben, Dallas White, and Butler parks.

Each of these parks has been provided with canoe/kayak launches with portage facilities and water control structures. Invasive plant species have also been cleared along the Myakkahatchee Creek bypass canal adjacent to the North Port Canine Club paw park to allow boat paddlers’ access to the city’s Blueways.

With all these recreational improvements in place, it came as no surprise that North Port was again recognized as a “2016 Playful City USA” for the seventh straight year. This recognition program, now on its tenth year, is under the auspices of the national nonprofit KaBoom! dedicated to giving all kids the opportunity to grow in a childhood filled with balanced and active play.

Homes with a Front Seat

Many of the kids who must be cheering out loud along with their parents on these North Port initiatives are those residing in the Villas at Charleston Park sitting just southwest of Butler Park. What’s even more for these residents, their maintenance-included and gated community features plenty of other amenities which are typical sweeteners for Sarasota homes for sale.

The facilities in this neighborhood include a Southern style community center, a swimming pool, fitness center, and extensive walking trails. Several local schools are also just a short distance from the Villas at Charleston Park. These include Glenallen Elementary, North Port High, and Heron Creek Middle School.

Prospective buyers of Sarasota homes for sale drawn by these family-friendly attractions in North Port will find a good selection of properties at the Villas of Charleston Park. There are new builds as well as pre-owned resale homes in this community. Typically, these are priced around the $200s range, featuring options on three or four-bedroom residences within floor areas of 1,300‒2,100 square feet and right at the cusp of a play-filled community environment.