Port Charlotte Gets Rave Reviews


Senior citizens who chose to buy homes in Port Charlotte moving into 2015 have reason to be pleased with the wisdom of their choice. For this year, Forbes magazine named this unincorporated community and census designated place in Charlotte County as one of the 25 best places for retirees. This recognition echoed the locality’s inclusion in the top 10 list of the best places to retire in the country as compiled by the U.S. News & World Report in 2012.

Forbes, in endorsing for the first time Port Charlotte homes for sale to seniors, noted its average tax climate, proximity to the Punta Gorda metro district, and the availability of doctors. The prestigious business publication also cited as favorable to retirees the recovering economy in this area and its relatively low cost of living of 8% which is below the national average. Other pros include good weather, better than average air quality, low serious crime rate, and quite important, an attractive median price of $147,000.

This price factor was actually what moved U.S. News & World Report to give a glowing review to Port Charlotte, naming it the retirees’ best destination for affordable housing. Not only are these properties affordably priced; many of Port Charlotte homes for sale are located along scenic waterways and canals enabling convenient access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Quintessential waterfront choices

Port Charlotte Gets Rave Reviews

For such a quintessential community, check out the gated and deed-restricted Riverwood Golf and Country Club which borders three miles of the Myakka River. This maintenance-free golf community boasts of 1,200 home sites. Searching on Port Charlotte homes for sale here can involve a choice from single-family residences, carriage houses, twin villas or estate homes.

Available properties in this community as of June of 2015 include several choices priced in the $200s with floor areas ranging from 1,600 square feet up to 2,200 square feet, featuring either two or three bedrooms. The newest neighborhood in this community is Sawgrass Pointe where the typical homes are either near a lake or nature preserve, fronting the water or the golf course. A three-bedroom home here with a floor area of about 1,700 square feet would typically be priced in the low $300s.

Loads of active lifestyle amenities

Riverwood’s par 72 golf course has been given a four-and-a-half-star rating by Golf Digest Magazine. Besides its links, the community also has a state-of-the-art, 12,000-square-foot activity center manned by a full staff. The center’s facilities include the Riverwood Grille dining area, a craft room, library and private meeting rooms. There are also areas for playing bocce ball, croquet, or tennis. The Riverwood complex likewise offers a private playground and walking paths which complement very well with the community’s wide sidewalks and ample street lights.

Other amenities provided are a heated junior Olympic pool and spa with cabana and a fitness center complete with cardio-weight training equipment. In addition, Riverwood has a private beach club off the Gulf of Mexico at Manasota Key. The amenities here include paved parking, lockers and barbecue grills, facilities which further flesh out a lifestyle that most retirees seek.