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Why Did it Sell: A Thirst for Waterfront in Punta Gorda

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Punta Gorda Isles

Punta Gorda Isles

A love of boating was behind the December sale of this $900,000 waterfront home in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Michael Saunders & Company Realtor®, Elizabeth Burr, with the Englewood office

Michael Saunders & Company Realtor®, Elizabeth Burr, with the Englewood office

“From their dock, it’s less than five minutes to open water,” explained Elizabeth Burr, Realtor with Michael Saunders & Company who brought the buyers.  “They are avid boaters like I am and were very interested in the deep waters of Punta Gorda.”

Full-time residents of upstate New York, Elizabeth’s customers were searching for a vacation home – the perfect place for a family of four (with two kids still in high school).  After selling one of their properties, and being aware that real estate prices in Florida would only continue to climb, they knew there wouldn’t be a better time to find their dream home.

Their brokerage, Baird & Warner, was a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and referred them directly to Michael Saunders & Company. During her interview, Elizabeth connected with her clients immediately and they started working together.

For much of the home buying process, Elizabeth communicated with her customers via long distance, discerning their wants and needs through email and telephone.  Together, they prioritized areas with the best boating and fishing; neighborhoods with a true waterfront lifestyle.Sailing_04

“After all the preparation we had done, when they arrived here, they were ready to run,” Elizabeth explained.  She arranged viewings of twelve Charlotte County homes for sale during the three days her customers allocated to look and decide.  They were considering both Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda but ultimately, there were more options for homes with larger square footages within Punta Gorda.

PuntaGordaIsles-House“There were three favorites on their list and they kept coming back to one in particular located in Punta Gorda Isles.”

A true nautical haven, this Mediterranean-style home features two hundred feet of water frontage on six intersecting canals. With such a convergence of waterways, the fishing right off the dock is beyond compare. In addition, the interiors offered stunning views and a state-of-the-art kitchen recently remodeled for $180,000.

Nearby, Fisherman’s Village and Downtown Punta Gorda offer restaurants, boutiques, and marinas, while Boca Grande is an easy boat ride away. And Charlotte Harbor is nothing less than an angler’s paradise, encompassing 270 square miles and one of the largest estuaries in the state of Florida.

Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda

Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda

One of the many scenic canals in Charlotte County

One of the many scenic canals in Charlotte County

“They put a contract in and then returned to New York.  We continued to negotiate after they left.”

Before the property could close, a concern arose on the survey which needed to be addressed immediately – a vacation of easement. Collaborating with the zoning department at the City of Punta Gorda, Deb Hitchings of MSC Title researched the requirements and managed to pull together a solution within several days. Without the help of MSC Title at this key stage, it would have been difficult for the deal to close on time.

“In the end, both parties were very happy,” Elizabeth explained. “The day we closed, dozens of these giant jack fish were swimming in the middle of the intersecting canals and we all just knew ‘this is meant to be’.”


Are you interested in learning more about Punta Gorda and the nautical splendors of Charlotte County? Contact one of our local offices to speak with an agent directly. 

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Why Did it Sell: A Thirst for Waterfront in Punta Gorda was last modified: March 26th, 2015 by Kathryn Parks