Southwest Florida by
Tammy Vaughn, Realtor, Re/Max Harbor Realty
All!! Well, we are at the end of April,
after an early Easter this year… and looking forward to Mother’s Day! The SW Florida Real Estate season has only slowed
down minimally, but we do have another good month of season left. The expected season is typically from
November to May, with the busiest Real Estate months from January to May.
Temperatures in the SW Florida area this week are expected to be in the high
80s (The Highs) ; and being 6:30 AM the temperature now is 68, degrees.
As summer approaches, the traffic will slow
down, the restaurants will have readily available seating, and the Florida sun
will heat the air. The boaters in the
area are already spending weekends out at the sandbars and packing coolers to
spend a day on any one of our beautifully natural barrier islands. I am reminded everyday what a paradise I live
in, in SW Florida, every time I talk to you, the customers about the area, and
what is so great about living here.
A couple of the Summer Highlights in the SW Florida area are..
At Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W.
Retta Esplanade, May 14th 10-4 is the Annual Key Lime Festival, packed with KEY LIME, and more Key lime, as
village merchants offer samples of many key lime products. There will also be live music, face painting,
a fun photo booth, and FREE admission. Last year Key Lime Fudge and Key Lime
Margaritas were my favorites.
Fishermen’s Village, King Fisher Military Appreciation Month in May is offering
half price admission to any of the
sightseeing cruises to for all those who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps,
Air Force, and Coast Guard, with a valid Military ID or proof of service. Call the
ticket office at 941-639-0969 for more information.
Gorda Blues Brews and BBQ Fest will be on June 24 to 26th, located behind
the Four Points Sheraton at 33 Tamiami
Trail, Punta Gorda, FL, 33950, featuring singer and songwriter Randy McAllister,
and brews from local kraft beer brewers.
That’s just a small taste of the upcoming
summer adventures in SW Florida.
Where to eat? For Fine dining I have to recommend Turtle Club, 139 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, mainly because this is where my husband took me to dinner
on Saturday and everything was superb, from the waiters, waitresses, and hostesses. The food was delicious (I had the salmon) and
the staff was happy to personalize my dinner, upon my request. Before our amazing dinner, my husband and I
enjoyed the First Wine Tasting at the Turtle Club. This was the first Wine Tasting I have experienced,
and ironically, my first Boss, Jerome Presseller, from my first Job, at Howard
Johnsons, (30 years later) was offering the cheese samples from The Big
Cheese Gourmet Shop and Sunart Gallery located at 307 Taylor St, Punta
Gorda. His lovely wife and local artist,
Patty Presseller, Sunart Gallery, was also offering cheese samples with their daughter Julie.
It’s such a small world.
So, to sum it
up, the location is Amazing! The area is
Spirited! And the Real Estate Market is
strong. New construction and newly built
is still the most popular choice with many home buyers. Most
primary and second home buyers that I have had the pleasure of working
with recently, have been purchasing 55
Plus or Deed Restricted Neighborhoods with Villas/ and Single Family Homes in the $225,000-$300,000
price range in local Communities with a clubhouse, community pool area, activities,
and with monthly Dues of less than
$300. There are still new construction villas available for
very close to $200,000 in 55 plus communities in SW Florida.
As a Realtor,
I appreciate working with you, my customers and providing the Information you
are looking for . I make every effort to
offer a positive experience through to the closing of your new Florida
Home. Give me a call for more detailed
information on pricing and Communities in the Area… 941-628-6768. I look
forward to it!
Wouldn’t you like to get away? To a place where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came? This cozy place isn’t Cheers but instead Fishermen’s Village! A resort and shopping center on the Charlotte harbor located at 1200 West Retta Esplanade. It’s hard to decide where to begin when talking about Fishermen’s Village. From the stores to the comfy looking rooms and the view everything about Fishermen’s Village is amazing. Yet possibly the most amazing thing is the multitude of events happening here. Grab yourself an ice cream cone from one of the sweet shops and sit down to listen to a musician with your family on Fridays 5-9pm. For an event list click here.
If adventuring is more of your thing walk on down by the marine for information on a cruise, boat rental, or fishing tours or click here. Careful though! You might encounter one of Florida’s many silly looking birds.
If you keep following the path by the Marine you’ll end up at a restaurant known as Harpoon Harry’s. Find a stairway and go up it to a fancy buffet restaurant called The Captain’s Table. If you’re hanging out with friends or meeting up with some family members that you haven’t seen in a while both restaurants are perfect places to go. Harpoon Harry’s has more or a bar theme and sometimes live music. If you have little kids with you worry not! For there are arcade games a’ plenty as well as Pool and Air Hockey to entertain them. Upstairs The Captain’s Table isn’t set up for a rock and roll band but does have a large grand piano with almost always someone caressing a song out of it. In both restaurants I have been met with friendly smiles and a lovely staff that knew how to take care of their customers.
While walking around Fishermen’s Village it’s common to feel relaxed and at ease. Something about the large walkways, tall ceiling and the open building remind me of being in a forest with nothing to do but relax. Of course forests don’t have shops and a harbor right next to them. Of these shops Fishermen’s Village has ice-cream, clothing, furniture, gag-gifts, knick-knacks, olive oil, and the Military Heritage Museum. Shops like Bella Balsamic & The Pressed Olive have professional mixologists to create perfect olive oils and vinegars for everyday use. Or if you’re here with your lil dog check out Salty Paws! An adorable shop filled to the top with dog treats and apparel. My favorite shop is the Dragonfly Gallery which sells beautiful blown glass ornaments, ones that are perfect for hanging in front of a sunny window. The way the glass catches the light it just puts the perfect touch to a creative room.
Today was another day well spent at Fishermen’s Village! With family and friends around it’s impossible to feel alone when I’m here. Yet even if I do let times of sadness catch up to me I just remember “Hey! I live in Florida!” and that tomorrow is another sunrise.