Yes, North Port has a lot to offer for your money as builders, developers and investors saw years back and invested a lot of money in North Port. As the market slowed, then came to a screeching halt, people lost jobs and homes went to short sales and foreclosures, hence the fantastic buys and opportunites of today.
I worked for builders and developers and they thought they had years to build before the crash hit them. It is a great chance for many people to find an affordable home in Paradise now due to the circumstances. North Port has much to offer, it is close to beaches, restaurants, shopping and easily accessible to I-75 to reach Sarasota and St. Armands for a more "cultural and art appreciation" experience.
North Port recently got it's own medical center and much is in the works for great things to come.
I would be happy to help you find your home in Paradise.
A newly developed town with all amenities...close to the beaches of Venice and Sarasota...
You can view all homes available in North Port for sale on my website, and I am happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding the area! Thanks for the interest~ Hollie
Downtown Sarasota is not too far a drive away, where there are lots of restaurants and shops. The people in North Port are super friendly and in a couple of years the real estate market will climb back up. Also, I see a lot of infrastructure being built in North Port. The govenrment still continues to fix the roads etc so that is a very good sign. North Port is also immensely quiet for rest and relaxation. I dont think that anyone would regret buying in North Port. So far, we have been multiple times to our home there and we absolutely love it!
First determine "what makes me happy" and go from there. I think you should carefully study all of the areas of Sarasota County. If owning a 2800 sq ft 4/3 pool home is hight on you list then Nort Port is a great place to be. Many people are quite content puttering around the house ( that would be me ) and don't need social calender full of activities to be happy.
If however you are always on the go, love the beach and social activities are part of your daily routine then maybe less house and a higher demand location like Sarasota is for you. you will never run out of new and interesting things to do in this city. Iits all about supply and demand. Sarasota is a great place to live but you pay for it and right now it's approximately twice the price of North Port Check out my web site and give me a call if you want to talk about all of your options... Thats my $00.02bg
Hollie is correct about what occurred in North Port. I just want to say that I live in North Port and I think that it is a great place to live and I think that you would enjoy living here. Also you sound like you have time to spare so I would not be too leery about going after a short sale because if you are patient you can get a real good buy. If I can be of any further assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.
Anne Kyer, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, Inc.
North Port isn't for everyone. Back in the HOT period, there were a lot of builders who were planning some nice developments there. Farther north in Sarasota, there's no land available for new developments, so North Port was a good choice. There were new schools and new infrastructure planned as a result of all the new upcoming developments. That didn't happen. Hence, you have a lot of builders who went belly up and vacant homes sitting in unfinished developments. I'd say if you are a fairly inactive person and just want a place in the sun, then you'll get a lot for your money in North Port. If you are active and like to do things, like eat in nice restaurants and go to the theater, than North Port is probably not for you.
Thanks for your interest and if you need more information about the area, please see my website at http://www.SarasotaisConwayCountry.com
New homes are about 60% less as building costs and landprices have declined., especially in North Port where these are vast inventories of lots for sale. Also, North Port lacks the cultural and natural amenities of Sarasota., which is why you can find some real bargains there. I had invested in some lots in North Port and have a good knowledge of the area, but you might want to consider some of the bargains available in Sarasota as they may hold value better than North Port. Visit my website or call me at 941-349-6465 if you have questions.