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Debbie, Home Buyer in Florida

thinking of moving to florida for winter, looking at gulf coast from cape coral, fort myers to sarasota

Asked by Debbie, Florida Fri May 1, 2009

naples area, and i see many homes and condos that are great deals but don't know the areas or neighbourhoods. any suggestions on where to look .. I am coming down either june or october to look and need to know where to start.. I realize that it is individual taste but I really dont want to be in a high crime area. I don't need to worry about schools, we just want a pretty area close to the water, maybe on a canal. with lots of stuff to do..thanks for any help you can give me, as I value any advice from locals who know the areas..

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No sales speal here... and you probably won't get a direct answer regarding your "crime area" question simply due to the fact that it is against Florida Law for Real Estate Professionals to answer such questions. All we are allowed to do is to direct you to other agencies that you may go to to reasearch and find the answers, for yourself.... like the local Sherriff's office (website), you can just do a websearch. Also, check out http://www.Cyberhomes.com ... I wouldn't completely trust their stats, but it'll give you an idea.
I hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 5, 2009
Hi Debbie,

How are you?

Punta Gorda is definitely my first choice. Crime is low. We have beaches, galleries, performing arts, parks, excellent dining and though we move with the times, it still hasn't lost the small town feel. You really need to visit to understand what I mean. We have plenty of activities to interest all tastes and you could be as involved or laid back as you like. This is a wonderful place to be.

We are an hour from Fort Myers to the South and Sarasota to the North. 3 hours away from Miami and Orlando. We are strategically situated on the south west coast.

By the end of the year, construction will start on the Solar Power Plant and soon after that - The first city on earth powered by zero emission solar energy - a very important part of the energy solution -

To truly see all that Punta Gorda has to offer, you need to visit. I would enjoy show you the area and property that meets your criteria.

EMail or call me and I could send you properties from different areas so that you get a general idea of what's out there and what you could get for your money. That would be a good start.

Genevieve Ramachandran
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 4, 2009
Hi Debbie,
I have been a Realtor in Sarasota, Florida's Cultural Coast, for 9 years. I had vacationed here for 13 years and every time I packed my bag to return to Boston i would say, "God... I was born in the wrong part of the country!"
Awakening to brilliant blue skies and tropical breezes is most definitely good for the soul.
You don't mention what your specific interests or activities may include but I'm sure our local venues and calendar would keep you entertained. You may already be aware that Sarasota is known as the "Cultural Gem". An all-star cast of opera, symphonies, theater, galleries, museums and festivals share the stage with the whitest sand beaches in the world.
A tropical island shopping center with stylish boutiques and galleries awaits you on St. Armands Circle. Lush courtyards and patios, Italian statues and European ambience as you stroll the walkways. Dine al fresco at sidewalk cafes or go gourmet in the elegant, upscale restaurants.
If you enjoy strolls on the beach, then kick off your shoes and wrap your toes around 99 percent pure quartz blinding white sand on Siesta Beach. Among it's acknowledgements scientists judged it the "world's finest and whitest beach" and in 2004 the Travel Channel named it the Best Sand Beach in America.
Sarasota offers a perfect blend of elegance and laid-back fun: soft white sand beaches and gorgeous Gulf sunsets.... kayak through waterways edged with mangroves... tee it up on one of its numerous and award winning golf courses... dine on the waterfront and then pinch yourself because YES you live here.
Debbie, if you would like to contact me and share some details as to what exactly you are looking for, I would be happy to send you a sampling of what you might expect to find in Sarasota.

Beth Lancaster
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 2, 2009
Hi Debbie: as you said it is an individual taste above all. I do know each cities you mentioned from Naples to Sarasota and price range is of course going to dictate the type of property and the type of frontage.Its much to lengthy to describe each cities in a few lines and I doubt that any Realtor will be objective.After all we want to sell homes in a perticular area.Ours.I cover from Naples to Cape Coral and can answer also questions regarding the areas between Cape Coral and Sarasota.I would be glad to answer your questions by phone at 239- 810-2980. As far as better deals Cape Coral may have the most amount of quality homes/quality of life style for a reasonable price on canal or near by due to our amount of foreclosures and short sales. Beautifull canals and safe. Close to the beach would be Fort Myers Beach and SW Ft Myers as probably the best deals.Siesta Key for Beaches in Sarasota would be much more$ but its also gorgeous.Naples/Bonita are a bit on the high side and beautiful.
You may also want to check my blog at http://activerain.com/lloydn
If you need a Buyer's Agent to represent you and only you in an objective and exclusive way then I would be glad to represent you.
and happy Hunting!
LLoyd Nichols
Right Choice Realty LLC
cell: 239-810-2980
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