Mike, Home Buyer in Tinley Park, IL

Do I want to buy a home in North Port, FL?

Asked by Mike, Tinley Park, IL Mon Jun 2, 2008

I am considering moving from a Chicago suburb to North Port, FL. I like the homes i see online in North Port. Is this a good relocation move for a family? The homes closer to the beach seem to be older.

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We would be happy to provide you with sample properties for North Port with no obligations. If you are a serious buyer, it's probably time to start collecting more specific information about area real estate.

The "Eckler Team"
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 29, 2008
The average age in North Port is 38, so I wouldn't call this an area for "older people". The median age in Naples is 60. The difference between North Port and Naples is like night and day. The average price in North Port for a single family home is $160,000 to average in Naples is $930,000.

There are many golf tournaments at some of the very upscale golf course in North Port like Heron Creek and Bobcat Trail in North Port. If you want a more laid back, not hurried lifestyle North Port would be the place for you.

I prefer to live in a town that is more casual and travel to Naples or Sarasota if I'm looking for more activities: high end stores, luxury dining, art & cluture, etc.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
Hi, I am from Chicago and a realtor in the Naples, Florida area which is 40 miles south of North Port. i would answer your questions with a few questions of my own, such as what is important to you and your family. North Port is a very quiet, tranquil and peaceful community which usually attracts older individuals who are looking to not have nightlife, plush restaurants to dine at, or a fast pace of life. It is a more casual living, no theatre, no major highways, less desirable for the cultural one, as there is no musicals, no golf tournaments,etc. If I may help you to see through the window of lifestyle, concerning the different areas in the SW region of Florida, please email me or contact me at 239-298-0600. We have many different communities that are great for family, and great for seniors, great for all different ages.................Thanks, Mary 239-298-0600.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008

I currently live in DC and we just spent the past 5 months searching before finally making an offer. You need to get down and see North Port.. it is not the "florida lifestyle" .. it's scrub country, far from anything, lousy roads, nothing to do and as I have been told and experienced there... its "newly wed or nearly dead" that purchase there..... Its just cheap there and thats about it...We picked up an excellent value on a 30 year old property within 1 mile of the beach...near downtown sarasota.. Seller took our offer 30% off his list price after he had several price reductions.. deal went smooth as silk and we now have our "vacation property home" in a great maintenance free neighborhood under 200K ! keep searching but my advice, if you want a Florida lifestyle, you move to florida, not the inlands...

Happy Hunting...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 5, 2008
Northport homes are great BUYS right now. Get a good Realor, familiar with the area and who have the knowledge of the area builders. Some builders have abandoned homes, due to the market conditions. The right Northport homes are simply a good choice. Schools, beaches, fishing, the area's shopping and proximity to Sarasota and Port Charlotte make Northport an ideal choice.
Jim Soda, 941-809-7759
Prudential Palms Realty
Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, Fl.
Web Reference: http://www.jimsoda.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 3, 2008
You have done your homework........yes, homes nearer to the beachea generally are older and much more expensive. If you are looking for value, this is the place to be and there presently is a large selection to choose from.
As far as, : Is this a good relocation move for your family/" This is something only you can answer. It's also difficult to get a real feel of a location by looking at photographs. Our recommendation is to plan a family vacation that includes North Port. This will surely clear up any doubt you might have about the the location, the move, and other questions that haven't even entered th picture yet.

Where else can you get a brand new 3/2/2 home with a pool for $180,000. Don't rule it out until you have been there. We would be happy to support your interest.

The "Eckler Team"
Century 21 Almar and Associates
Venice, Fl 34285
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
Hi Mike,

I live and work in North Port and love it! In my opinion, North Port is great for families, The average age in North Port is 38. I have three children and find it a great place to raise children.

Most areas in North Port area about 25 minutes to the beach. The closer you get to the beach the more likely you will be required to have flood insurance. Most areas in North Port do not require flood insurance. There are many new schools, grocery stores, home improvement stores, etc. coming to North Port and many of the homes in North Port are built after the year 2000.

Please see my website below for pictures and descriptions of some of the developments in North Port. I would be happy to help you with any questions you many have about the area.

Shannon Moore, Realtor
Re/Max Anchor Realty
North Port/Port Charlotte
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 2, 2008
I am a REALTOR in this area and North Port is a great place for families. There are several other communities in the area that are closer to the beach and soem of these neighborhoods have newer homes. It is really about what you want and the price you want to pay. I would gald to show you around and give you good choices in your decision making process. Call me or email me...(941) 830-0417 john.albertsen@coldwellbankerflorida.com
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