I am a Canadian with two rental properties in North Port. We started out as vacationers in Englewood and we discovered North Port and decided to purchase a home due to its value. We have been extremely happy renting and vacationing in the area. We do not have a difficult time securing seasonal rentals, and our guests marvel at the peace, quiet, safety and accessibility of the area. We are in an area that is not considered "honky tonk" and our neighbours take exceptional care of their properties. Granted, if you are looking for the night life of South Beach, it is not there. However, if you are wanting to invest in a rental opportunity, there are many people out there who are definately interested in the area. I cannot speak to living there long-term, but any city, even Venice and Sarasota have their share of economic, social and infrastructural issues. I have never felt at-risk going anywhere in North Port - I have felt uneasy in parts of Port Charlotte. North Port is very much like a growing suburb. It will take time - the residential building may have slowed down but the commercial continues, providing North Port with new, clean, safe areas to shop and do business. Also, just because the prices of real estate are low does not necessarily mean that this will attract marijuana grow ops. In fact, these lower prices as attracting a lot of northerners who are looking for a quiet place to live in a beautiful villa with pool that would cost them one and a half times as much in Venice. Where else in the region can you buy a 3 bedroom home on the golf course in a gated community for less than 200,000? Do the math, North Port is again a great opportunity and it will rise like the phoenix again!!