Located on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is a place where old Florida exists with the new. Port Charlotte is a friendly and warm community, off the beaten path away from the crowds. With as many registered boats as pickup trucks, people from all over the world are drawn to the area for its world class fishing, boating, sailing, and kayaking. SAIL magazine named Charlotte Harbor one of the “10 greatest places to sail in the United States”. Fortune and Money magazines have noted its highly desirable qualities and consistently feature Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda as “Best Places to Live in the South!”
The Myakka and Peace Rivers both converge in Charlotte Harbor to form the 17th largest estuary in the nation and 2nd largest estuary in the state. The estuary is 270 square miles and has 219 miles of natural shoreline. Charlotte Harbor includes some of the state’s most vibrant coastal areas where visitors come to experience some of the best fishing the world has to offer. From Tarpon in Boca Grande Pass to Redfish, Snook, Snapper, and Grouper, the area waters are abundant with all varieties of fish. In addition to the numerous boating and fishing activities, kayaking is another great way to explore the area. The Charlotte Blueway Trails comprises over 190 miles of kayaking on 53 trails along the Charlotte County shoreline including the Peace River, Myakka River, Coastal Section, and Charlotte Harbor.
The area also has miles of white sugar sand beaches and four barrier islands to explore. For sports enthusiasts, Charlotte County is home to 21 golf courses. Port Charlotte was ranked third “Best in America” to live and golf by Golf Digest. There are also numerous sporting events, recreational facilities, and cultural and social activities, including: museums; art galleries; theater; dance and music; shopping; and fine dining establishments.
The Port Charlotte population is 62,327 residents (2019). The median age is 53.2 years, and the median household income is $43,564. The average temperature is 91.8°F in the summer and 73°F in the winter.
Charlotte County schools are administered by Charlotte County Public Schools. There are 10 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools, and 5 Special Education Centers located throughout the county. Florida Gulf Coast University is located less than an hour’s drive to the south on I 75. FGCU is Florida’s newest university with over 15,000 students. FGCU offers 54 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs at their 5 colleges. Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) 171 acre Charlotte County Campus has a wide range of classes and flexible scheduling to meet your needs.
DMI Home Builders can build your new home in Port Charlotte or any of the communities located within Charlotte County, including the communities of Englewood, Rotonda, South Gulf Cove, Deep Creek, Burnt Store, and the City of Punta Gorda. There are hundreds of vacant home sites to choose from (on and off water) and most are priced low making your Florida Dream Home even more affordable.