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Located on a broad saltwater canal in picturesque Charlotte County in Southwest Florida, the home is located at the point where the Peace River flows into Charlotte Harbor forming one of the most pristine estuaries in the state. This unique confluence holds an amazing degree of vitality and biodiversity. You'll be able to watch schools of mullet, tarpon, snook, other game fish, and even Manatees as they ply the waterways. And imagine your delight as you spy the enormous variety of crabs and other shellfish scurrying over the flats during low tide. You'll see stingrays silently patrol the bottom as the tide gently rolls back in a constant rhythm of life.
Port Charlotte is indeed a boater's paradise. You can travel up the Peace River on a pontoon or deck boat for a relaxing view of the mangrove and palm tree forests while enjoying the spectacle of Great Blue and White Herons, Glossy Ibis and even an occasional Bald Eagle. We invite you to check out the Peace River Audubon Society for detailed lists of the birds known to frequent the region. With direct access to Charlotte Harbor, the Boca Grande Pass, world renowned for its sport fishing, the Intercoastal Waterway and the Gulf Mexico are only 55 short minutes away by water.
You'll have everything you need to thoroughly experience a coastal vacation. There is a 115' seawall that spans the entire backyard. A new 10' x 20' dock provides a great platform for fishing or getting that perfect tan. And bring your boat as we have provided a powerful boat lift that can handle vessels up to 28' long and 10,000 lbs. If you don't have your own, a boat can easily be rented on a daily or weekly basis at nearby Punta Gorda.
We have carefully preserved the original charm of the house while completely remodeling it to include a host of modern conveniences. Designer porcelain tile creates a floor which is cool to the touch. It is fully furnished with brand new rattan island themed casual furniture with extra comfy cushions. It boasts an updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including a side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice dispenser, dishwasher, electric range and microwave. There are dozens of gourmet cooking utensils on hand in the large kitchen. But DON'T bring your toaster or coffeemaker as both of these, along with a Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Food Processor, are provided for your convenience. There is plenty of storage available in the abundant Shaker-style cabinets where you'll find a full set of china, flatware, glasses, and even wine glasses. We even provide a complimentary bottle of wine to get your vacation off to a running start.
Dining can be as casual or as formal as you wish. You and your guests can grab a quick breakfast at the granite counter bar. Or you can repair to the glass-topped dining table in the breakfast nook for a bit more formal dining experience. For the ultimate in casual dining, cook up some nice steaks - or your catch of the day - on the stainless steel infrared gas grill and sit down to eat at the large outdoor dining table on the spacious concrete patio. But make sure you grill enough as the patio set seats eight!
Relax and enjoy a good book while reclining on the loveseat or sofa in the Sun Room. No need to fight over these though, as three extra cushy swivel rocking chairs are stationed there as well. This room is air conditioned but is surrounded on two sides by sliding windows providing a magnificent view of the canal. Views of the sunset from here are to die for. And you can top off an evening by turning on the rope ceiling lighting for creating just the right mood for a romantic evening.
We think you will be impressed with the technical infrastructure as well. Three high resolution (1080p) HDTVs are provided. The house is wired with fast (1GB) ethernet as well as an 802.11g wireless (Wi-Fi) network supporting burst mode for gaming and fast downloads. The Media Room boasts a huge 50' internet-ready TV with over 140 high definition channels. Or, you can sit back and enjoy a movie in the Sun Room from the extensive DVD library provided. If you must work, a desk and chair can be found in the living room. But we are sure that the view from the work area will keep this distraction to a minimum!
We are serious about making your vacation relaxing. So we spared no expense in outfitting the queen beds in both Bedrooms with extremely comfortable mattresses adorned with luxurious linens. These beds will rival some the best hotel beds you have slept on.
Two full Bathrooms can accommodate a houseful of guests. A full complement of bath towels and accoutrements are provided.
Now with a rental property like this, you would expect a full laundry facility. And indeed both a clothes washer and dryer are provided in the laundry room. But we went the extra mile and even provided three fishing poles, reels and tackle so that you could see what's biting whenever the urge bites you!
Tired of relaxing? No problem. Boat down to Punta Gorda and enjoy live music just about every evening. Downtown Punta Gorda is a center for festivals, concerts and other local events all of which highlight the local cuisine. You will not be disappointed. You are minutes away from I-75 where you can drive 30 minutes north to Sarasota or south to Fort Myers. If the kids come down for a visit, why not plan a trip to nearby Busch Gardens in Tampa (2 hours with traffic)? Or take off to visit the legendary Disney World or Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando only 3 hours away.
Vacations can be many things. Sadly, most vacations are merely retreats from the stresses of modern life. But we are convinced that should you decide to spend time at our home, your vacation will be much more than a mere retreat. It will be the stuff of dreams.
Keywords: Waterfront property, boating, fishing, Southwest Florida, private dock, single family house, coastal living, tarpon, snook, Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Gulf of Mexico, Punta Gorda, kayak, canoe, Port Charlotte
Queen size Beds (2) Comfy mattresses with tropical comforters., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) King size inflatable bed provided. Can be easily set up in the media room for privacy. Additional inflatable bed available on request....moreless
Tarpon Season May 1 - Aug 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Fall Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2016 30 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Cleaning$150 + tax
10% Discount for multiple month stays. Rates are subject to change.
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10,000 lb boat lift for personal boat, boat rentals available in nearby Punta Gorda, minutes to Charlotte Sports Park - winter home of the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team, 30 minutes from Sarasota, three hours to Orlando, 2 hours to Tampa Bay, 30 minutes to Fort Myers.
Music festivals and attractions in downtown Punta Gorda. Numerous game rooms and casinos on Hwy 41.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: Natives of New Jersey, we have been proud Florida residents for a little over two years now. We spent most of our careers in the field of Information Technology while raising three wonderful red-headed boys. Recently we have become the happy grandparents of the first of our family born in Florida. We hope to have many more and to watch them all grow up happy and healthy in the Sunshine State!
Why the Owner Chose Port Charlotte: There are few places that we know of that can match the appeal of this house. The sheer tranquility of the Peace River, the gentle breezes from Charlotte Harbor and the warm Florida sunshine make this an ideal vacation spot. We were particularly attracted to the neighborhood which is surrounded by natural beauty. The fact that the house is located on a quiet cul de sac with only two adjacent houses enhances the privacy of the property. While off the beaten path, the location provides easy access to the spectacular Gulf Beaches. Manasota Key, Gasparilla Island are all easy commutes. Englewood and Venice beaches are just 40 minutes away.
Hwy 41 is only a few miles away which provides convenient access to shopping and dining. Luigi's Italian restaurant, just 7 miles away, offers NY Style Pizza and beer on Monday nights for half price. So get there early!
Sarasota is nearby with its many cultural attractions like the Sarasota Opera, Ringling Museum and St. Armand's Circle. And don't forget that one of the best beaches in North America - Siesta Key - is less than an hour away! If you're looking for a terrific spa, you can experience the relaxing waters of Warm Mineral Springs known for its therapeutic waters in nearby North Port.
To the south, the beaches of Ft. Myers and the wonderful Pine Island are less than a 30 minute drive. And if it's seashells you are after, just continue a few miles south and spend the day at Sanibel Island.
The Unique Benefits at this House: So near yet so far: that is how we can best describe the location. There is no traffic, air planes or truck traffic for miles, yet the location is just minutes from I-75. But the greatest appeal by far is the access to Charlotte Harbor. There are no bridges or locks to contend with. You can simply lower your boat into the canal and head out to the Gulf. There are only a few homes along this particular canal so boat traffic is not an issue. The water is so calm that some of our neighbors use jetskis to get around!
Enjoy can the music and dining in a casual and festive atmosphere at downtown Punta Gorda which is just on the opposite bank of the Peace River.