Francel’s Communities List
Set in a lush setting of mature oaks and tropical palm trees, Boca Royale is a hidden gem in Englewood, Florida. The community is ideally located in South Sarasota County just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Manasota Key. Nestled within is a community of elegant homes, pristine lakes, and nature preserves; the town offer an exclusive hideaway from the bustle of tourists for those in the know...it is truly a special place.
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Year-round sunshine, surf, and leisure sports lure visitors to Bradenton, a friendly tropical spot south of Tampa Bay on Florida's Gulf Coast. Hernando DeSoto discovered the area in 1539, an event commemorated each spring with the monthlong Florida Heritage Festival. Stroll along the waterfront downtown, take up canoeing, fish for grouper and mahi mahi, play golf or just relax and watch the sun dip into the sea.
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Many consider Burnt Store Isles (BSI) to be the best deed-restricted community in Punta Gorda. The name of the “Burnt Store” Isles Subdivision is surrounded in myth. It is said to have evolved from an incident occurring during the 1850s - the burning of a Trading Post located on the road which is now Burnt Store Road.
The first known development of what became Burnt Store Isles took place in the 1920s. A wealthy industrialist, a Mr. Louis Calder, fell in love with Florida and built a hunting and fishing lodge there. Some forty years after Mr. Calder’s venture, Al Johns and company (Punta Gorda Isles Inc.) started to develop Burnt Store Isles. It was in December, 1968, that Punta Gorda Isles Inc. first announced plans to build a new golf course section as part of PGI and in January 1969, that they purchased an additional 509 acres to start the development.
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Burnt Store Marina is every boater’s dream. Located on beautiful Charlotte Harbor, ranked one of the top ten places to sail by Sail magazine, the basin is just 10 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte Harbor is the second-largest estuary in Florida, encompassing 270 square miles, yet it is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Burnt Store Marina provides direct access to this boating wonderland, just south of Tampa, between Sarasota and Naples.
While at port, enjoy the onsite amenities including a challenging 27-hole executive golf course, biking and walking within the 600 acre gated community. The Club also provides dining, a wide variety of special events, activities, classes and outings and is a social center for non-golfers as well as golfers.
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The Burnt Store Meadows community offers newer, Florida-style homes in a quiet environment that beckons to both young and old. There are park-like green belts behind each home, where the tropical birds normally nest. The nature that traverses the green belts is almost unparalleled in this area; beautiful sceneries are not “once in a while” here but is a normality.
The community’s location is one of it's strongest attributes. It offers quick access to three of Charlotte County's most important roads. Burnt Store Road borders the community to the west while U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) forms the northwest border and offers a linear, quick route to Cape Coral and U.S. 41. Burnt Store Meadows also is within a 5 minute drive of I-75.
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Deep Creek is a deed-restricted community located in Southwest Florida, and is part of Charlotte County. The community was laid out so that all lots border open space called "greenbelts" which are maintained by the Homeowners Association. Many homes are on freshwater lakes or canals.
Deep Creek residents enjoy beautiful weather year-round. Our Residents find themselves close to everything that Southwest Florida has to offer. Deep Creek residents are never far from golfing, swimming, boating, fishing, sailing, shelling, skiing or just wandering on a sandy shore. Fine dining, shopping and entertainment can be found in locally, as well as in nearby Fort Myers and Sarasota. Deep Creek is just off I-75 and is also in close proximity to airports in Sarasota, Tampa, and Fort Myers, so the rest of the world is never far away.
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Lakewood Ranch is located within the Manatee County region in Florida. Railroads, bridges, and roadways were later added for easier access in and out of the area. The first neighborhood development, Summerfield, went up in 1995. As the area expanded and population increased, a master-planned community was created called Lakewood Ranch.
Nine villages, from townhomes to custom estates, where families become neighbors, neighbors become family and everyone enjoys a sense of community.
You'll find all of this and more at Lakewood Ranch: gourmet and family-friendly restaurants, A-rated schools, unique shops and boutiques, business parks, hospital and medical center, three different masterfully designed golf courses; an athletic center with fitness, aquatics and 18 lighted tennis courts; even Polo and Cricket clubs. And over 150 miles of sidewalks and trails, community parks, lakes and nature preserves sharing dramatic landscapes with forest and wetland preserves abundant with native wildlife.
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North Port is a rapidly growing community that features very large-scale residential subdivisions along with an extensive network of roads and highways. The municipality also boasts the area known as the Warm Mineral Springs, where the location of a notable artesian spring as well as its own significant residential subdivision can be found.
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Found along Florida's welcoming Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is located about halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, perfectly positioned to offer every manner of water-borne activities. It has more than 165 miles of waterways, providing access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, and many more miles of natural shoreline bordering Charlotte Harbor and the Peace and the Myakka rivers.
Additionally, Port Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, which is a member of the Florida State League and Class High-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, which also holds its spring training at Charlotte Sports Park. As for the community’s schools, Port Charlotte High School is the only public high school located in Port Charlotte, but not the only high school in the Charlotte County. Southern Technical College operates a campus in Port Charlotte.
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Located approximately 100 miles south of Tampa, the City of Punta Gorda was founded in 1884 by Colonel Isaac Trabue on 30 acres of land on the southern shore of Charlotte Harbor and was known as the Town of Trabue.
In addition to its beautifully restored historic district, Punta Gorda offers many natural attractions, waterside shopping and leisurely strolls along the Harborwalk and at Fishermen's Village on Charlotte Harbor. Easily reached by I-75 along Florida’s south-central Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda features streets lined with huge royal palms, old Florida-era tin-roofed homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, and street lamps and benches that leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere.
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The community of Punta Gorda Isles is a boater's paradise. Where else can you live with your boat 20' from your back door and have quick access to the best boating in the State of Florida? Punta Gorda manages the seawalls and canals, which is a huge benefit to the homeowners.
There are various amenities, homes, condos and more in Punta Gorda Isles. Time to the Harbor, age of the home, view of the water and size of seawall all contribute to the difference in pricing. Home sizes range from modest bungalows to manses built on double lots.
The town's development started in 1957 and as the years went by, more areas opened. There was never a mandatory build time so there are still vacant lots scattered throughout the old and new area.
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Sitting on the southwestern coast of Florida, the City of Sarasota is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family, and the Sarasota School of Architecture.
The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. The keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key.
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Just south of Sarasota along Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast, Venice offers 14 miles of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key and plenty of recreational opportunities, including swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating.
Venice also is a Florida Main Street City – its downtown graced by northern Italian architecture and beautifully landscaped boulevards that date to the original city plans of 1925 and reminiscent of the Italian city whose name it borrowed.