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About Walt Bethel:
Walt Bethel is a fIfth generation Floridian, born and raised in Arcadia,  with a vast knowledge of all areas of Florida Real Estate and an ardent appreciation for Florida history.    

The purchase and development of his first orange grove when he was just sixteen years old fueled Walt's passion for real estate.  

Since then, he has bought, owned, and sold a wide variety of properties throughout a successful business career.  His investments have included acreage, agricultural properties, residential homes, condos, and commercial properties. 

Walt's marketing and sales experience was cultivated over time at his family's business, Bethel Farms, where he marketed, managed, and sold products to "Big Box" retailers across the Southeastern

 and  Midwestern United States.

 From an early age, Walt's dad instilled in him the values to work hard and always have a goal, to look for a better way of doing things, and to constantly improve on them.  

The daily implementation of these principles, coupled with his enjoyment of networking with new people and his experience in business, sales, and marketing, have contributed to Walt's success as a Realtor.

 

 Walt has served on various boards and committees throughout the years. He has coached and actively supports local youth athletic programs and leagues. 

He and his wife Jill, also a fourth generation Floridian, reside in Punta Gorda. They have two teenage children, a daughter Peyton and a son   Truman.
Note From
Our Neighbors

Punta Gorda's Farmer Market


Every Saturday 
8:00am to Noon
Taylor St., across from the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse


Voted the 'Best Small Market in Florida' and 15th in the USA

Large number of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, Italian bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes and LOTS MORE.
There is always live entertainment  from 9am to Noon. 

For more information:
(941) 391-4856

Did You Know?

Peace River Wildlife Center


"Tucked neatly into the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park, the Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility."

Started in 1978, PRWC is dedicated to the rescue, care, protection and preservation of native wildlife. Originally confined to the lanai of one of its founders, the Center quickly gained credibility and a new location as citizens learned of its successes in wildlife rehabilitation.
Since its beginnings the wildlife center has treated over sixty thousand birds and small mammals, offering a high-level of skilled care by trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience in treating native fauna disease and trauma.
Peace River Wildlife Center is a member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (FWRA), the National
Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA), and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). We are licensed and overseen and permitted by the US FWS, USDA, and FL FWC.
Currently, PRWC admits about 2,000 patients annually, a number that has increased every year since the Center's founding. If a bird or small animal cannot be returned to its native habitat after treatment a nd recovery but is otherwise healthy, it becomes a permanent resident of the Center or another federally and state approved facility. Right now, the Center has almost 200 permanent residents.
All of the permanent residents are available for viewing by the public in attractive, spacious aviaries and habitats, suggestive of their native environments. Among the birds available for viewing are eagles, hawks, owls, ospreys, sandhill cranes, pelicans, heron s, gulls, terns, cormorants, songbirds, crows and vultures.
The costs involved in maintaining these educational displays is nearly $75,000 per year just to feed the almost 200 permanent residents.
All of the Peace River Wildlife Center's expenses are met through grants, donations, recycling efforts and gift shop sales. PRWC's mission is carried out primarily by volunteers. Visitors are welcome at the Center and its gift shop from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day to receive injured, orphaned or ill wildlife.

SEPTEMBER 2016
NEWSLETTER 



Welcome to the September  Edition of my  "Real Estate Resource" Newsletter.

Please  check out my website waltbethel.com
to view my listings, search for property, or to enjoy one of my archived newsletters.

As  always , I welcome your feedback and suggestions. 
   
Walt
Southwest Florida Market Activity 
Closed Sales
July 2016--2,280 
5 Yr July Average--2,190


Median Sale Price
July 2016--$227,375
5 Yr July Average--$187,165



call me today for a market analysis of your property!
"Move to these 8 Small Towns if You   Love the Outdoors"
There's nothing better than relaxing in nature, except maybe the slight shock of returning to the hustle and bustle of a big city. Wouldn't it be nice to spend your days outdoors and your evenings in a safe and charming small town? If you move to one these small towns, you can have it all:

1. Mount Dora
2. Dunedin
3. Cyrstal River
4. Punta Gorda

This is the place to explore a different side of Florida, far removed from the theme parks. Take a swamp buggy tour through Babcock Wildnress Adventures, visit the Peace River Wildlife Center, or if you're really brave, try Skydive Southwest Florida. This town is like one big adventure.

5. High Springs
6. Chipley
7. Grayton Beach
8. Cedar Key

Source: OnlyInYourState
Featured Listing
624 W Marion Ave. Punta Gorda, FL 33950



CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Extraordinary opportunity to live in a gorgeous custom built home in the charming historic district of downtown Punta Gorda! 

This spacious three bedroom, three bath home is situated on three lots with dual entry driveways. Upon entering you will be delighted by the vaulted ceilings and open concept floor plan. This expansive home boasts 6500 total square feet, wood floors throughout, crown molding, a gas fireplace and a cook's kitchen complete with beautiful butcher block island, breakfast bar and Eight burner Viking stove.

 The master suite has his and her large walk in closets, huge walk in shower and a garden tub. A second bedroom is ideal for guests with its own private bathroom and two closets. The large office space with handsome, custom built in cabinetry and granite countertops is also a perfect space for a theater room. 

The enormous recreational room is the ideal casual entertaining space with triple french doors that open out to the pool patio. Lush landscaping surrounding the pool creates a very private tropical oasis that will make you feel as though you are at a resort in your own back yard! 

This home also boasts a four car garage that opens out to a spacious yard area with its own private porch overlooking the quaint brick lined street. 

Enjoy living the historic district lifestyle in a fabulous home that is within a short walk to Gilchrist Park, Charlotte Harbor, Fisherman's Village and lovely downtown Punta Gorda's shopping, dining, and entertainment! Listing Agent is Owner.

MLS #: C7224085  
List Price: $999,000
Heated Sq Ft: 4,480
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Featured Listing
BACK ON THE MARKET & REDUCED!
Waterfront Boca Vista Harbor Condo
13113 Gasparilla Rd. #205A Placida, FL 33946



CHARLOTTE COUNTY

BACK ON THE MARKET AND REDUCED OVER $40K!! 
This MOTIVATED SELLER is offering a fully FURNISHED 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Boca Vista Harbor that is immaculately adorned with coastal decor, ornate furniture and rich colors. 

Just minutes from Boca Grande, shopping, restaurants, pristine beaches and world class fishing sits this 1500+ square foot corner unit with views of Coral Creek Lagoon, offering the most privacy available in the complex. The eat-in kitchen with Corian countertops also has a breakfast bar and is open to the living room and dining area with bay windows. 

The large covered, screened lanai is accessible from the 3 door slider in the living room or the single sliding door in the master bedroom. His and her master walk-in closets adjoin the master bath with its glass shower enclosure, deep soaker tub, and his and her Corian vanities with under mount sinks and large 3 way mirrors. Ceramic tile flooring laid throughout with custom tile mosaic featured in the foyer. Spacious laundry area contains stacked washer and dryer to maximize space. 

Community features include clubhouse, heated pool and spa, outdoor grilling and dining areas, and tennis courts. Off-site boat docking and storage are available at neighboring Gasparilla Marina. Boat docks, accessible only to Boca Vista Harbor owners, are available for purchase or lease through a separate association and provide direct access to Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf beaches. 

Don't miss this opportunity!!

MLS #: C7223376
List Price: $319,000
Heated Sq Ft: 1,701
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Featured Listing
141+/- Acres in Ft. Ogden
Under $4,000 Per Acre!!
SW Grape Ave.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO  COUNTY

Fort Ogden acreage priced UNDER $4,000 PER ACRE!!

 Beautiful 141.77+/- Acres abundant with Florida wildlife, oak hammocks, ponds and improved pasture. Ideal recreational property with cleared land ready for a cabin or your next home! Fenced, gated and ready for grazing. 

Two Parcels included: 21-39-24-0000-0041-0000 and 28-39-24-0000-00180-000.

MLS #: C7227668 
List Price: $560,000
Total Acres: 141.77
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Featured Listing
PENDING! 6 DAYS TO CONTRACT
Lovely 3/2 Home on 2.5 Acres
1172 Wilidwood Ave.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #:  C7228289
Total Acres: 2.50
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Featured Listing
PENDING! 
10+ Acres with Warehouse
1460 Price Child St.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #: C7221876
Total Acres: 10.15
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
PENDING! 
Bank Owned Commercial Property
121 S DeSoto Ave.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #:  C7213840 
Total Acres: 1.73
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Featured Listing
PENDING! 
20+ Industrial Light Acres
Hwy 70  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

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