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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

14th Annual Seafood Luau

Peace River Seafood

Saturday, 
January 28th 
2:00-5:00pm

 Fresh seafood harvested from our local waters! Steamed blue crabs, garlic clusters, oysters, clams, heads on shrimp, and mullet will be on the menu. 

Come enjoy this old fashioned Florida seafood extravaganza!! 

$25 plus $5 Gratuity

Visit 
For More Details

Did you Know?
First New Years
 
In 45 B.C., New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect.
Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. Introduced around the seventh century B.C., the Roman calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected. In addition, the pontifices, the Roman body charged with overseeing the calendar, often abused its authority by adding days to extend political terms or interfere with elections.
In designing his new calendar, Caesar enlisted the aid of Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, who advised him to do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year, as did the Egyptians. The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days, and Caesar added 67 days to 45 B.C., making 46 B.C. begin on January 1, rather than in March. He also decreed that every four years a day be added to February, thus theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. Shortly before his assassination in 44 B.C., he changed the name of the month Quintilis to Julius (July) after himself. Later, the month of Sextilis was renamed Augustus (August) after his successor.
Celebration of New Year's Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century.
The Roman church became aware of this problem, and in the 1570s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year. Since then, people around the world have gathered en masse on January 1 to celebrate the precise arrival of the New Year.

Source:  History.com
JANUARY 2017
NEWSLETTER 



Welcome to the January  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
Happy New Year!
2017 is already off to a fast start! After a relaxing holiday with my family, I had to hit the ground running after the new year. I hope you enjoy some of the photos from our quail hunting trip in Thomasville, Georgia. We had a great time catching up with my good friend Russ and his son Braxton.  
Wishing you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2017!!
What Was There?
Have you ever been driving through a town and wondered what it looked like 50 to 100 years ago? This interactive site lets you do just that. Here you can tour Punta Gorda and see current google maps with an over lay of Historic Images! 
Some images date back as far as the early 1900's. 
Click on the image below to take your tour:
Featured Listing
Exclusive Grassy Point Lot
4630 Grassy Point Blvd. Pt. Charlotte, FL 33952



CHARLOTTE  COUNTY

Exclusive Grassy Point Estates property. Cleared and ready for you to build your dream home! 

Unique corner lot on .64 Acres which includes a deeded boat slip in Grassy Point's private harbor lagoon with direct access to Charlotte Harbor. 

Community features include 24-hour security at gated entrance, clubhouse, yacht basin, deeded dock, and beautifully manicured grounds.

MLS #: C7220053
List Price: $99,900
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
Waterfront Boca Vista Harbor Condo
13113 Gasparilla Rd. #205A Placida, FL 33946



CHARLOTTE COUNTY

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
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
Elk Hammock Ranch
350+/- Sportman's Recreational Acres with Estate Home, Lodge, and Workshop
2251 SE Durrance Rd. Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

350+/- Acres of authentic, creek-front Florida land with an exquisite three-story estate home set among a beautiful oak hammock. This sportman's recreational paradise is located off of Hwy 31 in Arcadia, FL offering a 3,600+ sq ft home with gated entrance, 2 private guest suites, barn, and separate guest lodge. 

The main house features a beautiful wrap around porch with scenic views, stone fireplace, kitchen with red cherry cabinets and granite countertops, Master bedroom with Master bath on-suite, and a third story with large Office/Bedroom. Elevated walkways lead you to each of the private Guest Suites with their own private bedroom and bathroom.

 The guest lodge is outfitted with kitchen, bar, 2 bedrooms, and one bath. A large metal shop constructed on the property is full of tools and equipment that are part of the purchase. 

This high fenced hunting preserve is quality managed with Elk, Deer, Red Stag, Turkey and Hogs. Mature oak hammocks provide the ideal habitat for the abundant wildlife. Joshua Creek flows through middle of property year-round. Elk Hammock Ranch lays perfect for entertaining with ATV's, fishing, buggies or horse trail riding. Additionally, the property has an access road, paved county road frontage, well, and power. 

This home is perfectly located within one hour to Florida's Gulf coast and less than 5 minutes to downtown Arcadia. A peaceful preserve close to town.

 Call for an appointment to see a truly beautiful estate!

MLS #: C7229803 
List Price: $3,900,000
Heated Sq Ft: 3,284
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
Cozy Island Retreat
8412 Little Gasparilla Island Placida, FL 33946



CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Looking for an island retreat? This rustic 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home located on the bayside of Little Gasparilla Island is it! 
Partner up with your buddies and own your own fishing getaway! Cook your catch on your private wooden deck and enjoy the weekend away from the office. Spend the days fishing right off of your ~40ft deepwater dock or taking your boat out into Placida Harbor and the Gulf waters to find some of the best Florida fishing around. 
Just minutes from the back waters of Bull Bay, Whidden creek, Turtle Bay and the worlds greatest Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass. Then after a day on the water, fix a cold beverage and stroll down to the pristine seven mile beach where you can catch the gorgeous sunsets. 
This home offers that unique getaway where peace and tranquility prevail! Make an appointment today!

MLS #: C7224300 
List Price: $375,000
Heated Sq Ft: 835
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
PENDING! 1 Day to Contract!
Beautiful Home on 12+ Acres
9846 Jernigan St.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #: C7233506   
Total Acres: 12.27
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
SOLD!
Bank Owned Commercial Property
121 S DeSoto Ave.  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #: C7213840
Total Acres: 1.73
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
SOLD!
3.65 Industrial Acres
11480 County Rd. 769 Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #: C7202830   
Total Acres: 3.65
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
SOLD!
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.