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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


Florida SouthWestern State College and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity  present the

18th Annual "Turkey Trot"

5K Run / Fun Walk
Thursday, November 24th at 7:30 am  
FSW State College  26300 Airport Rd. 
Punta Gorda, FL

$35 Day of Event for everyone

For more Info:

Did you Know?

1 ) Turkeys are more than just big  chickens-more than 45 million years of evolution separates the two species.
 
2 ) The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. But restoration programs across North America have brought the numbers up to seven million today.
 
3 ) Male  turkeys  are called "gobblers," after the "gobble" call they make to announce themselves to females (which are called "hens") and compete with other males. Other turkey sounds include "purrs," "yelps" and "kee-kees."
 
4) An adult gobbler weighs 16 to 22 pounds on average, has a beard of modified feathers on his breast that reaches seven inches or more long, and has sharp spurs on his legs for fighting. A hen is smaller, weighing around 8 to 12 pounds, and has no beard or spurs. Both genders have a snood (a dangly appendage on the face), wattle (the red dangly bit under the c
hin) and only a few feathers on the head.
 
5 ) Studies have shown that snood length is associated with male turkey health. In addition, a 1997 study in the  Journal of Avian Biology found that female turkeys prefer males with long snoods and that snood length can also be used to predict the winner of a competition between two males.
 
6) A turkey's gender canbe  determined from its droppings-males produce spiral-shaped poop and females' poop is shaped like the letter J.
 
7 )  Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
 
8) A group of related male turkeys will band together to  court females, though only one member of the group gets to mate.
 
9 ) When a hen is ready to make little turkeys, she'll lay about 10 to 12 eggs, one egg per day, over a period of about two weeks. The eggs will incubate for about 28 days before hatching.
 
10 ) Benjamin Franklin never proposed the turkey as a symbol for America, but he  did once praise it  as being "a much more respectable bird" than the bald eagle.

 
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
NOVEMBER 2016
NEWSLETTER 



Welcome to the November  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
Sending thanks!
In this season of thanks I have many things to be grateful for.
And one of them is wonderful clients like yourself.
Thank you for your friendship and wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!
Historic Babcock Ranch Preserve in Operation and Open to Public
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County begins a new chapter in its rich history as it becomes the largest state-owned working cattle ranch to be managed by a private cattle company while expanding public recreational opportunities, including: hiking, biking, horseback riding and ranch tours. When Babcock Ranch was purchased by the state of Florida in 2005, it was hailed as the crowning jewel of the Florida Forever program. This week, the management of the nearly 70,000-acre ranch transferred from the state to Tarpon Blue Resources and Land Management.

"Babcock Ranch is steeped in Florida history, and state leaders had the foresight to preserve this land for future generations," said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. "This new agreement honors the agricultural heritage of the land by keeping the ranch in private cattle production while allowing the state to focus our attention on expanding recreational opportunities for the public. It is a model for others to follow. With the rapid growth of our state, protecting our environmental resources, keeping the ranch in agricultural production and providing recreational opportunities to the public is more important than ever."  
In 2005, Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet voted to purchase Babcock Ranch as part of the Florida Forever program in what was the single largest state conservation land acquisition in Florida's history. In 2015, the Legislature established the Babcock Ranch Preserve Act to protect and preserve the agricultural, scientific, scenic, geologic, watershed, fish, wildlife, historic, cultural and recreational values of the preserve. This agreement honors the purchase and the intent of that Act by protecting the natural resources while managing for multiple uses.
Featured Listing
MOTIVATED SELLER! 
Back on Market with HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!
Exquisite 5/5 Estate
3114 Montgomery Circle Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MOTIVATED SELLER! BACK ON THE MARKET with HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! 

From the moment you pull into the drive you know you have found a treasure! Watch the wild cardinals play in the water fountain in the beautifully landscaped courtyard as you approach the front entry.

 This Mediterranean/Spanish inspired home has a character all its own. With 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms,a game room,family room, formal dining & living rooms..plus more..this home has all the room you need. 

The grand foyer, with its soaring 18' ceiling, showcases the intricately trimmed circular staircase leading to the master suite & three of the four guest bedrooms. Guest bedrooms 1 & 2 each have their own full bathroom, while a jack & jill style bathroom accommodates guest bedrooms 3 & 4. In the master suite, enjoy a long soak in the nearly 8' long sunken tub with views of the sundeck, backyard, pool & Koi pond or enjoy the views right on the sundeck itself. 

Double sets of French doors surround the perimeter of the home, opening nearly every common area and bedroom to the courtyard, screened lanai, or private balcony & sun deck. Wooden swings hang from the huge oak trees that shade the irrigated yard & landscaping. 

Stone decking surround the kidney shaped swimming pool with waterfall & water slide. Sit & watch the Koi swim in the wrap around pond with waterfalls while sinking your toes into the "beach". The screened lanai includes an outdoor kitchen. 

Two adjacent lots, 2.32 acres, may be purchased separately. 

This is a one of a kind property!

MLS #: C7224085  
List Price: $389,900
Heated Sq Ft: 4,024
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
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
See  My Listings  for more information.
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
PENDING!
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!
18+ Acres Farm with Metal Building
1904 County Rd. 760A  Arcadia, FL 34266



DESOTO COUNTY

MLS #: C7215764  
Total Acres: 18.74
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.