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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

89th Annual Arcadia Rodeo

Grandaddy of em all!

March 9th-12th 

Four days of full rodeo action! 

For More Details and Tickets

Did you Know?

"Cracker: The Last Cowboys of Florida"

Check out this great documentary of some of Florida's Cowboys!


Welcome to the February  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. 
Guess the Event?
In the 1930's whether competing or not, anyone with a horse rode in the Arcadia Rodeo Parade and grand entry. On the front row is Alli e Wright at 17 years of age with her sister Earlene on the back of her horse. Billy Welles is tipping his hat beside her.
Mosaic Arena
"Old Traditions New Look"
Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, Inc. is the oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida which has evolved from its pioneer beginnings to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation. The Rodeo's signature event is the three-day annual March Rodeo. Participants compete for purses and points aiming for the "Super Bowl" of rodeo, the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rodeo Association also hosts a variety of sporting events throughout the year including a Youth Rodeo Series, WRCA Ranch Rodeos and a Memorial Day Barrel Race. Ground has already been broken for the new Mosaic Arena that has an estimated completion date in the fall of 2017.

The Mosaic Arena will feature 7,796 seats, approximately 1,600 more than the historical arena providing more comfortable seating for all attendees.  Ample parking, faster more convenient ticketing and expanded concessions will also be a draw for patrons wanting a centralized venue to attend the "Granddaddy of Them All", as well as many new events.  Four new VIP areas will provide attending dignitaries, donors and sponsor another incentive to participate. Two 20 stall barns will allow new equestrian event opportunities and The William "Kayo" G. Welles Florida Cowboy Museum will be a destination for history buffs providing even more community tourism.
The Board of Directors, volunteers and building team have worked diligently to ensure the transition into the new arena is smooth and the success of the Arcadia Rodeo continues. Every inch of this facility has been meticulously planned to not only improve upon an already successful rodeo but to be a five star facility our grandkids can enjoy with pride.
It will be bittersweet to leave our current arena. Built in 1959, we have made countless memories here. That long history is not just ours but belongs to our entire community.  With this expansion we build upon the foundational history built so soundly by our forefathers using their traditions and memories to create more into future generations.
Featured Listing
Elk Hammock Ranch
350+/- Sportman's Recreational Acres with Estate Home, Lodge, and Workshop
2251 SE Durrance Rd. Arcadia, FL 34266


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
141.77 Acres-Under $4,000 per Acre!
Grape Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266


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
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
Exquisite 5/5 Estate
3114 SE Montgomery Circle, Arcadia, FL 34266



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 #: C7231561
List Price: $389,900
Heated Sq Ft: 4,024
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Previously Featured Listing
PENDING! 1 Day to Contract!
Beautiful Home on 12+ Acres
9846 Jernigan St.  Arcadia, FL 34266


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


MLS #: C7213840
Total Acres: 1.73
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