Spring 2018 Newsletter
Greetings!

Welcome to the Spring 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
QUICK LINKS
Punta Gorda Named Trendy Spring Break Destination
Brit + Co, a San Francisco-based media company with an engaged community of 175 million followers, has just named Punta Gorda as one of the Trendiest U.S. Spring Break Destinations for 2018! Cruising in a number 7, Brit + Co says: "If spending 70-degree days by the waterside sounds like a dream, Punta Gorda (up nine percent in searches since 2017) should be on your radar. The area offers opportunities to explore “Old Florida” with shops, walkways, museums, and authentic tin-roof homes paying homage to past decades. Since it’s just a short drive from Fort Myers, it makes for a refreshing — and quick — escape from your usual beach-y trip." Check out who else made the list here: Brit.Co

Take a bow Punta Gorda, you're now officially trendy or has it always been.......

NOTE FROM NEIGHBOR
Punta Gorda Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest

April 14th 2018
Four Points Sheraton Lawn

4th Annual Festival presented by Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

$30, which includes all your beer samples and entertainment by the three acts



Did You Know?
Hotel Punta Gorda, one of the first buildings of any kind constructed in Punta Gorda, opened in January 1888 and served over 3300 guests within its first season. The three story building contained 150 rooms, all with a view of the waters of Charlotte Harbor. The hotel, built in the Queen Anne style, included clapboard siding, multi-paned windows, round conical roofed towers and a hipped roof. Although located in a then remote part of Florida, the hotel had such modern conveniences as gas lighting, electric bells, steam heat and open fireplaces. Roses draped over the railings of the extensive veranda, and the grounds were landscaped with camphor trees and palms. The hotel attracted a clientele of wealthy and notable guests from around the world: Thomas Edison, John Wanamaker, W. K. Vanderbilt, the Samuel Colt family and others. There was a period when the hotel declined, ownership changed and in 1924 was acquired by Barron Collier. He changed the name to the Hotel Charlotte Harbor, remodeled the hotel and expanded the grounds. He stuccoed the exterior, added a fourth floor ballroom and arches to the porch, giving the hotel elements of the Spanish Eclectic style. He added new tennis courts, a boat basin and a 176 by 80 foot swimming pool. The hotel flourished again with many famous guests.

I think Punta Gorda has just been the Best Kept Secret!
Source: HotelPG
FEATURED LISTINGS
Large Warehouse on 8+ Acres
2692 Nat Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266
Large Warehouse with 8.5 Acres Zoned Industrial Light located off of prime Hwy 17 in Arcadia, Florida. This Gated property offers two buildings, offices, ample parking and outside storage. The Manufacturing building encompasses over 38,000 total square feet with up to 26' high ceilings. Ideal for manufacturing and assembly line operations or distribution. Currently operating as a Machine Shop and manufacturing facility for commercial mowers and fertilizer spreaders. The Business, inventory, and adjacent 4.69 acres of commercial real estate may be purchased separately. Call today for an appointment.

MLS: C7249502
Total Sq Ft: 39,449
Listing price: $1,295,000
18+ acres on Hwy 31 in the Growth Corridor of DeSoto County
2483 SE Carlstrom Field Rd. Arcadia, FL 34266
18+ Acres on Hwy 31 in the growth Corridor of DeSoto County. This corner parcel has approx.. 740ft of Highway 31 frontage providing tremendous access, visibility and exposure. Located in the vicinity of numerous newly built high traffic Retail, Hotel and Grocery stores. County Water and Sewer is available nearby. Just over a ¼ Mile From Hwy 70 which travels from the East coast to the West Coast of Florida. This property is Currently Zoned A-5, but Future Land Use Zoning is for “Employment Center”, which is suitable for a multitude of non- residential uses. This property has ample size to divide and accommodate MULTIPLE SITES

MLS: C7250773
Total Acres: 18.76
Listing price: $1,600,000
Lot 4 PENDING
5+ Acre Tracts off Kings Hwy
SW Albritton Rd. Arcadia, FL 34266
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 children, a daughter Peyton and a son Truman.
Walt Bethel | RE/MAX Harbor Realty| 863.990.1748 | wbethel@waltbethel.com| www.waltbethel.com