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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 Neighbor

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*Founded in 1979
*Service all of Southwest Florida and the Florida Heartland
Did you Know?
Little Known Facts of Arcadia, FL
  • After the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), Peace River was the northern boundary for the "Seminole Reservation"; the first survey of the Arcadia area, inside the Reservation, was completed the following year.
  • In 1931, George End opens the first Rattlesnake Meat Cannery just outside of Arcadia, and the Floridian Products Corporation uses every available part of the snake; in 1937 he moved his operations near Tampa, establishing Rattlesnake, Florida, for his cannery and reptilorium, with a post office.
  • Thomas Gaskins invented the "Gaskins' Car Coupler" for railroad cars in 1895; he built one of the first stores and residences in Arcadia.
  • Frank Cline invented the Cline Rolling Straight Edge to help in building roads; his Hydraulic Track Adjustors invention was used by construction-equipment companies and the U.S. Army for tanks.
  • Arcadia once had a reputation as a frontier town as "wild" as any in the American West, and in 1895, Frederic Remington visited Arcadia looking for cowboys. He wrote and illustrated "The Cracker Cowboys of Florida," an article about the "Cattle Wars," published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine.
  • Ed Scott served as the first chairman, a volunteer, of the department of roads, now the Florida Department of Transportation. He arranged for two major highways, U.S. Highway 17, also known as the Dixie Highway (established in 1915), and State Road 70 to intersect at the center of Arcadia.
  • Nicknamed the Kettring Bug, Charles Kettring's "aerial torpedo," a forerunner of today's "smart bombs," was tested at Carlstrom Field southeast of Arcadia in 1918.
  • Until his death in 1916, T. A. Cassels produced an "Indian-Remedy for Indigestion and Dyspesia," a popular patent medicine, in Arcadia; supposedly, a Seminole had given him the recipe.
  • Lewis Bishop, who served on Arcadia's City Council, invented the rotary mower in Arcadia; the State Road Department was his biggest customer.
  • Gator Roach Hives, a prototype of the modern "Roach Motel" was invented and manufactured for more than 50 years in Arcadia.
Source:  VivaFL500.org
FALL 2017

Welcome to the Fall  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. 
DeSoto County Business Opportunities
DeSoto County is a great place to start, relocate, or expand a business! Check out this video highlighting the great opportunities our County has to offer.

Source:  YouTube
Clip from the Past
 A clipping from the July 15, 1937 Arcadian newspaper. The news here was from the files 25 years earlier than this, and this year it is 105 years old. 
Louis Koch, mentioned here, came to Arcadia in 1905, according to Howard Melton's book "Footprints & Landmarks: Arcadia and De Soto County," and worked at the Jake Wey Drug Store from 1907 until 1928. After this, he purchased The Orange Drug St ore on Oak Street and bought out the Jake Wey Drug Store in 1937 and operated as Koch Drug Store. Ten years later he bought the 20 year-old Rosin building at the corner of Oak St. and Polk Ave that had been Arcadia's post office from 1927 when it was built until 1937. After Koch's death on July 22, 1965, his son Bill sold Koch's Drug Store to Coleman and Jim Brewer, who operated it in the same building until 1976, when it moved to a new plaza east of town. It was sold to Rite Aid Drug Store in 1991, and the last location of Koch's is presently occupied by Eli's Western Wear.

Featured Listing
1.5 Acres with Prime Hwy 17 North and South Bound Frontage
903 N Brevard Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266


Prime location ready for development!!! Over 1.5 acres of B-3 zoned property is situated between North and South Bound Highway 17. 

This property is Located across the street from DeSoto Memorial Hospital, medical offices, and professional buildings with over of 205 +/- ft. of Highway frontage on both sides of US 17. Close to Downtown Arcadia with traffic traveling through to Charlotte and Hardee Counties. City water/sewer and electric are already in place. 

Potential Uses Include: Restaurant, Service Station, Busin ess Office, Financial Institutions and many more options!!

MLS #: C7241837
List Price: $750,000
Acre(s): 1.52
See  My Listings  for more information.
Featured Listing
26+ Acres with Kings Hwy Frontage
SW Peace River St. Arcadia, FL 34269


Over Twenty-Six (26.25) Acres of gorgeous, Florida land located in the Lake Suzy area of DeSoto County, with a ΒΌ Mile of Kings Hwy frontage. 

Located in an area with good traffic, primed for future development. Just 3 miles to Interstate 75, Shopping Centers, Hotels and Restaurants. Public access to the Peace River at opposite end of Peace River Street. Acreage is currently Zoned A-5. 

This area has numerous existing and proposed residential developments with a few areas of commercial and light industrial nearby. Easy access to Punta Gorda Airport and Sarasota County.

MLS #: C7241812
List Price: $1,200,000
Acre(s): 26.25
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Featured Listing
Gorgeous 3/2 Home on 5 Acres
7674 Environmental Lab St. Arcadia, FL 3466



As you pull into the circle driveway, scattered oak trees welcome you to this beautiful, well maintained property. Custom split floor plan home offers over 1800 sq ft., wood and brick flooring, large kitchen with solid wooden cabinets, pot filler above stove and Corian counter tops. 

The open living room with voluminous ceilings has a center, brick, wood-burning fireplace. Spacious master bedroom has a decorative brick nook, walk in closets, with newly renovated on-suite bathroom with dual shower heads, and large, tiled shower. 

This home is the perfect home for the country lover in you. 2x4 Cross-fenced with Barn, Stalls, and Round pens ready for your horses, cattle, or 4-H project. High powered irrigation set up for the entire 5 acres. Appreciate the quiet and solitude in nature and relax on your expansive front or back porch.

 Property is located conveniently off highly desired Kings Hwy area with a 15 min drive to either Arcadia, I-75, or Port Charlotte. This property won't last long!!

MLS #: C7243536 
List Price: $349,000
Heated Sq Ft: 1,860
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Featured Listing
Joshua Creek 12+ Acres Estate
3410 County Rd 760, Arcadia, FL 34266


Beauty and privacy abound in this 12.64 acre estate set among oak hammocks, a gently flowing creek and manicured pastures. 

As you enter through the private gate down the paved drive you are welcomed to this custom built 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath brick home. With over 2,700 heated sq. ft., this meticulously maintained home features soaring ceilings, an open floor plan, lots of natural light, and a spacious screened back patio perfect for relaxing & enjoying the natural Florida habitat. The kitchen is complete with breakfast bar, dining area, dual dishwashers, updated appliances & opens to the formal dining room & family room ideal for entertaining. Downstairs is complete with a Guest Room/Office lined with windows and a large master bedroom featuring fireplace and an en-suite bathroom with soaking tub & separate tiled shower. Upstairs a catwalk, overlooking the family room, leads you to two additional guest bedrooms & a guest bathroom.

 Additionally, there is an attached 2 car garage, screened gazebo, a detached 30X52 garage-for your RV/boat, multiple RV hookups, as well as a huge workshop. Workshop is outfitted with kitchen & office area, ideal for home business.

 Much of the acreage is cleared pasture land with a pond & lends itself to cattle and horses. Property is within 5 miles from Publix, shopping, and downtown Arcadia. 

Come home to privacy and peacefulness on this beautiful, natural property nestled along Joshua Creek!

MLS #: C7238071 
List Price: $849,000
Heated Sq Ft: 2,779
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Featured Listing
Highly Desired 5 Acre Tracts Off Kings Hwy
Only 2 Adjacent Lots Available!
SW Albritton St., Arcadia, FL 34266

Highly Desired 5 Acre property off Kings Hwy!! 
Offering a quiet and private setting this is the ideal building site for your dream home with plenty of space for a barn, pond, or animals. 
Located right off Kings Highway (State Road 769) with quick access to Port Charlotte, Interstate 75, or to the downtown Arcadia area. Sarasota and Gulf Beaches within close proximity. 
These beautiful properties won't last long!! Three Sold, Two Left!

MLS #: C7237053 & C7237055
List Price: $62,500
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Previously Featured Listing
SOLD! Full Asking Price
11+ Acres with 3/2 Home
1556 County Road 661 Arcadia, FL 34266

MLS #:  C7238997
Sold Price: $289,000
Heated Sq Ft: 1,876
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Previously Featured Listing
141+ Acres-Ft. Ogden
Grape Ave. Arcadia, FL 34269

MLS #: C7227668 
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Previously Featured Listing
SOLD! Closed in 10 Days!
Motivated Seller! Exquisite 5/5 Estate
3114 Montgomery Circle, Arcadia, FL 34266

MLS #:  C7231561
Sold Price: $341,000
Heated Sq Ft: 4,024
See  My Listings  for more information.