Love Your Home!
With Valentine's Day around the corner, we wanted to talk about love this month. The love of home that is. Remember what made you purchase your home? Remember the excitement of just moving in?

Whether it was the location, floor plan, style or the easy maintenance of a new home, over time it is easy to lose sight of what makes your home great. Sometimes freshening things up or taking care of maintenance items can make you fall back in love and sometimes it's time to break up.

Our family of companies can help in both situations. Call 941-637-6116 to speak with us about whether now is a good time to list your home and find a new place to love or to refresh through remodeling, redecorating, or taking care of maintenance items.
Featured Home Listings
2521 W. Marion Avenue Unit 311, Punta Gorda, FL
Waterfront villa with sailboat access and dock. Charlotte Harbor is 10-15 minutes by boat. Has 3 beds and 3 baths.

2730 Saint Thomas Drive, Punta Gorda, FL
Pre-construction home to be built on sailboat access lot. You have time to select finishes. Short boat ride to Charlotte Harbor.

22333 Edgewater Drive, Unit D3, Port Charlotte, FL
Beautifully updated, 2nd floor condo with 2 beds and 2 baths. Community pool!

646 Aqui Esta, Punta Gorda, FL
Increditble updated home with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Great opportunity for investor, affordable second home, a downsize or first time buyer.

Call 941-637-6116 or click below for information on the listings above or for assistance finding your home dream home.
Featured Vacant Lot Listings

Prime location for this 80x125 buildable, sailboat access canal lot - with Gulf access in the premier boating community of South Gulf Cove. Build your dream home on this property that has great sunset views because of its eat/west positioning on...

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Build your new dream home here in deed-restricted Deep Creek. Make it a double lot if you choose a larger home with an oversized yard as the adjacent lots are also available for sale individually. This lot is already cleared with sewer and water...

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Call 941-637-6116 or click below for information on the listings above or for assistance finding a perfect site for your home dream home.
If you have been looking at vacant lots and are considering building call 941-505-1800 or click below for AR Homes/SandStar Homes. We can build on your lot in Charlotte, DeSoto, and South Sarasota counties.
This Month's Backyard Sights
Our agents see great sights while out. Below are some of our favorites from the past month.

The title Ditch Birds may not sound all that enticing but some beautiful tropical birds are often sighted along our roads. See the article below for help identifying them.
Ditch Birds of South Florida | Charlotte County Florida...

Extraordinary birds hang out along South Florida semirural roads, in city centers, on golf courses, lawns, in ponds, creeks and in ditches AS YOU DRIVE BY CANALS along city roads, stroll through a park or find yourself near a retention pond at a...

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Winter in Florida means a variety of flowers. We prefer these views instead of snow and no shoveling is required! Below are some pictures we took on a recent walk in the History Park Gardens in Punta Gorda.
Current Event Spotlight
At the start of a new year, our thoughts often turn to healthier eating and activities. Below are some easy ways to incorporate both into 2021.
A non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda. The center and gift shop are open daily from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Call 941-637-3830 or click here for more information.
The Visual Arts Center has three major galleries, classes, studios, and a gift shop. Offers fun and social beginners classes and more advanced classes to hone your skills. Located across from Fishermen's Village at 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda.

Highlights of Fun Area Activities
Punta Gorda History Park
A beautiful nine-acre park at 501 Shreve Street that also serves as a relocation site for significant historic buildings saved from demolition. A weekly Farmer's Market is held on Sunday. Visit Click here for more information.
Free Loaner Life Jackets for Youth at Fishermen's Village
A free loaner life jacket program is available at Fishermen's Village Marina. This program allows boaters to borrow an infant, child, or youth life jacket for the day or weekend, at no charge. Call 941-575-3000 or click for more info.
For more activities and events please visit the following websites:
Punta Gorda Farmer's Market - Every Saturday from 8:00 am through 1:00 pm
Play Pickleball at the PicklePlex or with the Peace River Picklers
Visual Arts Center - Exhibits, gallery, supplies, classes, workshops, gift shop

Upcoming Area Events:
  • Hybrid PiYo (a blend of Pilates & Yoga) class by Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association from 10:00 am -11:00 a.m. on Fridays, in-person or via Zoom. $10/class. For more information visit
  • Ghost Stories of Punta Gorda Walking Tour from 6:00 pm - 7:30 p.m. every Friday through April 16, 2021. $22 adults; $12 accompanied minors 15 and under; free for 3 and under. Reserve online at
  • Daily, Sightseeing Cruises, King Fisher Fleet, departing from Fishermen's Village at 1190 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. Daily tours for sunsets and to various locations - Cabbage Key, Boca Grande, Cayo Costa and more. Pricing varies. For additional information and reservations call 941-639-0969 or visit
  • Every Thursday, Englewood Opry, The Dearborn Center, 501 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood. Free, bring your own chair, food and beverage. For more information please visit
  • Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, Poker Games, Nino's Bry & Restaurant hosts High Stax Tournament-style Texas Hold-em Poker from 6:00 pm to midnight. No ticket fee but minimum purchase of 2 drinks or 1 food item required. Call 941-833-8912 or visit for more information.
  • Feb 6, Symphony on the Lawn, Punta Gorda Symphony at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at Florida SouthWestern State College. $49/person. Call 941-205-5996 or visit for more information.
  • Feb 6, Brooklyn Boys: A Tribute to Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow, Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. For more information call 941-575-9002 or visit
  • Feb 6, The Invitational at Punta Gorda Arts & Craft Show, Gilchrist Park, 400 W Retta Esplanade. For additional information, visit
  • Feb 8, Aligator Creek Kayak Tour, GAEA Guides with a Florida Master Naturalist from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. $60/person. Call 239-694-5513 or visit to reserve.
  • Feb 12-14, Big Boy Toyz Expo, Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. Admission is $5/person. For more information, visit
  • Feb 20, Florida Empanada Festival, Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Ticket prices vary. Call 845-590-1915 or visit for more information.
  • Feb 28, Charlotte County Veg Fest, outdoor festival with plant based food available and you can learn the benefits of a plant based diet. Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda. For more information visit
Did you know this area is internationally known as one of the world's top sport fishing destinations? Known as the tarpon capital of the world, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast is Florida's second largest open water estuary.

With average water temperatures hovering around 63-65°F and average high air temps of 77°F, February can be a great time to get out on the water. Redfish, Sheepshead, and more are still to be found in abundance.


Good bottom fishing for grouper, snapper, sea bass, triggerfish. Amberjack and mackerel begin to appear. Inside action increases for snook and sheepshead peak now.

It probably won't come as a surprise to locals that USA Today ranked Punta Gorda #2 on the best small town food scenes list. From a restaurant with a seven-time James Beard Foundation nominee for "Best Chef: South," to fresh seafood with a view of the harbor to local breweries the Punta Gorda area really does have something for everyone! The listings below are not exhaustive, just a few of our favorites. Our Five Star picks for February are places we'd pick for a date night.
Local Breweries and Distillers (some even have fun tours!)

Team Favorites for Romance

TT's Tiki Bar for sunset
⛵ The sailboat symbol means this restaurant is accessible by boat.
Featured Annual Rentals
This month we are focusing on some of our great annual rentals. Call Libbie at 941-637-6116 for more information!

FURNISHED SEASONAL or ANNUAL RENTAL. STUNNING RARE HARBOR VIEWS FROM THIS 3rd FLOOR, FULLY FURNISHED, 2+ office CONDO. This gorgeous home is professionally decorated! The updated...

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BRAND NEW 2 bed, 1 bath RARE duplex located on a quiet tree lined street in the highly sought after HISTORIC neighborhood of DOWNTOWN PUNTA GORDA. This home was mindfully constructed with high quality features, and designer inspired to retain the...

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Market Report
Click to the buttons below to view the November Market Summary from the Florida Realtors trade association.
From December 2019 to December 2020 closed sales have increased by 21% and the median sale price is up 14% for single family homes. Click the button above for additional information.
From December 2019 to December 2020 closed sales have increased by almost 28% and the median sale price is up almost 14% for condos and townhouses. Click the button above for additional information.
As the market reports show, home values have increased in Southwest Florida. If you are curious about the value of your home or have been thinking of selling call us at 941-637-6116 or email and we will be happy to provide more information at no cost or obligation to you.
Helpful Area Links
Our Family of Companies
The SandStar family of companies has been serving the Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda areas of Charlotte County in Southwest Florida for all of their construction, remodeling and real estate needs since 1981. We offer remodeling, interior design, handyman services and an annual maintenance plan to take care of all those monthly items to keep your home running efficiently.

SandStar Homes is an independently owned and operated franchise builder of custom luxury AR Homes®. We can build on your lot or help you find one in Charlotte, DeSoto and South Sarasota counties. Our management team has over 40 years of combined home building experience! We've won numerous awards and pride ourselves on our superior customer service.


Since 1987, Five Star Realty of Charlotte County has been Charlotte County's premier real estate brokerage. We can help you buy or sell your home and offer property management services. Our strong local presence and long-standing reputation in this community, gives you extra assurance you will be guided with integrity and extra attention to detail. 


Visit the AR Homes/Sandstar Homes Model
The AR Homes/SandStar Homes Regatta1592B model is located at 605 W. Henry Street, Punta Gorda. It is a coastal contemporary design combining luxury and convenience. Be sure to visit!