November 2019 Newsletter

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous time with family and friends!

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Agrihoods, communities based around farms , are part of a growing trend in the U.S. More than 800 people came out to the Arden development for the grand opening of its 5-acre farm and community barn.
It was a beautiful  day in the “agrihood.”

Part of a growing trend of communities built around farms instead of golf courses , Arden is one of 90 agrihoods in the United States and is the first in South Florida . The “farm-to-table” lifestyle of an agrihood is centered around fresh, local produce, an active lifestyle and a strong sense of community.

The husband-and-wife team Tripp and Carmen Eldridge, run this Wellington area farm. The duo offers tours, classes and the opportunity for residents to get their hands dirty while learning first-hand about sustainable agriculture.

Families who buy in Arden’s agrihood share in the farm’s bounty when they receive their free, seasonal allotment of 50 varieties of veggies, 30 kinds of fruits and an array of savory herbs.Between those times, the General Store, located in the community barn, offers locally grown produce and a variety of natural products for sale.

“Access to the farm and nutrition,” said Russell Kelly about what most intrigues him about the idea of an agrihood. “Nutrition is important for kids.”

“In a world where people don’t really speak to their neighbors anymore, we need more neighborhood environments,” he said of the welcoming feeling he gets at Arden.

“The agricultural theme and the location are great,” he said. “It’s not congested, but it’s close enough to downtown West Palm Beach, restaurants and the airport.”

The 1,209-acre development built by Freehold Communities opened in autumn 2017 and by the time it is completed in about 10 years, will offer 2,000 home lots. Ranch and two-story houses range in size from 1,500 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, ranging in price from the mid-$300,000s to more than $1 million.

The healthy lifestyle community includes miles of walking and biking trails; basketball, tennis and pickleball courts; a lake with rowboats and a pier; a two-level pool with cabanas; picnic areas; and plenty of community gathering spots.

Read more about Arden here.
First citrus forecast starts the season on a positive note
BARTOW, Fla. – In the first forecast of the 2019-20 season, the National Agriculture Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected increases in both the Florida Orange and Grapefruit crops over the previous season.
In an announcement Thursday, the USDA predicted Florida Orange production at 74 million boxes and Florida Grapefruit production at 4.6 million boxes for the 2019-20 season. The numbers are a 3 percent increase for oranges and 2 percent increase for grapefruit over 2018-19
“This reflects what we’ve been hearing from growers,” said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “ Florida Citrus is here to stay. We remain the state’s signature crop, and our growers are committed to providing nutritious, great tasting Florida Citrus for years to come.”
According to Ellis Hunt, chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, Thursday’s forecast is “a positive indicator that the Florida Citrus industry is coming back.”

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  Punta Gorda's Great Tailgate

November 30th

Punta Gorda's LARGEST tailgate for college football's Rivalry Weekend. Laishley Park will be turned into an all-out tailgate party including Megatron's, TV's, Sports bars, DJ, Food Trucks, and more!

History of the Sunshine State Rivalry

The interstate rivalry between the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles won't have any national title implications this year, but the game won't be lacking in excitement.
Ever since the two schools have been meeting each other on the football gridiron, the game has become one of the focal points between Florida sports fans.

The First Game Was in 1958
The two teams' first meeting occurred in 1958 when the Florida State Seminoles traveled to Florida Field to take on the Gators. The Gators emerged victorious by the score of 21-7. The game was three years removed from Florida State becoming a prominent team in college football.

What was your favorite memory of this rivalry? Bill Peterson days at FSU, the Golden Years at UF, the "Choke at Doak," or the "Swindle at the Swamp?"
PUD 28+/- Acres with Water/Sewer Available
SE Hwy 31 #A Arcadia, FL 34266
28+/- Acres Zoned PUD-70 units Residential on Hwy 31 in DeSoto County. Public water and sewer available. Over 1,500ft of highway frontage. ONLY 5 minutes to Publix and Wal Mart and 25 minutes to Babcock Ranch. An ideal location for a new housing development.

MLS: C7419049
Total Acres: 28+/-
Listing price: $550,000
Don't Miss Your Opportunity, Just REDUCED!
SW Co Rd Rd 769 and Co Rd 760 Arcadia, FL 34266
Beautiful wooded properties on corner of Kings Hwy and CR 760. This is an ideal area to build your dream home with plenty of space for a barn, pond, and animals. Located on highly desired Kings Highway (State Road 769) corridor with quick access to Port Charlotte, Interstate 75, or to the downtown Arcadia area. Sarasota and Gulf Beaches are just an hour away. CALL TODAY!

Click Parcel below for more info:
Parcel B: 12.30 Acres-SOLD!
Parcel E: 10 Acres -SOLD!
Parcel F: 10 Acres-SOLD!          
Punta Gorda City Limits- Double Lots ZONED NC
24384 Airport Rd. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Over 1/2 Acre of commercial property situated in Punta Gorda city limits. Property is less than ¼ mile to US 41 and Publix shopping plaza, adjacent to Multifamily housing and within minutes to the fast growing Punta Gorda Airport. Zoned Neighborhood Center (NC) which allows for a multitude of options such as: office space, restaurants, commercial buildings, or multi-family housing.

Total Acres: .61
Listing price: $349,000
12+ Acre Joshua Creek 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! Sellers willing to consider exchange/trade of commercial, vacant, or residential on water.

MLS: C7238071
Total Sq Ft: 2,779
Listing price: $725,000

Little Gasparilla Island Bayfront Home
8538 Little Gasparilla Island Placida, FL 33946
BAYSIDE LITTLE GASPARILLA ISLAND 3/2 Stilt Home. By boat or water taxi, arrive at the 100'+ private, newly refinished dock that leads you straight to the front of the house on the oversized lot. The split stairwell welcomes you taking you to the second floor patio that is a perfect place to drink your morning coffee and watch the sunrise. As you enter the home, the spacious living area with a wood-beamed ceiling opens to the kitchen. The large kitchen with walk-in pantry and island are ideal for entertaining. The bedroom windows are adorned with plantation shutters. At the end of the hallway, the master bedroom is complete with its own bathroom. Below the home, features a large lower deck with an enclosed storage area. From there, it's just a short walk down the path to enjoy the amazing sunsets on the beach! There is plenty of the best Florida fishing right from your dock into Placida Harbor and onto the Gulf waters. Just minutes from the back waters of Bull Bay, Whidden creek, Turtle Bay and the world’s greatest Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass.

MLS: C7408868
Total Sq Ft: 1,360
Listing price: $749,000
Three Retail/Office Units--Veterans/Peachland Intersection
701 J C Center Ct. Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Premium retail property located at the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Peachland Boulevard in The Vines Commercial Condominium. The units are 1,044 sq.ft. and ideal for quality retail or office space near the Kings Highway & I-75 interchange. Surrounding units are occupied with retail, office, fitness center, and a barber shop. There is tremendous opportunity for annual rental income. High traffic area with Publix, new Peachland Promenade Shopping Center nearby. All units for sale separately but can be combined for a total of 3,000+ sq.ft.

Click Unit below for more info:
Unit 17: MLS#C7418573
Unit 18: MLS# C7418577
Unit 19: MLS#C7418578

Kings Hwy "Old Florida Village" 1/2 Acre Lot
12687 County Rd 769 Lake Suzy, FL 34269
Just over a Half Acre commercial lot located in Old Florida Village on Kings Hwy. Relocate or start your own business adjacent to established professional office buildings that include a law firm, accounting offices, and wellness center. Located less than 1.5 miles to Interstate 75, just across the Charlotte County line. This property offers a 250 feet waterfront view of Allegiant Air’s recently purchased Kingsway Golf Course.

MLS: C7406153
Total Acres: .54
List price: $75,000
**Seller Financing NOW Available**
16.84+/- Acres
SW Cypress Bend. Arcadia, FL 34269
16.84 +/- Gorgeous Acres situated adjacent to the Sunnybreeze Golf course in Desoto County. This parcel provides adequate privacy with ample space to build your dream home. This cleared parcel has convenient access to a newly upgraded public boat ramp with access onto the Peace River. Only minutes to Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and I75. Come bring your horses and build your dream home on this beautiful piece of land!

MLS: C7401036
Total Acres: 16.84
Listing price: $245,000
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 | |