Burnt Store Lakes (aptly named for the eight lakes, two of which have significant amounts of shoreline, within its boundaries) is a deed restricted community that saw a tremendous amount of growth during the 2004-5 real estate boom. Located in the southwestern-most section of Charlotte County and adjacent to Burnt Store Marina just over the Charlotte/Lee County border, it offers a newer- and more open-feeling environment, a wide variety of custom, Florida-style single-family homes along with some small condominium developments.
Burnt Store Lakes is situated immediately to the north of Burnt Store Marina so although the community has no gulf-access waterfront homes, many of its residents are active boaters and utilize the marina’s services. From the homes furthest from the Marina parking lot it is less that a 3-mile trip. The area around the community (and the Marina) has seen somewhat limited growth since its development due to the distance from US 41 to the north (8 miles of a mostly single-lane road) and a similar distance (all single-lane) to Pine Island Road to the south although some new commercial buildings have recently started construction along Burnt Store Road.
The overall feeling of the Lakes is quite new as most of the homes within the community have been built since the late 90s. All types of Florida architecture can be seen as well as most types of Florida nature. The main through street is Cape Horn Boulevard; there is a Property Owners Association within the community.
Home prices in Burnt Store Lakes range from the low $200s to the mid $400s with lakefront commanding up to a $15/sq ft premium. Dry lots start in the teens near $10,000 and lake-view lots start in the mid 20s.