Punta Gorda Isles (PGI) is a waterfront community developed around over 50 miles of salt water canals. It is part of a Special Overlay District within by the City of Punta Gorda. This makes it operate very much like a deed-restricted community, but without neighbors policing neighbors. All homes, with the exception of those that border St. Andrews South Golf Course, are on wide canals (no less than 90′) with access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. This is truly a boater’s paradise. Where else can you live with your boat 20′ from your back door and have quick access to some of the best boating waters in Florida. The City of Punta Gorda maintains the seawalls and canals, which is a huge benefit to the local homeowners.
The development of Punta Gorda Isles began in 1957 by PGI Inc. The development was completed over time with the last section opening for sale in 1981. Unlike some developers, PGI, Inc. did not have a mandatory build time so even today there are vacant lots scattered throughout all of PGI. The developer finished their part of the project in the early 1980’s and now all vacant land in PGI is privately owned and can be resold at the owner’s discretion.
A wide variety of housing exists in PGI, ranging from single family home to condos to villas. Since new construction is still taking place and development began so long ago, the ages of the home can really vary, offering a wide selection in terms of price, amenities and styles.
There are a number of factors that determine price. The length of time to reach open water, the waterside view, the length of the water frontage and the presence (Powerboat Water) or absence (Sailboat Water) of bridges between the property and ‘open water’ are all significant factors to consider. Home sizes range from 1700 square foot bungalows to 4,500+ square feet mansions built on double or triple lots.
Punta Gorda Isles has a voluntary homeowners’ association which represents the interests of the residents of the community and offers a central resource for information, activities, clubs, classes, and community involvement. It is housed on Shreve Street and is called the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA). For a nominal annual membership fee, residents have access to a wealth of information and opportunities to socialize and/or volunteer.
Located in the heart of the community is St Andrews South Golf Club, a private club owned by its members. Membership is limited to no more than 300, one of the lowest in Southwest Florida. The course was designed by Ron Garl, a leading architect of golf courses, in 1981. Regardless of your handicap, you will find it a challenging course to play. With over 6100 yards, 15 lakes, and 48 sand traps you will have a great round of golf and want to come back for more. Exercise conscious non-members even use the club… the sidewalk bordering the course just happens to be the equivalent of approximately 4 miles so it is not uncommon to see the same people every day taking that route on foot or bike!
On the northwestern side of PGI you will find Ponce de Leon Park, bordering Ponce Inlet, which provides the main route to the open waters of Charlotte Harbor from the “Sailboat Water” sections. The park is home to the Peace River Wildlife Center, a refuge for injured wild animals, mostly birds. The park also has a hiking trail, fishing piers, a boat launch, picnic areas, a playground and a beach area. It is the favorite spot of many from which to view one of Southwest Florida’s gorgeous sunsets.
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