Punta Gorda Isles

In the mid-1950s, four men from different backgrounds became friends and began developing land on Florida's east coast near Ft. Lauderdale. In 1957, Al Johns, Bud Cole, Sam Burchers, and Bob Barbee attended a meeting with James Buchanan, the Chairman of the Board of General Development Corporation, where they were presented with plans for Charlotte Harbor. Al and Bob were curious and took a sightseeing trip by plane and immediately fell in love with Punta Gorda's "point." Cole was driven there and told, "You can't exactly get there from here, but it sure is pretty, and we had better buy it." In that same year, the four men purchased 550 acres from Gerald Moody and George Sanders, and on the last day of the year, the title passed to Punta Gorda Isles Inc. Early in 1958, an office was built on US 41 in Charlotte Harbor, and potential buyers were taken by boat to view the future development, which was to be called Punta Gorda Isles (PGI).

Sales were slow for a couple of years, but by the early 1960s, the future course of PGI was set. By the end of 1960, 30 homes had been completed. In 1962, people complained about the lack of things to do in the area. Peter Bontsema went from house to house to form a shuffleboard league. Some sixty people signed up, and they played on two courts built by the Isles. In July 1962, a questionnaire was sent to residents asking if they would like to form an association dedicated to "fun and happiness in the Isles residents." A variety of activities were proposed, and 62 families joined. The dues were $3.00 per person. This led to the creation of the Punta Gorda Civic Association, with Peter Bontsema as the first President.

By 1968, Punta Gorda Isles Inc. had purchased approximately 2300 acres of additional land. In December 1968, Punta Gorda Isles Inc. announced plans to build a new golf course section, and in January 1969, they purchased even more acres. PGI Inc. subsequently agreed to have the City of Punta Gorda annex the development into the city limits.

Fast forward to the early 1980s, the Saint Andrews South Golf Club was created. Located in the center of PGI, the course offers fantastic views and challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. The well-maintained fairways and greens keep Saint Andrews South Golf Club difficult yet friendly, and the staff can provide tips and tricks for playing your best round. Saint Andrews South Golf Club is an excellent option for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination when visiting Punta Gorda with friends.

Today, PGI is a waterfront community unlike any other. Over 50 miles of city-maintained seawall provide access to the vastness of the second-largest harbor in the state, Charlotte Harbor. In fact, over 70% of area homeowners live on waterfront property. Despite its long history, Punta Gorda Isles continues to see new construction and is conveniently located near all that the historic harbor town of Punta Gorda offers.

Punta Gorda Isles Homes for Sale:

$2,290,000
1430 Sea Gull COURT, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 3   Sq.Ft: 2,500 View
$599,000
191 Casa LANE, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,629 View
$279,000 (Pending)
601 Shreve STREET, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 2   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,394 View
$365,000
2002 Bal Harbor Blvd, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,517 View
$429,777
3314 Wood Thrush DRIVE, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 2   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,782 View
$324,000
2001 Bal Harbor BOULEVARD, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 2   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,351 View
$1,620,000
3307 Dominica Ct, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 3   Sq.Ft: 2,308 View
$449,900
3830 Bal Harbor BOULEVARD, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,441 View
$660,000 (Pending)
2280 Via Esplanade, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 2,127 View
$639,000
92 Colony Point DRIVE, PUNTA GORDA, FL 33950
Beds: 3   Baths: 2   Sq.Ft: 1,380 View

  

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