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Situated on and around pristine Charlotte Harbor, Florida's second-largest estuarine system, the communities of Charlotte County reflect the unique ambiance of the area. People have discovered Charlotte County's unspoiled beauty, making it a destination of choice for leisurely, uncongested and unhurried living. Charlotte County is a delightful place to live, work, and vacation.


Residential areas of the county are primarily single-family neighborhoods, uncomplicated by high-density, high rise locales. These areas are often surrounded by an easy maze of canals and estuaries, complete with hundreds of species of marine life.


In recent years, low-rise condominiums, townhouses, and villas have been tastefully incorporated into the community to provide a variety of attractive and carefree living situations.


Historically, development followed the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor, Peace River, Myakka River, Lemon Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. Later development occurred along the major arterial highways, especially US 41.


Moving south from the Sarasota County line, one finds the communities of Murdock, Port Charlotte (the county's most populous geographic entity) and Charlotte Harbor, which borders the north bank of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. South of the Peace River is the City of Punta Gorda, the only incorporated municipality. Punta Gorda offers old Florida small town charm within the same blocks as top tier accommodations and a new state-of-the-art convention center.

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