November 2018 Newsletter


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Sunseeker Resort Update

Allegiant Air’s Sunseeker Resort recently announced some changes to its highly anticipated resort being built on Charlotte Harbor. The main focus of change is to drastically increase the hotel room count from 75 to 500 rooms, while reducing the condominium units from 720 to 180 units in phase one of construction. 
Allegiant President John Redmond announced that Micah Richins was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for Sunseeker Resorts. Richins, most recently served as chief commercial officer for MGM Resorts International…perhaps there will be a new offshore gaming twist? A formal groundbreaking is scheduled for February, followed by an 18 to 24 month build out for the first place which is expected to cost $420 million.

Buckey’s Pass Update

Also known as the Bird Section Cut Through
For the most up to date information go to the city’s website:

This additional navigational access channel connecting the Punta Gorda Isles canal system to Charlotte Harbor through a shorter, more convenient, and direct route than is currently available through the existing Ponce de Leon Inlet harbor access point for properties located in the Bird Section of PGI. It is expected to be open next fall.

Real Estate Market Update

The chart below shows that volatility in the financial markets & pre-election jitters seemed to have contributed to the decrease in properties put under contract in PGI/BSI in October 2018 compared to last October.  Climbing inventory levels of property for sale is driving the market towards a buyer’s market and contributing to houses sitting on the market a little longer.

Chart: Punta Gorda Isles/ Burnt Store Isles – For Sale, Pended and Sold

Punta Gorda Isles/ Burnt Store Isles

Inventory of property for sale in Burnt Store Marina is also up 30% over levels reported at this time last year, though unit sales are ahead, thereby resulting in a more balanced market.

Chart: Burnt Store Marina For Sale, Pended and Sold

We expect that we will continue to see new properties coming to the market as is typical at the end of the fourth quarter and beginning of next year.
Hopefully cold weather up north and anticipated increases in the interest rates should help nudge people to make a move in the upcoming months.

Chart: Punta Gorda Isles/ Burnt Store Isles Months of Inventory

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Looking for a special day on the water? Give Captain Will a call! Different name but still the same great service! (No longer the Calusa Queen Burnt Store Water Taxi)
Come check our their 26.5 World Cat boat that is home ported at the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlatcha. They are still servicing passengers from Burnt Store Marina with cruises to Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, and North Captiva. For more information contact:

Capt. Will Olds

Featured Listing
3475C Sunset Key Circle – Burnt Store Marina
Offered at $450,000 (Furniture Optional)
3BR • 2BA • 2,180 sq.ft heated
  • Stunning St. Vincent “Penthouse” perched at the edge of the north marina basin.
  • Two enclosed lanai’s, private elevator and diamond set tile with inlays
  • Granite tops, raised panel cabinetry and upgraded appliances
  • 2 car garage


With reduced inventory of homes for sale, securing a home can take longer than anticipated. Lock-N-Shop can safeguard you from the volatility of interest rates while looking for the perfect home. 

If rates go up….Rate is guaranteed up to 5 months
If rates go down….Float down to the lower rate 45 days prior to COE.

For more information on the Lock-n-Shop program, please call Jenn at 941-916-0798 or Mary Jo Claudius at MSC Mortgage (941) 662-8598 or email at

Boca Grande
Have you been out to Boca Grande through Charlotte Harbor lately? With all the news about the Algae Blooms and Red Tide, you may wonder what the current local conditions are. During a recent boat trip to Boca Grande we were encouraged to see several pods of Dolphins and variety of Sea Birds diving for fish. 
We invite you to come and see what makes this part of Florida a boater’s and fisherman’s paradise. 

Rockin’ Wine & Music with Mindi Abair 

Saturday – November 17, 2018
On the lawn of the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center


For more details please go to the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce website.


20th Annual ‘Turkey Trot’ 5K Run/Fun Walk
November 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 AM
FSW State College, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

For more information and to register please visit

Florida Repertory Theatre is entering their 21st season of excellence in delivering high quality professional theatre within Southwest Florida. To find out more about the shows being offered this 2018-19 season, visit their website

For over forty years, the agents, staff, and managers of Michael Saunders & Company have supported deserving non-profit organizations. This past week the Michael Saunders Burnt Store and Punta Gorda offices teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte County. This particular project was installing vinyl siding on a new home. Charlotte County Habitat has partnered with 30 local families this year, helping them achieve the dream of home ownership through their Homeowner Program. They are projecting to help 31 families this upcoming year and have assisted with 412 since starting in 1987. Habitat for Humanity partners with people in our community and all over the world to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay a no interest mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Visit Habitat’s website to learn how you can help.

Jennifer Calenda, PA
Broker-Associate, MBA

Questions about the market?
Contact me! I’d love to hear from you!


Copyright © 2018 Jennifer Calenda, PA, All rights reserved.

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16480 Burnt Store Rd., Ste.102
Punta Gorda, FL 33955

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