A Perfect Day at the Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival (Photos) (2/25/2015) - Saturday, February 21, was the headline event of 10th annual Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival. The Wine & Jazz Festival has in the last few years attracted more and more national attention, and this year’s event saw people traveling in from other parts of the country to attend. It was a perfect day at Laishley Park in downtown Punta Gorda, with temperatures in the mid 70s, plenty of sun, and warm breezes coming off the Charlotte Harbor. Three of the country’s top jazz musicians, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, and Nick Colionne, performed at the event. Mindi Abair is a favorite of festival regulars, having been the star attraction at the festival’s inaugural event ten years ago. Abair always excites the crowd with her distinctive style, blending smooth-jazz finesse with blues, funk, and R&B influences. Wearing one of his distinctive bright suits, veteran guitarist and singer Nick Colionne rocked on guitar and looked like he was having as much fun as anyone in the audience. Star saxophonist Dave Koz also played an incredible set, demonstrating why he is one of the most well-regarded saxophonists in the country. The highlight of the festival came when the three artists jammed together and invited the fans...READ THE FULL ARTICLE... Punta Gorda One of Kiplinger’s 10 Cheapest Places Where You’ll Want to Retire (2/15/2015) - Trusted finance publication Kiplinger has just named Punta Gorda one of the ten Cheapest Places Where You’ll Want to Retire. Kiplinger looked across the country to find areas that were not only affordable but also safe, livable, and economically stable. Because the study focused on retirees, it placed particular emphasis on affordable health care and housing. Kiplinger said of Punta Gorda, “Of the great many retirement hot spots in Florida, Punta Gorda tops our list.” “[R]etirees have plenty to keep them busy. The city offers 18 miles of bike paths and pedestrian trails—including the scenic Harborwalk along Charlotte Harbor—that connect the various neighborhoods and parks. You can also enjoy boating and other water activities, as well as the charms of Fishermen’s Village, a semi-open-air mall that’s home to a marina, shops, seafood restaurants and free concerts.” This is just the latest national honor for Punta Gorda, a city that has been called one of the best places in the country to live by numerous national publications. Read more here. Tour the Cape Haze Peninsula: Boca Grande, Placida, Rotonda, Gulf Cove, South Gulf Cove, and Cape Haze (1/15/2015) - Welcome to the Cape Haze Peninsula When people dream of Florida, they are probably dreaming of a place like the Cape Haze Peninsula, with its quiet barrier islands, sugar-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and verdant golf courses. The Cape Haze Peninsula is a 30-mile stretch of southwest Florida bordering the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The peninsula encompasses the communities of Gulf Cove, South Gulf Cove, Cape Haze, Placida, Boca Grande, Rotonda, Englewood, and the surrounding islands. The communities on the peninsula are quite diverse, ranging from the affordable golfing community of Rotonda to the preppy island village of Boca Grande, second home to some of the country’s most prominent families. However, all communities on the peninsula share an Old Florida, tranquil lifestyle. People live here to enjoy golfing, fishing, and boating on the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor, and Myakka River, and white sand beaches with spectacular sunsets. There are many barrier islands to explore. Marinas, inns, and local restaurants provide a tropical atmosphere. Overall, the Cape Haze peninsula has a very private feel, and it remains less crowded than Venice and Sarasota, the larger neighbors to the north. Rotonda West Rotonda...READ THE FULL ARTICLE... Englewood, Florida: Pristine Beaches and Emerald Waters (12/9/2014) - Englewood is a beautiful beach community situated on the Gulf of Mexico and Lemon Bay. It lies between the cities of Sarasota and Fort Myers and is part of the ‘Cape Haze Peninsula.’ It is one of the most distinctive communities in Southwest Florida, featuring pristine beaches, a thriving artistic community, boutique shops, and many festivals and community events. Of course, Englewood is best known for its beaches—some of the finest in Florida. It encompasses Manasota Key, a 7-mile stretch that contains four beaches: Englewood Beach, Stump Pass Beach Park, Manasota Key Beach, and Blind Pass Beach. Englewood Beach, the most popular of these beaches, features sugar sand and emerald-green waters as well as facilities such as a boardwalk, changing rooms, picnic tables, volleyball, and more. Restaurants and shops lie just across the street. Stump Pass Beach Park is a Florida State Park that encompasses three islands. Manasota Key Beach is famous for the innumerable shells and sharks teeth that wash ashore. Finally, Blind Pass Beach is a secluded beach perfect for enjoying unspoiled nature and walking the protected trails. Englewood has beautiful beach front homes, and many homes are within walking distance of...READ THE FULL ARTICLE... Punta Gorda: A Southwest Florida Coastal Paradise (9/14/2014) - Punta Gorda represents the best that Florida has to offer: sunshine, mild temperatures, boating, golfing, fishing, beaching, and old Florida luxury in a resort-town atmosphere. A historic town on the banks of the Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda was Southwest Florida’s own secret getaway until in 1996 Money Magazine ranked Charlotte County the 2nd best place to live in America and named Punta Gorda the best small town in America. Since then, numerous national publications have called Punta Gorda one of the most desirable places in the country to live. Despite this attention, however, Punta Gorda has remained a small, peaceful, and pleasant resort town. What truly sets Punta Gorda apart is that it offers in one place some of the best fishing, boating, and golfing in the country. At the heart of it all is Charlotte Harbor: a 270-square mile body of water with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte Harbor stands today as one of the last unspoiled natural areas on the west coast of Florida, and it was recognized as one of the top ten places in the country to sail by Sail magazine. Punta Gorda is rich in waterfront homes and...READ THE FULL ARTICLE... Century 21 Tops J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey (8/10/2014) - J.D. Power has just released its 2014 Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Survey and we are pleased to announce that Century 21 has come out at the top in all categories. The level of customer satisfaction was based on the following factors: buying experience, agent, real estate office, closing process, marketing, and additional services. Century 21 ranks highest in customer satisfaction across all four categories: first-time homebuyers, repeat buyers, first-time sellers, and repeat sellers, beating out all other national real estate brokerages including Prudential, RE/MAX, Coldwell Banker, and Keller Williams. Golf Course Profile: Riverwood (6/18/2014) - Riverwood Golf Club: A Premier Golf Course and Gated Community By Nancy Lambert Bollin Are you looking for a gated golf course community? A great option is Riverwood Golf Club, one of Southwest Florida’s premier destinations. Riverwood Golf Club is a 4 ½ Star Rated Golf Course located in Port Charlotte. Riverwood was ranked one of the Top Ten Places to Play in the United States by “Golf Digest Magazine” in 2002, the 15th Best Course in Florida by “Golf Week Magazine” in 2012, one of the Top Ten Southwest Florida Courses to Play by “Florida Golf Magazine” in 2008, and was ranked one of the Top 100 Lady Friendly Courses in the United States by “Golf for Women Magazine” in 2001. This par-72 championship course is truly unique as a result of its design features, natural beauty and varying challenges. The front nine was designed by Gene Bates and flows through heavily wooded terrain, rich in stands of natural pine. The back nine meanders amid salt marsh and wetlands. Surrounded by lush landscaping and native vegetation, each hole is a challenge, taking advantage of its natural setting. The pro shop and clubhouse were beautifully remodeled in 2013. The pro shop is...READ THE FULL ARTICLE... Business Brokerage Division Launched (6/5/2014) - Century 21 Aztec & Associates is now offering Business Brokerage Services to the entire SW Florida Region. Business Brokerage is a very specialized sector of the real estate business that helps people buy and sell businesses. One of the unique challenges of selling a business is exposing it to a large number of prospective buyers without disclosing to the company’s customers and employees that it’s on the market. Century 21 Aztec & Associates has the resources to do just that. Patrick Lange, a Florida Licensed Realtor-Associate has been chosen to lead the new unit. Patrick has founded, managed, and sold several successful businesses during his career. In addition, he has provided business consulting services, helping established businesses to grow their sales and profitability. For further details you can reach Patrick by calling the office at 629-3188 or, to contact him confidentially, call his cell phone at 863-990-9858. For information on the companies’ other services call 629-3188.