Although the city has a large number of retirees, Port Charlotte's economy has seen job growth of just under 4 percent. Since Florida has no income tax, those who are still working have an added perk. The population has grown steadily over the past few decades, but the city still maintains a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the perks of being near the coast but are shielded by neighboring towns from much of the tourist bombardment. This means that you'll have more access to water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving in an environment that is relatively unhampered by tourists. The visitors that sneak in under the radar share the enjoyment of the city's spas, game centers, and the occasional fishing charter. Residents and tourists can enjoy kayaking and canoeing adventures as well as boat tours.

Related: Port Charlotte real estate data & listings

Nestled midway between Sarasota and Fort Meyers, Florida, lies the city of Port Charlotte. Homes here are a stone's throw away from the golf course, landscaped with palm trees and luscious grass, and many are surprisingly affordable. Neighborhoods are well kept and show that people have saved their money and are enjoying the good life here. While Port Charlotte has modest, low-rise homes, you can find elegant waterfront houses for sale as well.

Home Buying Resources