Considering moving to North Port

Considering moving to North Port

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Alton, AL

#1 Mar 1, 2007
My family and I will soon be moving to the area and are trying to get a sense of the community of North Port. We've visited Venice and are curious to find out more about North Port. The housing seems to be a bit more reasonable in that area. Can anyone tell me about the community, schools, etc. Thanks!

Since: Jan 07


#2 Mar 27, 2007
Housing is definately more reasonable in NP, but there are no jobs here. There are rumors going around town that office buildings will go up, but nothing is really happening. So unless you want to work at the Port Charlotte mall for the rest of your life (or Wal-Mart) I would suggest moving closer to Sarasota or Ft. Myers
just thinking in fl

United States

#3 Mar 27, 2007
dont move to florida! i moved here from michigan 7 years ago and now i am trapped,go west,not south!!!!!!!!

Pinellas Park, FL

#4 Mar 27, 2007
I have been living in North port now for two years, in Florida for 17 years. We will soon be selling our house. This town is really bad as far as community, I still do not know any of my neighbors, nor do I want to. The town bows down to every developer, which is basically all there is here. There are little to no parks here because the land is too valuable for that, they would rather put up a new condo. It is sad because this town could be very nice, but they don't seem to care about the people, all about money. The streets have not been repaired in fifty years, but they sure raise the taxes every year. For what you pay to live here it is just not worth it. Look around, there is a reason why so many houses are for sale. Most people we know are moving back up north, as jobs don't pay here. It is very unfriendly, I am just hoping, as alot of people here, that we can sell and get out of here before the next hurricane hits and we don't lose too much money on our house. I say it is a nice place to visit, but living here is a completely different story.
AgapeStaff wrote:
My family and I will soon be moving to the area and are trying to get a sense of the community of North Port. We've visited Venice and are curious to find out more about North Port. The housing seems to be a bit more reasonable in that area. Can anyone tell me about the community, schools, etc. Thanks!
just thinking in fl

United States

#5 Mar 28, 2007
bill,i agree with you 100%! i live in pt charlotte,which in my opinion is a lot better than north port,and i also work for 1 of the concrete companys down here,and we are getting slow!they have already started laying off,not the time to move to florida in my opinion!

Since: Jan 07


#6 Apr 2, 2007
Amen, Bill. My house is in the "older" section of town (off Biscayne) and my roads are so full on pot holes I have to get my car's suspension checked all the time. My tires go out of whack, its rediculous. There are no lights near me, my road's sign isn't legible, we have no cable, the commissioners care more about taking handouts than doing anything to help their community.

United States

#7 Apr 4, 2007
I Like North Port but I do hae to work In Bradenton to make good money. The house we bought In NP would be around 325,000 in manatee county yes you can find a house in manatee for around 180,000 but it will be a crack house in a neighborhood with the worst of lowlifes that won't even try to help themselfs or there family get a better way of life

United States

#8 Apr 4, 2007
if you are not getting what you want out of North Port fix use your politicians to get what you want changed

just thinking in fl

United States

#9 Apr 5, 2007
oh steve,if you only knew how politics worked down here,thats why i live in pt charlotte,north port is just too messed up!

Warren, MI

#10 Apr 18, 2007
Which area has the best schools? North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood or Punta Gorda, Florida.
just thinking in fl

United States

#11 Apr 19, 2007
pt charlotte,great town to live in

Since: Apr 07

Westland, MI

#12 Apr 20, 2007
Yes, Northport does have its problems with a lot of things like people have mentioned, but we need to look at more of the positive things than the negative downfalls. I've noticed a lot of improvement with everything in the past 8 yrs that I've lived here. We all can't expect a perfect city overnight for as fast as the city has grown in the past few years. Be patient and possitive, because things take time. It will all work out before you know it.

Davenport, FL

#13 Mar 10, 2008
I understand all the negative comments, but let's look at North Port for what it is. It's a bedroom community to Sarasota, which -- just a few years ago -- was too expensive for many prospective homeowners. North Port presented a fantastic opportunity and real estate deals were plentiful. AND, North Port is a short commute to work in other cities (if you've ever worked in a large city, you know traveling 30-45 minutes is a blessing!). Unfortunately, today North Port is experiencing the same market declines as the surrounding cities. Job market, real estate market ... it is no better or worse than any other area. When the economy in general improves, North Port will continue on its former path of growth and becoming a decent city in which to live. Look at the growth of bedroom communities throughout the country, and you'll have a pretty good picture of North Port.

Since: Mar 08

North Port, Fl

#14 Mar 11, 2008
I totally agree with steve, we moved here from Sarasota as we could pretty much afford a shoe box for the same money if we stayed local to work.
My husband commutes 45 miles each way and has no problem takes about 20 mins to get to his exit off the 75 and a further 20 negotiating Sarasota traffic. costs us about 40 a weeks in gas - which we're hoping to reduce with a smaller engine car.
We love living down here, have some good friends living nearby and pleasant neighbours. And as to the poor roads - we compained about pot holes on our street, they came and fixed them by the end of the week. i'm sure I would have waited much longer elsewhere.

United States

#15 Mar 29, 2008
There's nothing in North Port. The homes in Venice are more expensive because they are better built and in a better area. The roads in North Port suck and the break-in rate is high. You get what you pay for! I wish I chose Venice over North Port.
Shannon Moore Realtor

Sarasota, FL

#16 Mar 30, 2008
I live in North Port and really like it. They have paved miles and miles of the raods in North Port already. North Port is 110 square miles, so it is a big job.

All of the elementary schools are "A" rated and so is the middle school.

The housing is reasonably priced as compared to other areas of Florida. Where else can you get a newer 3/2/2 home in good condition for under $120,000.

I would have to agree with everybody about the job situation though. But is there anywhere in Florida, or the US for that matter where the jobs are plentiful? I don't think it's just North Port that is experiencing a loss of jobs.

Sarasota, FL

#17 Apr 5, 2008
Port Charlotte is better then North Port??? LMAO!!! Port Charlotte is a drug dealing dump. A simple drive down 41 (Pretty much Forrest Nelson south) will confirm it. When we were looking to build, Charlotte County was instantly OFF my list. I don't feel like living in a place where drunk homeless are sitting on the side of the road and drugs are being dealt behind the BP station. SORRY, not for me, but if it's your taste.. so be it.
BTW North Port's a good city going through growing pains.. as someone who's been here for 15 years I've seen A LOT of change and they are just not really catching up.

Sayre, PA

#18 May 31, 2008
I've just come back from my first visit to North Port and my realtor drove me around the entire town. I must say, I didn't notice any potholes for the most, lots of newly paved streets though, so they're working on it. I didn't notice any suspicious activities or suspicious people. It looked quite clean to me. It looks like a city in development that came to a screeching halt, so things there look rather unfinished. I saw a brand new Lowe's go up, so that's nice. I still think, from a gut feeling, that this place will revive and continue its growth.
What's really beautiful is the wilderness all around you. Lots of wild palm trees and oak trees, and you can find homes that have no rear or front, or even side neighbors so all you hear are the birds. Pretty rare for Florida. In April I was in the Tampa Bay area, what a crazy zoo!!! I can do without that. If you work from home, I think North Port would be perfect. I'm a web designer and I plan on setting up a community website for North Port so we can get to know each other and fix the problems we're facing. It takes a community to make a community! Contact me through my website Lionsites dot come. Would love to know more people there.

Parrish, FL

#19 Jun 1, 2008
That is funny that you value wildlife, and the new lowe's? Do you know how many trees where torn down to build another box store like lowe's that is not needed? That is the problem with North Port, they don't value what they have, they would much rather tear it down. You would have really loved it before the destruction that the boom caused to this once beautiful town. Now it is a shell of cleared lots.

Since: Dec 07

Fort Myers, FL

#20 Aug 5, 2008
You would have to be crazy to move to Port Charlotte! There are drugs all over the place, people drive whatever way they want. There are no jobs at all, even the county is laying off. If you ride around it tells the story, most houses are for sale & theres so many forclosed alot w/peoples things in the street. If I could get out of here I would but we can't sell our house & the values have come down real low.

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