Englewood Relocation Guide

Moving to Englewood, Florida provides a relaxed "old Florida" beach lifestyle for those who love nature and are looking for more house for their money.

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Introduction to ENGLEWOOD, Florida

With a population of just over 16,600, Englewood is a laid-back “old Florida” beach and fishing town.

Retirees, young families and those who love the outdoor lifestyle in Florida will really enjoy living here. It’s a peaceful place with plenty of things to see and do despite its size. The slow pace and natural beauty are a big part of the quality of life here.

If you’ve been dreaming about moving to Florida to enjoy that perfect life in the sun but haven’t found the ideal place yet, Englewood might just fit the bill.

 

map of englewood florida on southwest gulf coast
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Josh Wilson

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License # SL3486473

Shark Tooth Realty

Let's Find Your Piece of Paradise

Ready to Live That Florida Life?

If you have any questions about real estate or homes for sale in Englewood, feel free to reach out. As a licensed real estate agent with Shark Tooth Realty, I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to find you the perfect home in paradise.

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Relocation Guide for Moving to Englewood

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Quality of Life

Find out why Englewood is a great place to live

About Englewood

Learn more about Englewood's history and culture

City Data

Population, housing prices, demographics and more

Cost of Living

Compare the cost of living in Englewood to Florida and the US

Climate & Weather

What's the weather like in Englewood and general climate date

Things to Do

Discover all the fun things to do in Englewood for those who live here

Transportation

Major highways, interstates and airports in the area

Hospitals

Major hospitals in Englewood and nearby area

Schools

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Neighborhoods

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Quality of Life in Englewood

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Even though Englewood is a small town, it’s likely to surprise anyone who visits with its quality of life. The relaxed vibe is perfect for those who want to enjoy a beachy lifestyle away from the bustling city life. But don’t be deceived! There are lots of things to do and see in Englewood.

From some of the most beautiful Gulf beaches in all of Florida to the large bays perfect for boating and fishing. There are Farmer’s Markets and local events on historic Dearborn street and lively State Parks to explore, it’s truly a haven for nature lovers! Life in Englewood is undoubtedly perfect for those who are looking for a more rural setting along without sacrificing a coastal lifestyle.

There are a number of local restaurants here as well as some nice higher-end options, and some great tiki beach bars!

Retirees and empty nesters will also love Englewood! In fact, it was named “Best Affordable Place in America to Retire” by NeighborhoodScout.com.

A Brief History of Englewood, Florida

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First Settlers

The town of Englewood was platted in the 1890s, but the first settlers came to the area in 1878. The first settlers were William and Mary Goff, followed by the Nichols brothers, who named the town after their native Englewood, Illinois.

Early Industry

Over the years, Englewood developed gradually, and its main industries were farming, fishing, and lumber. 

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fort walton beach and bridge at sunset

Growth

The town started to grow rapidly in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the expansion of nearby Port Charlotte and other areas made the town a bit less isolated on the coast.

“Old Florida” Hot Spot!

While Englewood is still more of a rural place and maintains its “old Florida” vibe, it is a popular beach destination for tourists and those who enjoy of living a relaxed beach life away from the busy coastal cities.

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Englewood City Data

Below are some of the basic city data for Englewood as of late 2020. The population is a mix of retirees, snowbirds, vacation homes as well as younger families. This is a small, more rural town, so you won’t have a lot of traffic and crowds unless you are out near the beach during peak season and holidays.  

golf cart in downtown englewood florida dearborn street
  • Population – 16,600
  • Average Age – 65
  • Median Home Price – $440,000 (Realtor.com)
  • Home Value Projections – 25.4% + (Realtor.com)
  • Homeowner rate is 79.8%
  • Average Household Income – $64,110
  • Poverty Rate of 10.53%
  • Median House value is $169,300
  • Crime Rate – 13.22 per 1000 residents
  • Area & Density – 10 sq. miles and 1,538 people per square mile

Major Employers

While there is a large population of retirees in Englewood, those who do work tend to work in areas such as the medical field, as well as hospitality, retail and construction. Some of the bigger employers in the area include Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Walmart, Publix, and Taylor Morrison.

Demographics & Education

Nearly half of residents have a high school education, and 20% have had at least some college. Nearly 15% have bachelor degrees and nearly 10% graduate degrees. 

For additional demographic data about Englewood, check out the US Census Bureau for the following:

  • Population
  • Demographics (age, etc.)
  • Housing
  • Family & living arrangements
  • Computer and internet use
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Income & poverty
  • Economy
  • Business
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Cost of Living in Englewood

Overall the cost of living in Englewood is slightly less than the average of the US and the Florida average. The lower costs in Englewood are primarily due to lower housing and transportation costs. However, groceries are actually more expensive in Englewood due to it being more remote. 

100 = USA Average Cost of Living

102.8 = Florida Cost of Living

98.4 = Englewood Cost of Living

 EnglewoodFloridaUSA
  Overall98.4102.8100
  Grocery105.1102.8100
  Health97.698100
  Housing96.8102.6100
  Median Home Cost$303,500$237,100$231,200
  Utilities97.5101.3100
  Transportation94.1112.6100
  Miscellaneous102.396.9100

SOURCE: https://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/city/florida/englewood 

Climate and Weather in Englewood

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Like every other place in Florida, Englewood gets its fair share of rain annually. But generally you’ll get to enjoy 257 days of sunshine in this paradise. During winter, you won’t find snow here (or even frost!). In fact, winters are dry and sunny with only a few chilly days to take away from your beach days!

  • Rainfall – 130
  • Sunny Days – Average of 257 vs. 205 for the US
  • Hottest Month – July
  • Coldest Month – January
  • Most Comfortable Months: March, December, and November
  • Most Uncomfortable Months: July to August
  • Check out the current 10-day Englewood Weather Forecast Here

Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are a part of life in Florida. The season is technically June through October, with the most active months being August and October.

Things To Do in Englewood

Activities & the Arts 

Even though Englewood is a tight-knit small community, there are lots of things to do in the area. Its coastal gulf location makes it a beach lover’s paradise, and Englewood is a place where you can explore multiple nature wonders at sites such as Myakka State Forest and Cedar Point Environmental Park. Englewood is a great spot for those who love fishing and wildlife watching, and visitors can also enjoy multiple sightseeing opportunities at the Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center.

For those who enjoy arts and crafts, there are a number of locally-run boutique shops who sell goods from local artists and even have classes so you can learn to make your own beachy decor!

Best Things to do in Englewood

  • Stump Pass Beach State Park
  • Englewood Beach
  • Blind Pass Beach
  • Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
  • Englewood Farmers Market
  • Cedar Point Environmental Park

 

  • Indian Mound Park
  • Lemon Bay Playhouse
  • Stump Pass Marina
  • Myakka State Forest
  • The Englewood Area Historical Museum
  • Charlotte Harbor Tours

View the calendar of Englewood Events & Festivals here

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shops in downtown englewood florida
Dancing at the Sandbar tiki and restaurant
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Recreation and the Outdoors in Englewood

kayaking at stump pass state park in englewood florida

Beaches Near Englewood

One of the most beautiful Florida state parks is located in Englewood. The Stump Pass Beach State Park stretches along three islands within the city’s coastline and is known as one of the best fishing spots in Charlotte County. Other activities that are popular here include kayaking and paddleboarding, and visitors can also enjoy Ranger-led nature walks throughout the winter months.

Englewood Beach is a stunning stretch of beach, and just north of it you can also access Blind Pass Beach and Manasota Key Beach, both of which offer a bit more quiet experience but with the same beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico coastline and opportunities for swimming and sunbathing throughout the year.

Outdoor Recreation and Fun

The Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center spans 210 acres and is home to a beautiful mangrove forest along the city’s Gulf of Mexico coastline.

This is a place where you can enjoy 1.7 miles of Gulf shoreline, visit a butterfly garden, and enjoy lots of wetland boardwalks.

Englewood is not just about walks on the beach and hiking, as there are many other activities to enjoy in the city.

The Englewood farmers market takes place every Thursday morning between October and May and showcases the region’s producers and farmers who sell fresh baked goods and seasonal produce. This is also a place where you can enjoy fresh wild-caught fish from locals. The Historic Dearborn Street area of downtown Englewood also regularly hosts festivals and events throughout the year.

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Golf Courses in the Englewood Area

The sunshine state is the perfect place to hit those golf clubs! The warmth of the Florida sun helped Englewood ranked 3rd in the Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf by Golf Digest. Surround yourself with magnificent panoramas, enjoy the serene island shores and maybe hit that hole-in-a-one!

Transportation in Englewood

Englewood is located on State Road 776 south of Venice. The city is easily accessible by both I-75 and U.S. 41. I-75 Exit 193. The Sarasota County Area Transit as well as the Charlotte County Transit provides local public bus service. There are several nearby airports that provide domestic and international flights.

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Airports in / Near Sarasota

Sarasota has multiple airports nearby to choose from.

Punta Gorda Airport – closest to Englewood (22.5 miles away) and is typically the most used for people to reach Florida towards Englewood.

Sarasota International Airport (SRQ) – located 32.4 miles south in Sarasota, this is a fairly small airport but is growing and has carriers such as Delta, Air Canada, American Airlines, United, Jet Blue.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) – located 47.2 miles from Englewood. The Fort Myers airport is perfectly positioned to serve the greater Southwest Florida area, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Greater Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands as well as other points along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Hospitals in Englewood

Healthcare is a major industry in southwest Florida. In Englewood, there are a few different hospitals in town and the surrounding areas. 

elderly, corridor, doctor

Englewood Community Hospital

This is a 100-bed acute care hospital that offers a wide range of healthcare services. This is a Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital for 2021 and specializes in heart and vascular care. The hospital opened in 1985 and also specializes in emergency care, orthopedics, and urology.

doctor, medical, medicine

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Located in nearby Port Charlotte, this is a 253-bed acute care facility serving the area for more than 40 years.

front entrance sign to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in sarasota - one of the top hospitals in the area

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Located in Sarasota as well as a new location in Venice, SMH is one of the top hospitals in Florida and was also ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 10 safest large hospitals in the US. It is the area's leading healthcare provider.

Schools in Englewood

Englewood is mostly in Charlotte County but there is a small northern portion that is in Sarasota County. So different schools around town fall into different county school systems. The Sarasota school system is known as being one of the top school systems in Florida.

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There is an agreement in place where residents who live in Charlotte County can go to Englewood Elementary (which is in Sarasota County) and those in Sarasota County can go to the middle and high school in Charlotte County. 

There are also several private schools in the Englewood area too. 

  • Englewood Elementary School
  • Vineland Elementary School
  • Myakka River Elementary School
  • L.A. Ainger Middle School
  • Venice MIddle School
  • Lemon Bay High School
  • Venice High School
  • PRIVATE – Englewood Christian School
  • PRIVATE – Faith Christian Academy

Neighborhoods in Englewood

There are many different areas to live in Englewood, depending on your budget and lifestyle. There are more rural areas where you can buy land and build a home, traditional neighborhoods in town without HOA’s, and then there are also magnificent developments and master-planned communities with resort-style amenities. You may also choose to live on the water along some of the canals, waterways, and even direct on the Gulf of Mexico!

We’ve broken down some of the most popular neighborhoods in Englewood to live and relocate and what makes them so appealing.

Learn More About Popular Englewood Neighborhoods Below

Boca Royale

This neighborhood is in the northern part of Englewood, but very close to Venice. A mix of older & new construction with world-class amenities. Golf membership is not required, but social membership includes frequent activities including kayaking trip, movie nights, dances, bingo and more.

Beachwalk at Manasota Key

*NEW* Beachwalk is a new construction community that broke ground in 2021. This luxurious community will boast a lake with boardwalk, restaurant, a ton of amenities and is within just a few minutes of beautiful Manasota Beach!

Englewood East

Located east of highway 776, this neighborhood consists of affordable older homes with quick access to the beach!

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Josh Wilson

REALTOR®

License # SL3486473

Shark Tooth Realty

Let's Find Your Piece of Paradise in Englewood

Ready to Live That Florida Life?

If you have any questions about real estate or homes for sale in Englewood, feel free to reach out. As a licensed real estate agent with Shark Tooth Realty, I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to find you the perfect home in paradise.

Feel Free to Reach Out if You Have Any Questions!

Start Your Home Search Here

Price
Beds
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For Sale / All Types