ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Englewood, Florida: An Attractive City for Retirees and Others

Updated on September 25, 2022
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

In many ways, music saved my life, and I have the most famous director of the USMC bands to thank for it!

Manasota Beach in Englewood.
Manasota Beach in Englewood. | Source

Best Florida Retirement City, Near Sarasota is a successful evaluation site for American cities and personal finance and it has recommended 20 Best Places to Retire. Englewood, Florida is Number One on the list, locates near Sarasota.

On the Southwest Coast of Florida at Lemon Bay, the non-city, or Census Designated Place/CDP, includes its own airport - Buchan Airport - and is across the water from the Manasota Key. Walletpop reports that the city is full of artsy people, many Seniors 65+, but also families with children and that the best neighborhood for retirement is Town Center. This is zipcode 34223 with homes for sale in that and zip code 34224.

According to Zillow and Trulia real estate trackers:

  • About 1,000 homes are usually for sale in this area, with about 250 lots for vacant sale as well.
  • Price Range: $17,900 to $6.5 Million.
  • Median Price: roughly $185,000
  • Over a dozen houses in foreclosure, going to auction, at any time..

Water, City and Forest Fun!

Stump Pass Beach:
Stump Pass Beach State Park, 900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

get directions

Englewood Beach:
Englewood Beach, Beach Rd, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

get directions

Blind Pass Beach:
Blind Pass Beach, 7770 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

get directions

Lemon Bay Park:
Lemon Bay Park & Environmental Center, 570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

get directions

Englewood began as a fishing village on the Gulf Coast in 1896. Lemon Bay includes a nature preserve with beaches and outdoor activities.

Manasota Beach:
Manasota Beach, FL 34223, USA

get directions

Oscar Scherer Beach:
Oscar Scherer State Park, Florida, USA

get directions

Best Beaches in Florida

The Manasota Key barrier island supports five separate beaches in Englewood, the most developed being Englewood Beach with restaurants, picnic tables, public showers, and other amenities. Along the Manasota Key, other outdoor activities are also popular, including snorkeling, dolphin tours, short cruises, sailing and others. All of these activities, plus Englewood itself are accessible from Highway I-75.

Stump Pass State Beach is at the south end of the key and offers swimming, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Shell collectors find this secluded area great for shelling in the winter months especially. Overall, the beach is quiet and peaceful, with far ranging views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Manasota Beach is to the north, a large beach of white sands and very few buildings nearby to break the scenery. Swimming is the number one activity.

Oscar Scherer State Park and beach is north of Stump Pass, offering nature trails, swimming, canoeing, and other activities.

Blind Pass Beach and park includes quite a lot of vegetation, although not much for shade. A variety of wildlife inhabits this area. Australian pine trees created some shade for animals and humans until the government decided it necessary to eliminate non-native plants for the betterment of the environment and wildlife. The white sands are beautiful.

Roseate Spoonbill


Myakka River Wetlands

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The Myakka River flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. Located nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72.

Myakka River State Park:
Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, FL 34241, USA

get directions

Myakka River State Forest

The Myakka River flows to the northeast of Englewood in Sarasota County, surrounded by a state forest that was purchased in the 1990s for revitalization, protection, and recreation purposes. Yearly, new improvements appear that include additional activities and new trails and campgrounds.

Native plants and wildlife in this park are very interesting and include alligators, turtles, American chameleons (anoles), and armadillos that are considered invasive, having come from Texas and Mexico. Some new birds have been spotted recently, one being the Black-bellied Whistling Duck.

One of the newer species of turtle discovered to be in this forest is the stinkpot or musk turtle, a small species that releases a scent to ward off predators. A two-legged salamander called the Dwarf Siren is also found here. It has two forelegs with 3-toed feet. An interesting fish found in the park is the walkng catfish, which can scuttle across land. The Florida Panther has also been sighted in the park, among over a hundred species of wildlife.

A canopy walkway built 25 feet above the ground in the trees allows vsitors to see many wildlife species on a half-hour walk through 100 feet of walkway and up into a tower with an even wider view. The contruction was completed nearly 50% by volunteers.

Myakka River State Park - Vultures and Pigs Commune in Nature

Black vultures and wild pigs in the park.
Black vultures and wild pigs in the park. | Source

Rotunda, Florida

Another interesting CDP near Englewood to the south is Rotunda, laid out in a circle (see photo below) and originally planned to have a golf course in each subdivision.

The housing developers that contructed the community built a fresh-water canal around the outside of the circle. This canal also flows down into each of the pie-shaped community subdivisions, where ponds and lakes also occur within the community to offer boating and fishing. A protected wetlands here prevents further commercial and housing development to the south of the circle. In fact, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park covers 42,000 acres and 70 miles of shoreline.

A number of wildlife species are abundant in this community and the adjacent large preserve-wetlands, including local alligators, bald eagles, herons, and further south: manatees, dolphins, and ibises.

A Round Community

Rotunda FL:
Rotonda West, FL, USA

get directions

Rotunda in early 2011
Rotunda in early 2011 | Source

Job and Business Market

Of several thousand job listings, the following are the most frequently in top demand:

  1. Truckers - Owner Operators
  2. Construction Installers (see labor projections, below)
  3. Hygienists and Dental Assistants
  4. Company Truck Drivers, CDL and Mechanics
  5. Retail Salespeople
  6. Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists
  7. Managers and Assistant Managers
  8. Event Specialists
  9. Speech-Language Pathologists and Therapists
  10. Bank Tellers
  11. Registered Nurses (RNs)

Top Hiring Companies

Within a 25-mile radius of Englewood, Florida are these high demand employers:

  1. Community Health Systems
  2. HCA Health
  3. Vista Health System
  4. Lee Memorial Health
  5. Venice Regional Medical Center
  6. Englewod Community Hospital
  7. HCR ManorCare
  8. Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
  9. Charlotte Regional Medical Center
  10. Genesis Healthcare
  11. Pizza Hut
  12. CVS/pharmacy

Employment Projections to 2028

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  3. Glaziers
  4. Cost Estimators
  5. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  6. Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  7. Heating, A.C., and Refrigeration
  8. Personal and Home Care Aides
  9. Tile and Marble Setters
  10. Training and Development Specialists

Higher Education and Training

  • Charlotte County Technical Center. 18150 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Phone 941-255-7500.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University.10501 FGCU Blvd. S.; Fort Myers, FL 33965. Phone 800-590-3428.
  • New College of University of South Florida
  • Ringling School of Art and Design
  • State College of Florida: Manatee-Sarasota. PO Box 1849, Bradenton, FL 34206. Phone 941-752-5000. Three locations plus an online campus.

Sarasota at night.
Sarasota at night. | Source

Relocation to Englewood

Relocation Information

Englewood Cape and Haze Area Chamber of Commerce. 601 S Indiana Ave, Englewood, FL 34223. Phone 941-474-5511.

The Englewood - Cape Haze area lies in the South end of Sarasota County and the West end of Charlotte County on the Gulf of Mexico.

Homesteading Tax Break

In January 2007 voters approved tax reform that allows the first $50,000 value of a new home to be tax-exempt. See the Chamber of Commerce site above for more information.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)