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Where charming canals beckon

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Pete and Priscilla Anselmo designed their Punta Gorda, Fla., dream home to maximize wide water views and the laid-back Florida lifestyle, yet retain the privacy they enjoyed at their previous New England home. From their dock it’s an 8-minute cruise, unobstructed by bridges, to Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s west coast.

The three-bedroom home is on a cul-de-sac.

Now they hear the siren call of distant grandchildren, so they have their three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home with an attached two-car garage and a screened, heated swimming pool and spa on the market for $799,000. The quarter-acre property includes 95 feet of concrete seawall along the canal, two docks and a boat lift.

“In 1980 we bought this lot on a broad turning basin that simplifies docking and has views of 10 intersecting canals, though we didn’t build our home until 2001,” says Pete, the 67-year-old president of a company in the printing industry.

A two-story front entry graces the tropically landscaped home, which is on a cul-de-sac. The open plan allows every room, including the kitchen, to enjoy expansive water views. Most rooms open to the screened lanai surrounding the swimming pool and spa.

The two-story screened enclosure covers the pool and spa.

“When the living room’s sliding glass pocket doors and family room’s zero-corner sliders are open, it’s hard to tell whether you’re inside or out,” says Priscilla, who is also 67 and a former teacher. “In winter we often keep the doors open for the cool breezes. We don’t need air conditioning.

“The kitchen has lots of storage” along three walls, beneath the breakfast bar and in the central island, she says. “The layout is very efficient, so family members and friends can help with food preparation.”

Adjoining are an informal breakfast area and a formal dining room. However, the Anselmos frequently enjoy morning coffee and dining al fresco on the poolside lanai, which has an outdoor kitchen.

The master suite, which occupies one end of the house, has sliding glass doors to the lanai, pool and spa, and a private bath with a jetted tub and a glass block shower. At the other end of the house the two guest bedrooms share a bath. In the bedrooms, as throughout the house, are extra built-in storage spaces to compensate for the absence of basements in Florida homes.

“I love to fish, either five to 30 miles offshore or around the islands lining Charlotte Harbor,” says Pete, who boated for years on Long Island Sound and in Puerto Rican waters during his Navy deployment there.

From Punta Gorda, the couple frequently cruise their 27-foot Grady-White with twin 200-hp Yamaha outboards to Sarasota, Captiva Island, Naples or down to Key West, often with the local Grady-White club. “We also cruise to nearby Pine Island, then anchor and fish,” Pete says.

Their water frontage includes a fixed dock with a 10,000-pound lift and a floating dock with a portable davit for small craft.

The Punta Gorda house has a floating dock and a portable davit.

The stuccoed concrete home has a tile roof, has two-zone climate control, ceiling fans, and public water and sewer service. A yearly homeowner assessment of $500 maintains the seawalls. Annual taxes are about $7,600.

The listing agent is Luke Andreae (941-833-4217) of The Andreae Group at ReMax Harbor Realty, Punta Gorda, (866-761-8138). www.ilovepuntagorda.com

May 2014 issue