Get to Know Our Local Southwest Florida Communities

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Southwest Florida is the region along the southwest Gulf coast of Florida. The area is known for its sugar white sand beaches, lush tropical landscape, and winter resort economy. Inland areas are notably more rural, known for agriculture, horse and cattle ranches, and animal preserves.

The body of water central to the area is Charlotte Harbor; Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda on the north and south sides. DM Dean is a premier custom home builder for these areas.

The SWFL region extends from Sarasota in the north, on south to the Everglades area, and east to DeSoto County to Lake Okeechobee. Access by car is easy on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Interstate 75. Three airports service the area: Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Punta Gorda Airport, and Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers.)

The warm winter climate draws tourists from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Attractions and activities abound: from beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, to Gulf and Harbor boating and fishing, to spring baseball, museums, dining, shopping and cultural/festival events. Southwest Florida is a region with a comfortable mixture of Florida’s classic and cosmopolitan, relaxed and fast-paced. A place for everyone. [Wikipedia]

DM Dean Custom Home Builders wants to build your dream home in Southwest Florida!

We are licensed to build in Florida, and we have all the local certifications and licenses to build in these local counties and cities. Our subcontractors are also licensed to build in these counties and cities. That’s important!

Boca Grande

The Historic Village of Boca Grande, on the island of Gasparilla, is located at the southern tip of the Cape Haze Peninsula on Florida’s Southwest Coast midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Nature has blessed this lush barrier island with seven miles of powdery white beaches stretching the entire Gulf side and surrounded it with cerulean waters – the kind one usually finds only in the Caribbean. The adjacent estuaries fed by the Myakka and Peace Rivers converge to form one of the most pristine and productive coastal ecosystems in the world.

At the south end of the island lies Boca Grande (Big Mouth) Pass, one of the deepest natural channels in Florida where tarpon congregate to feast on the abundant nourishment provided by the waters of Charlotte Harbor before spawning in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the center of the island lies the nucleus of this little community, The Historic Village of Boca Grande. Here, “Main Street” still exists with no stop lights, no billboards, no high-rises and no fast-food chains. You will find, however, unique shops and art galleries, casual and fine dining establishments serving fresh seafood just caught by the local fishing captains and prepared by any of the island’s classically trained chefs.

A favorite of photographers and movie producers, this is the secret island that presidents, dignitaries and celebrities sneak away to, because the island denizens have a low-key attitude regarding celebrity and fame. So, leave that “off island” world behind and come rejuvenate and recharge your senses where Florida is unplugged – come lose yourself in days gone by, for an hour, day, week or a lifetime.

Punta Gorda Isles
Punta Gorda Isles (PGI) was developed as a deed-restricted, waterfront, boating & golf community. All homes, with the exception of a few located on St. Andrews Golf Course, are on wide canals with access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Punta Gorda maintains the seawalls and canals, which is a huge benefit to the local homeowners.

Punta Gorda Isles first started development in 1957, different areas opening over the years. There are still vacant lots scattered throughout all the areas. In Feb. 2020, Buckley’s Pass will open, allowing boats access from the “Bird Section” to Charlotte Harbor much more quickly than the old route down the Rim Canal and through Ponce de Leon Park. There are lots of great home building lots in this section of town.


In addition to its beautifully restored historic district, Punta Gorda offers many natural attractions, waterside shopping and leisurely strolls along the Harborwalk and at Fishermen’s Village on Charlotte Harbor. Easily reached by I-75 along Florida’s south-central Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda features streets lined with huge royal palms, old Florida-era tin-roofed homes with wide verandas, brick lanes, and street lamps and benches that leave an almost tangible old-Florida atmosphere. Near the historic district of Punta Gorda is Fishermen’s Village, a unique waterfront destination which includes gift, clothing, and specialty shops, several restaurants, boat tours and a 98-slip marina.

Punta Gorda, including Punta Gorda Isles, is an award winning community; a vibrant city with a small town charm. We are fully certified with the city to build here.

Rotonda West

Rotonda West is what many people would consider the “core community” of the Cape Haze Peninsula. Consisting of seven separate and distinct communities, Rotonda is a golfer’s paradise. Offering several courses with 81 holes, you’ll always be able to find a tee time! Golf membership is very affordable, but not required, and all courses are open to the public. Most homes and home sites back to either a golf course, greenbelt or body of water.

Rotonda West has several connected waterways that offer great fishing. These waterways do not offer Gulf Access, however small boats are permitted for fishing or just touring around. In addition, the subdivision has a community park with playground, pavilion and tennis courts. With the help of many long established residents, there are several community clubs and organizations to keep you busy. There is also a secured storage area for your RV, boat or trailer at very affordable rates. Rotonda West is a deed-restricted community. Most of the community has newly paved roads and water & sewer are already in place.

Beautiful homes are being built in Rotonda West every day and the community is growing at a rapid pace. Proximity to several golf courses, beaches, marinas, restaurants and shopping make Rotonda a great place to live and most importantly, a great place to play!

Southwest Florida Communities

Burnt Store Isles

Burnt-Store-Isles-FL mapBurnt Store Isles (BSI) is a deed-restricted, waterfront community. Twin Isles Country Club, a golf and tennis club, is situated in the center of the community.

Burnt Store Isles is smaller and newer than Punta Gorda Isles with approximately 1,000 canal-front and 400 golf-course homes and lots.

Boating access, both power & sail, to Charlotte Harbor is via Alligator Creek. Like Punta Gorda Isles, waterfront properties are in the Punta Gorda Canal Maintenance System; canals and seawalls are maintained by the city. Residents pay a small yearly fee for this.

The community includes single-family residences, villas and condos. Let DM Dean Custom Homes build a home for you on one of the many available un-developed lots!


Located in the heart of the Cape Haze Peninsula, Englewood boasts a central location between Port Charlotte and the Gulf of Mexico! A close proximity to public beaches, golf courses, shopping and restaurants makes living here an easy choice for many residents. While certain areas of Englewood have seen much development, some areas such as East Englewood are sparsely populated and offer plenty of privacy. The Englewood communities offer an affordable choice when purchasing existing homes and homesites and still offer access to all the amenities of neighboring communities!

Englewood offers a large variety of housing options including villas, town homes, condos, and many single-family home communities. Most of Englewood is not controlled by deed restrictions, making it an attractive choice for boating and RV enthusiasts! There are several gated communities throughout Englewood if you prefer that option. And if you’re thinking of building, we’re here to help you find the best deals on land possible and match you up with one of our preferred builders who will get the job done, and done right!

Southwest Florida Communities

South Gulf Cove

Southwest Florida CommunitiesSouth Gulf Cove is a true waterfront community with boating access to the Gulf of Mexico. There are over 55 miles of navigable canals in the community giving boat access to over 4,700 waterfront homes and home sites! All canals flow into the Interceptor Lagoon, which can be described as a large lake offering access to the Gulf. The canal and Lagoon systems offer pristine shorelines, many of which are designated as State preserve land. South Gulf Cove water depths range from 6-9 feet and bridge clearance is roughly 10 feet. All waterfront properties north of Calumet (section 93) and South of Appleton Blvd. are designated as Sailboat Water and do not have any fixed bridges. All waterways in the community maintain consistent depths because of a lock system controlling water flow, to and from, the Myakka River. The South Gulf Cove lock system has been recently updated to feature remote control operation and boats and pass through in as little as 7 minutes.

Not all South Gulf Cove homes and home sites are located on waterways. The community offers about 15,000 parcels and over 10,000 of them are what the locals call “dry lots”. These properties have become highly desirable because of a County owned boat ramp within the community that gives all residents access to the waterways at a fraction of the cost! South Gulf Cove is a deed restricted community, however, RV and boat parking is allowed on your property. The lenient deed restrictions and access to the boat ramp have caused an acceleration in the number of homes being built and sold within the community making it a true paradise for retirees and families alike!

South Gulf Cove provides one of the hottest housing markets on the Peninsula and there is no end in site! Proximity to waterways, beaches, several golf courses and Boca Grande make this community a solid choice when deciding where to live or invest!