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About Walt Bethel:
Walt Bethel is a fourth generation Floridian, born and raised in Arcadia, with a vast knowledge of all areas of Florida Real Estate and an ardent appreciation for Florida history.  

The purchase and development of his first orange grove when he was just sixteen years old fueled Walt's passion for real estate.  

Since then, he has bought, owned, and sold a wide variety of properties throughout a successful business career.  His investments have included acreage, agricultural properties, residential homes, condos, and commercial properties. 

Walt's marketing and sales experience was cultivated over time at his family's business, Bethel Farms, where he marketed, managed, and sold products to "Big Box" retailers across the Southeastern

 and Midwestern United States.

 From an early age, Walt's dad instilled in him the values to work hard and always have a goal, to look for a better way of doing things, and to constantly improve on them.  

The daily implementation of these principles, coupled with his enjoyment of networking with new people and his experience in business, sales, and marketing, have contributed to Walt's success as a Realtor.


 Walt has served on various boards and committees throughout the years. He has coached and actively supports local youth athletic programs and leagues. 

He and his wife Jill, also a fourth generation Floridian, reside in Punta Gorda. They have two teenage children, a daughter Peyton and a son Truman.
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Our Neighbors
Antique Fair June 2016

June 25, 2016
One of the largest antique fairs in the state, the Antique Association of Arcadia hosts over 100 quality dealers.
The downtown Historic District, built in the 1800's, has 24 wonderful antique stores along with restaurants and specialty shops.  They are all on 3 blocks of West Oak Street. Antique dealers and collectors from all over Florida and other states flock to the famous ANTIQUE FAIR.  You can park your car and shop all day and it will take all day. Enjoy our finest restaurants or our homiest diners while you enjoy a fun filled day!

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Discover DeSoto

Catch the sunlight filtering through the trees of our lush citrus groves, gleaming on the serene waters of the aptly named Peace River, beckoning you to swim, canoe, camp, enjoy. Engage in the thrill of the hunt, exploring our treasure-filled antique district - named Florida's Best Small Town Antiquing - or combing our fossil-rich river beds for prehistoric finds. Or just find yourself meandering through parkland paradise.
Hear that? The roar of big cats at our exotic animal refuge... the roar of the crowd at Florida's oldest rodeo. Now taste this: A slice of pie in a town offering Florida's Best Hometown Dining, a slice of life in a lovely and charming city listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Experience real Florida heartland the way Nature made it. 

Experience the Good Life of DeSoto.

Source: Visit Desoto
JUNE 2016

Welcome to the June Edition of my "Real Estate Resource" Newsletter

Please check out my website waltbethel.com
to view my listings, search for property, or to enjoy one of my archived newsletters.

As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. 
Aviation City
Arcadia was named "Aviation City" in 1920-1921 after World War I and the establishment of Carlstrom and Dorr Fields and while Carlstrom Field was still training pilots.
This was long before the British cadets trained at Carlstrom Field during World War II. 

Friends of Arcadia Airport decided to keep the name alive by naming our new Fly-In/Camp-Out Center "Aviation City" in honor of Arcadia's aviation history.
This unique site is the first such site in the state of Florida and perhaps anywhere in the nation where a pilot can taxi his aircraft right into the campsite and park the plane under beautiful live oaks and pitch a tent.
Aviation City features a 20 x 30 ft Pilot Shelter with picnic tables and a beautiful circular fire pit. Running water and portable restrooms are also on site.
In 1934 the City of Arcadia bought 225 acres for delinquent taxes. A $10,000 federal grant was acquired to build a hangar and an airfield to be used as a "secondary field" to the Carlstrom Military Airfield located just south of Arcadia during the war. The original field had two turf runways approximately 2,500 feet in length.
A flight school was established on the field about 1946. Then from the mid 70's through the mid 80's Pat Hange and Harriet Hamilton operated Lennox Flight School where they trained many aircraft and glider pilots. Both Pat & Harriet are in the Soaring Hall of Fame.
Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. was formed Sept 28th. 2012 and incorporated on October 5th, 2012.
"Friends of Arcadia Airport Fly In"

 Source: FOAA.US 
Featured Listing
Warehouse with Office/Storage on 8+ Acres
2692 Nat Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266


8.5 Acres Zoned Industrial Light right off of Hwy 17 in Arcadia, FL. Gated property offers two buildings, office and parking. 

Manufacturing building encompassing over 39,000 total square feet and boasts up to 26' high ceilings. Ideal for light manufacturing and assembly line operations or distribution. 

Previously used as Machine Shop but zoning allows for many options. Adjacent 4.69 acres of commercial real estate may be purchased separately. Call today for an appointment!

MLS #: C7205536
List Price: $1,295,000
Total Acres: 8.51
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Featured Listing
3+ Acres Industrial Light Property on Kings Hwy
11480 County Rd 769 Arcadia, FL 34269


3.65 Acres zoned Industrial Light. An ideal location to start your light manufacturing or processing business. The IL zoning offers MANY other options as well. 

This property is located in business friendly Desoto County and has approx. 269 feet of Kings Highway frontage. 

Only 35 minutes to Sarasota or Fort Myers. Two residential developments are planned nearby. 

A rare opportunity to purchase an Industrial Light zoned vacant lot along this corridor! 

MLS #: C7202830
List Price: $299,000
Total Acres: 3.65
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Featured Listing
10+ Acres with Metal Warehouse & Offices
1460 Price Child St. Arcadia, FL 34266


Unique Opportunity for 10+ Acres with a 15,000 sq ft Metal Warehouse Building sitting adjacent to CSX Railway in DeSoto County.

 Property is Zoned Industrial and allows for Light manufacturing and processing operations with many more possibilities. 

Building has Reception Area, Numerous Offices, Conference Room, Open Warehouse Area, and large Mezzanine ideal for storage. Two large roll up doors on warehouse floor for shipping and receiving along with outside metal fenced storage area. 

Building sits on 3.30 Acres and included second parcel (#10-38-24-0000-0305-0000) is 6.85 Acres of Vacant Land. 

 Call Today for an appointment!! 

MLS #: C7221876
List Price: $495,000
Total Acres: 10.15
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Featured Listing
1.9 Commercial Acres-Kings Hwy Frontage
12641 SW County Rd 769 Lake Suzy, FL 34269


1.9 Acres Commercial land. This parcel fronts Kings Highway in beautiful Lake Suzy Florida. 

A very unique parcel that also has approximately 200 feet of golf course frontage!! Located just a minute or two from I 75. 

Just 35 minutes away from Sarasota and Fort Myers. 

Opportunities abound here!!

MLS #: C7220586
List Price: $250,000
Total Acres: 1.9
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Featured Listing
Prime Highway Frontage Real Estate with Warehouse, Offices, and Retail Floor
121 S DeSoto Ave. Arcadia, FL 34266

A multitude of options for this listing! Located in the heart of downtown Arcadia. Situated on US Hwy 17 South just one block from Hwy 70.

With over 26,000 sq ft this building has it all. Warehouse, shop, retail show floor, numerous offices, mezzanine, apartment, employee break room and much more. Three separate entrances give you endless possibilities of dividing and renting out space. 

The zoning for this property allows almost limitless options.

Includes parcels 25-37-24-0012-0470-0180, 25-37-24-0012-0470-0190, AND 25-37-24-0012-0470-0200. 

MLS #: C7213840
List Price: $795,000
Heated Sq. Ft: 26,610
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