LaBelle, Florida - The Citrus Capital of Florida
FIRST POPULATED: Late 1800s
CITY POPULATION: 3,400 GREATER LABELLE: 12,000 HENDRY COUNTY: 37,000
INTERESTING FACTS: LaBelle, the county seat of Hendry County, is located in a vast oak hammock on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, at the intersection of State Roads 29 and 80, 26 miles east of Ft. Myers. The town and unincorporated communities within a 15-mile radius watch the number of inhabitants rise to 12,000 or more during the winter growing season. The area was originally settled by the Caloosa Indians, who held religious rites here. LaBelle mean "the beautiful" in French. According to Florida history books, Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry named the area in 1896 for his daughters, Laura and Belle. The greater LaBelle area includes North LaBelle on the north side of the Caloosahatchee River and Port LaBelle, 3 miles east of downtown LaBelle.
Citrus, mainly oranges and grapefruit, and vegetable growing drive the town's economy. Until the late 1940s, LaBelle, and nearly all of Hendry County, was owned by cattlemen, including the "Cattle King" Joe B. Hendry, Sr. After leasing range lands from auto manufacturer Henry Ford and managing Ford's downtown LaBelle Hotel for several years, Joe Hendry bought Ford's lands in 1942. Hendry then owned much of the county from LaBelle to Clewiston. In 1972 the Hendry family sold 32,000 acres to General Development Corporation for the new town of Port LaBelle.
In the 1970s Cattle ranches began to downsize and range land gradually turned to farmland. Since 1986, citrus plantings in the county have more than doubled, from 40,000 to more than 90,000 acres. Today, Hendry has more than 15 million citrus trees, more than any other Florida county. (St. Lucie County has 12 million while Polk county has 11 million.) Hendry county is third in citrus acreage with 100,000 acres. St. Lucie county has 107,000 acres while Polk county has 104,000 acres.
Port LaBelle, now a 31,000-acre single-family community three miles east of LaBelle, brings a modern, country club atmosphere to the town. It was developed by General Development Corp. in the 1970s and now includes a marina on the Caloosahatchee River, a park, swimming pools, a hotel, a public middle school, high school, a convenience store, restaurants, and a growing residential community. There are also parcels zoned for more schools and commercial retail use as yet undeveloped.
Real Estate In Port LaBelle and Hendry county, Florida - Excellent values in the Citrus Capital of Florida.
FOR SALE. Port LaBelle - 9031 Largo Circle (watch video) -- Lot 2, Block 2280, Unit 8. (Aerial photo left, lot in on south side of street below marked lot at large oak tree) Beautiful 5 acre pine woods across street. South of and minutes from new LaBelle Middle school. Electric and water lines in. Lot is south of Cowboy Way, east of Raintree Blvd. Directions: From Cowboy Way and near middle school, go south on Raintree to first right at Carnation and follow curve and then south to Largo, turn right, lot on south side of street 2nd from corner. Lot size 1/4 acre, 80' X 125' (.23 Acres) Owner Finance, Cash or trade. e-mail. Also Click here for a street map.
FOR SALE. 1/3 Acre. Port LaBelle - 9003 Broad Circle -- Lot 30, Block 2254, Unit 8. Beautiful quiet private neighborhood. South of and minutes from new LaBelle Middle school. Electric and water lines in. Lot is south of Cowboy Way, north of Raintree Blvd. Directions: From Cowboy Way and near school, go south on Raintree to first right at Carnation and follow curve to Broad Circle and turn right, lot near mid-block on north side of street on northeast corner across from new home. Lot size 1/3 acre, with 154' frontage on Broad Circle (.32 Acres). Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for a map.
FOR SALE. 1/3 Acre. Port LaBelle - Banyan Village - Olympia Circle -- Lot 7, Block 2479, Unit 12. Banyan Village is the newest of the Port LaBelle planned neighborhoods where the newest home will be built, and is between LaBelle and Clewiston, a mile east of Ortona Locks, south of State Road 80. Go south on Lexington Parkway, turn on to Sycamore Road and then go south on Banyan Boulevard, turn left on Raleigh (one street east of bridge over canal), go to the 2nd street which is Heritage (Street sign is here), and to first street turning right on Olympia. Lot is at curve at south end of street, look for sign, approximately 1/3 acre, about 150' on each side. (.34 Acres) GPS coordinate is: N26 44.325 W81 15.942. County strap #04104329- 12024790070. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for a neighborhood street map. or Here For A More Accurate Street Layout. The second map's street orientation is more correct although the street names are not correct. To find lot on this map go to "Heritage Ave" turn right on "Raleigh Dr" and go to the bend at the "R" in "Raleigh", lot on the southwest side of the street just to the left of the "R".
FOR SALE. Port LaBelle - Banyan Village - Morning Lane -- Lot 24, Block 252, Unit 10. Nice wooded lot. Banyan Village is the newest of the Port LaBelle planned neighborhoods where the next new homes will be built, and is between LaBelle and Clewiston, a mile east of Ortona Locks, south of State Road 80. Go south on Wellington Parkway, turn at left at first street which is Sycamore Road and then first right on next street which is Banyan Boulevard, then turn right at South Belvoir Dr. (street sign here) and then first left to Morning and follow curve, to 3rd lot on right side of street, look for sign. Lot is one-quarter acre: 80 X 125 feet. (.23 Acres) GPS coordinate: N26 44.346 W81 16.772 County strap #04104329-10023520240. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for a neighborhood street map. The street names appear incorrect on the map but streets are laid out correctly and the lot is at the "B" on the west side of the street on "Battersea Circle" in center of this map.
FOR SALE. Port LaBelle - 8021 Buttercup Circle (watch video) -- Lot 20, Block 2306, Unit 9. Developing neighborhood with new homes and with electric and water lines already in. Shopping and schools within minutes. LaBelle Middle school is just around the block, A shopping area is zoned for this neighborhood as well. Quarter-acre aprox. 80' X 125' (.27 Acres). Directions: From Cowboy Way or State Road 80 go east of LaBelle to Cedarwood Parkway and then to Raintree Boulevard, go east of Raintree to first street, turn right onto Buttercup. Lot is west side of street just before curve. The south lot line lies about even with the north lot line of the new home across the street. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for street map.
FOR SALE. Port LaBelle - 2010 N. Montana -- Lot 8, Block 2029, Unit 1. Developing new neighborhood with new homes, electric and water lines already in block. Shopping and schools minutes away. Quarter-acre aprox. 80' X 125' (.26 Acres). Directions: From State Road 29 South, go east on Cowboy Way to Port LaBelle. Turn north onto NW Eucalyptus, turn next right onto Detroit, turn left onto Montana, follow circle around to NE corner, lot is on right (west side of street), second lot south of corner. Montana is one street east of NW Eucalyptus Cir. and just east of the Port LaBelle Country Village subdivision. The Country Oaks Elementary School is within walking distance just two blocks to the north. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for street map.
FOR SALE. 1/3 Acre. Port LaBelle - 7052 Calder Circle -- Lot 8, Block 2236, Unit 7. Scenic section near new homes. Lot cleared and water lines and electric lines are in. This is a fast growing new area of Port LaBelle near a new middle school and within minutes to shopping. Directions: From State Road 29 South, go east several miles on Helms Road (runs east from SR29 South) past Birchwood Parkway to Camel (one block east of Birchwood). (Note: you can also reach Helms Road via Birchwood Parkway which runs south from either SR80 or Cowboy Way) On reaching Helms Road and one block east of Birchwood, turn left on Camel, go north one block to W. Somerset Drive (no street sign) and turn left on Somerset, go three streets west (curving to the northwest) and turn left on the third street which is Calder Circle. The lot is the 8th lot down the street on the right side, sitting exactly in the northwest corner (outside corner) of the street where the street takes a left turn to the south. You can see new homes just to the west of the lot. Lot is corner lot (fan shaped) and aprox. a little larger than one-third acre (.38 Acres). Owner Finance, Cash or Trade. e-mail. For neighborhood map: Click here.See Video). e-mail. Click For Map. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade.
FOR SALE. 1/4 Acre. Port LaBelle - 9045 West Justice Circle -- Lot 8, Block 22641, Unit 8. The most private section of Port LaBelle. One mile south of new LaBelle Middle school and one mile north of beautiful 3200 acre forested wildlife preserve. Lot is north of Helms Road, south of Cowboy Way, one block east of Raintree Blvd. From Cowboy Way and near middle school, go south on Raintree to Dover Terr. and turn left, then to next street Carnation Dr. (no sign) turn left, then left at first street which is West Justice Circle (no sign). Lot is on left side at first curve. Look for the only palmetto palms on the block. Lot size: fan shaped, aprox. quarter acre, aprox. 72' at front, 122' on all other sides (.27 Acres). Cash or Trade. e-mail. Also Click here for a street map. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade.e-mail. Also Click here for street map. Owner Finance, Cash or Trade.
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