The so-called "Nature Coast" keeps its secret: the river-riddled, marsh-mellow coastline of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties is tailor-made for fishing, boating and kayaking among manatees, otters, bald eagles, swallowtail kites and more than 200 other species of birds that have been spotted there. Northernmost Citrus County alone holds four of Florida's designated Outstanding Waterways; the Withlacoochee River, the Homosassa River, the Crystal River and the Chassahowitzka River. All of which empty into the Gulf of Mexico bay waters mottled with verdant, gnarly mangrove islands. Each year, October through March, the warm waters of the spring-fed Crystal River and Homosassa River host the largest herd of manatees in the U.S.
The homey town of Crystal River has become synonymous with the gentle sea giants, in fact. Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was created specifically to protect the endangered species and can arrange boat and kayak tours designed for spotting them in their habitat.
Modern history unfolds in downtown Crystal River at the Coastal Heritage Museum. Contemporary shops and cafés live in vintage buildings in the same neighborhood. Beach-buffs head to Fort Island Gulf Beach, the trailhead for hikers and bicyclists, too. A variety of affordable real estate ranging from waterfront communities, golf developments, gated communities and farms are available along with numerous commercial parcels on U.S. Highway 19.
Meet Charlotte Gail Hargreaves, GRI, PRM
Broker / Owner / Property Manager
As a graduate of the Real Estate Institute with designation of Professional Residential Manager (PRM), and with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting, member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society, current member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Realtors Association of Citrus County, member of Marion County and Miami/Dade Board of Realtors, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Crystal River Community Redevelopment Agency, President Elect of Crystal River Merchants, Inc., and 2nd Vice President of the Woodland Estates Homeowners’ Association, I feel I have a good overall view of our community and surrounding areas. Our real estate firm offers a well trained professional staff with experience in property management, seller and buyer assistance, and investor counseling in both residential and commercial properties. In an ongoing effort for professional development, Gail Hargreaves successfully completed the necessary requirements for the designation of Professional Residential Manager (PRM), and is a member in good standing of the Florida Residential Property Managers, Inc (FARPM).