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The Beauty of Southwest Florida

  • While Pelicans in Pine Island Sound - Near Cape Coral Waterfront Homes

  • Salty Sams Marina - Near Fort Myers Beach Condos and Fort Myers Beach Homes

  • Cape Coral Waterfront Home - Luxury Homes in Southwest Cape Coral

  • Beatuiful Landscaping at South Seas - Near Captiva Homes and Captiva Condos

  • Dolpin Watching Near Cape Coral Waterfront Homes - Gulf of Mexico

  • Beatufiul Birds on Sanibel Island - Near Sanibel Homes and Sanibel Condos

  • Fort Myers Beach Pier - Near Fort Myers Beach Condos and Fort Myers Beach Homes

  • Cape Coral Home on the River - Near Other Southeast Cape Coral Waterfront Homes

  • Bird Watching in Southwest Florida - Near Southwest Cape Coral Waterfront Homes

  • Southwest Cape Coral Pool Home on Gulf Access Canal 

  • Kayaking in Southwest Florida - Near Fort Myers Homes and Fort Myers Condos in Central Fort Myers

  • Fort Myers Beach - Near Fort Myers Beach Condos on the South End of the Island

About Southwest Florida Real Estate

Your Quick Southwest Florida Real Estate Overview

First, Where Exactly is “Southwest Florida”?

Southwest Florida Real Estate MapSouthwest Florida at the most northern end is Port Charlotte. Going south along the coastline, primary cities are: Cape Coral,  Fort Myers, Fort Myers BeachSanibel,  Bonita SpringsNaples, and Punta Gorda. View a larger map of Southwest FL here.

Southwest Florida with unspoiled beaches, exotic wildlife and lush subtropical foliage is a combination of the sophistication of a pampered island resort with the relaxed style of Old Florida.

Getting to Southwest FL

Our area is served by the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (Lee County), with direct flights from Toronto, Munich, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, New York City, Memphis, Dusseldorf, Indianapolis, Washington DC, St. Louis, Cinncinati, Boston, Chicago, and many more major cities in North America and Europe.  Alternatively, the international airports in Miami and Tampa are just a two hour drive.

Golf Every Day

According to the National Golf Foundation, Fort Myers ranks fifth in the nation for golfer-to-holes ratios. More than 975 holes perforate more than 60 golf courses throughout the county, 27 of which are open to the public. Get detailed information on Southwest FL Golf courses here. And read about Golf Course Community Types in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral.

  • Southwest Florida Real Estate Luxury Beach Home

  • Fort Myers Beach Pier - Near Many Fort Myers Beach Condos

  • Cape Coral Waterfront Dolphin Watching - Near Cape Coral Property at Tarpon Point

  • Cape Coral Canal Homes - Southwest Cape Coral

  • Southwest Florida Wildlife - Near Cape Coral Homes and Pine Island Homes

  • Waterfront Sports in Southwest Florida - Near Fort Myers Homes and Condos

  • Sunset from Tarpon Point in Cape Coral - Southwest Cape Coral Homes and Condos

  • Fort Myers Beach Florida - Beach Colors and Architecture Fort Myers Beach Real Estate

  • Captiva Beach at Tween Waters Inn - Near Sanibel Homes and Condos and Captiva Homes and Condos

  • SunSplash Water Park Cape Coral FL - Near Cape Coral Homes and Cape Coral Condos

  • Cape Coral Farmers Market - Near Southwest Cape Coral Homes and Condos

  • Cape Harbour Cape Coral - Southwest Cape Coral Homes and Condos

  • Beaches of Sanibel and Captiva - Sanibel Homes and Condos, Captiva Homes and Condos

  • Burrowing Owl in Cape Coral - Taken Near Southwest Cape Coral Waterfront Homes

  • Southwest Cape Coral Home on the Waterfront - Gulf Access Homes

  • Bald Eagles are Frequently Seen in Cape Coral - Taken Near Southwest Cape Coral Waterfront Homes

  • Marina at South Seas - Captiva Real Estate and Resort

  • While Pelicans in Pine Island Sound - Near Cape Coral Homes and Pine Island Homes

  • Golf Community in Fort Myers Florida

  • Salty Sams Marina - Near Fort Myers Beach Condos and Homes

  • Blues and Jazz - Live Music near all Southwest Florida Property

Buyers Market

Those in Southwest Florida real estate are in a perfect position when it comes to cash in on the second-home market surge, when compared to other Florida areas. As value-conscious baby boomers join the bandwagon and look to purchase second-homes/vacation-homes, they will look to purchase in communities where they can enjoy affordable resort style living and get the most for their money.

For example, according to the US Census an average of 20,700 people move toSouthwest Florida -  Lee County (Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel/Captiva) – annually. U.S. Housing Markets has ranked Fort Myers-Cape Coral as the number one housing market in a metropolitan area for two years running. The Fort Myers-Cape Coral MSA consistently ranks as one of the top 10 metro areas in this index.

Affordable Living

People buying Southwest Florida real estate find the composite cost of living is consistently at or below the U.S. average. (ACCRA Cost of Living Index, which measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas). For example, New York’s composite score is 215.0, while Southwest Florida is 101.7. Chicago’s composite score is 131.1.

 

Water, Water, Everywhere

It’s well known that the closer a property is to water, the more valuable the property becomes. This is especially true if the weather, the shopping, and the related community services are superior as well.

In consideration of all factors including amenities, affordability, Gulf of Mexico access, and opportunity for growth and ppreciation, Southwest Florida real estate offers a solid opportunity for investment.

While all of Southwest Florida has many water options (beaches, rivers, lakes), Cape Coral is known for its miles of canals weaving through the residential communities. Most of those canals are routes to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. (Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals, consisting of more inland waterways than Venice, Italy.)

Find out what the canals look like from the water by viewing our virtual Cape Coral canal cruise.

Punta Gorda is also know for its expansive canal system and beautiful views over Charlotte Harbor.

Perhaps the best tarpon fishing in all the world lies just north of Bokeelia (Pine Island), in Boca Grande Pass at Charlotte Harbor. Other popular game fish are snook, redfish, trout, grouper, snapper, cobia, sheepshead and many others. A fisherman’s paradise!

Quality of Life

While exploring Southwest Florid real estate, you’ll discover recreation and entertainment includes Gulf and freshwater fishing, boating, golf, tennis, parks, Twins and Boston Red Sox spring training, and more! The Barbara Mann theater has broadway caliber plays and productions and many other cultural arts abound. That the water and golf courses here are some of the best in the world is obvious. Read about Things to Do in Southwest Florida…

But other factors such as great health care systems, local shopping, government services, no state income tax… add up to a lifestyle choice that is hard to beat.