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The Beauty of Southwest Florida

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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • Southwest Cape Coral Pool Home on Gulf Access Canal 

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

  • Sail boats, pedal boats and kayaks

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  • Florida golf aerial

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  • walking on fort myers beach

About Southwest Florida Real Estate

Your Quick Southwest FL Real Estate Overview

First, Where Exactly is “Southwest Florida”?

Southwest Florida Real Estate MapSouthwest Florida at the most northern end is Cape Coral. Going south along the coastline, primary cities are: Cape Coral,  Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel,  Bonita Springs, and Naples. 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.

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!

Boating Destinations in Southwest Florida

Boating Destinations in Southwest Florida We have compiled here a list of over 20 of our favorite boating destinations. By no means is this list exhaustive – there are many, many more boating destinations just a short cruise away. Oh, and all of these marinas, beaches, and restaurants, bars are most certainly just as fun to visit by car. The only location below that cannot be accessed by car is Cayo Costa State Park (there are ferry services to get you there).

View our article on Boating in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • Southwest Cape Coral Home on the Waterfront - Gulf Access 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

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.

Buyers Market

Those in Southwest FL 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 to Southwest 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.

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.


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More Information

You will find a great deal of more information about us, about the Southwest FL real estate market, and buying and selling, and about the Southwest Florida lifestyle on our blog: Southwest Florida Real Estate – The Market, The Lifestyle. The blog is updated frequently with news you can use, from foreign buyer experiences, to closing process and costs, to current price trends, and more.

Shortcuts: Southwest Florida Real Estate, by City

To learn more about the area, have some fun and browse some of the current listings in the saved search Quick Links below. Or, use our Southwest Florida  Real Estate Property Search to get more refined search results based on your criteria (Gulf Access, for example).

Shortcuts: Featured Southwest Florida Real Estate Communities

Barefoot Beach
Bonita Bay
Cape Coral Southeast: Waterfront Condos
Cape Coral Southeast:   Waterfront Homes
Cape Coral Southwest: Waterfront Condos
Cape Coral Southwest: Waterfront Homes
Cape Harbour Homes and Condos
Cape Royal Golf and Country Club Homes
Colonial Country Club Homes and Condos
Fort Myers Beach Homes
Fort Myers Beach Luxury Condos
Fort Myers Beach Luxury Homes
Fort Myers Beach Waterfront Condos
Gulf Harbour
Lexington Golf and Country Club
Parkisde at the Rivers
Pelican Sound
Sanibel Condos Under $1M
Sanibel Homes Under $1M
Sanibel Luxury Waterfront Condos
Sanibel Luxury Waterfront Homes
Tarpon Point Marina  Homes
Wildcat Run


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