Fort Myers Beach: Beach Life Done Right
If you are thinking about Fort Myers Beach Real Estate, you’ll find Fort Myers Beach is filled with every Southwest Florida requirement: beaches, shopping, dining, boating, fishing, golf, year-round entertainment and continuous fun in the sun.
Often called “the world’s safest beach,” the north end of Fort Myers Beach is fun and energetic. The south end of the island is primarily residential and is the “quiet zone.” The miles of gentle sloping shorelines into the Gulf offer hours of beach activities, pure relaxation and magnificent views of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The Gulf is continuously filled with an array of water sports. There are parks and recreation areas throughout and the marinas, boating and fishing charters, and a public golf course offer additional vacation entertainment.
The view from the Matanzas Pass Bridge getting onto the island is postcard perfect: a large fleet of shrimp boats line part of the bay and dozens of sailboats and live-aboards dot the harbor.
Fort Myers Beach Real Estate – The Basics
Fort Myers Beach is a separately incorporated town on the island of Estero. Fort Myers Beach’s dominant coastline on the Gulf of Mexico is a beautiful white sand beach along the entire coast and faces southwest for sunsets that never disappoint. The 7-mile long island has a wide beach and an intricate web of back bays with saltwater canals and marinas.
A mixture of condos, resorts, hotels, motels, single family homes and restaurants line the beach from end to end. At the northern section of the island, Times Square, just north of the pier, is the central “downtown” district of Fort Myers Beach with plenty of walkable dining, shopping, and nightlife options.
The bay (back) side of the island is home to houses, condos, and commercial businesses (mostly relating to fishing and boating). Many of the bay side residential properties include dockage. Additionally, the waterfront restaurants and marinas along the back bay offer dockage for the beaching boater. Shown here is Doc Ford’s Rum Bar at Fisherman’s Wharf. (If you are a fan of suspense novels, chances are you know the character Marion “Doc” Ford in the Randy Wayne White best-selling suspense series. Southwest Florida is the setting for the series with delicious narrative on the local waters, towns, and wildlife as the backdrop to Doc Ford’s page-turning adventures.)
Fort Myers Beach Real Estate Characteristics
On the lower end of the price spectrum, properties on the island can be found for as little as $150,000 for a small, studio-sized condo on the back bay or a studio-sized condo directly on the beach.
Offwater, single family homes in walking distance of the beach are reminiscent of “old Florida” in their stilt-home or cottage designs with colorful paint schemes and are listed in the $300,000 – $500,000 range. Back bay single family homes on water (canal/bay) fall in the $350,000 to $1.5M range.
Along the Gulf of Mexico side of the island directly on the beach, single family homes range from $950,000 to $2.5M plus. Condominiums directly on the beach range from $150,000 for a studio to $1.4M for a spacious upper-floor condo with expansive views.
And there are many options in the middle tier priced at $400,000 to $750,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with great views and community amenities.
Fort Myers Beach Lifestyle
Both permanent and part-time residents find Fort Myers Beach is a relaxed, pedestrian-friendly town that is inviting and offers the best of both worlds by being quiet at times and other times lively with festivals and events. (The Times Square area of the island is lively during the entire winter season while the southern end is quiet.)
Annual events include the Shrimp Festival (coming up March 13-14), World Championship Beach Sculpting, Offshore Powerboat Racing, Fishing Tournaments, Sailing Regattas, Art Festivals and more.
Things to do on the island (aside from hitting the beach) include boat rentals, jet ski rentals, parasailing, kayak rentals, sunset and pirate cruises, dolphin cruises, fishing charters and pier-fishing, tennis, beachcombing, picnics in the parks, eco-tours, hiking or bicycling at the islands’ parks such as Lover’s Key, and golf at Fort Myers Golf Club, the island’s only golf course.
Getting around the island is easy – most people walk, bike, or take the Trolley that has frequent stops from the north to the south end of the island. Taxi cabs are plentiful.
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