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Boating Destinations in Southwest Florida

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Discover Boating Options in Southwest Florida

One of the reasons Southwest Florida is so popular for boaters is that there are endless destinations for day cruising, anchoring, or overnights at marinas. And of course, the aqua blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the white sand beaches, and the pristine waterfront and beach front parks are also cherished. 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).

Cape Coral Boating Destinations

Tarpon Point waterfront dining in Cape Coral Florida

Tarpon Point Nauti Mermaid Waterfront Grill and Bar

Nauti Mermaid Grill and Bar

At the Cape Coral Westin resort, this is by far one of our favorite watering holes. We head to the Nauti Mermaid by boat or car and it’s always a beautiful and yummy day there. There is plenty of free transient docking at the Tarpon Point Marina. Take in the scenery, relax and unwind. The Nauti Mermaid offers a casual atmosphere with a variety of menu items made from only the freshest of ingredients. Enjoy fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers, flat breads and much more. There is live entertainment on many nights and often events such as boat shows, fishing tournaments, and fund raisers. Enjoy the promenade shops too!

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Marker 92

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Marker 92 at the Westin in Cape Coral Florida

Also part of the Cape Coral Westin resort, Marker 92 offers fine dining, authentic cuisine and an nautical ambiance. The menu includes flatbread pizzas made to order, fresh seafood and steaks and a large wine selection. Dine indoors or outside on the patio while overlooking the views of the Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina.

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Cape Harbour

Southwest Cape Coral Waterfront Dining and Entertainment at Cape Harbour

Southwest Cape Coral Waterfront Condos

The Marina at Cape Harbour offers a wonderful waterfront shopping destination in Southwest Florida with art galleries, a spa and salon and extraordinary boutiques. The Boutiques are quaint, independently-owned stores that offer everything from unique women’s clothing and jewelry to candles, fresh exotic flowers and candies. Several waterfront restaurants offer a dining atmosphere for any mood or occasion. Across the street at The Boat House, you’ll find everything a boater needs, and more. The deep water marina accommodates large vessels and offers daily, weekly, and longer term wet slip leasing. Day boaters dock free along the seawalls. The marina and community are pet friendly.

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Rumrunners Grill and Bar

Rumrunners at Cape Harbour

Rumrunners at Cape Harbour

One of the most popular destinations in Cape Coral is RumRunners, a five star restaurant and bar at Cape Harbour.  Free dockage along the water side of the restaurant attracts boaters from the nearby canal homes and from around all of Southwest Florida. Casually elegant, this beautiful setting has both indoor and outdoor dining and a lively indoor bar.

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Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill

Boathouse Tiki Bar in Cape Coral Yacht Club

Boathouse Tiki Grill and Bar at the Cape Coral Yacht Club

The Boathouse Tiki Bar and Grill is a waterfront restaurant and bar in the Yacht Club area of Cape Coral. Arrive by boat or car and enjoy the beautiful waterfront, sunsets, live music, and great food. The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill ​serves some of the best seafood and Cocktails on the water. Ask about their Hook & Cook: You catch it, They’ll Cook it!

Visit The Boathouse

Cape Coral Yacht Club

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The Beach at the Yacht Club in Cape Coral

When people hear the phrase “Yacht Club” they often assume it’s a private boating club for the super rich. The Cape Coral Yacht Club is a public, community park along the Caloosahatchee River and has something for everyone. Cape Coral residents and visitors enjoy the riverfront beach, marina, fishing pier, swimming pool, community center, boat ramp, gas dock, handball courts, and tennis courts. There are also many events held at the Yacht Club, not the lease of which is the monthly Sunset Celebration. The first Wednesday of every month is a sunset party with food, music, and shopping at the 40-50 local arts & crafts vendor booths. The community center holds many live music events, such as the bluegrass faves Deb and the Dynamics or the local crooners, the Del Prados. The Fishing Pier is a popular spot for anglers or just a beautiful stroll.

Visit the Cape Coral Yacht Club

Pine Island and Matlacha Boating Destinations

Waterfront Restaurant – St. James City

The Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, located at the southern tip of Pine Island is a local favorite and sought out by savvy travelers who have heard of its delicious food and casual atmosphere.

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Bert’s Bar

Berts Bar Pine Island

Berts Bar Pine Island

In Matlacha, Bert’s has had a colorful seventy years of history and is the home of many stories of its past and is known for great food and live music.

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Woody’s Waterfront Grill

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Woodys Waterfront Grill Pine Island Florida

This location on Pine Island is laid back, with indoor and outdoor seating, serving fresh gulf seafood, BBQ, and burgers.

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Fort Myers Beach Boating Destinations

Mantanzas on the Bay

Mantanzas on the Bay

Mantanzas on the Bay on the Back Bay of Fort Myers Beach

This wonderful location has great water views and serves Seafood/Shrimp/Steaks and drinks in a traditional Florida setting. The Upper Deck bar is has nightly Entertainment and great pizza. Mananzas is known for “Old Florida” casual atmosphere.

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Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grille

Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grill Fort Myers Beach

Doc Fords Rum Bar and Grill Fort Myers Beach

Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach sits on the back of beautiful Estero Bay on San Carlos Island. Head there by car or boat and experience live music and happy hour and watch the largest shrimp boat fleet in the U.S. head in and out of the Gulf of Mexico thru Matanzas Pass. The menu includes many Caribbean and Cuban inspired entrees, soups, flatbreads, and more. (If you know who Doc Ford is, then you are a Randy Wayne White fan. So are we.)

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Pink Shell Resort

Pink Shell Resort and Marina - Fort Myers Beach

Pink Shell Resort and Marina – Fort Myers Beach

This easy-access marina is on Estero Bay (the back bay of Fort Myers Beach), just 6 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a resort treat with access to three pools, two restaurants, full-service spa and quarter mile of sugar white sand beach with water sports and unlimited entertainment. The marina has 41 slips up to 100 feet with floating docks, each with power and water hookups.

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Sanibel – Captiva Boating Destinations

Tween Waters Inn

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Tween Waters Inn Marina

Tween Waters Inn and Marina on the back side of Captiva island is a great place to dock for lunch (yummy burgers and grouper sandwiches), a swim in the resort’s pool, and a walk on the beach. The marina is friendly to short-stay visitors whether for a few hours or a few nights. Marina guests can take full advantage of the resort facilities. The marina and the resort are pet friendly. The inn is named for its location: between Pine Island Sound (part of the inter coastal waterway) and the Gulf of Mexico.

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South Seas Resort

South Seas MarinaSouth Seas Resort at the northern end of Captiva-Sanibel is located in North Pointe. The Yacht Harbour and Marina features 2,400 feet of alongside berthing for boats up to 120′. Bayside marina has a boat launch and dockage for boats under 25′. Advance arrangements are required with the Harbormaster prior to launch or to dock at the Bayside marina. Marina guests can enjoy all the amenities, including the beach, pools, restaurants, and BBQ grills. The marina is pet friendly.

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Fort Myers Boating Destinations

Fort Myers Yacht Basin

Fort Myers Yacht Basin

Fort Myers Yacht Basin

Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, the Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of Fort Myers. There is 10 feet of water in the ICW and an average of 6 feet of water at the docks. The docks are in good condition and staffed with professional, friendly people. This a great place to dock and attend events in downtown Fort Myers such as ArtFest and MusicWalk. Also there are plenty of shopping and dining options along with great entertainment.

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Gulf Harbour Marina

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Gulf Harbour Yacht Club in Fort Myers

The marina has accommodations for up to 97’+ vessels, with pump-out facilities available at each slip.  The fuel dock is equipped with both 90 octane and diesel fuel.  Other amenities include restrooms with showers, laundry facilities, a Ships’ Chandlery and The Marker 73 Café.  Slips are available for purchase or lease, and transient docking is available for short term visitors.

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The Marina at Edison Estates

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Edison Marina and Pinchers Crab Shack in Fort Myers

Accessible right from the Caloosahatchee River, dock and dine or stay all day. Enjoy a true Florida dining experience at Pinchers or explore the famous Fort Myers River District and all the excitement downtown has to offer.

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Anchoring And Beaching in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico

There are endless beautiful spots to drop anchor, have lunch, and have a swim in the aqua blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few of our favorites.

Fort Myers Beach – Lover’s Key State Park

Lovers Key Beach

Lovers Key Beach

Lover’s Key at the south end of Fort Myers Beach is one of the top rated beaches in the nation. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. Black Island has over five miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park’s boat ramp. The park’s concession offers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals. Many people drop anchor and swim up to the beach. For smaller boats, beaching and tying an anchor to shore is also common.

Visit Lover’s Key State Park

Fort Myers Beach – The Pier & Lynn Hall Memorial Park

Lynn Hall Memorial Park is located on Ft. Myers Beach, just north of the foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge, next to “Times Square” in the heart of downtown. This lively Gulf-front park is conveniently located adjacent to shopping and restaurants. It features a licensed fishing pier with bait/gift shop, shelters with grills for picnicking (available on a first come first serve basis only), outdoor freshwater rinse off showers, restrooms with changing facilities and accessible beach access. There is no marina at the park, but it is a popular spot to anchor and swim up to the park, to walk the beach, or enjoy food and entertainment at the Lani Kai or other beach front venues.

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Fort Myers Beach – Bowditch Beach Park

Bowditch Point Regional Park is 17-acres that is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. It is actually a dual-use facility in which approximately seven acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and the remaining 10-acres are a restoration/preserve area. This serene location, which encompasses the entire end of the island, offers a choice of settings to fulfill your needs. The backbay offers quiet waters, peaceful surroundings and a close up look of vessels entering and exiting the bay. The park area features tables and grills, available on a first come first serve basis, in a shaded tropical setting sure to please any picnicker. The gulf front is more active while still providing a relaxed atmosphere for walkers, swimmers and sunbathers. Walking trails, through the restoration/preserve area, carry you through varied environments and offers an excellent opportunity for bird watching while being highlighted by panoramic views of Estero Bay. This is one of the first beaches Lee County Parks & Recreation made accessible for individuals with disabilities from parking area to the Gulf of Mexico. There is also an accessible boat dock. Free day docks open for boaters at Bowditch Point. The docks feature 10 slips for boats up to 28-feet in length and a paddlecraft launch onto the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.

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Cayo Costa State Park

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Bald Eagles at Cayo Costa State Park

With nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forests, oak-palm hammocks and mangrove swamps, this barrier island park is a Gulf Coast paradise. Cayo Costa is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Visitors may see manatees and pods of dolphins in the waters around the 2,426 acre park, as well as a spectacular assortment of birds. On the island, visitors can swim or snorkel in the surf, enjoy the sun and picnic in the shade. Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll along the beach, especially during the winter months. The nature trails that crisscross the island provide opportunities for hiking and off-road bicycling. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or throw a line out into the surf. An amphitheater provides educational programs about the island’s ecology and history. For overnight stays, the park offers primitive cabins and tent camping which can be reserved through Reserve America up to 11 months in advance. Boaters anchor just off the beach, beach the boat, or anchor on the back bat (Pelican Bay).

Visit Cayo Costa

 

Related:

About Waterfront in Southwest Florida
About Southwest Florida – Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the Beaches
Waterfront Communities
Southwest Florida Anchorages
Cape Coral FAQs
Cape Coral Power Sail and Power Squadron

Southwest Florida offers many “boatels” – Tie Up and Check In

Southwest Florida offers many “boatels” – Tie Up and Check In

Tie-Up and Check in at These Boatels in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the Beaches

Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Edition, recently published a detailed list of area hotels and motels on the Gulf that have docking for their guests who arrive by boat. The article provides contact information and GPS coordinates for each boatel. Here are some of the boatels noted in the article:

Cape Coral: Westin Resort and Cape Harbour

Fort Myers Beach:  Pink Shell Resort and Mantanzas Inn

Pine Island: Beachhouse Lodge and Tarpon Lodge

Captiva: Tween Waters Inn and South Seas Resort

Naples: Bayfront Inn and Lighthouse Inn

Read the full article here.

Cruising the Southwest Florida Coast

Cruising the Southwest Florida Coast

Great Article in Boat US Magazine

Cruising Southwest Florida Coast

Pine Island, Sanibel, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Useppa…

Southwest Florida Yacht Charters, based in Cape Coral Florida at Tarpon Point Marina, organized the trip for the writers.Here are some excerpts:

Chris had us steer NautiGator in and out of tight slips several times each and operate it in several challenging scenarios, again and again. Then he gave us a test run using all the navigation equipment. Finally, he set us free. Our week exploring Pine Island Sound was a blast, even with unseasonably heavy wind. Every. Single. Day. Each marina we visited had encouraging dock masters right there with helping hands. Let’s face it, this was a defensive move; they see new boaters pinballing through these islands every day.

The Most Impressive Being we met on this trip was the American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), a genuine snowbird whose annual migratory commute is from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf of Mexico. These are seriously big birds; males can tip the scales at 30-plus pounds, and their wingspan is almost as great as a California condor. We saw them every day, first when leaving Tarpon Point Marina, where SWFY keeps its boats, about a mile out on a starboard sandbar. A row of giants were hunkered down near several of their spindlier, 6-pound, local gray cousins — a family reunion.

Among the many delights of cruising the shallow waters of Pine Island Sound in southwest Florida is that, even for powerboat beginners, it requires only straightforward eyeball navigation. As Captain Chris, who trained us in the operation of our beefy trawler, said, “Just follow the ICW markers. And remember, ‘Keep red right when returning to Texas.'” What, we wondered, does Texas have to do with it? Then it sunk in. We were on Florida’s Gulf Coast; the terminus of the Gulf ICW is indeed Texas.

Pine Island Sound serves up a western sky with few obstructions between you and the horizon. Sunset lingers longer. Or maybe it’s just cocktail hour, because every day we were tied up or anchored by 1600, waiting for bands of color to layer the skies and dazzle us, which most every night they did. Some people claim that advance preparation — or patient waiting — will make a sunset’s illusive green flash more likely.

Read the article here.

Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club Largest in World

Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club Largest in World

Did you know that Fort Myers may owe its existence as a winter resort to a tarpon fisherman? In March 1885, a New Yorker, fishing off Punta Rassa, landed a nearly 6-foot tarpon with a rod and reel. The prevailing opinion of the day was that tarpon could not be caught on with fishing rods.

The Cape Coral Tarpon Hunters Club was founded in February 1972 by Cape Drs. E. McClaran (deceased) and O.E. Rollings. To date its members have caught 10,000 tarpon. It is the largest tarpon fishing club in the world.

The CCTHC is a catch and release organization, promoting the sportfishing ethics of Western novelist, Zane Grey, who said: “If we are to develop as anglers who believe in conservation and sportsmanship, we must consider the fish, his right to life and especially, if he must be killed, to do it without brutality.

Tarpon Point Marina in Southwest Cape Coral is named after the iconic silverfish. The Marina property is home to a Westin Resort, restaurants Gather, Marker 92, Pinchers Crab Shack and many botique shops.

Read more at the News-Press.

A Fresh Look at Northwest Cape Coral Real Estate

A Fresh Look at Northwest Cape Coral Real Estate

NW Cape Coral Florida – Looking Ahead at Growth

Several factors are making NW Cape Coral real estate an impressive market area. And we think it’s a good time to buy in the northwest Cape, so long as buyers look to the properties that merit investment and will be attractive for resale down the road. In this article, we discuss what factors are influencing growth in the NW Cape and what types of residential properties to consider for investment, retirement, a vacation home or a combination of those.

Where is Northwest Cape Coral?

First, what region of Cape Coral are we talking about? Cape Coral is divided into four quadrants: the southeast, the southwest, the northwest, and northeast. The northwest region is described as being north of Embers Parkway, west of Santa Barbara Blvd, and south of Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda. Many home sites in the NW Cape are Direct Sailboat Access or Gulf Access (one or more fixed bridge) to the Gulf of Mexico and great fishing spots in Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound.

Until recently, the NW Cape was considered too barren to garner much attention. That has changed dramatically and is coming to a pivot point where savvy homeowners and investors are buying NW Cape property. Some are purchasing vacant land as an investment. Some are purchasing vacant land with the plan to build a new home on the parcel in the future. Others are purchasing existing homes (at this juncture nearly all of the NW Cape is made up of either single family homes or light commercial such as retail or warehouses – with very limited multifamily properties or condominiums).

Changes Occurring in Northwest Cape Coral

 

Infrastructure

The main corridors for NW Cape Coral are Pine Island Road and Burnt Store Road. Pine Island Road runs east and west connecting North Fort Myers to NE and NW Cape Coral and Burnt Store Road runs north and south connecting Punta Gorda to NW Cape Coral. Pine Island Road was widened to four lanes several years ago and is now a hot area for commercial growth, primarily retail. Burnt Store Road widening from two lanes to four is just about complete.

Additionally, the North 2 utility expansion project is nearing completion. This city-run project brings water, sewer, and irrigation to homes and businesses in the area and is primarily along Pine Island Road. This much needed utility expansion is a key reason for the Pine Island Road area’s growth.

Related: Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boat Builder Expands in Cape Coral Florida

The Cape Coral Economic Development Office is assisting with Concourse at Cape Coral—a 130-acre parcel located in Northwest Cape Coral near regional destinations. This public-private partnership with the city includes 55 acres for a corporate park and 50 acres for retail and entertainment nestled in an unspoiled, natural environment.

This business park will be in close proximity to a regional Veterans Administration healthcare center that supports more than 500 employees and serves approximately 1,000 daily patients, in addition to a new apartment complex and assisted living facility. The 320-unit apartment complex, Uptown at Liberty Park, opened its first building last summer, and a second tower is almost complete. The assisted living facility, Atrium at Liberty Park, will open in 2019.

Seven Islands Development

A much-anticipated mixed-use project in Northwest Cape Coral called Seven Islands will be marketed nationally this year following the recent approval of a partnership between the Cape Coral City Council and CBRE.

There is an approved development plan for the seven rectangular-shaped “islands” connected to the mainland for a mixed-use project on the 61-acre site along Old Burnt Store Road. After significant citizen and stakeholder input, the approved design includes 995 residential units—both multifamily/condo and single-family homes—a 240-room hotel or resort with a 25,000-square-foot meeting space, public amenities and commercial development.

What’s unique about this opportunity for developing residential, retail, commercial and public spaces in Cape Coral is that the Seven Islands property is 100% owned by Cape Coral. This means the Cape Coral land assemblage is already done and developers can confidently make detailed proposals for the Gulf Access waterfront project. Additionally, the Seven Islands has brand new water, sewer, and irrigation utilities infrastructure. The construction and eventual operation of the resort will bring many jobs in management, hospitality, and maintenance to NW Cape Coral.

In anticipation of the Seven Islands build-out, demand for residential home sites and existing homes near the Seven Lakes region is growing. Future homeowners near Seven Islands can enjoy the amenities, boat , walk or bike to the restaurants and shops, and entertain visiting friends and family there.

Sunseeker Resort

Earlier this month, dozens of Florida business leaders, dignitaries and Allegiant Travel Company representatives celebrated the official groundbreaking of Sunseeker Resorts Charlotte Harbor, a first-of-its-kind destination resort that is expected to transform hospitality, dining and tourism in the Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte regions.The initial phase will feature approximately 500 hotel rooms, more than 180 extended stay suites, meeting and conference space, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars and retail outlets along a scenic harbor walk.

The Sunseeker resort site is at the southernmost edge of Charlotte Harbour and is about 20 miles by car to northwest Cape Coral. Much like southwest Cape Coral has the Westin at Tarpon Point and Cape Harbour as resort destinations, the Sunseeker Resort will be a magnet for NW Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and surrounding regions. The construction and eventual operation of the resort will bring many jobs in management, hospitality, and maintenance. Some of that workforce will choose the NW Cape.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training Stadium

In March of 2019, the Braves opened CoolToday Park, a new, $125 million spring training complex in West Villages Florida, an offshoot of the City of North Port in Sarasota County. It’s located about 38 miles from NW Cape Coral. While geographically too distant for most to consider commuting, it is another factor that will drive buyers to areas south and north of the ballpark, which will likely include some buyers coming to the NW Cape who are looking for waterfront property among newly constructed homes.

Both the Twins and Red Sox baseball teams each have a shiny new stadium in Fort Myers, with Cape Coral now situated between three Spring Training and Minor league ball parks. These beautiful parks not only host baseball games but also events year round.

Waterfront Vacant Land in NW Cape Coral

Northwest Cape Coral has mostly vacant land available for purchase. The build out is ongoing and just in the last few years has any notable new construction of residential units been completed (after the slow down of the housing bust). The images below illustrate the difference in saturation of occupied home sites contrasting northwest Cape Coral (top) and southwest Cape Coral (bottom).

Related: What Influences Land Value in Cape Coral?

Related: Should You Consider New Construction?

Recent sales of waterfront residential vacant parcels in northwest Cape Coral illustrate how the area is becoming more enticing to buyers. In the last 12 months, 132 vacant waterfront parcels have sold. Most are in the range of 80K to 190K with a few over (the highest 318K) and under.

Related: Buying Considerations for Gulf Access Lots

Available NW Cape vacant land today includes properties at a high of 450K for a Sailboat Access lot on the Spreader Waterway to a low of 40K for a inland Gulf Access lot.

The NW Cape is a great location for a buyer to purchase waterfront land and then build the dream home and specify every detail.

Waterfront Homes in Northwest Cape Coral

Recent sales of Gulf Access single family homes on the water in northwest Cape Coral range from a high of $835 for a 2,500 square foot home on the spreader waterway built in 2016 to $315K for a 1500 square foot home built in 2000.

Available Gulf Access single family homes in the NW Cape range from a high of $810K for a 3,000 square foot home on the spreader waterway to $300K for a 1,500 square foot home inland and built in 1979.

In Conclusion

Several factors are making NW Cape Coral real estate an impressive market area. It’s a good time to buy in the northwest Cape, so long as buyers look to the properties that merit investment and will be attractive for resale down the road. In particular, there are many wonderful Gulf Access waterfront parcels that make great building sites and are available at affordable prices.

Update on Seven Islands Development Project in Cape Coral

Update on Seven Islands Development Project in Cape Coral

Seven Islands Development in Cape Coral Florida

Unique Waterfront Development Opportunity in Cape Coral

What’s unique about this opportunity for developing residential, retail, commercial and public spaces in Cape Coral is that the Seven Islands property is 100% owned by Cape Coral. This means the Cape Coral land assemblage is already done and developers can confidently make detailed proposals for the Gulf Access waterfront project. Additionally, the Seven Islands has brand new water, sewer, and irrigation utilities infrastructure.

Cape Coral Press Release, January 2019

A much-anticipated mixed-use project proposed for Northwest Cape Coral called Seven Islands will be marketed nationally this year following the recent approval of a partnership between the Cape Coral City Council and CBRE.

There is an approved development plan for the seven rectangular-shaped “islands” connected to the mainland for a mixed-use project on the 61-acre site along Old Burnt Store Road. After significant citizen and stakeholder input, the approved design includes 995 residential units—both multifamily/condo and single-family homes—a 240-room hotel or resort with a 25,000-square-foot meeting space, public amenities and commercial development.

 

The city envisions this exciting economic development project as a regional destination. The council approved the design plan for the city-owned acreage in November 2016 and approved the contract with CBRE in October 2018 to find developers who are interested in this public-private partnership.

CBRE Executive Vice President Michael McShea said, “Cape Coral’s city leadership is progressive and business-oriented. They have led a thoughtful process to develop the Seven Islands and their goal is to create a dynamic, waterfront destination for citizens and visitors alike.” CBRE is creating marketing materials and will issue a request for qualifications and a request for proposals (RFP) by spring. After the review of qualifications, selected, eligible developers will be invited to respond to the RFP. A development contract is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2019.

CBRE is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. It is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

Cape Coral is a terrific family and vacation oriented destination which includes over 400 miles of navigable waterways, more miles of canals than any other city in the world. Forbes listed the Cape Coral metropolitan area as the ninth fastest-growing in the U.S. in 2018 and one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers.”

New Home Construction – A Case Study

New Home Construction – A Case Study

Living the Dream (Again)…

Building the Cape Coral Waterfront Dream Home

We have had the pleasure and honor to work with dozens of clients over the years as they set their sights on making their dreams come true, whether it be buying an existing home or finding that perfect lot for the new home construction of their visions. Often a lifelong dream and the culmination of years of plotting, planning and saving; just being a part of the client’s process watching and working to have it all come together is the most rewarding part of our professional life. This case study is a remarkable story in that our long-term clients, B and K, built their Cape Coral dream home not once, but twice. A few days from now, B and K will be moving into their dream home for the second time.

The First New Home Construction Project – Mission Accomplished

We met B and K 6 years ago when they came to Cape Coral in search of waterfront wonderland. The home was to be a seasonal residence to enjoy Florida sunshine and an escape from the cold northern Ohio winters. Their focus was on quick access to the Gulf of Mexico so B would spend much of his time fishing. Design-wise, K wanted an open floor plan and an expansive lanai and pool area for entertaining friends from “up north.”   After viewing dozens of existing homes, it became apparent that the only way they were going to check all their dream-home boxes would be to build new.   And so we did a course correction, revising the strategy to be that of finding a great Direct Access parcel for the new home construction. We walked dozens of Sailboat access lots and finally settled on a lot in the Unit 64 established boating community in Southwest Cape Coral.   The lot location met their boating and fishing criteria: no fixed bridges and less than 20 minutes to the river. After the purchase contract was submitted and negotiations finalized, the lot was procured and B and K were ready for the next step: getting design and cost proposals from local builders.   And so with B and K, we met with area builders, diving deep into specifications, materials, and upgrade options and floor plans. After much compare/contrast, a builder was selected, the contract negotiated and soon after permitting, ground was broken for their Cape Coral dream home.   The end result was a gorgeous, 2000 sq ft, open plan, 3 bedrooms 2 baths, a 3 car garage, tile roof, paver drive and a pool all wrapped up in a package anyone would be proud of.

Wait, What? What’s Not to Like?

There was soon a big problem… they loved the area, loved the lifestyle, loved the weather, loved the fishing and decided to make Cape Coral their home year round, instead of just winter months. The problem? They wanted more seawall space for the boats (we nicknamed it the “fleet”), better interior design for two work-from-home professionals, a shorter cruise to the Gulf (as in “none”), and an outdoor kitchen. B is a SERIO fisher dude (offshore night fishing? Who does that? B does, regularly). 20 minutes to the Gulf to him is an eternity. For most others, it’s a pleasant sight-seeing cruise and then off to the Gulf. So, after a few short years in their new home, it was time to upgrade.

Location, Location, Location

The Clients wanted to remain in the same area of their existing home. They had cruised the 20 minutes down the main canal dozens of times and had always enjoyed the cruise. Yet they wanted to be closer to the river and wanted a big water view minutes to the river and, again, no bridges. Additionally they wanted to be on a main canal with plenty of boat activity to watch from their Tikki hut on the dock or from the pool with a cold one in hand. The canal systems are very social; if you are on a key artery of the canal system you will get lots of exercise waving to the boats as they pass by. B is an avid fisherman and as such has the appropriate toys: a 41 foot center console (Regulator) with 4 outboards is the queen of the fleet, for short trips K’s 22 ft center console comes in handy and is a bit easier on the fuel. K’s kayak rounds out the fleet.

Deja Vu

In a way, this time we started the search the same way as the first. Going in, B and K had the expectation they could find an existing vacant residential lot that met their wish list (deja vu first time around: looking for that perfect existing home). We began the search focusing on oversized lots, ideally with 120’ or more of seawall. And once again, we walked lots, compared prices and features (lot size, shape), and interviewed builders for the design and construction of their second (replacement) dream home.

The majority of waterfront lots in Cape Coral have 80 feet of water frontage (a standard lot is 80 wide by 125 deep). As B and K already knew, 80 feet of seawall and dockage wouldn’t provide a) room for the fleet and b) room for a view if their boats could not be tucked off to the side.

An Unconventional Land Search

Meanwhile, on a dual track we started researching “tear downs” knowing it was unlikely that an existing lot would satisfy B and K (unless something new came on the market which we were ready to jump on, and we knew would many other buyers).   A tear down is typically an existing older home that does not have the “bones” or footprint to warrant a hefty upgrade. Its highest and best use is to return it to a vacant parcel – tearing down the structure to the topsoil and prepping the site for a larger, more structurally sound home using current building codes, materials that meet current codes (such as impact glass), and using contemporary design features and interior finishes.   When B and K starting looking 6 years ago, the market was dramatically different. There were many single family homes on the market, and more importantly, plenty of waterfront residential lots to choose from. By 2016, the market had changed considerably. New home construction had been going on all over Southwest Cape Coral for several years, and buyers (many of them our clients) and builders were snatching up the best Direct Access lots. Those with market knowledge knew there was an inventory shortage of A+ residential land on the horizon.   By now the reader will have guessed correctly that B and K purchased a tear down, on the main canal, minutes to the river, and with 180’ of seawall. The L shaped seawall provides room for the fleet on the north side of the home, while preserving unobstructed sunset views and boat-watching on the Western side.

A Blank Canvas

A new home construction project is like working a blank canvas: add color, texture and interesting architectural finishes such as wood-lined tray ceilings. Notice how this home was designed to blend the outside lanai and the inside living spaces together with pocketing sliding doors and 90 degree glass doors that disappear into the walls. The colors and materials provide a seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle.   Nearly all of our clients that have purchased vacant land (or tear downs) to build new homes incorporate what are now considered standard design features for the lanai area of the home: end to end decking and screen enclosure, vanishing edge pool and spa, and an outdoor kitchen. Hop off the boat, jump in the pool, and grill that fresh catch.   The chosen builder for the new home construction had a unique floor plan and the ability to customize the footprint to fit the pie-shaped lot.   The floor plan, for example, had a key feature for K, who works from home when not traveling: a light and bright home office overlooking the pool and water to make work a delight.   B wanted an office where he could make his calls while not disturbing K and to serve the dual purpose to storing his fishing gear, all just few steps to his fleet via a “secret” side door as he likes to call it. B’s office makes it easy to slip out quietly while K is working or on the phone with her clients, and it has a separate shower to wash away the salt spray and fish guts when he returns from offshore hauls.   Such adaptations of design features are common, but it’s also common to use an existing design as-is. Builders are always revising their designs to incorporate lifestyle features as the market dictates. Chances are, today’s selection of spec or new home construction options are more than adequate for new construction shoppers.

Don’t Let the New Construction Process Frighten You

At first, some people find the new home construction process a bit intimidating. For example, there are so many builders to choose from, how do you know you are choosing a new home construction builder that builds a quality product, meets city and state codes, is financially stable, and can finish the home in a reasonable time? That’s where we come in as your dedicated consultants, just for starters.   Our role is from the early shopping stages through completed construction. We:

  • Work with you to find and purchase the ideal community and parcel of land

 

  • Introduce you to reputable builders that construct the type of home you are considering

 

  • Serve as “translators” for you regarding building jargon, constructions materials and options, building codes, permitting processes and more

 

  • Facilitate design and pricing sessions with the chosen builder (What are standard options? What are upgrades? What is included in the pool package? How about landscaping?)

 

  • Facilitate Home Owners Association introductions and Architectural Review Board preparation (if applicable for the community you have chosen)

 

  • Facilitate the contract and specification stages (materials, add-ons, draws, schedules, and so on)

 

  • Follow construction progress and permitting stages with on-site visits

Many of our clients are building new homes in Southwest Florida but live in remote areas, as far north as northern Ontario for several of our clients. We are the eyes and ears for you whether you are here in town or thousands of miles away.

New Home Construction Consultants

From smaller seasonal homes in gated, amenity-rich communities with resort style pools, health spas, and championship golf… to one-off custom designs, to an entirely custom design and build project, we offer the experience of many builds over the years.   As real estate pros and new build consultants, we help our clients implement a new home construction project that checks all the dream-home boxes.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact us to start a discussion about Southwest Florida new home construction – ours is always a no pressure ever approach. Most our of clients start the process a year or more before they are ready to build.

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

World’s Most Beautiful Canal Cities – Cape Coral is One of Them

World’s Most Beautiful Canal Cities – Cape Coral is One of Them

From Travel and Leisure Magazine

Cape Coral is one of the World’s Most Beautiful Canal Cities

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Nicknamed the “Waterfront Wonderland,” this city was conceived in the late ’50s and early ’60s when another would-be planned community, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), was still a twinkle in Walt Disney’s eye. The latter became a theme park attraction, but Cape Coral was built around 400 miles of navigable canals. More than 150,000 now reside in this palm-fringed city, with the family car parked in front of the house—plus the family boat out back.

Relocation Guide: Marinas and Boat Storage

Relocation Guide: Marinas and Boat Storage

marinaSouthwest Florida is a boater’s paradise. Boating and Florida go hand in hand. Being in a boat is the perfect way to enjoy the endless sunshine and shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. Since boats are quite the investment, it’s important that they are stored properly throughout the year to ensure they are safe, whether you’re away from it for a day or several months. Many boaters are fortunate also to have their boat in their backyard, but there are also great communities in Florida that do not have Gulf access. That being said, there is certainly no shortage of boating storage places and marinas in the Southwest Florida area for people to use.

Many of these marinas and boat storage places come with different services and modern conveniences to help with the maintenance and docking of your boat, such as: pump-out stations, internet connections, power, cable TV, pools, laundromats, showers, tackle shops, on-site hotels, restaurants and more.

Whether your needs are short and sweet or lengthier in detail for your boat, there is a marina and/or boat storage place in Southwest Florida to accommodate your specific requests and requirements for yourself and your boat. Below are top suggestions of the best marinas and boating storage places in the area for you to set sail from!

Cape Coral
Cape Harbour
Location: 5828 Cape Harbour Drive
CapeHarbourCapeCoral2Info: This marina is extremely close to the Gulf of Mexico, just 3.5 miles from it! Because of the short distance, boaters can avoid slow and no-wake zones. Boats can be stored inside at The Boat House or docked at one of the 76 wet slips; these slips can accommodate boats up to 65 feet in length. Fifteen slips are available to residents, the public, and boat clubs both for annual and transient dockage. Indoor storage is great for smaller boats. This marina allows boat clubs, poker runs, and boast rendezvous for up to 30 boats.

Cape Coral Godman Yacht Club Basin
Location: 5815 Driftwood Parkway
Info: This marina is located on the Yacht Club Community Park with 89 boat slips that can dock boats up to 55 feet in length. Boating amenities include: pump out station, showers, restrooms, washer and dryer and a fuel dock facility. Daily, monthly, and annual rentals are available at this marina.

Tarpon Point Marina
Location: 6179 Black Marlin Lane
Tarpon MarinaInfo: This marina is within a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It has 200 slips that can accommodate boats up to 75 feet with special accommodations for boats up to 95 feet. Most of the slips at the docking facility are available for the public to rent. This marina has a fuel dock with discounts for tenants.

Fort Myers
Fort Myers Yacht Basin
Location: 1300 Lee Street
Info: This marina is 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, located in downtown Fort Myers. There are 240 slips available here. Transient dockage, power connections, showers, laundromat, restaurants, Wi-Fi access, pump-out, and fuel can all be found at or nearby this marina.

Pine Island
Four Winds Marina
Location: 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia
Info: This marina is the only full-service boat storage facility on Pine Island. It provides wet slips, dry storage, boat lifts, night-time security patrols, and security cameras. This marina offers Wi-Fi access, outboard repairs, an on-site restaurant, ship store, and easy access to Cayo Costa, Useppa, Boca Grande, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Fort Myers Beach
Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina
Location: 4765 Estero Boulevard
Info: This marina is known to have more amenities than any other marina in Estero Bay. It has 70 new floating docks for boats up to 50 feet, 200 indoor racks, members pool, members club room, a waterfront restaurant, laundromat, ship store, service center dolphin tours, gas and diesel, and much more. The racks and slips are available to both rent and purchase.

Salty Sam’s Marina
Location: 2500 Main Street
Info: This marina is located on the intercoastal waterway, 10 to 12 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. It offers both dry and west storage. The dry storage can hold boats up to 45 feet long; their wet storage includes 135 slips that range from 40 to 100 feet in length. Amenities here include:  pump outs, Wi-Fi, laundry, showers, fuel, ship store, repair shop, and more!

Live Nearby a Marina
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Southwest Florida’s marinas offer lots of services for boat owners and renters. Even if you aren’t boating, a walk by one of these marinas can be a fun and peaceful outing! If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Cape Coral, Pine Island, Fort Myers or Fort Myers Beach, these are the best marinas for you to dock your boat at or rent from. Want to know more about these local marinas, or communities nearby? Contact Brenda and Dave of Sage Realtor group at 239-896-8549.

Did You Miss Any Other Relocation Guides?
Here are links to past months’ relocation guides:
SWFL Pine Island and Matlacha
SWFL Spring Training
SWFL Arts
SWFL schools
SWFL Golf Clubs



These Are The 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

These Are The 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

pool in cape harbourCape Coral and Naples are among the 30 happiest places to live in the US.

Town and Country magazine reported on the annual Well-Being Index by Gallup-Healthways by looking at the 190 biggest communities in the U.S. to determine the most comfortable place to call home.

The rankings analyzed five different facets of well-being: purpose (likely to learn new and interesting things), social (having supportive relationships and love in your life), financial (managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security), community (liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community), and physical (less likely to have depression over their lifetime).

Cape Coral Community Spotlight: Tarpon Point Marina

Cape Coral Community Spotlight: Tarpon Point Marina

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Just as relaxed as the water are the people that lounge about Tarpon Point Marina. It’s a beautiful 75-degree day: a few lonely clouds sprinkled throughout the sky with full Southwest Florida sun. A sunhat-clad woman reclines with an iced tea in her hand, and a barefoot boater runs a hose along his vessel’s exterior. A family of four sits, legs dangling, off the edge of the pier. The occasional shorebird swoops in and perches on a dock post. And a fisherman casts a line from the dock, patiently awaiting a bite. This is life at Tarpon Point, a luxurious Cape Coral community.

The Marina

Boaters love Tarpon Point Marina for its tastefully designed harbor, scenic waterways and relaxed atmosphere. With 200 slips for boats up to 75 feet, plenty of seasoned boaters benefit from the amenities at Tarpon. Located at marker 92, the marina sits minutes from a beautiful nature preserve and, what’s more, it provides easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Community

Tarpon Landings, a luxurious waterfront community, consists of three 14-story buildings. The spacious condominium homes sit just moments from the marina and popular shops and eateries. Residents say living at Tarpon Landing is like living in a permanent resort. With the community’s state-of-the-art fitness center and a private, tranquil swimming pool, every day is a vacation.

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As you can see, Tarpon is a boater’s paradise. Cruise through the mangrove estuaries or set out for the Gulf. Either way, you’re bound to see some Southwest Florida wildlife. And if you don’t own a boat, no problem. The marina offers sunset, shelling and dolphin tours along with kayak and paddleboard rentals. And fishers benefit from Tarpon just as much as boaters do. Some popular catches include grouper, redfish, snapper, trout and – you guessed it – tarpon.

Learn more about this Cape Coral Community

Do you like what you’re hearing? Tarpon Point Marina is even more impressive in real life. To take a tour of this charming Cape Coral community, consults the locals. Dave and Brenda of SageRealtor Group know and love Cape Coral. To learn more about Tarpon and other Southwest Florida areas, contact Dave and Brenda directly at 239-896-8549.

Click here to browse current Tarpon Point Marina listings in Cape Coral.

Cape Harbour community spotlight: boating by day, dancing by night

Cape Harbour community spotlight: boating by day, dancing by night

Cape HarbourIt’s another perfect day at Southwest Florida’s Cape Harbour community. A walk along the canal exposes miles of seamless wilderness off in the distance. The sun’s making its sly descent underneath the mangrove trees, illuminating the water with tropical hues of subdued sunshine. As the calm and quiet day comes to a close, live music picks up in the cobblestone courtyard. This is life at Cape Harbour.

Cape Harbour, located off Chiquita Blvd. South, is one of Cape Coral’s premier yachting neighborhoods. With dynamic nightlife, fine dining and scenic views, this resort-style community provides everything you need in one charming area. If you’re not convinced yet, below you’ll learn why residents of the Cape Harbour community love living there.

A Boater’s Paradise

Cape Harbour sits off marker 92, just 3.5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Store your vessel at one of the marina’s 76 outdoor boat slips. Each wet slip accommodates boats from 35 to 65 feet. And for smaller boats, opt for indoor storage at The Boat House. Either way, a fun day on the Gulf is just a few miles away. On your way out of the marina, keep an eye out for dolphins, as they frequent Cape Harbour’s canals.

Dining & Nightlife

Start your morning with a hot cup of joe from the French Press, the Cape Harbour coffee shop and hangout. The café’s elaborate selection of craft coffees combined with its cozy ambiance make it the perfect place to start your day. For fine dining or an eclectic cocktail, visit Rumrunner’s, located right on the waterfront. Take your pick from the spacious dining room or the scenic patio. Oh, and did we mention the restaurant hosts happy hour seven days a week? And to get your live music fix, stop by Fathom’s on Tuesdays and Fridays. This casual outdoor bar and restaurant features a wide variety of musicians that’ll have you tapping your feet in no time.

The Cape Harbour Community

Cape Harbour caters to all tastes and price ranges. Take your pick from villas, condos or single-family homes, all plotted amid a 7,000-acre nature preserve. No matter which accommodation you choose, you’ll enjoy the private community pool and clubhouse. The clubhouse is fully equipped with a fitness center, tennis courts, basketball courts, full kitchen, pool and showers. As a Cape Harbour resident, you have everything you could ever need – all within walking distance.

What Cape Harbour Residents Say…

Landon Hatfield, a 24-year-old Cape Harbour resident, loves the community’s walkability score combined with its dynamic nightlife. “It’s great having everything close by,” he said. “Entertainment, food and nature are all just a footstep away.” Landon lives in one of Cape Harbour’s waterfront high rise condominiums.

Do you want to live at Cape Harbour?

Living at Cape Harbour is like a permanent vacation. To inquire about available properties in the Cape Harbour community, contact Dave and Brenda of SageRealtor Group at 239-896-8549.

Click here to browse current Cape Harbour real estate listings in Southwest Cape Coral.

Bonita Bay Offers Luxury and Community in Southwest Florida

Bonita Bay Offers Luxury and Community in Southwest Florida

Bonita BayOf all the gorgeous communities that can be found in Southwest Florida, few are better known and more highly regarded than Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs. This gorgeous community truly sets the bar for high quality standards in Southwest Florida real estate, winning countless awards since virtually its inception in the 1980’s. But what makes Bonita Bay stand out among all the other stunning gated communities in Southwest Florida?

Bonita Bay is truly a sight to behold, blending in perfectly with the local landscape – of which so little is disturbed in order to keep the community looking as natural as possible. Bald eagles, reptiles, otters, deer, and birds and fish of every variety imaginable are just a few of the native critters that you share an environment with in Bonita Bay. In fact, of the 2,400 lush acres that make up the community of Bonita Bay, more than 1,400 of them are devoted to nature. This community was truly designed with environmental stewardship in mind, and you can see it everywhere from the community’s hundreds of lakes to its many scenic open spaces and waterfront parks.

This is also one community that was designed with an active lifestyle in mind. At the member-owned Bonita Bay Club, you can play golf or tennis, as well as stay fit in the state of the art fitness center and spa. If you’d rather be outside, make use of any of the miles of walking trails that meander throughout the community and its preserves, perfect for running or biking. At Bonita Bay, your life was meant to be integrated with the nature all around you.

Perhaps the true star of Bonita Bay, however, is the Bonita Bay Marina, an onsite marina where residents can house their boats. With a home in Bonita Bay, the Imperial River and Gulf of Mexico are at your fingertips, perfect for boating, fishing, or simply relaxing on the water any time the mood strikes. Afterwards, you can always relax and enjoy the scenery at the marina’s waterfront restaurant, or head back to the Bonita Bay clubhouse and enjoy dinner at any of several world class options.

One thing that makes Bonita Bay especially unique is its resident clubs, which are available in anything from regional home state clubs like the Michigan Club or Kentucky Club, to hobby-focused clubs like Garden Club and Nature Club. There’s even a few sports-centered clubs, like Bicycle Club and Fishing Club, for those looking to stay in shape or enjoy a little friendly competition, or to simply get in as much time outside as possible. Whether or not you choose to join any of the community’s many social clubs, Bonita Bay is designed to feel like home right from the start.

To browse the best Bonita Bay homes for sale, as well as other Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Bonita Springs real estate, contact Dave and Brenda of Sage Realtor Group by calling (239) 896-8549 today.


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What It’s Really Like to Live on Sanibel or Captiva Island

What It’s Really Like to Live on Sanibel or Captiva Island

live on SanibelSanibel and Captiva homes for sale are among some of the most sought after and coveted in all of Southwest Florida. After all, what more could a person ask for then a home on a beautiful island in the Gulf of Mexico, a place with its own unique lifestyle and character, where it stays sunny and warm all year? But while everyone dreams of a home on the stunning islands of Sanibel or Captiva, what’s it really like to live on them?

Permanent residents of these Southwest Florida islands must be comfortable being one with nature. Sanibel and Captiva are islands of many sanctuaries, and residents are committed to keeping things as natural as possible. There is even a city council ordinance for both islands that states that buildings can be no more than three stories tall, preventing the type of commercialism and expansion that might occur on similar islands.

Year-round residents of these islands are also comfortable with their everyday lives seeming a little old-fashioned. Despite being a popular destination for tourists from all around the world, Sanibel and Captiva maintain their small town charm among residents. To this day there are no traffic lights on either island, and certain types of businesses, such as chain and fast food restaurants, are banned on the islands as well. What you end up with is a very tight-knit, yet friendly, community that supports each other locally and provides a welcoming setting for visitors.

Homes on these islands are not just for the rich and famous anymore, though some will still fetch a hefty price. The average price of homes for sale on Sanibel and Captiva is around $500,000, and you will find more families and middle-aged professionals here now than what was once common a couple of decades ago. The quiet and unique way of life on Sanibel and Captiva will always pose a large draw for retirees, but it does possess a charm for all ages.

If there is any con to living on Sanibel or Captiva Islands, then it would be the tolls to get on and off the islands, a fee that even year-round residents are subject to. Most of them will tell you that these tolls are well worth the price of living in paradise, and there are not many things worth leaving the islands for anyway. The people who live on Sanibel and Captiva Islands are used to a certain way of life, and wouldn’t choose to have it any other way.

If you’d like to learn more about gorgeous Captiva and Sanibel Island real estate, contact Dave and Brenda of Sage Realtor Group today by calling (239) 896-8549.

The Best Beaches in Southwest Florida

The Best Beaches in Southwest Florida

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Everyone knows that some of the world’s best beaches can be found in Southwest Florida. It should come as no surprise then, that homes directly on the beach or in communities within walking distance of the beach are among some of the highest properties in demand. And wherever you choose to live in Southwest Florida – Naples, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, or Cape Coral – there is sure to be a beautiful beach to suit your tastes nearby. Listed below are a few of the best and most popular beaches in Southwest Florida.

Sanibel Island Beach
This is truly one of the best family-friendly beaches in all of Florida, and is known the world over for being one of the finest shelling beaches around. Visits to Sanibel Island Beach are not just good for your seashell collection though, as there is so much more to be seen and done here. Wildlife fans can catch an abundance of creatures in and around the water here, with excellent bird-watching and even the opportunity to spot a dolphin or two.

Lover’s Key
This location has not only won awards for being one of the best beaches in Florida if not the entire United States, but is also just an overall great venue for people who love the great outdoors. You can rent kayaks or canoes from directly within the park, and also take advantage of volleyball courts and walking trails for recreation. You can often spot manatees, dolphins, and birds of all kinds at this beach as well, and it’s no surprise that this spot is a popular wedding locale.

Naples Pier
By far one of the biggest attractions in Naples, if not all of Southwest Florida, is the Naples Pier. By day, it’s a beautiful sunny beach for relaxing and catching in the scenery, by night it offers a romantic oceanside stroll after an elegant dinner downtown. Located in one of the more chic areas of Naples, this popular beach and its nearby shops and restaurants are places to see and be seen.

Barefoot Beach
In addition to its beautiful and clean sand, Barefoot Beach is known for being a gopher tortoise sanctuary, as well as home to a variety of other wildlife. The beach itself is located on one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on the southwest coast of Florida, Little Hickory Island, separated from the mainland by an estuary. The mixture of freshwater and saltwater between the island and the mainland attracts a very interesting mix of animals, and is a great place for fishing and leisure.

Cape Coral Yacht Club
While not directly on the ocean, the beach at the Cape Coral Yacht Club still has something special to offer. This gorgeous beach is located on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River, which connects to much of the more than 400 miles of canals that can be found throughout the booming city of Cape Coral. There is also a fantastic community park at this location, with free parking, multiple playgrounds for kids, and free access to BBQ grills, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and more. Featuring its own fishing pier as well, this is a great place for recreational family activities of all kinds.

For the best Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, or Cape Coral real estate that is close to these beaches and more, contact Dave and Brenda of Sage Realtor Group today by calling (239) 896-8549.



Island Living in Southwest Florida

Island Living in Southwest Florida

southwest-florida-map-300x279The coast of Southwest Florida is covered in beautiful islands, literally thousands, if not tens of thousands. Of these, only a handful are large enough to be inhabitable by people, and not surprisingly, the real estate at these locations is highly sought after. If you’ve always dreamed of settling down on an island surrounded by blue, especially one in gorgeous and sunny Southwest Florida, put these four major islands at the very top of your list.

Marco Island
Of the major Southwest Florida islands, Marco Island is the furthest south and is considered part of the Ten Thousand Islands. Marco Island, however, is perhaps lesser known than some of the other Southwest Florida islands, but remains a popular tourist attraction and vacation hotspot, though for more an older generation or family-oriented crowd. The island has great dining and shopping, and contains much of the same elegance and classic atmosphere as that of nearby Naples on the mainland. Real estate is luxurious and timeless, and a large portion of it is waterfront, with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and nearby canals.

Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach is actually a small town located on Estero Island, but most will know the area simply as Fort Myers Beach. The island is small, with a population of just around 7,000, but is well known, not surprisingly, for its beautiful beaches. Unlike some of the other islands in the area, Fort Myers Beach tends to have a younger range of residents, and the nightlife on the island is some of the best in all of Florida. With plenty of fun restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as great shopping and an abundance of daytime beach activities available any day of the week, you’re right in the center of Southwest Florida entertainment on this island.

Sanibel/Captiva
Since Sanibel and Captiva used to be joined into a single island, they are often still grouped together when talked about, and have very similar appearances and atmospheres. Both islands are known for having some of the finest beaches and shelling in the entire world, as well as the most sought after real estate, and it’s no surprise the communities on these islands remain small and exclusive to this day. A home on one of these islands will certainly match the fantasy of white sand and pristine water, but prospective residents should consider the added cost of tolls for going to and from the island – even for permanent residents.

Pine Island
Pine Island, which is located just west off the coast of Cape Coral and is the largest island in the state of Florida, is unlike any of the other islands that can be found here. Where other Southwest Florida islands have soft white sand beaches in abundance, Pine Island has no major beaches and is made up mostly of coral rock. That’s not to say that Pine Island is lacking, however, in beauty or charm. It is often described as “old Florida” and a fishing village.  Pine Island is zoned for agricultural land and many are attracted to its unique and rural nature. Many Pine Islanders are palm free farmers, landscape nursery owners, and commercial fisherman. The island is comprised of four unincorporated towns, and despite its seasonal attraction, maintains a small town and close knit community feel.

To learn more about Southwest Florida island living or to explore Pine Island, Marco Island, Sanibel/Captiva, or Fort Myers Beach real estate for yourself, contact Dave and Brenda of Sage Realtor Group today by calling (239) 896-8549.

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Cape Coral Bimini Basin Project Brings Big Changes

Cape Coral Bimini Basin Project Brings Big Changes

Big things are happening in downtown Cape Coral right now, and we’re not just talking about the recent city ordinance that allows for bars in the South Cape Entertainment District to stay open until 4am. These days, it’s hard to think about Cape Coral without the Bimini Basin Project coming to mind, an idea for development in downtown Cape Coral that could change the entire future of the city.

Binimi Basin Cape Coral Vision ImageThe Bimini Basin is an area currently located in and around Cape Coral’s own Four Freedoms Park, a popular hang-out for both residents and tourists alike. Backers of the prospected development would like to see the Basin become Southwest Florida’s prime waterfront entertainment hotspot – world class dining options, shopping, live entertainment, and a trendy nightlife scene would be just a few of the attractions drawing visitors to the area.

The Bimini Basin Project, along with the city ordinance to allow bars in South Cape to stay open till 4am, could change the way Cape Coral is viewed amongst its neighbors and draw tens of thousands to the area each season. This could be huge for the local economy, and businesses that are already booming in the Cape are only going to see more expansion and success.

What perhaps makes the Bimini Project so special in Cape Coral, is that its design and conception truly feels like it was brought about by the Cape Coral community. Community members were given a voice in the project, and along with a group of University of South Florida graduate students, six original designs were conceived. After being narrowed down to a final design, the Bimini Basin Project is officially underway, and it’s true to the vision of some of Cape Coral’s most loyal residents.

While the Bimini Basin Project has certainly stimulated the Cape Coral Community and much of Southwest Florida, the city is also hoping to stimulate the local economy as well. Not only will the area bring locals and seasonal residents out and about in their own city, but it’ll put Cape Coral on the map for snowbirds and vacationers as far away as Canada and even Europe. When you think of the “big names” in Florida you probably think Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers. With all the recent developments and upcoming projects underway in Cape Coral, it won’t be long before our city is at the very top of that list.

Cape Coral FAQs

Cape Coral FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Cape Coral Florida

Where is downtown Cape Coral?

Downtown Cape Coral is along the Caloosahatchee River. Most people describe it as quaint with most buildings being one story storefronts and restaurants. The low-rise nature of the skyline is one reason people miss the downtown area as they pass through it. It’s not a high rise type of downtown area. Medians are beautifully adorned with trees and native plants.

The big commercial corridor is at the northern part of the city along Pine Island road.

Downtown Cape Coral is jumping with new bars and restaurants, longer bar hours and more. Read more about Cape Coral’s nightlife here. And many annual events take place in downtown Cape Coral, such as the Cape Coral ArtFest, the Fourth of July Red White and Boom Party, and more.

For a quick view of South Cape Coral, watch this short video.

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What’s with all the canals?

The city of Cape Coral emerged in Southwest Florida during the late 50’s and 60’s. The Rosen brothers of Gulf America Realty purchased the entire land mass and dredged to make the canals – over 400 miles of them. There were two reasons for the canals: one, their dream of a waterfront wonderland, and two, the practical matter of using the dredge material to build up building sites for the homes and businesses. The variety of waterfront recreation is extraordinary: pleasure boating on yachts, cruisers, or personal watercraft; sailing; kayaking or canoeing, water skiing; and world-class saltwater and freshwater angling. Read about boating in Southwest Florida here.

Miles of Navigable Canals

From the very beginning, I felt like I was working with my best friend…. and had done her homework and invested a significant amount of time making it all happen in the narrow window of time I had. As the closing process was winding down and I let all of our friends know what an outstanding job she’d done, I jokingly referred to her as the “Grand Imperial Puhbah of Real Estate.” All joking aside, she has no equal and we will forever be grateful for her invaluable advice and counsel.

Larry and Sherry

Can we swim in the canals?

Sure, but why would you want to when you have a swimming pool, the Gulf of Mexico, and beaches? The canals are clean brackish water (a mix of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico and freshwater from the Caloosahatchee River). And there is great fishing in the canals so maybe throw out a line versus diving in. The canals are lively with wildlife – jumping jacks, snook, bottlenose dolphins, manatees – very entertaining. And because it’s good fishing, they attract many beautiful birds such as egrets, bald eagles, pelicans, ospreys, and more.

How many retirement communities are in Cape Coral?

Not many. Cape Coral is made up of primarily single family homes on waterfront canals.

It’s a boater’s city, and boating, fishing, sailing are active adult sports. Taking care of a boat, docking a boat, and being safe on the water are not for the faint of heart or those with limited mobility. Cape Coral does have some 55+ condominium communities (one of the owners must be 55 or better). Most of those are also waterfront.

And yep, we know. Someone dubbed Cape Coral “Cape Coma” back in the day when it really was sort of boring. But those days are long gone – as in 10+ years ago long gone. Now, Cape Coral is a vibrant city with so much going on it’s dizzying. If someone gets bored here, he or she is the type of person that would be bored anywhere.

Many of Cape Coral residents are part time snowbirds that have purchased a winter get-away in this sunny city. And most people in Cape Coral are all about the water – getting out on the river or Gulf of Mexico and having picnic on the boat or area beaches. Cape Coral is ranked as a top place to retire in the United States by several national organizations. CNN ranked Cape Coral #2 out of a list of 25 places to retire. Bankrate placed Cape Coral as #8 on it’s top 10 list of places to retire.[/

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Public Parks

Miles of Bike Lanes

Over the past eight years Brenda and Dave have helped us buy and/or sell three properties. We value their honesty, knowledge and wonderful sense of humor. It is nice to know that real estate can be fun.

Sandy

Are there dolphins in the canals?

Yes and what fun that is. Bottlenose dolphin like to chase schools of fish on an incoming tide into the saltwater canals. They might spend hours outside your backyard playing and feeding. We promise you that never gets old (and you don’t have to go to Orlando to appreciate these playful, mesmerizing creatures).

Are there alligators in the canals?

No, and yes. Alligators are freshwater lovers so there are some in the freshwater canals and lakes in the middle and northern part of the city. Spotting an alligator is not a common site in the canals. But golf courses? Definitely more likely to see one there. Also, alligators are not very good at climbing seawalls, just sayin. The Gulf Access canals are comprised mostly of saltwater and so alligators are not in those canals. Occasionally one gets lost and turns up in a saltwater canal, but it’s a rare day when that happens (poor little lost fella).

Why do homes have those things called cages (screen enclosures)?

The screen enclosure, sometimes called a “pool cage” usually covers the entire back of the home’s pool and patio, or lanai, area. Not only does this keep dirt and palm fronds out of the pool, it makes for an indoor-outdoor living space. In Southwest Florida, we open up all the windows and doors in the winter. The screen enclosure keeps out the mosquitoes and no-see-ums. On a 60 degree night, it’s nirvana for sleeping: a nice cool Gulf water breeze throughout the home.

What does “under air” mean when I’m looking at Cape Coral homes for sale?

In local Southwest Florida MLS listings, there are two measures of a home’s square footage. The first is the area “under air” (the portion of the home that is air conditioned and heated). A newer 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home in the price range of $275,000 to $500,000 typically is 1500 to 2300 square feet under air. Property taxes are based on the under-air square footage (a good thing!). The second measure is the total living space. This total adds the lanai, pool, patio, and garage.

The lanai and pool area are almost always screened (or “caged”) for 24 hour, 365 days a year comfort, keeping out the pesky mosquitoes and no-see-ums that show up at dusk in the summer. An under-truss lanai (pictured here) is a 4 season room that is either used for dining or as an outdoor living room.

Here in Southwest Florida, our living space most definitely includes the lanai and pool/patio area. It’s where we spend the majority of our time. Total square footage is the better measure for evaluating a property. A large pool and patio area and/or a large lanai adds significantly to the property’s value and marketability. Consumer sites such as realtor.com pull in the first measurement, the under air square footage, which can be confusing to shoppers comparing living space in a northern home to living space in a Florida home.

Case in point, after browsing homes on the Internet, a couple from Minnesota presumed they’d be looking at small living spaces. Needless to say, they were amazed at how much true living space there is. The home they purchased has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a 2 car garage. It’s 1800 sqft under air but overall has 3700 sqft total living space – remember our outdoor space is 365 days a year. Their patio area has room for an outdoor living room, outdoor kitchen (or four-burner-TV-chef-style-barbecue), outdoor dining for eight, and several chase lounges.

Do the homes in Cape Coral have basements?

No, and we don’t miss those dark, clutter-sponges. Not to mention we don’t miss taking stairs to the laundry. Most homes in Cape Coral are single story and range from 1200 square feet to 5,000 square feet.

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What is the weather like?

Cape Coral has a subtropical climate; it is what many call paradise. The most popular time of year is October through May, when there are warm days and cool nights. The average annual rainfall is just over 52 inches with June to September being the rainy season. During the rainy season, an afternoon shower rolls in, rains for about an hour, and then a wonderful evening follows. The winter months are the dry season, during which we sometimes go for weeks without a drop of rain. Summer weather is humid but temperatures rarely go above 90. People in Cape Coral are very spoiled with an average of 355 days of sunshine. No winter blues here.

How bad are the mosquitos?

Not bad at all. The county has a mosquito control program, and they do a great job. Sure, if you are out at dusk you might get a bite. But it’s not like we’re swarmed with them in swampland. We’re originally from Minnesota where we called the mosquito the state bird (and it was bad, especially near any body of water… those 10,000 lakes). So don’t even think about it. We don’t.

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What does Sailboat Access mean?

Sailboat access, sometimes called “direct” access, is one of the most desirable locations for boaters. The term is referring to mast height on sailboats – for the most part, there are no bridges that restrict access to the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf. Because there are no height limitations, sailboat access canals are ideal for bigger boats. So if you are planning for, say, a 40′ cabin cruiser now or in the future, a sailboat access area is where you should invest now. These properties are generally closer to river (5 minutes to 30 minutes is typical).Sailboat access might refer to a property on a canal or a marina. Because they are in-demand properties (and because the supply is shrinking), they are priced higher but also tend to have the fastest and highest appreciation.

What does Gulf Access mean?

Gulf access canals and lakes are also very popular. This type of access means you can boat to the River and Gulf of Mexico, but there are some limitations on boat size, typically the height of your boat. Gulf Access canal routes have one or more bridges to the Gulf with clearance of 8 or 10 feet at mean high tide. So boaters living on Gulf Access canals typically have boats that are 28’ or less.

Where Do People Go by Boat?

One of the reasons Southwest Florida is so popular for boaters is that there are endless destinations for day cruising, anchoring, or overnights at marinas. And of course, the aqua blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the white sand beaches, and the pristine waterfront and beach front parks are also cherished. We have compiled here a list of over 20 of our favorite boating destinations. Learn about Southwest Florida Boating Destinations here.

What’s with Those Crosses in People’s Yards?

Snowbirds aren’t the only ones who find a home in Cape Coral to be paradise. In Cape Coral, we are particularly fond of our burrowing owl residents, who provide us endless enjoyment and entertainment and can be easily viewed from our own backyards. Those crosses you see serve as perches for the owls. Burrowing owls are so named because they live in underground holes dug they dig in our soft sandy soil. A burrow can be up to 10 feet long and 1-3 feet deep. Burrowing owls are most active during Spring. And,unlike other owl species, burrowing owls are active during the day.

How big, or little, is Cape Coral?

 

At 115 square miles, Cape Coral is the third largest city in Florida by land mass. But that does not mean heavy density like it does on the east coast of Florida or a bit further south in Naples. Most of those square miles are single family homes. So the population of approximately 150,000 is spread out across many miles with shopping and entertainment hubs disbursed throughout.

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Cape Coral is a Fisherman’s Dream

Cape Coral is a Fisherman’s Dream

Cape Coral fishingIn this Article:

Cape Coral, Lee County Florida – 33914, 33904

Fishing in Florida is among the best in the world, and Cape Coral fishing is certainly no exception. In fact, fishing is particularly excellent in Southwest Florida, largely due to the variation in water types that can be found here. With a home in Cape Coral, you have quick and easy access to deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, freshwater fishing in any of the city’s hundreds of miles of canals, and even a few unique “brackish” fishing opportunities in areas where freshwater and saltwater meet.

Cape Coral provides a special environment for a variety of freshwater and saltwater species. With the Caloosahatchee River to the East and the Matlacha Pass to the West, the Cape’s many shorelines are often bordered by lush, protected mangrove forests. These forests provide especially hospitable environments for not only the local fish, but also for the many other species of birds and lizards who call this area home and rely on these fish for food supply. The end result is an area that is abundant in both land and aquatic wildlife, attracting fishermen and non-fishermen from all over the world.

Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to own your own boat, you can still head out on the water in Cape Coral any time the mood strikes. With so many marinas in the area, you’ll have no trouble renting a boat for a day or even a weekend. Those with less experience may want to sign up for a chartered fishing trip, where they can socialize with others who share their interests while learning more about fishing under the guidance of local experts. And for those with prime Cape Coral waterfront real estate, oftentimes no boat is even required as many fisherman make frequent catches right from their own private docks.

A few of the species commonly found in the waters of Cape Coral include:
Cape Coral fishing

  • tarpon
  • snook
  • redfish
  • grouper
  • cobia
  • tuna
  • trout
  • mahi
  • shark

Because the weather stays warm and sunny year round in Florida, you’ll find that the fishing is pretty great year round as well. However, some fish species do tend to be seasonal in certain areas, especially during warmer summer months, so it may be a good idea to check with a fishing guide who knows the local area. These guides often have a few tricks up their sleeves and are usually happy to share with you the best places and times to head out and get the most out of your time on the water.

It’s important to understand and be aware of fishing guidelines that may be either species or area-specific. For instance, some species may be protected and fishermen must practice “catch and release” at all times. Other species, like redfish, are illegal to catch commercially but may be caught for private use. Most species will have their own set of regulations regarding how many or how often they can be caught in any given time period, so always check the local laws and whether or not any special licensure is required.

Related:

Cape Coral Largest Canal City

Outdoor Fun Things to Do in Cape Coral

Things to do in Southwest Florida

Cape Coral Real Estate – Learn About the Area and Search Cape Coral Homes for Sale

 

Top Benefits of Waterfront Living

Top Benefits of Waterfront Living

Waterfront Homes Cape CoralWith waterfront homes in Southwest Florida you get:

  1. Relief from hot weather. Temperatures in Southwest Florida typically stay pretty hot year round, and can even become a little uncomfortable during summer months. With a home right on the water, you can can count on gentle Gulf of Mexico breezes to provide much-welcomed relief from the high temperatures and humidity. And on days that are particularly hot, a quick hop in the ocean can be exciting and fun and serves as an instant cool-down on any day of the year.
  2. Gorgeous views. It should come as no surprise that any luxury waterfront home in Southwest Florida comes equipped with its own set of stunning views. And with so much water to choose from, you generally have your choice of oceanfront, lakefront, or riverfront home, depending on your budget and the amount of access and privacy that you are looking for. We promise you, waking up in the morning and having the ability to see the ocean from your window or back porch is something that you will never get tired of.
  3. A chance to get close to nature. If you love dolphins, fish, and alligators, but don’t necessarily want to join them in the water, then a waterfront home in Southwest Florida brings you the best of both worlds. Many of these fascinating creatures can be observed right from your yard or dock, but at a level and distance that is safe and comfortable for your family and pets. Dolphins in particular love playing in the Cape Coral canals and can always bring out a smile or two, whether it’s the first or the hundredth time you’ve seen them.
  4. A mix of fun and leisurely activities. With a home right on the water, you have an abundance of water-based activities right at your fingertips. Like to waterski, kayak, or sail? Done. And the best part is, you never have to travel or spend any money in order to enjoy these activities, you don’t even have to plan. With the whole ocean in your backyard, you can head out on the water within minutes, whenever the mood happens to strike you.
  5. To keep your boat in your backyard. Anyone who has ever owned a boat before will most likely tell you that the biggest hassle is in maintaining it, namely, in housing it. Renting a location for your boat can be extremely costly, and depending on its location and proximity, you may find that the hassle of accessing your boat when you want it is more trouble than its worth and often just keeps you from using it as much as you’d like. With waterfront living, whether you have your own private dockage or access to an on-site marina, spending a day on your boat is as simple as walking out your back door.
  6. To enjoy added seclusion. While not true in every case, waterfront properties do tend to offer their own kind of privacy and seclusion. Homes on the water tend to be more spaced out, and with large yards and spacious outdoor entertainment areas for spending time with guests. It also helps that at least one side of your house is only accessible or viewable from the water, especially if you’ve got a fear of particularly noisy neighbors.

Waterfront Homes Cape Coral

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Cape Coral World’s Largest Canal City

Waterfront Lingo – Learn about Waterfront Property in Southwest FL

Boating Communities in Southwest Florida

Miromar Lakes is “Where You Want to Be”

Miromar Lakes is “Where You Want to Be”

Miromar Lakes real estateArguably one of the most well-known communities in all of Southwest Florida, Miromar Lakes of Estero is home to both the #1 Community in the United States and the #1 Clubhouse as well. This esteemed community was also voted the Community of the Year and Best Clubhouse by the National Association of Home Builders, and it’s easy to see why. Miromar Lakes is the only Southwest Florida community that offers three of the most desirable Florida amenities in one stunning location – waterfront living, beach access, and golfing. While it’s usually easy to find one of these in any Southwest Florida community, to find all three is truly rare.

For many that make the move to Southwest Florida, a home on the water is beyond ideal, though many assume that this dream is well out of their reach. Waterfront properties at Miromar Lakes, however, are plentiful along the communities more than 700 acres of freshwater lakes. And of course living right on the water means the enjoyment of endless opportunities and outdoor activities that include swimming, boating, fishing, and water-skiing.

In addition to the property’s plentiful lakes and waterfront housing, the community also features three miles of private, sandy beach line – after all, isn’t the beach why you chose Southwest Florida in the first place? And if you prefer to spend your free time lounging poolside with a good book or cocktail, then it truly doesn’t get any better than a place by the pool at Miromar Lakes. Beach Club amenities at Miromar include access to the 10,000 square foot, zero-edge infinity pool, as well as full access to the Club’s Marine and Concierge Services.

Miromar Lakes real estateThe golf course at Miromar Lakes is the only Signature course available in all of Florida from famed master architect Arthur Hills. With six sets of tees to play from, amateurs and experts alike will no doubt find a course to both challenge and inspire them. The course has been described as “7,400 square yards of heaven,” and features a 15-acre practice facility with a driving range and practice green, perfect for those in need of a brush-up before impressing their friends on the green.

Miromar Lakes real estate is highly sought after in the Southwest Florida area, and properties tend to sell quite quickly after entering the market. Those seeking homes in Miromar Lakes will find an abundance of villas, coach homes, condos, and luxurious grand estates, with prices starting in the 500,000’s and reaching upwards of 5 million dollars. If you’ve always dreamed of living in a home right on the water and surrounded by convenient amenities and activities to enjoy year-round, then check out Miromar Lakes today and discover why this community is consistently rated #1 throughout the United States!

miromar lakes

 

Ring in the New Year in Style at Cape Harbour This Year

Ring in the New Year in Style at Cape Harbour This Year

unnamedCape Coral is well known for having some of the best holiday celebrations and events in all of the United States, and the winter holidays are no exception. With Christmas just around the corner and New Year’s Eve to quickly follow, what better place to view sparkling lights and fireworks than with a front row seat directly on the water?

If you’re looking to ring in 2015 with live music, fireworks, and a delicious dinner beforehand, look no further than Cape Harbour, where the new year arrives in a style unique to Florida but with a little New York City flair thrown in. Party guests at Cape Harbour can countdown with the rest of the world as a giant dazzling ball drops slowly down through the Promenade at midnight, with exciting new technological features added to the ball every year. This Cape Coral tradition is highly anticipated by Southwest Florida residents all year long, as the sparkling ball atop the Marina South condo complex makes its exciting 170-foot drop to a sea of awed party guests below.

Those who want to enjoy a nice meal before the celebrations begin should make reservations as soon as possible, recommended but not required, as spots for these events tend to disappear quite quickly. A few restaurants in the area offer both live music as well as special menus for the evening, with particular hotspots being Rumrunners, Fathoms (formerly known as The Joint), and Pignoli on the Harbour. Fathoms and Pignoli’s both stay open till 1am, so those joining in the celebration can stay out late dancing and enjoying the beautiful scenery as they see fit.

unnamed-2There are few celebrations quite as special as one that takes place right on the water, and Cape Harbour always goes above and beyond when it comes to New Year’s Eve. During the event the marina is lit up beautifully, and guests and families can walk around admiring the many boats and yachts decorated with Christmas lights for the occasion. Party-goers can continue to enjoy fireworks and dancing until the early hours of the morning as the tone is set for an exciting year to come.

The best part about the New Year’s Eve celebration at Cape Harbour? It’s completely free to the public! Residents of the Cape Harbour community in Cape Coral already know how truly special this area is, and they certainly do not mind sharing their beautiful community with other visitors to the area or residents of Cape Coral on this most special of nights. Come one, come all to the 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cape Harbour and see for yourself why a home in Cape Coral is something to celebrate every day of the year!

Best Communities to Call Home in Southwest Florida This Month

Best Communities to Call Home in Southwest Florida This Month

Southwest Florida communitiesSouthwest Florida has something to offer everyone; the only requirement for residents is a love of sunshine and warm weather. And while the cities and communities of Southwest Florida each have their own personalities and desirable characteristics, what they have in common is the atmosphere they provide to residents; one of comfort, safety, natural beauty, and of truly being “home.”

Cape Harbour Real Estate in Cape Coral

Cape Harbour is an extremely popular neighborhood in Cape Coral that is separated into three distinct enclaves. Harbour Preserve is a private island on which every home is a gorgeous waterfront property with deepwater dockage, where residents can relax in seclusion and enjoy strolls through the peaceful nature preserve that sits at the center of this small island. Harbour Pointe offers luxury waterfront properties in a variety of shapes and sizes, whether situated directly on a Gulf-access canal or on one of Cape Coral’s many pristine lakes. The Marina at Cape Harbour is a cluster of elegant high-rise condos, all with an excellent view of the 76-slip deepwater marina below. While each enclave within Cape Harbour offers its own benefits and amenities, all have access to the miles of world-class restaurants, including Rumrunners and Fathom’s, and adorable shops that can be found in and around The Marina.

Gulf Harbour Yacht and Golf Club Real Estate in Fort Myers

Gulf Harbour is considered to be one of the more desirable gated communities in all of Southwest Florida, especially considering that residents of this community have access to their own private golf club. This 547-acre community is home to over 1,600 luxurious estates, and hosts numerous sporting and club events throughout the year. Gulf Harbour is even a great community for non-golfers as well, as other amenities include tennis courts, a heated pool and hot tub, saunas, a day spa, and a Sports & Fitness Club offering complimentary weekly fitness classes. No matter what your lifestyle and interests, Gulf Harbour is the perfect community for Southwest Florida residents who want to stay active and spend as much time in the Florida sunshine as possible.

Bonita Bay Real Estate in Bonita Springs

Bonita Bay is a stunning 2,400-acre master planned, gated, member-owned community, that truly sets the bar for all housing communities in Southwest Florida. Bonita Bay was designed with the existing nature preserves in mind, and was meticulously planned so that residents could co-exist with and experience the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. Within the community of Bonita Bay are 56 smaller neighborhoods, each with their own style and character, where residents can find a variety of home shapes and sizes to fit any budget, from cozy coach homes to massive estates, and everything in between. Though more than half of the community is devoted to the area’s existing nature areas, residents can also enjoy golf, tennis, a fitness center and spa, as well as a plethora of classy dining options at the community’s very own on-site Bonita Bay Club. Boat owners can also enjoy use of the on-site deepwater marina, which will get you right out to the Gulf of Mexico quickly via the Imperial River and Estero Bay.

Grandezza Real Estate in Estero

With a home in Estero you will find yourself right in the center of everything that Southwest Florida has to offer, whether it’s the shopping in Naples, the boating in Cape Coral, or the cultural events in Fort Myers. At Grandezza of Estero, the motto is “Live the Grand Life,” something you’ll find easy with a home in this luxurious community. Grandezza is divided into ten separate neighborhoods, which between them offer all available home types and sizes, from coach homes to single family homes to gorgeous estates and villas. Within Grandezza you’ll find plenty of natural beauty as well as a private club house, Olympic-size pool, fitness center, spa, numerous dining options, and a championship golf course designed by Darwin Sharpe III. The lush landscaping and natural sanctuaries of Grandezza also make this an excellent area for special events including weddings, reunions, and holiday parties.

Pelican Bay Real Estate in Naples

While residents of Pelican Bay enjoy a variety of world-class amenities, there is no doubt that the finest of these amenities are the two private beaches within the community, which residents have access to either by foot or by taking complimentary solar-powered trams. The community also hosts a total of 18 tennis courts spread throughout two separate facilities, and residents can also enjoy access to the 27-hole golf course, fitness center, wellness studio, meeting rooms, computer center, art center, and any of the four beachfront restaurants made exclusive to members. Pelican Bay was designed to be both a social and cultural center for its residents, and a variety of events are put together through the year by residents to showcase community issues and educational programs and to encourage participation in the greater community of Naples at large. Pelican Bay is a perfect representation of why people choose to live in Southwest Florida in the first place: beautiful homes surrounded by great people, and with plenty of activities available to stay busy in the beautiful weather throughout the year.

To explore homes in any of these popular communities, be sure to speak with Brenda or Dave at Sage Realtor Group by calling them at 239-896-8549or visiting them online at www.https://sagerealtor.com/.

Southwest Florida communities

Tarpon Point Marina Offers Luxury Living at Its Finest

Tarpon Point Marina Offers Luxury Living at Its Finest

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Southwest Cape Coral, 33914 – Lee County Florida

When current and prospective home buyers in Southwest Florida think of luxury homes in Cape Coral, they think of Tarpon Point Marina. Tarpon Point offers resort-style living year-round to satisfy any and all lifestyles, whether you are looking for a simple winter getaway home, a penthouse with a view, or a single-family coach or estate home right on the water.

With a deepwater marina located right in the center of it all, boat enthusiasts of all kinds will discover that Cape Coral luxury homes offer their own kind of paradise.

Prominently featured within the Tarpon Point Marina is Tarpon Landings, a luxurious gated community of three high-rise condominiums, featuring stunning waterfront views of the marina and surrounding nature preserves as well as the Caloosahatchee River and nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

These fourteen-floor condos feature twelve floors of luxury living atop two floors of enclosed garage-style parking, and, with spacious floor plans starting at 2,800 square feet, you’ll have plenty of room to grow and host in your new Cape Coral home.

Tarpon Landings is within walking distance of Marina Village, a quaint and charming hub for high-end boutiques and restaurants, and residents will also enjoy a variety of amenities such as a private clubhouse and a state-of-the-art fitness center and pool.

The Marina also offers plenty of activities for all ages and interests, with local companies offering fishing charters, dolphin encounters, and kayak rentals – just to name a few!

The Tarpon Point Marina is just one of many Southwest Florida communities with waterfront listings, and the Sage Realtor Group is dedicated to finding you a home that exceeds all of your expectations while remaining within your budget.

Visit us online at sagerealtor.com to see our current listings of Cape Coral homes for sale, and start living your dream today!

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Downtown Cape Coral Nightlife

Outdoor Fun Things to Do in Cape Coral

Cape Harbour in Southwest Cape Coral

 

Cape Coral No. 46 on best cities list

Cape Coral No. 46 on best cities list

24-724/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more.

Cape Coral’s strong employment growth between 2011 and 2013 helped drive the unemployment rate down from 11.1% in 2011 to 6.9% in 2013. Median income in the city was $48,619, below the national level, and incommensurate with the city’s moderately high cost of living. Like the rest of the state, Cape Coral was hit hard by the housing crisis. However, as of last year, payments on a median-priced home in Lee County equaled just 16.6% of a typical household’s income, less than in many other parts of the country.

While Lee County, where Cape Coral is located, has more than 50 golf courses,

 the city’s biggest attraction is its network of canals, which is the largest, by mileage, in the world.

 

 

New Docks Going in at Tarpon Point in Cape Coral

New Docks Going in at Tarpon Point in Cape Coral

Terry Bradshaw Talks about Cape Coral Florida

Terry Bradshaw Talks about Cape Coral Florida

Tarpon Point Landings ViewThis is a great overview of the city of Cape Coral, waterfront wonderland and boater’s paradise. With more than 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world, the area is often affectionately referred to as a “Waterfront Wonderland.”

Because Cape Coral homes and condos are located on saltwater or freshwater canals, the dream of having your boat in your own backyard is attainable in many budget ranges, from the $200,000′s to the multimillions.

The city emerged in Southwest Florida during the late 50’s and 60’s, mostly as wetlands and has now grown into Lee County’s fastest growing city, as well as one of the safest cities in the nation. City officials estimate that the Cape’s current population is more than 132,000. Many of these residents are part time snowbirds that have purchased a winter get-away in this sunny city.

Most people buying estate now are not ready to retire, but are purchasing Cape Coral waterfront homes or Cape Coral waterfront condos (or off water properties nearby) now while the prices are low and setting up a vacation home to enjoy now, for retirement later. Wise move. Learn more about Cape Coral real estate.

 

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Outdoor Fun in Cape Coral

Downtown Cape Coral Nightlife

Burrowing Owls

Fishing

 

 

 

Cape Coral Puts the “Sun” in Sunshine State

Cape Coral Puts the “Sun” in Sunshine State

Few places in the world are better for unwinding than the stunning area of Southwest Florida that borders the Gulf of Mexico. With sunshine and both freshwater and saltwater everywhere you turn, it’s no wonder that this area attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds – boaters, fishermen, scuba divers, beachcombers, golfers – as well as those who are just looking to relax over a good meal or plant themselves in the sand for a few hours with a good book.

No matter your interests, Southwest Florida has something to offer you. While visiting Southwest Florida, do not miss your opportunity to explore Cape Coral. Recently ranked by the FBI as one of the nation’s safest cities and by CNNMoney as one of the top twenty-five cities to retire, Motovo Blogs has also named Cape Coral as the second best mid-size city in America for current home buyers. 

Gorgeous View of the Preserve and Unobstructed Views at This Cape Coral Home

With more than 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world, Cape Coral is often affectionately referred to as a “Waterfront Wonderland.” Because Cape Coral homes and condos are located on saltwater or freshwater canals, the dream of having your boat in your own backyard is attainable in many budget ranges, from the $200,000’s to the multimillions.

Most of the canals in Cape Coral are called “Gulf access canals,” meaning you can leave your backyard and cruise directly to the Gulf of Mexico, where the boating is endless and possibilities include small day-trips or more extensive multi-day excursions. A typical day for residents can involve a cruise over to Sanibel or Captiva Islands, dropping anchor and swimming up to the beach for a beach day or picnic. Afterwards, boaters can cruise right up to a back bay waterfront restaurant for fresh seafood, drinks, and live entertainment.

An Aerial View Illustrating the Canal System and Boating Access to Beaches and the Gulf of Mexico

And for those that do not have their own boat, the Parks and Recreation Department maintains fifteen facilities for public boat launches while various marinas in the area are available for boat and kayak rentals, many of them bordering the Caloosahatchee River for cruising to the Gulf of Mexico or fishing the rivers and bays. Other boat launches are located on freshwater lakes, offering great fishing and endless cruising opportunities.

The Cape Coral canal system maintains a constant in and out flow between freshwater from the Caloosahatchee River and saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico, creating a very unique ecosystem in the area. It is ideal for fisherman as it encourages a wide variation in the local fish species. For example, many residents are able to catch snook or jacks right off their own docks, and dolphins and manatees are frequently observed swimming and playing in the saltwater canals of Southwest and Southeast Cape Coral.

The Cape Harbour Marina Offers Wet and Dry Slips and Boat Rentals

The canals also attract a plethora of winged wildlife and bird watching from your own backyard is a favorite past-time in the community – herons, bald eagles, pelicans, egrets, ospreys, and owls are just a few of the local species that call Cape Coral home. The calm waters and beautiful scenery in the Cape Coral canals and lakes also make this area popular among kayakers and stand-up paddle board enthusiasts who want to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Several ecological preserves and elevated nature trails are also available to take visitors through the local mangroves and waterways, allowing the observation of local wildlife in their natural habitats.

You will never run out of things to do in Cape Coral and daytime activities abound with over thirty recreational parks in the area and seven golf courses as well as amusement parks, including the always popular SunSplash Water Park.

Dolphin Following Your Boat and Playing in the Wake is Common

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Cape Coral also has a popular BMX bike park that hosts local and national events throughout the year. The Four Freedoms Park at the Bimini Basin and the Cape Coral Yacht Club are among the most popular public parks in Cape Coral featuring riverfront beaches. Residents love to head out to the Yacht Club the first Wednesday of every month, when the Club hosts a sunset celebration – featuring forty-fifty local artists and crafts-vendors – with great food, live music, and a front-row seat to the best sunset in all of Southwest Florida.

Nightlife options are also plentiful and come in a great variety, with many venues offering outdoor concerts under the stars.

Cape Harbour is a popular destination amongst locals, known for its live concerts by the marina featuring blues, jazz, rock, and folk music, whereas the Dixie Roadhouse in downtown Cape Coral frequently has performances by national country music stars and offers line dancing classes and DJ mixes for the late night crowd.

Car Show in Southwest Cape Coral With Live Music and Kids’ Games

Southwest Cape Coral is well-known for its comedy nights and tribute bands, often featuring covers of The Beatles, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bill Joel, Johnny Cash, and various Rat Pack artists). Tarpon Point and the Westin Resort in Southwest Cape Coral also feature live music weekly and a jazz festival annually, and twice a year motorcycle enthusiasts descend on downtown Cape Coral for Bike Night, another Cape Coral festival tradition with live music and home-cooked food.

Even if you aren’t an outdoors or sunshine lover, Cape Coral still has something to offer you. Among Cape Coral’s cultural offerings are the Historical Museum, the Art Studio, the Cape Coral Art League, and the Cultural Park Theater, a 187-seat performing arts facility providing a stage for local community actors. Cape Coral also plays host to many annual events in the area, such as their Juried Festival of the Arts, which attracts thousands of artists and art-enthusiasts from all over the world each year in January.

Summer visitors or locals will enjoy the Red, White, and Boom 4th of July Celebration in downtown Cape Coral, a signature event, featuring great food, live music, and plenty of activities for the kids.

Thousands Attend Cape Coral Bike Night to Enjoy Live Music, Food Vendors, Crafts and More

Cape Coral also offers lots to do and see in terms of fishing tournaments, poker runs, and boat and car shows – two of the more popular events being the Tour de Cape, an annual cyclist event, and Water and Wheels, an annual boat and car show held for charity at Cape Harbour. Baseball fans will also be thrilled to discover that the training camps for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins are just fifteen minutes away.

Dining in Cape Coral is a local affair, earning the area a reputation as a great spot for “foodies.” Most restaurants are locally owned and serve fresh home-cooked meals, often using locally-caught fish and taking advantage of the local farmer’s market for ingredients. Variety is abundant but, of course, with Cape Coral being right on the water, fresh seafood and fish restaurants are most popular, followed by specialty restaurants featuring cuisines from Cuba, Persia, Asia, Mexico, and Italy, just to name a few.

As Cape Coral expands, the local chain restaurants also continue to grow in number, and Cape Coral features locations for some popular local and national favorites such as the Bonefish Grill, Carrabas, Culvers, and Five Guys Burgers, among others.

No matter where your interests lie, Cape Coral has activities to help you relax. So when thinking about where to spend your time when the cold weather hits, pay Cape Coral a visit and see for yourself why millions from all over the world flock to this area and call Southwest Florida their winter home or their favorite vacation hotspot.

Cape Coral, With Locally Owned Dining, is Known as “Foodie Heaven” 


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