Is it possible that half the year is over with and here we are slipping into June and the start of the traditional summer season! Graduations, Father’s Day, Flag Day and those short nights and long days when we can sit outside in the evening air and admire the star lit skies. Time for picnics, the beach, BBQ and crafting vacation plans. June is here and in Cape Coral we have the coming of the rainy season. Sit on your lanai in the early afternoon and guaranteed between 1PM and 6M you will get a bit of a downpour, sometimes its like a mini monsoon lasting for 10 to 15 minutes and then poof it’s gone! Out comes the sun and blue skies reign again. Welcome to summer in Florida!
Burrowing Owl Mania!
Yes the Burrowing Owls, the official bird of Cape Coral are visible in their protected nesting areas throughout the city. Cape Coral has the distinction of having the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia floridana) in the State, with an estimated 1000 nesting pair.
At only 5-8.5 ounces and7.5-11 inches tall, the Burrowing Owl is one of the smallest of all the owls, and of the 171 species of owls worldwide, the only owl that lives underground. Cape Coral has upwards of 2500 burrows within the City limits, but not all of them are actively being used by owls. While some of the Western Burrowing Owls migrate, the Burrowing Owls here in Cape Coral do not migrate. They are here year round, but often hide in the summer to avoid the hot summer sun. The best time to see the owls is from January through June, and the best time to see the chicks is late April through June.
Let’s Go to Gasparilla Island!
About an hour’s drive north of Cape Coral and then southwest you arrive at Gasparilla Island. Gasparilla Island is a barrier island in southwest Florida, United States, straddling the border of Charlotte and Lee Counties. Its largest town is Boca Grande, and it is the location of the Gasparilla Island State Park. The island has been an important part of Florida folklore due to its connection to the pirate Gasparilla (José Gaspar), and has been a significant tourist destination since the early 20th century. On the island are the famous banyan trees and you can’t miss the view on Banyan Street in Boca Grande! Also, there are no gas stations on the island so the primary means of transportation for residents and visitors is the golf cart! Access to the island is over the causeway bridge at toll of $6 (Cash Only) is needed for going to the island. Gasparilla Island State Park is on the southern end of the island with access to beaches and the two lighthouse areas. Shelling, swimming, snorkeling, boating or just lying in the sun are resident activities. Its a great way to spend the day on undeveloped beaches. Rest room facilities, picnic areas and bath houses are provided at the park. There is a $3 (Cash Only) fee for day use.
Seen below: Shelling in the Surf, Pristine White Beach, Boca Grande Light & Museum and Sailing on the Channel!
Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers
A great park located on Gladiolous Drive in Fort Myers – This 279-acre facility features 158-acres of freshwater quarry lake. The lake, with depths ranging from a few inches to 20 feet, boasts good fishing for bass, bream and other fresh and saltwater species. The lake also supports an array of wildlife, including the American Alligator. A variety of birds including Ibis, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants and Anhingas will offer good bird watching and photographic opportunities.
The park contains approximately 2.5 miles of paved or natural paths for walking, jogging, biking, and most other non-motorized activities. Lakes Park has also been designated by the American Heart Association as an official “Smart! Walking Path!” you can rent bikes and boats as well as take a miniature train ride through the north end of the park. There are numerous playground activities for the kids including splash parks to cool off on those hot summer days. Also there are plenty of picnic areas as well as rental of gazebos and covered shelters throughout the park.. A great way to spend a fun day at the park!
June 3rd – Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida’s amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of the month. Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier.
For vendor information please call (239) 574-0806
June 1st – Beginners Guide to Kayaking
DESCRIPTION: Learn basic paddle strokes from an experienced guide. This class is taught by GAEA Guides. Meeting location provided upon registration. Advance registration & payment is required. (16+ years)
We Dive at Five! For those into scuba diving off the SW Florida coast, four recommended dive sites former ships now artificial reefs with a plethora of sea life! One of the best-kept local secrets whispers around a graveyard trail of more than 20 ships, barges and other vessels that squiggles offshore the SW Florida coastline. Divers, in fact, claim the water quality and clarity comparable to the Florida Keys! http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2015-05-06/Excursions/Check_out_these_four_best_shipwrecks_to_fish_and_d.html
For BBQ Aficionados !!! Who says ypu have to go to Tenessee, Kansas, The Carolina’s or Texas for great BBQ? We have one of the best right here in our backyard! Trip Advisor just named Reuben’s Smokehouse on US 41 the fourth best BBQ joint in the nation.
The Housing Market Overview
Well, it’s still a HOT market – Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $120, an increase of 8.1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Feb 15 to May 15 was $165,000 based on 1,119 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 6.5%, or $10,100, and the number of home sales decreased 16.8%. There are currently 5,541 resale and new homes in Cape Coral. The average listing price for homes for sale in Cape Coral FL was $291,250 for the week ending May 27.
Current statistics for 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units with median prices. Source Trulia.com
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Inventory continues to be rather tight with supply out stripping demand causing an influx in asking prices. This trend has sustainability in the foreseeable future with modest gains seen throughout the rest of 2015. This is the type of growth one wants to see in the market instead of the heady days of 2007 – 2008 before the housing market crash.
Gone In 60 Days: Where Homes Are Moving Fastest This Spring Source: Trulia.com
Buyers need to move a bit faster this year in order to snag their dream house, even in some of the slowest-moving markets. Homes are going especially quick in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. And even though it is reported that CA real estate market is on fire! The fastest moving area in the country; however Cape Coral gets a plug too: “None of the fastest-moving markets have slowed since last year. In fact, the markets on our top 10 list that sped up the most are San Diego, Ventura County, and Salt Lake City. Other markets that are speeding up most rapidly are almost exclusively in the South and Southwest. The share of homes for sale in Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL still on the market two months later dropped from 64% in April 2014 to 47% in April 2015.”
Thank you for visiting our blog. Our goal continues to provide you with a snapshot of the SW Florida area and lifestyle. We trust you found the information helpful and may spark your desire to visit. Should you need additional information or if you would like to start a property search or even visit please feel free to contact us – there is no obligation and we would be more than happy to help and answer all your questions! Have a Great June and Happy Father’s Day to Dads!
Oh yeah its May in the Cape! Nights are starting to get longer, days are bright and sunny! It’s great living in this part of paradise in SW Florida! Holiday wise we have Cinqo De Mayo and Mother’s Day on tap for the month. School ends at the end of May signaling the beginning of the summer season just around the corner! There are a host of festivals and events for the month as well as time to just sit back and relax overlooking your favorite beach area, perhaps fishing off the pier, tasting some great fruits and veggies from the local farmer’s markets or dinning al fresco on Cape Coral Parkway at one of the many outdoor restaurants and of course there is shopping, dinning and entertainment at Tarpon Point or Cape Harbour. Whatever your flavor you simply can’t run out of things to do in Cape Coral or other places in SW Florida – From Port Charlotte to Marco Island the SW coast is brimming with things to do – you are in the best place on earth! Whatever beach area you choose you will be on the blue green Gulf of Mexico water with gently rolling waves and miles of beaches for swimming, sunning, shelling or just plain relaxing!
Your Place in Paradise Awaits!
The housing market was very strong this past season (Jan -April 2015) The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Jan 15 to Apr 15 was $161,950. This represents an increase of 3.8%, or $5,950, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 8.7% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 67% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $287,481 for the week ending Apr 15, which represents an increase of 2.9%, or $7,992, compared to the prior week and an increase of 2.1%, or $5,892, compared to the week ending Mar 25. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $116, an increase of 8.4% compared to the same period last year. There are still opportunities for that affordable vacation home or permanent residence in the Cape Coral area!
What’s Happening in Cape Coral?
If there is any indication that business is booming in Cape Coral take a ride along the Pine Island Road corridor! Three years ago when I arrived the area was in early recovery mode from the recession and housing bust. Today is has been transformed to a bustling commercial corridor with an intermingling of big box as well as small business establishments. A barometer of a healthy housing market with tempered growth as well as investment by the local government in infrastructure to include roads as well as central utilities projects. The Southwest Cape Coral central water and sewer system is almost complete and plans are in place to begin the project in the Northeast areas. With a ten year master plan in place, all of Cape Coral will have a centralized water and sewer utility service in place eliminating the need fro well and septic systems. The central sewer system will protect the water tables as well as the canal system from leeching any hazardous materials in the eco system. Central treated water systems will insure pure water for all residents and businesses. With commercial zoning limited in Cape Coral, this 2,400 acre corridor is emerging as the new “main street” for future generations. With utilities in and many successful stores already in place, Pine Island Road continues to attract more and more businesses. Recently a host of new businesses have made Pine Island Road area home!
The newest addition is the grand opening of the new WAWA Fuel and Store Center at the corner of Pondella and Delprado – opening day was April 24th and a capacity crowd was on hand as the first WAWA Center in SW Florida opened their doors. Based in Philadelphia PA, WAWA is now entering the SW Florida markets. Signature heroes, a gourmet coffee bar, upscale food service as well as fuel services greeted the crowds. And as a good neighbor local charities were invited to participate raising funds for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Cape Coral! Read all about it here_ http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/543735/Wawa-fans-welcome-new-store.html?nav=5004
Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide May -Aug 2015
Click on the link to view the many upcoming activities available in Cape Coral – from Aerobics to Zumba there is something for everyone! Athletic events, classes at the Art Center, boating the yacht club, community golf courses, swimming at the community pool, whatever your interest it’s here in Cape Coral!
May 1, 2015 – First Friday Downtown Hoedown street party. FREE! Live Music, DJ’s, Food, Drinks, Vendors, and FUN! That’s right, the street in front of Dixie Roadhouse & Rockade will be blocked off and we party in the street! Bourbon Street Style! Live bands on the BIG STAGE with DJ John Country outside!
May 2, 2015 – Cinco de Mayo themed event from 4:00pm – 10:00pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015 brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral and Iguana Mia Resturant
This is a family friendly event held in the Iguana Mia parking lot on SE 47th Terrace. We will have a kids area, live entertainment on dueling stages, and much more.
Iguana Mia, 1027 Cape Coral Pkwy. E Cape Coral, FL 33904
May 6, 2015 Experience the beauty of Southwest Florida’s amazing sunsets at the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Sunset Celebration on the first Wednesday of every month. Listen to live music on the beach, shop from over 40 vendors selling unique crafts, jewelry and other gift items, or take a stroll on the pier. For vendor information please call (239) 574-0806
Hello it’s April 2015! Where is the year going? Seems just like yesterday I published the March edition of Livin on the Cape! Well its been a warm spring already – temperatures have been in the mid to high 80’s and the AC is cranking. Pool cover coming off next week and water temps will be regulated naturally by the sun. Busy time in the Cape! The influx of Northern visitors has been at a maximum this year. Multitudes escaping from a brutal winter! Have seen license plates from all over the Northeast and Midwest and some even from Alaska – now that’s quite a drive and determination to escape the cold! The coming of spring has awakened our dormant hibiscus plants and now are beginning to bloom. Soon we will traverse from the dry season to the wet one with afternoon rains that will last fro about 10to 20 minutes. A ni8ce time to sit under the lanai and just relax! April also brings us the dreaded tax filing deadline! This April we celebrate Easter and Passover coinciding at the same time. We wish all our friends and family Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Spring!
Cape Coral Growth is On!
The influx of new residents in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area continues to be on the rise. A sound economy, affordable housing, great weather and a reasonable cost of living continues to be the main drivers.
Housing Summary Cape Coral March 2015
Looking to Buy:
It’s an active market in Cape Coral and Fort Myers! Inventories continue to be on the low end although there was an increase in listings from mid February to mid March. Median prices have continued to increase steadily. If you are considering that second vacation home to escape next years’ winter or looking to make this part of SW Florida your new permanent home – then now is the time. Call or email us and we will be more than happy to help you find that new place in the sun!
- The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Dec 14 to Mar 15 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 0.6%, or $1,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 6.2% compared to the prior year.
- Sales prices have appreciated 55% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral.
- The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $377,380 for the week ending Mar 04, which represents a decline of 1.1%, or $4,007, compared to the prior week and an increase of 0.4%, or $1,657, compared to the week ending Feb 11.
- Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $111, an increase of 5.7% compared to the same period last year.
The Rental Market:
Cape Coral Monthly Rental Summary Y to Y (2014 vs. 2015) Note the increases in 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units.
The rental market in 2015 is being driven by three significant factors: Millennials the future drivers of the real estate ownership market (single family residences) are being hampered due over $1 trillion in student loans hanging over every financial decision. An abysmal jobs market and banks’ unwillingness to lend money are forcing millions of Americans to rent instead of buy. In addition to these factors, an unexpected side effect of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters. So the upward tick in rents in the 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units in Cape Coral continues. For investors this may be a good time to invest in rental property.
Come to the Butterfly House!
Want to engage in a fun, springtime family activity? Come to the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House at Rotary Park in Cape Coral. Free tour every Monday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are not required. Many different species of butterflies and floral plants can be seen at the Butterfly House. Make sure to visit the resident iguana too. Rotary Park also offers a great nature hiking trail as well as places to sit relax and enjoy nature! Courtesy of the Friends of Wildlife. Donations accepted. Call 549-4606, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit capeparks.com for information. Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral.
Here Comes the Sun(set)!
– Enjoy Southwest Florida’s fabulous sunsets on the first Wednesday of every month on the Caloosahatchee River. The celebration includes live music, and over 50 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, gift items, and much more! Free Admission. Cape Coral Beach and Yacht Club. It’s a grand time, our last time we attended there was live entertainment on the beach along with the vendors and food carts. Took a walk out on the pier and enjoyed the evening breeze as the sun set in the West over Sanibel Island. Just another great venue here on the Cape. If you’d like to do dinner the new Boathouse Restaurant is right off the pier. And if you want to boat in to the area there is plenty of docking space available. It’s a beautiful way to spend a relaxing evening mid-week!
April 11- Cape Coral Bike Night- The City of Cape Coral’s Parks & Recreation hosts one the largest collection of motorcycles, live music, food, games and entertainment in Southwest Florida. With four different events throughout the season, Bike Night has become one of Cape Coral’s most anticipated events. This year Bike Night includes; two stages of live music, dunk tank, and Dixie Roadhouse Bull Riding Contest. More information at: http://www.come-to-cape-coral.com/cape-coral-bike-night.html
April 17 & 18- Cape Coral Cardboard Boat Regatta- From the African Queen to Viking Ships to floating turtles, this one of a kind event has something for everyone floating through the bimini basin at Four Freedoms Park in south Cape Coral. Come enjoy watching boat makers float their cardboard boats through the water and see which ones make it to the finish line. More information at http://www.capecoralregatta.com/
Canals, Canals and More Canals!
Did you know that Cape Coral has more canals than the city of Venice Italy? Cape Coral Florida has over 400 miles (640 km) of canals, more than any other city in the world. Most of the canals are navigable and some have access to the Gulf of Mexico. Canals are what makes Cape Coral unique, they increase quality of life with more water views for homes; provide recreation such as boating, kayaking and fishing, flood protection, and irrigation water; attract wildlife, and maintain home values. Cape Coral includes both saltwater and freshwater canals. Saltwater canals refers to those with Gulf access, freshwater canals do not! The freshwater canal system makes up for this with a large network of lakes and basins for freshwater fishing. Whatever your pleasure the canal system is a boater’s paradise! Click on the canal make for a larger view of the canal system.
This map gives a perspective of where Cape Coral and Fort Myer’s are located in relation to the Gulf of Mexico and other waterways. Cape Coral is a peninsula surrounded by the Caloosahatchee River on the Southeast, Matlacha Pass on the West and Charlotte Harbor on the North. The canal system can have access to all of these water boundaries and in turn to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf is located on the western side of the barrier islands – Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande. Fort Myers Beach is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico as is Estero to continue South to Naples and Marco Island. To the North of the Cape one will find Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. All are premier communities of Southwest Florida and it’s no wonder that visitors become residents after experiencing the beauty, weather and lifestyle of the area. Hope to see you soon!
Lover’s Key State Park Estero
Thank you for visiting our blog. Our goal continues to provide you with a snapshot of the SW Florida area and lifestyle. We trust you found the information helpful and may spark your desire to visit. Should you need additional information or if you would like to start a property search or even visit please feel free to contact us – there is no obligation and we would be more than happy to help and answer all your questions! Have a Happy Spring!
March is here a prelude to spring! Our Northern neighbors are hoping for an early spring especially with the brutal winter storms such as Marcus, Neptune, Octavia and Quantum et all! My former home in the Boston area received over 100 inches of snow! Our brief local sojourn with winter at the end of February was a far cry (the coldest it was overnight was 34 degrees) from the sub zero temperatures that engulfed our friends to the North along with the ice and snow! Suffice it to say that this part of SW Florida saw an immense uptake in visitors and travelers to escape the clutches of winter! Last week I had to take a brief ride to Fort Myers International Airport and there were lines everywhere from incoming travelers at the taxi stand, at the car rental agencies, at the information kiosk. It seemed everyone was still coming to SW Florida!
The coming of Spring in the Cape area means many more activities both indoor and outdoor. Kayak rentals at the Four Mile Eco Preserve are doing a brisk business. The weather is perfect for a daylight kayak trip through the mangroves. If kayaking is not your thing, take advantage of the boardwalk walking trail throughout the preserve. The Kayak Shack is open on weekends through May from 8AM to 4PM for your rental needs. Here is the website with more information: http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/rotary_park_environmental_center/kayak_rentals_at_eco_park.php
If kayaking is not your thing, take advantage of the boardwalk walking trail throughout the preserve. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is the second largest preserved green space in Cape Cora. Located just north off Veteran’s Parkway, Four Mile Cove / “Eco Park” is a brackish water wetland area that features a walking trail, visitor center and Veterans Memorial Area. Visitors of any age can walk through the preserve on the boardwalk. Possible wildlife sightings include eagles, ibis, herons, other wading & migratory birds, raccoons, snakes, and other species. Don’t forget to bring your camera! For more information about the preserve click HERE
Veterans Memorial Park is located on the south side of the park, which includes several memorials that recognize and honor those U.S. military service men and women who have served our country. One of the statues is the Iwo Jima Memorial visible from Veteran’s Memorial Bridge crossing the Caloosahatchee River rom Fort Myers. The Marine Corps League maintains the statue.
Thank you to all of our veterans and current service members who are serving our great nation and keeping us free.
You can also feel the coming of spring as a sense of community takes hold in the city. Art festivals, cultural events, theater, the Farmer’s Markets off Cape Coral Parkway and the Surfside area, kayaking in the preserve. Restaurants like Iguana Mia, Ford’s Garage, Brew Babies and Pincher’s Crab shack are brimming with patrons. It’s March spring is around the corner and we are blessed with terrific weather. It’s great to be in Cape Coral!rom Fort Myers. The Marine Corps League maintains the statue.
Come and Experience Cape Coral – There is Something for Everyone!
Cape Coral Real Estate continues to provide a stable investment for your housing dollar!
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The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 0.6%, or $1,000, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 5.1% compared to the prior year.
Sales prices have appreciated 55.2% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $353,446 for the week ending Feb 18, which represents an increase of 1.6%, or $5,706, compared to the prior week and an increase of 4.9%, or $16,510, compared to the week ending Jan 28.
Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $111, an increase of 6.7% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Burnt Store, Mariner, and Trafalgar.
The 11th Annual Cape Coral Irish Festival will take place this weekend February 28- March 1 at Sun Splash Water Park. Hosted by the Cape Coral Irish American Club, the event will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Sun Splash Family Waterpark. The festival will feature live performances by several groups, vendors selling crafts and wares, and authentic Irish food and drink. –
Click HERE for more information!
March 1- Symphony at Sunset/Taste of the Cape- The Gulf Coast Symphony, Southwest Florida’s premier community orchestra, presents its much anticipated free outdoor Symphony at Sunset at Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets or advanced reservations are required.
Click HERE for more information
March 6- Downtown Hoedown & Street Party- Cape Coral’s popular night spot Dixie Roadhouse hosts a unique event on the first Friday of each month that literally closes the street. Enjoy live music, dance lessons and much more. This month, a special free performance by country music legend David Allan Coe with opening performers Black Oak Arkansas.
Click HERE for more information.
March 7- Touch-A-Truck- This is a family friendly event where kids of all ages can explore and ask questions about their favorite vehicles such as Cape Coral Police Mobile Command Unit, Lee County Emergency Medical Ambulance, and the Veterans Mobile Museum just to name a few. Click HERE for more information.
March 8- Gardenfest- This is a must do event for those who enjoy authentic German food and entertainment. Plenty of schnitzel, brats, potato pancakes, chicken, pretzels, beer and wine is on tap for this annual event. There will also be authentic live German music on the stages throughout the event. Sponsored by the German American Club of Cape Coral. Click HERE for more information.
The Sounds of Jazz & Blues, will held on Saturday March 21, 2015, on the river at the beautiful Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village (Tarpon Point), is being presented by the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department with the support of many community sponsors. This event brings a great night of jazz and soul-stomping blues to Cape Coral. Join us for a fabulous night filled with jazz and blues sounds, sumptuous food, beverages and what is sure to be an evening to remember! Festival seating chairs and blankets are welcome.
Click HERE for more information
March 21 & 22- Gathering of Giants- Cape Coral R/Seahawks present the 20th Annual Gathering of the Giants at Seahawk Air Park, featuring Jets, Warbirds, Stunt Planes, and more! This two day event attracts thousands who come out and marvel at the aerobatic stunts from the radio controlled airplanes.
We hope you have enjoyed our March issue. Thank you for visiting. If you are looking for your piece of paradise in SW Florida or if you have any questions about “Life on the Cape” call or drop us an email. Visit our contact page – http://aquadreamteam.com/?page_id=26
See you in April
Happy New Year!
Glorious New Years Day in Cape Coral! Temperature is in the low to mid 80’s with cool down in the mid to high 60’s forecasted for tonight. It just doesn’t get any better this side of paradise! Hope you all had a great holiday celebration and best wishes for a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year! While driving back to the Cape from our holiday travels to Kansas and Texas we could definitely see a pick up in traffic with out of state plates on cars and RVs all heading South! A recent article in a national paper states that many of our Northern friends are seeking a warmer life experience due to the bitter cold temperatures that have taken hold in the past few weeks. Of course one of the major “go to” places continues to be Florida! The long term forecast for the Florida winter continues to stay firm with a warmer than usual winter and mild temperature fluctuations. So if you need a winter break come on down plenty of sun to go around!
Is an Over 55 Active Adult Community Right for You?
One of the many housing options available in the area are the Over 55 Active Adult Retirement Communities. With over 10,000 baby boomers approaching retirement age each day, these communities have become very popular offering many benefits such as security ( most are gated communities), active social life, access to medical care, property maintenance and upkeep, transportation services and being in an environment where everyone is “just like me”. Of course there are also cons – many communities have strict regulations and the lack of diversity of typical residential communities. There is no right or wrong answer it just depends on your particular wants or needs regarding where one would like to live. There are number of these communities in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers area. The following link can help you determine if this is right for you.
And attached is a listing of these communities in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area:
If you are interested in an Over 55 Active Adult Community please call or email us at the following link: Contact Page
Hop On A Trolley!
Since beginning just a couple of years ago, the trolley events held in the South Cape have attracted thousands of people to the city’s entertainment district. A typical trolley event has a fleet of trolleys roaming through the South Cape taking riders from one nightspot to the next. Such events as the New Year’s Eve Trolley Run, the Best South Cape Martini Competition, and others have become a staple in the city’s event calendar attracting more and more people with time around.
“The trolley events have been far more successful than we could have imagined,” says Dixie Roadhouse Managing Partner Lynn Pippenger. “They have been a major factor in creating the South Cape as an entertainment destination in Southwest Florida.” Due to the immense success of the events, the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association (SCHEA), an organization made up of South Cape bar and restaurant owners, are looking to make the trolleys a more permanent part of the South Cape nightlife.SCHEA is proposing running a single trolley throughout the South Cape entertainment district every Friday and Saturday evening beginning in February for a four-month trial period
Showcase of Homes 2015
The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA) announced the organization will hold its 18th Annual Showcase of Homes in early 2015. This year’s event theme is, ”You only thought you knew Cape Coral…Come See Us Now!”
The Showcase will highlight an estimated 20 decorated models by some of Southwest Florida’s most prestigious and established builders. A variety of styles and price points will be showcased to entice everyone looking for a new home or just wanting to browse and dream. Models will be open to the public on Jan. 23 – 25, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, and Feb 6 – Feb 9. Hours the models will be open for tour is Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to visit each home to see for themselves what the Cape truly has to offer.
Housing Marker Summary – Cape Coral FL
The market continues to show a healthy growth. Inventory is still very low and demand is increasing thereby affecting median prices as well as price per square foot both which have increased compared to last year. Multiple offers are again becoming the trend in the housing market. There are still investment opportunities as well as single family properties priced lower than other parts of the country especially with waterfront views!
- Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $112, an increase of 8.7% compared to the same period last year.
- The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Oct 14 to Dec 14 was $155,000 based on 1,049 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 2.6%, or $4,000, and the number of home sales decreased 5.1%.
- There are currently 5,654 resale and new homes in Cape Coral on Trulia, including 21 open houses, as well as 1,913 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process.
- The average listing price for homes for sale in Cape Coral FL was $335,867 for the week ending Dec 31, which represents an increase of 0.4%, or $1,292, compared to the prior week. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican and Caloosahatchee, with average listing prices of $447,269 and $361,866.
Don’t Miss These January Events In Cape Coral!
An upcoming event in January is the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts beginning on January 10th thru the 12th. In its 30th year, this two day festival typically draws over 100,000 people to the South Cape. Each year the festival hosts over 300 artists and craftspeople from around the country. The event will be located on Cape Coral Parkway from Cape Coral Street to Vincennes Blvd. Merchants will also be taking part in the activities with sidewalk sales and special offerings during the Festival. There will also be plenty of food, activities for the kids, and fun for people of all ages.
For more information and guide: http://www.capecoral.com/cape-coral-festival-of-the-arts-2015-guide
Sunset Celebrations Continue in 2015
Enjoy Southwest Florida’s fabulous sunsets on the first Wednesday of every month. The celebration includes live music, and over 50 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, gift items, and much more! Free Admission
Largest 4-day Festival in Cape Coral: Midway Rides, Carnival Games, Festival Food, Silent Auction, $10,000 Raffle, Live Bands, and Community Entertainment.
January 15-18- St. Andrew Festival- This four day event has become a Cape Coral tradition. In its 23rd year, the St. Andrews Festival includes over 30 midway rides, carnival games, festival food, silent auction, live bands and a $10,000 raffle. Last year the festival added the “Miss Cape Coral” Pageant and promises to have more exciting features at this year’s festival.
January 17 & 18- Tour de Cape- For over 20 years, the Tour-de-Cape has brought out cycling enthusiasts to race around the city of Cape Coral. With tracks starting at 15 miles and going to 100 miles, there is something for everyone at this event. For those who prefer running to cycling, the event also hosts a 5K family run.
January 31- Best South Cape Martini Competition- Guests at the Best South Cape Martini Competition will leisurely travel around the South Cape entertainment district on a special fleet of trolleys – stopping at the participating establishments to relax with their custom cocktails and appetizer. At the end of the evening everyone votes on their favorite drink in three different categories.
We hope you had a beautiful and happy holiday season! We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2015 ! We will continue to bring you the best of Southwest Florida Living and continue to show you why being on the Cape is the Place to Be! Best wishes fore the New Year and see you in February.