A New Year on the Cape! 2015

New Year

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! Picture15

 

 

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. 

http://www.fool.com/retirement/general/2015/01/04/retirement-villages-pros-and-cons.aspx

And attached is a listing of these communities in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area:

http://www.55places.com/florida/area/fort-myers-cape-coral

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!

TrolleyLooks like the trolley events have taken off in Cape Coral!

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.

 


Average Listing Price $335,867 +0.4%
Median Sales Price $155,000 +2.6% y-o-y
Average Price/sqft $112 +4.7% y-o-y
Number of Sales 1049 -5.1 %

Don’t Miss These January Events In Cape Coral!

 

Art Festival2015-Poster

 

 

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

 

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Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-574-0806
Wed, 01/07/2015 – 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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

 

Festival 2015

Saint Andrew Catholic School
2628 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 850-4236

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.

http://tourdecape.net/

South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations's photo.

 

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. 

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