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!