Forward March!

March

Marching Forward!

construction1It’s March in Cape Coral and everything in Cape Coral is “marching forward”!  It’s an exciting and vibrant time for the city.  New housing permits are on the rise up 37% from 2012.  There is movement everywhere from the repaving projects in south Cape to the Pine Island road expansion.  You may have noticed detours and construction signs on Trafalgar and neighboring areas.  Yes the Utilities Expansion Project is also marching forward.  Rolled out in phases throughout 2014 the project will bring city water and sewer to residents in the 4 square mile section called Southwest 6 and 7.  Construction on the new Sam’s Club has started at the intersection of Pine Island and Hancock Bridge Parkway and the new Golden Coral Restaurant is open on Pine Island Road.

WP_20130728_001You can also feel the movement forward as a sense of community has taken shape within the city.  Art festivals, cultural events, theater, the Farmer’s Markets  off Cape Coral Parkway and the Surfside area, kayaking in the preserve, festive restaurants like Iguana Mia, Ford’s Garage and Pincher’s Crab shack are brimming with patrons both from locals as well as visiting snowbirds. Sunset festivals, chocolate festivals and of course Bike Night top off the events.   It’s March spring is around the corner and we are still blessed with terrific weather compared to the rest of the country!  It’s great to be in Cape Coral!

Real Estate Trends

Cape Coral Market Snapshot as of 02/01/2014 – Decreased inventory, increased median price and a decease in distressed properties – All good factors for a healthy housing market in Cape Coral

Source:  http://www.movoto.com/cape-coral-fl/market-trends/

Today 1 Month Ago 1 Year Ago Change
Total   Inventory 1606 1504 1680 -4%
Median List   Price $234,999.00 $229,900.00 $198,900.00 18%
% Distressed 4 4 12
Median DOM 59 67 70 -16%
Median House   Size 1900 1890 1825 4%
Median $/Sqft 121 121 109 11%

Trends Cape Coral Median Price of Homes

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Population Trends on the Rise in Cape Coral

Back in the growth phase again, “Cape Coral the region’s most populous city, grew by 6,764 people between 2010 and 2013, UF estimates show. Nearly 160,000 reside in the Cape.”

“Just before the recession Cape Coral was one of the top five fastest growing cities in America,” recalls Kevin Pickett, a Lee County-based broker associate with Right Choice Realty. “With all the new construction, the availability of land to do new construction, we’re starting to see it come back to that. Many homebuyers are baby boomer retirees from the Midwest and Northeast, but a surprising number are younger, Mr. Pickett said. His office sampled 100 recent buyers and found that 60 percent were between age 35 and 45.”  http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2014-02-12/Top_News/Florida_population_growth_returns_to_form.html

A Boaters’ Paradise!

marinaWhether you are a permanent resident of Cape Coral or a seasonal visitor, you are in a boaters’ paradise.  With so many canals and waterways you can take to the water and explore the many areas in and around Cape Coral and Fort Myers and even venture out to the Gulf of Mexico!

Let’s start with the Caloo waterway, the Caloosahatchee River runs along both shorelines of Fort Myers and Cape Coral  all the way to the Franklin Locks, to Pine Island Sound and to the Gulf of Mexico. Up river, there is fresh water areas ideal for fishing and water skiing. There are  public parks and marinas on either side of the river.  Downstream takes you out toward Sanibel Island and the Gulf of Mexico.

cape coral mapWithin the Cape Coral Canal System you can navigate to various lakes and freshwater areas.  Over 400 miles of canals are found within Cape Coral.  That’s what makes this city unique1  The canals come in different widths and sizes, some freshwater, some saltwater.  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.   There are numerous boat ramps and launches to accommodate any size craft.   Cape Coral includes sailboat access canals, direct access canals, and partially restricted access canals.  A common misconception is that “direct access” means no bridges are along the path: this is not necessarily true!  Direct access means that there are no locks or lifts interrupting the flow of water.  Multiple bridges still qualifies as direct access (and bridge heights can vary).  If it’s completely uninterrupted canals you want, then you are looking for unrestricted, sailboat access canals.

Cape Coral Sunset Festivals

 

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On the first Wednesday of each month at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, you’ll find residents and visitors gathering for the Sunset Festival.  Sponsored by the City of Cape Coral, the festival is a great way to promote the community spirit of the city.  I attended my first festival in February.  There were close to a thousand people in attendance!  My wife and I browsed the many vendor stalls offering a diversity of merchandise.  There was music and food available and  attendees were already finding their favorite spot on the beach or the fishing pier to catch the setting sun.  Met some folks from the northeast and Midwest while walking on the pier and recounted our good  fortunate that we were to be here on the beach in early February.  Some great music with a local deejay played in the background as we watched the sun gradually dip in the west.  Soon the hues of red and orange were replaced by violets and indigo as evening fell on the beach. We are making it a priority to attend the next festival.  A great way to spend a Wednesday night and best of it’s free!  A tip – come early parking fills up pretty quickly although there are additional parking areas a  short walk from the  beach!

Dolphin Spotting!

fort myers princessLooking to catch a glimpse of bottle nose dolphins and enjoy a cruise on the waterways between Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island?  Then  the Fort Myers Princess Dolphin Cruise is your destination.  We have done the cruise a few times with friends who have come to visit us.  It’s true when you move to Florida, you’ll never be without visitors!  We enjoyed our last trip with Charlene and Elias, friends of our from Mendon, MA.  The Fort Myers Princess is located at 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach, under the skyway bridge  behind “Nervous Nellie’s,” adjacent to the  “Marina Village Resort Condominium” dock.  Sailings begin at 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday.

There is ample room with upper and lower deck seating.  There is a full service beverage bar with snacks and do try the dolphins1Paradise Punch a specialty!  The cruise navigates up the San Carlos Bay and then out towards Sanibel Island.  There is plenty to see from lavish waterfront homes to the shrimp fleet as well as countless numbers of water birds and of course dolphins.  The crew will expertly navigate to the dolphin sightings and you can get some pretty good camera shots.  The outbound voyage ends at Sanibel Light and then proceeds back to Fort Myers Beach.  After the cruise you can stop for a bite to eat at Nervous Nellies Eatery or take a stroll down to Times Square on the beach,  There is a large fishing pier at the beach and many restaurants and of course shopping long the beach area.  It’s an enjoyable afternoon!   See details at the following link:  Dolphin Tour

What’s Happening in March!

 

mardi grasMarch 1- South Cape Mardi Gras Party Crawl- 7-11PM Celebrate Mardi Gras South Cape style. Enjoy the many nightlife establishments that call South Cape home with exclusive drink specials, and an opportunity to win prizes

 

 

March 1-2- Irish American Festival- Cape Coral flows green as people come out to celebrate St. Patrick and the Irish-festival10th_0Irish at this family-friendly festival. Hosted by the Cape Coral Irish American Club, the Irish Festival brings to Cape Coral authentic Irish food, music and fun for the entire family.The Cape Coral Irish Club is holding its Tenth Annual Irish Festival
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and  Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m. (Roman Catholic Mass) to 9:30 p.m.   Two Days of Continuous Irish Entertainment,  Plus  Games, Rides, Art & Crafts, Vendors  Food and Refreshments!    The United Irish will be sponsoring a tent at this event and we hope you will visit us.  Pick up your Irish T-Shirt, Visor, Kooles and  Especially those Raffle Tickets for  the Irish Trip to Dublin!  Come and Enjoy!!

For more information click on the link:  Irish Festival

 

WP_20140205_023March 5- Sunset Celebration- Enjoy Southwest Florida’s fabulous sunsets on the first Wednesday of every month.

  • Over 30 vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, and gift items
  • Food & drink
  • Fabulous SW Florida sunsets!
  • Live music on the beach
  • Free Admission
  • Yacht Club Community Park  Phone:  239-574-0806 for more information.

 

Picture6March 9 – Art Focus Festival -A Day of Art in Rubicond Park!  Free and open to the public! Art exhibits, free class demos and more.  4355 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral.  Here is the link:  Art Focus Fest

 

 

March 14- All Walks of Art Festival- This family friendly event promotes the number of artists we have in the area. Over 60 artists from all avenues present their works, as well as create art live at the event. Live music, foodPromo1FB-231x300, and drinks are available, as well as raffles and silent auctions.  More information at All Walks of Art

 

 

 

 

thD6V8PZ75March 14- Sounds of Jazz & Blues Festival- Enjoy a night of dreamy smooth jazz and blues. Held at The Westin    Resort at Marina Village, the event is a fabulous night filled with fantastic music, sumptuous food & beverages, and what is sure to be an evening to remember.  More information at Jazz and Blues Fest

 

 

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March 15-16 – Gathering of Giants- Cape Coral R/Seahawks present the 20th Annual thINA6AS10Gathering 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.  For more information click here: Gathering of Giants

 

thWXAC928AMarch 16  Noon to 5PM – 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.   For more information click here Gardenfest

 

CCPR-Winter2014Download Your Free Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide 2014 Winter Edition here: http://publ.com/t1CwgP#1

Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Program Guide Winter 2014 (Jan – April) Download your interactive guide to all activities, programs and information on what’s happening in Cape Coral – from Arts to Zumba it has it all! here:

 

 

Visit the Housing and Mortgage News Page

Get insights on the housing market, mortgages and other helpful tips!

This Months Topics:

  • 10 Real Estate Terms Every Buyer and Seller Should Know
  • Flood Insurance Do I need It?
  • How to Have Peace of Mind and Security for the Open House
  • Benefits in Making that One Extra Mortgage Payment Each Year
  • What’s Hot & What’s Not Kitchen Remodeling 2014

Click here

See You in April!

We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Our mission continues to focus on being the good willshamrock ambassadors for Cape Coral and the surrounding area of Southwest Florida.  If you are interested in more information or looking for that special place to claim as your new home send us an email by clicking on our email contact information at the top right hand corner of the blog.  Thank you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

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