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Springing into May on the Cape!

Picture1Oh 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!

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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!

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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

Picture5Click 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!

http://capeparks.us/summer%202015/index.html

 

 

 

Events

 

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!

http://www.capecoral.com/content/downtown-hoedown

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.Cinco de Mayo

Iguana Mia,  1027 Cape Coral Pkwy. E   Cape Coral, FL 33904

http://web.capecoralchamber.com/events/Cinco-de-Mayo-2587/details

 

 

DSCN2803_edited-1  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

http://www.capecoral.net/calendar_parks/calendar_app/calendar_event_detail.html#1368#5/6/2015

 May 9, 20156th annual Cape Coral Triathlon! This is now a USAT sanctioned event and we are proud to partner with title sponsor Lee Memorial Health System. Each participant must have a valid USAT license (annual or one day). The race will feature a .25 mile swim from the Yacht Club Beach. 11 mile bike ride, and 5k run through the historic area of Southeast Cape Coral. Register at www.active.com
Picture11Thank 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 and Happy Mothers Day to all Moms!

Hello April, Hello Cape Coral

Picture13Hello 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.

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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:

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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.

Events

Come to the Butterfly House!

DSC_0089_edited-1Want 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 rotaryparkinfor@capecoral.net or visit capeparks.com for information. Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral.

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Here Comes the Sun(set)!

WP_20140205_006April 1st -Sunset Celebration It’s a monthly event the first Wednesday of each month in Cape Coral at the Cape Coral Yacht Club!

– 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!

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Print 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

 

thApril 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!

capeLabeledDid 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.

Map of Cape Coral, Florida and surrounding islandsThis 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!

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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 Into Spring on the Cape!

March2015March 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!

thThe 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  advantagDSC_7426_edited-2e 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

DSC_7405_edited-2Veterans 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!

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Housing News

Cape Coral Real Estate continues to provide a stable investment for your housing dollar!

 

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No. Bedrooms Nov – Feb ’15 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior 5 years prior
1 bedroom $105,000 +98.1% $70,000 $53,000 $69,900
2 bedrooms $120,000 +17.6% $124,000 $102,000 $89,000
3 bedrooms $156,500 +2.0% $155,000 $153,400 $98,600
4 bedrooms $208,750 +0.1% $212,500 $208,500 $139,250
All properties $155,000 +5.1% $154,000 $147,500 $99,900

 

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.

 

 

 

Events

 

 

 

FRONT PAGE WEB-2The 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!

 

Symphony at Sunset

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.

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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.

 

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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

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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

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November in the Cape

 

 

November LogoNovember – The last of the Halloween candy has been eaten, Daylight Savings Time goes to bed until next year, moderate temperatures prevail with early morning coolness giving way to sunny afternoons, the eagles are back in their nesting grounds as is the great horned owl family next door. You can tell its late fall in SW Florida by the turning of the license plates – meaning that the traditional Sunshine State Florida plates are now intermingled with out of state plates.  Yes the emigration of the snow birds from Northern latitudes has begun!

 Welcome Back Snowbirds!  We love your trek back to SW Florida and spending the upcoming winter with us on the Cape! 

 

Spotlight on Englewood Beach

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A bit north of Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda you will find a great beach experience – Welcome to Englewood Beach, located on Manasota Key (a key is different than an island in that it has no water source) a beautiful beach area with numerous amenities.  Parking is available for  a nominal fee.  Amenities include: basketball hoops, volleyball nets, a children’s play yard and horseshoe pit with plenty of eateries across the street. The boardwalk leads to a bath house with changing facilities and showers.  There are plenty of grills and picnic tables available.  The view is fantastic!  Unobstructed views of the beach in all directions with the gentle blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping the shores.

F0r More information and directions: http://www.bestbeaches.org/best-beaches/manasota-key-beaches/englewood-beach/

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Places to Visit – Koreshan State Park

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The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District.  What was the Koreshan Unity?    The Koreshan Unity was a communal utopia formed by Cyrus Teed, who took the name “Koresh”, the original Persian of his name. The Koreshans followed Teed’s beliefs, called Koreshanity.  The main beliefs of DSC_0117_edited-1Koreshanity, or Koreshan Universalogy, are Cellular Cosmogony, which is Teed’s unique form of Hollow Earth theory which puts forth the idea that the Earth, and universe are contained within a concave sphere, or ‘cell’. The Koreshans even conducted several experiments, similar to those conducted by believers in a Flat Earth. Other beliefs included reincarnation, immortality, collectivism, celibacy and alchemy.

Teed’s “New Jerusalem” was built in present day Estero in 1894  and for many years this utopian communal society lived in a self sufficient community.  The dream faded with the death of Teed in 1908.  In 1961 the last four members of the community deeded the property to the State of Florida.  Today you can hike, camp, canoe and take the self guided or ranger guided tour through the community.  For more information:  http://www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan/default.cfm

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Cape Coral Coconut Festival:

Come and celebrate Cape Coral!  The Cape Coral Coconut Festival is an annual celebration of Cape Coral’s uniqueness to the Southwest Florida area. The event includes bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks, and much more!

Hours: Fri. 5pm–12am, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 10am–10pm.  Parking is available.  The Coconut Festival is held at Sun Splash Family Waterpark festival grounds, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., in Cape Coral.  Admission Price:  $7 per day  (Children under 5 years old are free)  Includes concerts, venue shows, and fireworks on Friday & Saturday.   Fore more information:  http://www.cocofest.com/

 Fort Myers Beach Get Ready to Hit the Sand!

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The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is coming back to Fort Myers Beach November 21 through 30, 2014.  Master sand sculptors will craft their works of art in sand in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel.  It is amazing what these artists do with just sand, water and their special tools!  There is parking and shuttle information at the web site. – See more at: http://fmbsandsculpting.com/

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Out and About – Wildlife Watching in SW Florida

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This is a great time of the year to get together with nature!  Hiking, canoeing, kayaking – the Cape Coral and surrounding area has it all for the nature enthusiast:   From hiking the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve in Naples to Moonlight Kayaking at the Eco Preserve in Cape Coral.  Or, for the less adventurous take a cruise on the Caloo or to Sanibel and see the dolphins!  Whatever your taste you will be rewarded with a vast array of wildlife viewing!

Featured Sites:

Kayaking at Four Mile Eco Preserve:  http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/four_mile_cove_eco_preserve.php

Corkscrew Swamp Preserve: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/

Dolphin Cruise Fort Myers Princess: http://fortmyersprincess.com/

Paddle wheel River Cruise:  http://jccruises.com/

Caloosahatchee River Cruise:  http://www.purefortmyers.com/river-cruises/

Charlotte Harbor Preserve:  http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/parkdetail.aspx?parkid=224

Six Mile Cypress Preserve: http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0105

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Give thanks for all the blessings, give thanks for your family and friends and take the time to enjoy the world around you.  Best wishes and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise!  See you in November!  If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise whether seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!

See You In December!

August and the Summer Wind

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August On the Cape!

DSC_0075_edited-1August on the Cape – Traditionally the last month of summer so its beach time, cooling off in the surf or at Sun Splash Fun Park, finding a nice shady spot under a beach umbrella, sitting out on your lanai in the evening and feeling that summer breeze kick in.  Whatever your pleasure you are sure to find it here in Cape Coral and SW Florida.  The beaches are pretty much uncrowded awaiting the influx of the seasonal snow birds in October and November.  Farmers markets have moved to their indoor locations to keep their wares cool.  Restaurants have their summer patio spaces ready for your dining pleasure.  Dinner fare can consists of great seafood caught in the local Gulf waters, some great steaks from Florida Beef it’s what’s for dinner, or perhaps your taste is more international – if so you can choose from a variety of Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Tex Mex and other international venues throughout the city. And of course nothing beats the American favorite – the Burger!  Plenty of gourmet burger venues throughout the Cape and surrounding area many featuring Black Angus Certified Beef – delicious!  Don’t forget the beach areas in Fort Myers – plenty of outdoor restaurants and dining spaces  line the Fort Myers Beach area some even have great nightly entertainment.

School Days Are Here!

schoolsintroimageAnd yes August is the start of the school year here in SW Florida.  August 8th will be the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please drive carefully and adhere to all stopped school box regulations.  Cape Coral is part of the Lee County School District. The district is the ninth-largest district in Florida and the 40th largest school district in the United States.   For more information on Cape Coral School Systems click on to the this link:  http://www.capecoral.com/school   Summer’s not quite over for school bound students.  Cape Coral offers 39 parks, 20 of which have playgrounds suitable for ages 3 to 12, throughout the city, offering ample opportunities for a day of fun. – See more at: http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/540584/Summer-s-not-quite-over—-.html?nav=5011

 

 

Cape Coral Makes the Top 10 with Highest Projected Job Growth

Economic growth continues a positive trend in SW Florida. Naples ranked number 1 with Cape Coral ranked number 6 among the 10 metro areas with the highest projected job growth. Projections for Cape Coral job growth +3.7%, median income $46,016, unemployment rate 5.8%. The other top areas include Port St. Lucie, FL, 5 major areas in Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, St. Antonio and McAllen) and one in Colorado (Greely) and NC (Raleigh) .

See more at:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/07/23/naples-austin-head-list-of-best-cities-for-job-growth/

 

 

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Cape Coral Housing Market  Summary April-July 2014

Summary – Source  http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Cape_Coral-Florida/market-trends/ The housing market continues to appreciate with another increase in median sales price for all residential homes types.  And the average price per square foot also continues to increase.  The summary highlights: The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Apr 14 to Jul 14 was $155,000. This represents an increase of 2.1%, or $3,250, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 5.1% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 64% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $310,513 for the week ending Jul 23, which represents a decline of 1.2%, or $3,767, compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.4%, or $1,150, compared to the week ending Jul 02. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $109, an increase of 5.8% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Mariner, Burnt Store, and Trafalgar. graph

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Tropical Paradise

Looking to “Test Drive” the Cape Coral Area With a Seasonal Rental?

Just like summer is rolling by in SW Florida – so it is “up North”!  Perhaps you have explored the idea of taking a “Winter Break” this year and heading here to SW Florida for a couple of weeks or longer to “get out of the cold”!  Won’t be long when “Old Man Winter” will make his return trip to the Northeast and Midwest.  Why not consider a Cape Coral Test Run” this year.  We have provided a number of links that can help you navigate through the rental market. If your stay is short term say for a week perhaps a stay at one of the Gulf  resorts will work for you.  Links for those areas also provided here on this blog. If you have any questions on the area or need additional information please call us or email us our contact information is: Our Email Address: aquadreamteam@gmail.com Bett Lucarelli – 239-887-0201 John Kapusta – 508-277-7925

Resorts

Links for Seasonal Rentals:

Vacationhomerentals.com     http://www.vacationhomerentals.com/vacation-rentals/Cape-Coral-Gulf-Coast-South-Florida.htm?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bing+CPC+Campaign&ef_id=U9JUhQAAAPgYYmhJ:20140801144249:s

Renters.com    http://www.renters.com/listing?q=cape+coral&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=cape%20coral%20seasonal%20rentals&utm_campaign=USA-Florida-CapeCoralFlorida

VRBO Rentals http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/cape-coral

Homeaway.com  http://www.homeaway.com/search/refined/florida/cape-coral/region:963/Pay+Per+Booking:PPB?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&keyword=Cape%20Coral%20Cabin%20rental&matchtype=b&utm_content=&utm_campaign=%7CNODE%7CUSA%7CFlorida%7CCape%20Coral%7C%7CPPB&k_clickid=6f6c7e8a-8fd6-41bb-84c1-054a53f2e459

Links for Resort Accommodations:

Westin Marina and Resort Cape Coral   http://www.westincapecoral.com/

Dolphin Key Resort Cape Coral  http://www.dolphinkeyresort.com/

Point Estero Beach Resort  http://www.pointeestero.com/?NCK=8556741470

The Sandpiper Gulf Resort  http://sandpipergulfresort.com/

Fort Myers Beach Villas  http://www.fortmyersbeachvillas.com/

Best Western Beach Resort  http://www.bwbeachresort.com/

Additional Fort Myers Beach/Sanibel Island Resorts http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/stay/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bresorts%20%2Bfort%20%2Bmyers&utm_campaign=MI+Fort+Myers+Sanibel+Lodging

Makin Bacon!

For their next event, the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association is literally going outside the box and into the frying pan. The association is set to host its inaugural “South Cape BaconFest Trolley Run” Saturday, August 23. The event will take place from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, and brings back the popular festival trolleys to take attendees to the 13 participating South Cape bars and restaurants.  At each stop, attendees will enjoy a bacon themed drink or food sample that ranges from appetizers to entrees to desserts.

Check-in for “BaconFest” will begin at 5:00pm at Big John Plaza and Club Square. Participants may park in the public lots and ride the trolleys to the other locations. All participants will need to check-in by 7:00pm to obtain event wristband and passport. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased at any of the participating locations. There are only 1,000 tickets available for the event, and they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees of this event must be at least 21 years old.

Participating locations are:

Backstreets Sports Bar- 915 SE 47th Terrace

Chicago Pizza- 1341 SE 47th Terrace

Ciao- 823 SE 47th Terrace

Cruiser’s Lounge- 1517 SE 47th Terrace

Dixie Roadhouse- 1023 SE 47th Terrace

Monkey Bar & Steakhouse- 1428 Lafayette Street

Rack’em Billiards- 1011 SE 47th Terrace

Ralph’s Place of Cape Coral- 1305 Cape Coral Parkway

Rockade- 1023 SE 47th Terrace

Send It Sweetly- 1309 SE 47th Terrace

The Dek- 4704 SE 15th Avenue

The Island Seafood Restaurant- 1339 Cape Coral Parkway E

Tiki Hut @ Dolphin Key Resort- 1502 Miramar Street

 

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We trust that you have enjoyed this issue of “Livin on the Cape”.  Please make sure to visit our Housing and Mortgage News  Click on the Housing and Mortgage News Tab up top for housing and financial information.  This months two featured articles:

Going Solar?  6 Things You Must Know About Going Solar!

5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home at the Best Price!

Our mission continues to focus on being the good will 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 enjoy!  See you in September

 

 

 

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