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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!

 

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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/

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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. 

Christmas on the Cape!

Happy Holidays

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year……..

Picture3The Christmas Holiday Season is here….the rush of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over and now its countdown to the Season of Light!  Twenty four shopping days as of today until Christmas and yes the malls and stores are bustling with shoppers galore.  Aside from shopping there are other fun activities taking place in Cape Coral and the surrounding area to keep you in that Holiday spirit!  Of course there is no snow or cold to contend with so you can decorate the outside of your home basking in the warmth of the December sun as well as attend various festivities without all that “bundling up”!  That is one of the advantages of Christmas on the Cape!

Christmas Happenings in Cape Coral 2014

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December 6- Holiday Festival of Lights- Come celebrate the holidays with Cape Coral as the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral hosts its annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Cape Coral. The festival also boasts four stage areas filled with over 20 different entertainers including drum lines, dance troupes, actors and musicians. There will also be plenty of attractions for the children to enjoy, including Cape Coral’s version of a winter wonderland.  For More information: http://www.capecoral.com/cape-coral-holiday-festival-of-lights-2014

 

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December 13- Cape 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. Returning this year; two stages of live music, Slow Bike Race, and Dixie Roadhouse Bull Riding Contest.  For more information: http://www.ccbikenight.com/

 

 

December 20- Holiday Boat-A-Long- Celebrate Christmas in Florida style. This Cape Coral tradition is terrific for families. Watch from the Bimini Basin at Four Freedoms Park as over 100 boats decorated with lights, costumes, and more parade around the Bimini in true holiday spirit.  At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features live holiday music, decorated trees, Christmas crafts, food and beverages for sale.  For more information:  http://www.capecoral.com/content/cape-coral-holiday-boat-parade-2014

 

December 31- South Cape New Year’s Eve Trolley Run- A brand new event to ring in the New Year! Take the trolley and enjoy some of the South Cape’s best bars and restaurants on a night made for festive fun. Drinks specials, appetizers, live music is just the beginning. Come to South Cape and Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014 Trolley Style.   $5.00 wristband gets you unlimited trolley shuttle on a designated route with 12 stops throughout the South Cape Dining & Entertainment District  From 7 pm to 12 midnight
Free parking in the numerous public parking lots.  South Cape, your dining and entertainment destination.  Must be 21+ – ID Required – No Exceptions
Read more at http://www.wherevent.com/detail/South-Cape-Hospitality-South-Cape-New-Year-s-Eve-2014-Trolley-Event#OX02d3dBlRrCg5sw.99

 

 Cape Coral Market Trends – Median Prices continue to increase as sales prices have appreciated year after year for the past 5 years! –

Source: Trulia.com

The median sales price for homes in Cape Coral FL for Aug 14 to Nov 14 was $152,750. This represents a decline of 1.1%, or $1,750, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 2.2% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have appreciated 49% over the last 5 years in Cape Coral. The average listing price for Cape Coral homes for sale on Trulia was $314,870 for the week ending Nov 19, which represents a decline of 1.5%, or $4,820, compared to the prior week and an increase of 1.3%, or $4,170, compared to the week ending Oct 29. Average price per square foot for Cape Coral FL was $109, an increase of 6.9% compared to the same period last year. Popular neighborhoods in Cape Coral include Pelican, Caloosahatchee, Hancock, Mariner, Trafalgar, and Burnt Store.Cape Coral median sales prices

 

Number of sold homes in Cape Coral

No. Bedrooms Aug – Nov ’14 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior 5 years prior
1 bedroom $70,000 +75.0% $56,750 $40,000 $69,900
2 bedrooms $124,000 +22.8% $110,000 $101,000 $80,000
3 bedrooms $155,000 +2.2% $159,000 $151,720 $100,000
4 bedrooms $210,000 -2.3% $212,900 $215,000 $135,000
All properties $152,750 +2.2% $154,500 $149,450 $102,500

If you are interested in that second vacation home or looking to make a move “down south”, now is a great time to explore your options in Cape Coral, Fort Myers or any of the other communities in the surrounding area.  We would be glad to be your exclusive buyer’s agent in helping you find your place  in paradise!  Give us a call or shoot us an email and we would be more than happy to help – even if you just need more information on the area let us know!

Go to our contact page:  http://aquadreamteam.com/?page_id=26

The City of Cape Coral – “where you can build a business, buy a house and still have money to play!”

-Cape Coral Office of Economic Development

Come to Where it’s Fun to Work and Play!

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Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season…….See you in the New Year!

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Yes Virginia, Santa Does Stop Here!

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Yes it’s December….. it came so fast.  Seems like we were just talking about Halloween and going into Thanksgiving Holiday and Boom it’s December!

There is a bunch of holiday cheer happening on the Cape!  Take a look and mark your calender.   

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture3The holiday season is in full swing and so it is in Cape Coral and the surrounding area.  For over 25 years, downtown Cape Coral has hosted the largest Holiday celebration between Tampa and Miami. Over 20,000 family, friends and neighbors will gather together to ring in the holiday season. Lots of holiday fun including the official tree lighting and Santa’s arrival.  Yes Virginia Santa does come to Cape Coral even if we don’t have all that white snow!  There will be a  FREE Kidz Street play area, Tiny Tots Train ride, 25 ton Snowdrift Slide yes the snow is “imported” for the event.  There will be over 25 holiday performances on 4 stages. There will be 3 food courts of festival foods, beer and soda. For more information click on FESTIVAL

 

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To all our Northeast/MidWest Friends that are returning to Cape Coral for the season – Welcome Back to Cape Coral.  And to our first timers Welcome to Livin on the Cape!   New things on the Cape – new stores, restaurants and entertainment programs.  Check out the new Ford’s Garage Restaurant on Cape Coral Parkway, the theater offerings at the Cultural Park Theater, featured artists and art courses at the Cape Coral Arts Studio.  The Parks and Recreation Department have scheduled a host of activities and events.  Browse the Cape Coral 2013-14 Event Guide for all the events available during yoru stay.  Click on  Event Guide to view.

seniorbannerThe 2013 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships will be held in Lee County, December 7-15, 2013 with action in 24 sports.  Sports of the 2013 Florida Senior Games State Championships requiring a qualifying performance include Badminton, Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Bowling, Team Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Track & Field.

For more information click on Senior Games

Like on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/floridaseniorgames?ref=hl

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It’s Bike Night …..December 14th 5-10PM

47th Terrace Big johns Plaza

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation is proud to being you Cape Bike Night! Motorcycle enthusiasts can get together and listen to live bands, eat great food, and just have fun at this great event! For more information, call (239) 573-3123.

For more information click on the Official Website

boatalongHoliday Boat-a-Long…..

December 15th

 

 

35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long
(Four Freedoms Park-4818 Tarpon Court)
Land Celebration starts at 4:00 PM
Boat Parade starts at 7:00 PM

Enjoy a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves, and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms park.  Landlubbers can watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features live holiday music, decorated trees, Christmas crafts, and food and beverages for sale. This is a unique celebration of Christmas Florida-style. Click on Boat Show

 

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December 21, 2013

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department is proud to bring you a FREE “Movie in the Park” on our giant inflatable screen. Enjoy the movie and a free family night out. Bring a blanket, chairs, and dinner!

 

 

2013 Sand Sculpting Competition 

Our version of playing in the “snow” in SW Florida!

Fort Myers Beach  Nov. 22- Dec. 1st

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Santa’s Big Day – Santa Visits All  Good Boys and Girls in SW Florida!

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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See you in the New Year –

Best wishes to a bright and new

2014

 

 

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