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Hello June

June CollageIs 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!

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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!

DSC_0010-10-Pano-2About 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!

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Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers

Lakes Regional ParkA 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.

train rideThe 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!

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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

Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-574-0806
Wed, 06/03/2015 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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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)

COST:  $40 Cape Resident / $60 Non-Cape Resident (includes kayak, equipment)
WHEN:  Monday, June 1st from 10:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE:  Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
East End of SE 23rd Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33990

 

June 6th Offshore Rodeo and Reggae Party –  The 3rd Annual Offshore Rodeo & Reggae Party will be making a splash in Southwest Florida. A benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, the fishing tournament launches at 6:00am on Saturday, June 6th from Salty Sam’s Marina. Anglers will spend the day catching a variety of species for a chance to hook the top prize and will enjoy their fresh catch for dinner compliments of the Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ. Attendees will also enjoy silent and live auctions, live music and an exciting award ceremony.

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Diving the USS Mohawk. 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.

http://www.winknews.com/2015/05/21/local-fort-myers-bbq-joint-named-one-of-best-in-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

No. Bedrooms Feb – May ’15 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior 5 years prior
1 bedroom $68,250 -21.6% $119,000 $87,000 $69,900
2 bedrooms $129,000 +13.2% $118,500 $114,000 $88,300
3 bedrooms $174,000 +7.4% $158,900 $162,000 $100,000
4 bedrooms $227,450 +6.0% $206,350 $214,600 $120,000
All properties $165,000 +6.5% $155,050 $154,900 $100,000

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

DSC_0016_edited-1Thank 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!

 

 

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!

Cape Coral median sales prices

Number of sold homes in Cape Coral

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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