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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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Forward March!

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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%

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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

 

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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

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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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