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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!

 

 

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!

Fall Into SW Florida!

 

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– the last wisp of the summer wind is gone and Fall is here.  Five good things about Fall in Southwest Florida:

Your pool is still up and running and the warm days and nights continue.

You haven’t had to put away your “summer clothes” in fact you never have to put them away!

Your hibiscus plants and bougainvillea bushes continue to bloom

No Falling Leaves – at least not many of them!

No scrambling to rake leaves and do the Fall cleanup!

Yes its Fall in the Cape and Fort Myers area.  Great time to spend a day at the beach.  The weather is a bit cooler and the “snow bird” crowds have not arrived yet so its perfect to spend some time at your favorite beach.  From Naples to Venice there are something like 20 plus  beaches you can choose from.   Aside from lounging and swimming in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico you will also find terrific beach front eateries catering to your palate along with live entertainment.

Yes living in Southwest Florida is a Beach like the beach pictured on the right –  Marco Island Beach on the Gulf of Mexico Beach View

 

 Spotlight on Downtown Fort Myers

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Across the Caloo (Caloosahatchee River) from Cape Coral sits the city of Fort Myers.  You may say that Fort Myers is a “Tale of Two Cities”!  There is the quaint downtown Fort Myers still with brick paved streets, quaint shops, restaurants and nightlife and then the commercial Fort Myers dotted with shopping areas and other commercial ventures.   Downtown Fort Myers is going back to the city’s roots.

 

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It started out as a fort ( hence Fort Myers) built along the river in 1841 and abandoned after 1865.  By 1885 the population was close to 400 and Thomas Edison visited the area, fell in love with the place and built his home and laboratory along the Caloosahatchee River. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone also joined Edison in building their winter retreats in Fort Myers.   The coming of the railroad in the 1920’s  ushered in the “Boom Time” for Fort Myers.  Most of the Mediterranean Revival buildings seen throughout the City were built during this period. In fact, the Mediterranean Revival style, which combines several other prominent architectural styles, typifies Florida during the 1920’s. Excellent examples of Mediterranean Revival construction are to be found in commercial buildings in the downtown area as well as in private homes in all parts of the city.   Growth radiating out in all directions from the old fort grounds was to be seen during the 1920’s. Still-prominent developments such as Seminole Park, Riverside Park, Edison Park, Valencia Terrace, Allen Park, Alabama Groves and others had their beginnings in the Boom Time.

The Boom Time ended with the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  And it was the 1940’s and World War II that revitalized the area.  Every county in Florida had air bases to take advantage of Florida’s fine flying weather. Lee County’s bases brought servicemen, and sometimes their families to Ft. Myers. Many of these people, and their visitors, came back in later years to become permanent residents.

Post World War II saw an influx of people coming to Florida.  Fort Myers along with Lee County has grown into a city of  approximately 70,000 residents.   Development has been concentrated east and west along the river, and south along Cleveland Avenue. New commercial buildings and shopping centers have cropped up in all parts of the city. Fortunately, the older downtown area, and much of the city’s historic districts, have retained much of their old charm.  Today Downtown Ft. Myers is filled with businesses ranging from boutiques, restaurants, cafes, antiques stores, jewelers, financial houses, apartments, and professional offices to a convention center.

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Things to Do in Fort Myers

 

It is held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m.  The  Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m.

http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/Art_Walk/

 

MUSIC WALKThe  Fort Myers River District comes alive every month with live music on 3rd Friday in the downtown area.  There are over a dozen venues with local as well as regional performers.  From jazz to blues to rock and much more!

http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/Music_Walk/

 

Shopping, dining, entertainment, music, relaxation – downtown Fort Myers offers all this and more.  For photography enthusiasts there is a host of subject matter for your lens.  For boaters and anglers, the marina area offers everything you need.  For those that just want to stroll and relax along the river, no problem there are a host of parks with walking area along the Caloosahatchee for your use.  Perhaps you may want to take boat ride down the river and see the sites or take in the dolphins and manatees.   You can do that too.  In fact thee is not much you can’t do in downtown Fort Myers.  For a complete guide click on the following link: http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/

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 Fort Myers Sights & Sounds!

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Beer Here! Craft Beer Fest coming to Fort Myers October 4th – Ft Myers Craft Beer Fest

Beer Aficionados Mark your calendars!

The Marina at Edison Ford will host  the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at the River District.

Thisfestival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m.

 

For more information:

http://www.prlog.org/12371974-the-marina-at-edison-ford-to-host-inaugural-fort-myers-craft-beer-fest-oct-4.html

 

  Arrrgghhh…..Let’s Find Us Some Treasure at the Pirate’s Fest!

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Drive out of the Fort Myers Downtown are on McGregor Boulevard and follow this palm lined road along the river south and you will end up at Fort Myers Beach via San Carlos Boulevard.  And if you happen to be there the weekend of October 10-12 you will be in Pirate Heaven.  Yes it’s the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest!   Aye tis a gathering of pirates, wenches and the like at this historic festival.  General Admission is free.  There be all kinds of grub, entertainment, sea battles  and of course pirates and wenches galore!  The festival will run the entire weekend.  Get there early and have your picture taken with a pirate or wench and don’t miss the Pirate’s Ball on Saturday evening!

For more information and schedule of events go to:  http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest/

Fort Myers Beach…….It’s Waiting For You………

 

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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 weather seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!

Come September…On the Cape!

September is Here on the Cape……

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Yes, September is here …..hard to believe seems summer started just a week ago!  Labor Day Weekend marks the “official end of summer’!  Summer fades time for one last barbeque maybe, an escape to the beach for one last summer fling, maybe just relaxing in the backyard with friends.  However you plan to spend it have a  Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend.  And of course with September school is back in session although here in Cape Coral school started on August 18th.  And of course our Northern and Midwest friends will feel a crisp breeze in the air, a change of color in the leaves and the beginning of falling leaves leading into Fall.  In the Cape, September brings its own changes though the weather will continue to be pleasant and many will flock to the beaches as well as take on hiking in the preserves as well as kayaking and boating.  There still will be some warm days however, some cool nights will begin to make their presence.  Last evening I heard the “hooting” of a horned owl a sure sign that the season is changing.  Last year we had a family of horned owls nest in a large pine tree next door.  Perhaps we’ll see them again this year and soon our American Eagle couple should return to their besting site down the street.

What’s Going on With Real Estate in Cape Coral?

 

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One word – GROWING – another review from MoveTo.com shows the Cape Coral Market continuing  to grow!

Median Housing Prices Cape Coral July 2014

Inventory for Single Family Homes continues to be at a low level with median prices continuing to rise from last year.  Price per square foot is also increasing based on the increase of median price increases.  Two things will challenge new buyers in the future – increasing interest rates – the Federal Reserve will probably increase the discount rate in October and will also probably ease of their Quantitative Easing Program.  This will definitely impact current interest rates.  Low inventories – with less units available the shift is to the sellers market versus the buyers market.  Homes in some cases are already becoming part of a bidding war between competitive buyers.  Now may be a good time to consider that new primary residence in SW Florida or even a second home to get away from those harsh upcoming winters!  A recent article from Trulia has called Cape Coral A real Estate Anomaly!  A few years ago the area was plagued with distressed properties from foreclosures and in some cases just abandonment due to the housing bubble bust.  Propety levels went to all time lows and sellers couldn’t even give property away.  All that has changed from Bust to Recovery.  And, it looks like it is sustainable slow growth without huge peaks.  That will protect current buyers getting into the market.  We don’t need another housing frenzy that will feed the market with inflated non-sustainable prices!  Here is a link to the article: http://activerain.trulia.com/blogsview/4458961/cape-coral–a-real-estate-anomaly

 

 

Spotlight on Bonita Springs!

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One of the areas that Aqua Property Group, Inc. represents is the city of Bonita Springs.  Bonita Springs is a city in Lee County, Florida. The population was 43,914 at the 2010 census.   It is part of the Cape Coral–Fort Myers Metropolitan Area. The city is a coastal city on the Gulf of Mexico.  The city motto is “Small Town Charm, Big Bright Future!” 

The city is located on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area referred to as Bonita Beach is located on a road-accessible barrier island (Little Hickory Island) that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. The Imperial River flows through the downtown district of the city and empties out into Estero Bay.

The city is the northernmost city on the west coast of Florida that has a tropical climate, having a mean January temperature of 65 °F (18 °C).

Bonita SpringsWhile existing primarily as a retirement and second home vacation community, Bonita Springs is home to a growing number of businesses due to low business taxes, an abundance of inexpensive commercial office space, and a growing community of educated professionals. Whether you are looking to explore nature, relax on the beach, or take a boat out on its clear waters, Bonita Springs is an unforgettable destination with a little something for everyone. Enjoy the wildlife and views of Barefoot Beach Preserve or rent a boat to take out on the water.  Bonita Springs Public Beach is a great place to go swimming or relax and unwind, and you can even bring Fido to the town’s very own Dog Beach.

Bonita Springs is part of the Lee County School District. and provides higher education opportunities at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and Florida SouthWestern State College in Naples/Fort Myers.

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Points of interest

  • Art League of Bonita Springs – an arts organization that hosts both local and traveling art exhibitions, arts classes and other community events.  Click on to Website
  • Bonita Beach Park – a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) beachfront park that features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and 8 picnic shelters. Click on to Website
  • Bonita Nature Place – Bonita Nature Place (BNP) provides a local place for learning experiences, volunteerism, and outdoor family activities that strengthens the environmental stewardship commitment within the community while fostering an awareness of old Southwest Florida in its unique, natural setting. Click on to Website
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve Park – is 342 acres (1.38 km2) of natural land and one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast.  Click on Website
  • There are also 10 beach accesses with public parking located up and down Bonita Beach.

If interested in visiting Bonita Springs, click on Trip Advisor here 

If interested in finding a new home in this part of paradise give us a call or email us!

 

Housing and Lifestyles What’s New?

This months topics:

Florida The Tax Friendly State -Take a look at your state and see how it compares to Florida one of the Tax Friendly States! No stat income tax leads the way! Great to consider if you are thinking about a move and if you are a retiree, Florida does not tax your pension or Social Security benefit!   Click here: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/taxes/T055-S001-kiplinger-tax-map/#cZuLQqfXggohC3Me.01

Test Your Home Knowledge Fun Quiz – Test Your Knowledge – How long should things last in your home? May help you look at what needs replacement or maintenance.  http://www.kiplinger.com/quiz/real-estate/T029-S001-how-long-should-it-last/index.html

Home Buying Smarts! – Fun Quiz on Home buying!  Click here:  http://www.kiplinger.com/quiz/real-estate/T010-S001-how-smart-a-home-buyer-are-you/index.html

What’s Happening in the Cape Coral Real Estate Market and why is it an Anomaly? Read how is going from bust to recovery! Click here: http://activerain.trulia.com/blogsview/4458961/cape-coral–a-real-estate-anomaly

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Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise!  See you in October!  If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise weather seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help! Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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