Cape Coral – The ideal location for your vacation home
Cape Coral is located in Lee County in Southwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. The city, nicknamed the “Venice of America”, offers almost 400 miles of navigable waterways, creating a paradise for boating enthusiasts.
With an average of 355 days of sunshine per year and pleasantly mild temperatures in wintertime that rarely dip below 68° F, Cape Coral is ideally suited to allow an escape from colder climates to a dream vacation home.
Two bridges across the Caloosahatchee River connect Cape Coral with Fort Myers, which offers an international airport (Southwest International Airport, RSW).
The large number of canals means a large number of waterfront properties. Many home owners fulfill their dream to keep a small boat at their own dock and take trips out to the Gulf of Mexico or the barrier islands like beautiful Sanibel and Captiva. You don’t need a boating license in Florida, by the way; a regular driver’s license is sufficient.
Golfers will appreciate the area as well, as there are numerous well-tended golf courses in Cape Coral and Fort Myers.
Cape Coral currently has about 170,000 inhabitants. During the winter months, it’s easily 20,000 more. That is when the so-called “snowbirds” descend on the city: people from up north or Europeans who, like migratory birds, flee from the cold climate back home. They prefer to spend the winter months in their vacation home in sunshine and warmth!
The most popular areas in Cape Coral are the Yacht Club area (the first neighborhood to be built with homes from the 50s and 60s, located south of Cape Coral Pkwy), the Gold Coast (east of Del Prado Blvd. with homes from the 60s and 70s) and the Southwest part of town (between Pelican Blvd and Chiquita Blvd and south of Cape Coral Pkwy with modern homes built from the 90s on). The Cape Harbour community is located in the Southwest and considered one of the most upscale neighborhoods.
Solid Reasons for Purchasing Real Estate in Cape Coral
- An average of 355 days of sunshine per year
- Proximity to an international airport
- With almost 400 miles of waterways the “Venice of America” and a paradise for boaters
- One of the safest cities in Florida
- Near Sanibel and Captiva Island and their famous beaches
- On the Forbes and Money Magazine lists of most livable cities
- Short drive to Naples (about 45 min), Miami (2.5 hrs) or Orlando (about 3 hrs)
- Vacation paradise with established rental market for seasonal properties – which means excellent rental potential for your property
In 1957, brothers Jack and Leonard Rosen purchased about 103 square miles of undeveloped swamp land known as Redfish Point. Their idea was to turn the area into a “waterfront wonderland." They founded the Gulf American Land Corporation and started to excavate almost 400 miles of canals, using the dredged soil to raise embankments along the canals and create buildable land. The first homes were built in 1958. Six years later, the Cape Coral Bridge was constructed, connecting the city to Fort Myers. Due to the huge increase in population, a second bridge was completed in 1997, the so-called Midpoint Bridge.
The oldest neighborhood in Cape Coral, the Yacht Club area, was developed in the 1960.