Good luck with your search!
I wouldn't say there are pitfalls to being on waterfront. But not all waterfront is the same. So it depends on what you are looking for. There are freshwater canals and gulf access canals. Gulf access is higher priced. If you only want to be on water, freshwater will serve your purpose. If you want to be able to get out to the gulf, you will need a gulf access canal or lake. In that case, you will want to know how far and how long it is to get to the open water, as well as whether there are any bridges to pass under which will limit the size of boat you can have. Waterfront does increase property value, and thereby your taxes. Also, gulf access may bring with it the need for flood insurance.
If you would like to discuss this further, have any other questions, or would like a free no-obligation account in Listingbook, give me a call or email me and I will be happy to assist. Listingbook is the public side of my multiple listing service. With it, you can search my MLS 24/7 just like an Agent.
Let me know how I can be of service.
RE/MAX Island Harbor
There aren't so much pitfalls, as things to consider, as you can see from your other answers. One thing I didn't see mentioned is flood insurance. In some areas of Cape Coral that are on canals, you would also be required to carry flood insurance.
My suggestion is to get with a local realtor and they will be able to help you will any of your questions or concerns. We can also set you up to search directly through our MLS on your own and then consult your Realtor with any questions.
If you need any help, feel free to call me. I am a buyer's agent in Cape Coral and would be happy to help you.
Selling Paradise Realty
Wishing you all the luck on your home search,
If you are thinking about Gulf Access you need to know that there is restricted and unrestricted access as well as Sailboat Access and Access where you have to pass bridges to get out to the ocean which might not be suitable for Sailboats or higher motor boats. HOmes in SW Cape Coral which are located west of Chiquita Blvd have to go through a lock to get out to the Gulf of Mexico, there are areas in SE where you have to go through a lift to get out.
Also you need to know that sometimes it is about 1 hour or longer boat ride to get to the ocean and that there is idle speed in most of the canals.
Hope that helped you a little
Also good access, Unit 1 and 4 Yacht club area.
Unit 7, 11, 12 east of Del Prado
I think first you need to determine what criteria is most iimportant to as well as your short and long term plans are regarding the purchase. If you would like to share that information with me, then I could more accurately describe the pros and cons of living on a canal. I have experience personally and as a real estate agent regarding canal property in the cape since 1999 and would love to help you in your decision making process. Please feel free to call me at 239-560-9139 or email me @ email@example.com. Have a great forth!!
Give me a call or send me an email with any questions. I look forward to being able to assist you to find just the right property to fit your needs.
You made a great choice in deciding purchasing a home in Cape Coral.
Prices have never been that low and you can purchase a waterfront home
with great value.
You have askedâ€¦ what are the pitfalls? Please explain your question a bit more in details.
I have a very detailed page on my website about the different canal systems and distances
to the Gulf of Mexico. I also explain fresh water canals, Bridges etc. and provided you with the link
If I can answer any of your questions please do not hesitate to call me at 239-699-0142
or email: Liloc@att.net.
There are so many homes for sale you have to consider what kind of access you want. As an example; when I first bought here I thought I wanted sailboat access. That means no bridges or power lines to obstruct my way. But after looking at many houses throughout the Cape, I found a house in Unit 74 that I realy liked, AT THE RIGHT PRICE, but it was behind one bridge and a lock and forty minutes of canal travel time. So, like any decision we make there comes into play COMPROMISE. After thinking about it, the liklihood of owning another sailboat in these shallow waters didn't make sense and Scuba diving/ fishing was more interesting. . Getting a newer, bigger house was more important to me, even though there was a bridge.
Call me if you want to talk more.
239 989 2950
If you are looking for a Gulf Access canal home do you need quick access or are you okay with a 45 minute ride to get out. Do you have a tall boat because if you do then some properties won't work because there are bridges you need to go under. Also depending upon which side of Cape Coral you may have to go through a lock. I will be happy to speak with you about the waterfront properties. Please give me a call at 239-896-4401.
Cape Realty Inc.
Not too many pitfalls living on the water. It all depends on what your goals are. You will pay higher taxes and insurance beside that you are literally sailing! Feel free to call or email me with questions or concerns.
Look forward in helping you and your family! =)
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty