Estero is definitely a nicer area, closer to the beach, better climate and thus will see higher appreciation.
If you want my personal opinion, the YES I would pay $18K more for Estero any day of the week.
If you're comparing builder models, you might actually be able to get an Estero home for a similar price as Clermont home. It's all about negotiations. If you'd like representation in your transaction with the builder, we'd be happy to help.
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While I am biased towards Estero and southwest Florida, I think this is a personal preference and economic question that you need to decide. Where would you rather invest and live? Can you afford the extra $30,000?
Good luck with your decision and purchase!
As stated below they are two very different areas. In Estero you are about 20 minutes from the beach and many water sports. You can take a boat to Key West for the day. Sanibel and Captiva, rated as some of the best beaches are a 25 minutes drive.
When comparing you may also want to check both school ratings and crime statistics.
If you are financing your purchase, I can understand the appeal of "Free Closing worth $16000", but would your closing costs even reach that amount? (If you were paying cash, your closing costs would be minimal). Is it a developer offering no closing costs on your finance charges? Hmmm, I would wonder why they are anxious to hand over $16000 to get the sale? If the exact same model is for sale in Estero, you can ask the local developer to match the offer. I don't know Clermont, but I sure know Estero, and the choice would be easy for me. How about 15 minutes to the beach, no freezing temps in the winter, fishing in the gulf, golf courses everywhere, easy traffic, close to everything, great people... and the list goes on. But you have to make the choice based on your situation. I would say, come on down to Estero, Hamilton. You will love it here.
John Fee - Keller Williams Elite Realty
Estero has pretty much everything you could need.