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Wed Aug 9, 2017
Graphicsftmyers answered:
13 year soon to be former resident of Cape Coral SW.

Here are some facts:
-If you plan to work in Fort Myers, Estero etc. (where the good paying jobs are) DO NOT live in Cape Coral. I've commuted every work day across the bridge. Takes an average of 45 min to 1 hr to get to Gateway (17 miles). In season even worse. Don't believe me ? Drive from Santa Barbara to Fort Myers over the Midpoint at 7am.
Also no direct access to Rt 75.

-Regressive taxes: Cape Coral adds extra taxes to everything. Cell, Electric etc. Plan on a 80-100 water bill average. They also hit new accounts with a large deposit as well.

- High property crime: What those numbers that the real estate agents like to quote is violent crimes. Take a look at vehicle and property burglaries. It's off the charts. Park a car in your driveway, leave a garage door up - it will be broken into (locked or not).

-Canals not maintained: Cape Coral does not maintain or dredge, trim overgrowth of any of the canals on the fresh water side. Those nice pictures you see are from the SE portion (near the yacht club).

- 50-60% Rentals: many houses in Cape Coral are rental properties. You never know who, what the property owners will rent to. We were in a nicer neigh. In the SW. Many houses around us had people "buddying up" (5-7 cars parked) This includes city workers btw who are (exempt from code enforcement).

-Relocating for a job: Be REALLY careful about relocating to the area. The typical type of scam is -- a job offer and salary - once you uproot your family, you show up and the salary is cut (happened to me, friends and yes, with a contract) So when moving for a job, I would short term rent - see how it works out, then relocate. Live close to where you work. There are nothing but service and retail jobs in Cape Coral. All the larger employers are in FM, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Josephmoran7156 answered:
Have lived here 5+ years. Absolutely wonderful! Centrally located for fine dining, shopping, beaches, anything the Fort Myers area has to offer. It is well maintained by a great hoa board and a great place to live, enjoy life and raise a family. Check it out! ... more
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Tue Jan 17, 2017
Robert Guth answered:
There are a handful of award winning schools, and Cape Coral is generally safe all together. Ranked #2 safest city in Florida, by FBI statistics, and ranked 17th in the nation, with populations over 100,000.

You can check on school rankings and things to do in the area right here:

http://www.capecoralfortmyershomesonline.com/local-info
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Sat Mar 5, 2016
Realtor JudithAnnNew RE/MAX Realty Team answered:
Happy Saturday! I am familiar with, have buyers/investors/owners in Cypress Landing. Residents are extremely happy with their community and so they voice it. Great neighborhood atmosphere, security, low monthly fee and ever soooo close to all River District, Beaches, Shopping Galore up and down the Rt 41 corridor and a minute from I75. Call with any questions and for showings.

With all good wishes,
Realtor Judith Ann New, GRI, ABR, CDPE, CIAS, IRES
RE/MAX Realty Team
Recipient Executive Award
239.560.1423
www.JudithNew.com
#1 brokerage in Lee County MLS.... 6 years in a row
#1 RE/MAX Brokerage in Florida
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Sat Feb 27, 2016
Meyerb answered:
We bought here a year ago and really enjoy all of the people we've met in the building. Looks of social activities if you want and quiet & relaxing too. New Board has been great and management is very engaged with the owners interests. Well worth a look and a great "boutique" condo facility. Only 7 floors so no long waits for elevators and stairs are easy. ... more
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Thu Feb 18, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
The listing agent may not see your questions here in Q and A, you should go back and click on their profile and email them direct. One question i can answer is most often hang up is simply a 911 hang up call where the caller called 911 and hung up before speaking to the operator. ... more
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Wed Jul 22, 2015
Alex King 239-478-9898 answered:
Yes, I agree job search engines such as Monster or Indeed could be beneficial! Also, there is a company called "Algenol" based in Bonita/Estero area that might be up his alley. I recommend looking into it.

Hope that helps!
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Wed Jul 22, 2015
Alex King 239-478-9898 answered:
Hi there!

You are in for a treat and a big change in weather! In terms of schooling, www.greatschools.org is a great website to get unbiased reviews of public and private schools. As mentioned, Lee County has school choice meaning you will select and rank your top schools, and then Lee County will place you based off enrollment data. But Greatschools.org should assist in helping you assign rankings. I also recommend always asking to visit or tour a school before selecting it. I personally have gone into schools and asked for tours and information to see it first hand!

Fort Myers is growing especially in the Estero and Bonita Springs areas. Both have major companies and are becoming filled with young professionals.

Hope that helps!

Alex King
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Tue May 26, 2015
Floridakysguy answered:
As a new resident of Sail Harbour, I have witnessed a very hostile, overly aggressive manner in which fines and vehicle tows are orchestrated. We had overnight guest who arrived after midnight, and were uninformed (as we were) of the no on-street parking rules after midnight. Needless to say, our guests' vehicle was towed to an irresponsible vendor who overcharged and violates the FL status that vehicles must be stored within a 10 mile radius from point of origin. Rather than allow the gate guard to alert unsuspecting guests arriving after midnight where to park and current parking rules, they prefer that these guards are silent, and have cars towed at great expense and embarrassment to owners / renters who would prefer that their guests not endure this upon 1st breach. Calls to their Management company over the weekend in an effort to resolve the issue were not returned, and a call to the company on the first business day suggested that they were unreceptive to the notion that their gate house guard could serve any viable purpose of alerting overnight guests to the strict on-street parking rules to avoid the direct consequence of having their vehicle towed aggressively without any 1st warning system which a large number of HOAs employ. My discussions with longer term owners and renters suggests an overall awareness of the over aggressiveness towards fines and towing on a large number of issues. While I support HOA rules to encourage good behaviors and maintain property value, Sail Harbour has approached this at a level of overaggressiveness that makes it difficult to recommend a purchase here, given other options, much less rent here. ... more
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Fri Sep 19, 2014
Emily Konopasek answered:
Hi Eileen,

A couple years ago, I looked at buying/renting in Cypress Landing so I know the area quite well. The units are very cute inside. The couple I looked at have an easy open floor plan with a half bath downstairs and bedrooms and baths upstairs. As with everyone, what I may consider a pro or con may differ from your idea. So here are a couple facts from someone who is very familiar with the area as well as the community.

Cypress Landing is in a very good area of Fort Myers with easy access to grocery stores, restaurants and other conveniences. The area is also close to 75 which makes access to the best shopping and dining only minutes away. The community has (or at least did two years ago) a unique gate system that electronically identifies each visitor which is a nice feature. When I visited it seemed to be quieter than other condo/townhouse communities in the area I had toured. The community grounds seemed well maintained and it gave an overall comfortable feeling.

They are a little bit farther from the beach - I'd say 25-30 minutes in light traffic. I am not sure if you would consider that a pro or a con. The only other thing I would consider with this community is how long you plan to own the property. Looking at sales in the last year, there are a lot of units currently listed and many have been bought and sold in the last year. That can keep values from rising until inventory is a little lower. If you plan to own for a while, you should see some return on your investment. When I looked into buying/renting, there were a higher number of foreclosures in the area and those seem to be decreasing which is an advantage for you.

I hope some of this information helps. If you have any other questions or would like info on other areas or communities, I would be happy to help (no pressure, just info). In advance, welcome to paradise :)

Emily Konopasek
emilysellsnaples@gmail.com
239-595-2634
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Mon May 12, 2014
Robert Guth answered:
Ultimately, you will need to pay to have an inspection done. They might list the fact that it has defective drywall, and perhaps you can make that determination yourself by examining the property yourself. But this is an important decision, so an inspection is a must to have complete peace of mind. ... more
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Mon May 12, 2014
Robert Guth answered:
I wouldn't hesitate to put my mother in any of those communities. I'm a Cape Coral native, and watched all of these areas grow. The FBI recently ranked Cape Coral as one of the safest cities in America. If when you are here, I'd be happy to show you around and help you look at real estate. My website offers a lot of great information about our area, real estate, and more. ... more
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Nice areas are all about personal preferences, budgets, wants, needs, lifestyle; therefore consider researching the areas of interest on your own, and take the time to visit more than once, then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you... ... more
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Sat Jul 27, 2013
Sarah Garrett answered:
The Terraces of Riverwalk are not gated like the Alta Mar unit is. Your view is nothing like that of Alta Mar. At best you will have a wooded area or other buildings to look at.
Happy to help you with your search, gaining access to units, negotiating contracts and details.
Sarah Garrett, Realtor
ALLIANCE REALTY GROUP
"Chosen Best in Client Satisfaction 2006-2012" by Gulfshore Life Magazine
Cell: 239-464-8620
Email: sarahgarrett@argfl.com
Web Access to MLS: www.swfloridahomebuyer.listingbook.com
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Kristen Pell answered:
Yes, I have compiled a list as a resource for buyers just like you. Here you go! :)
Let me know if you have any questions. I'd love to help you.
http://propertyguiding.com/2013/01/17/gated-community-resource-guide/ ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Jeanie answered:
Bell Tower Park is a very nice gated community for small children. There are two pool in the community and a very nice playground. South Fort Myers is very nice and the crime rate in this community is next to none. My children excelled in the school system, in fact that is why we choose this area. ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Jeanie answered:
This was interesting. I just checked my area in Bell Tower Park. We had no police reports.
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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Mudshark48 answered:
I've heard good things about Pine Ridge at Fort Myers, a 55+ gated community and yet no one is mentioning it. Should I avoid it or is there a particular reason why this community is being ignored? ... more
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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Wendy Newswanger answered:
The community is pet friendly, for rentals, it depends on the owner whether or not they allow pets
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