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Kristiengoc, Home Buyer in Pelican, Cape Coral,...

I am looking to buy a single family home in a nice, new development. I want a place that doesn't have a lot of hurricanes. Any advice?

Asked by Kristiengoc, Pelican, Cape Coral, FL Tue Mar 9, 2010

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As a general rule, avoid the coast. However, keep in mind that even in coastal areas, the areas with the closest proximity to the coast get the brunt of the storms. That is why anything on the other side of I75 in Fort Myers for instance is not considered in a flood zone and normally doesn't get it bad even if a storm sneaks up in SW Florida. If you are concerned about storms, I would suggest stay away from the immediate coast, Ft. Myers Beach, Cape Coral, etc. areas... Fort Myers, Gateway, Estero around Gulf Coast Town Center and Lehigh Acres would be safer in my opinion.
5 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 19, 2012
I've lived in Cape Coral (Pelican area) for 25 years and had to deal with one Category 4 Hurricane (Charly). At the time we had an older home so we decided to pack up the family, friends and pets and we all went to a model home that we built in Ft. Myers. I felt safe there. Since then we tore our old home down and built our dream home. Aubuchon Homes actually builds homes above and beyond the current hurricane codes. If we have a threat of another Hurricane such as Charly I won't be leaving my house because I have the security of being in a "Code Plus" home. You may want to consider building. Tarpon Point is a nice development as well as Cape Harbour. They both have many amenities that most people want in their neighborhoods. Shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Jacque Miloff
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 18, 2010
Cape Coral or Fort Myers is the area you want to be. Search the webpages from all agents to find your realtor you want to work with. We all offer the same homes since we all share the MLS but you have to find the realtor you want to work with. or will help you find your home as well
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 10, 2010
Here is a resource to preview the gated communities in Cape Coral. It includes all the active listings in each community and is updated daily:

Good luck with your search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 10, 2010
Sure, that's easy. AVOID THE COASTS! Best new single family homes I can think of right now are in Villagewalk at Lake Nona in Orlando. Check it out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 9, 2010
As Lloyd mentioned, the west coast is not as susceptible to hurricanes as the east coast. "Donna" hit back in 1960 and then we were not hit again until 2004. His recommendation of Sandoval is also a very good recommendation if you want to live in a gated community.

I recommend you open up a FREE listingbook acct at - This will allow you to access to public side of the MLS (multiple listing service) where you can search all of the active homes for sale regardless of which real estate office has the property listed. When you find a property you would like more information on, there is a link that sends you straight to that community’s information and demographics.

Feel free to email me or give me a call if I can be of further assistance.

Terry McCarley, Realtor, Remax Realty Team
cell: 239-707-4575
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 9, 2010
Just to comment on Lloyd's answer. Using the NOAA web site, plugging in Zip Code 33991, and searching for hurricanes that have hit within 25 miles, I came up with:

Category 4

Category 4

Not Named
Category 3

Not Named
Category 2

Not Named
Category 3

Not Named
Category 3

There have been others. Cape Coral's web site even has a web site on hurricanes. See

And here's a link to YouTube Videos on Hurricane Charley:

So while I'm sure that Cape Coral gets fewer hurricanes than areas on the east coast, you'll still have a chance of being hit.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Not too many hurricanes in Kansas and Missouri. But you might get a few tornados.

Not too many hurricanes in California. But you might get an earthquake.

Not too many hurricanes in Minnesota. But you'll get plenty of snow.

OK. Somewhat more seriously . . .

Any place in Florida is going to be susceptible to hurricanes. In fact the whole area from Texas and Louisiana (remember Katrina) up around Florida at least to the Carolinas will get some. I live in Virginia, and while actual hurricanes are rare, we end up with some pretty big storms as the remnants of the hurricanes come over.

There's a really neat site at that lets you plot hurricanes by zip code, name of hurricane, etc.

And here's a static map that shows the paths of all tropical storms: From that, it looks like you might want to consider Oregon, or North or South Dakota.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
May I suggest Sandoval in Cape Coral. Sandoval is a gated community with many ammenities including Fishing Pier, bike and Jog path, Tennis, and Fitness Center. Newer homes. There are other communities that may suit you. For more info and photos, please feel free to drop me an email or call.
As for hurricanes, between 1960 and 2004, there were no hurricanes to hit this area of Florida. The west coast is not as much as target as the east coast of Florida.

Lloyd Nichols
Right Choice Realty LLC
cell: 239-810-2980
office: 239-463-5217
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