The most sought after area for families would be the SW Cape as it is close to some very well established schools (however we are school choice in Lee County, log into their website at: http://www.lee.k12.fl.us/home.aspx
) and parents seem to be drawn to the newer homes available in these neighborhoods.
Retirees seem to be looking for a real bargain and seem to be open to all of the Cape depending on their specific needs. Many future retirees are buying now and renting the property out so that they don't miss out on the prices today, when they still have 5 plus years til retirement.
I grew up on the Cape, I've lived in the NE, SE and SW Cape and went through all of my school years here and now raising my family here in the SW Cape. I would be happy to help you during your research stages and when you come to the area to look at properties.
I would suggest that you use a website that offers you a place to look at properties listed for sale and gives you tools to do research as well. Do take the time to look at http://www.welcomehome2swfl.com
I would also be happy to send you our monthly MLS report, it's very useful in researching our local market.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to helping you with your real estate goals...best of luck to you!
Debbie Stack - Sellstate Professional Realty, Inc.