I highly rate Fort Myers Especially all communities South of Colonial Boluvard and West of I-75.
I want to let all of you know in advance that I am a Local REALTOR with Century 21 - Sunbelt Realty and I am constantly visiting homes and neighborhoods throughout the area. You can call me for advice or if you need help finding a home at 239.287.7269
I live and work in a local neighborhood called San Carlos Park which is the furthest point south of Fort Myers. San Carlos Park is one of the last affordable non- HOA neighborhoods along Tamiami Trail (Rout 41) The neighborhood features well maintained homes built in the 1980's to brand new construction homes. Home Prices range from $175k to the 300's. There are good schools in the area and with Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs only 20 minutes away, you can't beat the location.
There are Plenty of good local restaurants in the area and within 5-10 minutes shopping at Gulf Coast Town Center and Miromar Outlets is convenient. San Carlos Park Also has Close Proximity to Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Find out more about San Carlos Park at www.FortMyersHomesinParadise.com
Other Communities For Consideration
Fort Myers River District
A new urban city center is emerging along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in Downtown Fort Myers. The Fort Myers River District, a new and sophisticated urban center featuring many trendy restaurants, shops, and a vibrant nightlife scene. Urban high rise condos along the river front feature luxury resort pools and other amenities. The condos have a convenient trolly transportation system to the river district shops and restaurants.
You can also find many bargain single family homes in the area along the Caloosahatchee River. That have excellent investment potential.
Gateway Area Fort Myers Community Information
Gateway is a great neighborhood located in Fort Myers, Florida just off I-75 in between Daniels Parkway and Colonial Blvd. Gateway is a master planned community with over 3,000 acres of neighborhoods, schools, parks, trails, golf courses, dog parks, community pools, a six-field soccer complex, dining and the Boston Red Sox Spring Training facility. Gateway has quick access to Southwest Florida International Airport.
The Gateway schools are Treeline Elementary School, Gateway Charter Elementary School, Gateway Elementary School, BROWN Academy, Gateway Charter School and Gateway Charter High School.
This community features jogging / walking, and bike paths along with soccer fields, baseball fields, playgrounds, golf courses, a country club, community pools, and dog parks.
Gateway is located within minutes of the spring training homes for two of the top Major League Baseball (MLB) teams in their divisions, theTwins and Red Sox. Close to the sun, fun, and fishing available on Fort Myers Beach, the Caloosahatchee River, Lovers Key or the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
Briarcliff Neighborhood Fort Myers Home Search
Briarcliff is a neighborhood located in South Fort Myers which features larger wooded lots and many estate homes. The Briarcliff neighborhood has a mix of both gated and non-gated single-family developments offering a wide-range of housing options for many different lifestyles and budgets.
Briarcliff is located off US-41 south of Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Briarcliff Road is the main thoroughfare in the community running eastward from US-41 to its termination just west of Fiddlesticks Country Club.
McGregor Community Information
McGregor area is home to some of the best communities in Southwest Florida. Built along McGregor Boulevard were the winter homes of Fort Myers legends Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. The majestic royal palms that line McGregor Boulevard were originally planted during the 1920s Fort Myers boom era. These magnificent Royal Palms, many surpassing 75 feet, give Fort Myers its nickname as "the City of Palms."
Iona, FL Community Information
With its proximity to Sanibel Island, the neighborhood of Iona is a great place to live. Located north of Summerlin blvd. and bordered by the Caloosahatchee River this neighborhood features private gated and non gated communities. You can even find old Florida homes built in the early 1920's.
The popular golf course affiliated with Shell Point Retirement Community is public and The Gulf Harbour Country Club is located in the gated community of Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club.
Iona restaurants often serve as a meeting spot for Fort Myers people. A lot of reallly great restaurants are here, from the wildly popular rock-themed Yabo, to Roadhouse Cafe, which has live jazz several nights a week.
For Shopping try the Tanger Factory Stores which lie at the entrance to the Iona neighborhood, and holds dozens of name-brand stores, all with deep discounts. The neighborhood also has a large, popular fruit stand, and more than one place to buy fresh seafood.
I lived in Fort Myers, Florida for a period of about two years, while I took a short hiatus from college. I needed to get away and relax for a while and I have to say, Fort Myers was a great place to do this. Like anywhere, there is both good and bad to this city. However, I have to say overall, Fort Myers is a great place to visit but not extremely adaptable for families or anyone trying to make more than ten dollars and hour at, in most cases, a dead in job.
The things I enjoyed most about Fort Myers is the fact, that no matter where you live you are within ten minutes of sun, sand, dining, shopping and extraordinary night life. When I stayed in Fort Myers I lived in several different apartments. Two where in gated areas while the others were not. I never had any problems with any type of crime first-hand, however heard about it frequently. There is a large number of gated communities within Fort Myers which is where I would recommend anyone looking to stay in the area check out. Most of the homes are nice and well-kept and anyone interested in moving to the area should research the housing prior to moving.
The only negative aspect of Fort Myers is that finding steady, year round work that pays more than ten dollars an hour is a challenge. I worked several odd jobs when I needed extra spending money, however none paid over nine dollars an hour. If you are relying on a steady income you should secure a job that offers this prior to moving, because they are few and far between.
Overall, I would recommended Fort Myers to visit, however I had to leave for a steady paying job. The city offers endless sunshine, a year-round warm climate and breath taking landscapes, that can lure you in. My advice is to be smart and have all you ducks in a row so you can enjoy all the wonderful things that Fort Myers has to offer.
I went to Fort Myers twice, first in 2009, second in 2010. Both times, I rented a bicycle and managed to explore the whole city. I had a great experience with shopping, nightlife, beaches, parks, and of course the people. Although I did, at one point, encounter a few spotty areas that looked a little iffy, especially one area between Henderson and Highland Avenues just south of Martin Luther King Blvd. Otherwise, my experience was really nice. I went to Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, and even explored most of Cape Coral as well.The Key West Ferry was also a fabulous experience.