The Cape is a great place to live. Yes hot months but after summer is over our weather is great. Sometimes sweater weather. Lowest crime rate an A. So many amenities and things to do, or not do, just sit around your pool or go to the yacht club and swim or the small beach there. Sun splash is also great, small theater with good shows. We have large lots large back yards. Been here for 15 years and have not seen a rat or mice I'm sure we have them what city doesn't? I am amazed at the folks that say Cape Coral is horrible because it is not at all. It is quiet, average traffic, very very nice schools, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping and more. Folks need to go out and see the Cape and enjoy everything it has to offer. A very family oriented city. Do not believe the forums that put the cape Down.
My husband and I were so happy to find such a beautiful, peaceful place to vacation...SURPRISE!!There is a very well kept secret in Cape Coral and I don't know how. Upon arriving into town, we stopped to pick up a few groceries and were greeted by a huge RAT running along the sidewalk right in front of the store! OK we thought...couldn't be that many...WRONG! Arrived at our "Villa" ( term used to interest renters) and it was a nice little house in a decent neighborhood on a canal. The day before we left my husband found a surprise on the steps to the dock.....ANOTHER RAT!Upon inspection he could see where there was tons of activity under the concrete right by the pool! Upon getting ready to leave the realtor came for an inspection to make sure we hadn't gone over our electric allotment (can you imagine worrying about how much electric you've use for a week after paying over $2000) and my husband tactfully explained about the rat he found...here's the good part...realtor said "OH WE DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THEM, THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE OF HURTING SOMEONE'S ANIMAL"...really? Rats can kill small pets! In researching this problem I discovered that they are literally all over the place there because of the canals...DISGUSTING!! Pretty, peaceful or whatever...NO THANKS! Not one review that I read said anything about the huge rat population. Tons of snakes, alligators & other wildlife is one thing, but RATS! The shear number of rat exterminators between there and Fort Myers tells the story too...literally a couple hundred! They are there for a reason. So sad that I have read about people buying there sight unseen...and no one says a word. Storm sewers are open right from the canals into the front yards...straight shot for the rats...come on people!
For sure Cape Coral is a beautiful scenic city with great weather, but has a very shady government that’s like the wild – wild west.. No check and balance by the media. Maybe if that book gets discovered, it may make the city government clean up their act. Don’t have much respect for the local churches. Government condemns a church, prohibits a religious group to practice their religion, and not one church has stood up and objected. I had problems getting on site. It was washed all together in prior post. The site isbelow if anyone also had trouble checking it out.www.thereisnoplacelikecapecoral.com
If you really want to know what to expect when you come to Cape Coral Florida, check out my new book going to press in a few months.www.thereisnoplacelikecapecoral.comNestled on a peninsula bordering the Caloosahatchee River, in the largest master planned community in the United States, sits the City of Cape Coral Florida. Where 400 miles of canals, twist and turn throughout, Cape Coral has been named the waterway capital of the world, where tens of thousands of part time residents flock each winter to escape the harsh winters of their permanent homes. Snowbirds, as they are referred as, are often delighted with the beautiful scenery, open spaces, and the clean fresh air. Reportedly, these seasonal residents, who come each year to golf, fish, and just relax from their hectic other life, own almost 40% of the housing in Cape Coral. With little interest of politics and government, few ever experience the dark side of the community.“Yes, Marni, There is No Place Like Cape Coral,” tells a different story. One of corruption, tyranny, and an Un-Christian and discriminatory local government who abuse their authority in an unchecked like manner. The local media, in fear of staining the four and one half billion-dollar tourist trade, forgot that they were once the check and balance of wrongful acts of governments, and hide the reign of terror that exists.“Yes, Marni, There is No Place Like Cape Coral,” tells the story of a influential rich city who have no qualms in discriminating against the poor, disabled, and disadvantage residents they don’t want.Originally designed to disclose a single story of a local Religious group’s battle with the city, “No Place” has now evolved into a massive story that will be published in two separate volumes. Volume One takes you through the abuse of authority and conspiracy with a known felon to “destroy” the Haven of Divine Love’s humanitarian contributions to the citizens of Cape Coral, while Volume Two documents the violations of religious liberty and aftermath of their actions.“Yes, Marni, There is No Place Like Cape Coral,” By Howard Cantrell
I am renting a house in NE Cape Coral in the Gator Circle area. If you want to buy a house here, be prepared to pay between $18,000 and $38,000 in water, sewer, and irrigation assessments. The city is bringing city water and sewer to every home and there is no way to opt out. Most homes in the NE or NW as of 2017 are still on well water and septic. Especially in the last year, home values have increased so much that buying a house will be much more expensive than it would have been when I moved here in 2014, but still more affordable than many other areas of the country. That said, this is a quiet and very peaceful area that is abundant in wildlife. We have seen several alligators, (one walked past our house) iguanas, lizards, frogs, snakes, sea birds of all kinds, deer, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, armadillos, a wild boar, and a black bear across the street. The area is quiet and just lovely. There are many empty lots here in NE Cape, and many snowbirds as well. If you like freedom from hoas and peace and quiet, then this is your place.Cape Coral's crime rate has an A rating on Areavibes.com. The city has a huge police force. I would feel safe walking here, except that a lot of people let their dogs run loose and we have been approached and even attacked several times by dogs. The shopping is not bad. There are a couple of Targets and Walmarts, as well as a few department stores, discount stores, etc. but no real mall. Fort Meyers has good shopping though, and it's not too far away. Cape Coral has a river "beach", but no ocean. If you want to go to a real beach, you will have to drive about 30 minutes or so to go to Fort Meyers. There are two$2.00 toll bridges to get into Cape Coral, and two free bridges east of Cape Coral in North Fort Meyers. The hospital has been ok, but medical costs are higher here than where we came from. (A snake bite bill from the Cape Hospital er was $2,000.)There are good and bad doctors, like everywhere, and the same for dentists. People do not seem as open and friendly as what I am used to, but over time they warm up. In a neighborhood like this one you have to put yourself out there because people seem to keep more to themselves. I am not a nightlife person, so have no clue what to rate it.Overall, this has been a nice place to live.
Hey can we get some builders, some buyers, some events, some restaurants PLEASE, SOME RESTAURANTS! Slow progress in the right direction. Property values are so low in certain spots, these gaps areas, it is almost unbelievable. I'm a Realtor in Southwest Florida and I just sold a condominium, 2 bedroom 2 bath in Downtown, Historic River District, second floor, an 8 block walk to river, a 4 block walk to the start of River District Historic area restaurants & shops, and redesigned to attract vacationers, snowbird, the baby boomers.... Right? But this listing sold for a mere $26,500. WHAT. HEY World, Retire in Fort Myers, for that price you can buy and use it as a family getaway or group purchase you and 5 couples pay $5k cash and boom, a warm weather getaway. Just saying, come see me come and BUY property now or well HONESTLY, I, am going to prospect, blog and promote and try to get this pretty awesome, totally unbelievably & affordable area.... SOLD OUT.So. I attest to keeping news floating about ,whats hot and where the deals lie, but last time I will suggest October - January of 2017, (Pre-Season Months). Last time, I promise you will have the lowest prices you will ever see in this metropolitan marketplace ever again. #RealtorAmazeMarc
Ive been living here for about 13 years and boy do i love it here, although there arent good clothing stores, fort myers clothings stores are average so you can go there depending where you live. The dining isnt too good or bad as most of them are from hispanic heritage if you are into that stuff. There are some bars here but around my area there are no nightclubs. There are good theatres but some are in fort myers, . The community can be bad or good in some parts but overall i see a couple of kids playing games in my street and the people here are friendly, there are almost no crimes here. The atractions are ok The best one is sun splashthere is a liabary and some arcades for kids. Overall its good if you are a family, One bad is thing is snowbirds. Way too much snowbirds
Cape coral is disgusting, I liked it when I first moved here, however the only jobs here are low wage positions, city employees make a ton and do nothing what so ever, I have personally seen them do absolutely nothing but enjoying the A/C in their city owned trucks! Do something like fix roads, whereas all that tax money going to? Gas for you to sit A/C all day? And for some ungodly reason it is called a "boaters paradise"! where is the paradise??? The water is brown like toilet water darn near year round, you cannot own a boat unless it is stored in the back yard out of view, in the water, in a canal or lift, or at some expensive storage facility ,you cannot work on it in your driveway if it breaks down, even wash or wax it up in the driveway because the neighborhood code enforcement Nazi will be all over it the moment you walk away, say to the store or something. The canals have a lot of trash floating around, they don't dredge them so most are not navigational due to silt run off. You cannot do absolutely nothing without paying the city a fee for this or that, good luck replacing a roof! that takes weeks of inspections at each stage, at a price of coarse. The taxes go up with the tides.. rentals are way way out of control due to the "Investors" buying up all the foreclosures that the banks scammed out of its residents, there is no control over speeding in this city, there are only 3 bridges that are so packed with traffic it is insane to get across in the morning to get to work because there are no livable wages in the city! Pedestrians and people on bikes get run over all the time because there are no sidewalks in most of the neighborhoods but its always the vehicle drivers fault it seems... so tell me again where's the paradise in cape coral??? basically this is for rich people with big money who have nothing to do but be code enforcement Nazis! I left my boat trailer out front to go and pick up my boat from a mechanic and low and behold some one on my street called code enforcement because it was an eyesore, really??? I it was there one day and now there will be the worst piece of shit car that even a junk yard would refuse, parked there in its place till I get the F$&^( out of this Nazi town!!
I have lived here since I was little (moved here 1977). I moved away for college but came back since it's such a wonderful area. It's constantly growing with new businesses and restaurants coming in. People are very friendly and the schools are awesome. Night live can be a little slow as there are only a few bars downtown, but u can go to Fort Myers (about 10 mins away) for more bars. Crime is low and houses are affordable. There is also a small water park that is open in the summer. I wish this city had a little more stuff to do ( like art or science) but overall can't complain. Population here used to be an elderly community but now it's a combination of young and old and lots of families. If u have kids the Cape uses a school choice system where u pick your top schools that u want and then it goes to a lottery system. If u get in on the first batch, you usually have a great chance of getting your first choice ( especially for kindergarden, 6th grade and 9th). But even if u don't all the schools are great.
Best way to tell it is to look at www.havenofdivinelove.net
FACTS ABOUT THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL FLORIDA
Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico Coast. It was founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, per-planned community for the wealthy. The city grew to a population of 154,305 by the year 2010. The city's population estimate was 165,831 for 2013 comprising of 73.5% white; 19.5% Hispanic or Latino; 4.3% black or African America; and the balance is other. The median household income is $49,170, mostly because of the high wages of city employees, but has 14.1% of the local residents below the poverty level. With an area of 120 square miles (310 km), Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. The city is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland", since with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world. It is estimated that 46% of the housing is owned by out of state or out of country parties who pay a higher tax to the local government being non residents of the state, county, or city. Yet, because most of them are older, retired, or only visit the area during the winter months, the City of Cape Coral does not have to provide many of the costly services, such as schools, fire, and police of a normal city, saving millions of dollars that allows for higher employment and wages to city personnel.
The City Counsel is predominately run by ex-city employees and/or elected predominately by the city employee's union block. During the past 20 plus years, the voting turnout averages between 18-20%, in which the city's employee block comprises of just over 15%, making it almost impossible for non-city affiliates to be elected. Thus, the city is run by the city employees for their own benefit.
Even though The City of Cape Coral has a 14.1% population below the poverty level, they have no, and refuse to allow, any Homeless Shelters. They also have no Missions, or allow any religious Church or Organizations to operate Missions for the homeless. Additionally, The City of Cape Coral Florida has no HUD housing for low income seniors, disabled, of veterans that most cities encourage and support.
THE HAVEN OF DIVINE LOVE IS THE ONLY FACILITY WITHIN THE ENTIRE CITY OF CAPE CORAL FLORIDA THAT PROVIDES LOW COST HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME SENIOR CITIZENS AND PERSONS OF LIMITED DISABILITIES. BY PROVIDING SUBSIDIES FROM ITS RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY, HOUSING COSTS TO ITS RESIDENTS IS OVER $200.00 BELOW AREA RENTALS. SINCE THE HAVEN OF DIVINE LOVE WAS BUILT IN 2000, THE CITY HAS DONE ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO DETER ITS OPERATIONS AND CLOSE IT DOWN, BECAUSE THE JUST DON'T WANT TO HAVE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED PERSONS LIVING WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY.
The City of Cape Coral Florida is one of the most disorganized, mismanaged, and dysfunctional cities throughout the entire USA, and one of the most abusive to low income seniors, disabled persons,
Thinking about moving to Cape Coral, please read this first. I wish someone would have written something like this before we moved our family here. I have lived in Cape Coral, Florida for 1.5 years now and I can say that this is by far the worse place I have ever lived. There is no sense of community here, so if you are looking for a place where you can meet neighbors and create friendships this is definitely not going to be a good fit. Neighbors do not speak with each other and often times homes around you are vacant up to 6-months out of the year because they are owned by snowbirds. There are vey few actual neighborhoods and most housing is actually built right off of the roadways; which is just weird in my opinion. Not many people decorate their homes for the holidays and almost no one participates in Halloween, it literally becomes a ghost town where all lights are off in all homes. This is not the typical Floridian city and southern hospitality does not exist here. A lot of the people you will interact with within the SW Florida area will demonstrate a lot of passive aggressive behavior, I'm not sure why this is maybe it's because they aren't sure if you are a snowbird or an actual resident or an American for that matter since a lot of Europeans, especially Germans, vacation here for some reason. One plus is that the crime rate is low, you can definitely walk out of your house and feel safe. The job market seems to be good in the area, most jobs are located between Fort Myers and Naples, so travel time to work is typically 30 minutes to an hour. Companies down here do tend to pay better than other parts of Florida, so that is definitely a plus. If you can speak Spanish your services may get you paid more money. There are very few restaurants worth eating at in Cape Coral and in order to get actual edible cuisine you have to leave the city and travel at least 30 minutes or sometimes an hour away to other cities which means you pretty much are going to have to pay a $2.00 toll to get back home (however,we do have some chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesdays, Chili's, and others). Gas and food prices are high compared to other parts of the state. Shopping is a nightmare! There are NO malls in Cape Coral at all. If you need clothing your choices are Target, Walmart, Kohls, Bealls, and a JCPenny. You have to leave the cape and drive at least 30 minutes or more in order to reach an actual mall or decent clothing store. If you are looking for kids clothes, you might as well just hang it up and order everything on-line because kids clothes down here is almost non-existent. What is carried in the kids departments around the area looks like the left over clothes that couldn't be sold in other stores -it's pretty bad. Also the kids departments are extremely small. The one good thing about "The Cape" is that the schools are great and are a lot better than other public school systems in Florida. However, the school system here is on a "lottery system" so even though you get to "pick" your child's school you basically are just listing all the schools in order from most desirable to least desirable and then your child's fate hangs in the balance of the lottery. They might get the school you wanted and then again they may get the school that was 5th on their list. If you have children please read the rest of my post!!! The children here do not play with each other, most of the time you do not even know if you have children living near you because the kids are never outside playing with each other. Playdates are hard to set-up due to most parents around here just do not respond to any type of invites, this includes b-day parties - this is just a known fact around here! If you want your child to get social interaction other than school you will have to put them in after school activities. Sports are really big around here especially soccer. They do have lots of sports sign-ups, martial arts classes, and dance studios in the cape. There are NO toy stores, NO bookstores, and No attractions (other than nature walks and parks) in the cape. The most important issue we have had since we moved here is medical care. Once you pass Tampa good medical care goes out the window and cannot be found again until you make it to Miami. If you or anyone in your family has any type of medical issue, regardless of how small, do NOT move here. You will not be able to receive the type of treatment you need. In order to make an appointment and just become an established patient with JUST a primary care physician it can take as long as 3 months. You don't even want to know what the time frame would be for a specialist and that's if there is even that specific type of specialist in the area (some specialists in the area are on a 6 month wait!). Most of the time if you are in need of a specialist, especially for pediatrics, you will have to go to Miami or Tampa. Yes, there is a children's hospital in Fort Myers, but it is not a very good one. There is a hospital in Cape Coral, not sure I would ever want to be admitted there, but there is one. The Cape Coral Hospital is not a pediatric hospital. The nearest pediatric hospital is in Fort Myers in Lee Memorial's Health Park which is about a 20-30 minute drive or longer depending on what part of the Cape you live in. Unexpected health issues can leave you very frustrated as getting in to be seen by your doctor can take days, even for pediatric patients, they do not care if it's a baby or an 80 year old man they will literally not do anything to try and accommodate you in their schedule. I have witnessed many babies with ear infections where parents have been told that the doctor can see them in 3 days. The healthcare system is so poorly ran and congested down here that the quality of care is horrible at best. My children have been misdiagnosed, given the wrong medications, and sent home from the hospital instead of being admitted while bleeding internally, so when I say to be careful with the healthcare system I am not joking or trying to blow situations out of proportion, you really have to be paying close attention to your medical treatment down here. I'm not trying to be overly negative in my review but it is what it is here in Cape Coral and the residents here complain about the same things I have listed but yet no one ever tries to fix any of the issues. Other than that, it is the west coast of Florida, so you have the sun, sand, water, and fishing that you probably have in your mind, just know living in Cape Coral is not always as fun as a trip to the beach!
After living in Cape Coral for 10 years, i have come to realize that there are too many people here. There are plenty of attractions for those who live in the city, but it seems like everyone gathers in one place, especially in the summer. The beaches are beautiful, but they aren't any good if you can't find a spot to place a beach towel and relax for even a few minutes.
There are several hotels as this is one of the biggest tourism cities in the state. I live in an apartment complex near the middle of the city. The rent that I pay is about $900 for a two-bedroom. This is the average in the area. However, my apartment complex does have a large pool and gym area. One of the things that I like to do is get on a charter boat. Davey Dee's Charters is one of the most popular. He is a down to earth man who will take anyone on a tour. He is known for his fishig tours. I don't have children, but I do like going to the Sun Splash Waterpark when my sister visits. This is one of the best waterparks in Cape Coral. I have never seen a park that is as clean as this one. The staff is friendly, and there are activities for all ages. Most of the restaurants serve some kind of seafood. It will make you never want to see another fish again if you only eat seafood when you go out to eat. However, the food here is prepared very well.
We moved to Cape Coral in 2012 and got a fairly good deal on a house in North Cape. The house next door has been in foreclosure since we've lived here and nobody has ever lived in the 7 year old house. There are lots of rentals in the area and most of them don't take care of their property like an owner would. Crime isn't horrible in the Cape but cross the river to Ft Myers and North Ft Myers and it's bad. Home invasion is on the increase. People are not very friendly and many of them speak Spanish. Either they are not friendly or they are not willing to speak English, not sure. Restaurants on the Cape are pretty bad with very few exceptions. No Mexican food worth eating; no pizza joints with impressive pizza. Plan on using A/C for most of the year and paying about $200 a month for electricity. I don't feel safe here. Winter is usually nice weather but not a guarantee. In the winter you have all the snowbirds that cause crowds on the streets and in the stores. Good for economy but bad if you want to shop or go out to dinner on a Friday night. The population of snowbirds is too transient for my liking. Hopefully we won't have trouble selling our house here.
In 2010 we bought a house in Cape Coral, sight unseen, on line through a very trustworthy real estate agent. In 2011, we visited Cape Coral for the first time and fell absolutely in love with it. It is exactly what we are looking forward to in, hopefully, the near future. We live in a big city, in a small state in New England, where crime rate is extremely high, blighted buildings are a dime a dozen. It has just become unbearable to live here. We visited Cape Coral again in the summer of 2012, and I nearly cried when we had to leave. It is so clean, so peaceful, I found everyone so friendly. It is close to some of the most beautiful beaches we've seen, the weather for us is perfect, the crisp clean air we breath is amazing. My husband and I just can't wait to get out of the hell hole we live in and move permanently to our paradise!
While Cape Coral and SWFL are nice areas of the state, don't be fooled by this website. It says here that the average cost for utilities is approximately $80.00. That is false! My average electric bill while I lived there was consistantly over $200.00 each month. My sister who owns a 1500 sq ft home and very frugal; always keeps her air set at an uncomfortable 78 degrees. Her bill is also over $200.00 each month. This site gives Cape Coral a very affordable cost of living. While it is not as expensive as some other areas, the information presented here is not accurate. Water bills are $125.00 and over and this is for a 2 bedroom duplex with 2 people living in the home. Food is of average cost but no tax unless it's been prepared for you already. Now, with all of this being said, remember that a huge portion of the homes in Cape Coral were foreclosed on and rental companies have bought these little gems up. So that means just about every home on most blocks is a rental property and renters do not care for a home as a home owner would. So there are lots of less then attractive areas of the city. Before the economic down turn, Cape Coral couldn't be beat, so it is sad to see this little beauty turn to the ugly step-sister. There are no jobs here as well. The unemployment rate is currently 9.1 and people are hurting. As a nurse, I had a hard time finding a decent job when I moved back to my hometown after being gone for a number of years. As a matter of fact it was so bad that we made a decision to head to Tampa for work. Much better job market here.
Every few years, my husband and I pack up the car and head out for a road trip. In July 2009, we decided to explore the Gulf Coast of Florida. We spent a few days in Cape Coral. Our hotel, Hideaway Waterfront Resort & Hotel, was tucked away from most of the action and gave us a great chance to relax. It was clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed for a nice stay. We enjoyed hanging out on the waterfront deck and fishing from the dock.
During day two of our stay in Cape Coral we had a great waterfront lunch at a restaurant called Ramrunners. The conch fritters were delicious. We went to Run Agrounds for gelato and coffee in big comfy chairs on the deck by the marina later that evening. There were lots of people to see on the boats going by. It was really neat! We visited Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve and stopped in at the Cape Smoke Shop to browse their selection of stogies. A very friendly local told us that Cape Coral has over 400 miles of canals. That's more than any other city in the world! The city of Cape Coral is a waterfront wonderland!