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Old 01-30-2019, 06:15 AM
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I live in Texas but have been looking at houses in Cape Coral Fl. Can anyone tell me if this is a good area? Iím looking at houses on the water. Are these house prone to flooding? ďI know that sounds like a loaded questionĒ Iíve read that Ft Myers is loaded with crime, just curious if Cape Coral is the same way? Price seems pretty reasonable for houses on the water and only a few bridges to deal with before you get to the river and then the Gulf. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:26 AM
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Like any place out there are good and not so good areas. Cape Coral is fine and flooding is only in low lying area. Check out the flood plain maps.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:29 AM
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Ft. Myers is "loaded with crime???" Nope. Certainly has some pockets of crime... but the vast majority of FMY is perfectly nice.

CC is not my cup of tea but it's also just fine. Houses are affordable (relative to the surrounding areas) and there are lots of "waterfront homes."

My warning would be to be very, very careful of exactly how long it will take you to get from your "waterfront" CC home to open water, or fishing spots. Florida in general, and CC in particular, have lots of canals where you'll idle for 30-60 minutes before getting on plane.

Personally I would suggest you get in a boat and actually do the trip before you buy any house.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:49 AM
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Ft. Myers is "loaded with crime???" Nope.
Yeah I realize thatís a pretty broad statement. Things Iíve just read over the years about they way things have turned. No different than my area. I donít really know about any part of Ft Myers. Being in Texas, itís a little nerve racking possibly picking an area and saying ďthatís where we are going to move and thatís itĒ I will do plenty of scouting and my own research. Just curious of others peoples opinions based on first hand experience. Thank you.
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Also, Certainly mean no disrespect to anyone in the Ft Myers area. If I did, I apologize. Thanks
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Rent first if you can. We did and are glad we got to know the area first.
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it is also known as cape coma....not much to do and no beaches do your self a favor and really check it out
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I reside in Michigan but have a vacation place in Cape Coral and absolutely love it.

There are wonderful restaurants, great parks and it is very easy to get around in.

Southern Cape generally is most desirable if you are going to be a boater. SW Cape has a lock that needs to be navigated to get to the gulf which can slow you down and it may occasionally be down for maintenance or a holiday.

It is not a party town, there is some, but not a lot of night life.

People are pleasant, down to earth "normal" people in general.

Like SW Florida it seems to lean politically to the right.

I bought in 2014 and have no regrets and would buy again.

Great inshore fishing - offshore fishing is excellent but requires a 25 mile run for "the big stuff".

Pine island sound is great boating when the Gulf is too rough, Fort Myers beach and all the restaurants is a great boat run when guests come down.

Sanibel Island is 40 minutes by boat (at most) - love to anchor off the beach and walk it looking for shells with the kids.

Could go on and on - great place to get Gulf access at a reasonable price - but as others have said - some homes are "way up" canals and can be 1 hour + before getting to the river / gulf.

Closer to river= more expensive.
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I live just west of Cape Coral, moved here almost two months ago. Definitely understand how long it will take to get out of the canal system to open water, also if you have to go under any bridges. Google map satellite view really helps. You might also want to check city-data for Cape Coral if concerned about crime. Appears to be 50% of national average.

To early to to say I love the area, but I have no regrets at this point. I grew up in FL but been gone for 40 years. One surprise is how windy it is during the winter. Not scientific, but I would say over half the days the wind blows 15+. Several days it is less than 5, but they are the exception in the winter. The people here are very welcoming, almost everyone has relocated here, not many natives. CC has a large German population, not an issue, just surprising to hear people speaking German in the store.

While some HOAís are great, I encourage you to fully investigate deed restricted communities. FL is full of them, and in some cases they are run by unhappy people with nothing else to-do but make other peopleís life miserable. Our hood has a HOA, but was chartered after our home was built, so they have no authority over us. With that said, I try to have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood, but do not have to worry if I leave my boat in driveway overnight.

Since CC is a coastal community, you need to understand insurance, wind/hail, flood, and homeowners. There was a thread in the Carolina section I replied to, in an effort to explain the different insurances and their costs. If you are interested and can not find it, I will send you a link

I would be be happy to share any of my knowledge with you; on the forum, in PMís, or over on the phone, if you have any questions.

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One more thing - some mentioned that there is not a beach - that is incorrect - there is a large city beach on the river - the river water is tannin stained from the mangroves so not as pretty as the gulf but it is heavily used. Beautiful place to watch the sunset. Very nice Tiki bar restaurant and fishing pier next to it.
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Awesome. Sounds good enough to me. I thought of renting before but I hate to think of how much money is wasted. I do have a large RV so I could find a spot and rent that for a while to determine if I like the area. I do want an area that has a beach on the gulf. That may have me look in another area. Thank you for all the replies. If anyone has any other suggestions of places please let me know. Iím all ears. Water front home, gulf beaches, reefs near by, not a party town. Pleasant people that like to fish lol. You know, paradise.

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badmako, if you want gulf beaches check out Bonita Beach, Venice, Punta Gorda, and Port Charlotte. But they will be more pricey
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:38 AM
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You might bump into Lexi Thompson at the Publix.
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Old 01-30-2019, 03:20 PM
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Cape Coma, give it a rest that term for the Cape was from the 1970s and early 80s. There is nothing I need from across the bridge and that’s night life or a good restaurant. We have all of that right here. The waterfront property is somewhat affordable still. You do need to mind where you buy a house thou. Some of the homes that say Gulf access could be an hour to get to the river and another 30 minutes to the Gulf. The price tag will usually represent that as well. I love the Cape and it is home and has been since 1975. Yeah it’s had some growing pains but it seems to be on the right track with the redevelopment of the down town area. When it’s complete it will be very nice.
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Not to knock the people in Cape Coral, but I had to make the same decision 6 years ago, I dont know if you have kids but I started out in Bonita, but ended up moving to Naples for the schools.

Cape coral if VERY big, there are great parts, but there are also very crappy parts. You also have to be careful, there are saltwater canals and freshwater canals that you have to go through a small lock to get to the gulf.

I looked at all the options and given the access by road and water I chose Bonita and Naples.
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Here's an idea. We bareboat chartered a trawler in Cape Coral from SWF Yachts last summer for a week and had a great time exploring several of the waterfront communities in the area. Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and several barrier islands. Might give you a general idea of the area from a different perspective.
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Thank you all for the ideas. Iíll have to check them all out one way or another. Buddy of mine told me about Naples. May have to look at that as well. I want to make the move to Florida so bad I can taste it. I am not arbitrarily Going to just up and move without R and D, Just trying do my due diligence in the process. As painfully patient as I need to be. Lol
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Thank you all for the ideas. Iíll have to check them all out one way or another. Buddy of mine told me about Naples. May have to look at that as well. I want to make the move to Florida so bad I can taste it. I am not arbitrarily Going to just up and move without R and D, Just trying do my due diligence in the process. As painfully patient as I need to be. Lol
Just curious why CC? Have you considered any other parts of our great state? NW Florida is awesome. Rivers, inshore and offshore fishing, you owe it to yourself to at least have a look.
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Thank you all for the ideas. Iíll have to check them all out one way or another. Buddy of mine told me about Naples. May have to look at that as well. I want to make the move to Florida so bad I can taste it. I am not arbitrarily Going to just up and move without R and D, Just trying do my due diligence in the process. As painfully patient as I need to be. Lol
Do you have kids? If you dont, Bonita Springs and Estero are wonderful, if you do have kids in school Collier County is where you need to be. I went through the same thing coming from Ohio, If you want you can PM me on what I have learned,
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Just curious why CC? Have you considered any other parts of our great state? NW Florida is awesome. Rivers, inshore and offshore fishing, you owe it to yourself to at least have a look.
Oh I have, Destin, PCB, Mexico beach, ďbefore Michaelď pensacola and what not. Really liked Mexico beach. Started looking farther south to avoid winter. I travel for work and will Always be out of state for work so I can live just about anywhere, where I can afford that is.
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