Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By Candi Randolph, Realtor - Fort Myers Beach
(Century 21 TriPower Realty)
The Homespun Holidays Craft Fair and the Annual Holiday Boat Parade are set for December 4, 2010 at Fort Myers Beach.The Wrap Me Up In Christmas Arts and Crafts event will be THE one stop Island Christmas Shopping Event. The perfect gift for everyone on your list! You’ll find this craft fair on the southern part of the island, at the Santini Plaza, 7225 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL (It is just down the street from the Holiday Inn on the bay side).Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 9am to 4 pm, and plan to get your holiday shopping done!If you don’t live in the area and are vacationing or seasonal residents of the island, no worries! The gift wrapping station will be sponsored by the Bay Oaks Rec Center Seniors, who will be happy to wrap your presents. Then, the ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Bonjour les Francophones! Nous savons que meme si vous parlez la langue, d’acheter une maison ou condo en Floride, une maison ou un condo de vacances, ou un investissement est suffisement complique. Avec plus de dix ans d’experience et ayant travaille avec de nombreux acheteurs immobilier Europeens et Acheteurs immobilier Canadiens je comprends que vous avez besoin de quelqun qui puisse vous soutenir le long d’une transaction immobiliere et apres la cloture, et vous expliquer nos contracts Floridiens et symplifier pour vous le procede. Si vous avez l’intention de venir a Cape Coral, Fort Myers et Fort Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Bonita Springs et Naples et etes potentiellement interesser d’acheter un bien dans notre region, n’hesitez pas de me contacter par e-mail ou par telephone. Nous...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Just another day at the office in Fort Myers Beach !   As licensed Realtors we know how important it is to get out of the office and prospect for new clients.  Here on Fort Myers Beach we take that advice to heart !  So, off we go in search of new places where the fish are biting  buyers and sellers !  It isn't as easy as you might think !  The beautiful scenery makes concentration difficult, the sunshine means you need a cool pair of shades !  Not to mention how rough it can be just to keep your balance and not drop your fishing pole computer into the Gulf of Mexico !                 Bright blue skies, gorgeous sunshine, calm seas, good friends and plenty of fish !  Later, we will have an office cook-out with the day's catch and everyone brings a favorite dish to pass !  How cool is th...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
If you love shrimp, the wild caught variety, you are in for a real treat !  The first St. Raphaels Episcopal Church shrimp dinner of 2010 will be held at the parish hall @ 5601 Williams Dr ( right here on Fort Myers Beach ) on Saturday, Nov 6 starting at 5 PM.  You should get there early to gaurantee entrance.  The shrimp are wild caught from local waters and are the tastiest bounty from the Gulf waters !  Locals familiar with the shrimp point out that " farmed " shrimp are raised in huge pens and doused with chemicals to prevent disease.  The over-saturation with chemicals turns the shrimp a dull grey and suppresses the true flavor available only through wild caught seafood.  No farm raised shrimp here !  These beauties are big, pink and succulant.  No chemicals needed ! Doors open aro...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
I hope that doesn't sound too business like !  " Took delivery... "  Hmmm  Truth is, we are happy and excited and feeling so blessed !  Our daughter brought this beautiful little guy into the world Oct 15.  Today she brought him ( and proud poppa, Chris ! )  to our office so we could all do that " Ooh & Aah " thing !!               Welcome to our world Donovan !  Welcome to our world, indeed !   Happy grandma with 2 hour old Donovan !   Both Chris and daughter Ashliegh came through with flying colors and now look forward to being a family !  How cool is that !!!
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
An agent in our Century 21 Tripower office has decided to retire after 37 years in the business !  Mr Lee Luenser has been an agent for 37 years and with C21 Tripower here on Fort Myers Beach since 1998.  Over that time Lee has helped countless families find the perfect home on our island as well as surrounding communities.  Always upbeat and positive with a wry sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye !     Lee liked working with buyers here on Fort Myers Beach and took great pride in his indepth market knowledge.   Helping buyers find a single family home or a Gulf front condo was his focus and passion. In recent years Lee has had some medical issues which forced him to scale back his marketing but he was always available to longtime customers.  Lee was also a friend to the agents in o...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Mr Banker: Please, just shut up !!!  At a recent open house on a short sale property I was speaking with a nice couple who were looking for a great deal on a canal home here on Fort Myers Beach.  A second couple walked in, I acknowledged them and continued speaking with the first couple. The man interrupted and asked what the price was.  I answered and he scoffed, indicating his opinion was much lower.  Our conversation included his comment that it would never appraise at the $280k list price, that it would take a minimum of $200k to " Fix it up a little..." and that " I am a banker so I know more about these things. "                I tried to assure him it would appraise well , needs no where near $200k in repairs, etc.  His entire comments were negative about this listing and his att...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Fort Myers Beach 2009 Pirate Fest   The 5th annual pirate invasion is in full swing this beautiful October weekend.  The Pirate Festival visits our friendly shores for a weekend of high jinks and high treason !  This is a mostly family affair with games, mock pirate fights, pirate boat tours, vendors and fun !               Located in our commercial district including a pirate boat on the bay makes for plenty of parking.  Bring the kids for a face painting or just to people watch !               Plenty of authentic wardrobes and seafaren types !  Be sure and bring your camera !               The 2009 Fort Myers Beach Pirate fest runs through this weekend ( OcT 9 & 10 ) with fun stuff all day and into the night.  If you are lucky enough to be on the island, or near enough to drive over, ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Bay Home:  Florida coastal island home in secluded setting on exclusive, private, gated street. Heated, caged pool and spa directly on Estero Bay, large boat dock with 12,000 pound lift and additional dining area over the water complete the estate. Small coastal islands off-shore provide a nesting area for migratory shore birds.  Master suite offers romantic tub overlooking seven miles of open water. Secluded deck off 2nd bedroom. Fireplace. 3 bedrooms/2 baths/3 car garage. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida, located directly on Estero Bay. Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $669,900. LLoyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.comSandals Realtycell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comListingbook: http://lloydnswfl...
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By Candi Randolph, Realtor - Fort Myers Beach
(Century 21 TriPower Realty)
Ahoy, Mates! The 5th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival is almost here, and it promises to be a boatload of fun for the entire family! Friday, October 8th thru Sunday, October 10th are the dates, so mark your calendars and plan to join in the festivities.   The entire downtown area of Old San Carlos Blvd on Fort Myers Beach will be transformed into Tortuga (Tortuga is an island in the Caribbean; it was one of the last free ports and a safe haven for piracy.) for the weekend, with ‘pirates’ roaming the streets, vendors selling their wares, food and fun for everyone! All events are kid-safe and family friendly, including a pirate’s ball, cannon demonstration, pirate cruise, kids treasure hunt, live music, children’s costume contest and much more! You might want to take a pirate cruis...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
I've actually spent Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, home of the renowned Witch Trials.  Of course, by October 31st, winter is setting in and icicles may be hanging from the pumpkins.  I'm glad to be on Fort Myers Beach to celebrate this fun holiday.  Halloween on the "Island" or in Fort Myers is full of spooky events, themed parties and activities for everyone. Just check out the Fort Myers Nightlife Guide or the Fort Myers Events Directory. What sounds particularly festive is a cruise.  The Fort Myers Princess is offering Halloween cruises.  The Princess is a 7 fort double-deck tour boat with a spacious open deck.  She runs all year long, but the Halloween cruise promises to be particularly eventful.  There's a full snack bar and service bar and, of course, spooky entertainment on b...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
2 homes located directly across from the beach.  6 bedrooms 3 baths in all.  One home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and the other 3 berooms and 1 bath. 2668 square feet in all. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida.   Rental property is a good investment on Fort Myers Beach, as this seven mile island is major vacation destination, particulary in winter.  It is situated on the Southwest Coast of Florida, convenient to Fort Myers and Naples. If you enjoy fishing and water sports, you will certainly get more than your fill at Fort Myers Beach. The pier is perfect for fishing, and there are numerous charter boats to enjoy. Water sports enthusiasts will find parasailing, waverunner and jet ski rentals, and more.  . The beach is also ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxation. Terms:  Foreclosur...
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By Candi Randolph, Realtor - Fort Myers Beach
(Century 21 TriPower Realty)
The Fort Myers Beach Annual Sand Sculpting Festival 2010 is right around the corner, coming November 10-14. This popular event is in its 24th year and draws over 50,000 spectators, which is quite a few folks, for sure! The official name for this event is 2010 American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival. There are two categories of artists.  The Amateurs will be competing at the South end closest to the Gull Wing Hotel and the Masters will be competing at the North end closest to the Holiday Inn. This year there will be sixteen top Masters in the competition. In case you are not familiar with these two resorts, they are located mid-island, a couple of miles south of Times Square on Fort Myers Beach. The Annual Sand Sculpting Festival is free to spectators, with the option of pur...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Upgraded three bedroom condo very close (across the street) to the white sugar sandy beach at the Holiday Inn on the south end of the island. Custom woodwork, crown molding, mirrors and much more - it is a must see in Captain's Bay. Perhaps the most beautifully customized unit in the project. Glass sliders will protect your lanai, yet allow lots of sunshine, also.  3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  1350 square feet. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  Experience "The Island." Powder white sand, warm Gulf of Mexico waters and spectacular sunsets await you in your very own island paradise. Captain's Bay Condominiums are the prettiest condos on Fort Myers Beach. Set amongst lushly landscaped gardens, as soon as you arrive you will begin to appreciate the tranquility of this secluded location. This ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
DIRECT GULF ACCESS ~ Boardwalk Caper ~ no bridges ~ no locks ~ 2/2 first floor corner unit with underbuilding parking, great SW view of sunsets, water, boats, and lighted boardwalk. Enjoy choice of 4 pools, 2 tennis courts, basketball, shuffleboard, and much more in this premium gated boating community. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  Just a bit off the island, great location.  Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $249,900. LLoyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.comSandals Realtycell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comListingbook: http://lloydnswfloridahomes.listingbook.com
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
On The Bay:  Island home in secluded setting on exclusive, private, gated street. Heated, caged pool and spa directly on Estero Bay, large boat dock with 12,000 pound lift and additional dining area over the water complete the estate. Features include a private balcony from the master and guest bedroom. Large screened enclosure with below ground pool,  3 bedrooms and 3 baths. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  Located in Southwest Flroida, Fort Myers Beach, or Estero Island, is a seven mile Island village situated beteen Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $669,900 LLoyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.comSandals Realtycell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comListingbook: http:...
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By Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
(16 Sunview Blvd)
Business closings on Fort Myers Beach. The sluggish economy and a misconception about oil on our beach has put additional strain on local businesses to make it through the summer.   Several local businesses have closed while others have adopted restricted hours of operation to cope.   Thursday Sept 7, 2010 was the last day for the Beach Theater.  After 10 years in business as the only theater on Fort Myers Beach the owners decided they would have to close.  The last 5 years were a challenge !  Other businesses deciding to close include: Dixie Fish Company, Jimmie B's Rooftop Bar and Luna Rossa Beach Theater was more than a movie house as it also served food and beverages to customers during showings !  It was also a perrenial winner in the " Best Place for Family Fun " in the annual For...
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By Candi Randolph, Realtor - Fort Myers Beach
(Century 21 TriPower Realty)
I’ve had the designation of real estate agent for about two months now, so to say I’m a ‘newbie’ is an understatement. Being a business owner is not a new experience for me. I’ve shared ownership in residential building companies, a log home company, and currently own an interior decorating business. So I am accustomed to self direction, motivation and organization. Got that part down - check. Holding my freshly printed license in my hand, I began to talk with various real estate companies in the greater Fort Myers area. I received numerous solicitations and selected a couple of those companies to speak with. There are several other companies that I selected from referrals and research, and then determined that I wanted to talk with one company located on Fort Myers Beach. You can learn...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
3BED/2BTH BAHAMA STYLE HOME WITH HARD WOOD FLOORS WITH DEEP WATER ACCESS.  Pool.  On canal, Just Off Bay Opposite Preserve!!deepwater, Seawalled Canal. Dock. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  A seven mile island filled with seven miles of beachline and white sand.  Easy access to the mainland by bridges.  Bordered on the south side by Lover's Key and Bonita Springs and on the north side by Fort Myers. A small, intimate island community, quiet and peaceful in the summertime and vibrant and lively in the wintertime. My home for the last 12 years. Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $335,000. LLoyd Nichols Realtorlloydn@aol.comSandals Realtycell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comListingbook: http://llo...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Charming updated Spanish Villa with Mexican tile, great private enclosed brick courtyard. Front apartment has two bedrooms and one bath; back unit is a 1/1 with private patio. This home is easily converted back to a single family by opening a lockoff interior door. It is also a great investment opportunity at this price.  Both units are in good condition and would be strong vacation rentals.  Steps to beach and short walk to restaurants and downtown. Where:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida Terms:  Foreclosure listed at $169,900   LLoyd NicholsSandals Realtycell: 239-810-2980office: 239-463-5217Active Rain Blog: http://activerain.com/lloydn Website: http://www.mlsouthwestfloridahomes.comListingbook: http://lloydnswfloridahomes.listingbook.com  
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