Fort Myers Beach, FL Real Estate News

By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
    When I drive by Mound House,in Fort Myers Beach  Florida, which is a sort of old fashioned part frame part brick  2 story home with a length long arc-haded walk way on its first floor and its old world charm, I feel like a kid when we were sneaking at night with flash lights in old homes which were left by its owners for many years. The gate of the State Park called http://www.floridastateparks.org/moundkey/default.cfm also:The Mound Key Archaeological State Parkwas open but I don't think I was suppose to look inside the home itself. One could feel the history of this 1921 home resting on this man made construction 30 feet above the waters of Estero Bay oozing its told and untold stories of the Calusa Indians and give a sort of exciting and eerie feeling.These were after all sacred ...
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By Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
(Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196)
As you may already know, we took our family vacation last week and the water was SO beautiful at Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, and the Captiva Islands.After riding the stand up jet skis last week, I think I have worked out muscles that I didn't know were there, or at least I Forgot I had!We plan to go back, but will take the sit down jet ski's, they are SO much easier to ride than the stand ups, although the young kids make it look easy!  At least Tyler did! :o)The sky line at sunset and relaxation alone made us want to stay for a while longer...  yummy!          Bowmans Beach park is a fabulous place to enjoy the beach and an evening sunset. There is also a "shell museum there" we found some shells outselves that were amazing!  My daughter Madalynne was FINALLY big enough to go dow...
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By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Once a grocery store, this space in Santini Plaza now houses the South Beach Grille.Pleasantly appointed with Deco-inspired panache, the restaurant takes full advantage of its spacious digs.  You'll find aquariums on site just like at it's sister restaurant Pippins of Naples.The kitchen at South Beach does more than its part to win over palates with dishes like Caribbean bouillabaisse, my favorite, parmesan-encrusted grouper or Cajun mahi-mahi. Equally creative beef, surf and turf and poultry dishes are available as well.Santini Plaza is located at the South end of Fort Myers Beach, approximately two miles north of Big Carlos Pass and directly across the street from the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach.In addition to many fine hotels on Fort Myers Beach there are various vacation rental pro...
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By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Nearly every day there's a sunset to be seen on the gulf coast of Florida.  This sunset is from Fort Myers Beach, Florida, just a few miles north of Bonita Beach.Like many other people that live in an area with a tourist attraction, natural landmark or state park, I, too have taken our gulf beaches for granted.  I work here and rarely MAKE the opportunity to enjoy what so many people travel half way around the world to see.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Fort Myers Beach with friends.  A group called One Love was playing at the Tiki at the Holiday Inn.  They're absolutely fabulous!  Check them out Sunday nights 6-8 p.m.The Holiday Inn is a great place to people watch, too.  It is one of the original hotels built on the Island and it is situated on the widest, white sand be...
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By Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Elite Realty )
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
My wife and I first met Heather Haywood some 4 years ago when she opened The Heavenly Biscuit restaurant on Mango Street in Fort Myers Beach Florida. It was previously owned by a mom and pop team who after a few years decided to move on. People liked them but it takes a special person to make it in this business and they were just treading water. Heather had already her vision when she came in and when her husband was not helping in the kitchen, between his businesses, she basically did everything to make it work.People come above all to enjoy the lay back old fashioned  warm ambiance which she brought from Georgia but she is mostly known for her biscuit and Cinnamon Rolls.     There is nothing fancy about The Heavenly Biscuit and that is not the point.She buys all her fruits and vegeta...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
It was only 3 months ago when the Neptune Inn started to change into The Neptune resort. First I had doubts as I had seen quite a few  condo hotels being build with mixed success. Some seemed to look sharp enough but I had reservations on the extravagant on site rental and management fees which often range from 40% to 50%.An unit could very well bring over $30,000 a year but when it was all said and done, the owner would end up with only $15,000 minus condos fees. These condos fees were often over $300 a month so you do the math.Plus lets not forget the mortgage if any, the property taxes and the insurance. But The Neptune is different.The owners will own the whole resort and have their own association.         The owner and managers of the Neptune is Neptune Holdings decided to bring f...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Finally we got some rain and we got the perfect tropical storm. Just plenty of rain.We couldn't have asked for a better rain pour.Downtown Fort Myers Beach was renovated approximately five years ago and since then, they have resurfaced many of the streets and remodeled the buildings. The above photograp was shot the same day after a much awaited rainfall, breaking the area's drought.  The rain poured and already many visitors were back in town  after a full 24 hours of on and off again rain. The Local people love it and the kids are surfing surf. The cobblestones were part of the resurfacing of the street, and more of the same can be seen on the sidewalks along Estero Boulevard. I recall the first time I experienced a tropical storm, whenmy wife and I lived in Key West, and eve though t...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
FORT MYERS BEACH INVESTORS: great investments       #1: 259 259 259 Primo Dr, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2732 at a listing price of $488,000  One of the lowest prices for a canal gulf access home in FMB, this Key West style home has an attractive swimming pool overlooking the canal and is completely remodeled by the owner. Listing # 200730028. canal with gulf access  Why its a strong investment: The owner used Key West clap boards and every room and inch of the house has been remodeled. The overall architectural style, specially from the canal side, with its steps going to a lovely glassed etched front door and the opened terrace on the second floor which by the way can be enclosed for about another 200 plus square feet would make the house at about 1400-1500SF so don't let the square f...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  There are many factors which make a property a sound investment. The homes which I recommend are located in Fort Myers with Gulf Access canals. I look at different clues which make these stand out. My motto in this case is quite brutal: get the most for the less money. There are however other factors with which I make these recommendations. Except for the property on Primo drive which I will mention in a next blog which is one of the lowest asking prices in Fort Myers Beach with a gulf access canal,the others may have similar priced homes in that square footage for example but they stand out with one unmistakable feature: they are on pilings and because we are on a barrier island I look at the worst case scenario. Homes which were build after 1992 have the stricter mandatory elevation...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
FORT MYERS BEACHSometimes I forget that the grass is not greener the other side of the street.My wife and I moved to Florida in 1990 with one job and a place to rent. We left behind the cold beauty of North Shore MA and its then challenged economy. We started living in Key West, where it seemed then that the time was standing still and after another move to Old Naples we opted for Fort Myers Beach for its more lay back life style and the fact that even though its an island, its so close to the main land that you feel you have the best of both world.FORT MYERS BEACH  The real estate went through a dramatic boom as we know in 2003 to 2005 and the economy has since been solid due to a slick tax break for companies and the flux of around 1000 new residents every month.I just saw on the news...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
Times have certainly changed since that sentence was uttered by Paul Revere warning of a massive English Envasion. Today in that tropical paradise called Fort Myers Beach another man is invading South West Florida, but this time Mr Bennet is welcomed with opened arms with the highly anticipitated opening of his English Pub at 1821 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach.  I recall when Mr Bennet started his first Pub in South West Florida in Naples on 5th Avenue in the 90's, and he made sure the style and atmosphere was faithful to pure English tradition as he even had carpenters and craftsmen hired all the way from London for the job.Once inside one may feel exactly in a traditional English Pub from the decoration to the Sherperd's pie or the many choices of pints.Some of the differences is the ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
         We know that the boom in South West Florida, Lee County was in August 2005. Since then prices have been drastically adjusted from an average of $330,000 in 2005 to $260,000 last quarter 2007 and this quarter has seen a jump in average selling prices from $260,000 to over $280,000. My point? The market in Lee County has been readjusting for over 16 months and the great deals in residential properties are here to grab.We are coming close to the end of the drop in prices. Some say we have one year before prices jump strongly up, others mention one year and a half. It is indeed a terrific time for investors to take a look at the large inventories in Fort Myers and South West Florida from Sanibel to Marco Island and see what they can purchase these days.   It is a fact that well inf...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
  Good Ol' Papa Hemingway will forgive me using the title of one his books which took place in Paris in the roaring twenties. Lovers Key does not have anything to do with Paris but for the fact that once you have seen it you want to come back. It has been over six months since I went to explore the natural recreational state park and its 712 acres.           They have since added an attractive wooden bridge from Black island to Lovers Key itself which is a relief as the walk used to be a bit on the mock side and last time I carried my wife on my shoulders. Now its easy to reach Lovers Key and enjoy the white sand and the view towards big Carlos Bay.It is located at the very  south end of Fort Myers Beach. One may take advantage of the 5 miles hiking  or biking paths ( where I first went...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
    The structure survived Charley and it brought a smile to the residents,visitors and yearly aficionados when it did.Not to mention tropical storms.Everything is wrong about the structure and I doubt its up to code but it seems to survive whatever nature throws at it.          The owner, a youngish 35 year old raised in a family of farmers and open markets, started the  "Farmer's Market"business some 12 years ago.His father who owned another open market along Mc Gregor some 5 miles away from Fort Myers Beach had to close his business a few years ago as the land was sold. It used to be a large agriculture plot of rich land where they used to grow citrus and vegetables.Now the father works for his son and still manages to smile at the costumers.             The mother keeps the counters...
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By Ryan Monroe, E-Pro Fort Myers to Estero Homes
(Keller Williams World Class, Realtors)
To all of you who love Southwest Florida-  Fort Myers Beach is my favorite place.  Fort Myers Beach is sometimes still referred to as Estero island.  When the town incorpoated they took on the name Fort Myers Beach.  Many people still romaticize and prefer  the name Estero Island.  I guess it has a more tropical feel.  I took some photos of the widest part of the beach for you all to view.  I also took a virtual tour of Fort Myers Beach if you would like to view it click here Fort Myers Beach Virtual Tour.  The weather has been great here for months.  Today, (the day after Easter) people are still freezing up North.  It was 69 degrees this morning when I woke up I guess that is not to bad.  If you are interested in relocating to Fort Myers Beach I have two websites that I recommend you ...
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
lIfe on the island with a rather silly entertaining Shrimp ParadeBut its a pretty big deal here and we are proud of it....they had people all along the 7 miles of the island.Of course it was also an excuse to forget about work and party a bit. Some had their chairs all set up all along Estero boulevard way before with drinks d food. Shrimps of course!!!!next time you want shrimps buy american shrimps. It seems some countries have dumped shrimps on our market and it has made the firshermen's life even more difficult.They already have to deal with gas prices.Buy American Shrimps!  It is also a way to support our local businesses and our fishermen. I am not sure if the adults enjoy it even more then the kids.
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By LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
(Premier Florida Realty of SWFL)
       The tent on the lawn of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association was ready for visitors this Saturday march 25 at 8 am. They had dozens of watercolors and a few oils on strings and called the whole presentation a "clothesline Sale'.             The artists come from all over Lee County, with the majority residing on Fort Myers Beach. The quality is surprisingly good, with quite a few are outstanding works among the good. The visitors filled every possible parking spot on the property and many bought Florida scenes from a few dollars for cards to mostly under $100 for an original piece of art.          The Art Association is located just behind the Fire Station at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound.  The interest this little show generation struck me.  The Gallery is opened every da...
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By Ryan Monroe, E-Pro Fort Myers to Estero Homes
(Keller Williams World Class, Realtors)
Search Fort Myers Beach MLS   History of Fort Myers Beach Prior to incorporation in 1995, Fort Myers Beach was originally known as Estero Island.  Estero Island and its sister island, San Carlos, make up the community of Fort Myers Beach. Fort Myers Beach is a small island, seven miles long and in no place much more than a mile wide. From the northwest point to the southeast tip, a gleaming white sand beach overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Ponce de Leon may have come to Fort Myers Beach when he explored areas along Southwest Florida's Gulf coast in 1513 & 1521. DeSoto may also have sailed the waters around Fort Myers Beach in 1513.  The Caloosa Indians inhabited many of the Florida west coast islands including Fort Myers Beach and left what is known as shell mounds behind as evidence of th...
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By Ryan Monroe, E-Pro Fort Myers to Estero Homes
(Keller Williams World Class, Realtors)
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