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Fort Myers Homes – What to Expect in Southwest Florida

Fort Myers Real Estate – Living in Southwest Florida

Are you relocating to southwest Florida for work? Where you move from might be a bit different from southwest Florida. Besides the difference in temperatures, the Fort Myers area has a variety of natural attractions, including beaches, nature preserves and state parks, and also amenities like shopping, over half a dozen colleges, and  golf courses. Fort Myers real estate offers you a variety of options for affordable or prestigious lifestyles.

If you’re looking for a more laid back, hometown lifestyle, 45 minutes or less from Estero, Punta Gorda real estate may be what you are searching for. This smaller town on Charlotte Harbor has lots of charm, a blossoming downtown area, golf courses, parks, and tons of water activities. Punta Gorda homes comes in a variety of styles, some with acreage, many with waterfront, and all conveniently located close both to I-75 and US 41.

If you are trying to decide whether Fort Myers homes or Punta Gorda homes are the better choice for you, here’s a comparison of what’s typically available in both areas. We found two similar properties both currently listed, one in the Wildcat Run community, in the same zip code as the new Hertz headquarters in Estero, and one in Punta Gorda Isles, a waterfront community in Punta Gorda. Here’s the matchup:

Home Address 12393 Eagle Ct., Estero 2505 Deborah Dr., Punta Gorda
Exterior Front of Home  12393 Eagle Ct., Wildcat Run, Estero Florida  Lotus 1225 - Corial Homes by Arthur Rutenberg
List Price $504,000 $512,800 (preconstruction price)
Year Built 1990 2013
Bed/Bath/Garage Spaces 3/2/2 3/2/3
Living Space 2,517 sq. ft. 2,345 sq. ft.
Waterfront/Water View

View of artificial lake

Sailboat waterfront, harbor access, view of intersecting canals and long water view, 30’ dock

Amenities Golf course, tennis courts, country club, gated community Sailboat water access, St. Andrews South Golf Club on same street, 5 public or members only tennis courts within 5 miles of home
Private Pool Yes Yes
HOA/Community Fees $1,760 Annually Optional
Additional Fees
  • $4,564 Mandatory Club Fee Annually
  • Transfer/Other Fee of $2,500
  • $150 application fee
  • Required social membership at Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club with mandatory $1,200/year food & beverage minimum
Optional membership at St. Andrews South Golf Club

  • Regular & Single memberships: $875
  • Monthly fee: $374 regular ($287 single)
  • Yearly food minimum: $750 regular ($375 single)
  • Daily use fees:
    Walking fee- $8.25/18 holes & $4.25/9 holes
    Cart fee- $18.50/18 holes & $9.25/9 holes
Taxes (2012) $4,077 $6,500 (estimated from similar property on same street, property is not yet built)

There are pros and cons of choosing either Fort Myers homes or Punta Gorda homes. Our membership with both the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of REALTORS and the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach can help you decide which area of southwest Florida is better for you. Visit our website to search all available properties, or contact us via email at buy@fivestarrealty.com for more information on southwest Florida.

Punta Gorda homes or Fort Myers homes: Which would you choose? Tell us in the comments below.

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