Ft. Myers Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Named for one general by a commander of the Seminole Wars, the city of Fort Myer--nicknamed the city of palms--was incorporated in 1886 and developed thanks to the urging of New York journalist Stafford Cleveland. Today, still on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers continues as the Lee County seat. One of the major cities along Florida's Gulf coast, it has much indeed to recommend it as a place to raise a family, do business, and retire.

Fort Myers and Environs

At the center of Fort Myers, Centennial Park and the Yacht Basin are the primary venues for the city's many cultural events held throughout the year. With the youngest population (median age 32) in Lee County, Fort Myers has much to offer all generations. Home to spring training for the Boston Red Sox, the annual Edison Festival of Lights, southwest Florida's only repertory theater, numerous marinas, and the renowned greyhound track, Fort Myers offers much in the way of recreational, sporting, and cultural opportunities.

Natural wonders and wildlife include dolphins, mild-mannered manatees, ecological parks and miles of pristine white beaches, seashell treasures, many species of saltwater and freshwater fish, soaring eagles, and wading herons. There's ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, too. Fort Myers weather is as delightful as the rest of the state. Tropical temperatures year round translate to January being the coolest, but rarely cold. March through June are balmy, July and August hot, and September through December delightfully warm.

Living in Fort Myers, with its diverse and young population of about 48,500 at the last census, is as delightful as visiting. The mean travel time to work for most residents is less than 25 minutes. The median house value of $76,000 is a statistic, of course, and therefore--in Mark Twain's words--somewhat suspect. Realistically, given the health of the real estate market, expect a range from about $70,000 upwards to $1 million.

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