Where to Live in Southwest Florida

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Do you want to purchase a home in Southwest Florida? Purchasing a home is a huge decision, and there are a lot of factors that go into finding the right home for you. As referenced in a previous blog post, the first major choice you must make in buying a home is what area you want to live in.  If you are choosing to live in Southwest Florida you must narrow it down to one of our many cities. So, how can you decide which one is right for you? There are benefits to each city and I’ve broken each down to help you narrow it down.

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs is in the middle of Southwest Florida, making it easy to travel South to Naples or North to Fort Myers or Estero. It has a population of 54,000 and a median home price of $300,600. The city is located on both Estero Bay & the Gulf of Mexico.  Bonita Springs is also known for its Gulf Coast beaches and parks, like Lovers Key State Park.
The Imperial River flows through the downtown district of the city and empties into Estero Bay, which is popular for kayaking and boating. Downtown is also home to the Everglades Wonder Garden which features a large collection of Florida wildlife, a botanical garden, and a natural history museum.

Estero

Estero is one of the smallest areas in Southwest Florida with a population of only about 3,000 people. It sits between Bonita Springs and Fort Myers. Although it is small in population, it is home to some of Southwest Florida’s most important landmarks.  Florida Gulf Coast University and RSW Airport are both located in Estero.  Estero is also home to Hertz Arena, which hosts sporting events and entertainment.  Miromar Outlets is a major shopping mall in Estero. The median price of a home in Estero is around $304,200.

Naples

Naples is one of the southernmost cities in Southwest Florida with a population of about 22,000. As one of the wealthiest cities in the country and a major tourist destination, Naples is known for fine dining, high-end shopping, and luxury golf courses. However, there is a range of options for homes, with the median home price falling around $316,400.   Naples is also known for its white sand beaches, which are easily accessible beaches for their residents throughout town.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is one of the biggest cities in Southwest Florida, with a population of 77,000 and a median home price of $208,100. With a lower median home price than other cities and more things to do, Fort Myers is a great option for many to find their dream home. It’s home to historic winter residences of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  Fort Myers has a busy downtown area full of beaches, shopping, and dining.

Cape Coral

Cape Coral is one of the fastest growing cities in Southwest Florida and is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. The population is around 165,831 and the median home price is $230,100. With over 400 miles of navigable waterways, the city is known as the “waterfront wonderland”.

What’s Best for You?

Each city in Southwest Florida has something great to offer. To determine what city is best for you to start looking for your dream home, you have to decide which one aligns best with your priorities.  If you have a higher budget then Naples might be the right place for you. If you have a smaller budget Fort Myers might be your spot.  Whatever you decide on, the best way to find the perfect home for you is to work with a licensed realtor who knows the area and knows everything about the process of buying a home. Contact Jay Montgomery to learn how Montgomery Real Estate can help you today!

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