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Living a Gated Community Lifestyle in Fort Myers, Florida

If you have been looking for a gated community to live in, Ft. Myers might be the right choice.   This city has an incredible array of active adult and golf communities. By far the majority are gated, it is just a question of finding the community that has the right combination of price, location, and amenities to match your dreams. You will find some on this website, you can search the Internet to find more.

 Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River on southwest Florida’s coast, its roots go back to 1886. It has the charming Thomas Edison Museum and a beautifully restored downtown along the river. New developments go off in every direction; in the early 2000's day it seemed another ranch or forest was turned into a residential development. Virtually every retail chain and franchise in America is represented here on Route 41 and other arteries. Ft. Myers Beach to the Southwest provides sensational beaches. Golf courses are everywhere, public and private.

Where to Retire in Fort Myers and Home Prices

Fort Myers has many active adult living housing options. You can live in quiet neighborhood near the Gulf, in a high rise, or in every type of gated community.
Because the community is so large and diverse, there is a considerable range in real estate prices.  Beginning in 2006 demand went into a free fall and inventories  soared. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median Cape Coral/Fort Myers selling price in early 2012 had fallen to $117,600, about 1/3 the value of just 3 years earlier ($322,200).  Since then prices have rebounded with gusto -  the NAR reported median sale price in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area to be $255,000 in the first quarter of 2019.

What is special about Fort Myers

• Ft. Myers Beach • Charming old downtown area • Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates • World class shopping • Fabulous new airport • Golf and fishing; and something for everybody • Spring training for Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins (the Red Sox have a beautiful new stadium, JetBlue Park that opened in 2012 as a replica of Fenway Park).

What is not special about Fort Myers

• Oppressively hot, humid summers • Traffic • Way too much development, now in a bust cycle • Too many strip malls

Climate and Physical Environment

Ft. Myers is a large metro located on a major river, the Caloosahatchee. The coast is on the west side, with countless bays and islands. It is just a few miles from some of the best beaches and fishing in the world. The terrain is flat and tropical. The average July high temperature is 92 and the average January high is 75 (the average low is 45). The wettest month is June (10").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Ft. Myers is blessed with several live performing arts theatres. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is on the campus of Edison Community College in South Ft. Myers and offers a regular schedule of plays and concerts. Various community and dinner theatres abound, such as the Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre. The Thomas Edison Museum is a must visit. The libraries are first rate and artists thrive as well.

Crime

Crime rate is much higher than the U.S. average, although it differs by neighborhood.

Medical facilities

Ft. Myers has an astonishing array of hospitals and medical professionals.

Transportation

The Ft. Myers airport is new, convenient, and first rate. A car is essential, and traffic can be nightmarish in season. There is a public bus system

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