Are you thinking about moving to Cape Coral? Not sure which area is best for you? We have put together the ultimate guide to all 4 sections of the Cape. Don't forget to check the links at the end of the article for resources and information. When you are ready to visit, book a tour with us HERE!
Cape Coral is still a growing and developing City. Founded in 1957 and developed as a planned community, the city grew to a population of 154,305 by the year 2010. The city's population estimate was 194,495 for 2019. With an area of 120 square miles (310 km2), Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population estimate for the statistical area was 679,513 for 2014. The city is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland"; with over 400 mi (640 km) of navigable waterways. The City of Cape Coral is self-managed by a city council and has its own government separate from Lee County. We are unique in our ordinances and city-managed amenities, like Sunsplash.
SE Cape Coral:
SE Cape is the most densely populated and the most lively. This is where you'll find "downtown" and almost all bars and restaurants. We have the Cape Coral Yacht Club, which offers a riverfront beach, boat ramp and community center with a pool. This area is all city water and sewer with no assessment balance, as it's the original portion of Cape Coral. Most homes are the older style or renovated. There is some new construction but vacant lots are more rare and expensive. Most homes on the water here are gulf access and you are more likely to find a sailboat or direct access here. There are many condo options in this part of town as well. The schools in this area are Caloosa Elementary, Caloosa middle, Cape Coral High, and Cape Elementary. There are festivals and events throughout the year in the SE Cape. There are farmers' markets weekly and tons of things to keep you busy. Many parks and nature conservations to enjoy as well.
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SW Cape Coral:
This is a newly developed area. The homes on the water are mostly gulf access with some bridges to the water. This is home to the Cape Harbour and Tarpon Point condo developments. Luxury and high rise homes in SW Cape. The lots here are more expensive due to their gulf access and paid or lower assessment balances since the city water and sewer have been present for much longer. This area still offers a few empty lots for construction and has room to expand. Schools in this area are Trafalgar Elementary and Trafalgar Middle, Gulf Elementary and Gulf Middle, Challenger Middle, Pelican Elementary, Patriot Elementary, Skyline Elementary, and Ida S Baker High.
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NE Cape Coral:
NE Cape Coral is similar to NW in the fact that it is less dense in population and offers vacant lots for new construction. This area is centered off of Del Prado Blvd, one of the main commercial streets in town that runs north and south. There are several department stores, shopping centers, restaurants, etc. You will find everything you need here. NE Cape is also an excellent choice for investors as there are lots of multi-family lots and properties to choose from. There are also many schools in this area, Diplomat Elementary and Diplomat Middle, Island Coast High School, Hector Cafferata Elementary. This area borders, North Fort Myers and is also convenient to I-75. There are no waterfront homes that provide gulf access, waterfront homes here are freshwater. This area is the next location to be updated to city water and sewer and most all homes are under the assessment at this time or will be in the next 2 years, adding to the property taxes. Keep in mind, we can usually negotiate the assessment if this area is of particular interest to you.
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NW Cape Coral:
The most rural of the 4 parts of Cape Coral. This area is mostly on well and septic and anywhere from 5 years + away from city water expansion. Cable service is limited in the NW. This is an ideal location for a buyer looking for new construction, as the land is less expensive. This is a great choice for land to hold, or to purchase an established home in a very quiet location. Although ALL schools in Lee County are eligible for residents in all parts of the Cape, we only have one middle school and one high school IN the NW Cape. For students who wish to walk or live within close proximity to their school, Mariner High School and Mariner Middle school are both wonderful options. We also have a large library, grocery stores, restaurants, and several convenience stores. Overall, the vast majority of NW Cape is residential and undeveloped land. There is gulf access along the western edge with a substantial boating time to the river or gulf and a good mix of gulf access and freshwater. You are also very close to multiple boat ramps on Pine Island to launch and make a quick trip to any of the Ft Myers or Sanibel beaches. NW Cape is a convenient location to reach 75 and there are plans to build a large concert and event venue/amphitheater as well as a residential/commercial complex in the future.
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The bottom line is, there is no bad place to choose in Cape Coral. Each area has its appeal and it just depends on what type of life you plan to live when you're here. Whether you are coming for the weather, boating, beach access, Cape Coral has accommodations for you. We have waterfront homes, freshwater, gulf access, boathouses, boat rentals, boat clubs, theatres, clubs, venues, events, you name it, we have it.
Many owners are part-time residents. So if you visit in the summer, you'll find about 50% less in traffic and people. If you come during our "season" (November to May) you'll meet the "snowbirds" or residents from the North who come down and enjoy the amazing weather during the colder months. This is different from our hurricane season (June 1 through November 30) There are also things to keep in mind when planning a move or even a visit. The rainy season here runs throughout the summer. Usually, from May to September, we have daily storms. Florida is the lightning capital and it happens, on average, every day in the summer. Not all day and not for long, but the flip side to this is we have sunshine and ocean breezes 310 days out of the year. This is also important when considering new construction. Starting a new construction project that will run through the rainy season, could increase the build time. Below are some links to help with specific questions... however, if there are questions you'd like to discuss, reach out to us. We are available 24/7/365 to help answer your questions and make your move to paradise as stress-free as possible.
Cape Coral City Ordinances
Lee County School Registration info
All about EACH Cape SCHOOL!
Cape Coral Water
Comcast (click Change Location to see availability)
Lee County Library System
Cape Coral Builders
Lee County Tax Assessor
Boat Ramp MAP
Land Use MAP
Cape Coral Waste Management
Flood Zone Search
Real Estate Search
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