SW Florida Real Estate News

Updated Buyer and Seller advice as well as lifestyle information for SW Florida areas including: Cape Coral, Ft Myers, Ft Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita, Estero, Naples, and Marco Island. Links to the SWFL MLS / FGC MLS allow home buyers to search for homes for sale as well.

July 6, 2021

SW Cape Coral Lot for Sale

CAPE CORAL LOT

FOR SALE

340 EL DORADO BLVD S, CAPE CORAL FL 33991

 

MLS #: 218064875     Price: $50,000      10,454 SF  

 

City water and sewer pipes are already in place on this wooded lot located near BURNT STORE RD & EMBERS PKWY. Quick access to MATLACHA, PUNTA GORDA, FORT MYERS, and downtown CAPE CORAL. The SEVEN ISLANDS PROJECT is nearby and will be developed into a dining, boating, living, and shopping destination. The BURNT STORE BOAT RAMP with access to the GULF OF MEXICO is only 1.5 miles from this lot. JIM JEFFERS PARK is right around the corner. CORAL OAKS GOLF COURSE is less than 5 miles away. PINE ISLAND RD with RESTAURANTS and SHOPPING is minutes away.

Look forward to fantastic Florida SUNSETS each evening with a NW rear exposure. Enjoy bike riding, walking, and watching wildlife throughout the neighborhood. Vacant lots are on each side of this one but new homes are being built throughout this up and coming area. Build your DREAM HOME with one of the many LOCAL BUILDERS. PRICED TO SELL! 

 

Call for more information...615-504-1185. 340 EL DORADO BLVD S, Cape Coral FL 33991

For more information on Cape Coral and SW Florida view Your SW Florida Realtor vlog series.

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home, condo, or lot in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

Cape Coral Homes for Sale

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340 EL DORADO BLVD S, CAPE CORAL FL 33991

Posted by Jill Winchel

June 3, 2021

Roofing Materials Used in SW Florida

Roofing Materials Used in SW Florida

You will see a variety of roofing materials as you drive through SW Florida or look at houses online. Some may already be familiar to you but you may see a few new ones.

Sample of Architectural Shingle RoofThe most common is the Architectural Shingle which comes in a variety of colors and consists of a heavy fiberglass mat base laminated to multiple layers of water resistant asphalt. Ceramic-coated mineral granules are ingrained in the top layer of the shingle.

 

 

A less expensive option is the Single Tab Shingle which is one layer and non-overlapping. Sample of Single Tab Shingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample of Barrel Tile Roof

 

 

Tile Roofs are made of clay or cement and also come in a variety of colors, although the terra cotta tile is most common and provides a Spanish or Mediterranean feel. Roof tiles are sometimes choosen to match house paint and/or driveway pavers to keep a consistent look. The barrel type seems to be loosing ground as the flat tile has gained in popularity.

 

Sample of Flat Tile Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you choose a tile roof make sure to keep it clean as a dirty tile roof is not appealing! Sample of dirty tile roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample of Metal RoofThe Metal Roof is said to be the strongest and longest lasting of all the roof products but there are a variety of metal products and thicknesses, as well as, exposed screws vs standing seam options. Standing-seam roofs are expected to last between 30-50 years with very minimal maintenance.

 

 

Throughout the area you will come across older homes with a Gable Roof and newer ones with a Hip Roof or some combination of the two. The Flat Roof is reminiscent of commercial buildings but has been much used with modern, sleek looking homes in this area. Sample of Flat Roof

Roofs tend to be replaced or repaired after a major storm or hurricane. Checking on the age and condition of a roof on a home you're considering to buy is essential.

View my vlog series for more info on Cape Coral and SW Florida.

10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

10 More Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

Cape Coral Homes for Sale

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Roofing Materials Used in SW Florida

Posted by Jill Winchel

Dec. 3, 2020

NEW HOMES FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL

New construction front of home  

Homes for sale are in short supply in SW Florida. Few homeowners want to part with their piece of paradise. A new construction home may be just the ticket for you. 

New construction home pool

New homes have the latest features-granite or quartz counters, tile flooring, high ceilings, luxury bathrooms, open concept, smart technology, etc. New construction home kitchen

 

 

View new construction homes for sale in Cape Coral from $500,000 to $1,000,000

View new construction homes for sale in Cape Coral from $250,000 to $500,000 

NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL.  

 If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate.

Start your home search now...

Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Resale Homes for Sale up to $500,000

Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Resale Homes for Sale up to $1,000,000

NEW CONSTRUCTION HOMES FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL. Posted by Jill Winchel

 

Dec. 3, 2020

BUYING A CAPE CORAL HOME VIA FACETIME

 

BUYING A CAPE CORAL HOME

VIA FACETIME

5307 SKYLINE BLVD, CAPE CORAL FL 33914

  

I helped buyers purchase a beautiful Gulf access pool home recently and they only saw it via Facetime prior to closing!

Yes, it is possible to make a long-distance purchase in these challenging times.

My customers were interested in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with a pool, a nice water view, and a short boat ride out to the Gulf. After noticing a new listing pop up that matched this criteria, I immediately called the buyers and suggested a Facetime showing. The buyers were prepared to make an offer after that showing.

They went under contract quickly. I was present during the home inspection and offered advice for repairs to the buyers. Repairs were made by the sellers.

The buyers came to town for the final walk-through and closing and were thrilled with their purchase.

If you are considering buying a home in Cape Coral, please get in touch with me so that I can provide you with the same personal service.

Click the address link to view pictures of this home. BUYING A CAPE CORAL HOME VIA FACETIME.  

 

 

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate.

Start your home search now...

Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Homes for Sale up to $500,000

Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Homes for Sale up to $1,000,000

BUYING A CAPE CORAL HOME VIA FACETIME.  Posted by Jill Winchel

 

Oct. 20, 2020

Lovers Key State Park

LOVERS KEY STATE PARK & BEACH

This is a beautiful, natural beach just south of Fort Myers Beach and north of Bonita Beach. There is an $8 fee per vehicle or $4 for only one person. The park offers plenty of parking, restrooms, equipment rental, and food. It is open from 8:00 am until sunset everyday. Lovers Key signage

The beach isn't very wide and doesn't have many shells but you have plenty of walking and sitting opportunities on the 2 mile stretch of sand.

It is similar to Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island as you have a couple of bridges to cross over the intercoastal waters in order to reach the beach. There is a tram available to transport visitors from the parking lot to the beach. Lovers Key looking to the south

If you're interested in collecting shells you would be better off going to Sanibel Island but if you just want to enjoy the surf and sand on a pristine Gulf beach then make your way to Lovers Key.

One big shell

View my A Minute on the Beach series.

Lovers Key State Park

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in SW Florida, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

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Lovers Key State Park

Posted by Jill Winchel

Oct. 9, 2020

Landscaping in SW Florida

Landscaping in SW Florida

Don't plant too much as everything grows so fast here! If you're not careful you'll be spending all of your time trimming, weeding, and carrying debris to the roadside. And don't get me started on seed pods...

No, seriously, we grow beautiful palm trees and tropical plants here which helps to make this area a paradise. A quick walk around your yard each day will keep it in check. Trimming or picking up palm fronds once a week the day before they get picked up is also a good idea.

Take care to keep bushes and trees trimmed away from your home to keep bugs and rodents at bay. You also don't want a large palm tree frond falling on your roof and damaging tiles or shingles.

View my vlog series for more info on Cape Coral and SW Florida.

10 Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

10 More Things Your Realtor Probably Didn't Tell You

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate. Learn more on my YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Blog

Cape Coral Homes for Sale

Cape Coral Condos for Sale

Cape Coral Lots for Sale

 

Landscaping in SW Florida

Posted by Jill Winchel

Aug. 7, 2020

Cape Coral Gulf Access Home Sales Explode in July 2020!

Gulf Access home sales in Cape Coral for July 2020 hit record numbers with 150 homes sold in the SWFL MLS, the highest number of recorded sales in this category since The Koffman Group began keeping this statistic in 2004. Median sales price for Gulf access homes ticked down to $456,000 from $465,000 in June. Strong home sales in SWFL continue during the covid-19 pandemic across all real estate categories.

Cape Coral Gulf Access Home Sales Historical ChartSee Historical sales on our Cape Coral Gulf Access Homes Market Report Page

 

Aug. 7, 2020

ELEGANT CUSTOM HOME FOR SALE IN YACHT CLUB

 

DIRECT GULF ACCESS BOATING FROM CAPE CORAL HOME FOR SALE

5214 TIFFANY CT, CAPE CORAL FL 33904

5214 Tiffany Ct Cape Coral Pool  

Timeless elegance is found throughout this home. In addition, it is located on a quiet street and it has direct access boating out to the Gulf of Mexico. Do you want a home that is better than all the rest? Are you ready to experience waterfront living in the Yacht Club? 

BOATING-

  • DIRECT/SAILBOAT GULF ACCESS WITH INTERSECTING CANAL VIEW
  • ONLY 1 MILE BOAT RIDE TO RIVER

SPACIOUS CUSTOM INTERIOR- 5214 Tiffany Ct Cape Coral kitchen

  • OVER 3,000 SQUARE FEET
  • 4 BEDROOMS & 3.5 BATHROOMS
  • FAMILY ROOM
  • CHEF'S KITCHEN WITH GAS STOVE
  • GRANITE COUNTERS & SS APPLIANCES
  • PLANTATION SHUTTERS
  • MASTER BEDROOM WITH ACCESS TO LANAI
  • CROWN MOLDING
  • ETCHED GLASS ARTWORK
  • GAS FIREPLACE

TROPICAL EXTERIOR- 5214 Tiffany Ct Cape Coral front

  • LOCATED AT END OF CUL-DE-SAC
  • 2 CAR GARAGE with CIRCLE PAVER DRIVEWAY
  • SCREENED LANAI
  • HEATED SALT WATER POOL & SPA
  • WESTERN REAR EXPOSURE
  • PALM TREES & FRUIT TREES
  • TILE ROOF
  • FULL WIDTH CAPTAIN'S WALK WITH SITTING AREA

BONUS- 5214 Tiffany Ct Cape Coral lanai

  • 100% STORM PROTECTION
  • ALL ASSESSMENTS PAID
  • NEAR DINING & EVENTS IN SE CAPE

 

Don't let this one get away. What more could you ask for? 

Click any picture to see more pictures of this DIRECT GULF ACCESS BOATING FROM CAPE CORAL HOME FOR SALE.  Call me at 615-504-1185 for a personal viewing or start viewing similar listings on my website now...Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Homes for Sale

 

 

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate.

DIRECT GULF ACCESS BOATING FROM CAPE CORAL HOME FOR SALE. 5214 TIFFANY CT Cape Coral FL 33904 Posted by Jill Winchel

 

Aug. 6, 2020

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL

 

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE

IN CAPE CORAL

5411 SW 17TH AVE, CAPE CORAL FL 33914

DOCK 5411 SW 17TH AVE CAPE CORAL  

Are you ready to experience waterfront living and the SW Florida lifestyle? Then don't miss this opportunity!

BOATING-

  • GULF ACCESS WITH WIDE CANAL VIEW
  • NEW SEAWALL, DOCK, BOAT LIFT

SPACIOUS UPDATED INTERIOR-

  • OVER 3,000 SQUARE FEET
  • 6 BEDROOMS & 3.5 BATHROOMS
  • GAME ROOM
  • GRANITE COUNTERS & SS APPLIANCES
  • PLANTATION SHUTTERS
  • MASTER BEDROOM ON GROUND FLOOR

SPACIOUS EXTERIOR-

  • TRIPLE LOT: .34 ACRES
  • FENCED BACKYARD
  • 3 CAR GARAGE with PAVER DRIVEWAY
  • SCREENED LANAI
  • HEATED POOL
  • EASTERN REAR EXPOSURE

BONUS-

  • 100% STORM PROTECTION
  • ALL ASSESSMENTS PAID
  • NEAR CAPE HARBOUR FOR DINING & EVENTS

Pool and canal kitchen of 5411 SW 17th Ave

Don't let this one get away. What more could you ask for? 

Click any picture to see more pictures of this SPACIOUS WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL.  Call me at 615-504-1185 for a personal viewing or start viewing similar listings on my website now...Cape Coral Gulf Access Pool Homes for Sale

 

Drive south on Chiquita Blvd S, turn right at the 4 way stop at El Dorado Pkwy W, turn right onto SW 17th Ave. The home is the 4th one on the right.

If you’re in the market for real estate and want information on buying or selling a home or condo in Cape Coral, contact Jill Winchel at 615-504-1185. I am a Realtor with The Koffman Group at Royal Shell Real Estate.

SPACIOUS WATERFRONT HOME FOR SALE IN CAPE CORAL. 5411 SW 17TH AVE Cape Coral FL 33914 Posted by Jill Winchel

 

July 23, 2020

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home  During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation. Here are a few tips for creating comfortable and functional spaces within your home for work, school, and fitness. We also share some of our favorite ways to stay connected as a community, because we’re all in this together … and no one should face these trying times alone.  

Begin with the Basics

A basic home emergency preparedness kit is a great addition to any home, even under normal circumstances. It should include items like water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, first aid kit, and other essentials you would need should you temporarily lose access to food, water, or electricity. Fortunately, authorities don’t anticipate any serious interruptions to utilities or the food supply during this outbreak. However, it may be a good time to start gathering your emergency basics in a designated location, so you’ll be prepared now-—and in the future—should your family ever need them. 

Ready to start building an emergency kit for your home? Contact us for a free copy of our Home Emergency Preparation Checklist!

Working From Home

Many employees are being asked to work remotely. If you’re transitioning to a home office for the first time, it’s important to create a designated space for work … so it doesn’t creep into your home life, and vice versa. If you live in a small condominium or apartment, this may feel impossible. But try to find a quiet corner where you can set up a desk and comfortable chair. The simple act of separating your home and work spaces can help you focus during work hours and “turn off” at the end of the day.  Of course, if you have children who are home with you all day (given many schools and daycares are now closed), separating your home and work life will be more difficult. Unless you have a partner who can serve as the primary caregiver, you will need to help manage the needs of your children while juggling work and virtual meetings. If both parents are working from home, try alternating shifts, so you each have a designated time to work and to parent. If that’s not an option, experts recommend creating a schedule for your children, so they know when you’re available to play, and when you need to work.1 A red stop sign on the door can help remind them when you shouldn’t be disturbed. And for young children, blocking off a specific time each day for them to nap or have independent screen time can give you a window to schedule conference calls or work uninterrupted.  

Homeschooling Your Children Many parents with school-aged children will be taking on a new challenge: homeschooling. Similar to a home office, designating a space for learning activities can help your child transition between play and school. If you’re working from home, the homeschooling area would ideally be located near your workspace, so you can offer assistance and answer questions, as needed. If possible, dedicate a desk or table where your child’s work can be spread out—and left out when they break for meals and snacks. Position supplies and materials nearby so they are independently accessible, and place a trash can and recycling bin within reach for easy cleanup. A washable, plastic tablecloth can help transition an academic space into an arts and crafts area. If the weather is nice, try studying outside! A porch swing is a perfect spot for reading, and gardening in the backyard is a great addition to any science curriculum.  In addition to creating an academic learning environment, find age-appropriate opportunities for your children to help with household chores and meal preparation. Homeschooling advocates emphasize the importance of developing life skills alongside academic ones.2 And with more meals and activities taking place at home, there will be ample opportunity for every family member to pitch in and help.   Staying Fit With gyms closed and team sports canceled, it can be tempting to sit on the sofa and binge Netflix. However, maintaining the physical health and mental wellness of you and your family is crucial right now. Implementing a regular exercise routine at home can help with both. If you live in a community where you can safely exercise outdoors while maintaining the recommended distance between you and other residents, try to get out as much as possible. If the weather is nice, go for family walks, jogs, or bike rides.  Can’t get outside? Fortunately, you don’t need a home gym or fancy exercise equipment to stay fit. Look for a suitable space in your home, garage, or basement where you can comfortably move—you’ll probably need at least a 6’ x 6’ area for each person. Many cardio and strength training exercises require little (or no) equipment, including jumping jacks, lunges, and pushups.  And if you prefer a guided workout, search for free exercise videos on YouTube—there are even options specifically geared towards kids—or try one of the many fitness apps available.

Socializing From a Distance Even though we’re all being called upon to practice “social distancing” right now, there are still ways to stay safely connected to our communities and our extended families. Picking up the phone is a great place to start. Make an effort to reach out to neighbors and loved ones who live alone and may be feeling particularly isolated right now. And while parties and playdates may be prohibited, modern technology offers countless ways to organize networked gatherings with family and friends. Try using group video conferencing tools like Google Hangouts and Zoom to facilitate a virtual happy hour or book club. Host a Netflix Party to watch (and chat about) movies with friends. Or plan a virtual game night and challenge your pals to a round of Psych or Yahtzee. There are safe ways to connect offline, too. Rediscover the lost art of letter writing. Drop off groceries on an elderly neighbor’s porch. Or organize a neighborhood “chalk walk,” where children use sidewalk chalk to decorate their driveways and then head out for a stroll to view their friends’ artwork. Of course, there’s one group of people who you can still socialize with freely—those who reside in your home. Family dinners are back, siblings are reconnecting, and many of us have been given the gift of time, with commutes, activities, and obligations eliminated. In fact, some families are finding that this crisis has brought them closer than ever.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE Even with all of the tools and technology available to keep us connected, many of us are still feeling stressed, scared, and isolated. However, you can rest assured that you are not alone. We’re not only here to help you buy and sell real estate. We want to be a resource to our clients and community through good times and bad. If you and your family are in need of assistance, please reach out and let us know how we can help.   Sources:

  1. CNBC - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/16/how-to-work-from-home-with-your-kids-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  2. TheHomeSchoolMom.com - https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/benefits-of-homeschooling-2/