Cape Coral "Paradise"
When going west and crossing over the Caloosahatchee River Bridges, at a distance the stunning waterfront homes with their boats docked behind them come into view. Just imagine the land in vision was once owned by the Matlacha Cattle Company and used for ranching. In 1954 the Matlacha Cattle Company sold 17,000 acres to the Roslyn, Long Island, N.Y. multimillionaire socialite and sportsman, Ogden M. Phipps. After Mr. Ogden’s purchase, he immediately began to clear the land, plant 3000 acres of improved grass, and began to build his hunting and fishing lodge.
While the construction and development of his hunting and fishing lodge, Mr. Phipps supervised the process from his yacht, Virgemere, docked at the Fort Myers yacht basin. When his lodge was finished, Mr. Phipps would have his guest come from Sanibel by ferry to Punta Rassa where they were met by jeeps to travel for a day of hunting and fishing at his lodge located at what was known as Redfish Point. Now you will find the Cape Coral Yacht Club located at Redfish Point.
In a few years the Redfish Point land, consisting of 1,724 acres ,would attract the interest of the New York entrepreneur Leonard Rosen while recuperating from an arthritic condition in Florida. After choosing the land near Fort Myers, Leonard & Julius Rosen approached Lee County commissioners to learn the requirements for subdividing the property there were considering purchasing. They learned requirements were file a plat plan, drainage plans, design plans and post a bond guaranteeing that all roads built would fall under county specifications.
Many people think the Rosen Brothers were forward thinking in designing the city with all the canals but Lee County can take some of the credit due to their requirements. According to the Lee County Commissioners the land was to low to build on. The problem was solved by all the dredging to provide fill material needed for building and the results of dredging gave the city 400 miles of canals that now attract avid boaters finding Cape Coral a perfect place to call home. For more history about Cape Coral you would enjoy Cape Coral Historical Museum.
Now that you have a bit of history, Cape Coral’s transformation into “Paradise” with over 400 miles of fresh and salt water canals which lead to the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway, and Okeechobee Waterway leading to east coast of Florida, has been short of miraculous.
Cape Coral, a young city incorporated in 1970, ranks as the third largest city in Florida. The city encompasses a land mass of almost 114 square miles. The splendid weather, community’s activities, and the eclectic water sport activities make Cape Coral a marvelous place to call home. If considering Southwest Florida home, Cape Coral affords you choices from 100K to multi-million waterfront property. Our splendid weather and endless sunshine attracts many wanting to exchange the snow shovel for sand pails.
Cape Coral is a youthful city not complacent with status quo. You will enjoy the Cultural Park Theater with its Broadway season and concerts. Sun Splash Water Park affords great family fun. Because of Cape Coral’s enterprising spirit you will find great choices for shopping, educational activities, the arts, theaters, and top rated specialty restaurants, locally owned, as well as many chain restaurants. Ariani, Ciao, Siam Hut, Rum Runners, Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and the Lobster Lady are just a few choices the locals enjoy.
The heart and soul of Cape Coral will always be centered around the historical Cape Coral Yacht Club. A track of land known as Redfish Point was where the developers, the Rosen Brothers, chose to build their first recreation area for the new residents of Cape Coral, their new city in the 1960’s. The Yacht Club, with its architectural style of the 60’s is still consider by many of its residents the center of town activity.
At Cape Coral Yacht Club, you can swim in the public pool, dock your boat at the city dock, enjoy the sandy beach and launch your boat. You can plan your party at the public pavilion or eat lunch at KC’s River Stop on the riverfront. You can drop a line and fish from the Cape Coral Pier and enjoy the sunset. When visiting Cape Coral don’t miss the historical land mark, the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Every Wednesday afternoon you can enjoy live music at the beach, enjoy the sunset, and you may find some treasures from the over 50 vendors at the Sunset Celebration.
While Cape Coral has many islands around, the land mass for Cape Coral is a large peninsula just west of Fort Myers on the west side of the Caloosahatchee River. The river was named by the Calusa Indians and it means “the River of the Calusa.” Cape Coral is well located within 10 miles west of I-75. From I-75 you have an easy trip to Miami 3 hrs.or Tampa 2 1/2 hrs. If you are wanting to see “Mickey” you are only 3 hrs. away from Orlando. Cape Coral is only 30 minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport with connections to the world.
With waterfront playing such a significant part in Cape Coral, you will find great marina gated communities. All of these communities have great choices from homes, condos ,and villas. Check out our impressive communities of Tarpon Point, and Cape Harbour. If you are a sailor then Burnt Store Marina might be your choice as it leads into Charlotte Harbour some of the best sailing in Southwest Florida. These communities not only have marinas but also great restaurants, spas and shopping. Another gated community named Sandoval has become a favorite for retires and families. Bonita Bay was the developer and known for many outstanding communities in Naples. If golf is your passion, Royal Tee Golf Club is a gated golf community with deed restrictions that provide a standard resulting in impressive designed homes. Cape Coral has other golf courses as well. Coral Oaks is a public course covered in beautiful oak trees. Palmetto Pine Country Club is another option with its 18 holes of great golf.
Cape Coral provides an incredible life style. The many parks, golf, tennis, boat launches, bike trails, shopping, restaurants, and shopping will give you all the amenities you expect from a large city while having a feeling of a small town. Cape Coral has one of the most comprehensive Parks and Recreation program found in any city. Four Mile Cove is a perfect example of the Parks and Recreation . Here you can enjoy walking or kayaking through an ecological preserve observing the wildlife and beautiful birds.
Cape Coral’s canals became paramount in the cities development. The visionary and unique large waterway planned community will give you many choices. Homes priced for the first time home buyer, snowbirds, families and ones wanting luxurious custom waterfront homes can be found in Cape Coral. Search the MLS for property in Cape Coral. We are sure you will find many that meet your criteria. We enjoyed sharing Cape Coral with you and look forward of hearing from you. Give us a call and let us tailor your search, preview your property choices and give you the service you deserve.