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Fort Myers Named Top Retirement Community

The results are in, and once again Fort Myers takes one of the top spots when it comes to the “Best Places to Retire in 2021”. The ranking comes from U.S. News & World Report.

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Fort Myers Named Top Retirement Destination

A great place to live, work, vacation and play, Fort Myers is also a top destination for retirees. That’s according to several different rankings, all of which put Fort Myers extremely high on the list, especially for retirees.

Cape Coral & Fort Myers Named Best Places to Retire

If you’re looking for a fantastic place to spend your Golden Years, you’ll surely want to put Cape Coral and Fort Myers at the very top of your list. Both Southwest Florida cities routinely rank extremely well when it comes to the best places in the nation to retire.

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Cape Coral Named Retirement Boomtown

As baby boomers continue to retire in record numbers, some cities like Cape Coral are thriving. In fact, Cape Coral was just named a retirement boomtown by

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55+ Communities in Southwest Florida

If you’re looking for a 55+ community, consider the move to Southwest Florida. The area is filled with options. Far from the retirement communities of the past, today’s active adult communities present more of a resort-style experience for residents.

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Fort Myers Named Top Place to Retire

A great place to live, work and play, Fort Myers also just gained a new honor when it comes to topping the “100 Best Places to Retire in the USA”. The ranking from US News puts Fort Myers in the number two spot, noted for its growing population, yet its small town-like atmosphere.

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Cape Coral Named Top Retirement Community

Southwest Florida is a prime location for those of all ages, but when it comes to retirees it seems Cape Coral is near the top. WalletHub just put the city in its list of the top ten places for retirees.

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Retire Happy in Cape Coral

A fantastic destination for those of all ages, it appears Cape Coral is an especially good choice for retirees. Kiplinger just announced its list of “10 of the Happiest Places to Retire in the U.S.”, with Cape Coral nabbing a top spot.

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Tidewater By Del Webb: Activities & Amenities Galore

With an array of different amenities and activities to choose from, Tidewater by Del Webb offers up the vibrancy of an active adult community, filled with everything you could want and desire. From its two-story clubhouse to its resort swimming pool, there’s something for just about everyone within this gated, active adult community.

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Pelican Preserve: Fabulous 55+ Community

With beautiful homes, championship golf and plentiful amenities, Pelican Preserve is easily one of the most favored 55+ communities in Southwest Florida. This fabulous community offers up an array of options for new buyers, from its sensational home designs to its added extras.

Valencia Bonita: 55+ Amenities & Fun

Filled with beautiful homes, amenities and fun, Valencia Bonita presents an ideal location for active adults in Bonita Springs. This extraordinary new community promises the allure of a large clubhouse, complete with on-site dining, spa services and a grand ballroom.

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Cape Coral Hot for Baby Boomers

Cape Coral is certainly an exceptional place to call home, and its especially hot right now for baby boomers. According to research complied by the website, baby boomers are easily inspired by the area for a variety of reasons.

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Our Favorite 55+ Communities

Southwest Florida is filled with some exceptional 55+ communities, and some of our favorites offer generous amenities and impressive properties. Two of our favorites are Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers and Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs.

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Pelican Preserve Fort Myers Active Lifestyles

From tennis to golf, swimming to wildlife viewing, Pelican Preserve certainly delivers on a Fort Myers active lifestyle. The exceptional community is filled with social and recreational activities, a place where you’ll always find a number of things to do and experience.

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Tidewater by Del Webb Amenity Center Now Open

The expansive two-story clubhouse is now open at Tidewater by Del Webb, serving up an array of available amenities to residents. This 13,000 square foot amenity center is filled with recreational options, from fitness to relaxation.

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Stay Busy at Pelican Preserve

Surrounded by lakes and natural preserves, the exquisite community of Pelican Preserve serves up some of very best options in amenities and activities, from planned social events to fitness, golf and entertainment. This master-planned, active adult community in Fort Myers offers plenty of ways to stay busy, from group classes to sports and even full-service dining.

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Valencia Bonita Offering New Homes in Five Collections

The upscale Valencia Bonita provides new homes in five exceptional collections, all designed for the lifestyle of a 55+ active adult community of homeowners. This new construction development by GL Homes will eventually offer nearly 1,000 villas and single-family homes, priced starting in the high $300,000s.

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Valencia Bonita Targeting Active Adults

Dedicated to serving an active adult lifestyle, the new 55+ community of Valencia Bonita supplies no shortage of opportunities, from the abundant added amenities to a rich selection of home styles in Bonita Springs. This upscale community draws on its limitless appeal

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Valencia Bonita is New 55+ Community

With sophisticated home designs, resort-style amenities and a convenient location, Valencia Bonita emerges as a desirable new option for those in search of a 55+-lifestyle community. Presented by GL Homes, the active-lifestyle Bonita Springs community is rich with future possibilities

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Four New Models Introduced at Cascades at River Hall

Four new model home plans have just been released within Cascades at River Hall, bringing affordable, low-maintenance homes to the master-planned community. The development, aimed at attracting active adults with generous amenities, now offers the four plans ranging in size from around 1,600 to more than 2,000 square feet

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Baby Boomers Prefer Single-family Homes

Every homebuyer is different but it turns out baby boomers do have more than a few things in common when it comes to what they want out of a home. According to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders of recent and prospective homebuyers, a whopping 63-percent of baby boomers prefer a single-family home.

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Chateau Homes Now Offered at Pelican Preserve

Chateau homes are now being offered with the popular 55+ community of Pelican Preserve. Presented by WCI Communities, the model homes are available within the Palazzo II and III neighborhoods, all including views of the fairways or preserves, just off Treeline Avenue and Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Cascades at Estero is for Active Adults

Constructed to appeal to an active adult lifestyle, Cascades at Estero invites affordable living, abundant amenities and an enviable location close to a wide variety of sites and attractions in Southwest Florida.

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Retirees Targeting Fort Myers

The City of Fort Myers is welcoming to those of all ages but it seems that many retirees view this part of Southwest Florida as especially appealing. According to projections by, retirees will gain some momentum this year, coming in as the third largest group of homebuyers for 2016, many of which will likely be attracted to Fort Myers for several reasons.

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Prato at Pelican Preserve Features Cottage Homes

Prospective homeowners in search of a cottage home now have their choice of 16 homesites within the new Prato neighborhood of Pelican Preserve. Offered by WCI Communities, the neighborhood of Prato at Pelican Preserve just released the properties, allowing for your choice of a two-bedroom, two-bath attached villa, also featuring a living room and the option of a den, home office or even the possibility of a third bedroom in the floor plan.

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Pelican Preserve Golf Course Renovations Underway

Pelican Preserve delivers unrivaled amenities, and the 55-and-better lifestyle community in Fort Myers has started renovating its 27-hole championship golf course and golf clubhouse. WCI Communities closed the Heron golf course this month for a total renovation. The renovations will improve playability for Pelican Preserve members.

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Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club

For golfers at every skill level and all ages, Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club in Fort Myers offers an incredible experience. The atmosphere strives to be a comfortable, friendly one. Inside this amenity-rich 55+ community in North Fort Myers located off I-75, many of the 770 homes in the community have been renovated with modern open floor plans, and custom designer finishes.

Heritage Cove 55+ Done Right

Heritage Cove is a warm, friendly gated community for adults 55+ located in South Fort Myers in a beautiful natural setting. This lovely community for active adults features a wide array of activities and social events for residents to get to know their neighbors, and enjoy close friendships.

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Cascades at River Hall Express Homes

Here is an opportunity to purchase a brand new home in an upscale lifestyle destination community for active adults age 55+, and complete with resort-inspired amenities. Cascades is located in the desirable master-planned gated community of River Hall in Fort Myers.

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Pelican Preserve Amenities

The award-winning premier active adult community of Pelican Preserve combines luxury residential living surrounded by beautiful natural preserves of cypress, pine and lakes mixed with pure recreational amenities and relaxation in Southwest Florida to deliver unrivaled amenities for active adults.

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Cascades at River Hall Offering 7 New Models

The Cascades, an upscale active adult community (55+), is located in the gated prestigious master-planned River Hall community in Fort Myers. It is centrally located six miles east of I-75 on Palm Beach Boulevard at exit 141. Natural preserves and lakes surround the Cascades.

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Top Fort Myers 55+ Communities

The perfect Southwest Florida lifestyle for adults over age 55 can be found throughout Fort Myers in many communities but we highlight three of our top 55+ communities: Pelican Preserve, Cascades at Estero and Heritage Cove. All of these communities are terrific with unmatched amenities, and residences tucked into their natural surroundings.

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Cape Coral Named Top Retirement Location

Cape Coral is the only Florida city to make the list of Top 10 of the best cities to retire in the United States, according to a survey released in June. Americans planning on their retirement destination may want to look into heading to Cape Coral if they want to live in Florida.

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Amenities Upgrade Coming To Pelican Preserve

Construction started this month expanding social and recreational amenities at the award-winning Pelican Preserve community located in beautiful Fort Myers. The Plaza del Sol Town Center at Pelican Preserve will be adding fitness rooms, a resort-style poolside bar, outdoor lap pool and a kitchen.

Seven Floor Plans Available at Tidewater by Del Webb

One-story homes located in Estero are coming soon to Tidewater, the newest active adult retirement community in Southwest Florida for adults age 55+. Tidewater is being developed by Del Webb, one of America’s most respected builders specializing in communities for active adults.

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New Amenities and More Homes Coming to Pelican Preserve

Developer WCI Properties plans to build an additional 300-400 new homes on 180 acres in the gated Pelican Preserve community in Fort Myers. WCI also promises adding new amenities for the 55+ community by the end of 2016 at this gated community which currently has 1,400 homes.

Shuffleboard—Fort Myers’ Unofficial Pastime

If Family Feud was to ask “what is the most popular recreational activity in Fort Myers?” Shuffleboard would certainly be on the list. Also known as “deck shuffleboard,” it is a game in which players use broom-shaped paddles to push weighted pucks, sliding them down a court with the object of the game to land within a marked scoring area.

New Homes Available At Fort Myers 55+ Community

Luxury and natural beauty combine with superb amenities and recreational activities at Pelican Preserve, a gated master-planned community for residents 55+. As a premier active adult community, Pelican Preserve offers a wide array of housing options including condos, carriage homes, attached villas and single-family homes.

Fort Myers Area Named Top Place to Retire

Fort Myers has been named a top retirement and wallet-friendly city by both WalletHub in its list of Best & Worst Places to Retire and Forbes magazine. WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest cities in the U.S. to help Americans find the best place to retire.

New Chateau Homes At Pelican Preserve

An ideal community for active adults age 55+ in Fort Myers, the new Chateau Homes in the Palazzo II neighborhood at Pelican Preserve offer 3 different floor plans with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and ranging in size from 1,248-1,385 square feet with prices starting at $156,360

Cascades at Estero: Luxury 55+ Community

The Cascades at Estero is a stunning, active 55+ community, featuring 614 single-family homes and villas on 158 acres. As you pass through the gated luxury community, the grand entrances captivates your attention with the beauty of cascading fountains and several sparkling lakes that bolster the pretty streetscape views of this resort-style community.

Heritage Cove: Popular Fort Myers 55+ Community

Popular Heritage Cove, an active adult 55+ community, in south Fort Myers is a gated, lovely community in a natural setting with acres of lakes and nature preserves. It is close to the beach and offers a wide range of amenities and a wonderful social calendar that allows you to mingle with your neighbors and form lasting relationships.

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Pelican Preserve: Upscale Fort Myers Active Adult Community

Pelican Preserve is the area’s most vibrant 55+ community. The gated master-planned community developed by WCI is topnotch for active adult residents age 55+ who want to live the good life. Pelican Preserve offers a variety of home styles for every lifestyle and budget from spacious condos and carriage homes to attached villas and single-family homes.

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Pelican Preserve Offers Upscale 55+ Living in Fort Myers

Fort Myer’s premier active adult community, Pelican Preserve, is a gated, maintenance-free community featuring luxury homes and world-class amenities. With abundant housing options ranging from condominiums to single-family homes, Pelican Preserve is well known for its stellar list of social activities and upscale amenities offered to its residents. Pelican Preserve is divided into distinct neighborhoods and each has its own unique style.

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Fort Myers 55+ Communities Have Growing Appeal

Active adults who want a social calendar with many attractive options and to live among other like-aged people in a friendly environment are growing in strength and numbers here in the Fort Myers area, according to web-based searches for buyers in the 55+ age group. Residents 55+ want to live in a beautifully landscaped well-maintained hassle-free community with other folks 55 and older.

Materita at Pelican Preserve – 55+ New Construction

Materita is a stunning neighborhood of villa and cottage homes available in WCI Communities’ for residents 55 years and older located in Fort Myers. Widely viewed as Southwest Florida’s premier active-adult community, each home in Materita offers gourmet kitchens and granite countertops as well as flexible floor plans in which an extra bedroom can be substituted from a less-used area in the house.

Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers Town Center Getting Facelift

The highly-acclaimed Plaza del Sol Town Center at Pelican Preserve is undergoing a renovation. This 70,000 sq. ft. facility with four main buildings connected by courtyards serves as the social hub and activities anchor of this vibrant 55+ active adult community.

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Fort Myers 55+ Communities Are Growing in Popularity

There is a significant growing interest in 55+ active adult communities here in the Fort Myers area. Both web searches and page views for 55+ communities on our website are up over 20% in 2012 from the same time period in 2011. Our team has assisted numerous 55+ active community buyers this year and has collated some consistent themes

Heritage Cove: 55+ Community in Fort Myers

There is plenty to like about the Fort Myers community of Heritage Cove…….55+ active adults community…..check…….close to the beach…..check…..extensive roster of amenities…….check……active social calendar…….check and plenty more!

Forbes Names Cape Coral and Fort Myers Top Retirement Communities

Forbes Magazine has provided a major boost of confidence to the recovering but still bruised ego of Lee County by naming its two largest cites as top place to retire for 2012. It is quite remarkable that Forbes used two of its top 25 spots on Fort Myers and Cape Coral, joining Pensacola as the only three markets in Florida to make the top 25 list.

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Baby Boomers Eying Fort Myers Active Adult Communities

Our team is seeing a significant growing interest in Fort Myers area active adult communities from baby-boomer aged home buyers. This experience in the trenches echoes a recent Sarasota Herald-Tribune story titled Baby boomers redefine the terms of retirement, about the growing interest in active-adult communities.

Awesome Fort Myers 55+ Condo – $77,500

Completely updated two bedroom condo in a very active Fort Myers 55+ community. Updated kitchen, baths and fresh paint are waiting for the new owner of this sparkling condo. Enjoy relaxing views of the lake and fountain from your enclosed upper-level lanai in this corner unit condo.

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Brandywine: Fort Myers Active Adult Community

Tucked away off Winkler Road between the Myerlee Country Club and Parker Lakes is the Brandywine community. Brandywine is a gated, 55+ community catering to active adult lifestyles.

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Fort Myers Ranked 4th Nationally as Retirement Destination

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area was ranked fourth nationally as a retirement destination in a study just released by Our region was second in Florida only trailing Bradenton-Sarasota in the Sunshine State. This designation is a significant coup for our battered real estate market as it validates the overwhelming sense of value many are seeing in the market.

New Construction in Fort Myers 55+ Communities

Active adult communities have been a popular option in the Fort Myers area for both full-time residents as well as seasonal snowbirds. Many of our 55+ developments offer a plethora of activities and amenities that allow new residents the opportunity to quickly acclimate into the social fabric of the community.

Southwest Florida builders are bullish on the demand for new housing in their active adult communities and currently are building spec homes in their communities. New construction options are currently available at the 55+ communities of Pelican Preserve and Cascades at River Hall.

Upscale Fort Myers Active Adult Community

Fort Myers has a long track record as a popular vacation destination for snowbirds and retirement area for active adults. We are fortunate that real estate developers have recognized this ongoing trend and have purpose-built communities to meet the needs of active adults. The Cascades at River Hall is a Fort Myers area community dedicated to 55+ active adult lifestyles.

Cascades at River Hall features single-family homes designed with open floor plans and primarily single-level living. Nature enthusiasts will treasure the water and preserve views that are available from every home in the Cascades community. Walking throughout the community, which is wrapped by farms and environmentally protected land offers an ever changing palette of Southwest Florida nature and beauty.

Fort Myers Area Demographics

The latest Brookings Institute State of Metropolitan America Report has some very interesting data regarding the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). This area is categorized as a Mid-Sized Magnet with similar characteristics (high growth, low diversity, low education) as cities including: Baton Rouge, LA; Boise, ID; Greenville, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Little Rock, AR and Oklahoma City, OK.

Some of the key indicators about the Cape Coral – Lee County including our ranking out of the top 100 MSAs:

New Construction at Pelican Preserve

The News-Press reports that WCI Communities is back with gusto from the brink of extinction following a chapter 11 reorganization. Near-term plans call for the construction of five new spec homes at Pelican Preserve, 55+ active-adult master-planned community in Fort Myers.

55+ Communities in Fort Myers

Active adult communities are quite popular in Southwest Florida and offer an exciting lifestyle option for many of our residents.

With an extensive schedule of activities, Fort Myers 55+ communities help newcomers quickly acclimate to their new community. It is easy to quickly meet other residents with similar interests and hobbies. Social activities, sports and crafts are among the more popular items available in these 55+ communities.

Tax Benefits of Florida Residency

Beyond the sunshine and warm weather, the tax benefits of a Florida residency can be substantial. Everyone probably knows that Florida does not have state income taxes, but it is generaly less known that Florida estate taxes are more favorable than many other states.

Establishing Florida Residency

One of the questions that buyers of a second home in Florida face is whether or not to establish residency in Florida. The Bristol Press covers this issue in a column titled, Should “snowbirds” change state residency? Although this article is written by a Connecticut attorney referring to Connecticut laws,[…]

Seven Lakes – Affordable Fort Myers Golfing

Looking for a home on a golf course in Southwest Florida, but don’t want to pay all the fees…..Check out Seven Lakes which offers unlimited golfing without green fees or trail fees. Seven Lakes features an 18-hole, par 60 golf course and during the week residents can let their competitive[…]

Fort Myers 55+ Communities

The Southwest Florida region is home to some of the finest active adult communities in the country. These communities cater to 55+ active adults and are great alternative for those relocating to the area.