Where to Live in Cape Coral
Cape Coral is a HUGE city! Over 119 sq. miles of land and roughly 190k residents! We have homes ranging from 150k to $4M! There is PLENTY of shopping, boating activities, outdoor recreation, and bars and restaurants to visit in every part of Cape Coral.
Cape Coral is broken into 4 Quadrants - everyone refers to them as the South East, South West, North West and North East. We often get asked: "What is different about each quadrant in Cape Coral?" Each quadrant has its own distinct attributes, and qualities that makes it unique and special.
South East Quadrant:
This is the first developed area in Cape Coral and is considered the heart of the city by most. It is positioned on the western bank of the Caloosahatchee River, and only a short drive to Ft Myers Beach and Sanibel Island by way of the Cape Coral Parkway toll bridge. SE Cape Coral’s first homes were built in the late 50’s and early 60’s, these original homes are usually smaller but don’t lack in old Florida charm and impressive native landscaping. This area of Cape Coral is also highly sought after by water enthusiasts for its convenient and unrestricted water access; meaning any size vessel can easily maneuver through the canals, gaining quick access to the river and Gulf of Mexico. In the SE Cape many of the original homes, have been replaced with large lavish estates. This and the fact that the utilities are in and paid demand some of the areas highest real estate values.
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South West Quadrant:
SW Cape was the second area to be developed. It is the only quadrant that has access to the Spreader canal (spreads water from the canals through the mangroves) and is bordered by a beautiful preserve full of wildlife and native vegetation.
Because SW cape is a relatively new area, it is full of large new homes and beautiful gated communities. SW Cape does also have a lock system in place which allows easy access to salt water; it does however limit the size of vessel. Water lots are either situated on fresh (no gulf access) or salt water. The fresh water canal system is what you desire; it will lead you through a chain of canals and fresh water lakes that is optimal for fishing and taking in beautiful natural habitat. Most of SW Cape Coral has the utilities in place; however some homes may carry a balance.
Some of the popular homes are located in Cape Harbor, Tarpon Point, Sandoval, Palmetto Pines, Trafalgar Woods, Rose Garden and the Eight Lakes community.
North West Quadrant:
This area of Cape Coral is located with convent access to areas such as Pine Island, Matlacha Pass, and Charlotte Harbor. If you are a boater and need direct access to salt water there is an area in the southern tip of this quadrant for you. In addition to direct access, this area also has fresh and salt water lots. In this area you have easy access to Burnt Store Marina, an upscale boating and golfing community as well as Coral Oakes golf course.
The city utilities are just being extended to this area, so some homes may be on well and septic, which will require a water system and ongoing maintenance. In this area there is a large inventory of new construction homes, available at all price points.
There is A LOT of new construction going on in the North West and there are plenty of newer homes to choose from! Both on-water and off-water!
North East Quadrant:
The NE Quadrant is a relatively new area that is full of new construction and vacant lots ready for development and room for growth. It is full of superstores such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Target and many restaurants; both chain and local, located on Pine Island Rd. It is also very close to Downtown Fort Myers and has quick access to I-75. More major developments are planned for the future, but for now there are plenty of services available for the residents of this area. If you are a boater this area may not be a right fit for you. All canals and lakes in this area are fresh water; the Gulf of Mexico is not accessible from this area. Most homes in this area do not have utilities in place, hence the less expensive real estate values. If county life is what you’re interested in, this quadrant has acreage available but still in close proximity to all the amenities.