regatta-naples (2)

Fort Myers Real Estate

Fort Myers Real Estate  homes and condos are abundant. Everyone knows Fort Myers is a great place to live and work. Look left to find homes and condos for sale.

I Thought you might enjoy some historic information on Fort Myers, Florida. (Lee County) Fort Myers, the largest city in Southwest Florida. Our city  started in the 1840’s when a hurricane forced the evacuation of Seminole Indians.  Fort Dulaney was at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee.  First Lt. John Harvie found a safe place for a fort. The decided to name the city,  FORT MYERS ,honoring Seminole War hero.  Colonel Abraham C. Myers. While retired soldiers built homes along the River, it was cattlemen like Jake Summerlin and Captain James McKay, using the river to ship cows to Cuba, that developed the town in the 1860’s and 1870’s. Still, at the time of incorporation in 1885, there were just 349 citizens, waiting for the arrival of the railroad and Northern visitors like Thomas Alva Edison.   To the northeast you’ll see the site of the (1) THOMAS EDISON BRIDGE (1931), spanning the Caloosahatchee River on what is now Alternate US 41 with the massive high-rise bridge to the left taking US 41. Ironically when Florida Governor Doyle Carlton opened the concrete structure on Edison’s 84th birthday, it lacked electric lights. To your left is another Lee County landmark, the: (2) FORT MYERS CIVIC CENTER (1943), on the end of Hendry Street. The one-story complex was a favorite with World War II troops.

Fort Myers Gated Communities

Gated Communities make up a large percentage of Fort Myers real estate, homes and condos in the Fort Myers area.  The communities may have amenities like gulf access and marina for your boat or yacht.  Common areas abound.  Many enclaves offer lake or preserve views for you to enjoy. The vast majority of these gated neighborhoods are located in South Fort Myers and through the highway 41 and I 75.  Search Fort Myers gated communities by community name or price.

Pelican Preserve 55 plus golf fort myers florida

Pelican Preserve

 

Laguna Lakes Homes for Sale

Laguna Lakes

Fort Myers 55 Plus Retirement Communities

Fort Myers Real Estate is extremely popular due to its proximity to the tranquil Gulf of Mexico and relaxing beaches. There are many retirement, active adult, and fifty five plus retirement communities through out the area.  Fort Myers is very popular among people from the Midwest who can hop on I-75 and shoot right on down to the west coast  of  Florida. View listings for fifty five plus retirement communities.

Fort Myers Golf Communities

The Fort Myers Real Estate market offers just what you want in golf course communities. There are many Golf life style choices in Ft Myers.  Estate homes,  Single family homes,  Condominiums, Villas and townhomes.  Why not build your dream home on a golf course? View current   Fort Myers Golf  homes and condo listings.

Fort Myers High Rise Condominiums

Fort Myers High Rise Condos can be found with breath taking views overlooking the Caloosahatchee River or the Majestic Gulf of Mexico.  Many have breathtaking views of Fort Myers Beach and Estero Bay! Buyers for these exquisite condos can be either full time or our winter visitors.  There are many architectural differences in the various high rise condominiums to explore. View Fort Myers High Rise Condos MLS listings.

Fort Myers Waterfront Homes and Condos

Fort Myers Waterfront homes and condos are common in the Fort Myers area. These waterfront properties may be on fresh water lakes, Saltwater or riverfront. The price range is vast.   Search Fort Myers Waterfront Homes and Condos. On the southeast corner is the (7) REGENCY HOUSE (1910), 2320 First Street. CONTINUE DOWN FIRST PAST JACKSON STREET. At 2258 First Street is the (8) EARNHARDT BUILDING (1915), a fine brick structure with elaborate trim and spiral scrolls at the cornice. Across the street at 2221 First Street is the (9) PATIO DE LEON (1913), one of the many commercial buildings, including four hotels, by retired Michigan financier Peter Tonnelier. TURN LEFT (south) ON HENDRY STREET. At 1534 Hendry Street is the (10) OLD LEE COMPANY BANK (1911), a two story stuccoed brick Neo-Classical Revival started by pioneer James A. Hendry. Note the mosaic of Robert E. Lee recessed on the wall. Across the street is the (11) EDISON THEATER (1920), 1533 Hendry Street, opened by John Hendry whose first theater started in 1908. ONE BLOCK DOWN is the: (12) R. O. RICHARDS BUILDING (PYTHIAN BUILDING) (1923), 1615 Hendry Street, started with Royal Palm Pharmacy and designed by Tampan Fred J. James. Richards, President of the state pharmacy board, was instrumental in getting Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics to come to Fort Myers in 1924. At 1625 Hendry Street is the (13) ROBB & STUCKY BUILDING (1924), a four-story Neo-Classical. TURN RIGHT ON SECOND STREET. At 2253 Second Street is the (14) ANDREW GWYNEE INSTITUTE (1911), founded by a Memphis cotton broker who wanted to boost local education. Nearby is the Lee County School offices. Thought I should include some Historic Pictures of the area. Hope you enjoy!
firstftThe popular VERANDAH RESTAURANT (239.334,8634) is housed in the two building (15) GARNER-GONZLES COMPLEX (1910), Second and Broadway. Captain Manuel Gonzalez, ran a general store and his daughter wed local official J. F. Garner. Son Thomas Gonzalez wrote the book THE CALOOSAHATCHEE TURN RIGHT ON BROADWAY and go north one block to Marion Street. You won’t miss on your left the: (16) LEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE (1915), 2120 Main Street, a Doric two- story temple. HISTORIC LEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE CROSS MAIN STREET and continue to the: (17) HENRY COLQUITT BUILDING (1925), northwest corner of Main and Broadway, built by the former Detroit realtor who owned the Caloosahatchee Bridge Company. Drawing of the HENRY COLQUITT BUILDING . TURN LEFT (west) ON FIRST STREET. At 2118 First Street is the lovely (18) COLLIER ARCADE (1925), designed by New York City advertising executive George R. Sims. At 2128 First Street is the (19) KRESS BUILDING (1927), a three story edifice by Frank Curtright. GET YOUR AUTOMOBILE IF WALKING and go WEST ON MAIN STREET until it becomes McGregor Boulevard, a route off Fort Myers Beach, famous for its Royal palms. The street is lined with older houses and stores including the 1925 FRANKLIN MILLS BUILDING, a Mediterranean Revival arcade built by the founder of the famous laboratory. The street leads to the: (20) THOMAS EDISON WINTER HOUSE (1886), 2341 McGregor Boulevard, the great inventor’s cold months residence from 1886 to his death in 1927. “SEMINOLE LODGE” is a two story frame house with a connecting guest house. The original carbon filament light bulbs that Edison installed are still operating. His winter laboratory, his vast tropical garden collections, and his bamboo swimming pool show that Edison’s mind never slowed. The Edison Museum is a treasure house of inventions including every automobile his winter neighbor Henry Ford ever gave him. A postcard of Edison House in 1909 (M. E. Russell) A photograph of the EDISON HOUSE A photograph of the EDISON FRONT PORCH A photograph of a WARNING SIGN for FALLING FIGS

Thomas Edison Fort Myers Laboratory
  Across McGregor Boulevard is more Fort Myers Real Estate. the: (21) HENRY FORD WINTER HOUSE (1896), 2400 McGregor Boulevard, a huge bungalow purchased by the Henry and Clara Ford to winter with friend Edison. HENRY FORD WINTER HOUSE, Fort Myers Down the street is the: (22) PETER TONNELLER HOUSE (1917), 2300 McGregor Boulevard, the residence of Fort Myers’ Ritz Theater and many downtown buildings.

Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone in Fort Myers Florida

Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone in Fort Myers

Other Notable Buildings In Area: ATLANTIC COAST LINE RAILROAD STATION (1924), 2300 Peck Street, is now the wonderful Fort Myers Historical Museum. The BUCKINGHAM SCHOOL (1895), on Buckingham Road, is a wood frame country school with a high metal roof topped by an open belfry. The C. W. STRIBLEY HOUSE (1922), 2424 McGregor Boulevard, is a two-story Mediterranean Revival built by a paper manufacturer. The PAVESE-HENDRY HOUSE (1909), 1619 Jackson Street, is a two-story house with a widow’s walk and a large front veranda. You can see why you might want to purchase Fort Myers Real Estate now.

We offer updated MLS listings for Fort Myers Real Estate for Sale!