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Feb. 22, 2019

Take The Kids to Caloosahatchee Creeks East 53/365

Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East

Take The Kids to Caloosahatchee Creeks East 53/365

We all know that we could use a little more exercise, especially kids.  There are so many places you can take the kids in Southwest Florida to blow off steam.  Even if you or your child doesn’t like outdoorsy things to do you can easily find a level, safe walking boardwalk in several locations.  Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East is great for all ages and levels of mobility.

Located off of Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, the preserve is located in some of the prettiest “old Florida” you can see. It’s worth it just to drive down Bayshore Road.  Head east along the river and see the old grown oak trees, farms and agriculture.

There are other attractions in the area such as the Lee Civic Center and ECHO Global Farm. Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve is not very far from Bonita Springs so it is a great place take a lunch trip to.  Just grab your favorite Publix sub and head north on I-75. 

To learn more about the park, read also: Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East.

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Feb. 21, 2019

The High & Low Bonita Springs Home Sales January 2019

Bonita Springs Luxury Real Estate

The High & Low Bonita Springs Home Sales January 2019

Here’s the skinny of what is going on with prices in Bonita Springs home sales.  If you’ve wondered what it takes to get into the Bonita Springs real estate market at entry level or what the most expensive luxury home or trophy home costs, here you go.

Active High/Low Bonita Springs Home Listings

The most expensive property for sale in Bonita Springs is located in Barefoot Beach on Dominica at just under $13M. There are a few price busters in Barefoot Beach followed by properties in Bonita Bay. Some of which are the newly released Omega at Bonita Bay high rise on the bay.

Recent High/Low Bonita Springs Home Sales

Entry level priced properties in Bonita Springs are located in 55+ manufactured communities such as Lime Tree Park beginning at about $50,000.  There are condos in Mango Creek and Bonita Village in downtown Bonita (not the one on Bonita Beach Road) that are just over $100,000.

We’re a little picked over this time of the year as our snowbirds often purchase an inexpensive winter residence when they can’t find a rental.

If you’d like to learn more about buying a home or condo in Bonita Springs call/text Angela at 239-728-7599 or Chris at 239-273-7430.

Posted in Market Reports
Feb. 21, 2019

Bonita Springs Real Estate Market Update January 2019

Bonita Springs Real Estate Market Report

Bonita Springs Real Estate Market Update January 2019

The Bonita Springs real estate market has produced some interesting sales stats this month.  Most notably, the distress properties (foreclosures and short sales) were almost non-existent.  Take a look at the active listings of distressed properties … less than .5%.

On the other end of the spectrum there is something interesting to note for buyers in the luxury real estate market.  If you’re looking for a tough real estate market to negotiate a deal in take a look at the $800,000-1,000,000 market.  That segment of the homes and condos in Bonita Springs is moving slowly so there could be surplus inventory and a leverage for negotiating a great deal.

About 89% of the Bonita Springs home sales that closed were priced under $600,000.  That leaves a great deal of housing in the $600,000 and over market wresting for the remaining 11% of buyers.

If you’re a Bonita Springs home seller that is a very important statistic to keep in mind.  It would definitely be worth your while, whether you are a buyer or a seller, to get an absorption rate for you neighborhood prior to listing or prior to writing an offer on a home or condo in Bonita Springs.

If you’d like to learn more about the real estate market in your preferred neighborhood call or text Chris at 239-273-7430.

Posted in Market Reports
Feb. 21, 2019

Dinner at Molino’s at The Promenade 52/365

Dinner at Molino’s at The Promenade 52/365

The Promenade at Bonita Bay is a popular outdoor mall and home to a handful of great dining establishments.  Molino’s is one of the Italian fare restaurants which offers a full menu of the standards plus a few popular nightly specials. 

Molino's at The Promenade Bonita Springs

Molino’s features a full bar plus both indoor and outdoor seating in their fenced courtyard area overlooking the water ponds and walking paths of the mall.  The Promenade often has live music at the Center Bar and a variety of events including art shows, farmers markets and special events.  You can easily coordinate attending an event and then have dinner at Molino’s afterwards. There’s always fun things to do at The Promenade and great people watching, too.

During season the parking lot does fill so know that you can park at a few out parcel buildings if the lot is full.  If you’re a traveler there is a hotel nearby called the Trianon Hotel which also has a restaurant on the lake called The Lake House. 

Posted in Things To Do
Feb. 20, 2019

Tour Model Homes in Bonita Springs & Estero 51/365

Tour Model Homes in Bonita Springs & Estero 51/365

Model Home Bonita SpringsOne of the fun things to do in Southwest Florida is touring model homes in some of our new construction communities. There’s no better way of learning about and seeing some of the newest and most innovative design trends than in person at the new home centers.  This is how I got the brilliant idea to put a mirror in the hallway at my house ... from this model home.

As of the spring of 2019 the newest communities with model homes open include Seasons of Bonita which is a DR Horton Community, Bonita National which is a golf community by Lennar Homes and Valencia Bonita which is a GL Homes Community.  The homes in these Bonita Springs communities are priced from the $200,000’s and up and include condos, attached villas and single family homes.

There are a variety of new communities being built on Corkscrew Road east in The Place at Corkscrew, Corkscrew Shores and Wild Blue.

If you end up looking at decorated models in both Bonita Springs and Estero plan a pit stop for lunch or a late breakfast at The Survey Café in Downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. It’s a great indoor/outdoor restaurant operating out of a vintage home on Wilson Street behind Benson’s Grocery Store.

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Feb. 19, 2019

Visit Resident Owls River Park Bonita Springs 50/365

Visit Resident Owls River Park Bonita Springs 50/365

River Park Barred Owl

River Park, not to be confused with Riverside Park is located on the west side of US 41 on the south side of the Imperial River bridge.  Entrance is by the traffic light as you enter the plaza to where the Old Time Potter Store is.  The park is comprised of a large loop drive made of shell rock. There are a few boardwalks to tour the marsh or walk to the river. 

The stars of the park are a few nesting eagles, a few osprey and most recently a barred owl has been hanging out in the early hours.  The park is surrounded by woods and the Imperial River so it is prime feeding ground for raptors and birds of prey.  You can easily spot a variety of other birds at the park as well.  There is a central filter marsh pond that hosts many wading birds.

In addition to the birds there are several pieces of art strategically positioned around River Park and a covered area to enjoy a picnic or to just sit and read. It’s one of our favorite stops on busy Sunday mornings during tourist season. We pick up bagels at Dunkin Donuts and nosh at the River Park picnic table.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Bonita Springs especially with kids stop by River Park. Entrance to the park is free and parking is free, also.  You can fish from the boat docks and boardwalks, also.

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Feb. 18, 2019

Momentum Brewhouse Bonita Springs, Fl 49/365

Momentum Brewhouse Bonita Springs, Fl 49/365

Momentum Brewhouse Bonita SpringsAfter enjoying our time at Palm City Brewery in Fort Myers a few weeks ago we decided to check out the brewery right in Bonita Springs, Florida. Momentum Brewhouse is located at 9786 Bonita Beach Road Southeast #1 (Feb 2019 but moving soon)

Besides beer as a main attraction they have different food trucks everyday of the week. While we were there on a Sunday there was a doughnut vendor and a pizza truck! Both were really amazing! Momentum is pretty small and quite popular.  It drew a crowd quickly but I learned that they are expanding to a new location three miles east of 75 on Bonita Beach Road. The new location will be much larger which I think I will enjoy more.

There are tons of fun things to do outside like a super large Jenga set, corn hole and Mortal Kombat (arcade game), Inside there is a shelf full of board games and an old school Pac-Man arcade game.

The kids were able to stay entertained for a while and the adults enjoyed the different beers that Momentum had to offer!  There is something for everyone of all ages for those of you looking for places with fun things to do with kids.

Momentum Brewhouse is open 7 days of week Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm-10:00 pm Friday 5:00-11:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-11:00 pm and Sunday 12:00-8:00pm.  You can reach them at this phone number:(239) 949-9945

If you are a fan of micro-breweries, read also: Palm City Brewing Fort Myers, Florida.

Posted in Things To Do
Feb. 17, 2019

Catch an FGCU Basket Ball Game 48/365 Things To Do

FGCU Basketball Game

Catch an FGCU Basket Ball Game 48/365 Things To Do

Dunk city!  Protect the nest!  My heart still swells with pride when I remember those great playoff games and the victory against Georgetown. We knew so many of the players as I had a student that had just graduated from FGCU.

I know it is safe to say that our local players, both men and women’s basketball, at FGCU love to see the stands full.  Games are played at Alico Arena which is on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus in Fort Myers, Florida. The main entrance is just south of the fabulous fountain of Miromar Lakes.

The campus is large but there will be great signage but there could be a walk for parking so you may need to plan extra time for that walk or to drop someone off at the door who has mobility issues.

The arena is gorgeous and intimate. There isn’t a bad seat in the house!  If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids, this is a great idea. Tickets are affordable and games are plentiful.  Be sure to grab snacks and memorabilia to support the teams, too.  We love our Eagles!

Here’s a highlight from students watching that win against Georgetown in 2013: Students at Miller’s Ale House

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Feb. 16, 2019

Free Entertainment at Carl Johnson Boat Ramp 47/365

Carl Johnson Boat RampFree Entertainment at Carl Johnson Boat Ramp 47/365

You don’t even need to own a boat!  If you’re looking for a good time simply drive to Lover’s Key, just north of Dog Beach, park and watch the show.  There are hours of free entertainment to be had watching the launching and loading of boats and jet skis. While it is a little silly to consider this entertainment, it’s true and you know it. 

Bonita Springs, Florida is a water based community loaded with beaches, back bay, the intracoastal waterway, the Imperial River and all of it’s tributaries.  We are a boating community and Lover’s Key offers one of many, many public boat ramps for launching watercraft or just for entertainment purposes.

To learn about all of the boat ramps, read also: Bonita Springs Public Boat Ramps

The Carl Johnson State Park boat ramp also has vendors with kayak/canoe rentals and bait for sale. So you can also paddle around the mangroves and black island. The water is shallow and warm and it is a likely spot to see manatees and dolphins.

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Feb. 15, 2019

Air Shows and War Planes in Naples Florida 46/365

War Planes at Naples Airport

Air Shows & War Planes in Naples 46/365

Since the winter season is when the population is greatest and the weather is favorable it’s when the best festivals and event occur and that includes air shows.  Air shows in Florida are held from November through April in various locations across the state.

Charlotte County Air show is in November (2019). You can track future air show events in Charlotte County on their official site https://www.floridaairshow.com/

In the Naples and Fort Myers area traveling and touring war planes come to town from time to time.  It’s a big deal and there are usually announcements on local media.  The planes have come to Naples Municipal Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers.  You can often purchase tickets to take a ride in the craft of your choice, weather conditions permitting. 

The Naples events are nice because the airport is small and it is a casual atmosphere and everyone is so excited to see the planes up close and personal. You can tour them on the inside without taking a flight, most of the time.   To learn more about the war planes on tour and where you can see them visit their website: https://www.collingsfoundation.org/

If you know of a veteran who may have flown be sure to take them. It’s such a treat to see these beautiful planes for veterans.

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