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Old 02-27-2018, 09:36 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I am a student at FGCU and in my Real Estate class there has been lot of commotion about increasing development in and around Lee County in recent years. There's also been a lot of talk in the news and even on these very forums about the effects growth has had for residents, such as quality of life, housing prices, traffic, the environment, etc. I am curious to see what some of you think about this issue, and if you'd like, there's a little survey you can fill out here: surveymonkey.com/r/JCR2JX6

Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:10 AM
 
Location: North Central Florida
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After 27 years as a resident of SW Florida, I'm one of those on my way out of here.

Literally packing up as I write, and my first load headed north to quieter digs tomorrow.

It's truly sad that this area has finally reached critical mass and is being taken over by rude, lost and frankly stupid newcomers( sorry, got my Donald Trump on there, not all newcomers are rude, lost or stupid, but may display any combination of those traits at any moment ).......but you can't stop progress.

Supply and demand dictates the increasing price point. The same is holding true all over Florida at this point. In addition to the northern resettlers coming to Florida, huge numbers of folks from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico are settling all over the state. In Ocala, apartments that rented for $895.00 at the end of October, are up to just shy of $1200.00 now.......and rising.

SW Florida is not the anomoly, but a victim of the same circumstances affecting the entire region. The only cure for the urban "disaffected" such as my self, is to flee the city, and head for rural environments. Thankfully there are still some small towns further north that fit the bill, and will, for the rest of my lifetime.

But quite frankly, when the first McDonald's is opened in or near the tiny place I am headed too, it will be lauded as a wonderful step toward growth and convenience by the folks that live there.......you can't stop progress.

I would like to take your survey, but as the old sayin' goes. You can't get there from here. A more direct link to it would be helpful.


CN
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:21 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My family moved here in 1960 when I was only 4 and I have seen many, many changes. My biggest issue is the traffic. There absolutely needs to be some overpasses at major intersections especially Colonial & Summerlin. There seems to be no real "planning" when the county has two baseball spring training centers in the same general area causing major gridlock on Daniel's Pkwy. They keep building but the roads aren't being added and the more building that goes on, the more native animals that are displaced. It's sad.


More apartments are being built but none of them have reasonable rent. If you're single and living here you need to be making about $4K a month. Rents are high, salaries are low for many people. There are a lot of people in the service industry which has always been a low paying type of job. I don't know how some of them survive. Apartments that were $600 eight years ago are now over $1200. My sister's friend saw her rent go up $400 when she renewed. It's crazy. I miss the Lee County of 10-20 years ago. If I hadn't bought a house recently I would consider getting out of here myself and head to North Florida or possibly Tennessee.
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Old 02-28-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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Hi everyone! I am a student at FGCU and in my Real Estate class there has been lot of commotion about increasing development in and around Lee County in recent years. There's also been a lot of talk in the news and even on these very forums about the effects growth has had for residents, such as quality of life, housing prices, traffic, the environment, etc. I am curious to see what some of you think about this issue, and if you'd like, there's a little survey you can fill out here: surveymonkey.com/r/JCR2JX6

Thanks!
I would not say in recent years, I think only within the last 1 or 2 years has the building began again as all the older foreclosed homes have been bought and many resold.

When I moved to the area I did see a few homes being built on Cultural Park Blvd in Cape Coral but not many other places.

In the last few months they started a huge project where they are building many large apartment buildings all part of one development on Pine Island Rd in Cape Coral near the new Walmart Neighborhood Market.

All the older homes in decent shape that were being sold cheap are gone, i think i got the last one. In 2 years my property value has gone up about 30%. Now the older double wide mobile homes in 55 plus parks that own the lot and selling for $70k. These are mostly homes from the 70s that are technically worthless and were built much before the current hurricane standards.

I always grew up in a city so this area is fine with me.

The scariest thing is how many open buildable lots and land there are in Lee County.

Since Broward county (Ft Lauderdale area) is full and expensive people will want to move here instead.

When Cape Coral starts putting in sewers and city water in the more rural sections the growth will increase.

Even around Cape Coral just across from City Hall there are a lot of empty lots that are in an area with city sewer and water.
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Old 02-28-2018, 12:22 PM
 
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After 27 years as a resident of SW Florida, I'm one of those on my way out of here.

Literally packing up as I write, and my first load headed north to quieter digs tomorrow.

It's truly sad that this area has finally reached critical mass and is being taken over by rude, lost and frankly stupid newcomers( sorry, got my Donald Trump on there, not all newcomers are rude, lost or stupid, but may display any combination of those traits at any moment ).......but you can't stop progress.

Supply and demand dictates the increasing price point. The same is holding true all over Florida at this point. In addition to the northern resettlers coming to Florida, huge numbers of folks from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico are settling all over the state. In Ocala, apartments that rented for $895.00 at the end of October, are up to just shy of $1200.00 now.......and rising.

SW Florida is not the anomoly, but a victim of the same circumstances affecting the entire region. The only cure for the urban "disaffected" such as my self, is to flee the city, and head for rural environments. Thankfully there are still some small towns further north that fit the bill, and will, for the rest of my lifetime.

But quite frankly, when the first McDonald's is opened in or near the tiny place I am headed too, it will be lauded as a wonderful step toward growth and convenience by the folks that live there.......you can't stop progress.

I would like to take your survey, but as the old sayin' goes. You can't get there from here. A more direct link to it would be helpful.


CN
Thanks for your comments, I have met a lot of people who agree with many of things you memtioned, but many ok there who like the growth, it's a very interesting prospect. Heres a more accebile link to the survey if you wish to take it too,
https://goo.gl/kaqS7b
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Old 02-28-2018, 07:27 PM
 
Location: USA
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Things change over time
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Two years was more than enough for me. Coming from a small community in NJ about 45 miles west of NYC was surprised my husband wanted to move to Cape Coral. Too many people, too much traffic for me.

Relocated to a small coastal NC town, now just hoping that dam condo sells soon!!!
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I am originally from NJ and used to heavy traffic. I live in Cape Coral and bought a house in 2009. I moved here permanently in 2016 selling my home in NJ.

I like that the canals keep traffic to a minimum in my neighborhood.

I don't think the planners have enough through roads to get to the main roads and not enough main roads to hold the traffic. They need to think ahead. They didn't. It is a joke what they did on 24th Ave and Pine Island road. THEY NEED A TRAFFIC LIGHT. WHERE IS OUR TAX DOLLARS. Not enough street lighting either.

The build up on 24th and Pine Island is bad planning. Putting that many condos on a main road is insane.
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