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Old 06-27-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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Hello! We are relocating from the North for work and I am flying down this weekend (6/30/18) to start exploring neighborhoods and get a better sense of the area. We are young professional in our early 30's, no kids just yet but a dog. We plan to rent for at least the first year, with a $1,700-$1,900 budget.

From recommendations I have seen on here, we are going to check out the Gateway, Estero, Mcgregor Blvd areas.

I was also wondering about Villas, Biggar (looks like is closer to the beach) areas and San Carlos Park/Golf Coast Center (might be too young for us since its near the college) area. Thoughts?

Any thoughts on where else to look? Open to hearing about specific town home communities!

We are looking at single family homes and town home communities, mainly so the dog will have more room (not so much apartments - but willing to consider it).
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Funny you mentioned Biggar. I had never heard of it....but was checking out an address of a relative who lives down here....and it turns out it is smack in the middle of that area. I didnt know that name for that area. I have been over that way and it looks well worth your while to look into it.

I don't know anything wrong with Villas.....I go past there all the time on my way to and fro. It seems a bit busy to me....but I could be wrong. I have no first hand knowledge.
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:49 PM
 
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No idea as to neighborhoods, but I would suggest doing a hot lap around the activities that you enjoy. That means if you plan on going to the beach a lot, make a pass through the area to see how it would fit into your plans.
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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The Villas is one of our older communities and parts of it are quite dumpy. Ditto for parts of San Carlos Park. The Villas is also near busy roads. I lived in Gateway for four years and loved it. They have houses, condos and townhomes there. It also has a "up north" feel to it with all the trees. Most parts of Gateway didn't even lose electricity during Hurricane Irma last year.


Stay away from Dunbar, Harlem Heights and basically anything north of Colonial Blvd. Estero is nice also.
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Old 06-28-2018, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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San Marcos Park and Biggar, which you asked about yesterday, seem to be in the same general area....so I would plan to check them out the same day. Good Luck.

I agree with the previous recommendation for Gateway communities. I love it here.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Are you working from home? Sounds odd, but traffic can play a factor if you use I75 to commute. Ft. Meyers to Naples every evening is very heavy, most nights its moving just slow for a couple of hours. Traffic isn't like being in the NE. but still plays a factor. From Alico Rd south into N. Naples runs Three Oaks Parkway it becomes Livingston Rd in Collier County. you will get tired of looking at communities along that road. Very well manicured entrances, but I honestly haven't gone into most of them. Their are several to choose from.
As you go south from Ft. Myers, the closer you get to Naples and Collier County, the higher property values will be. Good Luck
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Have a good flight and good luck neighborhood hunting and Welcome to Ft Myers.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Happy Hunting!! You are very wise to explore during the summer to see if you can deal with the heat.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:14 AM
 
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Happy Hunting!! You are very wise to explore during the summer to see if you can deal with the heat.
It will be hard to deal with the heat in Maine, NH, Vt, NY and across to Michigan .... all across the central and eastern US.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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It will be hard to deal with the heat in Maine, NH, Vt, NY and across to Michigan .... all across the central and eastern US.
Short lived!!! It will not be 88 degrees in those places in October. SWFL is hot except for maybe Jan & Feb
A few years ago it was 88 degrees on Christmas. Some move there because they visited in Dec, anyone thinking of moving there is wise to explore in the summer
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