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Old 09-09-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: pgh pa steeler country
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After reading posts and looking at real estate listings. IS THERE ANY PART OF LEIGH ACRES THAT IS WORTH BUYING AND MOING INTO? ESPICALLY IF YOU PLAN TO STAY FOR YEARS. SAME WITH CAPE CORAL?
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Indiana and Cape Coral
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I don't know anything about Lehigh but I have had a house in CC for 2 years now and I don't understand all the negative posts because I love it. I could have bought anywhere but decided I liked CC the best. It seems more hometown like and I have found the people to be very friendly, plus it is low crime for the size. My house is in the SW around Beach Pkwy and I love the area.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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be carefull with fire-rescue services ! Heard they laid off quite a few firefighter/paramedics from Lehigh Acres. That scares me.
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:33 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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If someone twisted my arm and I had to move to swFlorida, but had to choose between Cape Coral or Lehigh Acres, I would pick Cape Coral. Hands down. I didn't like Lehigh Acres five years ago and that was before the gangs moved in, housing imploded and crime skyrocketed. No thank you.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Full time in the RV
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If you must move there look into the gated communities. I have several coworkers who live there without problems.

Of course they still have to shop there, go to WalMart etc....
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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After reading posts and looking at real estate listings. IS THERE ANY PART OF LEIGH ACRES THAT IS WORTH BUYING AND MOING INTO? ESPICALLY IF YOU PLAN TO STAY FOR YEARS. SAME WITH CAPE CORAL?
THANKS FOR ANY INPUT
There may be....from what I saw & heard, wouldn't move there if the house was free...but it's actually quite a large area, so there could be streets here & there that are decent. Overall, it has a horrible reputation. There are far better places to live in SWFL than Lehigh Acres that have affordable homes.

Best bet is to take time and explore the areas from the eyes of living there & investing time & money and not b/c it's warm, sunny and no snow....

CC is huge and while parts of it look a bomb was dropped on it; primarily NW & NE sections, there are some good homes on well established streets.

Do some background work on Lehigh and see how it was & WHY it was started...it's an eyeopener...

Again, going down for a week vacation and loving the area is one thing. Moving there & staying there is a whoel other thing....

If you have the time, take it & research the areas...morning, afternoon, nightime, weekends, weekdays...not just on a drive by with the realtor...
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Quick way to find out about a town; go to the local Walmart on a weekend. Meet your potential neighbors and compare to your Walmart back home.

When 121804 talks about a bomb being dropped on NW and NE Cape Coral I believe she is describing the lack of trees and vegetation. Not burnt out building shells. This photo in this post from another member show it pretty well:https://www.city-data.com/forum/attac...-april-087.jpg

I lived in the SW Cape and liked it there for the most part. Some of the neighbors could have been a little quieter.

I don't like the little bit of Lehigh Acres that Ive seen.
First thing I noticed was the very bad condition of the pavement on residential side streets. They were full of potholes and washouts. Next thing of course were the abandoned partially built homes in various stages of construction. And then the completed homes sitting empty with Realtor lock boxes on the front door.

The bad reputation alone would keep me from buying in Lehigh.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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I agree, but these aren't the only 2 places you can buy a home.,,, look in San Carlos Park or on the edges of Estero as well
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I agree, but these aren't the only 2 places you can buy a home.,,, look in San Carlos Park or on the edges of Estero as well
My parents live in Estero. (Pelican Sound) They're very happy there.
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Some of San Carlos Park is fine. Some of it is kind of seedy. Estero is very, very nice. Estero would be my number one choice in Lee County.
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