Neighborhoods that have waterfront properties on direct-Gulf-access canals are coveted due to the ability of owners to quickly deploy their boats from private community marinas or their own private docks and quickly get out on the water to enjoy a day of watersports or fishing. Additionally, waterfront properties on canals will certainly have lower price tags on average since there is more canal frontage than beach or river frontage, so market supply is going to be higher.
Beachfront and Riverfront Condos
For beachfront and riverfront condo properties, buyers expect first rate amenities to go along with the first rate views and location. This oceanfront property is irreplaceable and sells for a premium, so condominium developers spare no expense when building out these luxurious beachfront properties. Many have fitness clubs, private dining options, tennis courts, private pools, and gated parking or parking garages. A great benefit of condominiums is the low level of maintenance and repair required by tenants as the condominium owner’s association (COA) is responsible for maintaining the property (mowing grass, touching up exterior paint, fixing roof, etc.) out of dues collected monthly from residents.
Beachfront homes are often the most expensive properties that can be purchased, and are typically massive multi-million dollar mansions and estates with all the best finishes. The views and beach access are what drives the price, along with the exclusivity that comes with owning a mansion on the beach. Fort Myers Beach is a Gulf of Mexico barrier island that contains many beachfront mansions as well as Intracoastal waterway homes as well. Fort Myers Beach is going through a transition and many of the older, smaller homes are being torn down and replaced by beachfront and Intracoastal mansions.
Below are the most popular waterfront communities in Fort Myers.
Catalpa Cove is a highly-exclusive boating neighborhood in Iona Cove on the Caloosahatchee Riverfront with 79 single family homes ranging from $700,000 to $1,600,000. This neighborhood features a private marina with an individual boat slip at the marina reserved for each homeowner. The entire marina is illuminated in case you come home late from a day on the water, or if you want to go fishing in the evening hours after watching the sunset. Should you reel in a nice catch, be sure to check out the neighborhood’s community park with tennis courts and BBQ grills for residents to take advantage of. LEARN MORE
Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club
With 1600 single family homes in a wide price range of $250,000 to $10,000,000, this prestigious golf and yacht club has been ranked as the #1 place to retire by US News & World Report. The extensive frontage on the Caloosahatchee River, 190 private deep water boat slips at its marina, in addition to an 18-hole championship golf course make this the perfect neighborhood for those who love boating as well as golfing. Gulf Harbour is one of the finest neighborhoods of all the Fort Myers Florida waterfront communities. LEARN MORE
With 128 single family homes ranging from $500,000 to $900,000 on average, this canal frontage neighborhood was master-planned for the homeowner who loves the water. With two freshwater lakes for fishing and watersports, private backyard sandy beaches, and boat ramps into the canal for access to the Gulf of Mexico, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the premier offerings provided to boaters and spend as much time as they can on the neighborhood’s lakes and in the ocean. LEARN MORE
Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club
Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club consists of single family homes, mid-rise condos, villas, and estates. Located in Iona Cove, there are private slips in the yacht club’s marina that can be purchased by residents in order to launch their boat and quickly access the Gulf of Mexico within a matter of minutes. Prices here range from $250,000 to $650,000 on average depending on size and location within the neighborhood. LEARN MORE
Jonathan Harbour is a private island with bridge access in the Punta Rassa Cove area of the Caloosahatchee River, offering the owners of its 69 single family estates a very unique and luxurious living experience. Each homeowner has access to the neighborhood’s private pool and cabana, spa, gym, tennis court, and guest apartment that can be reserved for when you have company coming into town. Each home here has its own private dock for you to keep your yacht only steps away from your porch. On average homes sell for between $2,500,000 and $3,200,000. LEARN MORE
The Landings has 1,100 individual residences made up of single family homes that sell for $530,000 to $585,000 and condos that sell for $160,000 to $815,000. The Landings has 18 fully-stocked freshwater lakes for great days of fishing, a championship golf course, and a private marina with boat slips for residents to keep their boats. Whether looking to keep your sailboat here or launch your yacht from this home base, The Landings has something for everybody. LEARN MORE
Miromar Lakes is still under construction and is home to countless homes on the waterfront of its own private lakes. With homes starting at $1,000,000 and going up and above $7,000,000, it is easy to see why residents can expect first-in-class amenities such as the private dining options, private white sand beaches, European wellness center and day spa, and championship golf course. Miromar Lakes is the only Florida community in history to win the #1 community in the US from the National Association of Homebuilders. LEARN MORE
Palmetto Point is a waterfront neighborhood that has direct gulf access with a limit of 120 large single family estate and yacht slips. Homes sell for between $880,000 and $4,000,000 here, and the neighborhood itself is known for its premier location off of the famed McGregor Boulevard. Being right next to Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, many of the residents in Palmetto Point join the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club to take advantage of their numerous amenities and conveniences offered just next door. LEARN MORE
St. Charles Harbour
This highly-exclusive neighborhood has canal waterfront frontage providing homeowners quick access to the gulf via Iona Cove. The 82 executive mansions located within this private gated community sell for between $1,200,000 and $2,500,000 on average, and owners can purchase boat slips that will accommodate yachts up to 70 feet in length. Yacht club members can take advantage of the concierge marina service which includes gas, diesel, cable, electricity, water, telephone, and catering all available dockside. LEARN MORE
This neighborhood is an island sanctuary nestled amongst all of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in southwest Florida. Made up of only 58 single family homes ranging from $540,000 to $1,800,000, this is a small community where you can get to know your neighbors if you choose to. Residents enjoy private docks for their boats outside of their back doors that allow them to take advantage of the direct gulf access that this neighborhood offers. Many residents join the nearby Forest Country Club to get their golf fix and enjoy the numerous amenities included in membership at their club. LEARN MORE
Town & River
With a variety of both estate homes and condos available, prices in Town & River typically range from $200,000 to $2,300,000. Estate homes each have their own private docks behind them, and the neighborhood itself has a community marina where condo owners can moor their boats or fish from. The large and deep water canals of Town & River provide direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, and are a huge reason why this neighborhood is so esteemed within the serious boating community. LEARN MORE
Waters Edge features 250 properties spread across 7 different neighborhoods made up of single family estates, villas, and condos. Prices here range from $315,000 to $950,000 and get you into a neighborhood with canal and lake access in addition to gulf access via their lift system. 36 wet slips are available at the neighborhood marina, and residents also have rights to use the private sandy beaches and private pier for fishing or enjoying the sunset. LEARN MORE
As you can see there are many options when looking for Fort Myers Florida waterfront communities.