Welcome to Everything Cape Coral!

We hope that you will find the information we have included to be helpful and will better allow you to make decisions on whether Cape Coral is the right fit for your family. 

Information is added to this page on a constant basis and should serve you well even if you are already a Cape Coral resident. We think that you will love this city in Southwest Florida as much as we do.  If we haven't covered a topic that you would like to see on this page PLEASE reach out and send us your ideas. We would love that.

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March 1, 2019

Pet Friendly Restaurants Cape Coral

Pet Friendly Restaurants- All Outdoor Seating

Fords Garage

New England Moorings

Woodys Surfside

Anthonys on the Blvd

Big Blue Brewing

Miceli’s

Panera Bread

Berts bar and restaurant -Matlacha

Beef O’Brady

Dugout at Mike Greenwells

Cork soakers has doggy days on Saturday

Rumrunners and Fathoms,

Nauti Parrot Tiki Hut N Fort Myers

Nervous Nellies

Hurricane Grill & Wings 

Paradise Deli

Starbucks

Paradise Resort Tiki Bar

Duffy's

Rusty's 

Cap't Fishbones

Shell Factory

Hooked Island Grill

Perk & Brew

Point 57

Fins Seafood & Dive Bar

Keg & Cow

 

If your business would like to be added to this list please let us know. admin@Midpointrealestate.com

Please call Midpoint Realty for all your real estate needs. 239-257-8717

Midpoint Realty Cape Coral Renae Graves Realtor

 

Feb. 26, 2019

Wish you had a beautiful and lush green lawn in the winter?

Wish you had a beautiful and lush green lawn in the winter?

 

Are you suffering from FOMO? Do you suffer from fear of missing out on having a beautiful, lush green lawn? Tired of waiting until Spring/Summer so you can start seeing your green lawn again? Now you can stop wishing you had your neighbors lawn.

I saw this product recently and it will definitely solve the problem of having brown grass. Lowe's sells a product called Evergreen Lawn and Turf paint. At this moment it is $29.37 for a 32 oz. container which claims to cover 1000 sq. ft of lawn.  This product is certainly worth giving a try especially if you are selling your home and you want the pictures to come out nice, or you want Buyers to get a great impression on how the lawn would look lush and green.

 

The product claims are:

  • Eliminate the burnt out look of dormant Grass in the winter months or fix diseased or drought stricken Grass in the summer with 4Evergreen by EnviroColor
  • Naturally safe for plants pets and people 4Evergreen is designed to safely restore the look of lush Green Grass for two to three months

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The product reviews from Lowe's.com:

4 of 4 people would recommend the product.

I tried this paint and it was awesome! Made my lawn look a whole lot better! I am now buying more of it the Fall/Winter and even into Spring.

I got the chance to use this product and I must say it is everything that I thought it would be. The instructions and applications are ABC and it has my yard looking phenomenal! I will say when cleaning your pump sprayer to use SIMPLE POWER DEGREASER! Also make sure you spray your sidewalk before applying to keep the dye from adhering to your sidewalk! I will definitely be purchasing more!

EnviroColor 4Evergreen Grass paint is amazing. I went from having a front yard with dormant, yellow burmuda grass to a nice green, life like yard of grass. Just simply mix with water in a spray bottle and spray it on. It has rained several times since application and it still looks just as good as it did when I applied it. This is a simple way to have green grass year round and not have to water it.

Totally covered browned spots on a dying tree to pull of a successful Christmas Tree lighting event!

 

Call Midpoint Realty if you are looking for other ideas on how to get your home in ready condition to sell! 239-257-8717 or email Admin@MidpointRealEstate.com. www.CapeCoralFLlistings.

To see your homes instant value visit www.Selling239.com.

(Photos and info. from Lowes.com)

 

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Feb. 26, 2019

Cape Coral Driving Tour 2019 - Part 1,2 and 3

Welcome to our Cape Coral Diving Tour 2019

This video is about Cape Coral Tour 2019 Driving Santa Barbara Blvd. to Pine Island Cape Coral. This is part of our series where we take you along with us while driving around Cape Coral with a voice over in some areas. If you want to see more of these videos see our channel. We have videos of Cape Coral Pkwy to Sands then EL Dorado down to Chiquita to Cape Harbour to Tarpon Point Marina, Rotary Park, a library, Pelican baseball and soccer fields and Koza Baseball fields. Please leave us feedback in comments on what you would like to see in the next Cape Coral or Ft. Myers area video or what we could do differently in your opinion to make the videos more valuable. If you are looking to move to this area or sell your current home please give Midpoint Realty a call 239-257-8717 we would love to help guide you in the best direction for your needs.

Please see our other valuable videos on our channel like local schools and hospitals, best restaurants, 30+ things for kids to do in this area, and subscribe :) Thank you and have a beautiful day! Please visit our website www.CapeCoralFLlistings.com.

Please leave comment below if you would be interested in a scheduled day where I go along to several Cape Coral parks or if you have a video in mind please comment below.

*The intent of this video is to provide you with an updated view of Cape Coral streets and sights. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. The information contained in this site is provided on an “as is” basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness…

 

Feb. 18, 2019

Should I move to Cape Coral or Sarasota?

Midpoint Realty Should I move to Cape Coral or Sarasota?

Should I move to Cape Coral or Sarasota Florida?

If you are one of the many people that are considering moving to Florida, but can’t decide which city - Cape Coral or Sarasota – I am going to give my personal opinion as I have lived in both areas for many years. I lived in Bradenton/Sarasota area from 1984-2002 and moved to Cape Coral from 2003-Present.

The weather is the first thing we will discuss. It is a 2-5 degree difference between the two cities. It is warmer in Cape Coral area.

The beaches. Bradenton has great beaches and depending where you live can take about 45 minutes -and that’s if you live in the middle of the city -during season to travel to. Sarasota has amazing beaches also especially Siesta Key and Lido Beaches. These beaches also take a great deal of time to travel to depending where you live. Cape Coral has a beach which is not the Gulf of Mexico but it is brackish water from the gulf and water from the river. I am 100% a beach girl through and through and is my favorite thing to do. I went to Cape Beach yesterday and it was PACKED and usually is. I can get to Cape Coral beach (videos on my Youtube channel and blog) in 10 minutes. I can easily drive to Ft. Myers beach if I wanted a better beach in 25-35 mins or drive to a gorgeous beach at Sanibel or Captiva Islands in around the same time. Cape Coral beach serves my purpose of relaxing by being by the water, getting a nice tan while reading a book. The only thing better I like about Sarasota is the beaches but that reason alone, because of the longer drive in the hot car after you want to leave the beach, doesn’t make me want to move back to that area. I can always take a weekend and go visit Sarasota beaches every once in awhile If I feel the need but it isn’t very often at all.

As far as culture, Sarasota has Cape Coral beat by far but Ft. Myers which is 5 mins over the bridge has a few options downtown and near by.

In my opinion, most of the homes (reasonably priced) and neighborhoods look much nicer in Cape Coral. I feel like because of Cape Coral Code Enforcement rules in place properties don’t get as run down and have broken down cars in the driveways, which protect homeowner’s investment.

Crime is lower in Cape Coral than both Sarasota or Bradenton.

Housing affordability is way better in Cape Coral. Especially if you are looking for a waterfront home with a pool. You can’t beat the value by far you get here in Cape Coral vs. Bradenton or Sarasota.

The burrowing owls are in Cape Coral and aren’t in Sarasota/Bradenton. You will see these owls a ton here.

Schools are by far better here than Sarasota/Bradenton area. They are like night and day in my opinion and not a real estate agent opinion. I went to school there and my two older children did as well and then my third child has gone from elementary to high school here in Cape Coral now.

Tons and Tons of parks in Cape Coral compared to Sarasota or Bradenton. We have at least 37 parks here.

We are closer to alligator alley if you go to the East coast a lot.

We have great shopping especially in Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples and Naples is a short trip. Bradenton’s mall is pathetic and has few vendors. Sarasota has good shopping.

Traffic here doesn’t bother me and to be honest it feels much worse when I visit Bradenton/Sarasota area.

Lots more community events here in Cape Coral than Sarasota/Bradenton area.

Sarasota area is very expensive to live and it is in comparison to Naples.

To summarize, Cape Coral is much more laid back than Sarasota, less expensive, less traffic. If the Arts are very important to you and you want more of a city feel or can afford to live directly on the Gulf of Mexico Sarasota would be your choice.

If you would like more information about moving to Cape Coral, Call Midpoint Realty, Renae Graves Florida Real Estate Broker/Owner 239-257-8717. www.CapeCoralFLlistings.com

*Views and opinions expressed are my own. Information in this article is deemed reliable and correct, but do your own necessary fact checking.

Feb. 16, 2019

Cape Coral Tour SW Florida 2019 - Driving in Cape Coral on Santa Barbara Blvd. to Pine Island

Here is one of a series of videos I will be creating and publishing of Cape Coral area. I will do voice overs editing and describe what I am driving near. Please subscribe to the channel and like the video.  Thank you

Renae Graves 

Owner/Broker

Midpoint Realty

239-257-8717

 

Dec. 13, 2018

Advice For Homeowners Who DIY

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When to Call a Professional: Advice for Homeowners Who Like to DIY

Americans pride themselves on their initiative and proclivity for doing things themselves. That pioneer mentality is deeply embedded in the nation’s DNA, and it’s probably why so many Americans have embraced the do-it-yourself revolution when it comes to home improvement. These days, you don’t necessarily need a contractor’s background to make substantial upgrades to your home. Many people are able to learn enough from YouTube how-to videos and from the local hardware store to markedly increase the value of their homes.

However, there are some jobs that even the most enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer should think twice before tackling. Sometimes, saving a few bucks just isn’t worth the risk of damaging your home or yourself. 

Up on the roof

The roof is one of the most important features of any house, and should typically be left to a professional roofing company. The condition of your roof can have a lot to do with whether you’re ready to sell and how much you can expect to get from the deal. Whether you’re looking at repairs or an entire replacement, it’s important to get a number of quotes from contractors, bearing in mind that the average cost of a roof replacement can range anywhere from $4,900 to $14,100.

Electrical modifications

Switching out electrical components or jumping into a rewiring project may seem like a good idea at first, but unless you’re really sure about what you’re doing, it’s probably better to let an experienced professional handle it. The potential for serious injury (or worse) is just too great, and the margin of error is too narrow to take an unnecessary risk. Professional electricians go through many years of training to earn certification.

Replacing an electrical outlet may seem like a simple project, but one wrong move, and you could have a flash fire on your hands or make an unscheduled run to the hospital to be treated for electrical shock. If you’re contemplating doing electrical work yourself, remember that the more involved it is, the more likely it is that codes and building laws apply, which could lead to all manner of complications later on when your home goes on the market.

Plumbing

Bathroom upgrades are some of the most popular among DIYers because so much of a home’s value is tied up in its bathrooms. Putting in a new toilet (for an average of about $350) or vanity and repairing a leaky faucet may be within your ability and experience, but moving or rearranging plumbing can be a risky endeavor considering the damage you could do. A major remodeling project may very well require a level of expertise that an overzealous DIYer may be ill-equipped to handle.

One question you should always ask yourself is whether you have the tools necessary to take on a plumbing project. Some of the implements needed for such work aren’t usually found in a DIYer’s toolkit. Before launching into a project about which you’re unsure, always seek the opinion of a professional you trust and, preferably, with whom you have previous experience.  You can save yourself money and some serious headaches by getting an informed second opinion.

The main idea behind any home improvement project should be to add aesthetic value and functionality to your home for the least amount of money possible. That’s why so many homeowners are so anxious to take on project themselves, even those that may be beyond their capability. It’s essential to be objective and honest with yourself when making such a decision, especially when your project involves complex and potentially dangerous work.

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Dec. 10, 2018

Cape Coral makes it on Americas 100 Best Places to Retire

Cape Coral makes its debut in America's 100 Best Places to Retire rankings

Cape Coral residents and visitors say the Southwest Florida city has a lot to offer, and Forbes magazine agrees. The national business publication lists the Cape among 25 cities from across the nation as a desirable retirement destination. Sarah Coward/news-press.com

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For the first year, Cape Coral has joined the 100 best towns in America in which to retire.

Naples also made the cut, but this is its fifth time on the list.

Those two cities are among 18 in Florida, including Punta Gorda, to get a mention in the just-released 2018 edition of the popular guidebook “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.” 

The book is available at WhereToRetire.com and Amazon. According to a news release, the editors of Where to Retire magazine ranked 800 U.S. towns after 11 months of research and 670 retiree interviews.

“Cape Coral has so much to offer our retired residents,” said Donna Germain, president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral.   

Along with affordable housing, activities for seniors at the Tony Rotino Center, the Lake Kennedy Senior Center and other city facilities, there are programs such as yoga and Zumba classes, dinner dances, day trips, billiard tournaments and golf, she pointed out.

More: Cape Coral breaks into nation's Top 50 for 'Best Fleets'

More: Naples tops in Florida on ‘Best Jobs’ list

More: Allstate: Cape Coral ranks 5th for safe drivers in the US

The final selection represents 35 states and includes 18 Florida locales. The chosen cities vary in size, climate, amenities and lifestyle, and each falls into one of 10 categories that focus on the city’s defining feature, such as beaches, mountains, low costs, four seasons and appealing downtowns.

"It looks like y'all are doing many good things," said Annette Fuller, editor of Where to Retire magazine and the book. 

She said Cape Coral's Southwest 47th Terrace amenities and its proposed Village Square development helped vault the city into the listing, ranking among the "Best Main Street Towns." The proximity to Sanibel and Pine Island also helped, she said.

She acknowledged that Naples might typify the "main street towns" designation a little better.

"It's clearly the Fifth Avenue area," Fuller said, that put it in the Best Downtown category.
"We've seen so many pictures of that. Every retiree who was interviewed talked about it."

Fifth Avenue South is Naples' Main Street, exuding small-town friendliness with historical landmarks amid the sophisticated boutiques, neighborhood shops and colorful buildings.

Kevin Ahmadi, executive director at Gulf Coast Village, a retirement community, moved to Cape Coral 14 years ago. There were about 100,000 people living there.

"We didn't even have a Starbucks," he said. Today the city's population is closing in on 200,000.

"Our secret is out — darn," he joked about the ranking.  

"We have 400 miles of canals, and everyone can agree, it's the last affordable place for people to have access to the waters," Ahmadi said. "I think there's so much more now. Families have actually raised their kids here. I remember when I would do orientation with all employees and ask where they all were from. No one was from here. Now I've got people saying I'm from here."

Gulf Coast Village serves about 450 seniors daily from its independent living suites to assisted living and high-level care. He said he's seeing adult children convince their parents to move here.

With almost 30 years in Southwest Florida, Gulf Coast Village is continuing to expand with a community called The Preserve. It is a skilled nursing, transitional care and assisted living center at Six Mile Cypress Parkway and Michael G. Rippe Parkway in south Fort Myers.

The region's parks and quality of health care help his cause, he said.

Lisa and John Valdespina moved to Cape Coral from the Bronx in New York, they told the editors.  

John Valdespina is a retired first responder, and Lisa's parents lived in Tampa. On a visit they discovered Cape Coral.

"It was a new city," John Valdespina said. "We wanted a fresh place to start; we looked at the city and were very impressed. We have a canal in the backyard."

"How cool is that?" Fuller asked.  

Naples and Cape Coral joined Annapolis, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; Dade City; Frederick, Maryland; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Greenville, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and St. Augustine in the "Best Main Street Towns."

"Naples was just absolutely almost a no-brainer," Fuller said.

Punta Gorda ranked among the "Best Small Towns."

Other Florida cities in the Top 100 list include Amelia Island, Boynton Beach, Destin, Dunedin, Jacksonville, Leesburg, Melbourne, Northern Palm Beach County, Ocala, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, St. Augustine, Sarasota and Winter Haven.

 

Dec. 10, 2018

2019 Best Places to Retire

U.S. News Unveils the 2019 Best Places to Retire

Lancaster, Pennsylvania tops the list, with Fort Myers, Florida, coming in at No. 2.

Oct. 10, 2018, at 12:01 a.m.

U.S. News Unveils the 2019 Best Places to Retire

Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2019 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. The rankings offer a comprehensive evaluation of the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on how well they meet Americans' expectations for retirement, with measures including housing affordability, desirability, health care and overall happiness.

Up from No. 2 last year, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, tops the list at No. 1 due to increases in housing affordability and the overall happiness of its residents. Fort Myers, Florida, jumps from No.15 to No. 2 due to increases in desirability and happiness scores. Sarasota, Florida, falls from No. 1 to No. 3 this year due to a decline in both overall happiness and desirability. Austin, Texas, jumps to No. 4 from No. 9 due to an increase in desirability, followed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rounding out the top 5.

"Deciding where to retire is a big decision," says Emily Brandon, senior editor for Retirement at U.S. News. "The Best Places to Retire offers a way for future retirees to make a more informed decision based on what matters the most to them. Whether that be housing affordability, access to quality hospitals or the desirability of a place in general, the rankings offer a comprehensive list that can point people in the best direction for their needs."

This year, U.S. News increased the weight of the desirability metric from 10 to 15 percent, as it provides a more balanced understanding of the opinions gathered through consumer surveys. Desirability is one of the six factors in the 2019 Best Places to Retire methodology that includes housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, the happiness index, job market and health care quality. These measures were selected and weighted based on a public survey of pre-retirees (age 45-59) and retirement-age (age 60+) individuals across the U.S to find out what matters most when considering a place to retire. Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News rankings of the Best Hospitals.

Best Places to Retire is part of U.S. News' expanding Real Estate channel, which provides rankings, tools and advice to help individuals navigate the housing market, from getting a mortgage and working with an agent to buying and selling a home.

2019 U.S. News Best Places to Retire Rankings - Top 10

1. Lancaster, PA
2. Fort Myers, FL
3. Sarasota, FL
4. Austin, TX
5. Pittsburgh, PA
6. Grand Rapids, MI
7. Nashville, TN
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Dallas–Fort Worth, TX
10. Lakeland, FL

See the full list of the Best Places to Retire, from 1 to 100, by visiting https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-retire.

For more information on Best Places to Retire, explore Facebook and Twitter using #BestPlacesToRetire.

Media Contact: Anna Beth Jager, ajager@usnews.com, 202-823-4831

About U.S. News & World Report

Celebrating its 85th year, U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Dec. 3, 2018

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Oct. 2, 2018

Staging for a DIY Open House

 

Staging for a DIY Open House

 

The country has enjoyed a healthy housing market over the last few years.  Interest rates are low, and the economy is strong, which results in more buyers looking for houses. For some people, the strong housing market might make hiring a real estate broker seem unnecessary.

 

For those who choose the for sale by owner route, there are many time-honored tips that real estate brokers have regarding marketing and preparing for an open house. With some planning and research, however, a homeowner can pull off a successful open house.

 

Selling a home requires thoughtful planning. To plan, you need information about the market and what your house is worth and who likely buyers might be. In addition to guiding you to the right asking price, market research will let you know the competition. Understanding the market also gives you information on what buyers are looking for so you can plan market-supported renovations and upgrades before making any investment.

 

The second arm of planning is preparing the house for display. This stage can be as simple as a deep cleaning to a complete neutralization and de-personalization through a staging plan. No matter what plan you follow, you want to show your house in its most favorable light. Ideally, this means not only showing a pristine house but also a home in which buyers can see themselves living. It’s hard for someone to do that if your house is filled with clutter and your items that only reflect your own tastes. It’s often best to hire a professional to deep clean your home. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost nationally to hire a maid service is $167.

 

For these reasons many professionals advocate the extreme process of cleaning, depersonalizing and decluttering that staging accomplishes. Staging professionals are skilled at making lived-in houses resemble showcase homes. Their work can involve completely clearing the house out and then setting up rented designer furniture, accessories and artwork.

 

But you don’t necessarily have to commit to an extreme budget to reap staging's benefits. Since you're selling your house and moving anyway, take this opportunity to declutter and depersonalize as a pre-moving preparation for yourself.

 

Here are some staging tips for the DIY seller:

-       Make any small repairs and fixes that you deem necessary items like nail pops and walls to drywall cracks, which stick out as being pretty ugly to buy a house.

-       Give the whole interior a neutral coat of paint.

-       Minimize your furniture.  A few pieces in each room will bring focus and flow.

-       Add throw pillows. These small and cheap accent pieces bring a room to life with texture and color.

-       Organize closets - especially if you have walk-ins. If they are in disorder, buyers will not view them as assets.

-       Swap out colorful towels for pure white. This further depersonalizes and lends a crisp, clean look to the room. 

-       Open blinds and clean windows. Be sure to highlight any views that that property might have, and let as much sun in as possible.

 

A final step is to collect and organize all the information that you want to give prospective buyers. People love to have information - the more, the better. This will help buyers make a decision. Prepare a detailed property data sheet including details that may already be online. These physical copies are so you can put the info right in a buyer's hands and have stacks available for whenever someone has a question.

 

Through a combination of planning, research, preparation and hard work, homeowners can successfully sell their house on their own, pull off a successful open house and save money.

 

Author

 

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

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