Fort Myers is a major commercial center in Lee County, Florida. As of the 2010 census, Fort Myers has a population of just over 62,000, which is a 29% increase from the 2000 census. This city serves as the historical and governmental center for the region and is part of the greater southwest region of Florida, which itself is a major national and international tourist destination. The name "Fort Myers" comes from the fact that the city was originally one of the first forts built along the Caloosahatchee River to defend against attacks from the Seminole Indians.
Fort Myers enjoys year-round warm weather due to its position between tropical and subtropical climates. The average temperature rarely drops below 64 degrees Fahrenheit or rises above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average listing price of homes in Fort Myers is $310,231 for the week ending August 7th. This represents a decrease of $242, or 0.1%, in the week over week listing price. Although this is a decrease, it is fairly insubstantial percentage-wise and doesnt reflect any long-term trend in the market value of homes in Fort Myers
The median sales price for homes in this city is $145,000, which is an increase of $10,000, or 7.4%, year over year. This is a significant increase and indicates a gradually increasing demand for housing in Fort Myers. It is worthy to note the disparity between the listing price and the sales price. This could indicate a number of things, including a higher demand for lower-cost homes and less demand for the more expensive homes in the city.
The number of home sales in Fort Myers had a short-term peak back in 2011 before dropping back to the 2,500 per quarter range it has been at since the 2008 financial crisis. Q4 of 2012 showed a dramatic increase to 4,500 homes sold, which is almost as high as the short-term peak in 2011. This indicates that the city is likely experiencing an increased demand for housing. Whether this translates into a long-term increase in demand is yet to be seen.
The vacancy rate for homes and apartments is below the national average, hovering around 10%. This is a healthy vacancy rate, as it allows for a stable housing market while also providing local and out of town renters and buyers with the opportunity to buy, rent or rent to own.
The city offers a unique educational opportunity at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Children and adults alike can visit the Calusa Center to learn about astronomy, biology and a number of rotating exhibits. The Calusa Center is a private non-profit educational organization.
The Historic Downtown of Fort Myers is a popular tourist destination for visitors in Florida. Both the waterfront entertainment district and the Historic Downtown Art Walk play host to numerous visitors every year.
There are a number of educational opportunities for residents of Fort Myers. The most noteworthy include Fort Myers Senior High School, which is an International Baccalaureate school and is considered one of the best public schools in the United States. Dunbar High School also received statewide recognition for their performance in the Florida State Science Olympiad, including winning the award for best remote sensing project. Canterbury School is a college prep school that teaches students of all ages, from Preschool to 12th grade. 100% of students that graduate from Canterbury School are accepted to four-year institutions.
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