Estero FL Homes & Real Estate
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Estero, FL. Located in Lee County Florida, Estero is home to about 32,000 residents and is located just north of Bonita Springs and south of Fort Myers stretching from Estero Bay to just past Interstate 75. Read on below the listings to learn more about Estero Florida.
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More on Estero Florida
Estero is a Spanish word for estuary or where the river meets the sea. Until the 1970s, much of the village was near the Estero River. Originally, it was a major citrus-producing area and the first homesteader was purported to settle in 1882 farming citrus along the river and using the river to ship the harvests north by the Gulf of Mexico.
Estero's most notable pioneer was Cyrus Teed. He and those that followed him settled along the river in 1894 and the original homesteader, Gustav Dankohler donated his 320 acres of land to Cyrus's Koreshan Unity, a belief that the universe existed inside of a giant hollow sphere. This unity group Inc. 110 mi.² as the Town of Estero in 1904. It stretched from a mile north of Gladiolus Dr. in South Fort Myers to a mile north of Bonita Beach Rd. in Bonita Springs. However, the town itself was later abolished in 1907 when other homesteaders, not happy with the Koreshans, began developing schools and other civic services with the strict prohibition of all things Koreshan.
The school, which now sits at the location of the Estero Community Park, operated until 1927 and in 1921, a new schoolroom with indoor plumbing was built to accommodate 100 students called the Broadway Estero School. The school operated until 1949. Estero has grown and become the epicenter of growth for Lee County and in 2001, the city commissioned ECCL, Estero Community Planning Panel to establish architectural and landscaping guidelines which have defined the village today. These attractive buildings and landscaping comprise Coconut Pointe Mall, Lowes, and Walmart, all prime examples of the higher development standards of architecture in Estero.
Living in Estero
Perfectly positioned between Fort Myers and Naples, Estero brings a new dimension to Southwest Florida. You'll find beautiful gated communities, a wealth of activities, services, and amenities. Major shopping such as Coconut Point Mall, the Gulf Coast Center, and Miromar Outlets all offer a great retail presence in the city. Estero is rated #5 Best Pl. to raise a family in Lee County and it offers excellent schools, it's good for families and offers amazing housing options. The median home value is about $340,000 and 86% of residents own their own homes.
"It is the best place for a quiet and relaxing living environment. Estero is growing tremendously and is always incorporating new innovating features around town. Living in Estero for more than 10 years has been a comfortable and safe environment for all ages. There are many communities and local business that is actively participating in the town, which gives Estero a more connected appeal."
“I have lived in Estero for most of my life. Compared to the other place I once lived, I enjoy living in Estero more. It is a great area for families and even college students since Florida Gulf Coast University is located there. It is a clean area and very appealing to both residents and tourists of many ages. The only downside for me is that for someone who lived in the Fort Myers area, my school and my friends are about thirty minutes away. Other than that, I would say that Estero is an ideal place for me.” - Niche.com
Residents with school-age students are part of the Lee County school district and some of the best schools in the area include Pinewood's elementary, Three Oaks Elementary, Page elementary, Cyprus Lake middle school, and Edison Park Creative & Expressive Arts School. Pinewood's Elementary is one of the top-rated schools in the county and features just over 1100 students in grades prekindergarten through Fifth with a student-teacher ratio of just 16 to 1.
Estero Real Estate
Estero offers a variety of gated communities, country clubs, 55+ communities, and residential neighborhoods. With a beautiful year-round warm season, the golfing community is alive and well in Estero. You'll find golfing communities like West Bay Club, Grandezza, and beautiful 55+ communities like the Cascades at Estero. The median home prices between $300,000 and $340,000 but you'll find condominiums and townhouses starting at around $120,000 as well as luxury Estates closer to the water of over $1 million. Most gated communities have homeowner association dues, which can range anywhere from $400 per month to over $1000 a month, but offer a lot of amenities like resort-style swimming pools, golf course access, on-site restaurants, clubhouse opportunities, social clubs, and fitness centers.
Fort Myers is anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes north and Bonita Springs and Naples is about 10 to 15 minutes south. For more information on homes for sale in Estero Florida or surrounding communities, townhouses, and specific neighborhoods, contact my office at any time.
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