If you are not familiar with Marco Island, it is the largest and only developed island in Florida’s 10 thousand islands located just south of Naples. Marco was a barren island 30 years ago and I marvel at how much it has changed over the years while still holding on to that laid back casual beach feel and charm that people just love.
With plenty of marina and waterfront homes, Marco is hands down a boaters paradise with plenty of fishing and outdoor activities to enjoy. It is a very active tennis community with the fabulous weather and numerous facilities available to use all year round. Dining and shopping are two other great things to do on Marco Island although the same could be said for the entire Naples area. Marco Island has more than six miles of beachfront and more than 100 miles of waterways within it’s 24 square miles
When it comes to real estate, there is something for everyone with a variety of condos and houses either directly on the beach or just a short walk away. Single family options range from canal, beachfront and golf course view. Of course you need to be well heeled to be able to afford a home in the Naples area these days. Real estate prices have increased dramatically since the 2008 financial crisis when properties could be sold for a fraction of todays prices. Things are even tougher if you are coming from another country since the American dollar is so strong versus almost every other country in the world. Canadians are especially hard pressed since their dollar is worth only about 75 cents compared to an American dollar. However, we still see plenty of Canadians coming to south Florida to escape their brutal winters. I can’t say that I blame them for that, since I used to live in Canada and almost never visit in the winter.
Of course the best thing about spending time on Marco island and Florida in general is the weather. Millions of people love to call Florida home, and millions more love to flock to the sunshine state to escape winter every year. Snowbirds are always welcome in Naples because they are an important part of the local economy. Each year they spend millions of dollars on dining, accommodation, and activities. Many of the snowbirds end up buying a property in the Naples area because they love it so much.
Here is more information from a nice little video from Melissa McMurray of Premier Sotheby’s 239-594-9494