Sold on Estero
While votes have yet to be tallied, one thing is sure, people really do want Estero. To put that in context, consider remarks from the leading real estate team in the area. Jesse McGreevy and Marc Comisar command the Domain Realty Group of Downing-Frye, a 600-agent firm with offices throughout Southwest Florida. Last year, Domain Realty Group was honored as the top performing team of Downing Fry, thanks in large part to transactions closed in Estero. McGreevy has actually been recognized as a top performer agent among the more than 5,000 agents affiliated with this market. When asked why so many home buyers are drawn to Estero, McGreevy cites a familiar mantra of the real estate industry - “Location, Location, Location!” “Estero has everything home buyers are looking for. There’s not only quality construction in gated-developments complemented with resort-style amenities in club house dining, golf and tennis, but within a matter of only a few minutes, residents can access a full range of leading brand stores, designer boutiques, fine restaurants and cultural attractions involving the performing arts or sports,” says McGreevy. “Buyers don’t simply want to invest in rooms under a roof and somewhere to park their car, they’re looking to invest in a community that can cater to their lifestyle. Part of Estero’s appeal derives from residents’ ability to readily access so much of what make living in Southwest Florida so great. Comisar adds to the point indicating how Estero has been developed to allow for interconnectivity. Residents who live along essential traffic corridors of Corkscrew Road, Ben Hill Griffin Road or Three Oaks Parkway can quickly access the region’s vital corridors of Highway 41 and Interstate 75, not to mention Southwest Florida International Airport which is only a minutes drive from Estero. “Residents can quickly and conveniently access all points north, south and beyond,” says Comisar. “The community is not only minutes from the beach, but also the Cities of Fort Myers and Naples … it couldn’t be more perfectly positioned in terms of allowing residents to be only minutes from most places one would want to go.” It just so happens, however, that so many of the places that most people want to go are in the immediate vicinity of Estero. For example, fashionistas and epicureans drawn to fine dining have venues that include Miromar Outlets and Coconut Point Mall. Both are located in Estero, and collectively provide some several hundred options in leading brand retail operations, top designer boutiques and popular restaurants. Beyond the dining and retail opportunities, these venues also serve as host for a variety of other social and cultural events which include the region’s most popular arts & crafts fairs which annually attract thousands of visitors. Distinctive interior design elements and home fixtures can be found at Miromar Design Center; home to more than 45 showrooms featuring works from world leading home good designers. For those who clamor more for competitive sport, Estero provides several opportunities to cheer on favorite home teams. Estero’s Germain Arena is not only home to the Florida Everblades Hockey Team, but also the most dynamic team in arena football - the championship winning Florida Tarpons. For those who enjoy NCAA basketball, Alico Arena at Florida Gulf Coast University is only a few minutes drive from Estero. This venue became known as “Dunk City” after the bracket-busting FGCU Eagles made NCAA history in 2013 (the first time a 15th seed team advanced to the Sweet 16). For those who enjoy baseball, the ball fields of Hammond Stadium and Jet Blue Stadium are also only minutes from Estero. These fields respectively serve as homes-away-from-home for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. While baseball takes center stage each spring, all know that every season in Southwest Florida is great for golf. With its per capita composite of public and private holes,
Southwest Florida has been heralded as “The Golf Capital of the World,” but Estero is at the epicenter of all this activity. Some of the region’s top courses can be found here, including: Old Corkscrew (the only stand alone Jack Nicklause Signature Course in the region); Wildcat Run (an Arnold Palmer course that he once suggested as being among the finest in the Southeastern U.S.); and Stoneybrook (recognized among the longest courses in the region). Beyond the shops, restaurants, sports and other attractions, both McGreevy and Comisar note that residents can also readily connect with schools, churches, healthcare and a range of professional service providers. As McGreevy says, “Estero has it all, and that’s why so many want to live here.” That point is validated by a recent Metrostudy report that ranked the Naples/Fort Myers MSA as being among the nation’s “Top Ten” for sales of new residential construction. Though Naples/Fort Myers was credited for that distinction, McGreevy says the analysis of data included sales transactions involving several developments in Estero. “Our region’s ranking was totally bolstered by the demand for homes in Estero,” says McGreevy, who goes as far as to credit Estero as a catalyst for so much of the new construction currently taking place in the region. “After the housing debacle, many developers sat on property and waited for clear indications that the market was turning around before determining to proceed with development.” In 2013, the development firm of Camerrata Companies collaborated with national building firms of Pulte Homes and Lennar Homes to create a new master-planned residential community called The Preserve at Corkscrew. Sites here sold faster than the builders could build; it became the fastest selling new development in the region, and to McGreevy’s point, the success of that helped fuel greater confidence among developers involved with other projects. There are several new developments now underway in Estero, such as Estero Place and Corkscrew Shores. The Corkscrew Shores development marks yet another collaboration between Pulte and Camerrata Companies, who are no doubt intent to see lightening strike twice (the development is a stone’s throw from The Preserve at Corkscrew).
In addition to having its own private luxury community, Estero's Coconut Point Mall has more than 140 leading brand stores and restaurants located among hundreds
of acres complemented by scenic lakes and boardwalks.
Estero Real Estate Specialists Marc Comisar and Jesse McGreevy of the Domain Realty Group
of Downing Frye. Photo by Bill Schiller
Estero’s Germain Arena is not only home to the Florida Everblades Hockey Team and championship winning Florida Tarpons arena football team, but also host a variety of concerts and cultural events.
(Graphic Illustration by Bill Schiller and Kevin Bires Photography)
Miromar Design Center features 45 showrooms touting the expertise of leading interior
designers and manufactures of home goods.
FENWAY SOUTH - Only minutes from Estero, Jet Blue Stadium, also known as Fenway
South, serves as the home-away-from-home for the Boston Red Sox.