Sold on Es­tero

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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.

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