A report provided by DataQuick and analyzed by Inman News details that 81.5 percent of the Canadian real estate purchases in the Fort Myers area were made by Ontarians in the nine month period ending January 2012.
The dominant presence of Ontarians in Fort Myers certainly makes sense from a proximity standpoint as Kings Highway 401, the main east-west highway in Ontario runs from the Quebec border to Windsor. US I-75 which runs from Michigan to Fort Myers is accessed by crossing through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Contributing to this dominance of Ontarians in Fort Myers is the fact that the Kings Highway 401 Corridor is home to more than half of all Canadian citizens.
Ontarians are drawn to Fort Myers for a number of factors highlighted by tropical weather and affordable real estate. Fort Myers is the northernmost major Florida city on the I-75 corridor with a subtropical climate. The annual average temperature in Fort Myers is 74.9 F (23.8 C). Many days when long pants and sweaters are needed in Sarasota or Tampa, its still shorts and t-shirt weather in Fort Myers.
Affordable real estate is another major draw for Ontarians to the Fort Myers area. With median real estate sales prices in the low $100s, buyers can live in a beautiful gated community with plenty of amenities without taking unnecessary financial risks. Here is a resource to facilitate your search for Fort Myers real estate.