Southwest Florida is attracting more Gen Y residents today than ever before. One of the key factors contributing to this growth in younger residents include the annual double-digit enrollment increases of Florida Gulf Coast University. Last year FGCU enrolled over 9,500 students, with an ever-increasing number electing to stay in the area after graduation.
Additionally, the price corrections that we have seen over the past 18 months have opened up home ownership opportunities in the Fort Myers area for this new breed of Gen Y residents.
Where are the Gen-Yers choosing to live in Southwest Florida? Certainly the Fort Myers River District is attracting young professionals. Projects like Alta Mar and Beau Rivage offer waterfront luxury on one side and an urban edge on the other.
Other neighborhoods attracting Gen-Yers include: Gateway; Colonnade at the Forum and Sail Harbour. San Carlos Park is very popular with Gen-Yers and offers really convenient access to FGCU and the Coconut Pointe Mall in Estero. Fort Myers Beach is also a popular spot for Gen-Yers.
Real estate agents court Gen Y [USA Today]