Tied to the region for generations, it’s said Thomas Edison found true inspiration in his Florida estate. According to reports, Edison first visited Fort Myers in the late 1800s under doctor’s orders to spend the chilly season in a warmer climate.
Easily one of the most respected older neighborhoods in Fort Myers, McGregor Boulevard in Old Fort Myers is known for its beautiful historic homes and its enticing river views.
With a rich history now dating back a full century, the Fort Myers Country Club continues to reflect upon both its past history and its future within the city. Officially opened up in December of 1917, The Fort just celebrated its 100th birthday.
One of the oldest golf courses on Florida’s west coast, The Fort Myers Country Club Golf Course, just marked its 100th year, a favorite destination for generations. Commonly referred to as “The Fort” by locals, the original property was named the Fort Myers Golf and Yacht Club
The Fort Myers Country Club has gotten a face-lift, which took six months, but the revamped 18-hole golf course looks magnificent. Opened in 1917 and steeped in a rich history, Fort Myers Country Club is ensconced in palmetto and pine trees. Top golf architect Donald Ross designed its recent renovation.
Residents and business owners in Gardner’s Park, a historic 1920s neighborhood, have asked city leaders to restore the area into a charming garden arts district with living space above small shops and art studios, and small businesses to serve as a hub of commerce. It would restore one of the oldest areas of Fort Myers.
For the first time in its 100-year history, major renovations to the Fort Myers Country Club started in April and is undergoing a $5.8 million renovation to fix “The Fort’s” drainage problems. The drainage issue is especially bad in the summer when rain is heavy and this sometimes closes the famed golf course.
Historic McGregor Boulevard runs from Downtown Fort Myers to Punta Rassa near Sanibel and features a grand collection of luxury estate homes and a dramatic canopy of mature Royal Palm trees. McGregor Boulevard is a stunning corridor running alongside the Caloosahatchee River. This thoroughfare is steeped in the rich history of Fort Myers steeped and offers a look back into Old Fort Myers in its early years.
A look into the history of downtown Fort Myers shows how much Old Fort Myers has evolved over time. Beginning in 1861, Fort Myers was one of the first forts built along the Caloosahatchee River as a command center in the struggle against the Seminole Indians. When the base was destroyed by a hurricane, Fort Harvie was built on the grounds that now is downtown Fort Myers. The post, soon renamed Ft. Myers, was expanded.
Its fascinating to imagine the Fort Myers that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone experienced back in the early 1900s. No RSW, I-75 or air conditioning. There was no Daniels Boulevard, Gulf Harbour, Sanibel Bridge or Estero.
The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during August 2010 was a Fort Myers riverfront home located in the Seminole Estates neighborhood of old Fort Myers. This 5,150 SF home located at 3908 W. Riverside Drive Fort Myers, Fl features 5 BR / 7 BA. The selling price was $1.6M / $310 SF.
Congratulation to selling Realtor Kay Lani Atkinson of Coldwell Banker for closing the most expensive residential property in August 2010.
Honorable mention for 2nd most expensive Lee County residential property sold in August was a Sanibel gulf-front condo located in the Gulfside Place development. This 2,298 SF condo located at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive, #201 Sanibel, Fl features 3 BR / 3 BA. The selling price was $1.5M / $653 SF.
What if Rolling Stones relocated to Fort Myers? Did you hear the news that rocker Rick Derringer of “Hang on Sloopy” fame is now a Realtor in Sarasota. Derringer has recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Steve Ray Vaughn and once toured with the Rolling Stones. We wish Rick well in[…]