Cape Coral Retirement - Come to our beautiful city, one of the top 25 places in the United States for retirement!
Cape Coral has so much going for it. Our Florida paradise has over 400 miles of canals with plenty of waterfront homes for great boating and fishing.
First of all, the weather is amazing!
So, no more snow shoveling ...... instead, you'll be doing lots of basking in the sun, even in January.
There is so much to do and see, with something for everyone .......... beaches, golf, shopping, dining, festivals every month, and many other attractions such as sports, shows, museums, art, nature, and music.
Although Cape Coral is a city, it has a small-town flavor and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that is attractive to families and retirees.
You'll also find that real estate prices are low, and so are the taxes. You'll be happy to know there is no state income tax.
Cape Coral doesn't have any 55+ communities at this time. Many 55+ communities in the area ended up accepting all ages when the economy tanked.
However, there still are 55+ mobile home communities in surrounding towns.
So, if you are downsizing and don't want to deal with landscaping or home-exterior issues, consider a condo or villa in a gated community that will take care of those things for you.
Many of these communities have amenities such as pools, tennis, golf, playgrounds, basketball or volleyball courts, bocce ball, work-out rooms, clubhouses with parties, get-togethers, classes, activities, and more.
You'll love the Florida lifestyle that these communities offer, they're perfect for starting out your Cape Coral retirement.
Another idea is to buy a property as an investment, to be rented out and used for vacations and eventually used down the road for retirement.
Or, if you're not quite ready to make Cape Coral your permanent residence, you can snowbird ........ come down during the winter and return up north for the summer!
If you're ready to take the next step, you may want to move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), where you would move into an apartment and then as needed, into nursing care facilities on the property.
Our Cape Coral retirement community is Gulf Coast Village, located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd, and tucked into a lovely glen of trees.
It's a small, close-knit community, and convenient if you have family that live in the Cape.
Residents live in apartments in a building complex where they can get to whatever they need without having to go outside ...... such as salon, grocery store, activity rooms, medical offices, assisted living, and skilled care.
There is also a pool outside for those who enjoy a swim, or walk through their lushly landscaped grounds and on the walking paths that go by the picturesque lake.
Meals are served in their lovely dining room so residents are sure to get healthy and nutritious food.
Gulf Coast offers independent and assisted living, plus rehab services, and a new program ........... healthcare in your home, call (239)772-1333 for more information.
I've been told that people live an average of 7 years longer in these communities because your main meals are taken care of, along with cleaning, laundry in some cases, banking, and a mini market.
If your spouse becomes debilitated, they would move into nursing care and you can visit them daily. All of these things that a load of stress off your back and the increased sense of peace helps you to enjoy your senior years because everything is taken care of for you.
Most CCRC's have amenities such as pool, beauty parlor, walking paths, clubs, entertainment, classes, and activities.
Apartments are usually available with 1-3 bedrooms, and 1-2 bathrooms, laundry facilities, and small kitchens with open living/dining rooms. The larger the apartment, the more you pay.
To enjoy all the sunshine, most apartments will have a lanai or Florida room, and first floor apartments may have an outside porch. Deluxe apartments may have a den as well.
When looking at the various plans for buying into a CCRC, you'll need to make several important decisions about your Cape Coral retirement in continuing care facilities.
Two other similar Florida retirement communities that I'd like to mention are nearby in Ft Myers.
The first one is the larger-sized Shell Point, with several neighborhoods that include low-rises, high-rises, and single-family homes with all the amenities and health care options mentioned above plus boating and golfing.
The second community is the medium-sized Cypress Cove, surrounded by lakes and offering apartment living with all buildings connected together, located behind Health Park Hospital.
My parents recently moved to Cypress Cove, and they are settling in just fine.
They are enjoying the warm weather, meeting new friends, not having to cook, and having less worry about their care .......... and you will too!
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