North Fort Myers, FL 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

This Southwest Florida locale offers a laid-back atmosphere with a focus on leisure and community. With its pleasant climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, North Fort Myers provides a beautiful backdrop for 55+ active adults seeking an idyllic retirement destination. Nearby cities include Cape Coral with its extensive canal system, Fort Myers, which offers a mix of cultural attractions, shopping, and dining experiences, and the historic city of Punta Gorda, known for its picturesque waterfront and arts scene.

This Southwest Florida locale offers a laid-back atmosphere with a focus on leisure and community. With its pleasant climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, North Fort Myers provides a beautiful backdrop for 55+ active adults seeking an idyllic retirement destination. Nearby cities include Cape Coral with its extensive canal system, Fort Myers, which offers a mix of cultural attractions, shopping, and dining experiences, and the historic city of Punta Gorda, known for its picturesque waterfront and arts scene.

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Affordability and Cost of Living 

When compared to some of its neighboring cities North Fort Myers offers a relatively affordable cost of living. The cost of housing is lower than both state and national averages, providing a range of options suitable for various budgets. Groceries and everyday goods are reasonably priced and inline with state averages. Utilities are lower than both the state and national average. Transportation costs are a bit higher than those nationally but are lower than the Florida average. The downside is that healthcare is expensive, almost 20 percent above the U.S. average and 15 percent above state average. With a focus on outdoor living, recreational activities are abundant and often budget-friendly. 

Florida's tax-friendly reputation is particularly advantageous for retirees; the state does not impose income tax on Social Security benefits, pensions, or other retirement income. There is no estate or inheritance tax, providing financial peace of mind for those planning their retirement in the area. Florida's property tax rates are relatively modest with the average property tax in Lee County at 1.04 percent of a property's value. The homestead exemption may offer additional tax relief for primary residences. Florida's tax-friendly policies contribute to the overall appeal of North Fort Myers as a cost-effective and financially favorable destination for retirees.

Climate and Geography 

North Fort Myers boasts a tropical climate, creating a haven for those seeking warmth and sunshine. Winters are mild, with average temperatures ranging from the pleasant mid-50s to the low 70s Fahrenheit. Summers bring the true Florida experience, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the low 90s Fahrenheit. Humidity levels can rise, creating a warm and tropical atmosphere. Annual rainfall averages around 54 inches, with the wet season spanning from June to September. The area is occasionally susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season, typically from June to November.

North Fort Myers is graced with a stunning natural landscape, offering a blend of waterfront views and lush greenery. The region is defined by its proximity to the Caloosahatchee River, providing picturesque scenes and opportunities for waterfront living. The Gulf Coast's white sandy beaches are just a short drive away, allowing residents to indulge in the beauty of the coast. Nature enthusiasts can explore nearby preserves and parks, such as the Babcock Ranch Preserve, showcasing Florida's diverse ecosystems. With a mix of riverside charm and subtropical allure, North Fort Myers provides a scenic backdrop for an idyllic retirement setting.

Recreation, Shopping, and Entertainment 

The area provides abundant entertainment options which allow residents to take advantage of the sunny weather and beautiful scenery as well as options for those who prefer indoor entertainment. 

Golf and Racquet Sports

  • Herons Glen Golf & Country Club in North Fort Myers
  • El Rio Golf Club in North Fort Myers
  • Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve in Cape Coral
  • Twin Isles Country Club in Punta Gorda

Hiking, Biking, and Boating

  • Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail in North Fort Myers
  • Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park in Punta Gorda
  • Rotary Park Environmental Center in Cape Coral
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers

Parks and Gardens

  • Jaycee Park in Cape Coral
  • Manatee Park in Fort Myers
  • Butterfly Estates in Fort Myers
  • Shell Factory & Nature Park in North Fort Myers

Museums and Historical Sites

  • Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral
  • Cape Coral Historical Museum
  • Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers

Performing Arts

  • Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral
  • Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers
  • Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers
  • Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers

Shopping

  • Edison Mall in Fort Myers
  • Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers
  • Coralwood Shopping Center in Cape Coral
  • Coconut Point Mall in Estero

Festivals and Fairs

  • Edison Festival of Light in Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral Coconut Festival
  • Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers
  • Punta Gorda Seafood Festival

Health and Wellness 

North Fort Myers is close to Lee Health - Cape Coral Hospital and ShorePoint Health Port Charlotte which provide comprehensive medical services, giving residents peace of mind knowing that quality healthcare is within reach. From fitness centers tailored for older adults to wellness classes and yoga studios, North Fort Myers encourages a healthy and active lifestyle for its residents. 

For those seeking fresh, locally sourced produce, the region hosts several farmers markets. One popular option is the River District Farmers Market which has a diverse array of fruits, vegetables, and handmade goods. These markets not only provide access to locally grown produce but also foster a sense of community. The combination of excellent healthcare facilities, fitness options, and access to fresh, local produce makes North Fort Myers a well-rounded haven for the health-conscious 55+ community.


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Magnolia Landing

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  • Mid $300ks - Mid $600ks
  • 1100 Homes (10 for sale)
  • No Age Restrictions
  • New And Resale Homes
  • 2007 - Present
  • 2 reviews

Del Webb Oak Creek

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  • Low $300ks
  • 821 Homes (5 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
  • 2021 - Present
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El Rio Condominiums

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  • Low $100ks - Mid $100ks
  • 24 Homes (1 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
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  • 1969 - 1975
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