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GULF ACCESS FLORIDA HOME
Our fully-equipped home is located in beautiful Cape Coral, Southwest Florida on a Gulf access canal. It is within minutes from Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island, Sanibel, and Captiva Beaches. It features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private electric heated pool. The home has a Southwestern exposure, so you get Sun all day! The home has all the up to date amenities you need to feel right at home, including unlimited internet access. We have an open family room, kitchen, and dining room with triple sliding glass doors to pool area. Large electric heated pool area with outdoor seating inside lanai. Master bedroom has a king-size bed, walk-in closet and TV. The Master bath has a large shower area. There are two guest bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds.
Size: 1600 sq ft
Beds: 1 Queen, 1 King, 2 Twins
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July - September
October - November
*Minimum of 7 night stay. Additional charges include: $250 Refundable Deposit. $150 Cleaning Fee. 10% Tax rate
HISTORY OF CAPE CORAL, FL.
Cape Coral History began in 1957 when two brothers from Baltimore, Leonard and Jack Rosen, flew over the peninsula known as Redfish Point, across the Caloosahatchee River near Ft. Myers. They spent two weeks flying around Southwest Florida looking for land to develop. Flying over what would become Cape Coral, Leonard tossed some coins out of the window of the plane. He had decided to fix up Redfish Point so it won't know what hit it! And that he did, changing the wilderness into a waterfront paradise, a place for selling and buying dreams. Cape Coral was to become the largest master-planned community in the United States.
Cape Coral History - Before Gulf American
Let's start with early Cape Coral and the Native Americans who lived here, the Calusas. Early Cape Coral history starts with the Calusas, a fierce and warring tribe of native Americans, that all but disappeared by the time the United States gained control of the area.
Florida had been discovered by the Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, in 1513.
In 1821, Spain deeded the land of Redfish Point to the United States. In return, the United States forgave the $5 million debt that Spain owed our country. In 1822, Florida became an organized territory and settlers poured in along with runaway slaves who were harbored by Seminoles. Inevitably, there were clashes between Seminoles and whites. The Harney Point Massacre became part of Cape Coral History during one of the Seminole Wars, where Seminoles fought against new settlers and the military, to try to keep their land. The Seminoles lost and were moved to reservations.
Later on, the land was patented to Florida, when Florida became a state in 1845. The state sold much of its land to railroad companies which in turn sold the land to various companies, such as the Matlacha Cattle Company, and to individuals. One of these individuals was Franklin Miles of Miles Laboratories and of Alka Seltzer fame, who bought some of the land in 1910. He used it mainly for hunting and hunting quite well. There were plenty of wild hogs, deer, wild turkeys, and ducks; which were usually hunted on horseback with dogs.
At that time, Cape Coral was known as the "other side of the river" or "Hungryland". It was populated by homesteaders, loggers, cattlemen, rustlers and fishermen. It was a hard place to live, wild and desolate, as you can see from the photo on the right, which was taken on Pine Island Rd. in 1925. That was the land the Rosens bought for $678,000 from Franklin Miles, Ogden Phipps, and Granville Keller; with their newly formed company, Gulf Guaranty Land & Title Company, later known as Gulf American Land Corporation, and Cape Coral history was about to change. The first building, the Rosen's sales office, was built on what is now Cape Coral and Coronado Pkwys.
Cape Coral History - Selling the Dream
Clearing the land involved a lot of chopping through the mangroves, pine trees, and vegetation with machetes. The men slept in tents and had to battle rattlesnakes, panthers, and gators. The heat was brutal ......... there were salt marshes, muddy pools, and thick, hard limestone to cut through.
Gulf American Corporation
Canals were dug out with dredges and the earth was used to build up the land to the required elevation of 5'6" above sea level. So many canals and lakes were put in that Gulf American never had to buy fill dirt. A crack team of hotshot salesmen used a fleet of planes for free rides as a very effective selling method. Sacks of flour were dropped over the lots that customers bought from the air!
In the beginning, landing strips were made for sales flights on SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral Pkwy, and Coronado Pkwy. Then, they were moved to a small airport near what is now Del Prado and SE 21st Street. The airport was shut down in 1965 and flights were moved over to Page Field in Fort Myers once the Cape Coral Bridge was built. The first building in Cape Coral, even before any houses were constructed, was Rosen's sales office. It was built right on the spot where George's Auto now stands, at Cape Coral and Coronado Pkwy.
After several houses were built, the Yacht Club was constructed next, with a beach, pool, pier, and clubhouse. It had a popular teen club and no adults were allowed unless accompanied by a child. To make the community even more desirable, the Rosens had a country club and golf course built, it was considered to be luxuriously appointed at the time.
There was a lot of hype, promotion, and advertising. Celebrities like Bob Hope, Anita Bryant, and Hugh Downs were brought in. A movie with Phyllis Diller, The Fat Spy, was filmed in Cape Coral and so were episodes of the TV show, Route 66. There was even an "amphibian", a car that could drive off the beach and right into the water, to take buyers on property tours. There were beauty pageants, golf tournaments, festivals, and boat races. Salesmen were sent overseas to sell land, mainly to Americans in Italy, England, Japan, and Germany. Many Germans bought land as well, and that is why we have a large German community in Cape Coral.
Cape Coral History - Buying the Dream
The Rosens thought that they would sell most of the lots for people to make monthly payments on and then eventually retire to later, that way they would have time to build future amenities. But, most prospective buyers wanted to move down right away.
In the first five months, land sales soared to $5 million! Model homes had to be built, a motel and restaurant were needed to accommodate buyers - it was hard to keep up with the demand for the good life of swimming, lounging, fishing, boating, and golfing.
nautilus motel. Model homes were built on Flamingo and Riverside Drives. Then came businesses like the Nautilus Motel, The Cape Coral Shopping Plaza with Elmer's Market, and the Surfside Restaurant with a post office at the back of the store.
Back in 1959, a water view site cost $990, a waterfront site cost $1990, and a riverfront site cost $3390. You could purchase a site for $20 down and $20 per month. A two-bedroom/one-bath house cost $10,990, and a three-bedroom/three-bath house cost $26,250.
Homes were given away as prizes on game shows such as The Price is Right, Queen for a Day, and Concentration.