The River District Condos
Downtown Fort Myers has an ever-changing skyline with the addition of several high-rise condos in the past year, and more condo developments on the way. The downtown area, now dubbed “The River District” is especially appealing to condominium owners looking for an urban lifestyle paired with southwest Florida’s high quality of life. Warm winters, breezy summers, plenty of boating, and a vibrant downtown nightlife make this area very attractive to condo investors and condo owners.
Condos in the River District include the recently completed High Point Place on the Caloosahatchee River, with its pool, luxurious amenities and a city marina next door; First Street Village, the newest mixed-use community to come to the downtown area (ground was broken on Phase 1B townhomes and park in June of 2007); Beau Rivage, Cypress Club and St. Tropez, high-rises located a short stroll from the downtown business district. Others are in the planning stages. A few older condominium communities can be found just east of downtown Fort Myers; some have docks and are part of a massive upscaling of the downtown area.
Condos in downtown Fort Myers’s River District afford condo owners the ability to walk to work – real plus for the many professionals who are a hot segment of the downtown condo owners. Other River District condo owners are “snowbirds,” who come to their waterfront condominiums for the winter, or for a week here and there, as work and life allow.
The advent of the latest River District project – Cameratta Properties’ First Street Village – will add even more vibrancy and long-term potential to an area already favored by long-term investors and the party set. The River District has all the ingredients to be a world-class location: great year-round weather, a waterfront location, good architecture, plenty of parking, a variety of people who enjoy it, dining and entertainment. Many predict the next five years could be the critical stage that sends the “almost there” River District into the “hot zone” of most desired neighborhoods in the county.
The downtown area is always evolving commercially, but is presently in an exciting culinary stage, with talented chefs plating up dinner nightly at places like Harold’s on Bay. Savvy condo owners will discover their own neighborhood bar at The Bar Association, where owner Ron Kopko makes every customer a friend, over a glass of small-vineyard wine.
Vacation rental condos are not a large part of the downtown Fort Myers condominium market, but some condos are in rental units. Condos in vacation rental programs are more likely to be on Sanibel and Captiva Islands (see that destination described on CondoCompany.com).
The River District is where most of the area’s attornies have their offices, and the majority of county and city offices are downtown as well, along with the city’s beautiful City of Palms park, spring home to the Boston Red Sox.