Waterfront Info

Cape Coral Waterfront Properties

Ok for site CC homeCape Coral offers some of the most affordable housing in Southwest Florida, and, with more miles of canals than any other city in the world, a large portion of these properties are located right on the water. This “Waterfront Wonderland” offers high-end homes, modest homes, and everything in between. A perfect community for anyone who has ever dreamed of having a home right on the water.


Cape Coral and surrounding waterfront communities have the following types of waterfront  - Beachfront, River, Gulf Access, Freshwater, Lakes and Basins. A real estate agent requires highly specialized waterfront knowledge and experience in order to find you the right home, location and value. To ensure you don't overpay for a property and know all you should about waterfront properties, call Lisa Sawyer @ 239-292-2479 or Jenna Billman @ 239-851-3744 or email us.

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Money Magazine acknowledged Cape Coral real estate and the surrounding metropolitan area as the 6th Best Place to Live out of 300 metro areas in the United States. Cape Coral real estate is not just a retirement community (median age of only 41.6 years old). Cape Coral is also the second largest city by area in Florida.


The most desirable waterfront property is beachfront, and of course the most expensive. Options are abundant, from very small condos  to cottages and small single-family homes, up to luxury beachfront mansions in the multi-million dollar range.

The communities in Lee County best known for beachfront real estate are Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva, and Bonita Beach. We also service waterfront clients in Naples and Marco Island, the most exclusive beachfront communities.


Cape Coral has only 375 riverfront properties on the mile-wide Caloosahatchee River. Less than 10% are vacant lots. There are also numerous beautiful riverfront homes in Fort Myers. If you live on the river in Fort Myers you'll experience spectacular sunsets, while in Cape Coral you'll be dazzled by the glorious sunrises.


In both Cape Coral and Fort Myers, prices vary based on age & square footage of the home, amenities, lot size, and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. 


There are approximately 250 miles of gulf access canals, lined with existing homes and vacant lots. The Southeast and Southwest sections of the Cape are more developed than the northern half of the city.

Southeast Cape was the first area developed in the city, and thus has many older and smaller homes mixed in with luxury waterfront homes. Due to the desirable Gulf proximity, many of these homes are being torn down and replaced with large luxury homes. SE Cape is about 90% developed.

Southwest Cape - offers newer higher-end homes, wide canals, and public utilities in most neighborhoods. This section is about 90% developed, and the most sought-after gulf-access area in the Cape.

Northwest Cape is the next upcoming desirable are for gulf access homes. Many new homes being built with most on well and septic but public utilities will eventually be made available. NW Cape is approximately 50% developed, depending on how far north of Pine Island Road a home is located. 

Northeast Cape: There are no gulf access canals in the NE section of the Cape, but the most reasonably priced freshwater canal homes are in this quadrant.


Gulf access home prices are based on age & square footage of the home, amenities, lot size AND:

  • Width of canal (80 feet wide - 260 feet wide)
  • Lake, basin, or intersecting canal view
  • Direct/Sailboat Access
  • Water access restricted by a bridge(s), boat lift, or lock
  • Distance to the river & Gulf of Mexico
  • Location within the city (Southeast, Southwest, Northwest)
  • Rear exposure of the home (south & west are most desired, followed by east then north)
  • Desirability of neighborhood


There are approximately 150 miles of freshwater canals in Cape Coral. Freshwater homes and lots are located in all four quadrants of the city. Freshwater is considerably less expensive than gulf access and thus provides an affordable option to live on water. You can still dock your boat in your backyard, fish, boat/kayak/canoe through canals and lakes on many canals, but you cannot access the Caloosahatchee River or the Gulf of Mexico via a freshwater canal. Still a very nice backyard water view,  and a great alternative if gulf access is not in your price range.


Just as with Gulf access homes, prices are based on age and square footage of the home, amenities, lot size AND:

  • Width of canal
  • Lake, basin, or intersecting canal view
  • Location within the city
  • Rear exposure of the home
  • Desirability of neighborhood

There are numerous factors to be carefully considered when buying waterfront property. This is the reason waterfront specialization is crucial when selecting your real estate agent.