We all love stories about hidden treasures. Well, the Naples area has one of its own in Marco Island, Florida!Marco Island is regularly rated as one of the best places tolive in the country. So what makes Marco Island so Special?
Let’s start with the fact that Marco Island feels like it’s remote—almost in a world of its own—without being completely isolated from the rest of the world. Living on an island will do that! The island is linked to the mainland by bridges. When you cross the bridge onto the island everything seems just a little different. You’re removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday Florida life—without feeling cut off. It’s close enough to Naples to access anything that a larger metropolitan area has to offer. But you don’t have to put up with traffic and the constant crush of people. It’s simply a slower, more relaxed pace out on the island.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of things to do. If it’s great dining you’re after, the island offers a wide variety of choices. In fact, click here for a local’s list of the best restaurants on Marco Island.
If you’re looking for things to do, you’ll find plenty of activities including boat tours, the Marco Island Historical Museum, nature and wildlife tours, fishing charters, dolphin and whale watching, photography tours, speed boat tours, paddle boarding, tennis, parasailing and paragliding, and much more. Click here for more information about activities right at your doorstep.
For a lot of the residents, of course, the beaches are a big draw. In fact, there are three beautiful beaches in Marco Island. Residents’ Beach is reserved exclusively for residents. Upon moving to Marco Island, you can receive a resident’s permit for entry to the beach. But even the public access beaches (South Marco Beach and Tigertail Beach) are much less crowded than many Florida beaches. Click here for a short video that highlights Tigertail Beach (By the way, that’s the beach you see in the picture above).And for those who like to shop, the Esplanade Shoppes offer nearly 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurants.
Sometimes, you hear about living the “Island Lifestyle.” For residents of Marco Island, the island lifestyle is a reality. The island (which just happens to be the largest of Florida’s 10,000 islands) maintains a population of 15,000 to 35,000 people depending on the season. As you can imagine, the town of Marco Island has it’s share of snowbirds who settle down here to escape the northern winters.
Part of that island lifestyle for many involves fishing and this is a great place to pursue that passion. The backwaters of the island boast plenty of choices, including tarpon and trout. For those who want to pursue bigger fish offshore, there are barracuda, kingfish, and other game fish. Fishing is pretty much a year-round activity in the area—even if that means dangling a hook off the pier when the mood strikes.
Something else that makes Marco Island appealing to many people is that housing here tends to hold its value. The evaluation site areavibes puts the median home price for a Marco Island home at $475,900 (compared to $156,200 for the rest of Florida and $175,700 for the nation. But what’s particularly interesting is that Zillow puts the year-over-year appreciation rate for Marco Island homes at 3.05 percent and the 5-year average appreciation rate at 7.86 percent.
That means that if you’re planning to move to Marco Island—or are lucky enough to already live here—protecting the investment you have in your home is a smart move. Whether you’re purchasing a home in the area or already own one, continuing to invest in its improvement is a good choice. Here’s an article that looks that the return on investment you can expect from various remodeling projects. And here’s another article that examines why remodeling your home may actually make more sense than moving.
Whether you’re drawn to Marco Island by all that the area has to offer—or whether you’re already convinced that this is a little slice of heaven—you can make your current or future Marco Island home the kind of place you’ll love being for years to come.
I’d invite you to download our free Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook for a look at:
- The benefits of remodeling
- Home themes
- Layout logistics
- Techniques for making space
- Recommended amenities to consider
- Lighting choices
- Color options
- Environmental considerations
- Decor dynamics
- Additional tips and suggestions