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Cascades at Estero

9400 Cascades Isle Blvd., Estero, Florida 33928

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Gated, Nicely Landscaped 55+ Community of Cascades at Estero Has Single Story, Single Family Homes, Mediterranean Architecture, Tennis Courts, a Spa, Walking Paths and More

Estero sits along Estero Bay in southwestern Florida. Within its borders is Cascades at Estero, a pretty, gated community built for people age 55 and better. Constructed between 2002 and 2007 and one of the few age restricted communities in Lee County, the development contains 614 single-family homes.

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The homes are typically single story with Mediterranean style architecture. Floor plans range from approximately 1,525 square feet to 2,536 square feet and include two to three bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Each residence is also equipped with a top-of-the-line alarm system. An attached, front-facing two-car garage and a long, brick paver driveway are standard. Lawns are well maintained and dotted with mature vegetation, including palm trees, flowering bushes and fruit trees.

Prices begin in the mid- to high-$200,000s, and the HOA fee is approximately $950 per year. Please verify these prices with a Realtor or the community as prices are bound to change over time.

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The HOA fee allow access to community amenities, which include a fitness center, an aerobics room, a sauna, a heated indoor/outdoor pool, a ballroom with a stage and a dance floor, a hobby room, a media room (with computer stations, a library, and a television), a billiards room and two card rooms. A spa, a sundeck, a swimming pool, two bocce ball courts, six lighted tennis courts, walking paths and biking trails await outside.

Estero was founded as a religious colony and Utopian society in the late-1800s. Today its pretty beaches, abundant wildlife and vast opportunities for recreation make it a desirable place to live. Kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing are all popular with Estero residents. The city has weekend festivals, golf expositions, Mound Key paddling tours and more. Naples and Fort Myers are both close at hand.

Estero does not have a hospital, but Gulf Coast Medical Center is just eight miles away in Naples and is accredited by the Joint Commision.

This area has a humid subtropical climate. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.dominicktascher.com/cascades.htm for more information.

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Florida:

Sticking out into Hurricane Alley, Florida was a land no nation seemed to want. Ruled successively by Spain, France, England, and the Confederate States of America, the state had a backwater reputation. Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, there were few cities. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.

In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way to Key West. The Great Florida Land Boom, the build-up to World War II, and the space industry also helped turn Florida into one of the nation's most populous states. In 1900, there were about 500,000 residents. Today, there are more than 20 million, almost 351 people per square mile.

Why do people keep coming? Tourism marketing is one reason. Annually, millions visit Orlando's theme parks and the state's 663 miles of white sand beaches. Taxes generated by the billion dollar vacation industry allow Florida to prosper without a personal income tax. Budget-sensitive retirees have flocked to its cities and shorelines.

If you can ignore the hurricanes, the state's climate is relatively mild. Only five other states are sunnier. Florida's system of state universities and community colleges is sizable, and its big cities are meccas for culture and the arts. Sarasota is a good example. Its Ringling Museum Complex contains internationally known art museum, a circus museum, an historic theater, and a 66-acre garden. Museums near Orlando range from a Zora Neale Hurston gallery to a Madame Tussauds.

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Stats:

Population - 20,612,439 

Persons 65 years old and over - 20%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $47,525 

Median home value - $159,900 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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