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Daniel G. Starowicz, P.A.

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Premiere Plus Realty, Co.  239-603-6100

Premiere Plus Realty, Co.

3637 Del Prado Blvd S. #201

Cape Coral, FL 33904

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Daniel G. Starowicz, P.A.

and associates



International 00-1-239-603-6100



Premiere Plus Realty, Co.

3637 Del Prado Blvd S. #201

Cape Coral, FL 33904

[ Additional locations ]

Daniel G. Starowicz P.A., Premiere Plus Realty, Co., (239) 603-6100 

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Cape Coral Sailboat Access Canals.

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Palaco Grande, Cornwallis & Everest.

North of Savona are the neighborhoods of Palaco Grande, Corwallis, and Everest Pkwy (the general area is noted in the map to the right, and detailed better below). The characteristics of each of these neighborhoods are overall similar to that of Savona Pkwy.  Each is getting progressively further North, so they are getting a little further distance to the open Gulf. But bear in mind it’s not like every boater is actual deep sea fishing anyway!  Buyers may wish to consider this area as it offers a nice balance between lower pricing and convenience- both by car and on the water. Though the neighborhoods are typically a bit older (ex: many homes from the 70s and 80s) they tend to show well. Also, nearly all offer very quick access to the open waters of the river (immediately to the East). Note: At the end of Everest is a public boat launch area, and there’s a marina further to the West too.  All homes in these communities are quite convenient to shopping, a number of restaurants and offer quick access to Ft Myers via either of the two bridges cutting across the river.

Palaco Grande
Everest Cornwallis and Palaco Grande

You can view all the Cape Coral Yacht Club Sailboat access homes for sale at this link.  (Pop-up).

Chantrey Canal area.

The furthest spot up the river with unrestricted Sailboat access is the Chantrey canal area.  This location has the lowest priced unrestricted gulf access homes available in Cape Coral. Here you can get the most house for the dollar, as long as you are willing to accept the longer runs.  (Take into consideration that not all boating is necessarily in the gulf anyway. There’s plenty of fishing and relaxing boating to be found in the river itself. If that’s a possibility, take a look at this area). Later model homes from the $400s and 1980s era homes can be found in the $300s.

Chantrey canal section of Cape Coral, FL

Matlacha Pass area / South of Ceitus Pkwy.

One of the 2 last sections to mention with unrestricted sailboat access (in Cape Coral) is the Matlacha Pass more towards the Northwest corner of Cape Coral. This area is totally different in almost all respects and requires detailed explanation. Only a portion of this area is unrestricted access, much of the area is behind bridges.  Of the properties that are direct access, the shortest run locations fall into an area called Matlacha Isles. It’s certainly a much older neighborhood and is more lax on restrictions (and conformity of homes), but offers excellent quick boating access.  There are also a handful of properties on the Southside of Ceitus Pkwy that offer new, direct access homes but they come with larger price tags.

One big difference is that heading out of Matlacha Pass takes you up to Charlotte Harbor.  Heading West through Charlotte Harbor provides your gulf access.  You also have the option of heading South when exiting Matlacha Pass and entering into the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River.


Note that the barrier island chain that separates the edge of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf includes Caya Costa and Boca Grande. Caya Costa island is a wonderful state park with a large uninhabited & preserved portion.  There’s only a couple rustic cabins on that section of the 8 mile long island, and they are for rent if you are interested.  (Hint: The water is a much nicer blue up here too). The Southern tip of Boca Grande is known worldwide to fisherman: it is claimed to be the best spot in the world for Tarpon fishing and is home to a million dollar fishing tournament. (The water is over 50 feet deep here.  That’s twice as deep as most anything else in the region).

Back to the land: with the exeption of Matlacha Isles, all construction in this area is nearly brand new.  At this time this section of town seems overall somewhat remote and largely undeveloped.  If you drove by this area and didn’t know of it’s great water access you’d certainly be asking yourself why are $500,000+ properties being built out here?  But of course there’s a very valid explanation.

Much more commerce will be coming in the future along the Pine Island Road corridor and you can expect to see this area grow considerably. Rather minimal traffic means you make it to ‘town’ quickly from here though.


NW Cape Coral / West of Old Burnt Store Rd

And now with the more recent removal of a previously existing lock/lift that had limited the access to a large portion of Northwest Cape Coral, a large new section of the city now enjoys direct access.  This area all passes out down what is known as the North Spreader Waterway (the westernmost edge of city development). You exit to the South through the same Matlacha Pass exit mentioned above. Because the NW section of the city stretches for quite a few miles to the North, this means those at the Southern end are rather quick access out (and cost more), while some towards the Northern ends are getting to be quite a long boat ride out, as there are no other punch-out spots, despite being so close to the open Charlotte Harbor waters. They should of course carry lower price tags to compensate for that fact though. Also please note: in general, the further you head North in this section, the more remote it gets. Most of the Northern half should be expected to have very little development so far, and is mainly raw land/building parcels. Very little commerce too, so for some select buyers who like those qualities, it can be a very good, lower priced choice.  Those who want the suburbs, shops, restaurants and ‘town’ qualities should stick to the very Southernmost portions of this section or just limit their search to the SW and SE Cape instead.  To give you an idea what I mean here’s a couple different birds-eye maps that will open up in pop-up windows so you can get a good feel for the differences: 1) CLICK HERE to view what the very North portions look like  and 2) CLICK HERE to see what a typical, more suburban area of the SE section of the city looks like, for comparison.

NW Cape Direct

Burnt Store marina.

There is one final sailboat access spot to mention, Burnt Store Marina.  This is the very Northwest corner of Cape Coral, due East of Charlotte Harbor. This is one large master planned community with a variety of single family homes, villas, and condos. Here you’d be keeping your boat in the marina as opposed to directly behind your home though. Because this is so far to the Northwest it’s more likely you’d visit Punta Gorda rather than the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area for your shopping and daily activities.  This area is largely seasonal vacation homes for those looking for a getaway retreat.


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