“A good beach town doesn’t just look good on a postcard, but feels good to be there - - to see the sun, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the warm temperatures,” says Daren Blomquist of RealtyTrac, which recently named the Top Beach Town Housing Markets. They analyzed weather patterns, median home values and crime statistics to all U.S. oceanfront and gulfront communities with 5,000 residents or more to pick its choices for America’s top coastal towns.
Estimated home prices refer to the projected median value of residences in each community as of April and include all local houses, condos, and townhouses. Crime grades reflect a RealtyTrac analysis of FBI statistics, while air-pollution scores reflect U.S. Environmental Protection Agency numbers for last year and weather figures cover National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration data.
Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida's Ten Thousand Islands. This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. The tropical climate is a considerable attraction to the area, with the water being the next major attraction. Collier Seminole State Park, just a few miles from the island, has primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, boating, picnic grounds, and a mile-long nature walk. Narrated boat tours of the park run on a daily basis. Briggs Nature Center features a half-mile boardwalk where visitors can observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Also available: narrated boat trips, shelling excursions, canoe trips and self-guided canoe trips.
The history of Marco Island can be traced as far back as 500 A.D., when the Calusa people inhabited the island as well as the rest of southwest Florida. A number of Calusa artifacts were discovered on Marco Island in 1896 by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing as part of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition. The most notable artifact discovered was the carved wooden "Key Marco Cat" which is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
When Spanish explorers came to the island in the mid 1500s, they gave the island the name La Isla deSanMarco after Gospel writer St. Mark. Early development of the island began in the late 1800s after the arrival of William Thomas Collier and his family. Collier founded the village of Marco on the island in 1870, and in 1896 Collier's son, William D. "Capt. Bill" Collier, opened a hotel on the island, known today as the Olde Marco Inn.
Big Island Builders, a Southwest Florida luxury homebuilder designs and builds custom homes in Naples and Marco Island, Florida. The team at Big Island Builders is passionate about every aspect of building a new luxury home and completing a gorgeous remodel. For more information please call 239.262.6867, or visit www.bigislandbuilders.com