Allure in Historic Downtown Ft. Myers, Florida
Condos on the River from $263,000
January 21, 2016
One of the interesting things about Florida is that while you mostly hear about news and events in the major cities, like Miami and Orlando, this state still has many small, quirky, off-the-beaten track places that offer a touch of “Old Florida.”
Cabbage Key is one such place. An island just off the coast of Ft. Myers, Florida, it is a lush tropical paradise spanning 100 acres.
Accessible only by boat or plane, Cabbage Key has a dock, a tiny gift shop, an inn with six guestrooms and seven rental cottages.
You won’t find any supermarkets or roads here. But it does have nature paths on which people can walk, ride bikes or drive golf carts, as long as they abide by the 5 mph speed limit.
Cabbage Key also has a restaurant that’s been serving drinks to fishermen and boaters for over seven decades. The restaurant is what attracts most people to the island these days. Its unusual décor is legendary. It has over $70,000 in $1 dollar bills, most autographed, and taped to its walls and ceiling.
The story is that a fisherman taped a dollar bill to the bar so that even if he came back broke from his next fishing trip, he would have enough money for at least one drink. That practical plan inspired other patrons to do the same, a tradition that continues to this day.
Celebrities have found their way to this eatery – Katherine Hepburn, Ernest Hemingway, Julia Roberts, Sean Connery and John F. Kennedy Jr., who autographed a dollar in 1997, two years before his death.
According to the restaurant’s manager about $50 to $100 in dollar bills fall off every day. That money is scooped up by restaurant staff and given to local charities. It amounts to about a $10,000 per year donation.
So by now you’re surely wondering, how this odd little eating establishment on a remote island figures into today’s featured property. It’s located only a short drive (by boat and then by car) from a beautiful, new condominium development that’s being built on the mainland in nearby Fort Myers, Florida. Read on for details.
Allure Condominium Development
Allure is an exciting new residential project in Fort Myers, which is in southwest Florida, about 2.5 hours from Miami. It will have two distinctive towers, each 32 stories high, and together they’ll contain 292 condo residences.
Its location on the bank of the mile-wide Caloosahatchee River in the Historic River District of Fort Myers will offer easy access to the thriving downtown with all its restaurants, pubs, galleries and shops.
Elegant Building Features
Allure will have an impressive porte-cochere entry with a water feature. The lobby will have a dramatic two-story glass entrance. Among the amenities for the property are:
- Cascading infinity-edge pool overlooking the river (Tower 1)
- Circular pool in the rooftop garden area (Tower 2)
- “Allure Your Senses” garden, perfect for meditation
- “The Art of Allure,” a curated art exhibit
- Private screening theater with cutting-edge AV equipment
- State-of-the-art fitness center with water views
- Men’s and women’s spa facilities with saunas
- Spa with private massage rooms
- Social gathering rooms with fireplace, billiards, game tables, etc.
- High-speed Internet access in all public areas
- Smart technology-ready outlets at multiple locations
- Docks, boat slips and gangways for drop off and pick up
- Concierge services and reception desk
A Fabulous Location
Allure will span three acres overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Located in the historic River District of downtown Fort Myers, it will offer an urban lifestyle within easy walking distance of restaurants, pubs, nightspots, museums, galleries, boutiques, theaters, historic parks and gardens.
If you enjoy boating, you’ll love living in Ft. Myers. You’ll have convenient access to the Gulf of Mexico, which has magnificent boating and fishing waters. If beaches are your thing, you’ll find some of the country’s best located in nearby Sanibel, Captiva and slightly farther down the coast in Naples and on Marco Island.
The residences in Allure will be contemporary in style. They’ll offer spectacular sunrise-to-sunset views of the city and the Caloosahatchee River.
Among the features in the condos are:
- Expansive private lanais/balconies
- Large, open-concept living areas
- Energy-efficient expansive windows and sliding doors
- Recessed lighting in halls, kitchen and bathrooms
- Designer quality finishes, cabinetry and fixtures
- Large-capacity front-loading washer and dryer
- Spacious walk-in wardrobes
- 10″ x 40″ porcelain tile flooring
- European frameless construction
- Full-overlay cabinetry
- Under-cabinet lighting
- Quartz waterfall-style kitchen island
- Natural gas range
- Ceramic glass backsplash
- Stainless-steel appliances
- Expansive kitchen design
- Walk-in pantry in select residences
Master Bath Features:
- Quartz countertops
- European-style cabinetry with exceptional detail
- Separate vanities with decorator fixtures
- Full-size vanity mirror with designer lighting
- Floors and wet walls clad in imported designer porcelain tile
- Private water closets
- Large walk-in shower with seamless glass doors
Prices Start at $263,000
Construction on Allure is expected to begin in early 2017 and to be completed by early 2019. The condo residences are available in open floor plans with one to three bedrooms. They range in size from 938 sq. ft. to 3,838 sq. ft.
Condos can be reserved now at pre-construction prices with a deposit. Prices start at $263,000 and go up to $2,250,000 for a two-story penthouse.
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Enjoy a Cheeseburger with Jimmy Buffet
I started this Property Alert by telling you about the restaurant on Cabbage Key with its tale about the fisherman and his dollar bill. But that isn’t the eatery’s only legend. The rumor is that it was the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s hit song “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
I’m told Buffet frequents the island restaurant. His autographed photo and dollar bill are proudly on display, and the manager says they’re the reason the restaurant’s cheeseburger is its best seller.
So, if the idea of occasional meals at an island restaurant where Jimmy Buffett was inspired and a beautiful new condo nearby on the mainland appeal to you, I hope you’ll give me a call to arrange a site visit.
If you’d like to hear about other condos and condo hotels available in Florida, just tell me what you’re looking for. I’d be glad to give you a tour of properties and buy you a cheeseburger.
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