Marco Island is a place like no other. It is the biggest of Florida’s renowned Ten Thousand Islands chain stretching from Everglades City to Flamingo, the island has an impressive array of historical landmarks to keep homeowners enamored with the quaint community for a lifetime.
Part of the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway, Marco Island’s varied geography, plant life, and animal life alone is astounding. There are fifty foot high sand hills, pine forests, sandy fields and beaches, and a swamp of mangrove trees. Many people come to see the burrowing owls–in fact, nature lovers say that the islet is the only one in the Ten Thousand Islands eco-system to host these unique birds.
The city provides a full range of services for residents, with an excellent school system and infrastructure. One can find numerous things to do on Marco Island, including scuba diving, canoeing, jet skiing, fishing, and much more. There are even archaeological digs thousands of years old from native American indian tribes, such as the Calusa Indian Burial Mount and the world famous MarcoCat sculpture.
The island was home to 14,879 residents in the 2000 census, but new data to be released on December 21, 2010 is expected to show significant growth. The boom in real estate in the new millennium led to growth from the Naples metro area, with many exclusive homes commissioned during that period. With the subsequent housing pullback, Marco Island real estate has been found by bargain hunters to be priced very attractively. In fact, Marco Island condos and foreclosures represent some of the best bargains available on the MLS.
Marco Island homes at the time of this writing range from about $70,000 for a 460 s.f. townhouse to $10,500,000 for a 11,000+ s.f. luxurious waterfront estate. There is an abundance of properties on the island with water frontage, many with private docks for easy access to the pristine Gulf waters.