As much of Southwest Florida continues to attract the attention of developers, one tiny fishing village remains just as laid back and unassuming as it has for generations. Home to only about 200 residents, Goodland sits on the southeast corner of popular Marco Island.
Virtually isolated until the late 1930s, developers starting eyeing Goodland about a decade later. Despite their grand plans for building in the area, major development never materialized in Goodland.
For some local residents and visitors, that’s a big part of the attraction. Only one road leads into the village, and the entire square mile or so of Goodland is nearly surrounded by water.
This makes it a popular spot for fishing and boating. Daily
From its size and location to its offerings, Marco Island is definitely unique. It all starts with its design.
1. The two sides of the island
Marco Island is essentially a small man-made island. It’s possible to walk or ride your bike to many locations. The island is made up of a north side and a south side. Both allow residents to easily get out on the water. The south side of the island is made up of some smaller islands, while the north side offers more marinas and restaurants that people can boat right up to.
2. The population
Most homes on Marco Island are not owned by full-time residents. While the population in the summer is about 17,000, it easily doubles during the winter months. Many people use Marco Island as the site of a
Already popular for their beaches, shopping, cultural attractions and entertainment options, it seems Marco Island and Naples are also among Florida’s safest cities. Both locations recently ranked high on a number of lists comparing the safest cities in the Sunshine State.
According to an analysis by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Marco Island comes in at number three in terms of “The Safest Cities in Florida” for 2019. Right behind it is Naples in the number four spot. Marco Island boasts a low rate of violent crimes and fewer property crimes than many other Florida cities it compared.
Another website called HomeSnacks crunched FBI data to come up with its own list of the “10 Safest Cities in Florida for 2019”. In that
Capitalizing on the exquisite natural beauty of the area, Marco Island definitely comes out on top when it comes to some of Florida’s best beaches. In fact, the area was just named on a new list of “The 7 Best Beaches in Florida”.
That’s according to TheStreet, a business and investment website. TheStreet easily puts Marco Island on its list of Florida’s top beaches, noted as a “sunset-lover’s dream come true”.
Just a short drive over the bridge from nearby Naples, Marco Island is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the Gulf, or to peacefully watch dolphins swim by. Relatively quiet and low-key, Marco Island is a more family-friendly destination for those in search of a more peaceful experience on the sand and in the water. It’s the
The secret is out when it comes to Southwest Florida, in particular investing in Marco Island. The location just ranked near the top when it comes to the best places to invest in rental properties.
According to Vacasa, a vacation home rental management company, Florida easily dominates the list of top ranking vacation home communities. More than one-third of its highest-ranking communities are in Florida, with Marco Island coming in at number 12 on the list.
Vacasa came up with its list based on a rental market’s capitalization rate. That’s the rate of return on a property based off the income it’s expected to make. In other words, Vacasa ranks the top markets where it’s likely to get the largest return on your investment.
The sun has set on a controversial merger that would have joined the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR)with the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) . MIAAOR board members recently received an email proclaiming a proposed merger between the two organizations is no longer in the works.
If the merger had gone through, members would have had access to a single MLS system, including more than 18,000 listings. As for future home sellers and homebuyers, it could also have meant increased exposure on the market.
Reportedly the MIAAOR’s current board of directors voted to terminate the merger, but left it open that future board members could always make a different decision down the road. The MIAAOR president previously backed the
Graphic: National Council For Home Safety & Security
A great place to live and to visit, it seems that Marco Island also holds the distinction of being one of the State of Florida’s safest places. According to a group of home security professionals from across the nation, Marco Island comes in at number one when it comes to safe communities across the Sunshine State.
Together these professionals form the National Council for Home Safety and Security, which just released a report designating the “Safest Cities in Florida for 2018”. The ranking took into account safety-related issues such as the number of property crimes, reported violent crimes and the number of motor vehicle thefts per population. The most serious crimes were weighted higher than…