Posted by Mark Washburn on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 9:54:43 AM By Mark Washburn / September 1, 2011 Comment
Its fascinating to imagine the Fort Myers that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone experienced back in the early 1900s. No RSW, I-75 or air conditioning. There was no Daniels Boulevard, Gulf Harbour, Sanibel Bridge or Estero. Cape Coral was known as Redfish Point, uninhabited and dominated by stands of mangroves. What did exist 100 years ago was iconic Mcgregor Boulevard, where both Edison and Ford elected to build their Fort Myers getaways. With the wide Caloosahatchee River as a backdrop, McGregor Boulevard runs from Cleveland Avenue in the north to the Sanibel Causeway in the South. Passing through historic Old Fort Myers, McGregor Boulevard is lined with majestic royal palms and stately riverfront homes. McGregor traverses several of Fort Myers' early neighborhoods including Allen Park; Burtwood; Edison Park; Riverside Park; Seminole Park and Valencia Terrace. Many of the Mediterranean revival homes in these venerable neighborhoods have been meticulously restored to their early 20th-century grandeur by their owners. With many Americans now favoring urban walkable neighborhoods over distant exurbs, the McGregor Boulevard corridor is an area in Fort Myers that supports this lifestyle. Restaurants, parks, museums and Downtown entertainment venues and office buildings are walkable from McGregor Boulevard. Housing options along McGregor Boulevard are available in a wide range of architectural styles and price ranges. Several riverfront estates are currently available including 2474 McGregor Boulevard, which is located four houses away from the Edison Estate and features 4 BR / 5.5 BA and 5,572 SF of living space. The negative edge pool and waterfall at this home was constructed by the contractor who built the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyworld. Here is a resource to view available McGregor Boulevard real estate listings.
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