It’s fair to say that finding a desirable waterfront lot on Marco Island is more challenging today than it was 30 years ago. Less inventory paired with property owners that aren’t in a rush to sell make it hard for incoming buyers to invest. Perhaps you already own property in the area or you stumbled upon this blog post because you’re doing research. Either way, before you buy ask yourself a few simple questions.
- What is my desired exposure? This is a personal choice, howevermore often than not buyers prefer south, southwest, or western sun exposure. This means your lanai and pool will have sun most of the day. Western facing lots will also have the same sun exposure plus most importantly sunset views in the evenings which is the ultimate perk to living here on the gulf coast.
- Do I want direct or indirect access? If you’re a boater or you want to increase the value of your property you may want to consider a direct access lot to set your property apart. This also means you’re not restricted on the height of the vessel you keep behind your house because there are no bridges from your dock to the Gulf.
- How many feet on the water do I need? This depends on what size house you plan to build on your lot. On Marco Island, lot sizes are only so big unless you’re looking in the estates. In general we recommend finding a lot that’s a minimum of 100 feet deep x 110 feet wide to fit an appropriate size waterfront home.
- Where do I want to be located? Marco Island is only 6 miles long by 4 miles wide. Like any city there are areas that are more desirable than others, although almost all of Marco is pristine. Is it important for you to be able to walk to the beach, restaurants and bars? Do you care more about fishing and boating access? Do you want to be in a gated community? Do you want a larger plot of land? These are questions you’ll want to ask yourself to determine the best location for you.
Finding the right lot may take time, but with focus and local knowledge you’ll be more confident in your final decision.
Lisa Bushnell, REMAX Affinity Plus
Ashley Kime, Naples Pro Realty