Melissa Donnahoe, broker / owner


By Melissa Donnahoe

Why Should You Move to Fort Myers?

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Fort Myers, also known as one of the best places to retire in the United States (US News and World Report, 2019 & 2021), is a tropical paradise. Anyone interested in moving to Florida will enjoy our year-round tropical weather, zero state income tax, and renowned beaches; especially those interested in Fort Myers. One of the most exciting and fastest growing coastal cities in Florida, Fort Myers is the perfect place to live, work, and play.

Fastest Growing City in Florida

Fort Myers is the fastest growing city in Florida. With a near 40% population increase since 2010, it is well on its way to becoming a city hub in Florida (even rivaling the notorious city of Miami). With this population boom brings prime opportunities for people who are considering bringing their businesses to Florida. As if the guarantee of a diverse range of clientele wasn’t enough, the city of Fort Myers offers more economic incentives to new businesses entering the area. With all this investment into Fort Myers economic life, it is no wonder the unemployment is at an impressive low of just 3.7 percent. Bank credits, talent attraction grants, improvement grants, and more are all opportunities new business owners can look into Fort Myers Florida Business Incentives – Development (

Beach Life

Those looking to live on the beach will find Fort Myers has some of the best coastline in the entire state. Known for its boating culture among native Floridians, Fort Myers is often a destination for other Florida residents to enjoy. Sanibel and Captiva are beaches popular for their sea shell collections and fishing culture. If seafood, warm weather, and clear blue waters sound like your kind of vacation, imagine living here year-round.

Living Cost

While the United States sits at a median living cost of $231,200, Fort Myers has a median living cost of $219,176. That means it is actually cheaper to live in paradise than somewhere else in the United States! Finding your dream home on Florida’s renowned beaches, or even one of our famous golf courses, has never been more affordable.

Family Life

Are you trying to find the perfect place to raise your family? Then Fort Myers is definitely an excellent contender for you. Family vacations will be easier than ever with your close proximity to the most magical place on Earth. Schools in Lee County, Florida are just as magical with impressive STEM programs and an 89% graduation rate. Lee County is constantly adapting to new community needs. For example, their newest virtual program helps students after school with homework support. That means parents won’t have to worry about relearning math all over again! On the weekends, take the family to the park for a ballgame, or check out Zoomers (soon to be FastTrax) Amusement Park (Fastrax – Home Page (, rated the top family-friendly attraction in Fort Myers. With so much to do, your family will thank you for moving them to Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Culture

Interested in the kind of lifestyle Fort Myers residents get to indulge in? Sports fans will find their excitement when the Boston Red Sox come to the JetBlue park for Spring training every year! Those curious about rich Florida history can whet their appetites by checking out the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates. Vacation home turned museum, guests will find something new every time they visit. Art lovers will get to expand their palette with the Fort Myers Beach Art Association and Gallery by enjoying two of the best things in the world simultaneously: art and the ocean.

Anyone looking for a little bit of adventure will be delighted to find that Fort Myers has a plethora of Landmarks and attractions to visit in their free time. Thousands of acres of wildlife and nature preserves dominate the surrounding areas of Fort Myers. Want to catch a manatee drifting lazily through calm waters? How about colorful birds of paradise swooping overhead? The wildlife is just part of the gorgeous views you will see while biking, kayaking, or walking Florida’s exciting nature trails.

With so much to do and see, Fort Myers is one of the most exciting places to live, work, and play in Florida. Thinking of moving your family or your business to Fort Myers? You can contact me, Melissa Donnahoe, at to start planning your dream life today!
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Melissa Donnahoe is the Broker/Owner of Royal Empire Realty, powered by SELLSTATE. She was born and raised in Florida and is extremely familiar with the area and the ever-changing real estate market. She has worked in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate and has been involved in hundreds of transactions.

She is not just a Realtor, but an investor as well. She works with other investors to show them how to leverage their time and money through her knowledge, experience and amazing team of professionals.

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