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Last updated August 18 at 7:39AM
2366 E Mall Dr
Winkler Safe Neighborhood
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 17 at 11:15AM
2 Bedrooms
$950
9650 Green Cypress LN
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:36AM
2 Bedrooms
$900
6461 Aragon WAY
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:28AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
13016 Fourth ST
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:36AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
13923 1st ST
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 16 at 3:38AM
2 Bedrooms
$875
3599 Edgewood AVE
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 17 at 12:18PM
2 Bedrooms
$1,749
9576 Hemingway LN
Colonial Country Club
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:42AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
2500 Edwards DR
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:42AM
2 Bedrooms
$4,105
10663 Camarelle CIR
Pelican Preserve
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
16021 Amberwood Lake CT
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:38AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
1570 Park Meadows DR
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
13400 Whispering Oaks DR
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:37AM
3 Bedrooms
$5,000
10527 Carolina Willow DR
Arborwood
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:43AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,750
234 Lamplighter LN
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:34AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
16685 Lake Circle DR
Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 18 at 3:21AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,665
9231 Aviano DR
Pelican Preserve
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 15 at 5:43AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
Broadway
Winkler Safe Neighborhood
Fort Myers, FL
Updated August 18 at 7:39AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,000
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City Guide
Fort Myers
Deion Sanders Slept Here

Hurricanes, humidity, and Prime-Time Neon Deion be damned! You are moving to Fort Myers, Florida, a large, Gulf Coast city with resort roots. Now let’s get started on your apartment search so you’ll be ready for the next Category 4 to make landfall.

Fort Myers Livin’

It’s no wonder that Fort Myers, with its plentiful outdoor activities, beautiful views and tropical temperatures, developed largely as a resort city for wealthy snowbirds. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford summered here! Living in Fort Myers will put you close to both river recreation and ocean enjoyment. Not bad, huh?

Downtown Fort Myers straddles the Caloosahatchee River. This area, like many metropolitan areas has undergone a series of large-scale urban renewal projects to draw in urban residents. In addition to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife recently installed in the historic downtown, the waterfront area provides even more outdoor recreation with walks and parks along the scenic river.

You can’t talk about Fort Myers without talking about the weather. You’ll pay for your pleasantly warm and mild winters with extremely hot and humid summers, when afternoon thunderstorms happen almost daily. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about hurricane season.

Neighborhoods

Fort Myers is a decently large city, and the metropolitan area is even larger. With a large population and dense urban area, come higher crime rates. But, the dangerous areas in Fort Myers are well defined and pretty easy to avoid.

Downtown

Let’s start downtown. As previously mentioned, there’s been a lot of redevelopment in the downtown area, and you can find a lot of great apartments and condos here. The downtown Fort Myers and Tamiami Trail area is also where you’ll find the best nightlife and restaurants in town (try the Wisteria Tea Room for a sublime afternoon experience). A little market even opened up here, so you’ll be able to go grocery shopping. However, downtown Fort Myers is surrounded by areas that are generally not well regarded. If you’re dead set on living a downtown lifestyle, stay in new construction, particularly on and around First Street, and avoid the less developed areas surrounding your apartment. Two bedrooms here generally range from $1000-1150.

North & South

So, you don’t want to live downtown. I hear you! The hustle and bustle and the proximity to some shady areas is not for you. And generally, you’ll get more bang for your buck away from the waterfront.

Now, let’s talk about north versus south. Not only are north and south Fort Myers characteristically different from each other, they are also separated by the broad expanse of the Caloosahatchee River. In general, North Fort Myers, the area across the river from downtown, is not as well-regarded overall as the rest of the city. However, you can find some safe and desirable neighborhoods in the north, you’ll just have to look harder. Two bedrooms here generally range from $600-750.

Fort Myers, south of the Tamiami Trail, also has some mixed reviews in terms of neighborhoods. Outside of downtown, the most desirable neighborhoods tend to be on the southwest waterfront area, particularly anything south of Colonial Boulevard, in the McGregor and Whiskey Creek neighborhoods. Two bedrooms here generally range from $800-950.

Avoid the areas north of Colonial Boulevard and west of Interstate 75 as much as possible, as these areas are considered some of the more dangerous parts of town. However, just east of Interstate 75 there are some great and safe neighborhoods with rentals. The far southeast portions of Fort Myers have a lot in the way of new development, which means better-maintained rentals. Two bedrooms here generally go for $750-900.

Rental Tips

Even though Fort Myers developed as a winter retreat, the installation of industry has given it a homey, residential feel. That means there are plenty of rentals available for long-term or future long-term residents.

However, just to be safe, try to start your apartment search in the off-season, during the late spring and early summer. During this time, the dearth of vacation renters drives prices down, and there will be more options available, particularly if you’re looking for waterfront property.

Flexible lease options are pretty common in the city, but many management companies will give you move-in specials and lower rental rates if you commit for the long-term. Background check and credit fees generally range from $25-50.

Getting Around

The rush hour commute in Fort Myers will be a big part of your new southeast Florida lifestyle. Because Fort Myers is so close to other metropolitan areas, there will be a lot of traffic in and out of downtown. Additionally, traffic over the bridges into North Fort Myers and Cape Coral can be a major headache. Most Fort Myers residents recommend living on the same side of the river as your employer, but if this is impossible, allow extra time for traveling, particularly from 6:30 to 9:00 in the morning and 4:30 to 7:00 in the evening.

LeeTran operates several fixed route bus lines and a beach trolley throughout Fort Myers and surrounding Lee County towns. Buses operate from 5:00 in the morning to 10:00 in the evening, with reduced service on weekends and holidays.

The Boston Red Sox make their Spring Home in Fort Meyers. This is a blessing for Sawx fans, and for local business. For traffic, accessibility, and general calm, not so much.

Rent Report
Fort Myers

August 2017 Fort Myers Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Fort Myers Rent Report. Fort Myers rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Fort Myers rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Fort Myers rents increased slightly over the past month

Fort Myers rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fort Myers stand at $860 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,070 for a two-bedroom. Fort Myers' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.3%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across cities in Florida

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Fort Myers, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Florida, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Florida as a whole has logged a 3.3% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Pembroke Pines is the most expensive of all Florida's major cities outside the Cape Coral metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,390; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Miami, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,350, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.8%).
  • Orlando, Gainesville, and Tampa have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.6%, 5.4%, and 4.5%, respectively).

Fort Myers rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased in Fort Myers, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Fort Myers is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Fort Myers' median two-bedroom rent of $1,070 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Fort Myers' rents rose over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Fort Myers than most large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Fort Myers.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.