117Thinking of buying? Condos are selling from as low as $44,000 to over several million with 75% of our condos selling between $100,000 and $500,000. Two bedroom beachfront condos with a view start at about $350,000 and a cozy condo near or across the street from the beach starts at $100,000. The combined condo main-tenance fees and annual property taxes typically range from $10,000 to $15,000 for beach front properties; $6,000 to $9,000 for condos on a canal or natural waterway and $4,000 to $8,000 for inland landlocked condos.Condos can be fi nanced with a 20%-30% down payment. At a 4% interest rate and a 30 year mort-gage, you can fi gure on paying $4.77 per month for each $1,000 of mortgage and at 5% interest that amount is $5.37 per month. Real estate taxes will be between 1%-1.5% of the purchase price. Although major insurance is included in your condo fee, you can add insurance to cover the interior fi nishes, furnishings and for liability coverage. Most condos include water/sewer, trash pick-up and basic cable in the monthly fee. Presently there are 622 condos for sale on Marco. 302 Beach front, 41 Gulf front, 145 Water Direct, 35 Water indirect and 150 Inland. 430 condos sold in 2011 and the majority of them ranged between $100,000 and $500,000. CONDO LOCATIONSStop by our offi ce at 207 N Collier Blvd., to pick up a free map of Marco which will orient you to-wards where all our condos are located. You will see that 32 condos are neatly spaced right on our crescent beach; 37 clustered at the south end near South Beach - many with canal access for boat-ing and fi shing; 29 are located in the north end of the island, including the tranquil Olde Marco area, many with river views; 12 bordering Smokehouse Bay with proximity to restaurants and shopping; 18 along Collier Blvd., and easy access to the beach. Seven more upscale condos can be found in ex-clusive gated Hideaway Beach and a dozen or so more along the South end gulfside of the island and Caxambas Pass. The rest are scattered around the island and on San Marco Road (SR 92) going east towards Goodland and our other bridge. Every beachfront condo north of the Residents' Beach was built by the original developer, Deltona Corporation - Mackle Brothers (except the Crescent Beach condo). Most of the condos south of Residents' Beach and San Marco Road were built by other builders and are considered luxury.Altogether, we have 161 condo buildings with 10,600 condos ranging in size from a 400 square foot studio to a 5 bedroom, 10,000 square foot penthouse. A large percentage of our standard two bed/ two bath condos are in the 1,000 square foot range. Some smaller condo associations have less then ten units, many have 20 to 60 condos and the larger condo associations can go up to over 300 units. You'll fi nd them inland, on the canals and waterways and on the beach. Almost all of them have pools, fi tness centers and social rooms. All of them are people friendly and half of them are pet friendly for owners. Each condo has a unique view, interior and feel. The oldest condos were built in 1967 and the newest one in 2007. Marco's beachfront is now completely built out. Since most condos have excellent security systems and managers to greet visitors, the only way to get inside and see for yourself is by way of an open house, a friend in the building, or through a Realtor. Curiosity motivates many visitors and residents to check out other condos while they are here. This will famil-iarize them with the variety of condos on the mar-ket and quite often sales are created from these visits and open houses. RENTING YOUR CONDOAlmost all the condos allow monthly rentals and some allow weekly. Two bedroom condos are popular and the ones near the beach rent for $3,500 a month in season (January, February and March); two bedroom condos on the beach in season rent for $5,000 to $6,000 per month and three bedroom beachfront condos go for $7,000 to $8,000 per month. If you come during our sum-mer months, condos can be rented for half these prices. Many owners rent their units to help off-set their taxes and maintenance fees. None of the condos on the island allow renters to bring pets but owners can have a pet at about half the condos. (Thank you Gary Elliot for sharing all of these valuable condo facts. Gary is a full-time realtor with ERA FLAGSHIP REALTY at cell 239.248.1776.)Realty Review... Continued from page 16Continued on page 119
Day 4 - It's adventure time!10,000 ISLAND WAVERUNNER ADVENTUREGuided waverunner tours of the 10,000 islands offer a wonderful way of enjoying the pristine waters that surround Marco Island. You'll see incredible scenery and wildlife along the way. Please note that there are age restrictions so ask about the requirements when you make your booking. Marco Island Watersports (642-2359/642-3377/394-4344) tours leave right from the beach and Capt. Ron's Awesome Everglades Adventures (777-9975) leave from the Caxambas boat ramp. Continued on page 120 Day 3 - Getting down to some fun continued from page 116Fun Family Restaurants Capri Fish HouseCapt. Brien'sCocomo'sMango'sNacho Mama'sSand BarSnook InnSunset GrilleInternet AccessBeebe's Ice Cream, Marco WalkChocolate Strawberry, Bald EagleKeep in Touch, Shops of Marco*The UPS Store, Town Center Mall*Marco Island Library, Heathwood*The Sandbar, off Bald EagleSimply Cupcakes, Olde MarcoStarbucks, N Collier Blvd* computer stations availableGOLF/DRIVING RANGESOf course golf is the other thing for which SW Florida is famous and there are literally hundreds of great courses in our area, although many of them are private and for members only. Here are a few suggestions of golf courses in Naples which are open to the public: Lely Flamingo Island & Mustang Golf Clubs, 793-2600, Forest Glen 354-1898, Cedar Hammock, 793-1134 and Links of Naples (only local lighted course) 417-1313. Local driv-ing ranges include: Coral Isle Golf Center, 732-6900. If you'd like more information, www.marcoislandgolf.com is an informative website.TAKE THE KIDS TO THE PARKFrank Mackle Community Park is a great place to take the kids to let off a little steam! There's an adventure playground, spray park and lots of sports, walking and biking facilities.642-0575.WATERSKI OR WAKEBOARD Learn an exciting new skill with waterski professional Captain Dustin Beatty, of Waterski & Wakeboard Charters 825-7015 RENT A BIKE, SCOOTER OR TAKE A BICYCLE TOURRenting a bike or scooter from Scootertown at 1095 Bald Eagle is a fun way to get around Marco Island. They also offer rental tandems, beach strollers and wheelchairs, skates and surries, call 394-8400 for details. Naples Bicycle Tours.com, 455-4611, also offer tours of Marco, Old Naples and, if you're feeling adventurous, even the Everglades. DAY TRIP TO KEY WESTSit back and relax on this 3 hour boat trip with Key West Express (239-463-5733) because you'll need all your energy when you arrive at one of the most exciting places in the USA. The boat leaves daily in season, weather permitting from Rose Marina on Bald Eagle Drive and from Fort Myers Beach in the summer. You can either come back the same day or stay over, returning on another day (be sure to check that the boat is running on the day you plan to return). Or, for an even more adventurous trip join Island Hoppers (207-4100) for a private air charter to Key West or even the Bahamas!