The easterly views through a wall of glass convinced Pablo and Alma Juniga to purchase their canal-front home in the year-round boating community of Cape Coral, Florida. After enjoying five years of Gulf access by boat, along with nearby Cape Harbour shops and eateries, the couple is moving back North near the restaurant they own.
Their 0.3-acre property is on the market for $499,900. It includes a nearly 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home, plus an enclosed pool, attached two-car garage and 80-foot canal front with a concrete seawall, dock and boat lift.
The home’s covered front entry opens into a foyer. The formal dining room is to the right, and a hall to the master suite is to the left. Ahead, a wall of glass dominates the open-plan common area, providing access to and views of the enclosed lanai, swimming pool, lawn and canal. A cathedral ceiling and neutral tile flooring create a sense of spaciousness.
A quartz-topped, L-shaped island with a sink separates the kitchen area. “When I cook or wash dishes, I can see the canal,” says Alma Juniga, who is 64. “I like that.” The couple updated the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and white cabinets, some with glass-front doors. The adjoining dining nook, with a picture window, opens to the canal-front screened porch, where the Junigas often eat.
The master suite occupies the north end of the house, with a walk-in closet and sliders that provide access to the porch and views of the canal. “We can see spectacular sunrises from the bedroom and porch,” Juniga says. The newly updated master bath has a quartz-topped double vanity and a tiled walk-in shower.
The two guest bedrooms, which share a renovated full bath, are at the other end of the house. One guest room has garden views, and the other has sliders to the lanai and pool.
“I’ll miss the colored lights in the [solar-heated saltwater] pool,” Juniga says, adding that a switch varies the LEDs from clear to red to green to blue. “It’s gorgeous at night.”
Tropical foliage, coconut palms and fruit trees landscape the irrigated property. The Junigas often relax in the tiki hut on their U-shaped planked dock, which has a 10,000-pound boat lift. In their 33-foot Chaparral, they can cruise (at no-wake speed) in about 30 minutes to the Caloosahatchee River mouth, under two bridges (12-foot clearance) and through Chiquita Lock, which opens daily on demand between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
“We’d often cruise to Captiva, Sanibel, Boca Grande, Fort Myers and so many other places nearby,” she says. “We can walk to Cape Harbour Marina’s shops, restaurants, farmers’ market, events and [marine] services. So much goes on there.”
Stucco covers the single-story concrete home, which includes a laundry room and a garage that can accommodate an RV. The house has electric central air, public water and sewer. Annual taxes are about $5,800.
Cape Coral, with a population of 154,000 and 400 miles of canals, is on Florida’s Gulf Coast, across the Caloosahatchee River mouth from Fort Myers. It’s about 16 miles from U.S. 41, 20 miles from I-75 and about 20 miles north of Southwest Florida International Airport.
Barbara Klare, (239) 292-1358, of Jones and Co. Realty, lists the property. barbaraklare.com
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.