The development of Lehigh Acres began in the 1950s. With approximately eighty-thousand residents, Lehigh Acres is just twelve miles east of Fort Myers in Southwest Florida, minutes from the Gulf Coast. This community has since grown over 96 square miles, being one of the largest residential communities in Lee County, and in the entire state of Florida. Lehigh Acres is focusing on mixed-use centers and enabling compatible trade corridors to provide a better balance between land uses and ensuring that such planning efforts support the continued vitality of the community’s residential neighborhoods. Lehigh Acres is located in the east central area of the county, having mostly single-family home plots. Lehigh Acres in Southwest Florida is one of the few communities where properties will have a short drive from Fort Myers and Southwest Florida Airport and still have a substantial amount of land in abundance. Lehigh Acres is not only one of the fastest growing areas in Florida, but in the United States as a whole because of the most reasonable prices found in the area. Land, single family homes, new builds, pool homes, and condominium homes, are all plentiful. There are primarily larger single-family lots, half-acre, and quarter-acre homes. About fifty-three percent of family homes are owned, twenty seven percent are rented, while twenty one percent are empty. The median home value in the United States is $274,000, that is more than the median home value of Lehigh Acres being $247,355. Lehigh Acres real estate includes single family homes, townhouses, condos, and commercial properties. There are many things to do here, for example it has many social clubs, public facilities, beaches, and water sports. It is also a much quieter community living a different lifestyle than the communities surrounding it. For instance Fort Myers is only about twelve miles to the west of a population of around 116,849 residents and accumulating. Being so close to the Gulf of Mexico there is much to do. This community features many lakes, canals and ponds. Lehigh Acres is the ideal retreat for those who love fishing or want to get into it. Having up to one hundred and seventy-five miles of canals and sixteen lakes, there are fish of every size and color.