John R Wood Christie's International

John R Wood Properties | Company Story


When John R. Wood Properties opened their doors in 1958, Naples was a sleepy fishing village with a few thousand residents. Marco Is-land, Bonita Springs, and Estero were sparsely settled outlying areas. Homes site in Port Royal could be purchased for as little as $ 7,500. In 1960, the direct hit of Hurricane Donna helped create a boom as insurance money and new buyers poured into the area. Along with the town, John R. Wood Properties began climbing their path to success.

The early 60's saw new subdivisions popping up at the northern edge of town, such as Coquina Sands and The Moorings. The Quonset Hut Theater on Third Street and the drive-in on U.S. 41 were the only movie selections. The Recall Drugstore on 5th Avenue South had a classic soda fountain and lunch-cheonette, and the Swamp Buggy parade in late October was the major event of the year.

In the 70's and 80's, Southwest Florida continued to grow with Park Shore breaking ground, followed by other communities that included Pelican Bay, Bonita Bay, and Pelican Landing. However, the most significant growth period would be prompted by the completion of I-75 and the new airport in Fort Myers. The area also became known as the golf capital of the world and consistently recognized as a highly desirable destination.