John R. Wood Realtors Opens First Fort Myers Office

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John R. Wood Realtors’ first Fort Myers office location is now open.

John R. Wood Realtors’ first Fort Myers office location is now open.

In the Spring of 2004, the Wood firm purchased the former Ballenger’s seafood restaurant located at 11390 Summerlin Square Road in South Fort Myers. The new refurbished office encompasses 6,500 square feet and will house approximately 50 real estate agents. The Fort Myers office will continue with the Wood firm strategy of facilities located at very prominent locations on major roads across Southwest Florida and will mark the firm’s seventh location.

Founded in 1958, John R. Wood, Realtors is one of the oldest major real estate firms in the area with offices from Naples thru Bonita Springs and now into Fort Myers. The company includes 300 Realtors and another 200 management and support staff. This new office marks the firms first location in Fort Myers. The company chose the site for its high visibility just off a main thoroughfare to Sanibel, Captiva and the beaches.

Scott Akins, AIA, served as the project designer and architect. Renovations included the entire demolition of the interior of the former restaurant. Thousands of pounds of interior partitions, piping, restaurant equipment and specialty items were removed. The architectural theme for the new office has retained the same Key West style as the original one-story structure, but with added windows, shutters, and a new entry.

“This was a natural progression for us,” said Phil Wood, president of John R. Wood Realtors. “A good portion of our sales already occur in the southern Lee County areas of Bonita Springs and Estero. This new office enables our agents to better serve the upscale waterfront areas off of McGregor Boulevard, as well as Gulf Harbour, Fort Myers Beach, the islands of Sanibel and Captiva, and even Cape Coral.”

Cindy Kruesi, a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry and a member of the Wood firm since 1994, has been named manager of the Ft. Myers office.

John R. Wood Realtors is a member of The Realty Alliance, Leading Estates of the World, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of 650 firms specializing in relocation and representing $380 billion in home sales in 2004. The firm specializes in the luxury residential markets and coastal communities located in Southwest Florida, as well as upscale golf course neighborhoods within the area.

The Fort Myers office phone number is (239) 225-7600. The fax number is (239) 433-2912. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

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