After being closed for the summer for major road repairs, and general upgrades, the J.N. National Wildlife Refuge is back open for business! It was a rocky re-opening, as just when the Refuge was about to open, we had the federal government shutdown. When the Refuge finally opened this past Thursday, the refuge manager offered free admission for the day! I took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed a lovely bike ride, on the newly paved Wildlife Drive around 5:30 in the afternoon. The light was magical - low and glowing. There were some birds but the main thing I saw was a 4 foot aligator. I am really glad I jumped on my bike as the Refuge resumed its regular schedule and was closed on Friday!
We're happy to welcome back all the Refuge workers and we are looking forward to a busy year as we let our wildlife entertain us! With over 60% of Sanibel Island being preserve property, there is always something fun to see! See below for information about our ongoing "Ding Darling Days."
The main road, Wildlife Drive, has been resurfaced with concrete pavement for long life, as well as help with future road maintenance. Improvements were also made to the parking area, observation tower, Calusa Shell Mound Trail and the Wulfert Keys Trail.
The Refuge is one of Sanibel Island's major attractions and it's great to have it open to the public again.
If you are in the area, or planning to visit, visiting the Wildlife Refuge is a must! There are three major trails as well as the four-mile main Wildlife Drive. There is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter mile Shell Mound Trail and the quarter mile Wulfert Keys Trail.
And, of course, there is the visitor's center just next to the parking area. The Center tells the history of "Ding" as well as all the wildlife you can expect to see along the trails. Be sure to bring your camera!
The Refuge opened just in time for "Ding Darling Days," which offers events from tram tours, to wildlife presentations, and even fun things for the kids like archery. The event is underway from October 20 to October 26th. Stop on by and enjoy all there is to offer!
In other news, we had our first cold front last week where our temp dipped below 70 degrees! Although I think the dip happened in the middle of the night. Summer is definitely over and our daytime temps have been in the mid 80s. This means it's time for our part-time residents to return for our fantastic winter season. We also have a GREAT inventory of properties for sale on the islands. Contact me and can make you a Sanibel-Captiva Island resident! Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I can find you the perfect place in paradise!
There is always something fun to do on the islands and it's time you made this area your home! Miles of beach, shopping, 20+ miles of bike/walking trails, the best restaurants, and lots and lots of natural environment for you to enjoy - Call Me Today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
You can add over 20 miles of mixed use biking/walking trails to the list of things Sanibel Island has to offer. No matter where you are staying on the island, it's a pretty good bet that one of our bike paths passes nearby.
You can take a bike ride to the Sanibel Lighthouse, or maybe to one of the many public beach access locations. Most restaurants and shops also have areas to safely leave your bike.
For an interactive map you can Click Here and check out more information about our bike path routes.
Not only can you walk or bike on the paths, you can sign up for a Segway lesson and tour! Through Billy's Bikes on Periwinkle Way, you can learn how to ride a Segway and tour the island, or rent one of their many different bike choices. Billys is just one of many places that offer bikes for rent.
We also have a Sanibel Island Bike Club for all levels of bikers. They plan different rides and events around the island as well as teaching safe biking and the rules of the road. The map at the top of this blog is from the Bike Club and you can find it online as a downloadable PDF Here or by just clicking on the map.
From Periwinkle Way all the way to Blind Pass Beach on Captiva Island, this is one of the best ways to get to know our island paradise!
With 60% of Sanibel being wildlife preserve, you can bike or walk on secluded paths while bird watching or just enjoying our abundance of wildlife. The world famous J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve is a great place to spend the day as you explore miles of trails through our island wetlands. This summer Wildlife Drive in the Ding Darling Preserve will be closed for repaving and bridge repair, so contact me and I can give you the closure dates and an update on how long it will take to re-open.
Come and enjoy everything our islands have to offer! From our historic sites to miles and miles of great shelling on our beaches, there are many reasons to consider Sanibel Island real estate!
Our "season" is winding down and this is a great time to visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands! The crowds are thinning out and we have some terrific properties on the market. Whether you are interested in a home, condo or homesite, I want to help you find the perfect property!
Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and we can start the search for your home in paradise! As a long-time island resident, I know every area of the island and I'm sure we can get your dreams fulfilled!
Thanks! Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate Royal Shell Real Estate
This week I would like to point out some of the fun and useful things that you can do with my website! From interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands to informative videos of our neighborhoods and condos, this is a one-stop site for all your island questions.
Captiva is world famous for its beaches, sights and quaint style and I'd love to be able to show you around!
If you want to search for properties, my site has the most modern and useful search engine you will find. You can search with whatever criteria you wish, or by map (left), or subdivision or condo. It's easy to use and you can save your searches and email your results to friends and relatives.
I even have a page of important numbers you might need when you decide to move to the islands.
As you drive around the island checking out which areas or condos look good to you, you can use my mobile site as you travel around the island. You can search properties with your smart phone or tablet as well as learn about the area and what it has to offer.
If you want to check out Sanibel before you get to the island, I have a couple of videos I made of the east end of the island. It's a great place to start! Click Here! I'm also proud of a video I have of one of Sanibel Island's most popular sites - The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
As for our local neighborhoods and condos, my condo page and neighborhood page have links to each area along with video tours of each area. This is a wonderful way to check out all the different areas of the island without leaving your home!
Each area has local information, an area map and virtual tour of the neighborhood or condo!
Last time I wrote about Sea Spray, which is just down the road from today's topic - Gulf Ridge Community. Slightly larger than Sea Spray, Gulf Ridge has about 60 homes/homesites, with some being direct gulf front properties!
Gulf Ridge also has two pools and two tennis court for your enjoyment! This community is located near the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and also just a short drive to Blind Pass and Captiva Island.
Over 20 miles of biking/walking trails are located at the entrance to this community!
Currently there are four homes listed in Gulf Ridge. The asking prices start with a three bed, three bath for $760,000, up to a four/four for $3,990,000. There is currently one vacant property available - over an acre for $469,000.
Contact me for all the latest information on our island listings! You can also watch a video tour of Gulf Ridge on My Webpage.
Sanibel is starting to get busy with our winter season almost upon us! Our islands are colorfully decorated for the holidays and we have lots of events coming up. This is a great time to think about looking at island properties! We have a great inventory, and I'm sure I can find just the right location for you.
For Sanibel homes available, we have 209 currently listed in our multiple listing service. The asking prices start with a 3/2 for $250,000.
For Sanibel condos, we currently have 193 listed, starting with a 1/1 for $129,000!
I also want to tell you about my latest listing. It's a homesite located in Sea Oats Subdivision (off West Gulf Drive). This is one of the few remaining vacant lots in Sea Oats, one of our most sought after communities. The property offers views of conservation property, and includes a deeded beach access just a short walk or bike ride away. The asking price is only $315,000! Contact Me or call 239-691-4915 for more information.
You can check out Sea Oats with a video tour on my webpage.
Lately I've been telling you about great neighborhoods centrally located on Sanibel Island, and Seaspray is another one!
Beautifully landscaped, this area offers a small community of beach front and near beach properties.
Seaspray is near the 20 miles of Sanibel biking/walking trails, as well as the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Just a short distance down Sanibel-Captiva Road is Blind Pass separating Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Captiva Island offers three marinas with fishing guides, boat rentals and some of the areas best restaurants!
Currently there are two homes for sale in Seaspray. One is a four bedroom, five bath gulf front home for $2,348,000 and the other is also a gulf front. A five bed, five bath asking $3,395,000.
Homes in Seaspray are secluded with pristine tropical landscaping that fits in perfectly in our Sanibel Island lifestyle! Sanibel real estate at its best!
Seaspray is located just off of Sanibel Captiva Road and includes a community swimming pool and two tennis courts for your enjoyment.
Some of the homes in Seaspray also have their own pools. This neighborhood is just about perfect for enjoying everything our islands have to offer!
For more information about Seaspray you can visit my Seaspray webpage, as well as watch a short video tour of this great Sanibel Island neighborhood! Sanibel Real Estate at its Best!
If you have been thinking of buying on our islands, or in Fort Myers, now is the time to contact me for all the latest listings. Our winter busy season is just getting ready to start and we now have a nice inventory of homes, homesites and condos available.
If you are coming to this area in the future, or you just want to stay informed about homes or condos that would fit your buying criteria, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or through my contact form. If you'd, like, I can enter your email and criteria into my automatic system and be notified whenever a new listing fitting your specs becomes available! Simple as that!
Located near the west end of Sanibel, Chateaux Sur Mer is a terrific near-beach subdivision where all the properties are just a short walk to the beach.
The deeded beach access allows all residents a fast and easy way to enjoy miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches! This area is also perfect for sunset walks, or to get on your bike and enjoy over 20 miles of Sanibel bike trails!
Chateaux Sur Mer is made up of five streets: Rue Belle Mer, Rue Helene, Rue Bayou, Ruelle and Rue Royale. The subdivision is close to the Sanibel School, the Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary and Captiva Island.
Currently there are just a few properties available in this picturesque subdivision, and I can fill you in on all the details! There are two vacant properties listed at $496,000 and $579,000. There are three homes for sale ranging from $1,285,000 to $2,650,000.
Contact me for more information about these properties!
You can also check out my video of Chateaux Sur Mer and my near-beach vacant lot listing. The property measures 135' by 145' and will allow 30% - 35% coverage to build your beach get-away.
I can help you with the unique possibilities available to you concerning Sanibel construction.
I am also a "Green" designated Realtor. If you are interested in building an energy efficient home I can help! You can also check out my "Green" webpages for more information.
Be sure to check out my website search engine to find ALL the listings available. If you would like me to set up an automatic search for a property you would be interested in, just contact me with the criteria of your needs and you will be automatically sent any new listings that fit what you're looking for!