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Thursday, January 22 2015

The Sanibel App is informative and fun!

I was trying to think of something fun to do, and I came up with just that! The Sanibel App is free and has lots of features to help visitors and residents find fun things to do on the island. You can go to the GooglePlay store, the Apple Store, or the easiest way is to just go to www.SanibelApp.com and click on either the Google or Apple icon!

The App is a great way to plan your stay if you're visiting, or to look for new things to do if you are a resident. I also included a list of my most trusted businesses on the island! 

Sanibel App
Sanibel business directory Sanibel Green Sanibel Island information

This App is a great way to explore! I have lots of articles for you to check out: Sanibel's Historic Village, the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Beach access points, bike routes and much more!

Of course you can also explore island real estate. I have one of the best real estate search engines to help you search by price, map, location or any other criteria you like.

So check out the Sanibel App and let me know what you think! If you want more features just let me know what you need and I can add updates to the App.

Click on the Google Play or App Store icons on the right to download the Sanibel App!

Sanibel App

Sanibel App

Sanibel App

Besides telling you about my App, I also want to tell you a bit about the start of our busy "winter" season. It looks like the economy is back and buyers are looking! Our island inventory of homes, condos, and homesites offers something for everyone!

For sale on Sanibel Island we currently have listed:
Homes - 153
Condos - 120
Homesites - 83

I'm sure we have just the right property for you! Check out my easy property search web feature and you can start your property search yourself.

And if you are a current owner and are thinking of selling... give me a call. My listings sell!

Contact me today!

Sanibel homes for sale

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Monday, July 21 2014

South Seas Resort

South Seas Resort on the north end of Captiva Island is a favorite place for many, and overlooked by many others. The resort has over two miles of beach, a 9-hole golf course as well as a full service marina. There is also a "small boat marina" if you want easy access to your fishing boat. Professional guides for fishing/shelling/sightseeing are available upon request. The ship's store offers everything for your boating needs.

South Seas Resort

South Seas Resort

Captiva Island Florida If tennis is more to your liking, there are the "Tennis Villas" with great views and easy access to the best tennis courts on the island! The resort has a total of 18 day/night courts.
Three huge resort pools will keep adults and kids busy for many hours. Some of the rental properties also have their own pools. The resort offers recreation activities and programs for kids, including a game room, video rentals, nature center, and bike rentals. Watersport programs are also geared for kids as well as adults. South Seas Resort Captiva Florida
Captiva Island real estate I have a video below, and a webpage (here) showing much more about this fun area. There are many condo locations throughout the property and I'm sure I can find just the right property for you! We have listings at the Tennis Villas, Marina Villas, Gulf Villas, Bay Villas, as well as a few private homes for you to check out. 
South Seas Resort is world famous for what it has to offer. If you are looking for a rental property that you can also use for personal use, you should check out this area. Captiva Island has some of the best restaurants and has never been overbuilt. It's truly a beautiful place for owners and visitors alike. I have a "Welcome to Captiva" video that's worth checking out on my "Captiva" webpage (Here), where you can learn more about the island, restaurants, and things to do. Captiva Island beaches
South Seas Resort I hope you enjoy my latest video below! South Seas Resort is a fun place to be and I would love to show you around! Give me a call today at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form. Our summer has been great and it looks like we have lots of potential buyers looking around. Call me today and let me show you why!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Friday, October 11 2013

Something for Everyone!

Our island condos have quite a bit to offer and I believe we have something for everyone! We are having a good year with condo sales, and we also have a great inventory for our upcoming season.

On Sanibel you have 107 condo complexes to choose from, and as a long-time island resident I can help you find just the right fit for you and your family. Some condos are geared more for owner use, and some are geared for rentals, and some are geared for both. I can help explain to you all the different choices. Shopping for condos can be fun!

Currently Sanibel Island has 130 condos listed for sale. Asking prices start at $169,000 for a 1/1 at Colonnades Condo to $2,999,900 for a 3/3.5 at Sedgemoor of Sanibel on the Gulf.

Listings show that 103 are gulf view or gulf front, 10 are on the bay, and 3 are on a canal.

The Sanibel condo market this year has been fairly busy with a total of 150 condos being under contract or closed since the first of the year.

Captiva Island has approximately 18 condo complexes, with a total of 56 condos currently listed for sale. Asking prices start from $225,000 for a 1/1 at Tennis Villas to $2,000,000 for a 3/3 located in South Seas Beach homes.

Captiva has had 33 condos either close or currently pending so far this year.

So! Is this your year to buy an island property? I think it should be! Prices are reasonable and have just started to climb. The housing problems seem to be behind us and it's again time for buyers to enter our market. Sanibel's beaches and sights are still here and are waiting for you. Give me a call today so I can start your search for the perfect island property.

I would also like to show you this video (left) made by one of our talented local videographers. This video shows our area in all its beauty. Take a few minutes to watch this video - and then give me a call so I can make you a part of this special area of the world!

Beaches, shelling, boating, restaurants, shopping, nature and privacy - you need look no further!

As you can tell, I love this area. I've lived here for years and love showing Sanibel and Captiva off to our visitors. Whether it's a gulf front on Captiva, a bay front with a dock, or an interior property near our National Wildlife Refuge, we have a bit of everything and I'm sure we have just the right place for you!

Call me Today!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Tuesday, October 01 2013

Golf Neighborhoods Sales and Listings

Sanibel and Captiva are known for shells, beaches, nature and relaxation - and, of course, golf! Sanibel has three golf neighborhoods and Captiva has one. Our local championship courses are a big draw for lots of buyers and visitors.

Let's take a look at our recent sales, and current listings in our golfing communities. Last year our golf neighborhoods had brisk sales, and this year appears to be the same!

Sanibel's golf neighborhoods consist of The Dunes, Beachview (recently renamed the Sanibel Golf Course), and the Sanctuary. The Dunes and Sanibel Golf Club are both public courses, the Sanctuary is members only.

For an update on current listings, Beachview has13 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $759,000 to a 4/4 for $1,595,000.

The Dunes currently has 8 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $540,000 to a 4/4 for $1,200,000.

The Sanctuary has 9 homes listed, from a 4/3.5 for $748,000 to a 5/5 for $3,495,000.

 

Besides having some fantastic listings in golf communites, sales show an active interest in these areas. Check out our current and past sales:

This year there have been 22 homes closed in the Dunes, with 2 pending closing.
Last year during the same time period (1/1/12 to 10/1/12), 19 Homes closed.

In Beachview this year there have been 10 homes closed.
In the same period last year, 8 homes closed.

For the Sanctuary, there have been 2 closings and one pending.
For last year during this period, there were 3 closings.

Captiva Island at the South Seas Resort has not seen the interest that we've seen on Sanibel. The South Seas Golf course is just for guests staying at the resort. 

There are currently 6 homes listed in South Seas, from a 4/3 for $1,895,000 to a 4/5 for $5,995,000.

There have been none sold so far this year.

I can help you search for properties in all the different communities on our islands! This is your year to buy. Call me today! We have some incredibly beautiful properties that I'd love to show you. Whether it's beach front, near beach, bayfront, home, homesite or condo... I have access to ALL our listed properties. As a long-time owner on Sanibel I can advise you on all the aspects of buying or building on our island paradise - Contact Me Today!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Wednesday, September 04 2013

Another Tip To Help Sell Your Home

This tip is not just if you are selling your home unfurnished, staging your home can be done with your existing furniture. When potential buyers are looking at homes, yours is competing with all the other homes in the area in that price range, and you want to maximize your home's appeal.

You want your home to look cozy and warm. Some think that your home will look more roomy if you push your furniture against the wall - Not true! You should position your sofas and chairs into conversational groups, and in such a way as to show an obvious traffic pattern. This will open up the room and make it seem larger to potential buyers.

You can also shake things up a bit. Just because you have your favorite armchair in your den doesn't mean it won't look better in the sitting area in your bedroom. Try to look at your furniture with a new eye. If you have that "one room" that seems to be the place that gathers your junk, take notice and clean it!

Try moving your lamps and home accessories to places that will open your home and make it appear more airy and comfortable to buyers.

You can also repurpose a room into something that will add value. Something as easy as putting a table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform the area.

Lighting is another issue that you can easily change. To create a warm look you can increase the wattage in your lamps. The rule-of-thumb is to try and get a total of 100 watts for every 50 sq. ft., and you shouldn't depend on just one lighting fixture per room. You should have three types of lighting: general overhead, under cabinet, and table/wall lighting. You will be surprised how much difference lighting will make.

If you decide to paint a few rooms, keep the living room/den in neutral colors. A potential buyer might not like your experiment with bright colors. Just remember that everything you do to your home is to appeal to buyers, not you or your family.

For your bedroom, add some luxurious linens with colors that make potential buyers feel comfortable and, hopefully, at home. Also, cleaning out your larger closets will show off your roomy storage areas, which helps sell houses!

My last posts talked about removing clutter, and curb appeal, and along with staging your home for a sale, all of it fits together to help your home stand far above your competition.

The real estate market is definitely picking up and your competition is doing all they can to get their home sold! I can help you with all your home selling needs and I am looking forward to helping you get your home sold fast, and for a good price.

If you are thinking of selling this year - It's Time To Call Me!

Contact Me

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Sunday, August 25 2013

Season is Coming!

If you are thinking of selling your home, condo or homesite in the near future, NOW is the time to start the process. We all know our busy season is, well, busy, and it's by far the best time to list your property.

Our snowbirds start arriving next month and the trickle of owners and tourists turn into a flood of people as the weather up north starts to get colder. Our island traffic is always a good barameter of how our season is progressing.

Sanibel homes for sale
Sanibel real estate

Selling your home is a bit more of a process than just deciding to sell. My last few blogs have been about some of the things you can do to help get your home sold. 

You can read Here about the importance of "de-cluttering" your home before potential buyers start showing up for a viewing. When someone shows up to look over your home, it's probably one of five or six homes they have viewed that week and you don't want your home to be remembered as the one with the kitchen crammed with clutter. Since you are planning on moving anyway, why not start the process of packing your "stuff" and getting it out of sight.

Captiva island real estate

Another blog I wrote was about your curb appeal. You can check that one out Here. The first thing a potential buyer sees is the front of your home and your yard. Make sure it's cleaned up and in good repair. Drive up to your home and try and use a new eye and pretend you are a buyer. Look it over and see what sticks out. Does your front door need paint? The stair railing? Maybe a bird bath that hasn't looked good in years? Weeds around the driveway edge?

With just a little investment you can get your curb appeal in order and looking good! A few flowers, some paint, and some TLC will get your home in good order for a quick sale.

When I get a new listing I also get to work. I have a professional photographer come and take some great pictures for advertising (a de-cluttered home is a big help). I also have a virtual tour made of your home that will get posted with the listing for all island realtors (and public) to view. The tour is also easily viewed on public websites such as realtor.com. I send post cards about all new listings to island residents in the area and on my contacts list, and nice curb appeal really helps the post card photos pop! Sanibel homes for sale
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My job is to sell your property and I take it very seriously. I am a long-time island resident and I understand this market and the challenges of buying, selling and building on our beautuful barrier island! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form, and I will get to work to get your property sold!

This is sure to be a busy season, so what are you waiting for? 

Contact Me Today!

 

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Wednesday, June 12 2013

Have Fun Boating!

 

Lots of visitors, and yes locals too, haven't ever taken the time to visit our neighboring islands. There are lots of ways for you to get to these great destinations and I'll get to that in a minute.

First (pictured to the right) is Cabbage Key! Always a favorite. This is a small back-bay island about 100 acres in size. There are a few walking trails, a water tower to climb, and a very famous and laid-back restaurant. One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant are the thousands of dollar bills taped to the walls. Visitors are given a marker to sign their bills and tape to stick them anywhere on the walls where they can find space. The tape will hold the bill for a year or two and then the fallen dollars are donated to local charities.

 

Cabbage Key Website

Cabbage is a great location to make some memories, have lunch, and even stay the night if you want. There are only a few rooms to rent, but it's sure to be a fun stay!

 

 

Just a stones throw away from Cabbage Key is Useppa Island. Useppa is a private Club, but you can enjoy their restaurant and tour the island if you make prior reservations. You can also take one of the scheduled tour boats from Captiva Island to Useppa.

 

Useppa Island Website

 

Another great destination is the next barrier island just to the north of Captiva Island, called Upper Captiva Island. Locals just refer to it as "North Cap." This island is three miles long, but only the northern mile has infrastructure to support a community. The electricity/phone comes from an underwater cable from Captiva, and has been run underground throughout this northern area. The island has four restaurants, a private air strip, and over 200 homes.

The most popular restaurant, which also has lots of dockage, is called "Barnacle's". Owners and guests get around on the shell roads by golf/electric cart. This magical island is worth a visit!

Just to the north of Upper Captiva, the next island is called Cayo Costa. Most of this island is a state park and there are no restaurants (or electricity) on the island. You can go to Cayo Costa and spend the day on the miles and miles of deserted beach, or you can rent a small cabin and spend the night... or week! It's a great getaway for your family and might be the perfect place to relax and just enjoy nature.

 

Cayo Costa State Park

 

 

 

The ways to get to these islands start at our many marinas on the islands. These are a few links to give you some choices:

65' Lady Chadwick
New Moon Sailing
'Tween Waters Charter Guides
Jensen's charters and boat rentals
South Seas Resort Marina

So now you have no excuse not to visit our local neighborhood of really cool islands! The above links will also direct you to sunset sails, shelling trips and fishing guides. Captain Mick Gurley aboard New Moon Sailing is also available for romantic sunset weddings!

I hope you enjoy our incredible island community, and as always, call me at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your perfect island property. Homes, condos, homesites... I will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com

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Monday, June 03 2013

Take a Tour!

 

Did you know you can take a quick tour of some of our favorite neighborhoods? I've been putting together web pages and videos of Sanibel and Captiva for you to enjoy as you start your search of island properties. Our summer weather is almost here and it's a great time to enjoy all the sights and fun things to do on the islands. Besides searching for your island home, summer is great for birding, fishing, shelling and just enjoying miles and miles of our word famous beach!

Captiva Island

 

Play VisualTour
"Downtown" Captiva

 

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Sunset Captiva

 

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Gulf Ridge

 

Play VisualTour
Sea Oats

 

Play VisualTour
Seaspray

 

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Sanibel Bayous

 

By watching these videos you can get an idea of what each neighborhood has to offer. I also have a web page for each area in my website's "Near Beach" section. It's a great place to start to explore our islands! I also have pages dedicated to the Lighthouse, Wildlife Refuge and a video tour of Sanibel's eastern end. As well as the information in my website, I'd love for you to use my contact form, or call me at 239-691-4915, so I can put together information for you for your perfect island property!

 

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Bayous North

 

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Herons Landing II

 

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Herons Landing

 

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The Dunes

 

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The Sanctuary

 

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Lake Murex

 

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West Rocks

 

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East Rocks

 

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Beachview
When you're looking for something to do this summer I can help you explore and learn about my favorite place, Sanibel Island. I'm a long-time resident of Sanibel Island, and I love to show off what these islands have to offer. Royal Shell Real Estate has offices on Captiva Island as well as Sanibel Island and I have access to every listed property! Call Me! 239-691-4915

 

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Seagull Estates

 

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Sea Oats

 

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Chateaux Sur Mer

It's June already and I'm getting ready for another busy summer. I am never too busy to help you and your family and friends with their island real estate! I'm looking forward do hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my video tours!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
www.SarahAshton.com
239-691-4915

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Tuesday, March 26 2013

SarahAshton.com - The Best Place To Start!

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.

The Captiva video on the  right is a great way to check out Captiva Island and what it has to offer. I also have a Captiva webpage, a "Downtown" Captiva webpage along with links to our restaurants and marinas! I also have a video of my Gulf front Captiva listing for you to enjoy.

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!

Other fun things you can do on my website -
How about a visit to our lighthouse?
Check out where our miles and miles of walking/bike trails lead!
How about how to go "Green" or to download my Green Guide!
Check out my listings along with videos!
Tips for the Buyer and the Seller!
And, of course, Contact Me for answers to ALL your questions!
Or you can just connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest!

My site has lots more to offer and please feel free to check out all my pages and links!

When it's time for you to buy or sell I'll be there for you! I am a long-time island resident and I love to show off my islands! This is your year to follow your heart to Sanibel And Captiva Islands!

Call Me!
239-691-4915
or use my Contact Form

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate, Captiva & Sanibel

 

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Friday, February 08 2013
Captiva Island - Downtown
Is there such a place as "Downtown" Captiva? It's probably something I determined on my own, as I picture Captiva's Downtown only consisting of a couple roads and my office.

I consider Andy Rosse Lane to be the main road, even though you can walk its length in under 5 minutes. At the inland side of Andy Rosse we have the island's only stop sign, which also lends credibility to my determining the island's hub of activity.
Andy Rosse Lane consists of restaurants, homes, townhomes, our general store and some really interesting shops. From eclectic art to water sports activity, the shops along Andy Rosse will hold your interest for hours. When you finally make it to the western end and the beach, you can walk the secluded shores for miles.
On Andy Rosse there are currently three homes listed for sale. There is a 5 bed, 5 bath for $1,999,000, a 5/5.5 for $2,375,000 and a 4/4 for $2,395,000. All three of these listings are unbelievably beautiful and offer just about everything you would want! Privacy, while at the same time being located just a short walk to the beach and some of the best restaurants in Florida.
 
Across from Andy Rosse (through our stop sign) is Binder Drive and Old Lodge Lane. I also consider this to be in our "Downtown" area and another favorite part of the island.
On Binder Drive there are four homes listed - from a 4/2 for $949,000 to a 4/5.5 for $3,950,000, which is a unique bay front home that is surely one-of-a-kind!
Old Lodge Lane branches off of Binder but there are currently no listing on that short road.
Running parallel to Andy Rosse (the next road to the north) is Wightman Lane. Wightman doesn't have the shops or walking traffic that Andy Rosse does, but the homes are just as unique and worth a look. There are currently five homes available on Wightman starting with a 2/2 for $1,025,000 to a 5/5 for $1,795,000.
Captiva Island real estate listing are always changing and I would love to hear from you so I can tell you more about this incredible island! You can call me at 239-691-4915 or just use my Contact Form. You can also watch a video of Captiva on my Captiva Webpage, and also check out my Captiva Gulf Front home listing - a 4/4 with an incredible rental history!

So don't delay! Season is here and this looks to be a busy real estate year.
Thanks!
Sarah
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Thursday, January 31 2013

Is remodeling your home part of your Spring plans?  It may be a good idea to check on the Return on Investment for home improvement projects, particularly if the projects are in advance of trying to sell your house.
Remodeling Magazine just came out with their top returning home improvement projects and they found that replacing the Entry Door (never diminish the importance of Curb Appeal) returned roughly 85% of the cost.  Other more costly projects such as Re-siding the house or a total kitchen upgrade returned 79% and 71% respectively but may also provide more enjoyment if you are staying for a while.

To see what other types of improvements they cited as having a good return, Click Here!



Happy Re-modeling

Lots of new listings and things to know about our islands! Give me a call!
Thanks!
Sarah
239-691-4915
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Saturday, October 20 2012

We can always tell when it's starting to get cold up north. Our traffic gets heavier and our resorts start to fill up. This is a great time of the year and it's also a good time to look at what's going on with our real estate market.

Currently we have 185 homes listed on Sanibel, starting with a three bedroom, two bath listed at $250,000 on San-Cap Road, up to a four bedroom, five and a half bath gulf front home listed at $5,495,000. On Captiva Island we have 36 homes listed, from a two bedroom, two and a half bath for $669,00, to an incredible seven bedroom, ten bath listed at $12,500,000. Between our two islands, and many listings, we certainly have just right property for you!

If a condo is more to your liking, we currently have 172 condos for sale on Sanibel. Condos start at a Colonnades one/one unit listed for $129,000, to a 3/4 at Sedgemoor listed for $2,999,900. There are also 54 condos listed on Captiva Island, starting with a 1/1 at Tennis Villas for $225,000 to a 3/3 Beach Homes listing for $2,280,000.
With all these great listings, and interest rates at historic lows, this is the time to get your piece of the Sanibel-Captiva lifestyle and put your footprints on the beach! All signs point to rising prices and an active season so this just might be the last chance to buy at the bottom of the market. We are starting to see homes and condos that are currently listed showing an increase in the listed asking price.
Since the first of the year we've had 152 home closings on Sanibel (avg. selling price of $781,368) and 134 Sanibel condo closings (avg. selling price of $566,057). For Captiva we've had 23 home closings (avg. selling price $1,423,906) and 31 condo closings (avg. selling price $842,242). This shows our islands to be very active in showings and sales! It also shows that this is a great time to put some thought into making Sanibel or Captiva your new home or get-a-way!
Even forgetting all the above statistics, our island lifestyle is always in demand, and of course, I would love to show you around! If you don't think it's quite time to start looking in person, or you are still up north, I can put you on my automatic notification system. If you let me know your criteria for what you might be interested in (price, size, home/condo, location, etc.) you will be emailed the listing details and photos whenever a new listing fitting your criteria becomes available! Easy as that!
Please contact me with any questions you might have about my island! Sanibel and Captiva offers lots to do and more to see and as an island resident, I can point you in the right direction!
Thanks for reading my Blog!

Sarah

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Thursday, September 13 2012
Blind Pass
Instead of continuing to explore the various condos and neighborhoods on Sanibel, I thought I would just share some photos of a gorgeous day at Blind Pass! For those of you not familiar with the area, Blind Pass is located at the northern end of Sanibel and crosses over to Captiva Island.The pass has been dredged and opened recently and it is fantastic! It's a great place to shell, fish or just relax.
  
  
Blind Pass has always been a favorite spot for shelling. Or maybe just bringing your umbrella and a book for some first class relaxation! When lunchtime rolls around you just have a short drive to some of Captiva Island's famous dining locations - The gulf front Mucky Duck is always a favorite.
  
  
There are a few properties located near Blind Pass so if this looks like just the area for you, give me a call 239-691-4915 or use my contact form here. Autumn is a great time to check out properties and to have miles of beach to yourself.
  
  

I hope you enjoyed the photos of Blind Pass! You can see more of Captiva Island on my webpage, as well as watch a video! Captiva is always a fun time so when you get to the area I can help you with all the latest information on my islands! 

Thanks
Sarah

 

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Monday, July 02 2012
Ok - time to take a look at January  - June this year vs. last year.

The number of transactions are up in all categories on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands!  The curiosity is that the price range of the properties that have sold is just slightly down from 2011. 

I don't think that that will continue.  As the number of transactions has increased, the inventory of properties has distinctly been reduced.  With lower inventory comes price increases - albeit slowly.  The low interest rates are continuing to help as well.  Even with banks not wild about financing investment properties or requiring 30% deposits, many Sanibel and Captiva Island buyers are refinancing their primary residences at these reduced rates and using the capital to pay cash for their island purchases.

Which Sanibel neighborhoods and Sanibel Condos were the most active?  The Dune neighborhood has had 14 closed transactions in the first 6 months of 2012.  This is the greatest number of any other neighborhood on the island.  The Sundial Beach and Tennis resort was the most active Condo complex on Sanibel with 17 condos sold for the first 6 months of 2012.  These are pretty great numbers and speaks volume to the value buyers are feeling for Island real estate at this time.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like me to email you any additional information. You can contact me by phone - 239-691-4915 -  or using my Contact Form.

Happy 4th of July! - Sarah




2012 2011
Sanibel Island                          
  # of sales Price  Range     # of sales Price Range % change in # of sales  
Residential 104 $235K - $4.1M   Residential 101 $285K - $5M +3%
Condo 105 $150K - $2.082M   Condo 90 $200K - $2.649M +17%
Lots 20 $150K - $2.150M   Lots 11 $100K - $2.175M +82%


2012 2011
Captiva Island              
  # of sales Price  Range                  # of sales Price Range % change in # of sales
Residential 18 $685K - $3.870M         Residential 14 $540K - $6.088M +29%
Condo 24 $210K - $2.285M   Condo 17 $215K - $2.1M +41%
Lots 1 $515K   Lots 0 $0.00 --




 
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 01:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, June 20 2012

The  Blind Pass Dredging Project is Underway

The Blind Pass maintenance dredging project began June 18th. Approximately 120,000 cubic yards of sand are slated to be dredged from the pass and used to re-nourish the eroding shoreline at the western end of Bowman's Beach. Fishing from the bridge is prohibited during the maintenance dredge, which should take about 65 days. 

I'll keep you posted as the project proceeds!



 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 07:31 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, April 24 2012
Sanibel Island Real Estate
 
Normally we judge the end of our tourist season by Easter, but that seems like it's not really the story these days. Sanibel and Captiva remain busy for quite a while longer, and then we switch to a "summer" tourist crowd who come here for the fantastic fishing along with all our fun summer events.

Since it's always interesting to see how our real estate market is doing, lets take a look at how we're doing compared to the same time period as last year.

This year from 1/1/2012 to 4/24/2012 we have had 65 home closings on Sanibel compared to 61 homes sold in the same time period last year. The average selling price this year is $806,262 and last year it was about the same at $805,225. Our listing price to selling price ratio for this year is 90% where last year it was 89%. It looks like we are neck and neck with our Sanibel home sales for the two years.

For Sanibel condo sales for the same period:
This year from 1/1/2012 to 4/24/2012 we have had 50 condo closings on Sanibel compared to 52 condos sold in the same time period last year. The average selling price this year is $621,734 and last year it was $695,197. Our listing price to selling price ratio for both years is exactly the same at 90%. These statistics show that condo sales are not quite as active as last year.

 

For a few more statistics, this year we currently have 233 homes listed on Sanibel along with 227 condos for sale. For the homes, prices range from $275,000 to $6,500,000. Condos range from $140,000 to $3,000,000.

Captiva Island currently has 51 homes listed and 57 condos. For the homes, prices range from $669,000 to $10,900,000. Condos range from $215,000 to $2,475,000.

This has been a fun and active season and I'd love to help you find just the right place! I have access to ALL the listings and since I'm an island resident, I can fill you in on everything you need to know abour our island paradise! You can call me at 239-691-4915 or use this Contact Form.

 
 

Thanks!
Sarah

 

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Thursday, December 01 2011
If you are looking for something to do this weekend - don't fret - there is more than a mere mortal can take in!

Friday kicks off a long standing tradition on the islands - Luminary.  On Friday, Sanibel Island businesses will be keeping their doors open and the food and beverages flowing as Periwinkle Way is lit up with hundreds of white luminary candle bags.  It is a sight to behold.  The San-Cap Chamber of Commerce does an outstanding job working with the businesses and running a trolley service to get folks from one plaza to another. 

Friday will also host a fund-raiser on Captiva Island to support the month-long Captiva Holiday Village celebration and events.  Many great silent auction items will be there for the bidding.  Check out www.captivaholidayvillage.com for more info.

Satuday is Captiva Island's luminary night.  at 3:30 the festivities are kicking off with a Golf Cart Parade.  Don DeLuca of the Royal Shell Companies is the Grand Marshall of the parade.  It will be a good time and again - the streets will be lined with white luminary candle bags.  It is a pretty sight.

Have a great weekend!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 07:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 03 2011

2011 is shaping up to be a much better year than 2010 with respect to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island real estate.

On Sanibel Island there have been a total of 271 houses, condos and lots sold thus far in 2011 versus 219 for the same time in 2010.  That is a 23% increase in total volume.  The prices of the sold units are up as well.  Houses, condos and lots on Sanibel Island have a low prices that are 0 - 15% higher than last year with many more properties over $1 million having been sold.

On Captiva Island there have been a total of 39 properties sold in 2011 versus 26 in 2010.  This is a 50% increase in volume.  Prices on the top end have increased while some of the smaller properties have sold at a great value.

What is clear is that there will continue to be pressure on Sanibel and Captiva prices to hold or go up in the coming months based upon a greatly reduced inventory from last year.  I have had several experiences this summer where my clients had properties sold prior to their being able to get an offer in.  Additionally, the number of properties available to view and choose from was greatly reduced.

We will see what Q4 will bring! 

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 02:30 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, September 15 2011

It is amazing where the prices of real estate on the Islands has gone.  A few years ago a property on Roosevelt Channel sold for $3 - $4 million.  Today - $1 - $2 million.

I just got a listing at 16891 Captiva Drive.  It is a 1963 ranch cottage that is absolutely great!
3 Bedrooms, 2 baths - 1800 sq ft. and with a dock on Roosevelt Channel.  Additionally  it has a pool, tennis courts and deeded beach access directly across the road.  If that isn't enough, it currently has weekly rentals that bring in $50,000+ per year. The listing price:  $1,295,000. 

This will be someone's chance to own paradise.  Check it out on my website and let me know any questions you have!

Perhaps this is your opportunity to own paradise!


 

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 02:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, April 11 2011

                                  Word Is Getting Out!

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have some of the top beaches in the U.S. according to Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Beaches Awards!

Ranked #5 and #8 respectively, anyone who has ever been to Sanibel beaches and Captiva beaches know that the long expanses of relatively uncrowded beach on both islands is a jewel. 
  
 

Sanibel Island beaches are known for their shelling as well as their expansive nature.  Folks from all across the globe come here to collect shells and to just relax.  The lack of development close to the beach really is special.

Captiva Island beaches remind visitors of trips to exotic and far away places -yet it is right here in our own country. You really get the local flavor of our islands with a stay on Captiva.  It just doesn't get much better!

For the entire story -
CLICK HERE......  And come see us soon!

      

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 06:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, February 10 2011
Last night I attended a talk sponsored by the Bayous Preservation Association on the current status of Blind Pass.  The guest speaker was from the Lee County Department of Natural Resources, Engineer - Robert Neal. As background - Blind Pass, which had been closed for 5+ years was re-opened  and improved the water flow between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound and also improved the flushing of Dinkins and Clam Bayous so much so that the birds and fish have returned in abundance.. 

The good news from last night is that they are monitoring the situation.  The bad news is that it seems as though, until the Pass is actually closed, they will not take any action to re-dredge.  April is the decision month and that seems very far away when on a daily basis the opening appears smaller and more shallow.  At question seems to be the definition of "open".  Mr. Neal kept repeating the idea that the pass needed to be "open" and that didn't mean for navigational purposes but for water flow.  He presented several charts with water flow rates, both projected and actual and it appeared, from my naive perspective, that the estimates were way off.  This raised the question from the audience about who had made the projections and perhaps they needed different folks to do it because the ones who did weren't very good at their job.  Perhaps true.

My other side tells me that people have been messing around with Mother Nature for a long time and the past history shows that she will do what she wants, when she wants and how she wants regardless of what the humans want.  I came away last night feeling that the government agencies were trying to do the best job they could however it wasn't with any type of pro-active intent.  They continue to react and as a result, should Blind Pass close, it won't be until September or October of this year that we will get the dredge back to re-open it.  Additionally, the permit only allows them to re-dredge the approved area from before, even though it is evident at this time that a different channel is what Mother wants.

Only time will tell how this story ends.......
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 06:54 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, January 22 2011

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate

A Year in Review

Here is brief look back at the Real Estate on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through 2010

A total of 303 properties were sold on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in 2010.  This is a 7.8% increase in the total sold in 2009.  Sanibel saw the most activity in 2010 with 265 properties sold making a 10.4% increase in total sold from 2009.  There were 124 Houses, 120 Condos and 21 Lots sold.  The real story is the increase in Condo sales.  In 2009 there were only 86 units sold on Sanibel and in 2010 there were 120.  Condos are back!

Captiva continued its slide with only 38 houses, condos and lots sold with Condo sales increasing from 22 in 2009 to 26 in 2010.  More evidence that Condos are back.

Prices pulled back in all segments on both islands during the first part of 2009.  They seemed to stabilize toward the end of the year.  The values are very good!

Property Sold on Sanibel Island in 2010

Homes:  124 with prices from $190,000 to $3,275,000

Condos:  120 with prices from $160,000 to $2087,500

Lots:  21 with prices from $115,000 to $1,295,000

Property Sold on Captiva Island in 2010

Homes:  10 with prices from $995,000 to $7,000,000

Condos:  26 with prices from $235,000 to $1,300,000

Lots:  2 with prices of $2,800,000 and $2,900,000

For more detail or any questions – contact me!

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 09:45 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, November 18 2010
Wow!  Thanksgiving is a week away and Christmas is just around the corner.  The activities on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island really pick up this time of year. On the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/26) the season is official when the 'Tween Waters Inn tree is lit.  An annual tradition for old and young alike it is magical to see the reflection of all the lights on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The first weekend in December is the Annual Luminary festival. Friday the big night for Sanibel Island with candles lining Periwinkle way and all the merchants decked out.  Saturday the big night on Captiva Island.  This year the Captiva Island celebration will have the first annual "Golf Cart Parade."  I think this will prove to be a very popular event and vying for "Best Golf Cart" will also mean bragging rights!  For more information about the Captiva Events all through December, check out www.captivaholidayvillage.com

I hope to see you all here during the holidays!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 01:51 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, October 25 2010

Folks who read my last Blog about Sanibel Island Real Estate were asking - what about Captiva Island Real Estate?

So here goes

For January through September 2009 versus January through September 2010 Captiva Real Estate differed greatly from Sanibel.

In all Captiva Island real estate categories - Houses, Condos and Land - the number of transactions is way down from 2009.  For houses and condos, the prices are down as well. Captiva has had an amazingly slow couple of years and the prices have continued to drop.  As the stock market and the overall economy picks up, I believe that Captiva Island real estate will rebound.

Below are the 2009 figures followed by the 2010 figures. 

As I said in my Sanibel real estate report - Is it a good time to buy - yes!  With lower prices and low interest rates, it is a very good time to buy!  Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about Island Real Estate

  January thru September        
Captiva     2009     2010  
        Ave Days on Mkt/   Ave Days on Mkt/
Houses Sold     Sales Price     Sales Price
  Conventional   12     5  
  Short Sale   1     1  
  Foreclosure   1     0  
  Total   14 203 / $2,417M   6 463 / $1,911M
               
Condos Sold            
  Conventional   40     18  
  Short Sale   0     0  
  Foreclosure   0     0  
  Total   40 318 / $826,324   18 270 / $645,800
               
Vacant Land Sold            
  Conventional   3     2  
  Short Sale   0     0  
  Foreclosure   0     0  
  Total   3 630 / $2,241M   2 284 / $2,850M
               
Total Transactions thru Q3 2009  - 57   2010  - 26  

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 05:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, May 07 2010
Greetings:

Below is the link for the State of Florida site devoted to the response to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The site has projected trajectories for the spill area and provides updates on the containment and clean-up efforts.  Also - for Sanibel Island related updates please view www.mysanibel.com

As of today, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are not in harms way.  The City of Sanibel is keeping a close eye on the situation and has developed response efforts in the event they are necessary. 

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 01:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, May 05 2010
This information was published by the Captiva Erosion Control District as to the State of Florida's response to the Oil Spill on-going in the Gulf of Mexico.  We can all agree that this is a tragedy in the making and the response of our Federal, State, County and City officials is key as is the volunteer response. Sanibel and Captiva are not in the state of emergency areas yet (Lee County). I will keep you posted on any updates to our local information. 

 

 

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Issues affecting our treasured coastlines

 

 

 Beach Briefs - May 4, 2010

"MAGNITUDE OF SPILL IS DAUNTING"

 

 

 

That's how Florida's top environmental official, Mike Sole, characterized the task both to stop the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon and to clean up its disastrous results.  As of May 3, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist has declared state of emergencies in the flowing counties:  Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota

 

What is the State of Florida Doing?

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

·         DEP has conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline for ongoing monitoring.

·         DEP is continuously monitoring air quality data. The current air quality is considered to be good statewide. The public is encouraged to monitor this data at http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.

·         DEP, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), county governments, water management districts and several federal agencies continue to conduct pre-impact assessments, including sampling of water, fish, shellfish and habitats along the Florida coastline and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

·         Statewide monitoring is ongoing in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Panhandle-specific data is expected to be completed early this week. To view Florida's air quality data, visit http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.

·         The State Emergency Response Team has representatives at the Unified Command at the U.S. Coast Guard's Sector Mobile, helping to coordinate the efforts to protect Florida's shoreline.

·         Emergency Support Function 15, Volunteers and Donations, successfully spearheaded pre-impact beach cleanups over the weekend of May 1-2.  More than 1,200 volunteers participated in cleanups in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Wakulla counties to minimize the effect of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Volunteer Florida offers guidance for conducting safe pre-impact beach cleanups at www.volunteerflorida.org.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

 The Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is encouraging residents along the Florida Panhandle to participate in local beach cleanup events this weekend. For information on scheduled beach cleanups and other volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.  Or, to request volunteer information call (866) 448-5816.

 

BP has established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for those interested in volunteering.  When calling, interested parties should communicate what activities they are volunteering and locations in which they are available to work.  In addition, potential volunteers may call this line to learn about the training that is required to work in oil spill clean-up operations. For information on assisting with the response efforts, contact BP's community information line at (866) 448-5816.

 

Important Phone Numbers

·         Today, the Florida Emergency Information Line was activated in response to Deepwater Horizon accident. The hotline, which provides Floridians information regarding the Deepwater Horizon response, will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until further notice. The number for residents to call is: (800) 342-3557

·         Environment/community hotline: to report oil on the beach or shoreline or other environment or community impacts and access the Rapid Response Team - (866) 448-5816.

·         Wildlife: to report and access care for impacted, i.e., oiled, wildlife (866) 557-1401.

·         Volunteers: to request volunteer information (866) 448-5816.

·          Services: to register as consultant, contractor, vendor, or submit information on alternative response technology, services, products or suggestions (281) 366-5511

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Captiva Erosion Prevention District is comprised of 5 elected, upaid Commissioners dedicated to preserving and maintaining Captiva's beaches and shorelines. For more information on CEPD, visit our website or join our emailing list at: mycepd@gmail.com

(239) 472-2472.

 
 
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 01:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, April 30 2010
Things have been busy.

For as slow as March was, April has more than made up for it.  Actually, for the first 4 months of 2010, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have been busy.  Sanibel Island has seen the inventory go down and the number of houses and condos sold and under contract go up!  The prices, while still low, are holding a bit more than before.  We have not started to see price increases and the number of price reductions has slowed.  Below is a chart of the 2010 activity on both Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

  Activity - January - April 2010
     
  Sanibel Island Captiva Island
Houses    
Active Listings 268 92
Under Contract 32 1
Closed 48 4
     
Condos    
Active Listings 241 71
Under Contract 34 5
Closed 42 8
     
Vacant Land    
Active Listings 119 15
Under Contract 2 1
Closed 8 1


Contact me if you would like additional information about what is going on in Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate.
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 09:09 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, January 22 2010

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Remodeling:  Cost vs Value

 

Are you thinking of making some improvements to your Sanibel Island or Captiva Island home in 2010?  You might be interested to know that replacing your Front Door leads the way when it comes to return on investment.  Replacing your entry door with a high efficiency door will cost roughly $1100 to purchase and have installed.  The National Association of Realtor’s 2009 – 2010 report on Cost vs Value reports that the recouped value of that project will be about $1,470 or 129.9% of the cost! (Realtor Magazine, January 2010, pg. 22) 

 

Not only does it speak volumes about the value of Curb Appeal, it also can save you $$ with a more energy efficient door.

 

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Friday, January 15 2010

Sanibel and Captiva Islands Real Estate in 2010

 

2009  saw the available inventory drop which bodes well for the prices holding steady.  At the end of 2008 we had over 300 homes and 300 Condos for sale on Sanibel Island alone.  This year the inventory is as follows:

 

Current Inventory on Sanibel Island January 1, 2010:

 

Homes – 263 priced $239,000 to $13,500,000

Condos – 262 priced $194,000 to $3,365,000

Lots – 115 priced $195,000 to $5,250,000

 

Current Inventory on Captiva Island January 1, 2010:

 

Homes – 78 priced $879.000 to $18,000,000

Condos – 73 priced $280,000 to $3,875,000

Lots – 12 priced $775,000 to $8,500,000


From 1/1/2010 thru 1/15/2010 there have been 8 properties that have closed on Sanibel and there are 34 properties under contract on both islands.  If you would like more information about the current state of Island real estate, email me.

Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 02:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, January 08 2010
Wow!  Has it really been a month since I last posted a blog entry???!!

Well, let's start with a brief look back on the Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate activity in 2009.

A total of 281 properties sold on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in 2009.  Sanibel saw the most activity with 143 Homes, 86 Condos and 11 Lots sold.  Captiva continued it’s sluggish pace from 2008 with 16 Homes, 22 Condos and 3 Lots changing hands.

 

Prices continued to pull back in all segments on both islands in keeping with the economy in general.  The good news is that the prices of homes and condos appear to have found a floor. 

 

Property Sold On Sanibel Island in 2009:

Homes: Prices ranged from a low of $285,000 to a high of $3,900,000

Condos: Prices ranged from a low of $175,000 to a high of $3,200,000

Lots: Prices ranged from a low of $175,000 to a high of $750,000

 

Property Sold On Captiva Island in 2009:

Homes: Prices ranged from a low of $800,000 to a high of $7,250,000

Condos: Prices ranged from a low of $246,000 to a high of $2,175,000

Lots: Prices ranged from a low of $1,325,000 to a high of $2,900,000

If you would like more detail on these statistics, let me know.  In my next post, I will take a look at 2010!

'til then,  Sarah
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Friday, December 04 2009
This is one of my favorite weekends on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

With the holidays just down the road, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island kick it off right with a two night Luminary festival.  Tonight is Sanibel's turn with the entire length of Periwinkle Way lined with luminaria.  It is breath-taking!  All the shops on Sanibel will be open with refreshments and deals - many are offering Luminary night specials.  It is fun for me because it really gets you into the holiday spirit - the decorations are great.

Tomorrow night is Captiva Island's night.  While smaller, it is more intimate and just as lovely.  The shops will be open as well and the refreshments flowing. The tree at Tween Waters is on and greeting all who come!  If you have the chance, maybe not this year, the first weekend in December is our luminary festival and it really shouldn't be missed!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 07:08 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, November 11 2009
Hi,

Captiva Island is another very special place on the Southwest coast of Florida.  Located just north of Sanibel Island, which is just west of Ft. Myers, Florida - the only ways to get to Captiva Island is via a causeway to Sanibel Island or by boat. 

In my efforts to assist my clients and visitors to the wonders of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, I have started a video series.  I introduced the East end of Sanibel Island in my last one and this one is dedicated to the "Downtown" section of Captiva Island.  This is where most of the Restaurants and shops are located.  Take a look and let me know what you think. 

You can check it out in my "Captiva" section Here, or view the video in YouTube Here.

You have to love Sanibel and Captiva Islands!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 07:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, November 02 2009
Hi,

It's November 2nd and oh, what a weekend and oh, what a start to the Season.  Halloween is a fun time on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.  On Friday and Saturday there were at least 6 Halloween related fund raisers and parties.  Among them were the Island Paws "Howl-O-Ween Party with their pet costume contest and Yappy Hour, The Trunk or Treat at the Sanibel Community Church, The Fall Family Carnival at The Community House and, of course,  the Voodoo Island Party at 'Tween Waters Inn - just to name a few.

It is a great time as many of our seasonal residents return to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island so getting back together with friends is what we do.  From now through Easter the Islands will be hopping with many fund raisers for groups like CROW, SCCF, FISH, START, and PURRE.  Coming up we have the Cracker Festival for START - Solutions to Avoid Red Tide - November 6th and the Wines in the Wild to benefit SCCF - Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation on November 14th just to name two. 

This weekend also marked the start of the Sanibel Farmers Market held each Sunday from 8am - 1pm at Tahitian Gardens Plaza on Sanibel.  We went yesterday and it was fantastic!  The fresh produce, bread, cheese and fish were first rate as were the plants and other goodies!  Fun Fun Fun!

As you make your plans to come back to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, be sure to check out what is going on on the islands when you visit!   Drop me an email if you want any suggestions!
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 07:19 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, September 18 2009
Greetings from Sanibel and Captiva Islands

The big news of my week is that I have moved over to Royal Shell Preferred Properties.  I am really excited about the move (well not the physical and logistical move actually it's kind of a pain, short term pain however).  What is exciting is the new opportunity to work with some terrific people in an organization that will support me fully in my efforts to service you,  my clients. 

My office is on Captiva Island and I have use and access to the Sanibel office as well.  This gives me a great opportunity to service all clients in convenient locations.  Royal Shell Sales is also very closely tied to Royal Shell Rentals - the largest rental company on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  This is very convenient for you who purchase investment properties to start getting that property to work for you.

I would love to answer any questions that you have about the move or the services of Royal Shell.  Email me or call, I always love to hear from you.  Let me know when you will be here so I can show you the new digs! 
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Sunday, July 05 2009

Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are marking the days until Blind Pass is officially opened.  The current schedule is for the pass to be open July 25!.  On September 25th there will be a ribbon cutting to mark this historic event.  Be sure to mark your calendar!

 

 

                        Opening of Blind Pass Draws Near
        Blind Pass Restoration project engineers and contractors are hoping for calm weather and seas as they complete interior dredging of the pass and move dredge "Nate" into the Gulf of Mexico. Only one of the original four sheet pile walls remains in place parallel to the gulf coast. Dredging near the gulf is normally more difficult than interior dredging due to the coarser sand. But gulf waves make it impossible to use the small dredge. To take advantage of days when weather cooperates, work may continue throughout the evenings.
 
        Completion of the project is expected in July. (Fingers crossed.)  Please join Lee County, the City of Sanibel and the CEPD for a commemorative ribbon cutting on Friday, September 25 at 10:00am.  Preparations for a special Captiva celebration are underway.  As we reunite for the season we will hold a grand family event including a small boat flotilla, food and fun.  Get your boats ready!
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Monday, June 15 2009
Please excuse the long Blog message however this is important and timely!  The economic impact of not ensuring clean water here is huge!  Read on and see what you can do.  Thanks,  Sarah


Newsletter - Bayous Preservation Association - June 14, 2009
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP BEFORE WEDNESDAY!
 
The BPA, working with the SCCF, is doing water quality monitoring at the four sites on Sanibel and Captiva where we have been testing for two years prior to the opening of Blind Pass. We will continue and are funded for water quality testing in the same four sites for a full year following the opening of the pass.
 
HOWEVER--the Lee County Tourist Development Council's Beach and Shoreline Fund, which has previously funded similar water quality monitoring on Captiva, at the Sanibel Caloosahatchee Water Quality Observatory and Sanibel Water Quality Monitoring--San Carlos Bay, has asked the Lee County Commission to pick up the tab this year.
 
In view of of the many increasing threats to the quality of our surrounding waters--due to factors such as runoff, fertilizers, algae, and bacterial pollutants--the support of all concerned BPA members is needed to encourage the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to fully fund in FY 2009-2010 these three important water quality projects.
 
The issue  of funding will be discussed at a budget workshop on Wednesday, June 17 (no public input planned), and the commissioners need to hear from us.
 
WE'VE ALREADY PAID THE TAXES FOR THIS, SO ENCOURAGE THE COMMISSIONERS TO SPEND IT FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR WATERS.
 
If you support the continuation of water quality monitoring on the islands, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL to the commissioners before Wednesday morning. Their e-mail addresses are listed below, as are some bullet points you can use to craft your individual message in support of this effort. Your email can be simple and to the point.
 
We in the BPA are lucky that, thanks to generous grants, donations, and memberships, we are able to continue our water quality monitoring program. Let's help these other areas, which are as critical to the water quality of the Blind Pass ecosystem as the opening of the pass, to get the funding they need.
 
We thank you in advance!
 
The Crew at BPA
 
SEND your emails to TO:
 
Commissioner Bob Janes, District 1 -- dist1@leegov.com
Commissioner Brian Bigelow, District 2 -- dist2@leegov.com
Commissioner Ray Judah, District 3 -- dist3@leegov.com
Commissioner Tammy Hall, District 4 -- dist4@leegov.com
Commissioner Frank Mann, District 5 -- dist5@leegov.com
 
MESSAGE POINTS:
 
I urge you to support full county funding in FY 2009-2010 for three important water quality projects previously funded by the Tourist Development Council:
1.       Captiva Water Quality Monitoring, Year 2 at $99,294.
2.       Sanibel Caloosahatchee Water Quality Observatory at $67,689.
3.       Sanibel Water Quality Monitoring -- San Carlos Bay at $30,000.
 
  • Water quality is an essential issue for Lee County, for both environmental and economic reasons. Healthy water is the basis for a healthy environment, a crucial building block to maintain ecological balance in the face of competing pressures and pollution sources.
  • The value of healthy water and beaches for the county's economy cannot be overstated: to bring visitors here to enjoy our coastlines and waterways, to keep residents drawn here by the many water-based resources available to them and to support the industries that rely on healthy water.
  • In a county that promotes its miles of white sandy beaches, its kayak trails, its abundant water-based recreational options and its commitment to preserve a fragile environment that has drawn people to this area for decades, protecting water quality is paramount.
  • In a county that brings in millions of dollars thanks to its environmental assets, spending thousands of dollars to ensure its waters stay healthy and its beaches stay open is a prudent investment for the future.
  • Water quality requires a more stable funding source to ensure this vital effort is adequately supported in years to come.
  • We understand financial times are tough and dollars are tight, but this is simply too important and timely an issue to wait until it's convenient. By then, it could be too late.
 
Be sure to include your name and Lee County address in your email.


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