It's fun to see what people say about "some of their favorite things" on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and I want to tell you the rest of the results from my casual survey from my clients and friends. I mentioned before that the winner of the "favorite beach" location was beach access number 7 on West Gulf Drive. I think we all have our favorite beach location, but I have to agree that access 7 does take you to some spectacular shelling after a strong westerly wind. On the other hand, anyplace you can stick your umbrella into the sand is a super place to spend the day!
If you're wondering what the poll revealed as the favorite restaurant, Sweet Melissa's, located at 1625 Periwinkle Way, was the winner!
Runners-up were Il Cielo, Il Tesoro, Sanibel Café, Timbers, Lazy Flamingo and Rosies all receiving multiple votes. With so many great restaurants on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, it's hard to pick a favorite!
Biking on Sanibel has always been a major reason some people love our islands. When I asked what bike route was the favorite, it's hard to argue with the winner being all the trails in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. You can spend your entire vacation exploring our favorite sanctuary. We had a tie for second best bike trail, the Sanibel Pond Apple Trail and the trail near the Over Easy Cafe on Tarpon Bay Road. With over 20 miles of biking/walking trails on Sanibel, it's a fun way to spend some time and get some exercise.
And don't forget to give me a call Today so I can start my search for your perfect piece of paradise! If you know of someone you would like to make your neighbor...pass my number along!239-691-4915
If you want to start your Sanibel real estate search yourself, you can use my free and easy search engine. You can search by map, address, size, condo, home, or homesite.
We have a great selection of properties and I'm sure I can find just the right spot for you! This is one of the best times to visit and start your property search, our weather is spectacular, the waters are warm, the shells are plentiful and I'm looking forward to helping you find your perfect piece of paradise!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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 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.
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.
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!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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!
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!
Herons Landing II
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
Lots of new listings and things to know about our islands! Give me a call!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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