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Sunday, July 12 2015

Something Fun in Fort Myers

In past blogs I've talked about some of the great things to do on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island (Ding Darling, Sanibel Lighthouse, biking trails, Sanibel's Historic Village, Downtown Captiva), but this time I want to talk about fun things to do in Fort Myers. I think one of the most popular attractions are the estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Located on McGregor Blvd., overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, both estates are next to each other which makes them a great choice for a visit!

Guided tours are available for both estates and it's well worth learning about these historic sites. The Edison Home is full of experiments and inventions. His laboratory has lots of interactive displays for adults and children alike. Edison was an amazing individual and held more than 1,000 patents for his various inventions.

Fort Myers Edison Estate

Thomas Edison Home Fort Myers Surprisingly, Edison did not invent the light bulb, but he did invent the filament that made the light bulb possible for mass production and sale to the public.His other major inventions included the fluoroscope, motion picture camera, a dictation device and batteries that powered electric cars. To Edison, his most prized invention was probably the phonograph.

Thomas Edison was also a renown botanist and on his estate you can tour his gardens. His plant research led to major advances using plants to make rubber for the WWII war effort. The estate also has one of the largest banyon trees in the country. It's gigantic and covers almost an acre of land!

This is a great way to spend your day! It's fun and educational for the whole family.

Thomas Ford Estate Fort Myers

The Edison and Ford Estates cover 20 acres, which include a botanic research lab, beautiful gardens, and the Edison Ford Museum. The Edison/Ford Estates are open daily from 9:00 to 5:30. The cost is $20 per adult, child (6-12) $11.00 and free for children 5 and under.

Fort Myers offers quite a bit for tourists and locals to enjoy! I'll write a few more blogs about some of the fun events and locations in our area. While we enjoy all our islands have to offer, sometimes it's fun to explore our surrounding areas. We have so many historic sites in and around Fort Myers, you can plan many days of exploring! Thomas Edison banyon tree
Sanibel Island Real Estate

Meanwhile, we are enjoying a fun summer in paradise! Our beaches are inviting, the fishing exciting, and our roads uncrowded! This is a great time to search for the perfect property to fit your dreams. Whether it's Captiva Island, Sanibel Island, or Fort Myers, I can find you what your're looking for. We currently have a great inventory of properties and I know how to find just the right property for you!

Call Me Today! 239-691-4915

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Wednesday, April 01 2015

Comparing 1st quarter sales - 2014 vs. 2015

January - March 2014 compared with January - March 2015

It's always interesting to check out same-time sales over the years to see how our market is doing. As you can see in the stats below, over the same 1st quarter time period, most catagories are way up! Captiva home sales is slightly down, but the average selling price is up. All in all this looks like the start of a great year in Sanibel real estate.

We currently have 140 Sanibel home listings, and as we look forward to our spring and summer season, I see some great home values in our Multiple Listing Service. Our economy is on the upswing and interest rates are still low! 

A Great Start to 2015 Sanibel and Captiva Island Sales

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 54 $784,694 272 93%
Sanibel 2015 63 $904,342 304 94%

Condos Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 34 $712,055 197 93%
Sanibel 2015 42 $725,506 388 95%

Homesites Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 6 $386,593 623 92%
Sanibel 2015 9 $314,433 347

96%

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 9 $2,554,167 462 91%
Captiva 2015 6 $3,186,250 686 90%

Condos Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 4 $550,875 1,027 94%
Captiva 2015 9 $1,263,444 239 93%

Sanibel App If you plan to visit Sanibel Island, of if you are a resident, download my Sanibel App! The Sanibel App is a great source for things to do and local information. You can get my FREE app at either the Google or Apple stores. Click here for the FREE download!  Google Play or the Apple Store.

As usual... give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your Sanibel-Captiva property search. As an island resident I can help you find your perfect place in paradise! Call me today!

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

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