You have just signed a contract for your Sanibel Island Dream Home and your Realtor says – “What Inspections would you like to have on the property?”
Inspections are a good idea in most instances so that you – the buyer of the property – know what you are getting. Some of the most lovely properties have been found to have some serious, but fixable, issues upon review by inspectors.
Examples of this include finding evidence of active termites, copper piping that may be ready to leak, wood pilings that may have been covered so that the damage from wicking isn’t obvious. All of these, plus others, can be very unpleasant, even scary to a buyer, however with a through inspection, the property can most likely be fixed.
At the most basic, a General Inspection from a licensed inspector or General Contractor, and a Termite Inspection (WDO – Wood Destroying Organism inspection) would be a good place to start. These inspections will tell you if you need to bring in a roofer for a review and estimate on roof repairs, or a pool contractor if there seems to be a problem with the pool. A general inspection for termites, or similar wood destroying pests is also a good idea.
If mold is suspected, or the buyer has concerns about indoor air quality, a Mold Test is a good idea. Many General Inspectors are either licensed to do this test or can coordinate bringing in a specialist for this test.
Radon testing is also a test some folks will request. Talking with your Realtor and the Inspector can determine if these tests make sense for the type of property you are purchasing and the concerns you may have.
Are you planning on selling your house in the next six months? You may want to do pro-active inspections to find out and address any items that might be obstacles for potential buyers. Most buyers like to know that the seller has been taking care of the property and that repairs have already been made. At the end of the day, inspections are a great idea so you can minimize surprises after the closing.
As always, a Realtor (Me!) can help you through this process. I work with buyers and sellers concerning inspection issues and I'm sure I can help smooth the process. Give me a call, even if it's just for an estimate of the value of your property, or general questions about selling or buying a home on Sanibel or Captiva Island. Buying on a barrier island is different than buying a mainland home and I'd love to work with you!
Give me a call Today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
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It's always interesting to check out same-time sales over the years to see how our market is doing.
As the chart below shows, our Sanibel home sales are up, as well as an increase in average selling price. Sanibel Island condos are down slightly in number sold, but up in the average selling price. It's great to see our market doing so well!
We currently have 190 Sanibel home listings, and this looks like 2018 is going to continue our brisk real estate market. It's currently snowing up north and our traffic has increased as northerners come down to enjoy our beautiful winter weather! This year we have a great inventory of homes, condos, and homesites for you to check out. Our real estate market is active and I'd love to help you find your place in paradise!
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
ReMax of the Islands
Now that 2017 is half over, let's take a look at sales statistics this year compared to the same time period last year. As you can see, 124 Sanibel homes have been sold so far in 2017.
We currently have 142 Sanibel homes listed, and 87 condos, which means we have a super inventory of properties to show! Summers are a great time to come and enjoy our beaches as you let me search for your perfect place on our islands. Sanibel and Captiva islands continue to win awards, and our beaches and wildlife make this one of the best places to live!
Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your Sanibel-Captiva property search. I know our island real estate! Whether you are looking for a home, condo or homesite... I can find just what you're looking for! Click Here to check out my listings!
As an island resident I can help you find your perfect place in paradise! Call me today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
ReMax of the Islands
Summers are the best for Sanibel Island real estate!
As we enter our summer it's a great time to check out what's for sale. Our winter season crowds are leaving and there are lots of price reductions. Not to mention this is a great time to check out our beaches and restaurants without the crowds!
The first property I want to talk about is located at 750 Donax Street in Donax Village. This is a townhouse-style condo. This home is a two bedroom, two bath, renovated and furnished unit. The home has a vaulted ceiling in the living room and quartz counters. The living area leads to a large screened lanai overlooking the beautiful landscaping. There is a loft for an office area or overflow space for guests. 750 Donax is being offered for $515,000.
The next "super" summertime property for sale is this home at 981 Sand Castle Road, Sanibel. This is a three bedroom, 2.5 bath home in the Dunes subdivision. Located near the causeway, the home overlooks the first green and a pond on the Dunes golf course. There is an oversize screened patio facing the sunset! The kitchen has maple cabinets and is convenient and functional. The large master bedroom opens to the lanai and has views of the golf course. Just a short walk you'll find the Dunes Clubhouse, tennis courts, and restaurant! Membership to the club is not mandatory so you can enjoy the amenities as you like! This home is being offered for $575,000.
How about a great east end Sanibel condo! Captains Walk unit D5 is an updated two bedroom, one bath unit just a short distance to the Sanibel Lighthouse and some of our best beaches! There are tile floors throughout and granite counters in the kitchen. This condo has an open living/dining area that extends to your lanai. There are boat docks with easy kayak access to our east end canals. Sanibel's bike path will take your to over 20 miles of great Sanibel sites! This property is being offered for $325,000.
Have you thought about building your own home? My husband and I built a home on Sanibel and I can help you through all the issues of building on a barrier island. It's definitely worth it! This property is located at 2401 Blue Crab Court, Sanibel. The property is on Dinkins Bayou and has access to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. This is a large property with a dock and lift in place. With 6500 square feet of impervious coverage, and a total of 7835 square feet of total developed area, this has all the room you need to build your perfect island home! This property is being offered for $774,000.
Next we have another buildable property. This one is located at 644 Sea Oats Drive, Sanibel. Just off West Gulf Drive and near your beach easement (Beach Access #1), this property is located in Sea Oats subdivision and has been cleared for building. This is one of the few remaining vacant lots in sought-after Sea Oats. Enjoy spectacular conservation property views from this homesite! One of the last chances to build your dream home so close to the beach! The lot size is 100' X 207' X 118' X 270'. This homesite is being offered for $295,000
Whether it's winter or summer, getting out in a boat is one of the best ways to enjoy your day! We have so many interesting places to visit and lots of ways to get there.
Sanibel Marina offers private fishing/shelling guides who can take you out for the day, as well boat rental that you can take yourself.
Captiva Island has four marinas: South Seas, McCarthy's, Jensen's & 'Tween Waters. You can try a sailboat charter, professional guide, private boat rental, or a narrated air conditioned tour boat. Schedules vary, but you can easily go on a sunset cruise, or fishing, shelling or just out to one of the nearby island restaurants.
Just to the north of Sanibel and Captiva Island we have un-bridged Upper Captiva Island. Also called North Captiva, the island is about three and a half miles long, with the southern two mile being mostly preserve property. The northern end has electricity, over a hundred homes, and three great restaurants (my favorite is Barnacles). The roads aren't paved and the main transportation is by golf cart. The island also has a 2100 ft private airstrip for some residents. A day spent on Upper Captiva will be remembered for years.
Cayo Costa Island is the next island north of Upper Captiva. Cayo Costa is a state park and has a small area to camp. There are no amenities except for a rest room. Most people head out there for a day trip and just swim and walk the beach. The island is never crowded and you are sure to find some interesting shells to start your collection.
Cabbage Key is probably the most famous island because of its restaurant of the same name. Cabbage Key is a back-bay island so it has no beach, but the true draw to the island is the food and drink. The restaurant sits on top of a Calusa shell mound about 37 feet high, which is pretty high for Florida. The restaurant serves great food and is a popular stop for tour boats and private boats. There is a full bar, and a small menu where the burgers are definitely the best seller. Locals say Jimmy Buffett wrote his hit "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at the Cabbage Key bar. Who knows if this is true, but his signed photo sits behind the bar. An interesting quirk of the restaurant is that guests are allowed to sign a dollar bill and tape it to the walls or ceiling. The place has over ten thousand dollars on the wall and as they fall off, they are donated to local charities. Pretty cool!
Useppa Island is a back-bay island just across the intra-coastal waterway from Cabbage Key. Useppa has a ton of history behind it. The Collier Inn Restaurant has a large menu and is set in a more formal setting. The island was a favorite fishing lodge for President Teddy Roosevelt. The island's history can be found at the Barbara L. Sumwalt Museum, located on the island. The island has picturesque walkways that weave throughout giant banyan trees. Definitely a great place to relax and enjoy!
Even if you just take a tour boat for a sunset cruise, you are sure to have a great time. A day on the water is a day well spent!
Of course if you are interested in island real estate, I can be at work finding you the perfect property as you are enjoying your day on the water! Our inventory of available properties is substantial and I'm sure I can find you exactly the property that fits your criteria. Call me Today! 239-691-4915
Located at 2311 Starfish Lane on Sanibel, this listing has everything to make your life on Sanibel Island very rewarding! This home is central to the best Sanibel shopping, restaurants, and our island beaches.
This outstanding home is located in the sought after Butterknife Community, just off West Gulf Drive. This home includes a private, separate guest suite, which is across the lanai overlooking the pool. The guest suite has an additional bedroom with morning kitchen and private bathroom. The primary part of the house features an open, tiled living room/dining room with a granite countered kitchen.
The large primary bedroom has an oversized walk-in closet and french doors opening to the lanai. The large lanai overlooks the beautiful heated pool. Two additional bedrooms and bath are part of the main house. This property is private and convenient with an enclosed two car garage and also offers a great deal of additional storage.
This home is definitely worth the look! There is 2507 sq. ft. of enclosed area, and a total of 8917 sq. ft., which is plenty of room for family and guests! The caged pool is large and the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee!
We are into our busy winter season and I'm looking forward to finding you the perfect property on Sanibel Island or Captiva Island! We have lots of great listings available for purchase. Whether it's a residentual home, a condo, a homesite or income producing property, I can find you just what you're looking for!
Seashells of Sanibel has always been a favorite for residents and visitors. Seashells has an on-site rental office for those who want their unit rented while not in personal use.
Seashells unit 38 is a near-beach two bedroom, two bathroom condo. This great opportunity has an updated kitchen and tile floors throughout.
New appliances (except refrigerator) and AC condenser were replaced in 2015.
An upbeat island decor and comfortable furnishings make this a great island property.
Seashells of Sanibel permits weekly rentals in Season and three-day rentals during the summer.
Owner are allowed pets with no weight limits.
This condo is being offered fully furnished for $395,000
Seashells is located at 2840 West Gulf Drive, and has a large community pool and tennis court. Probably the best amenity would be your private beach easement just steps from condo #38. Also, Sanibel Island's over 20 miles of bike/walking trails iare just in front of the Seashells condos.
This is a wonderful opportunity! Seashells of Sanibel condos sell fast so this condo is worth checking out! There are so many things to like about Seashells - number one would be location, location, location!
Our winter "season" is in full swing as visitors flee from the cold and snowy weather up north. I don't think I can blame them. Our shovels are used at the beach and our umbrellas are used for sun shelter, not for sleet and hail.
Make this your year for Sanibel Island! We have a nice inventory of homes, condos, and homesites, and I'm sure we have just the right property for you!
If you want to start your real estate search at your computer, I have some great tools for you. You can use my user-friendly search tools and check out properties by map, location, size, price or almost any other criteria you like. You can also download my app on your phone, Android or Apple, and check out some fun things to do while you're on the island.
Native vs. Non-Native Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Vegetation
I want to tell you about this great new website I found! Have you ever wanted a fast and easy way to determine which island plants are native and which are not? If you are building on the island, or are currently a home owner, this is a fun way to lean about our local plant life. As you probably know, Sanibel Island has strict codes as far as removing "exotic vegetation," and if you plan to build on the island you need to be aware of what you need to remove and replace.
This website allows you to plug in your zip code and it will pull up a list of local plants, along with their common name and its scientific name. I mean how many of us have wondered what plant "Heterotheca subaxillaris" is? Or maybe most of us will just stick with the common name (Camphorweed). Click the links below for the full list of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island plants. Check out these sites for Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.
The Sanibel website "MySanibel.com" has lots of information along with contact numbers for your questions. Of course you can also give me a call at 239-691-4915 and I can point you in the right direction to find answers to your questions. I've built a home on Sanibel Island, as well as being a Realtor on the island, so I do have some expertise on this subject.
You can also find more on the "Vegetation Information" page of the Sanibel government website. You can find lots of information about native vs. non-native vegetation, and our city building department is a friendly place that will work with Island builders to help guide your construction project to a successful end.
As usual, I want to help you navigate your way to buying or building your perfect island paradise. Today there is a blizzard in Colorado and I'm sure many people all over the country are starting to plan a trip to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. We have a nice inventory of homes, condos and homesites and you can put me to work searching for your new property while you hit the beach! Just let me know your criteria and I can organize everything that fits your needs so you can view them without wasting any of your time. Call Me Today! or use my contact form.
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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January - June 2014 compared with January - June 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 6-month period, most catagories show a marked improvement from last year. The exception are Captiva home sales, which are down, but the average selling price is up. Sanibel condo sales are also slightly down in numbers from last year.
On Sanibel we currently (7/18/2015) have 104 home listings with prices ranging from $450,000 to $4,895,000. We have 88 Sanibel condo listings ranging from $225,000 to $2,395,000. On Captiva Island we currently have (7/18/2015) 39 home listings ranging from $889,000 to $10,500,000, and 39 Captiva condo listings from $244,000 to $2,700,000.
This is the lowest number of Sanibel homes for sale at this time of year I have seen in the 12 years of my being an island Realtor! As you might expect, there has been some price pressure due to this reduced inventory.
From January through June 30 there have been 159 houses that have been sold on Sanibel with prices ranging from $247,000 to $3,725,000.
Looking at these numbers it becomes clear that if the pace was consistent throughout the year that we have just under a four month supply of houses for sale.That is quite amazing. The reality is that this is our low time for inventory and we will begin to add listings in October/November.
Captiva Island also has the lowest number of condos for sale at this time of year that I have seen.
A Great Start to 2015 Sanibel and Captiva Island Sales
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
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
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
Speaking with many of our visitors I've come to the conclusion that Sanibel Island is one of the best places to live! Year-round we have great weather and lots to do! Our friends from the northeast are still suffering and digging out from one of the worst winters on record, and we have quite a few visitors who have escaped from that mess. All I can say is "Welcome." And maybe it's time to take a look at some Sanibel Island real estate!
In my last few blogs I've been pointing out some of the fun upcoming events that residents and visitors can schedule into their time and I'd like to point out a few more.
Sanibel Island is in its "season," and this is a great time to be here. Lots to do, perfect weather, and smiling faces everywhere you look. Not to forget some of the best restaurants in Florida!
As for real estate, we have a full inventory of properties that are sure to fit your criteria. It can't hurt to take a look! You can even start online with my easy-to-use search feature. You can search by location, price, size, or any other criteria that fits your needs!
This is a quick list of our current listing numbers:
150 Sanibel Homes - starting with a 2/1 for $289,000
113 Sanibel Condos - starting with a 1/1 for $195,000
77 Sanibel Homesites - starting at $125,000
48 Captiva Homes - starting with a 3/3 for $1,099,000
39 Captiva Condos - starting with a 1/1 for $255,000
5 Captiva Homesites for sale - Starting at $850,000
Give me a call today and I can start the search for your home on Sanibel or Captiva island!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915 Contact Form
After being closed for the summer for major road repairs, and general upgrades, the J.N. National Wildlife Refuge is back open for business! It was a rocky re-opening, as just when the Refuge was about to open, we had the federal government shutdown. When the Refuge finally opened this past Thursday, the refuge manager offered free admission for the day! I took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed a lovely bike ride, on the newly paved Wildlife Drive around 5:30 in the afternoon. The light was magical - low and glowing. There were some birds but the main thing I saw was a 4 foot aligator. I am really glad I jumped on my bike as the Refuge resumed its regular schedule and was closed on Friday!
We're happy to welcome back all the Refuge workers and we are looking forward to a busy year as we let our wildlife entertain us! With over 60% of Sanibel Island being preserve property, there is always something fun to see! See below for information about our ongoing "Ding Darling Days."
The main road, Wildlife Drive, has been resurfaced with concrete pavement for long life, as well as help with future road maintenance. Improvements were also made to the parking area, observation tower, Calusa Shell Mound Trail and the Wulfert Keys Trail.
The Refuge is one of Sanibel Island's major attractions and it's great to have it open to the public again.
If you are in the area, or planning to visit, visiting the Wildlife Refuge is a must! There are three major trails as well as the four-mile main Wildlife Drive. There is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter mile Shell Mound Trail and the quarter mile Wulfert Keys Trail.
And, of course, there is the visitor's center just next to the parking area. The Center tells the history of "Ding" as well as all the wildlife you can expect to see along the trails. Be sure to bring your camera!
The Refuge opened just in time for "Ding Darling Days," which offers events from tram tours, to wildlife presentations, and even fun things for the kids like archery. The event is underway from October 20 to October 26th. Stop on by and enjoy all there is to offer!
In other news, we had our first cold front last week where our temp dipped below 70 degrees! Although I think the dip happened in the middle of the night. Summer is definitely over and our daytime temps have been in the mid 80s. This means it's time for our part-time residents to return for our fantastic winter season. We also have a GREAT inventory of properties for sale on the islands. Contact me and can make you a Sanibel-Captiva Island resident! Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I can find you the perfect place in paradise!
There is always something fun to do on the islands and it's time you made this area your home! Miles of beach, shopping, 20+ miles of bike/walking trails, the best restaurants, and lots and lots of natural environment for you to enjoy - Call Me Today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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!
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!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915 Contact Me Here
It's nice, in fact great, to see our Sanibel real estate market getting fully on its feet again! This year, and last year, have been a continuation of the national economic recovery. It helps that bank rates are continuing to be at historic lows and home prices are extemely reasonable.
Sanibel and Captiva real estate have always been in demand, and it was the economic downturn that dragged us down. Lots of people were just waiting for the recovery to start before they jumped back into the market. Sanibel and Captiva are incredible places to live! As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can definitely relate!
In this blog I want to take a look at our Sanibel near-beach home sales.
Currently we have 52 near-beach Sanibel homes listed. Asking prices start at $424,900 for a two bed, two bath, 1401 sq. ft. ground level home on Tahiti Drive, to a four bed, three bath, 6045 sq. ft. home on Dingman Drive for $2,495,000. There are currently 5 near-beach homes under contract and pending sale.
So far this year we've had 71 near-beach Sanibel homes sold (that's right! 71). The listing to sales price, so far this year, has been 91%.
We are on track toward a great year. Last year during the same period we had 70 near-beach Sanibel home sales, which shows that for two years our market has been healthy. This is a great time to start your search for island property - rising market, low rates, good inventory and reasonable sales prices.
For a snapshot of our current market listings:
Sanibel Total home listings on Sanibel - 146
From a 3/1 on Court Place for $289,000, to a 3/5 for $23,000,000 on San-Cap Drive. Total condo listings on Sanibel - 134
From a 1/1 at Spanish Cay for $$264,000, to Sedgemore Condo for $2,999,900.
Captiva Total home listings on Captiva - 34
From a 3/2 on Dickey Lane for $879,000 to a 7 bedroom on Captiva Drive for $10,900,000 Total condo listings on Captiva - 30
From a 1/1 in Tennis Villas for $225,000 to a 3/3 Beach Home condo for $2,050,000.
Give me a call today to start your search for the perfect island property! I can do all the research for the property that fits your criteria and arrange for you to see it. If you're not on-island, no problem. I can send you photos and all the information you need to advance your search. I can find you just what you're looking for! In a few years there will be many who say, "If only I bought back in 2013 before prices and interest rates..."
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
My new listing is a homesite located at 2512 Wulfert Road in the Sanctuary at Wulfert. The Sanctuary is located off Sanibel-Captiva Road near the northern end of the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. This area is close to one of my favorite beaches, Blind Pass. It seems like every time I walk this beach I see people finding the best shells, fishing, and just relaxing under an umbrella.
This homesite measures 112 by 155 by 112 by 154 feet. This very large duplex lot has approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of impermeable coverage. The asking price is $259,500.
The property has terrific views overlooking the water to the 17th fairway and adjoining Sanctuary property.
Privacy and serene comfort would not be understating what this site has to offer. More information and a location map can be found here.
Equity and social membership to the Sanctuary Golf Club are available for purchase, but not required. You can check out my website Sanctuary condo page as well as watch a video of the Sanctuary area for some photos of what the Sanctuary has to offer.
If you are looking for a great location to build your home, this might be just the location for you! I also have another lot listed near this location with waterfront access to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Check it out here.
As a long time resident of Sanibel Island who has also had a home built on the island, I can help you with all the necessities of getting your home ideas off the ground! Building your own home can he a fun challenge and a rewarding experience... so call me today to get started!
Our summer is ending and we are gearing up for the return of our "snowbirds" as they come back for another fun winter season. Property values have been heading up and we are definitely on the rebound from the property value lows of a couple years ago.
I have access to ALL the island listings and I'm positive I can find just the right property for you! Give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use my Property Search feature on my website to start yoru own property search. You can search by map, price, location, size or just about any other criteria you want!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you, so... Call Me Today!
Okay, so maybe our wildlife doesn't get a makeover, but Wildlife Drive does! Wildlife Drive, the main road through the Refuge, is being re-paved and is expected to reopen October 1, 2013.
The good news is that the rest of the Refuge will remain open. You can still visit the Education Center (free), and also enjoy everything on the summer program schedule - click here for the full list!
This is from the press release about the closure, "This construction project will replace the existing open-grade pavement on Wildlife Drive with an asphalt concrete pavement. Existing and newly planted vegetation will help filter runoff. Portions of the shoulder currently used for parking will be reinforced and/or topped with crushed stone/gravel to prevent erosion and additional runoff.
Check our my Refuge Video above!
The Press Release continues, "The new surface will be an asphalt concrete that will extend the life of Wildlife Drive for 20 years, and will enhance visitor access, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. Indigo Trail will only be accessible through guided tours conducted by Tarpon Bay Explorers. All other refuge access locations, including Tarpon Bay Recreation Area and the Bailey Tract will remain open."
This means you should still come and check it out! A guided tour along the Indigo Trail would really make your day. All the wildlife along Wildlife Drive can also be found along the Indigo Trail, and the Visitor Center is a great place to learn about our area as well as cool off before heading to the Bailey Tract area (also open!).
We love our local wildlife and it makes sense to take care of our protected areas. In case you didn't know, Sanibel is over 60% preserve property. We take our natural surrounding seriously... and it's worth it. As a long-time Sanibel resident, I can assure you our Sanibel lifestyle is something you should try! Contact me for information about making the move to Sanibel Island!
If you want to check out the live web-cam of the improvements being made to the Refuge, Click Here. Maybe you will see one of our alligators checking out his new road! I was just checking out the webcam and I think this might be a great way to watch one of our sunsets over the lagoon. Take a look and email me about anything interesting you see!
This is the week of our July 4th events and if you're in the area come check us out! Our parade (always a good time) starts at 9:30 a.m. The Parade Route will begin at Tarpon Bay Road on Periwinkle Way and end at Casa Ybel Road.
And yes, we will have fireworks! They start around 8:45 p.m. (dusk) and will be launched from the north end of Bailey Road. You can check out all the fourth events Here at the City of Sanibel website.
As always, I'm here and ready to help you become my island neighbor! Our summer is a great time to start your search for the perfect property. Whether it's a home, homesite or condo, I've got access to ALL the listings! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you... Call Now!
Okay, we never want to think about hurricanes, but we have to and it's this time of year we need to refresh our memory on what to do. The main goal in a hurricane is to Stay Safe! And usually that means to evacuate low-lying areas. That means our islands. With hurricanes we are lucky that they usually come with a few days warning and we have lots of time to secure our homes, secure our boats, and plan where we want to go if a storm becomes imminent. Our local officials usually give the evacuation call and it's a good idea to pay attention to their advice.
One of our best tools to help us follow a storm is a tracking chart. Some people have them on their refrigerators, or thumb-tacked to a wall. The picture to the left is a good tracking chart and you can click on the photo (or here) and then save/print the large PDF version.
It's almost fun to follow the storms as they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean, but the fun rapidly changes as the "cone of probability" includes our area.
To the right is a video of our annual hurricane awareness seminar put together by our local officials. They cover lots of facts and "need to know" things that might save lives.
The speakers go over some pretty interesting trivia (hurricanes were first named after women when an Australian meteorologist got mad at his ex-girlfriend), to more important information (what supplies you need when you return to no electricity). It's a good idea to watch the video all the way through.
Below are three links that help you understand our tropical storms and hurricanes, and ways to prepare for them, and follow them on local radar. The local radar loop is also good just to check your daily weather and plan your day.
So that's enough about bad weather! This week our weather is fantastic and it's a great time to shop for island property. Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form. I promise to work as hard as possible to find you the perfect island home. Give me a call... the island lifestyle awaits!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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
I just read an important article about changes coming to our island flood insurance programs. Written by the owner of Heidrick & Company Insurance and Risk Management Services, Chris Heidrick, he discussed many issues we need to know. Especially for older, ground level homes.
According to the article, "The most significant section of the act immediately eliminates rate subsidies on structures built prior to 1979 on Sanibel, and 1984 on Captiva, Fort Myers Beach and many parts of mainland Lee County. Rates for these structures have been artificially low since the inception of the NFIP in 1968. Premiums for these policies will increase from a range of $1,200 to $2,400 to at least $3,000 and in many cases to well over $10,000 per year. While the new rates have not yet been released, indications are available. Government and industry leaders all agree on the enormity of the increases."
This is news that all owners on Sanibel and Captiva need to be aware of. Mr. Heidrick continues, "Increases (will be) phased in over the next several years through annual increases of 20 to 25 percent per year. However, policies that were purchased on or after July 6, 2012 will require owners to obtain an Elevation Certificate and will be re-rated at the new, higher rate at the first renewal after Oct.1, 2013."
Our islands are in the flood plain that will definitely affect our future rates and availability. This is sure to have an impact on our real estate market.
Probably the best thing we can do is to contact our insurance representative and see how this will impact our individual properties.
To continue, "Any building that has been 'substantially improved greater than 30 percent of its fair market value' will immediately be subject to the new, higher rates. This threshold is lower than the "50 percent of fair market value" threshold that triggers conformance requirements under FEMA construction guidelines. However, if the improvement elevates the building above Base Flood Elevation it could result in a decrease in flood insurance premiums.
"Further, the practice of "grandfathering" will be phased out beginning in late 2014. Grandfathering allows a property owner to continue to pay lower rates after a revision to flood maps indicate an increased hazard for that property, saving some property owners thousands of dollars."
The article concludes, "For owners of properties impacted... there is one glimmer of hope that has recently surfaced. On May 7, 2013, Sen. Mary Landreiu of Louisiana introduced an Amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would stop premium rate increases for NFIP coverage until FEMA conducts an affordability study and there is adequate time to act on the findings. Homeowners and citizens should contact Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio to express their concerns about Biggert-Waters (Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 ) and ask for support of Sen. Landreiu's Amendment to the Water Resources Development Act."
I think the bottom line is that we need to pay attention to the changes coming down the road. Our low lying islands are vulnerable to hurricanes and subsequent flooding, and we need to keep our flood insurance availability. It's key to our real estate market and our well being.
I'll be keeping a close watch on when and how these changes are implemented, so please contact me for more information. I'm a long-time island resident too, and this new policy will affect us all.
This is a great new listing at one of our most popular condos! Nutmeg Village is located at 2777 West Gulf Drive - directly on the Gulf of Mexico!
This is a first floor condo with views of the pool and Gulf. Nutmeg offers tennis, shuffle-board, a large pool with deck, under building parking, and miles and miles of Sanibel's famous beach! The landscaping is beautiful.
This is unit 105 and it's being offered furnished with some exceptions. You can just pack your toothbrush and move right in! The views are stunning and the condo is true comfort and style!
This two bedroom, two bath condo was thoroughly remodeled and renovated, being designed for graciousness and comfort.
Check out the Tour!
The kitchen has been opened up has the best in counters, cabinets and appliances. The lanai is now part of the living space with the sliders removed. The open flow makes it feel like home from the moment you walk in.
This condo should definitely be put on your "must see" list if you are interested in Sanibel living at its best!
Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form for more information about this great listing! Nutmeg is always a favorite and if you have been looking for condos on Sanibel, this one will fit all your criteria!
You can tell I'm excited about this unit - location, location, location!
Our winter season has ended, and our summer season isn't quite here yet, and that means it's the perfect time to start your search for island property! The weather is perfect, the crowds are gone, and our beaches are waiting...
Click the above map for an explanation of beach access points!
Let's face it, Sanibel Island is most famous for its beaches. Sure we have incredible wildlife preserves, restaurants, shops and bike trails, but the shells and the beach are what people suffering through cold winters are thinking about. Sanibel has about 11 miles of incredible beach and Captiva Island has about four miles of beach. Sanibel has public beach access points as well as restricted beach access areas. You can use an interactive map HERE to point out each area.
Our beaches have a bit of everything. Near the eastern end (Lighthouse pics and info) you have, public parking, great views of Fort Myers Beach, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay on the inland side.
Sanibel's Historic Lighthouse is always worth the visit, even if you don't want to spend your day at the beach.
People are always asking me where the best shells are, and the answer to that varies with the weather. After a storm, or strong wind and waves off the Gulf, you can find shells just about anywhere along our beaches.
But for a definitive answer for "most likely" spots in any weather, I'd have to say Boman's Beach ("C" on the above map), which offers public parking and restrooms. I also like Blind Pass Beach ("B" on the map) for shelling. Blind Pass also has public parking.
All of the beach access points on the above map allow walkers and bike riders access to the beach. For residents and property owners with a parking permit obtained at the Rec Center, there is limited parking. Our beaches are open year-round and you will never have to fight the crowds you find in Fort Myers Beach or at many of our Florida beaches. On Sanibel you can even take your dog (just keep him/her leashed!).
How can you go wrong with all Sanibel and Captiva Islands have to offer? Come on down and check us out!
While you're walking along doing the "Sanibel Stoop" as you look for shells, check out some of the homes along our shoreline. I can help you find the perfect home, condo or homesite on, or near, the beach. This is a great time to look for Sanibel real estate - our winter crowds have gone and the summer heat is still months away. We have a good inventory of reasonably prices properties and I can help you from offer to closing!
As a long-time island resident I'd love to meet you and show you what's available on our islands! Give me a call now at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and we can get started on your perfect island property!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
You can add over 20 miles of mixed use biking/walking trails to the list of things Sanibel Island has to offer. No matter where you are staying on the island, it's a pretty good bet that one of our bike paths passes nearby.
You can take a bike ride to the Sanibel Lighthouse, or maybe to one of the many public beach access locations. Most restaurants and shops also have areas to safely leave your bike.
For an interactive map you can Click Here and check out more information about our bike path routes.
Not only can you walk or bike on the paths, you can sign up for a Segway lesson and tour! Through Billy's Bikes on Periwinkle Way, you can learn how to ride a Segway and tour the island, or rent one of their many different bike choices. Billys is just one of many places that offer bikes for rent.
We also have a Sanibel Island Bike Club for all levels of bikers. They plan different rides and events around the island as well as teaching safe biking and the rules of the road. The map at the top of this blog is from the Bike Club and you can find it online as a downloadable PDF Here or by just clicking on the map.
From Periwinkle Way all the way to Blind Pass Beach on Captiva Island, this is one of the best ways to get to know our island paradise!
With 60% of Sanibel being wildlife preserve, you can bike or walk on secluded paths while bird watching or just enjoying our abundance of wildlife. The world famous J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve is a great place to spend the day as you explore miles of trails through our island wetlands. This summer Wildlife Drive in the Ding Darling Preserve will be closed for repaving and bridge repair, so contact me and I can give you the closure dates and an update on how long it will take to re-open.
Come and enjoy everything our islands have to offer! From our historic sites to miles and miles of great shelling on our beaches, there are many reasons to consider Sanibel Island real estate!
Our "season" is winding down and this is a great time to visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands! The crowds are thinning out and we have some terrific properties on the market. Whether you are interested in a home, condo or homesite, I want to help you find the perfect property!
Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and we can start the search for your home in paradise! As a long-time island resident, I know every area of the island and I'm sure we can get your dreams fulfilled!
Thanks! Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate Royal Shell Real Estate
For more of the Best Sanibel Island real estate, we have The Atrium condo located at 2929 West Gulf Drive. The Atrium is a small Gulf Front condo with only 24 units. The units are either 2/2 with 1856 sq. ft or the larger 3/3 with 2250 sq. ft.
These large condos are just steps from the pool, tennis court or beach. The landscaping is perfection, and the Sanibel Island lifestyle is a perfect fit at the Atrium
Currently there is one listing at Atrium, a one bedroom, one bath for $1,147,555. This is a gulf front unit with incredible views.
The Atrium is always in demand so give me a call, or use my contact form, for more information on this property!
We are having a great season this year and we have lots of options for anyone looking for Sanibel or Captiva Island real estate. Typically our season starts to wind down after Easter, but local rental companies are reporting strong reservations well into the summer.
I can't blame people for wanting to come here to visit or invest in real estate. We are known for our wildlife, beaches, shelling, boating, fishing, sailing, shops and the list goes on!
Property prices are starting to rise again but there are lots of terrific deals to be had! Financing is a bit trickier to get, but rates are still at historic lows and I can help guide you to lenders as well as everything involved in buying island property.
I've been a Sanibel resident for many years and I love to help people find a way to make the move to our islands. Whether it's Sanibel, Captiva or Fort Myers, I can help you from beginning to end!
If you can't make the trip to our islands yet, but still want information about this area, give me a call at 239-691-4915 and I can answer all your questions. If you want to check out some of my island videos, you can click on the links below.
Thanks for checking out my blog and my website! I hope you find lots of fun and interesting things in it. Be sure to check out my multiple listing service search page! We make it easy for you! You can search by location, price, using an island map, or just about any other criteria you want. You can even save or email the listings that you like.
I'm here to help, so it's time to start your search for your place in paradise!
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!
This week I want to talk about Sanibel real estate and another fantastic gulf front condo - Gulfside Place. Located at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive, this condo has just about everything you need. It's perfect for either personal use or to put in the rental program - or both!
Gulfside has 2/2 units as well as 3/2 units. You can check out my Gulfside Place webpage and Virtual Tour Here!
Gulfside Place has easy access to Sanibel's miles and miles of beautiful sand and shell beach. You can also jump on the over 20 miles of walking/biking paths that pass right in front of Gulfside.
Sanibel has so much to offer and Gulfside Place is the perfect location to take advantage of all Sanibel has to offer.
Gulfside has two large swimming pools (both with beautiful gulf views) and six tennis courts for your enjoyment. An exercise room is available for you, as well as BBQ areas.
The Sanibel Island lifestyle is waiting and I'm sure I can find just the right place for you! Condo, home or vacant homesite - I can show you all the listings available.
Currently there is one condo listed at Gulfside Place, a two bedroom, two bath listed for $955,000. This unit has been completely remodeled and overlooks the gardens, pool and Gulf of Mexico.
Gulfside is a popular location and always in demand. Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form for all the latest listings at Gulfside Place!
I have information on ALL the listings for Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Fort Myers, so contact me with any questions you might have for our islands. I am a long-time resident of Sanibel and I'd love to speak with you and talk about my home island as well as all our surrounding areas!
Our "season" is here and we have a great inventory of available properties. Interest rates are still at historic lows and prices are reasonable - This is the year for you to consider our islands!
If you aren't quite ready to buy, I can insert your search criteria into my automated system and you will be emailed every new listing that fits your needs! No hassle and no pressure!
We can search using just about any criteria you want - price, size, location, pool, condo, home or homesite!
Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or through my Website.
The Sanibel River - We wouldn’t be Sanibel without it!
One of the things that makes Sanibel Island a truly unique place is that abundance of wildlife. Birds, reptiles, and mammals of all types have made Sanibel home. The reason they can do this and flourish - The Sanibel River.
I recently read a really interesting article by Ed Brotak in Times of the Islands that brought forth some very interesting facts about the Sanibel River.
• It is actually a Slough, not a river.
• A Slough is an area of freshwater lowlands
• Because there is very little elevation change on Sanibel, the water in the River does not consistently flow in one direction
• The water levels in the Sanibel River are directly related to rainfall
• There are two Weirs that control the water levels in the river.
• SCCF – the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation was created in 1967 and has as a top priority the preservation of Sanibel’s freshwater wetlands.
If you would like to learn more about this unique feature on Sanibel Island, stop by the SCCF Nature Center. From there you can view the river from their Observation Tower and learn more about the ecology of the island.
And if you think it's time to become a part of our Sanibel Island lifestyle, I am ready to help you search for the perfect Sanibel Island Real Estate! Just give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form!
Our season is in full swing and our weather is as perfect as it can be! No snow, no ice, no winter storm warnings. Come on down and relax on our beaches and enjoy our wildlife!
Give me a call today!
This listing is an incredible home near Sanibel Island. Located in the Iona area of Fort Myers, this majestic home offers a pool, spa, riverside patio and your own private tennis court.
This is a gated community in Harbor Isle Estates. The home is a five bedroom, four full and two half baths. The home has a total of 12686 sq ft (5467 sq ft living area).
This estate is a great place for your family and your guests. The rooms are spacious and the grounds are groomed to perfection.
You can check out more photos of this home, along with a virtual tour, on my webpage.
The views of the Caloosahatchee River are spectacular. The river leads directly to the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island and the out islands.
This property has an elegant foyer leading to the formal dining room and a gracious living room with a fireplace. This home has a complete gourmet kitchen, including a large refrigerator plus two refrigerated drawers, two dishwashers and a Miele Coffee/Espresso maker.
There are two first floor bedrooms with private bathrooms and the second floor has two-guest bedrooms and bathroom, an office and an expansive master suite with sitting area, over sized bath, walk in closet and a balcony. The outdoor space is unsurpassed with a summer kitchen.
This home is close to beaches, shopping and everything Fort Myers has to offer! This listing is something to see and might just be your Florida dream home!
Give me a call, or use my contact form, for much more information about this incredible opportunity!
Our "Season" is in full swing and we have a full inventory of homes, condos and homesites for sale. Prices are still very reasonable and it looks like Sanibel real estate is going to have a great year! It's nice to be this busy, but I always have time to do the research to find you the best possible home, condo or land to help you with your dream home!
Owning a Vacant Lot is a great strategy for getting your toe in the water in a community you think you may want to live in the future, as well as a way to diversify an investment portfolio with Real Estate. It is relatively inexpensive to own (Real Estate Taxes) and relatively easy to maintain, perhaps clearing or mowing it periodically.
The challenge comes when you have decided that you aren’t going to build on it yourself and you wish to divest yourself of the investment in return for cash. The market for Vacant Land is a bit fickle. If the overall real estate market is experiencing reduced prices as we have been for the past several years, selling that lot can be tough.
When the prices of existing houses, on perhaps preferred lots is low, it makes the “buy the land and build on it” model a tough one from a financial perspective. Basically we are looking at the price of the land plus the cost to build and needing to be less than or roughly equal to the purchase price of an existing home plus any updates or remodeling. The formulaic side of me can’t help but state it as:
This of course doesn’t take in the entire story either. Clearly the ability to design your living space and to take advantage of current technology and building practices has a benefit. While, at the same time, not all folks are interested in the occasional hassles of the building process, particularly from hundreds of miles away.
Therein lies the conundrum. What is the actual value of a piece of Vacant Land? The variables are great and the comparisons of one piece of land to another is sometimes a difficult one. The value ultimately is in the eyes of the beholder.
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!
Last time I wrote about Sea Spray, which is just down the road from today's topic - Gulf Ridge Community. Slightly larger than Sea Spray, Gulf Ridge has about 60 homes/homesites, with some being direct gulf front properties!
Gulf Ridge also has two pools and two tennis court for your enjoyment! This community is located near the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and also just a short drive to Blind Pass and Captiva Island.
Over 20 miles of biking/walking trails are located at the entrance to this community!
Currently there are four homes listed in Gulf Ridge. The asking prices start with a three bed, three bath for $760,000, up to a four/four for $3,990,000. There is currently one vacant property available - over an acre for $469,000.
Contact me for all the latest information on our island listings! You can also watch a video tour of Gulf Ridge on My Webpage.
Sanibel is starting to get busy with our winter season almost upon us! Our islands are colorfully decorated for the holidays and we have lots of events coming up. This is a great time to think about looking at island properties! We have a great inventory, and I'm sure I can find just the right location for you.
For Sanibel homes available, we have 209 currently listed in our multiple listing service. The asking prices start with a 3/2 for $250,000.
For Sanibel condos, we currently have 193 listed, starting with a 1/1 for $129,000!
I also want to tell you about my latest listing. It's a homesite located in Sea Oats Subdivision (off West Gulf Drive). This is one of the few remaining vacant lots in Sea Oats, one of our most sought after communities. The property offers views of conservation property, and includes a deeded beach access just a short walk or bike ride away. The asking price is only $315,000! Contact Me or call 239-691-4915 for more information.
You can check out Sea Oats with a video tour on my webpage.
Lately I've been telling you about great neighborhoods centrally located on Sanibel Island, and Seaspray is another one!
Beautifully landscaped, this area offers a small community of beach front and near beach properties.
Seaspray is near the 20 miles of Sanibel biking/walking trails, as well as the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Just a short distance down Sanibel-Captiva Road is Blind Pass separating Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Captiva Island offers three marinas with fishing guides, boat rentals and some of the areas best restaurants!
Currently there are two homes for sale in Seaspray. One is a four bedroom, five bath gulf front home for $2,348,000 and the other is also a gulf front. A five bed, five bath asking $3,395,000.
Homes in Seaspray are secluded with pristine tropical landscaping that fits in perfectly in our Sanibel Island lifestyle! Sanibel real estate at its best!
Seaspray is located just off of Sanibel Captiva Road and includes a community swimming pool and two tennis courts for your enjoyment.
Some of the homes in Seaspray also have their own pools. This neighborhood is just about perfect for enjoying everything our islands have to offer!
For more information about Seaspray you can visit my Seaspray webpage, as well as watch a short video tour of this great Sanibel Island neighborhood! Sanibel Real Estate at its Best!
If you have been thinking of buying on our islands, or in Fort Myers, now is the time to contact me for all the latest listings. Our winter busy season is just getting ready to start and we now have a nice inventory of homes, homesites and condos available.
If you are coming to this area in the future, or you just want to stay informed about homes or condos that would fit your buying criteria, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or through my contact form. If you'd, like, I can enter your email and criteria into my automatic system and be notified whenever a new listing fitting your specs becomes available! Simple as that!
A total "Don't Miss It" while on Sanibel Island is the Sanibel Island Farmers Market
It is gem in the truest sense. Aside from having local produce at good prices, the Farmers Market also has vendors that can provide you with ingredients for meals for the week. Whether that is bread, cheese, pasta, sauces, fish or pastries, you can find a variety of yummy locally grown or produced products.
My husband and I got there late yesterday - it runs from 8am to 1pm on Sundays, November thru April, and we got the additional bonus of getting discounted prices on the produce. The vendors did not want to go home with it so better to sell it at a discount.
Likely the best part of the Market is the community building. Not that Sanibel lacks for a sense of community but this simple weekly event pulls everyone out. There hasn't been a Sunday when we haven't run into several friends here. The relaxed time allows for catching up and the ability to bring along 4 legged friends on leashes ads to the community flavor (I do believe we are the dog capital of SW Florida as well as being #1 on Frommers list).
Do stop by and check it out for yourself. It is held behind City Hall on Dunlop Road. I hope to see you there soon!
Thanks! And as always contact me for the latest Sanibel Island real estate information! Sarah
The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is known worldwide for its mangrove ecosystem and its incredible migratory bird population. It's also an easy way for visitors to enjoy nature and learn about our wildlife through our educational Visitor's Center. Driving and walking trails through the Refuge allow people to get close to our island wildlife.
Wildlife drive is a five-mile loop road that takes you through the 6,400 acre preserve. Over 220 species of birds call the sanctuary home and low tide is the best time to watch them feed and play in the shallow salt water and fresh water flats.
At the entrance to the Refuge there is the Visitor's Center where you can explore the in-depth workings of our mangrove ecosystem. There is also a hands-on area for kids!
To tour the preserve you can sign up for a narrated tram tour, or you can walk, bike or take your own car. Besides Wildlife Drive, there is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter-mile Wulfert Keys Trail and the quarter-mile Shell Mound Trail. You can also tour by canoe or kayak! Just be sure to remember your camera.
Fishing is allowed and you can relax while fishing for snook, redfish, sheepshead or sea trout. The Visitor's Center can fill you in on what's in season and where to fish. Boating is also allowed in designated areas of the Refuge.
In 1967 the sanctuary was renamed for the political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. Ding was an avid conservationist and in 1945 he was instrumental in having President Harry Truman sign an Executive order creating the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Currently approximately 2,800 acres are designated by Congress as a Wilderness Area.
The Refuge offers much more than I can mention in this blog, and you can find more information at this Website. You can also visit my new webpage and check out my video of the Refuge. You can see roseate spoonbills along with egrets and herons feeding on the flats. You can check out the video Here!
I hope you remember to make time for a visit to the Refuge on your next island visit, but until then, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use my contact form for all the latest information about my special islands! Miles and miles of beach, our historic lighthouse, condos, homes and vacant land - this is the year for you to explore Sanibel and Captiva real estate!
This week I want to talk about two great neighborhoods on the Island. Centrally located off of Sanibel-Captiva Road, Heron's Landing and Heron's Landing II are gated communities near the beach, Captiva Island and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
Both neighborhoods are located off the Sanibel Bayous subdivision and each has properties overlooking the Bayou and some with second floor Gulf views.
If you are looking for a home, or a place to construct your dream home, I can help you with the ins and outs of home buying or construction on our island! Sanibel Island real estate presents you with lots of great opportunities!
Currently there are a couple of terrific listings in Heron's Landing. There are two homes currently listed. One is a furnished three bedroom, two bath for $879,000. The other is a three bedroom, three bath with Bayou and Gulf views listed for $1,695,000.
There are two vacant properties for sale, one for $379,00 and another for $595,555.
All these properties have pros and cons and if you would contact me I can explain each area and property to you. Sanibel Island is an incredible place to live, and as a long time island resident, I have the knowledge to help you with your real estate decisions!
Our real estate market is definitely on the rise with market prices coming off its lows and sales activity is on the rise. If you have been thinking of buying on Sanibel, Captiva Island or Fort Myers, this is the time to get in high gear and let me go to work for you! We have some terrific properties ready for you.
Whether it's a condo, home or vacant lot, our pre-season inventory has just about every type property you can imagine. On Sanibel, home prices start at $250,000 and go up to $5,496,00. Condo prices from $129,000 to $2,999,900. I can definitely find just the right place for you!
The Sanibel & Captiva Island lifestyle awaits! Use my contact form or give me a call at 239-691-4915. It's starting to get cold up north and we are expecting a very busy real estate season so pick up that phone and give me a call!!
Next week I'll talk about the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge! I have a great video that you can watch HERE, so until then... Thanks!
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!
This time I want to tell you about another of our popular gulf front condos! Sedgemoor of Sanibel is located at 2529 West Gulf Drive, close to wildlife preserve properties, shopping and our favorite restaurants!
Sedgemoor has only 12 units, and every unit is gulf front! The 3956 sq. ft. units are three bedroom, three bath so they are perfect for you and your guests, or to put in a rental program.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped and serene. Sedgemoor is the perfect place to relax and enjoy our Sanibel lifestyle!
Currently there are two units available, one is listed for $2,499,000 and the other at $2,999,000. Both listings are three bedroom, three bath. Both units are fully furnished and the condo listed for $2,999,000 is a penthouse suite!
If Sedgemoor sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact me and I can fill you in on all the details of these great condo units.
You can also view other Sanibel condos, as well at watch virtual tours, by going to my condos page and picking your favorite condo from the menu on the left.
Everyone seems to agree that our real estate market is gaining speed and prices are starting to rise, so now is the time for you to seriously start thinking about island property! Interest rates are still very low and our inventory of homes, condos and land has something for everyone!
Our beaches are waiting! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 and we can talk about your next step!
If you aren't ready to buy, but you know you will be interested in the future, I can enter your buying criteria into my automatic system and you will be emailed each new listing that fits what you're looking for as soon as the new listing becomes available! No pressure, no hassle, no problem!
Thanks for reading my blog and I am looking forward to hearing from you!
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!
Located at 3131 West Gulf Drive, Wedgewood of Sanibel is a true luxury condo. Wedgewood has only 18 units so you feel like you have the whole complex to yourself.
This condo is gulf front and no units are more than a few steps away from miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches!
Wedgewood is close to the island's best restaurants and shopping. It is also located just steps from The Bailey Tract conservation property. This 100-acre tract has lots of trails and bird watching to enjoy! You can check out the walking trails here.
Sanibel is over 60% conservation property (The largest being the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge) and you have over 20 miles of biking/walking trails to help you explore.
Currently there is only one condo available at Wedgewood, a three bedroom, three bath penthouse unit listed at $1,349,000. This fully furnished corner unit has 3,222 total sq. ft. and has a private roof top sundeck. If this condo sounds perfect for you, or you want me to put you on my "alert" list for future listings, please contact me here, or give me a call at 239-691-4915
Our summer is in full swing and this is a great time to start thinking about Sanibel real estate or Captiva real estate! Mortgage rates are still at historic lows and real estate prices are just starting to inch upward.
No matter what criteria you have (price, size, location, etc.) I can put your email address into my system and you will be automatically sent information on any new listings that fits your dream property! Let me help you!
I have lived on Sanibel for many years and I can explain all the benefits of living with nature on Sanibel Island. We have so much to do on our islands and we are just a short drive across the causeway to Fort Myers. Even Disney World and all the theme parks are just a few hours drive.
Located at 2230 Camino Del Mar Drive on Sanibel Island, The Ocean's Reach condominium is another island favorite! This condo has 64 units that are ALL direct gulf front! The views are spectacular and unforgettable.
The units are either one bedroom, one bath or two bedroom, two bath - perfect for personal use or to put in the rental program as income property.
The first Sanibel property to be named a "Florida Green Lodge," Ocean's Reach offers a heated pool with a view of the gulf, picnic areas, gas grills, bike rentals, beach chairs and umbrellas, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, an osprey nest (with webcam) and even a butterfly garden.
Currently there is one condo listed at Ocean's Reach, a two bedroom, two bath listed at $829,990. This is a popular resort/condo and if you want to be notified when a new listing becomes available, just contact me and I can be sure you are kept well informed! I can put you into an automatic system that notifies you for whatever real estate criteria you are looking for.
To see more about this terrific condo you can go to my Ocean's Reach webpage. You can also check out my Ocean's Reach visual tour to locate the resort on a map.
Our summer is in full swing and I'm happy to say we are still busy and beach goers and shell seekers are out and enjoying our islands!
Summer is a favorite time for locals and visitors alike. The fishing, shelling, wildlife preserves and all we have to offer is at its best!
If you are lonely for Sanibel and Captiva, please give me a call (239-691-4915) or use my contact form and I can keep you updated on what I believe are the best real estate deals for you to consider!
This week I want to introduce you to The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club near the causeway on Sanibel Island.
The Dunes Website describes the Dunes as, "a lush Sanibel Island golf course and club destination nestled amid an abundant natural landscape," and I have to agree! The Dunes is definitely an all time favorite!
The 18-hole championship golf course is open to the public. The golf course was designed by 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber.
The Dunes subdivision consists of approximately 215 properties surrounding the golf course and Sanibel's natural environment. There are single family homes as well as duplex homes.
If tennis is your game, The Dunes has 13 Har-Tru tennis courts and offers daily services such as clinics, lessons, assistance with scheduling match play and junior tournament training.
You can also fill in your day by visiting The Dunes Restaurant located at the clubhouse. Known for their delicious Angus Beef, the restaurant also offers one of the best views as you enjoy your meal.
Located close to shopping, the bay, and some of our best beaches near the Sanibel Lighthouse, The Dunes is always a popular place for locals.
There are currently 13 listings available. Asking prices range from a three bed, two and a half bath for $324,900 (2160 sq. ft.) to a three bed, three bath for $1,200,000 (8490 sq. ft.).
The Dunes is always worth a look if you are in the market for Sanibel property!
Along with everything The Dunes has to offer, Sanibel Island has lots to keep you busy. We have miles and miles of famous beach as well as over 60% of the island being preserve property. Our most popular conservation property being the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
When you finish with play, shopping on Sanibel is always a fun time! We have some of the best boutique shops for you to discover.
As always, please contact me for any local information you need! I live here and I'm always excited to talk about everything Sanibel and Captiva Islands have to offer!
For more information about The Dunes and to watch a visual tour, just check out this webpage!
It's summer and a great time to start thinking about some of the great properties we have available. Interest rates are at historic lows and prices are reasonable - now's the time!
Located at 2611 West Gulf Drive on Sanibel Island, By the Sea gulf front condo is always a fun place for owners and returning guests!
By the Sea is centrally located and just a short bike ride to Bailey's Shopping Center and some of the Island's best restaurants.
This condo development is on the small side with only 18 Units (six units per building), but being small is one of its best attributes! Quiet and relaxing, with all the amenities is what By the Sea is all about.
Miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches are just steps away! Along with our famous shelling, fishing and over 20 miles of biking/walking trails, By the Sea might be just the place for you!
Being a small condo, this means the units are short on supply and high on demand! The last few sales have been in the $1.2 million range and currently there aren't any units available.
If By the Sea is the type of condo you are looking for, give me a call (239-691-4915) or use my Contact Form and I can get you on an alert list where you will be automatically notified if one of the units becomes available.
Whether it's the pool, tennis court or just an umbrella on the beach, By the Sea could be the perfect place for you to enjoy yourself, and then put into a rental program when you can't be there yourself.
You can see more of By the Sea on This Webpage, as well as watch a visual tour of the property (View tour).
Our summer is here and it would be a great time for you to come and visit! From what we see of the weather reports from "up north," you can cool off under our Florida sun while I show you properties and find you your perfect piece of paradise!
If you want a chance to own a piece of Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel, this is your chance!
Sundial was purchased by CoreStates Affiliate and they are offering 110 shares at $50,000 per share.
Sundial was previously purchased by Blackstone in a package deal which included The Dunes Golf Resort and South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island. Locals have always said that Blackstone only wanted South Seas Plantation and the inclusion of Sundial was just part of the deal. CoreStates says, "We believe that resort has been mismanaged and its potential has languished due to its current absentee ownership," which seems to prove that locals were right about Blackstone never really wanting to own Sundial.
CoreStates goes on to say, "The Sundial Beach & Golf Resort is a 38,000+ square foot multi-use resort facility on Florida's world-famous Gulf Coast. Located on Sanibel Island, the property has 8.59 acres and boasts 2,000 linear feet of unrivaled beachfront access."
We know Sundial is a gem and we hope investors take a look at this resort and see it as a great deal!
I currently have a listing at the resort and you can check it out HERE. Sundial is close to the best restaurants and you can enjoy miles and miles of Sanibel's beaches right at your front door!
Have a great summer and I look forward to helping you find that perfect island property! Contact Me!
The following notice was posted by the City of Sanibel earlier this afternoon.
I'm really glad the Bear is getting a new - more comfortable home!
Sanibel Black Bear
Today, at approximately 1p.m., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) successfully tranquilized the Florida black bear that was first detected on Sanibel Island last June. Over the past 10 days, the black bear began to demonstrate nuisance behavior. The City of Sanibel Natural Resources Department, Sanibel Police Department, Public Works Department and the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, worked in conjunction with FWC to safely relocate the bear off-island. FWC officials estimate the male bear to be 3.5 years old and between 200 and 250 pounds.
Last evening, at approximately 10:12 p.m., the City of Sanibel received a 9-1-1 call when the bear was nearly hit by a vehicle on East Periwinkle Way. The first confirmed sighting of the black bear on Sanibel was June 27, 2011, when a remote wildlife camera at J.N 'Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge captured an image of a sub adult Florida black bear, approximately 1.5 years old, weighing 40-60 pounds. The bear was photographed by a motion activated, infrared camera at the Bailey Tract. Since 2011, there have been numerous confirmed sightings of the black bear on Sanibel.
In making this announcement, Sanibel City Manager Judith Zimomra stated, "Through our Vision Statement, the City of Sanibel places the highest priority on protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. In the case of this black bear, over the past two weeks, it became very clear his opportunity to live a long happy life would be best off-island where he can find a mate and live the remainder of his years happily and safely in a more natural, non-residential bear habitat." Zimomra further stated, "Over the last several days as the bear began to frequent neighborhoods, including porches, our community was extremely helpful in detecting the bear's patterns with their prompt phone calls to the Sanibel Police Department, reporting the whereabouts of the bear. Additionally, through their knowledge of our island and habitat, our City employees were particularly useful partners to the FWC during this endeavor."
Black bears are native to Florida and are protected under state and federal laws. Dwindling populations in Florida has caused this sub species to be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. It is illegal to approach or harass this animal.
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.
One of our favorite, and popular locations, for owners and returning guests is the Breakers West Condo located at 3041 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island.
Built in 1972, and just steps to the beach, Breakers West is available for weekly rentals. There is an onsite rental office for the convenience of owners and returning guests.
The condo is on the small side with only 18 two bedroom, two bath units. The unit sizes are 1250 square feet and overlook the pool and manicured grounds.
Currently there are no units for sale, but if you are interested I can keep an eye out for units being listed and contact you right away! As with any Sanibel or Captiva property, just Contact Me and I can help you with your island dream!
To see a tour of this property you can Click Here for a visual tour, or Here to check out my Breakers West webpage.
Pictured to the right is the beach in front of Breakers West! Our beaches are famous for shelling, fishing or just relaxing in the sun!
If you want a bit of exercise before taking a dip in the cool waters, Sanibel has over 20 miles of biking/walking trails for you to enjoy!
This is a great time for you to investigate all the properties available on Sanibel and Captiva Islands! Prices are very reasonable and mortgage rates are at historic lows. I am an island resident and I would love to show you my islands as well as answer your questions concerning Sanibel real estate and Captiva Island real estate!Contact me!!
Also, I just had a HUGE reduction in price for one of my listings! A 1/2 duplex located at 1390 Middle Gulf Drive in Sea Pines subdivision. This home is just steps to the beach! The unit was $579,000 and now the current asking price is $485,000, making this an incredible deal! CLICK HERE to check it out and watch a visual tour of the property!
Located at 255 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island, Shell Island Beach Club is always a favorite! This condo is direct gulf front on the eastern end of Sanibel, just a short walk to the Sanibel Lighthouse.
Whether you want to walk for miles on our famous beaches, relax in the sun, or check out our historic lighthouse... Shell Island Beach Club might be just right for you!
The east (lighthouse) end of Sanibel is a popular area with some of the best beach areas, not to mention some of the best shelling in the world!
If you get tired of the beach, Shell Island Beach Club has a large pool and spa, tennis and shuffleboard to keep you busy. On the shoreward side of the resort you have over 20 miles of walking and bike trails to enjoy.
Shell Island Beach Club currently has three listings ranging from from $710,000 to $900,000. There are only 12 condos at Shell Island, along with some timeshare units. This is a great place to enjoy your condo as well as rent it when you're not here. There is an on-site rental office as well as being a popular place for return guests.
We are entering our relaxing summer season and this is a good time to check out what's available in Sanibel Island Real Estate and Captiva Island Real Estate.
Prices are still low and mortgage rates are so low it's hard to believe! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or contact me using my website contact form.
You can also put my mobile website in your mobile favorites so you can keep up with all the latest listings! Or you can email me your criteria for the property you are looking for and I can put you in our automatic email system. This alert system will automatically email you any new listings that fit your criteria! Condos, homes, land, Sanibel, Captiva or Fort Myers - I can help you!
Sanibel Siesta is a gulf front condominium located on Fulgur Street on Sanibel. This 62 unit condo is just a short walk from the Beachview golf course. Sanibel Siesta is a full service condo with an on-site rental office, and all the best shopping and Sanibel restaurants aren't very far away!
There are over 20 miles of bike/walking trails that run right past the shoreward side of the complex. Sanibel Siesta also has two tennis courts to keep you in shape and a large pool so you can cool off!
A popular place for renters and vacationers, Sanibel Siesta is a great investment property to consider. The units are all two bedroom, two bath and none are more than a few steps to the miles and miles of famous Sanibel beach.
Sanibel Siesta condos sizes are from 1,300 to 1,400 sq. ft. and from April 2011 to April 2012, four condos have sold from $349,000 to $515,000. If Sanibel Siesta sounds like something that's just right for you, contact me and I will give you all the latest on what's available! You won't regret it!
For more information on this condo, as well as a great video of the property, tennis courts and beach, Click Here to visit my Sanibel Siesta condo page!
And as always, contact me with ANY of your questions concerning island property. The islands are still busy and interest in real estate seems pretty high, so don't wait! Give me a call today at 239-691-4915.
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.
Pointe Santo de Sanibel
One of Sanibel's BEST condo developments!
Pointe Santo de Sanibel is a gulf front condo located at the end of Tarpon Bay Road. Offering weekly rentals, this complex is a favorite for families. The pool-side clubhouse always has activities to keep the kids entertained while the adults relax by the pool!
Build in the mid 70s, Pointe Santo de Sanibel has 141 units. The units face a large lake in the center of the resort or the Gulf of Mexico. The resort/condo has some of the best repeat rental business for weekly rentals.
Sanibel Island offers so much for visitors and locals and this condo adds to the list. Along with the clubhouse, there is a large pool, two tennis courts, miles and miles of Sanibel beach, and weekly rentals.
Currently there are 10 units available. One condo is a one bedroom, one bath for $497,900. Eight are two bedroom, two bath units from $599,900 to $885,000. There is one three bedroom, two bath, listed for $949,00.
All the listed units are fully furnished and ready to go! Pointe Santo de Sanibel is a fantastic place to spend your vacation, as well as have your unit for rent when you're not able to be there. The location is near Bailey's General Store, our movie theatre, and all the great shopping on Periwinkle Way.
If you want to explore our islands you can hop on over 20 miles of biking/walking trails right in front of the resort. If golf is your sport, Sanibel and Captiva have three semi-private championship golf courses to choose from.
If you just want to enjoy nature, over 60% of Sanibel Island is conservation preserve, the largest protected area being the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. The bird watching on Sanibel is as famous as the shelling on our beaches!
I have a great slideshow tour of Pointe Santo de Sanibel on my condo page (HERE) as well as a map of the property. Check it out and let me know what you think!
As always, I can answer all your Sanibel Real Estate questions, as well as any general questions you might have about life on these great islands! Just give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use this Contact Form, and I'll help in any way I can! Mortgage rates are incredibly low and prices are reasonable! This is the time to buy!
Located at 979 East Gulf Drive on Sanibel Island, Loggerhead Cay is a great gulf front condo with easy access on and off the isand. This condo has a total of 168 units and is in the shape of a big "U."
Loggerhead Cay offers a large pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, miles and miles of Sanibel beach, as well as many more amenities! Shelling, biking, shopping, fishing or just relaxing... this is the place for you!
There is always something fun to do on the Islands and Loggerhead is a great place for your home base!
Currently there are 14 units listed. All of them are two bedroom, two bath and the asking prices range from $450,000 to $725,000, depending on location to the Gulf and current upgrades to the unit.
Loggerhead is also a great investment property as it has always been popular in the rental market.
On my Loggerhead Cay condo page you can map and check out Loggerhead, as well as view a great new video of the complex! Click Here to check out the video! You can check out my Loggerhead listing Here!
As usual, you can give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact page (here) for more information on Loggerhead Cay or any listing on Sanibel and Captiva Islands!
And I don't want to forget all the great listings available in Fort Myers! Click Here to check out my new listing!
I think "Stunning" is the best way to sum up my new listing! This direct access river front home is located in the Iona area of Fort Myers near Sanibel and all the best shopping areas.
This home has five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths! Located on the Caloosahatchee River, there is direct and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and some of the best boating in Florida.
This incredible home also offers a large pool, spa, dockage, riverside patio, and your own private tennis court.
An elegant foyer leads to the formal dining room, gracious living room with fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen.
The home has two first floor bedrooms with private baths and the second floor has two-guest bedrooms and bath, an office and an expansive master suite with sitting area, balcony and over sized bath and walk-in closet.
My listing webpage has a terrific video you can watch for a full tour of this property! Just Click Here and enjoy!
With approximately 12,686 total square feet of home and over an acre of land, this is one of the BEST estates in the area! The home is almost like having your own private club!
The outdoor space is unsurpassed with a summer kitchen under the covered patio. This is a gated community and the home has a full security system.
Please enjoy the video of this home, and as always, please give me a call (239-691-4915) or use my contact page for more information about this home or any other listing in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island or Captiva Island!
Lately I've been talking about all the different (and fabulous) condos and neighborhoods on Sanibel, and I have to mention one of my favorite! Seagull Estates is located on West Gulf Drive just to the east of Tarpon Bay Road. Seagull Estates is made up of two streets: Daniel Drive and Christofer Court.
The subdivision has beautiful landscaping and well-kept homes. Miles and miles of Sanibel beach is just across West Gulf Drive and the deeded beach access is easily accessible. Daniel Drive weaves through the neighborhood and has two entrances on West Gulf Drive.
One of the best features of this near-beach neighborhood is that it has its own clubhouse, pool and tennis courts for the residents' enjoyment! The clubhouse is large and it's the perfect place for gatherings and parties!
This is a highly desirable area and there have been three home sales so far this year. Both were three bedroom, three bath homes with selling prices from $549,000 to $720,000. As always you can contact me and I can fill you in on current properties for sale in this area.
I have a great video of this area and it's worth a look! Just go to my "Seagull Estates" webpage and check it out! If this area looks interesting to you, just let me know and I can put your email address in my "automatic search" system and you will be notified whenever a new listing hits the market!
I have also started a new program that I can offer Sanibel residents (For FREE of course!) where I will be sending out neighborhood updates. My updates will include current listings, recent sales and general information concerning the Sanibel Real Estate market with my views on current trends. If you are a resident, or just interested in a particular area, let me know and I will add your email to my list!
As if Sanibel Island didn't have enough going for it - a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon public school - the Sanibel School and Arthur Frommer's top destination designation - now the Sanibel Public Library has been recognized as being top of class. The Library Journal named the Sanibel Public Library a 5-Star Library in its annual America's Star Libraries of 2011 survey!
This recognition is based upon stellar service and the importance to the community. The Technological innovation is also a factor that plays into the equation. The Sanibel Public Library has worked very diligently to upgrade the wireless internet access, enhanced access to library resources on-line and allowing the downloading of e-Books and audio books. It is really quite impressive!
If you haven't made a stop at the library before - you owe yourself a visit. For more information on the Sanibel Public Library visit The Sanibel Library site HERE. Happy reading!
This week we should talk about Sea Oats subdivision on Sanibel. Sea Oats is just off of West Gulf Drive. I lived in Sea Oats for quite a few years and still own a Sea Oats vacant lot. The subdivision is just a short walk to the deeded beach access and has lots of appeal. Sea Oats is nature at its finest! Bordering conservation property, this is fabulous place to see our local wildlife and native vegetation. Ask me about the bobcat couple in my yard!
There are four roads in the Sea Oats Subdivision: Sea Oats Drive, Hideaway Court, Spartina Court, and Sea Walk Court. There are just over 50 homes in the subdivision along with a few undeveloped lots, so whether you want to build or buy an existing home, Sea Oats might be worth a look.
Currently there is only one home listed in Sea Oats (A testament to how much in demand the area is) for $399,900. The home is a two bedroom, two bath and overlooks the preserve property.
This week I want to tell you about a fantastic gulf front condo. Sanibel Arms West is located at 822 East Gulf Drive on Sanibel Island. There are 104 total units in this condo.
Check out my video tour and listing page for Sanibel Arms West Here!
Sanibel Arms West has a pool, tennis courts, docks and miles and miles of Sanibel's best beach. Located on the east end of Sanibel Island, it's just a short walk to the Sanibel lighthouse.
There are currently eight units available ranging from $395,900 to $400,000. All the units are two bedroom, two bath with some facing the Gulf and some just steps from the beach. Map this Property Here!
Sanibel is over 60% conservation property and is considered a sanctuary island. There are also over 20 miles of biking/walking trails for your enjoyment! And Sanibel Arms West fits right in with our natural environment.
Greetings! We've had another week of great weather and happy visitors! It's also been terrific for golf lovers, so this week let me tell you about one of our three golf course communities on Sanibel, Beachview Country Club Estates.
Beachview is open to the public as a semi-private course. It's an 18 hole par 70 and no matter what level of player you are, this is one of the best places to play. The course runs along the Sanibel River where you can enjoy nature and the tropical landscaping along the way. As a member of the Audubon International's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Beachview realizes the value of protecting our local wildlife and vegetation.
Beachview Country Club is also a popular tennis spot. The five courts are "hydrogrid" to keep the clay in the best tennis condition. You can sit and relax on the deck overlooking the courts and watch, or grab your racket and play!
Beachview's clubhouse offers everything you'll need for tennis or golf, including a pro to help with your golf or tennis game. There is a restaurant, Beachview Steakhouse, on property so you can relax after a tough day on the links.
On top of just enjoying this great location, you can purchase a home right on, or near the course. There are currently 14 home listings in Beachview, priced from $549,000 to $2,000,000, and I'd love to show you around. A few of them are terrific deals and I know which ones!
If you want to build your own perfect home on a lot, I have a Beachview lot listed at $395,000 with expansive fairway views. (CLICK to see my listing) You can also watch a great video of Beachview on my listing page.
Beachview is a near-beach neighborhood and just a short stroll or bike to the miles and miles of Sanibel beach. You can tell I get excited about this area, it's got everything you need! I play tennis at Beachview enough to know everything there is to know about this special place!
So. give me a call! I know ALL the listings on Sanibel and Captiva and through the Multiple Listing Service I can find the perfect spot for you! Click Here to contact me!
This week I added a terrific condo to my website condo pages. Tarpon Beach Condos are located on 2475 West Gulf Drive (Just east of where Tarpon Bay Road meets West Gulf Drive.
This popular condo is direct Gulf front with easy access to miles and miles of Sanibel's best beaches! Tarpon Beach has 30 units and is a popular rental for visitors. A large pool, tennis courts and tropical landscaping adds to the relaxing atmosphere. Shopping and our best restaurants are only a short drive away!
Check out my Tarpon Beach page and you can watch my short video of the property. As usual, I have the latest information on ALL properties available at this condo! Contact me!
On a separate note, we now get to brag about what Frommer's travel guidebook says about our island - We were named as the TOP travel destination in the world! This is nothing we didn't know, but it sure backs up what we've been saying all along. Sanibel has it all: miles of bike trails, miles of beaches, golfing communities, tennis courts everywhere you look, and some of the most famous conservation properties (Like the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve)! Check out the video below from our local news station.
Have a great day and I look forward to helping you find the best in Sanibel Island Real Estate and Captiva Island real estate!
Last year our local real estate market had some terrific gains! I don't think anyone will say our economy is fully recovered, but the stats for Sanibel home sales for last year (2011) show an increase of 30.7% over 2010!
In 2010 there were 124 Sanibel home sales, and in 2011 we had 179! Sanibel condos also showed some good news - in 2010 we had 120 condo sales and in 2011 there were 142.
This is great news for Buyers and Sellers. With sales increasing it just might mean we hit the lows and are now moving up again.
Another interesting fact is Sanibel's high end Gulf Front home sales. In 2009 there were just two Gulf front sales, in 2010 we had five sales, and in 2011 we had 14 Sanibel Gulf front sales! Check below for all the stats!
Sanibel Home Sales (monthly) for 2011
Sanibel Condo Sales (monthly) for 2011
Av. Selling Price
Days On Market
List to Sell %
I think it's easy to see that things are looking up! Our weather is beautiful (as usual), our beaches are fantastic (again, as usual) and we are ready to climb out of the bad economy of the last few years. So on that note, check out my four bedroom, four bath Captiva Gulf Front listing! This home is perfect for a getaway or a full time home. Renting is also an option as this house has a great rental history! CLICK HERE to check it out!
Wow - have we been busy on the islands. The holidays were hopping with many visitors from the north and the Real Estate on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island was active. It appears that the economy has turned around just enough for folks to be thinking about their warm weather home.
I have the perfect property if you are thinking of a home away from home on Sanibel Island! I listed a 3 bedroom, 3 bath town home on Middle Gulf Drive. All the space of a house with all the convenience of a condo - it is a 1/2 duplex in a 3 building, 5 unit home owners association development called Sea Pines. This unit has been updated with impact glass windows - great picture windows overlooking the Sanibel River. The community has a pool and is right across the street from the beach. Let me know if you might be interested in this or other Sensational Island Properties!
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.
2011 has been good for business in East and West Rocks - a near beach neighborhood on Sanibel Island off the dead-end section of West Gulf Drive, west of Rabbit Road.
To date in 2011 there have been 7 houses that have sold and an additional one under contract. The sales prices have ranged from $520,000 for an older model, 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home to $899,900 for a 4 bedroom, 3 bath pool home build in 1991.
The low price of $520,000 is an increase over the low price in 2010 of a comparable home by 5%. This increase reflects the active market we have seen in 2011 for properties on Sanibel Island. With the increase in activity comes a decrease in the inventory - hence a bit of price pressure.
The Days on the Market ranged from 91 days (meaning it went under contract very quickly after coming on the market) to 762 days. In the Real Estate market these days - 2 years to sell has not been uncommon. We are seeing that properties that are priced well - taking into account the age, condition and past sales of comparable properties tremendously reduces the time on the market.
Currently there are 4 Active listings in "The Rocks" ranging from $449,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath property to $799,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. Perhaps one of these should be yours!
To check out a couple of great videos of East Rocks and West Rocks... CLICK HERE!
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!
Last night the "Love that Dress" event to benefit the PACE Foundation took place at the Tahitian Gardens plaza on Sanibel Island. The purpose was to raise money and to collect new or slightly used dresses that will be auctioned off next month.
It was a great time and the generosity of the residents and businesses on the island just continues to amaze me. Royal Shell Companies was the primary sponsor of the event and Baileys General Store and The Prawnbroker Group - aka Timbers and Sanibel Grill provided great munchies and wine. The chinese auction raised over $1000 and was made up of donations by the store owners in Tahitian Gardens.
Each of the stores had a "model" to showcase the stores' goods and to act as an official greeter to each store. Realtors from Royal Shell Real Estate participated, including myself and we were able to adorn ourselves with clothing and jewelry for the evening.
Just a great night and a another reminder of why the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are so special!
Greetings from Sunny (albeit humid) Sanibel Island, Florida
The Sanibel Real Estate market has continued to be strong through July and year-to-date we have had an 18% increase in closed sales 2011 over 2010. That is quite remarkable! Condos have lead the way with a 23% increase in the number of closed deals and an strong showing in the $1MM+ end of the market. Very encouraging.
Land sales continue to lag - we actually had more closed land sales year-to-date in 2010 than we have had this year. The values of existing homes is so much greater than the expense of purchasing a vacant lot and building new that the existing homes continue to be a better way to go.
Two clients I have worked with in July have experienced something we haven't had in a long time - loosing a property they were interested in to another interested party getting an offer in on the property first! I have also had clients have to deal with competing offers - another situation we haven't seen in a long time! With all this activity - we are seeing the inventory decline. This is due both to the number of sales as well as the time of year. We typically get more folks listing in October in expectation of the seasonal influx of visitors.
I hope you are having a great Summer and I look forward to hearing from you soon about your plans to come down to Sanibel! Till next time....Sarah
I haven't posted any Sanibel Island Real Estate Updates in a while because I have been soooo busy! That is a very good thing and a great sign of the health of Sanibel Island real estate.
After a very busy "season" - we had a good increase in the number of visitors to the island during the winter months, we are having a very busy real estate season. The number of closed transactions thus far in 2011 is up 16.6% over the same period last year.
In raw numbers we have had 176 closed sales thru June 10 of this year on Sanibel as compared to 151 last year. The only down segment of the market is in Vacant Land - we are still seeing little interest in purchasing a lot to build on when the prices of the existing properties is so attractive.
About prices - we have also started to see more interest in the middle and upper market properties. The lower priced properties are being bought up and buyers are being compelled to look at and purchase the higher priced properties. The $1.5+ properties are starting to move.
About inventory - this time last year there were over 300 Sanibel Island homes for sale and over 300 Sanibel Island condos for sale. At this time there are under 250 houses and under 240 Condos. With reduced inventory there will be some pressure on slight price increases and more resistance on the part of sellers to negotiate. It is still a buyers market but the tide may be turning a bit.
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!
Wow! Here we are one quarter of the way through 2011. Time really does fly when you are having fun!
We are having fun - certainly more fun than our friends up north this winter - My girlfriend in Massachusetts texted me yesterday to let me know she had 6 inches of snow and no power - ouch. We have had the most outstanding weather this year in the 10 years I have lived here. Absolutely without question - warm, sunny days and cool, windows open, sleeping nights - perfect... But I digress....
On to Real Estate...March continued in a strong fashion. 2010 to 2011 we are just about the same in closings in the March vs. March comparison.
Comparing the total Q1 2010 closings to Q1 2011 closings we are 70 to 90 or 28% ahead of last year. That sounds pretty impressive to me. We also have 46 Houses and Condos under contract right now.
Prices? Well it is still a bit all over the map. We are seeing more transactions in the $1 million plus range than we did all of 2010. And we are seeing the $500 thousand to $1 million with more strength than last year. The bargain hunters are still out there and are still finding some deals though not as easily. The folks who need to sell are negotiating and those who do not, aren't.
What is "hot" in Sanibel Real Estate?: Sundial 2 bedroom condos. 5 have closed this quarter and the prices have come down to a great value for these larger, gulf front, gulf view units with rental potential. Pointe Santo de Sanibel came in 2nd with 3 closings in Q1 - 2011. Again - good values with rental potential.
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
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
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
My clients all want to know. So - here is what I discovered when mining the MLS system to see what went on January through September 2009 versus January through September 2010.
In all Sanibel real estate categories - Houses, Condos and Land - time on the market is longer and prices are down from 2009. The good news is that the number of transactions is up -- 181 in 2009 and 219 in 2010. This is a 20% increase over 2009 volume.
Below are the 2009 figures followed by the 2010 figures.
Is it a good time to buy - yes! With lower prices and low interest rates, it is a very good time to buy.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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: email@example.com
My clients who are interested in Sanibel Island Houses for sale (vs. Sanibel Island Condos for sale) have asked me about the trend in prices and number of sales over the past 10 years. The findings are quite interesting.
As you can see from the statistics below - the average price rose right through 2006, however the number of homes sold actually started to decline in that year. Prices have continued to pull back and we are heading back to 2003-2004 levels.
In 2010 so far we are seeing a pace that matches or exceeds (we have 20+ houses under contract) last year's volume however the prices are lower. The upper end of the market is very weak and what is currently selling is our $500K - $800K properties. We expect that this will continue through 2010 and that recovery in the upper price range won't be seen until 2011 - but we'll see. If you would like more information about Sanibel Island real estate and Captiva Island real estate sales trends - drop me an email or call me.
Yes, there are short sale properties available on Sanibel Island.
There are currently 10 houses and 4 Condos that are Short Sales being actively marketed on Sanibel Island at this time. There may be more however these are the active one. There is one multi-family house and 9 single family houses ranging from $350,000 to $3,295,000.
There are 4 - short sale condos that are being actively marketed, all two bedroom, two bath units ranging from $219,000 to $744,900.
If you have been waiting for "a deal" on Sanibel Island, now may be your time to buy!
I have just listed a classic, two bedroom, one bath cottage, down a dirt lane on the quiet west end of Sanibel Island - near Dinkins Bayou. This gem features an open floor plan, a screened porch, newer roof and appliances. It is only a short stroll to the neighborhood boat launch! A great get-away or condo alternative. Sanibel Island Real Estate at a great deal!
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist’s 2010 projections
Trying to predict how the Sanibel Island and Captiva Island Real Estate market will go in 2010 is not an easy task.The truth is that we have been seeing an increase in actual units under contract and the numbers of people who are making inquiries to me is about double of what it was last year at this time.
This being said, translating inquiries into people actually looking at properties to then making offers is not an exact science either.What I can report is that the NAR Chief Economist is predicting some improvements.He reports that existing home sales in 2009 rose to an estimated 5 million units – a 2% increase over 2008.For 2010, the forecast is for 5.7 million units or a 13.6% increase.
Additionally, because of the difficulty in obtaining jumbo financing, there was limited activity in the upper-end housing market.NAR forecasts improvement in 2010 in this end of the market as banks continue to ease their lending.
Many visitors to Sanibel Island visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge to see the amazing birds, the abundant alligators and our infamous Croc. For those who know what I am talking about it is likely you saw her for yourself - 14 feet long and a gazillion teeth - she was one of the most amazing and scary creatures I have ever witnessed.
It was reported in the News Press today that she has died. She was found dead about a mile and a half from the refuge along the banks of the Sanibel River. It appears that she died from natural causes and the recent cold spell likely didn't help this amphibian.
We will all be a little sadder going through Ding and anticipating that perhaps around the next bend we would see her sunning herself, her mouth agape displaying all her hundreds of teeth. For the years that I have lived on Sanibel, the croc was distinctly Sanibel and a creature of awe in an awe-inspiring place. She will be missed.
2009saw 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.
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!
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!
Has the Real Estate Market finally started rebounding?
Could be. I just closed on the sale of a Townhome in south Ft. Myers - near the Bell Tower and it closed 10% higher than the last sale of a comparable property there.
This is not exactly true as the sale prior to mine was a short sale. However, the sale that closed today was not a distressed sale and it was also a cash deal. This makes me think that perhaps some buyers out there are recognizing value and are willing to pay a bit more for the real sales at this time. All in all it was very encouraging to see a real sale of a really nice townhome. The buyer got a good deal and the seller got to make their move.
Hi - I just listed a great Sanibel Island lot for sale. It is in the Chateaux Sur Mer subdivision and is really close to the Gulf of Mexico. Best of all - it is just steps away from the deeded beach access to an absolutely gorgeous beach. Check it out by clicking Here!
This cleared, level lot is roughly 1/2 acre and can support a good size house and pool. If you have a dream about building your dream home on Sanibel Island, this is definitely worth checking out. And if you are thinking about building - don't forget to check out the"Build Green" section of my website. Sanibel real estate has never looked better!
Sanibel Island's Baileyfest has become an Island tradition. Each year, Sam and Francis Bailey - owners of Bailey's General Store, host a traditional Fall Festival complete with hayrides, games and live music - oh, and of course - food. In recent years it has really come into it's own with all the merchants of the Bailey's Center, where it takes place, joining in the fun.
As an added bonus this year, there is a raffle with prizes worth over $1700! It is quite something when the local businesses donate so much for a community party. Sanibel Island is and continues to be a unique place and Baileyfest demonstrates that it isn't just about the Sanibel Beaches and shells.
More than 40 different door prizes - valued at more than $1,700 - will be awarded at the 24th annual Baileyfest. This is a Sanibel Island event not to be missed.
Baileyfest 2009 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bailey's Center, located on the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road.
All 14 merchants in the Bailey's Center Merchants' Association (BCMA) have donated prizes:
Bailey's General Store $100 gift card
Bailey's True Value Hardware $100 gift card
Biddles Bucket Four $25 gift certificates
The Grog Shop $100 case of wine
Nick's Frozen Yogurt $100 gift basket
Hillgate Communications $100 spa gift basket
Island Cleaners $100 gift package
Island Cinema 10 $10 gift certificates for concessions
Lily & Co. $495 jewelry set
Sanibel Barber Shop Four $25 gift certificates
Sanibel Beauty Salon $100 beauty gift basket
Sanibel Shell Automotive Four $25 gift certificates for parts or labor
Select Vacation Properties $100 BBQ gift basket
The Video Scene 12 double movie rental packages
Maybe it's time for you to check out Sanibel Island Real Estate and make it easier for you to enjoy Baileyfest year after year!
Ever wonder what Sanibel Island was like after hearing so much about it?
Well, I have talked to so many folks who have never been here and wondered "What is it like there?" that I decided to try to answer their questions in video as well as words.
On my website - www.sanibelislandsensations.com you can now click on the link on the homepage to the first of my Island videos. I started on the East end of Sanibel Island. The two videos bring you across the Causeway and show you the Sanibel Marina, the Sanibel Island Fishing Pier, the Sanibel Island Lighthouse and, of course, some of the great Real Estate on that end of the island. I take you around and show you Sanibel Island Canal Homes and Gulf Front Condo complexes as well as "the island within the island" - Kinzie Island on Sanibel Island. Take a look at these two fun videos and let me know what you think. Over the next couple of months I will be adding to the video collection so you will get a sense of Sanibel Island and then it's on to Captiva Island.
Wow - it has been a while since my last Blog entry - I have been really busy settling into Royal Shell Preferred Properties. Moving is a good deal of work when you want to ensure that your clients don't miss a beat when it comes to Sanibel Island real estate and Captiva Island real estate! Click Here to read more about my exciting new company.
On Thursday I was taking a little break and went on this fantastic bike ride through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It was the first day of October and a cool front had passed through the day before so it was dry and glorious here on Sanibel Island.
The birds seemed to think life was pretty good on Sanibel as well. There were a dozen Roseate Spoonbills, about 40 Great White Herons, and too-many-to-count Snowy Egrets. The best part was that they were in the trees, wading in the water and flying all around - it looked like they were having a party!
Sanibel Island is a truly special place. To really enjoy it, you need to take the time to see it and experience it. I feel so fortunate that I live in such a wonderful place.
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!
Think of Sanibel Island and you think FISHING - at least many do. For those Sanibel Island lovers, please be advised that the City of Sanibel will be doing some repairs to the pier from 9/21 - 10/5. It is important to keep this treasure in good form. The official notice from the City of Sanibel is below.
"On Monday, September 21, 2009 the City of Sanibel will begin repair work to the City Fishing Pier and construction will continue through October 5, 2009. The City Fishing Pier will not be available for use during this construction project. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience while this important public improvement project is completed."
The project involves the removal and replacement of wood decking, hand rails, and other miscellaneous items. The City of Sanibel has contracted with Bridge Masters Construction, LLC to perform this work. The Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is providing funding for this project.
Anyone with questions regarding the City Fishing Pier Repair Project is invited to contact the City of Sanibel Public Works Department at (239) 472-6397. You can also check the Sanibel Government Website for more information.
There are some interesting statistics about Lee County Florida real estate activity. The number of closed house sales, year-to-date, through 8/17/09 is 50% higher than the same period in 2008. There have been over 10,000 properties sold in Lee County thus far this year! Only 25% of these were traditional sales with over half being foreclosures and the rest being short sales
The number of closed condo sales in Lee County thus far in 2009 has also jumped 33% over 2008. That brings it to close to 2500 condos sold so far in 2009! Just about 1/3rd of these were foreclosed properties.
It is great that these foreclosed and short sale properties are moving off the market. The sooner this happens, the sooner the market will start returning to some sort of normalcy.
On Sanibel Island we have not seen the same type of activity. There are many fewer properties in general and many fewer foreclosed properties. We have actually seen a 21% decline in house sales and a 20% decline in condo sales in 2009 vs. 2008. Because the great deals are not there, we have not had the activity that Ft. Myers, Lehigh and Cape Coral have seen. Sanibel prices too, while they have pulled back, we haven't seen the severe drop in prices that other parts of Lee county have experienced.
Check out my new page on the www.sanibelislandsensations.com website that features the Loggerhead Cay Condo community. http://www.sanibelislandsensations.com/loggerhead_cay1 Over time we will post additional information and add pages featuring additional condos. Let me know what other information you would like to see.
Sanibel Island real estate is still active and condos on Sanibel Island are at some very attractive prices. Is it time for you to get your piece of paradise?
The first quarter of 2009 was slow for Sanibel Island Real Estate Sales. A total of 34 homes and condos sold during this time on Sanibel Island. Otherwise known as not that many!
The second quarter of 2009 saw dramatic rise in sales as a total of 75 homes and condos were sold on Sanibel Island. Home sales continue to show strength in the first 1/2 of the 3rd quarter. If they stay on track, will match Q2's volume. Interest in condos appears to be declining for now. Some of this is likely due to the continued difficulty in financing condos. Many lenders are reluctant to finance investment condos or they require a larger deposit.
Blind Pass was not scheduled to be opened for another week. However, Mother Nature took matters into her own hand on Friday and opened it herself. While the dredging and debris removal is not complete, there is water flowing from the Gulf to the Bay for the first time in years. May the pass remain open for a very long time! This YouTube video was shot by the first boat through. Note: They don't want boat traffic yet as they aren't done removing old bridge pilings, however this powered canoe owner (video below) just couldn't help themselves!
The Sanibel Bayous Preserve issued this update concerning the opening of Blind Pass.
The Construction may conclude as early as Wednesday, July 29th pending weather. Current forecasts are favorable through Thursday but do not look good for Friday and Saturday.
The opening of Blind Pass, or removal of the last sheetpile wall, could occur as early as August 1. The opening will not occur prior to completion of the dredging in the Gulf or prior to marking the Pole & Troll zone in Wulfert Flats.
Lee County is considering authorizing additional dredging in the Gulf after the pass is ‘opened’ to extend the dredging as long as October. The additional work stems from infilling expected to occur immediately after the sheetpile wall is removed.
The Contractor is expected to continue working 24 hours per day until the initial work is completed in the Gulf.
Lee County will be removing up to 20 of the old bridge timber pilings that were found in the channel prior to removal of the sheetpile wall. The total number of pilings still in place from the old bridge is not known.
This is very exciting news for all the bayous home owners. The water quality, which is very good right now, will get even better!. Sanibel Island real Estate on the north end should see a boost in values as the water is even better and there will now be a shorter trip to access the Gulf of Mexico. Check out the photo below of Blind Pass from an offshore prospective. You can see the large cranes at work.
Wow! If it isn't tough enough these days to bring a buyer and seller of a great piece of Sanibel Island Real Estate together, the appraisal process these days isn't helping. As many know, the rules were changed a couple of months back prohibiting any possible interference in the appraisal process by Mortgage Banks and Realtors. The feeling was that part of the cause of our housing meltdown throughout the country was overly inflated appraisals that then allowed the banks to lend more money on a property than it was actually worth. The resulting rules have brought the Real Estate market, across the country, to a virtual standstill.
Here on Sanibel Island we have had numerous "appraisal incidents" that have grossly under valued properties, the most agregious being when a direct access canal home was compared (or comped) to a lake front inland property. This lack of understanding of the local real estate market has created a big headache for buyers, sellers, bankers and Realtors. Take a look at this USA Today article for a full accounting of the issues and the move to correct the situation.
Sanibel Island is known for sun, shells, lots of conservation property, bobcats and alligators. A group of interested citizens are now working to make it known for something else - being leaders in the uses of renewable resources.
I am chairing Sanibel Alliance for Renewable Resources (S.A.R.R.) and hoping that as many Sanibel residents and interested parties will join us as possible. This make sense not only for the environment but also for the value of our property and the island. It is totally in keeping with what makes the island special.
The first initiative of the group is to educate and encourage the use of Solar Hot Water heating systems. We feel that with all the sun energy available for free - this makes sense for the island. Providers of these systems, including Advance Solar - are working with us to make this as affordable as possible, likely under $2,000 per system! There are State grants and Federal Tax Credits available at this time to help the equation. If you would like more information about the Alliance or would like to join us, please visit www.sanibelenergy.com. To see our press release see Page 5 of the Island Sun
Sanibel Island's Lighthouse Beach has been selected as the top Family beach on the Gulf Coast by Men's Journal. In their recent edition, Men's Journal ranked the 20 best beaches in America by location and best amenities. They also categorized the beaches and Sanibel Island got the number one ranking in the Family Beach category.
Anyone who has ever wanted a beach vacation knows that what makes a great beach is the sand, the water and the density. Well, Sanibel Island is top of class in all of these. This is also what makes Sanibel Island Real Estate a solid performer over the long haul. There isn't anymore beach being made so the fact that Sanibel Island has such long stretches of uninterrupted beach makes it special.
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!
It is definately Summer on Sanibel Island! The temperatures are climbing and the buzz is all about July 4th. As many know - Sanibel Island hosts a real July 4th Parade filled with great floats and the streets lined with kids picking up candy thrown from the floats. It is a real treat and something quite unique. The entire community comes out. This year's theme of the parade is "Going Green" It will be very interesting to see what the parade entrants come up with.
What is new is that after the parade, in Bailey's Plaza, they are hosting "Bailey's Backyard Bar-B-Q" from 10 - 2 on Saturday the 4th. This I am sure will prove to be a real hoot!. There will be lots of fun for everyone and the food and beverage will be outstanding. So - if you are in the area and looking for something to do - come see the parade and stop by Baileys.
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.
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.
There is a move afoot by the Lee County Commissioners and Lee County Department of Transportation to raise the tolls on the Sanibel Island Causeway. To the casual visitor or day tripper, the proposal is for the toll to remain the same $6.00. The increase comes to those residents and employees on the island who use the transponder discount program. The proposal is to raise these rates to $3.00 per trip. This is going to place a huge burden on all our island businesses, not to mention all the residents who have kids in school off island, residents with doctors off island or any other errands that occur off island. Check out The News-Press article from today's paper for more detail on this issue. http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009906110321
Hi - I would like to introduce you to a new section of my website - SanibelGreen. Having just received my National Association of Realtors (NAR) Green Designation, I wanted to share some of the extremely useful resources that were shared with me. What the site pages attempt to do is to be a source for the resources.
Most of Sanibel and Captiva Island homes and condos were built before any discussion of Green. That does not, by any means mean that they don't possess elements that conserve electricity and water - key elements of being Green. It also doesn't mean that there couldn't be cost effective modifications to the property that would make it less expensive to operate and be beneficial to the enviromnent.
I am by no means an expert on Green Building, I am however more aware of what makes a property more friendly to the environment and usually, less expensive to operate. I will be using this blog space and my other ways of reaching out to my colleagues and clients to bring greater awareness of things we can all do to conserve our resources.
If you while visiting the site have suggestions for additional resources, let me know. Over time, I will be adding sections and new links to bring even more helpful information on making your house or condo more Green! In the mean time - click on the Sanibel Green button on my home page or go directly to www.SanibelGreen.com!
The news through May of 2009 about real estate sales on Sanibel is mixed.
We are looking somewhat similar to last year in number of sales. This year so far, 48 homes have closed which averages roughly 10 per month or 120 for the year. In 2008, 146 house were sold so we are down in the house category. In the Condo category, thus far 48 condos have closed which averages roughly 10 or 120 for the year. In 2008, 95 condos sold so we are up in the Condo sales category. We have 30 homes and 24 condos that are under contract to close so things are definitely moving. We also have many people here looking so my belief is that things will continue to be busy for the next 6 weeks or so.
What is also true however, and good news for buyers, is that the average sales price of both homes and condos is off by about 15 - 20 percent. There continue to be some great values out there so what are you waiting for?
If you would like more detail on the current market and how this affects your Island real estate decisions to buy or sell, contact me. It's a sensational day in paradise.
After 10 days with rain dominating all or part of the day - it is great to see the sun shining again on Sanibel Island. And the outlook for the weekend is sunny! This is true both actually and metaphorically.
It is true that it has been raining for most of the past 10 days - we desperately needed the rain so we are grateful. An unusually early 'tropical wave' and stalled low pressure system were the cause.
What is also true is that the sun is shining on Sanibel Island Real Estate at this time. There have been many people visiting here and bringing their check books. Contracts are being written and properties are selling again. It seems as though the cloud has lifted slightly and the folks that have always wanted to own on Sanibel Island are coming back. May 2009 (through the 22nd) are outpacing the previous 4 months. We have had 16 homes and condos close already and the number of properties under contract is growing. With the prices as relatively low as they are and the interest rates being at such low rates, it is truly a great time to buy.
A very exciting announcement came out about Sanibel Island's first GREEN residential development. As most know, there is very little property remaining on Sanibel Island that is able to be developed. Over 65% of Sanibel is under conservation restrictions so any building of multiple units is big news.
This project is a collaborative arrangement between Benchmark Construction, the Florida Community Design Center and the University of Florida School of Architecture that will bring forth a cluster of 12 single family homes on a 12 acre parcel along Periwinkle Way. The project will be located on the previous site of the Old Schoolhouse Theater. The mission of the project is "to create and optimize a sustainable, environmentally sensitive design that could become a model for future development of coastal communities in our region."
The objective of any GREEN development is to create a more sustainable situation for the environment. This is done, for example, through the use of cluster housing - less impact on the environment, building materials that are energy efficient, renewable and kind to the environment, building systems that conserve water and power.
This is totally in keeping with Sanibel Island and I am really looking forward to seeing where it goes. I'll keep you posted. For more info
Continuing with my recent discussion about where Sanibel Island Real Estate is at this time - Condos are our topic today. This isn’t pretty so hold on. In 2006, the median sales price of a condo on Sanibel was $768,000 and was on the market for an average of 119 days. In 2008 - the median condo price had dropped to $612,500 or down 20.23% and the days on market had climbed to 223 days. WOW - a world of difference. In 2009 we are continuing to see prices fall some - not as in a Ft. Myers fall but still a fall. Sanibel Island Real Estate continues to hold better than many markets but it is still not pretty. Until next time
Sanibel Island Real Estate is moving. There is no doubt about it, the showings are up and the contracts being written are up. As in most years, the more serious buyers come back after Easter to do their looking. This is for a couple of reasons. 1. It is easier to get into properties after season, the occupancy is lower and 2. They aren't trying to combine a vacation with a property search. It usually works better. Anyway, the folks are here and they are looking to pick up a well priced piece of Sanibel real estate. I think we may be seeing our low.
Ok - I admit it - I am a Sanibel Island Realtor and I am always optomistic! There, I said it - I am optomistic. This time it is about some of the signs we are seeing, nationally and locally about the state of Sanibel Island Real Estate.
On the national scene, the stock market has been posting fairly consistant gains and yesterday we saw all the indices rise with some good news about retailing and even - banking! It is commonly believed that the stock market begins to rise about 6 months before an economic turnaround so, given that we have about 5 more months to go. The interest rates continue to be low and the credit, that has been strangling the most credit worthy of folks, is finally loosening just a bit! The employment data is really the big wild card. With so many jobs being shed it will dampen any uptick in the retail improvements - but time will tell. Having been a victim of the 1991 recession, being laid off, I can only tell you that things do improve and businesses respond in healthy ways
Locally - our tourist season on Sanibel has been healthy. Most businesses are reporting the same if not a bit improved figures over last year. And in Real Estate - we are seeing deals coming together. After one of the slowest starts in a very long time, we are now finally seeing properties go under contract. Since the beginning of the year, the low end is where the activity has been and now it is moving to the middle and high end. It is quite exciting to see. Personally I have a number of clients looking at coming down in May and June to look in earnest. There is a ground swell of opinion that the bottom, of the Sanibel Real Estate market, may at last be in sight. So maybe I'm not the only one who is optomistic!