January 2015 Newsletter for Sanibel & Captiva

January 2015



Captiva homes sales for 2014 have increased over 2013 sales. Twenty-three homes sold in 2014 compared to eighteen sold in 2013. This is still below the high of twenty-six sold in 2012.

Ten of the homes sold in 2014 were in the Village area and one was in Sunset Captiva. Nine were on Captiva Drive south of the village area and three were in South Seas. There are currently forty-nine homes for sale on Captiva.


Captiva condo sales for 2014 were down. Twenty-two condos sold in 2014 compared to thirty-six in 2013. Thirty-five sold in 2012. Seventeen of the condos sold were in South Seas and five were in the village area. There are currently thirty-seven condos for sale. 


There were no vacant lot sales for 2014. This is down from two sales in 2013 and three in 2012. There are currently seven lots for sale.




Sanibel home sales for 2014 are slightly up from 2013. Two hundred and five homes sold in 2014 compared to one hundred and ninety-seven in 2013. Currently there are one hundred and fifty-two homes for sale.


Sanibel condo sales were flat for 2014. One hundred and sixty-two condos sold in 2014. This is the same amount of condos sold in 2013. Currently there are one hundred and twenty condos for sale.


Sanibel vacant lot sales were slightly up for 2014. Twenty-seven lots sold in 2014 compared to twenty-six lots sold in 2013. There are currently eighty-four lots for sale.



701 Durion Court, Sanibel

Beautiful 3 bd / 2 ba pool home located in the quiet East Rocks neighborhood. Short walk to beach.


This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

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All About Birds

Captive Cruises

Wildlife Adventure Cruise, 4:00pm
You will see dolphins and also spot many of the birds that make Southwest Florida so special.

Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society:

 2015 Bird Walks: (8am)

 1/3:  Ding Darling

 1/10: Ft. Myers Beach

 1/17  Bailey Tract

 1/24: Pond Apple Trail

 1/31:  Bunche Beach

 Lecture Series, 7:30pm at Sanibel Community House:

 1/8: Birding in the Land of the Midnight Sun

 1/15:  New & Enhanced Nature Trails of Sanibel

 1/22: Plight of the Snail Kite & SE American Kestrel

 1/29:  Adventures with Island Amphibians & Reptiles.


Ding Darling Refuge:

 Lecture Series:

 1/9: Better Birding Through Social Media

 1/16: The Peace of Blue

 1/23:  Everglades: America’s Wetland

 1/30:  Our Solar-Powered Future


Tarpon Bay Explorers:

Kayak Trail Tour: Kayak with a naturalist surrounded by mangroves and wading birds.

Sunset Rookery Paddle –

A bird watchers dream! Join as the sun goes down on a kayak paddle to the Rookery Islands.  Be there as hundreds of birds-egrets, herons, ibis, cormorants, and pelicans-come in to roost for the night.  


Case-Shiller Index points to stability in housing market at year’s end

Home prices are ending the year on a stable note, according to new data out Tuesday morning.  The Case-Shiller Index — which tracks prices nationwide and in 20 major cities – reported prices grew 4.6% in October compared to a year earlier. That’s the slowest pace since September 2012, but one which many economists say is healthier for both buyers and sellers than the double-digit growth seen this time last year.

The report suggests that the housing market is hitting a good balance heading into the new year, said Stan Humphries, chief economist at real estate website Zillow.com.

“Housing definitely came back to Earth over the second half of 2014, and we welcome and expect to see more of the same as we look ahead at 2015. A slower-moving housing market is inherently more stable, more balanced between buyers and sellers and more sustainable over the long term,” he said. “We’re ending 2014 on a good note, and this momentum will continue.

2015 LA Times

Walkabout: Sanibel Island

By Harold Bubil , Sarasota Herald-Tribune 
December 28, 2014


This barrier island, 30 minutes west of downtown Fort Myers, is known for its beaches and its seashells, but a recent visit revealed the flip side of “the Sanibel stoop.”


The shells come and go. Some days are good, and some days are not.

“They are nothing like they used to be,” said Emilie Alfino, manager of the Sanibel Island Historical Village. Jose Leal, curator and science director at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel-Captiva Road, says it is a little more complicated than that.

“I don’t agree, but I don’t disagree,” Leal said. “It is very difficult to gauge. But you have orders of magnitude more people walking the beaches now than you had 30 years ago. Because of that, the best shells are picked up really, really fast. The wealth is more divided.” The abundance of shells is largely dependent on the weather, with winter storms depositing shells on the island’s beaches. “The water is really shallow,” Leal said. “The shells are moved more easily from the water to the beach.” Live shelling is banned on Sanibel, so if the shell is “occupied,” leave it alone. “The shell is an intrinsic part of the animal,” Leal said. “People do like to observe the animals in the shells.”


Sanibel’s beaches are not fringed with condominiums. Nature prevails. Park your car at Bowman’s Beach and you can enjoy, or endure, quite a long walk through mangrove forests and over tidewater lagoons before you reach the beach. The crescent-shaped island, unusual (for Florida) in that it runs mostly east and west, is very much a paradise for tourists and snowbirds drawn to all those shells, with enough shopping to occupy the occasional rainy winter day or the constant humid summer afternoons. It has fine homes, lush landscapes and 25 miles of inviting paths for walking and bicycling.


Other than the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the old lighthouse, the shell museum and the beach, Sanibel is short on tourist attractions. But it does have a remarkable historical village. Located on land donated by the city, Sanibel Island Historical Village has a collection of nine pre-1940 buildings, many from the Settlement Era, that attract 10,000 people a year. It is a great way to keep vacationing families occupied as the sunburns heal. The village is a partial solution to the problem of redevelopment. 


Playing a key role is the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which pre-dates the City of Sanibel’s 1974 incorporation. Its role has been “to conserve as much land as they could on the island,” Alfino said. “They have done about all they can. Two-thirds of the island is conserved, and they bought the Bailey land and conserved the house in its original location.