July 2015 Newsletter for Sanibel and Captiva

July 2015

Captiva and Sanibel inventory of homes for sale is low.  If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact me for a market analysis of your property.

This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

 

SECOND QUARTER CAPTIVA MARKET OVERVIEW 2015

Captiva Home sales ending June 30, 2015 are lagging behind the 2014 second quarter sales. Selling prices remain steady. Seventeen homes sold in the first two quarters of 2014 versus eleven homes in the first two quarters of 2015. Six homes sold on Captiva Dr, three in the village area, and two in Sunset Captiva. There are seven homes under contract but not closed yet. There are currently forty-two homes for sale.

Captiva Condo sales ending June 30, 2015 continue well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices of condos have edged up slightly. Twelve condos sold in the first two quarters of 2014 versus twenty-two condos in the first two quarters of 2015. Twenty condos sold in South Seas, one condo in Captiva Shores, and one in the Captiva Bay Villages.  There are four condos under contract but have not closed yet. There are currently thirty-eight condos for sale.

Captiva vacant lot sales ending June 30, 2015 are ahead of 2014 sales. Vacant lot selling price trends are difficult to measure due to so few sales over the past couple of years. No vacant lots sold in 2014 versus two vacant lots sold in the first quarter of 2015. One lot sold in South Seas and one lot sold on Captiva Dr (bayside) near Blind Pass. There are two lots under contract but have not closed yet. There are currently three vacant lots for sale.

QUARTERLY SANIBEL MARKET OVERVIEW 2015

Sanibel home sales ending June 30, 2015 are well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. One hundred and twenty-eight homes sold in the first two quarters of 2014 versus one hundred and fifty-five homes sold in the first two quarters of 2015. Forty-one homes are under contract but have not closed yet. There are one hundred and five homes currently for sale.

Sanibel condo sales ending June 30, 2015 are slightly behind 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. One hundred and three condos sold in the first two quarters of 2014 versus ninety-eight condos sold in the first two quarters of 2015. Seventeen condos are under contract but have not closed yet. Ninety condos are currently for sale.

Sanibel vacant lot sales ending June 30, 2015 are well ahead of 2014 sales. Selling prices are trending up. Seventeen lots sold in the first two quarters of 2014 versus twenty-seven lots sold in the first two quarters of 2015. Nine lots are under contract but not closed yet. There are currently sixty-nine vacant lots for sale.

 

RECENTLY SOLD

Bowan Bayou Road, Sanibel Bayous

3 bedroom / 2 bath house including a den with wood burning fireplace, two car garage, and pool.  Short walk to Bowman’s Beach, and short bike ride to Ding Darling, Rec Center, and Santiva restaurants.

$540,000

CAPTIVA VILLAGE HOME FOR SALE
Great 3BR 3BA 1848 sq. ft. home on Captiva’s desirable Laika Ln. Enjoy relaxing by the screened-in pool or walk to the end of the road and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This home has hardwood floors and was renovated in the spring of 2015. Renovations included new carpeting in all bedrooms, freshly painted interior, and three new garage doors. Also renovated the lower level game/pool room. 
1,445,000

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Captiva July 4th:

 

For a fun-filled Fourth of July celebration at the beach, escape to South Seas Island Resort.  They are holding their 7th annual Hot Dog Eating Competition followed by a Red, White & Boom party featuring music, children’s activities, and food & beverage options.

 

On Saturday, the Star Spangled celebration is complete with a patriotic golf cart parade, live DJ entertainment, special food and beverage items, “Sunset Shellabration” and must-see fireworks display.


 

Sanibel July 4th:


 
If the idea of an old-fashioned parade, barbecue, scavenger hunt and fireworks blazing above soft blue waters sounds good, then grab your favorite red, white and blue garb and head over to Sanibel.

 

The all-American day begins with the Parade which will start at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 4th beginning at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way and will travel down Periwinkle Way to Casa Ybel Road. Periwinkle will be closed from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.  


July-themed dress is encouraged and dogs are welcome too. 

 

After the parade, both Bailey’s and Jerry’s will feature free barbecue and picnic fare.  

 

For those who want a little extra challenge, the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club will be holding their annual Road Rally Scavenger Hunt fundraiser at noon.  The scavenger hunt is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, learn your way around the islands and support a great cause.  Monies raised will benefit the scholarship fund for needy students in Lee County, FL.

 

The fireworks display begins at dusk on Saturday, July 4. Fireworks will be launched from Bailey Road on the bay side.

The Dunes Is undergoing major construction this year and won’t be open to the public for fireworks viewing as in the past. 

 

Lighthouse Beach and the Causeway spoil Islands are a great alternative for viewing!

 

This is not intended to solicit property already listed. 

Sanibel + Captiva Islands: Florida’s Best Family-Friendly Nature-Loving Escapes
Forbes Magazine

The sister islands of Sanibel and Captiva are something of a special breed in Florida. You won’t find bustling theme parks, water parks or alligator attractions on these islands. There won’t be long lines of sweaty tourists or beaches thronged with sunbathers either. In fact, these islands with their fertile unspoiled habitats seduce visitors without even trying.


The islanders like to think the appeal is in the numbers: 15 miles of beaches, 25 miles of bike paths, 50 kinds of fish, 230 kinds of birds, 250 kinds of shells and their favorite number of all-zero traffic lights. Sanibel alone is home to 6,400 acres of mangrove wilderness, which is almost half of the total island. Many visitors just come to spend time in the J. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge-a birders paradise, but also an ideal place for nature hikes and the occasional alligator spotting.

 

Sanibel and Captiva (which are connected by a short causeway) also have a few simple guidelines in place that keep this wildlife-rich paradise as pristine as it was when I first visited as a young girl almost 40 years ago. The island allows no weekly home rentals (although smaller condominiums can be rented weekly) and no developer, no matter how deep the pockets, is permitted to build a structure higher than three stories.

Yet, most people really don’t care about the rules; they come for the uncrowded beaches and unparalleled shelling. During my first visit as a child, my father and I decided to go shelling in the rain. We discovered the most magical things on that gloomy day-lighting whelks, king conch, shark eyes-even the occasional fish or horseshoe crab washed ashore by storm tide. Our pockets bulged with loot. I felt like an explorer, alone in the beachy wilderness. The adventure remains one of my most treasured memories with my dad to this day.

 

In the following years I’ve taken my own babies down those beaches-each walk its own treasure hunt. Shelling on Sanibel is a rewarding pursuit simply because it yields intact shells-the ones with critters have to go back-but the empties are yours to keep. Of course you can sunbathe, or just drift in the gentle waves, but busy bees like me find the shelling hard to ignore.
 

The island is threaded with bike trails and it’s a great way to get around or just explore sections you haven’t yet seen. I prefer biking through the wildlife refuge to driving-one always sees more when you slow down-and see you will. You can also take a guided tour by kayak through the refuge or through the mangrove forest. (Tarpon Bay Explorers offer several options led by naturalists). Expect to see a wide range of wildlife including dolphins, manatees, alligators, anhinga, pelican, and more.

Shoppers won’t be disappointed, nor will those who just eat out every meal…Sanibel and Captiva have enough of both options to keep visitors busy for weeks without ever having to return to the dreary “mainland”.

Today I go for different reasons-my mother, who lives there now, is aging and we spend more time shuttling her to the hospitals in Ft. Myers than shelling or kayaking. But, on each trip the wildlife still give-I’ll spy an anhinga drying its wings, or a pelican diving for dinner, and shells still wash ashore. Maybe that’s why people come back year after year-the island never changes-and you can feel, if only for a while, that you haven’t changed either.

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