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Saturday, October 20 2012

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!


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Monday, October 08 2012
 The Lighthouse at Point Ybel, Sanibel Island

One of our favorite places on the island is our own Sanibel Lighthouse. Located on the eastern end of Sanibel, the lighthouse can be seen for miles and has become a true landmark. The lighthouse also has a pretty cool history to go with it.


This was the first lighthouse on the west coast of Florida and was completed in 1884. The shallows extending offshore from the lighthouse, and the entrance to San Carlos Bay, made a strong case for getting a lighthouse built at this location. 

Locals asked Congress for funding to build the lighthouse and it took over 20 years before $50,000 was appropriated for the project.


The project was almost halted when the ship carrying the iron sank just two miles from Sanibel. Luckily, divers recovered most of the iron and it was finally finished and lit on August 20, 1884. The structure stands at almost 100 feet and is accessed by an external iron stairway.

Fresnel Lens
Courtesy of Musée de la marine

The first lens was what's called a "third-order Fresnel lens" (pictured), which could take a little light and focus it into a long distance beam. In 1923 the light was converted from kerosene to acetylene gas, as well as modernizing the attached two homes with indoor plumbing and bathrooms. The lighthouse was automated in 1949.

Shortly after the causeway was finished (1963) the Sanibel Lighthouse was electrified and, shortly after that, accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.


The Coast Guard wanted to turn off the lighthouse in 1972, but locals made their intentions clear and the lighthouse was kept shining. In 2010 the lighthouse was officially transferred to the City of Sanibel. City employees live in the attached buildings and maintain the grounds.

View from the top!  

Even with all this, mostly what people think of when looking at the structure are the miles and miles of incredible beach with views in all directions. Parking is plentiful and visitors can find everything from a large fishing pier to some incredible beach shelling! Boats can anchor for the night behind the protection of the island in a truly picturesque setting.

Well, that's it for my brief description of our lighthouse and I hope you enjoy the photos! As always, contact me for all your Sanibel and Captiva Real estate needs! Prices are still low and mortgage rates are great - so give me a call! 239-691-4915

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Sanibel, FL 33957

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