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Thursday, July 19 2012
 The Dunes!

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!

Thanks!
Sarah

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Tuesday, July 10 2012

Sanibel Island's By the Sea condo 

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!

Thanks!
Sarah

 

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Monday, July 02 2012
Ok - time to take a look at January  - June this year vs. last year.

The number of transactions are up in all categories on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands!  The curiosity is that the price range of the properties that have sold is just slightly down from 2011. 

I don't think that that will continue.  As the number of transactions has increased, the inventory of properties has distinctly been reduced.  With lower inventory comes price increases - albeit slowly.  The low interest rates are continuing to help as well.  Even with banks not wild about financing investment properties or requiring 30% deposits, many Sanibel and Captiva Island buyers are refinancing their primary residences at these reduced rates and using the capital to pay cash for their island purchases.

Which Sanibel neighborhoods and Sanibel Condos were the most active?  The Dune neighborhood has had 14 closed transactions in the first 6 months of 2012.  This is the greatest number of any other neighborhood on the island.  The Sundial Beach and Tennis resort was the most active Condo complex on Sanibel with 17 condos sold for the first 6 months of 2012.  These are pretty great numbers and speaks volume to the value buyers are feeling for Island real estate at this time.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like me to email you any additional information. You can contact me by phone - 239-691-4915 -  or using my Contact Form.

Happy 4th of July! - Sarah




2012 2011
Sanibel Island                          
  # of sales Price  Range     # of sales Price Range % change in # of sales  
Residential 104 $235K - $4.1M   Residential 101 $285K - $5M +3%
Condo 105 $150K - $2.082M   Condo 90 $200K - $2.649M +17%
Lots 20 $150K - $2.150M   Lots 11 $100K - $2.175M +82%


2012 2011
Captiva Island              
  # of sales Price  Range                  # of sales Price Range % change in # of sales
Residential 18 $685K - $3.870M         Residential 14 $540K - $6.088M +29%
Condo 24 $210K - $2.285M   Condo 17 $215K - $2.1M +41%
Lots 1 $515K   Lots 0 $0.00 --




 
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Monday, July 02 2012

Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island

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!

Sarah

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