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Wednesday, February 27 2013
Our own river on Sanibel Island!

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!
Thanks!
Sarah
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Wednesday, February 20 2013
Maya Lane - Five Bedroom River Front Home

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!
So contact me soon!
Thanks
Sarah
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Tuesday, February 12 2013
The Vacant Land Conundrum


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:

VL + CB  < or = EH + RM

VL - Vacant Land; CB - Cost to Build;
EH - Existing House; RM - Remodel

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.

If finding your dream property and building a home sounds like something you are interested in, check out my homesite listings!
Located in Beachview
Located in Sea Oats
Located in the Sanctuary
For information on ALL the Sanibel and Captiva Island real estate, give me a call at 239-691-4915 or through my Contact Form!
Thanks
Sarah
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Friday, February 08 2013
Captiva Island - Downtown
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.
Thanks!
Sarah
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