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Friday, October 30 2015

Native vs. Non-Native Sanibel Island & Captiva Island Vegetation

I want to tell you about this great new website I found! Have you ever wanted a fast and easy way to determine which island plants are native and which are not? If you are building on the island, or are currently a home owner, this is a fun way to lean about our local plant life. As you probably know, Sanibel Island has strict codes as far as removing "exotic vegetation," and if you plan to build on the island you need to be aware of what you need to remove and replace.

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This website allows you to plug in your zip code and it will pull up a list of local plants, along with their common name and its scientific name. I mean how many of us have wondered what plant "Heterotheca subaxillaris" is? Or maybe most of us will just stick with the common name (Camphorweed). Click the links below for the full list of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island plants. Check out these sites for Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

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The Sanibel website "MySanibel.com" has lots of information along with contact numbers for your questions. Of course you can also give me a call at 239-691-4915 and I can point you in the right direction to find answers to your questions. I've built a home on Sanibel Island, as well as being a Realtor on the island, so I do have some expertise on this subject.

You can also find more on the "Vegetation Information" page of the Sanibel government website. You can find lots of information about native vs. non-native vegetation, and our city building department is a friendly place that will work with Island builders to help guide your construction project to a successful end.

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Sanibel island real estate As usual, I want to help you navigate your way to buying or building your perfect island paradise. Today there is a blizzard in Colorado and I'm sure many people all over the country are starting to plan a trip to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. We have a nice inventory of homes, condos and homesites and you can put me to work searching for your new property while you hit the beach! Just let me know your criteria and I can organize everything that fits your needs so you can view them without wasting any of your time. Call Me Today! or use my contact form.

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Thursday, October 29 2015

Some of our favorite things...

It's fun to see what people say about "some of their favorite things" on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and I want to tell you the rest of the results from my casual survey from my clients and friends. I mentioned before that the winner of the "favorite beach" location was beach access number 7 on West Gulf Drive. I think we all have our favorite beach location, but I have to agree that access 7 does take you to some spectacular shelling after a strong westerly wind. On the other hand, anyplace you can stick your umbrella into the sand is a super place to spend the day!

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Sanibel Island real estate

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If you're wondering what the poll revealed as the favorite restaurant, Sweet Melissa's, located at 1625 Periwinkle Way, was the winner! 

Runners-up were Il Cielo, Il Tesoro, Sanibel Café, Timbers, Lazy Flamingo and Rosies all receiving multiple votes. With so many great restaurants on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, it's hard to pick a favorite!

Biking on Sanibel has always been a major reason some people love our islands. When I asked what bike route was the favorite, it's hard to argue with the winner being all the trails in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. You can spend your entire vacation exploring our favorite sanctuary. We had a tie for second best bike trail, the Sanibel Pond Apple Trail and the trail near the Over Easy Cafe on Tarpon Bay Road. With over 20 miles of biking/walking trails on Sanibel, it's a fun way to spend some time and get some exercise.

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Captiva island real estate And don't forget to give me a call Today so I can start my search for your perfect piece of paradise! If you know of someone you would like to make your neighbor...pass my number along! 239-691-4915

If you want to start your Sanibel real estate search yourself, you can use my free and easy search engine. You can search by map, address, size, condo, home, or homesite.

We have a great selection of properties and I'm sure I can find just the right spot for you! This is one of the best times to visit and start your property search, our weather is spectacular, the waters are warm, the shells are plentiful and I'm looking forward to helping you find your perfect piece of paradise!

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Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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Monday, October 19 2015

Third Quarter Sanibel-Captiva Real Estate Sales - 2014 vs. 2015

January - September 2014 compared with January - September 2015

It's time to compare our same-time sales over the years to see how the Sanibel real estate market is doing. As you can see in the stats below, over the same 9-month period, most catagories show a marked improvement from last year. The exception are Captiva home sales, which are down, but the average selling price is up. 

On Sanibel we currently (10/19/2015) have 105 home listings with prices ranging from $379,000 to $4,895,000. We have 88 Sanibel condo listings ranging from $225,000 to $2,695,000. On Captiva Island we currently have 37 home listings ranging from $889,000 to $9,900,000, and 37 Captiva condo listings from $244,000 to $2,700,000.

This is the lowest number of Sanibel homes for sale at this time of year I have seen in the 12 years of my being an island Realtor! As you might expect, there has been some price pressure due to this reduced inventory.  

With our "season" right around the corner, we are expecting a busy real estate year! The economy is doing much better and our local rental offices are almost booked solid for the upcoming winter season. Today's weather up north is calling for freezing temps and snow! That's a great baramoter for how popular Sanibel and Captiva Islands will be! 

A Great Start to 2015 Sanibel and Captiva Island Sales

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 171 $820,517 227 93%
Sanibel 2015 202 $883,706 245 94%

Condos Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 130 $670,942 234 94%
Sanibel 2015 132 $677,183 302 94%

Homesites Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 20 $452,903 573 90%
Sanibel 2015 36 $392,344 383

90%

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 23 $2,826,717 339 87%
Captiva 2015 19 $3,136,250 482 92%

Condos Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 17 $660,471 483 93%
Captiva 2015 30 $1,112,050 235 95%

Sanibel App If you plan to visit Sanibel Island, of if you are a resident, download my Sanibel App! The Sanibel App is a great source for things to do and local information. You can get my FREE app at either the Google or Apple stores. Click here for the FREE download!  Google Play or the Apple Store.

As usual... give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your Sanibel-Captiva property search. As an island resident I can help you find your perfect place in paradise! Call me today!

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915

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Monday, October 05 2015

Always a winner!

Living on Sanibel Island we sometimes forget to notice how special our islands are to the outside world. We are always winning awards or being named as #1 in beaches, fishing, shelling, vacations, and so on. Over the years we have been mentioned in articles all over the world. Of course it doesn't seem like news to those of us who live here... we know how wonderful Sanibel Island and Captiva Island are!

Our Chamber of Commerce recently published a list of a few awards our Islands have received. I'll post a few of them at the end of this blog.

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I recently put together an online survey to see what my friends and clients would pick for their favorite island place. 

When I asked what beach is a favorite, it seems the beach at "Access 7" located on West Gulf Drive is the favorite choice! Parking is restricted and limited, but easy to access by bike. 

Another favorite (came in as a strong second) is Bowmans Beach off Sanibel-Captiva Drive. I have a tough time picking my favorite beach. Some days I think Blind Pass beach is the best, but during our busy winter season I think I like the limited access beaches off West Gulf Drive. It's a tough choice when you have over 20 miles of beach to chose from.

In my survey I also asked for favorite bike ride, and favorite island restaurant. I'll post the results of those in upcoming blogs. Sanibel Island and Captiva Island always have something to offer, and many times we get chosen as "best" in a survey. Not bad for a tiny area located in Southwest Florida!

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As for local news and current things to do on the island, you can always pull up the calendar at our Chamber of Commerce website. From education, to tennis, to our 10th annual "Pirate Fest," there is always something fun to do!

While on the islands you might as well put me to work looking for your perfect place in paradise! This is a great time to start your Sanibel real estate search. Just let me know your criteria and I can gather a list of properties that fit your needs. Whether a condo, home, or homesite, I know my islands and I can help you find just what you want. Call me Today! 

239-691-4915

If you want to start your real estate search on your own, I have the best search feature on my website. You can search by map, price, size, or any other criteria that's important to you! Click Here to give it a try!

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If you're wondering what some of our "Island Awards" are, here's a list of just a few that were recently listed on our Chamber website;
2015 – US News Travel – Sanibel Island ranked #3 for Best Family Beach Vacation
2015 – FamilyFun Travel Awards – Sanibel Island ranked #1 family travel destination
2014 – US News Travel – Sanibel Island ranked #4 for Best Family Beach Vacations
2014 – Coastal Living – Captiva Island voted #2 happiest seaside town
2014 – CNN Travel –  10 Best Budget Vacations for spring – Sanibel Island
2014 – USA Today 10Best – Sanibel & Captiva ranked 6th best Birdwatching
2014 – Men’s Journal – Sanibel named ‘Best for Shell Hunting’
2014 – FlipKey by TripAdvisor – Top Beach Vacations
2014 – SmarterTravel – Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida
2013 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Sanibel & Captiva islands – chosen by Traveler Magazine for one of 5 Perfect  Weekends in Florida
2013 – Coastal  Living – 2013 annual America’s Happiest Seaside Towns – and also Sanibel was voted one of the best places to live on the coast
2013 – USA Today – voted part of the 10 best attractions in Florida – Seashells on  Sanibel Island – voted in December 2013 by USA Today Readers’ Choice awards
2013 – TripAdvisor – Travelers Choice Awards – TripAdvisor choice awards voted Sanibel Island as one of the top 10 islands to visitin the US
2013 – Travel & Leisure Magazine – listed Captiva Island as one of the most Romantic Beach Getawaysin their August 2013 feature
2013 – Travel Channel – Top 10 Beaches in Florida– both Sanibel island and Captiva island make the top 10 list
2013 – Peter Greenberg – Best Bird-watching  – Peter Greenberg, America’s foremost travel expert, listed the J.N. Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge among his top five recommended spots for a bird-watching spring break vacation
2013 – Smarter Travel – Sanibel Island Makes Smarter Travel’s 1 of 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida
2012 – USA Today – Sanibel – 10 Great Places for Families to Escape the Snow and Best Beach Towns in Florida
2012 – U.S. News & World Report  – Best Florida Beaches – ranked Sanibel Island’s beach at the top of the magazine’s list of the 8 Best Florida Beaches
2012 – Dr. Beach – Most Romantic Beaches – Captiva Island has been ranked one of the country’s  most romantic beaches for two consecutive years by Stephen Leatherman, Ph.D., (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) Florida International University, recognized as the nation’s foremost beach authority
2011 – Frommer’s – Arthur Frommer’s 10 Favorite Travel Destinations – Arthur Frommer named Sanibel Island one of the “Top Ten Favorite Places to Travel” in the world
2011 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Sanibel and Captiva earned top spots in the Top-10 North America Islands list: Sanibel Island ranked fourth, while Captiva Island came in at number six
2011 – Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice award – Best Beaches in the United States voted Sanibel (#5) and Captiva (#8)  and 16th in the world by Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award
2011 – Condé Nast Traveler Magazine – Best Kayaking 2011
Older Notable Awards
2010 – Condé Nast Traveler – Top 10 North American Islands  voted Sanibel and Captiva in the top 10
2010 – The Travel Channel – selected Sanibel as  “Best Shelling Beach.” Among the rare shells collected here are the brown speckled junonia,  sculpted lion’s paw, coveted golden olive, golden tulip and Scotch bonnet. Live shelling is prohibited on our beaches.
2010 – Travel Channel – Top 10 Beaches in Florida  – Sanibel Island has been named one of the “the best in the world” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards
2005 – Condé Nast Traveler magazine – 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards have acknowledged Sanibel and Captiva islands as among “destinations approaching perfection.”

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
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