Sanibel and Captiva are known for shells, beaches, nature and relaxation - and, of course, golf! Sanibel has three golf neighborhoods and Captiva has one. Our local championship courses are a big draw for lots of buyers and visitors.
Let's take a look at our recent sales, and current listings in our golfing communities. Last year our golf neighborhoods had brisk sales, and this year appears to be the same!
Sanibel's golf neighborhoods consist of The Dunes, Beachview (recently renamed the Sanibel Golf Course), and the Sanctuary. The Dunes and Sanibel Golf Club are both public courses, the Sanctuary is members only.
For an update on current listings, Beachview has13 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $759,000 to a 4/4 for $1,595,000.
The Dunes currently has 8 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $540,000 to a 4/4 for $1,200,000.
The Sanctuary has 9 homes listed, from a 4/3.5 for $748,000 to a 5/5 for $3,495,000.
Besides having some fantastic listings in golf communites, sales show an active interest in these areas. Check out our current and past sales:
This year there have been 22 homes closed in the Dunes, with 2 pending closing.
Last year during the same time period (1/1/12 to 10/1/12), 19 Homes closed.
In Beachview this year there have been 10 homes closed.
In the same period last year, 8 homes closed.
For the Sanctuary, there have been 2 closings and one pending.
For last year during this period, there were 3 closings.
Captiva Island at the South Seas Resort has not seen the interest that we've seen on Sanibel. The South Seas Golf course is just for guests staying at the resort.
There are currently 6 homes listed in South Seas, from a 4/3 for $1,895,000 to a 4/5 for $5,995,000.
There have been none sold so far this year.
I can help you search for properties in all the different communities on our islands! This is your year to buy. Call me today! We have some incredibly beautiful properties that I'd love to show you. Whether it's beach front, near beach, bayfront, home, homesite or condo... I have access to ALL our listed properties. As a long-time owner on Sanibel I can advise you on all the aspects of buying or building on our island paradise - Contact Me Today!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915 Contact Me Here
Did you know you can take a quick tour of some of our favorite neighborhoods? I've been putting together web pages and videos of Sanibel and Captiva for you to enjoy as you start your search of island properties. Our summer weather is almost here and it's a great time to enjoy all the sights and fun things to do on the islands. Besides searching for your island home, summer is great for birding, fishing, shelling and just enjoying miles and miles of our word famous beach!
By watching these videos you can get an idea of what each neighborhood has to offer. I also have a web page for each area in my website's "Near Beach" section. It's a great place to start to explore our islands! I also have pages dedicated to the Lighthouse, Wildlife Refuge and a video tour of Sanibel's eastern end. As well as the information in my website, I'd love for you to use my contact form, or call me at 239-691-4915, so I can put together information for you for your perfect island property!
Herons Landing II
When you're looking for something to do this summer I can help you explore and learn about my favorite place, Sanibel Island. I'm a long-time resident of Sanibel Island, and I love to show off what these islands have to offer. Royal Shell Real Estate has offices on Captiva Island as well as Sanibel Island and I have access to every listed property! Call Me! 239-691-4915
Chateaux Sur Mer
It's June already and I'm getting ready for another busy summer. I am never too busy to help you and your family and friends with their island real estate! I'm looking forward do hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my video tours!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
This week I would like to point out some of the fun and useful things that you can do with my website! From interesting facts about Sanibel and Captiva Islands to informative videos of our neighborhoods and condos, this is a one-stop site for all your island questions.
Captiva is world famous for its beaches, sights and quaint style and I'd love to be able to show you around!
If you want to search for properties, my site has the most modern and useful search engine you will find. You can search with whatever criteria you wish, or by map (left), or subdivision or condo. It's easy to use and you can save your searches and email your results to friends and relatives.
I even have a page of important numbers you might need when you decide to move to the islands.
As you drive around the island checking out which areas or condos look good to you, you can use my mobile site as you travel around the island. You can search properties with your smart phone or tablet as well as learn about the area and what it has to offer.
If you want to check out Sanibel before you get to the island, I have a couple of videos I made of the east end of the island. It's a great place to start! Click Here! I'm also proud of a video I have of one of Sanibel Island's most popular sites - The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
As for our local neighborhoods and condos, my condo page and neighborhood page have links to each area along with video tours of each area. This is a wonderful way to check out all the different areas of the island without leaving your home!
Each area has local information, an area map and virtual tour of the neighborhood or condo!
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:
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.
Greetings! We've had another week of great weather and happy visitors! It's also been terrific for golf lovers, so this week let me tell you about one of our three golf course communities on Sanibel, Beachview Country Club Estates.
Beachview is open to the public as a semi-private course. It's an 18 hole par 70 and no matter what level of player you are, this is one of the best places to play. The course runs along the Sanibel River where you can enjoy nature and the tropical landscaping along the way. As a member of the Audubon International's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Beachview realizes the value of protecting our local wildlife and vegetation.
Beachview Country Club is also a popular tennis spot. The five courts are "hydrogrid" to keep the clay in the best tennis condition. You can sit and relax on the deck overlooking the courts and watch, or grab your racket and play!
Beachview's clubhouse offers everything you'll need for tennis or golf, including a pro to help with your golf or tennis game. There is a restaurant, Beachview Steakhouse, on property so you can relax after a tough day on the links.
On top of just enjoying this great location, you can purchase a home right on, or near the course. There are currently 14 home listings in Beachview, priced from $549,000 to $2,000,000, and I'd love to show you around. A few of them are terrific deals and I know which ones!
If you want to build your own perfect home on a lot, I have a Beachview lot listed at $395,000 with expansive fairway views. (CLICK to see my listing) You can also watch a great video of Beachview on my listing page.
Beachview is a near-beach neighborhood and just a short stroll or bike to the miles and miles of Sanibel beach. You can tell I get excited about this area, it's got everything you need! I play tennis at Beachview enough to know everything there is to know about this special place!
So. give me a call! I know ALL the listings on Sanibel and Captiva and through the Multiple Listing Service I can find the perfect spot for you! Click Here to contact me!