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Wednesday, June 12 2013

Have Fun Boating!

 

Lots of visitors, and yes locals too, haven't ever taken the time to visit our neighboring islands. There are lots of ways for you to get to these great destinations and I'll get to that in a minute.

First (pictured to the right) is Cabbage Key! Always a favorite. This is a small back-bay island about 100 acres in size. There are a few walking trails, a water tower to climb, and a very famous and laid-back restaurant. One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant are the thousands of dollar bills taped to the walls. Visitors are given a marker to sign their bills and tape to stick them anywhere on the walls where they can find space. The tape will hold the bill for a year or two and then the fallen dollars are donated to local charities.

 

Cabbage Key Website

Cabbage is a great location to make some memories, have lunch, and even stay the night if you want. There are only a few rooms to rent, but it's sure to be a fun stay!

 

 

Just a stones throw away from Cabbage Key is Useppa Island. Useppa is a private Club, but you can enjoy their restaurant and tour the island if you make prior reservations. You can also take one of the scheduled tour boats from Captiva Island to Useppa.

 

Useppa Island Website

 

Another great destination is the next barrier island just to the north of Captiva Island, called Upper Captiva Island. Locals just refer to it as "North Cap." This island is three miles long, but only the northern mile has infrastructure to support a community. The electricity/phone comes from an underwater cable from Captiva, and has been run underground throughout this northern area. The island has four restaurants, a private air strip, and over 200 homes.

The most popular restaurant, which also has lots of dockage, is called "Barnacle's". Owners and guests get around on the shell roads by golf/electric cart. This magical island is worth a visit!

Just to the north of Upper Captiva, the next island is called Cayo Costa. Most of this island is a state park and there are no restaurants (or electricity) on the island. You can go to Cayo Costa and spend the day on the miles and miles of deserted beach, or you can rent a small cabin and spend the night... or week! It's a great getaway for your family and might be the perfect place to relax and just enjoy nature.

 

Cayo Costa State Park

 

 

 

The ways to get to these islands start at our many marinas on the islands. These are a few links to give you some choices:

65' Lady Chadwick
New Moon Sailing
'Tween Waters Charter Guides
Jensen's charters and boat rentals
South Seas Resort Marina

So now you have no excuse not to visit our local neighborhood of really cool islands! The above links will also direct you to sunset sails, shelling trips and fishing guides. Captain Mick Gurley aboard New Moon Sailing is also available for romantic sunset weddings!

I hope you enjoy our incredible island community, and as always, call me at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form to get started on your perfect island property. Homes, condos, homesites... I will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family!

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
239-691-4915
www.SarahAshton.com

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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!

Sarah

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Thursday, December 01 2011
If you are looking for something to do this weekend - don't fret - there is more than a mere mortal can take in!

Friday kicks off a long standing tradition on the islands - Luminary.  On Friday, Sanibel Island businesses will be keeping their doors open and the food and beverages flowing as Periwinkle Way is lit up with hundreds of white luminary candle bags.  It is a sight to behold.  The San-Cap Chamber of Commerce does an outstanding job working with the businesses and running a trolley service to get folks from one plaza to another. 

Friday will also host a fund-raiser on Captiva Island to support the month-long Captiva Holiday Village celebration and events.  Many great silent auction items will be there for the bidding.  Check out www.captivaholidayvillage.com for more info.

Satuday is Captiva Island's luminary night.  at 3:30 the festivities are kicking off with a Golf Cart Parade.  Don DeLuca of the Royal Shell Companies is the Grand Marshall of the parade.  It will be a good time and again - the streets will be lined with white luminary candle bags.  It is a pretty sight.

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, August 12 2011


Last night the "Love that Dress" event to benefit the PACE Foundation took place at the Tahitian Gardens plaza on Sanibel Island.  The purpose was to raise money and to collect new or slightly used dresses that will be auctioned off next month.

It was a great time and the generosity of the residents and businesses on the island just continues to amaze me.  Royal Shell Companies was the primary sponsor of the event and Baileys General Store and The Prawnbroker Group - aka Timbers and Sanibel Grill provided great munchies and wine.  The chinese auction raised over $1000 and was made up of donations by the store owners in Tahitian Gardens.

Each of the stores had a "model" to showcase the stores' goods and to act as an official greeter to each store.  Realtors from Royal Shell Real Estate participated, including myself and we were able to adorn ourselves with clothing and jewelry for the evening.

Just a great night and a another reminder of why the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are so special!

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Saturday, October 03 2009
Wow - it has been a while since my last Blog entry - I have been really busy settling into Royal Shell Preferred Properties.  Moving is a good deal of work when you want to ensure that your clients don't miss a beat when it comes to Sanibel Island real estate and Captiva Island real estate! Click Here to read more about my exciting new company.

On Thursday I was taking a little break and went on this fantastic bike ride through Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  It was the first day of October and a cool front had passed through the day before so it was dry and glorious here on Sanibel Island. 

The birds seemed to think life was pretty good on Sanibel as well.  There were a dozen Roseate Spoonbills, about 40 Great White Herons, and too-many-to-count Snowy Egrets.  The best part was that they were in the trees, wading in the water and flying all around - it looked like they were having a party! 

Sanibel Island is a truly special place.  To really enjoy it, you need to take the time to see it and experience it.  I feel so fortunate that I live in such a wonderful place.
Sanibel Island Real Estate
Posted by: Sarah Ashton AT 10:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, September 18 2009
Greetings from Sanibel and Captiva Islands

The big news of my week is that I have moved over to Royal Shell Preferred Properties.  I am really excited about the move (well not the physical and logistical move actually it's kind of a pain, short term pain however).  What is exciting is the new opportunity to work with some terrific people in an organization that will support me fully in my efforts to service you,  my clients. 

My office is on Captiva Island and I have use and access to the Sanibel office as well.  This gives me a great opportunity to service all clients in convenient locations.  Royal Shell Sales is also very closely tied to Royal Shell Rentals - the largest rental company on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.  This is very convenient for you who purchase investment properties to start getting that property to work for you.

I would love to answer any questions that you have about the move or the services of Royal Shell.  Email me or call, I always love to hear from you.  Let me know when you will be here so I can show you the new digs! 
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