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Wednesday, January 27 2016

Great New Listing in Seashells of Sanibel!

Seashells of Sanibel has always been a favorite for residents and visitors. Seashells has an on-site rental office for those who want their unit rented while not in personal use.

Seashells unit 38 is a near-beach two bedroom, two bathroom condo. This great opportunity has an updated kitchen and tile floors throughout. 

Seashells of Sanibel for sale
Seashells of Sanibel for sale

New appliances (except refrigerator) and AC condenser were replaced in 2015. 
An upbeat island decor and comfortable furnishings make this a great island property. 
Seashells of Sanibel permits weekly rentals in Season and three-day rentals during the summer. 
Owner are allowed pets with no weight limits.

This condo is being offered fully furnished for $395,000

Seashells is located at 2840 West Gulf Drive, and has a large community pool and tennis court. Probably the best amenity would be your private beach easement just steps from condo #38. Also, Sanibel Island's over 20 miles of bike/walking trails iare just in front of the Seashells condos.

This is a wonderful opportunity! Seashells of Sanibel condos sell fast so this condo is worth checking out! There are so many things to like about Seashells - number one would be location, location, location!

Seashells of Sanibel for sale
Seashells of Sanibel for sale

Our winter "season" is in full swing as visitors flee from the cold and snowy weather up north. I don't think I can blame them. Our shovels are used at the beach and our umbrellas are used for sun shelter, not for sleet and hail.

Make this your year for Sanibel Island! We have a nice inventory of homes, condos, and homesites, and I'm sure we have just the right property for you!

If you want to start your real estate search at your computer, I have some great tools for you. You can use my user-friendly search tools and check out properties by map, location, size, price or almost any other criteria you like. You can also download my app on your phone, Android or Apple, and check out some fun things to do while you're on the island.

I also have a webpage with a calendar of upcoming events on our island! 

Your job is to start your search for the perfect property for you...

Call Me Today!


Seashells of Sanibel for sale

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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Posted by: AT 10:05 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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.

Sanibel island real estate

Sanibel island real estate

Sanibel island real estate

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.

Sanibel Island Plants

Captiva Island Plants

The Sanibel website "" 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.

Sanibel island real estate

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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
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Posted by: AT 10:38 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, September 17 2015

Gearing up for a busy season!

It's always fun to prepare for our upcoming busy season! Vacation rental companies are reporting near full occupancy over the winter season. I think the massive snows up north last year contribute to the need to visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

We will most likely have a full inventory by season, but currently we have fewer listings than usual. Sanibel Island has 96 homes listed, from a 3/2 for $450,000 to a 5/5 for $4,895,000. Condo listings on Sanibel are also down, we have 74 condos listed from a 1/1 for $225,000 to a Gulf Front 3/3 $2,295,000.

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

Sanibel Island real estate

We are also seeing an uptick in lot sales and home construction. With new insurance flood regulations, sometimes it makes sense to build exactly the type of home you want. On Sanibel we have 65 vacant lots listed from a property near Bowman's Beach for $179,900, to a Gulf Front lot on West Gulf Drive for $2,895,000.

If building sounds right for you, I've had a home built on Sanibel and I can help you through the process. Building on a barrier island does take specialized knowledge.

As usual I like to mention upcoming things to do on our islands (Click Here). This time of year is excellent for back bay fishing and it's always fun to hire a guide or rent a boat. You can find more information Here. More choices to get out in a boat are:

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

Sanibel Island real estate
Sanibel Island real estate

The bottom line is... Plan now for your trip to Sanibel Island and Captiva Island! It's going to be cold up north (again), and it's going to be beautiful here (again)! Make this YOUR year for the islands.

Our beaches await. Our wildlife awaits.
Our lifestyle awaits!

Give me a call Today! Contact me and I can find your special place in paradise. Whether it's a home, condo or homesite, I can help you find the perfect place on our island paradise!

Call Me!

Sanibel Island real estate

Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
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Posted by: AT 12:12 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, July 18 2015

Comparing 1st six months sales - 2014 vs. 2015

January - June 2014 compared with January - June 2015

It's always interesting to check out same-time sales over the years to see how our market is doing. As you can see in the stats below, over the same 6-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. Sanibel condo sales are also slightly down in numbers from last year.

On Sanibel we currently (7/18/2015) have 104 home listings with prices ranging from $450,000 to $4,895,000. We have 88 Sanibel condo listings ranging from $225,000 to $2,395,000. On Captiva Island we currently have (7/18/2015) 39 home listings ranging from $889,000 to $10,500,000, and 39 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.  
From January through June 30 there have been 159 houses that have been sold on Sanibel with prices ranging from $247,000 to $3,725,000.
Looking at these numbers it becomes clear that if the pace was consistent throughout the year that we have just under a four month supply of houses for sale.That is quite amazing. The reality is that this is our low time for inventory and we will begin to add listings in October/November.
Captiva Island also has the lowest number of condos for sale at this time of year that I have seen. 

A Great Start to 2015 Sanibel and Captiva Island Sales

Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 128 $838,164 234 93%
Sanibel 2015 159 $896,728 252 94%

Condos Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 103 $682,692 240 94%
Sanibel 2015 99 $689,117 322 94%

Homesites Sold Av Price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Sanibel 2014 17 $441,356 612 89%
Sanibel 2015 27 $326,330 356


Homes Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 17 $2,834,794 374 90%
Captiva 2015 11 $2,927,955 473 92%

Condos Sold Av price Av Market/Days List/Sell %
Captiva 2014 12 $617,042 600 92%
Captiva 2015 22 $1,057,432 220 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

Posted by: AT 10:53 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

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Sanibel, FL 33957

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