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Wednesday, May 15 2013

Fantastic New Listing!

 

This is a great new listing at one of our most popular condos! Nutmeg Village is located at 2777 West Gulf Drive - directly on the Gulf of Mexico!

This is a first floor condo with views of the pool and Gulf. Nutmeg offers tennis, shuffle-board, a large pool with deck, under building parking, and miles and miles of Sanibel's famous beach! The landscaping is beautiful.

This is unit 105 and it's being offered furnished with some exceptions. You can just pack your toothbrush and move right in! The views are stunning and the condo is true comfort and style!

This two bedroom, two bath condo was thoroughly remodeled and renovated, being designed for graciousness and comfort.

 

Check out the Tour!

The kitchen has been opened up has the best in counters, cabinets and appliances. The lanai is now part of the living space with the sliders removed. The open flow makes it feel like home from the moment you walk in.

This condo should definitely be put on your "must see" list if you are interested in Sanibel living at its best!

Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form for more information about this great listing! Nutmeg is always a favorite and if you have been looking for condos on Sanibel, this one will fit all your criteria!

 

More Listing Information Here

You can tell I'm excited about this unit - location, location, location!

Our winter season has ended, and our summer season isn't quite here yet, and that means it's the perfect time to start your search for island property! The weather is perfect, the crowds are gone, and our beaches are waiting...

 

Contact Me TODAY!

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

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Monday, April 29 2013

Our World Famous Beach Community!

Click the above map for an explanation of beach access points!

 

Let's face it, Sanibel Island is most famous for its beaches. Sure we have incredible wildlife preserves, restaurants, shops and bike trails, but the shells and the beach are what people suffering through cold winters are thinking about. Sanibel has about 11 miles of incredible beach and Captiva Island has about four miles of beach. Sanibel has public beach access points as well as restricted beach access areas. You can use an interactive map HERE to point out each area.

Our beaches have a bit of everything. Near the eastern end (Lighthouse pics and info) you have, public parking, great views of Fort Myers Beach, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and San Carlos Bay on the inland side.

Sanibel's Historic Lighthouse is always worth the visit, even if you don't want to spend your day at the beach.

People are always asking me where the best shells are, and the answer to that varies with the weather. After a storm, or strong wind and waves off the Gulf, you can find shells just about anywhere along our beaches.

But for a definitive answer for "most likely" spots in any weather, I'd have to say Boman's Beach ("C" on the above map), which offers public parking and restrooms. I also like Blind Pass Beach ("B" on the map) for shelling. Blind Pass also has public parking.

All of the beach access points on the above map allow walkers and bike riders access to the beach. For residents and property owners with a parking permit obtained at the Rec Center, there is limited parking. Our beaches are open year-round and you will never have to fight the crowds you find in Fort Myers Beach or at many of our Florida beaches. On Sanibel you can even take your dog (just keep him/her leashed!).

How can you go wrong with all Sanibel and Captiva Islands have to offer? Come on down and check us out!

While you're walking along doing the "Sanibel Stoop" as you look for shells, check out some of the homes along our shoreline. I can help you find the perfect home, condo or homesite on, or near, the beach. This is a great time to look for Sanibel real estate - our winter crowds have gone and the summer heat is still months away. We have a good inventory of reasonably prices properties and I can help you from offer to closing!

As a long-time island resident I'd love to meet you and show you what's available on our islands! Give me a call now at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and we can get started on your perfect island property!

 

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

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Monday, April 15 2013

Miles and Miles of Fun!

You can add over 20 miles of mixed use biking/walking trails to the list of things Sanibel Island has to offer. No matter where you are staying on the island, it's a pretty good bet that one of our bike paths passes nearby.

You can take a bike ride to the Sanibel Lighthouse, or maybe to one of the many public beach access locations. Most restaurants and shops also have areas to safely leave your bike.

For an interactive map you can Click Here and check out more information about our bike path routes.

Not only can you walk or bike on the paths, you can sign up for a Segway lesson and tour! Through Billy's Bikes on Periwinkle Way, you can learn how to ride a Segway and tour the island, or rent one of their many different bike choices. Billys is just one of many places that offer bikes for rent.

We also have a Sanibel Island Bike Club for all levels of bikers. They plan different rides and events around the island as well as teaching safe biking and the rules of the road. The map at the top of this blog is from the Bike Club and you can find it online as a downloadable PDF Here or by just clicking on the map.

From Periwinkle Way all the way to Blind Pass Beach on Captiva Island, this is one of the best ways to get to know our island paradise!

With 60% of Sanibel being wildlife preserve, you can bike or walk on secluded paths while bird watching or just enjoying our abundance of wildlife. The world famous J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve is a great place to spend the day as you explore miles of trails through our island wetlands. This summer Wildlife Drive in the Ding Darling Preserve will be closed for repaving and bridge repair, so contact me and I can give you the closure dates and an update on how long it will take to re-open.

Come and enjoy everything our islands have to offer! From our historic sites to miles and miles of great shelling on our beaches, there are many reasons to consider Sanibel Island real estate!

Our "season" is winding down and this is a great time to visit Sanibel and Captiva Islands! The crowds are thinning out and we have some terrific properties on the market. Whether you are interested in a home, condo or homesite, I want to help you find the perfect property!

Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my Contact Form and we can start the search for your home in paradise! As a long-time island resident, I know every area of the island and I'm sure we can get your dreams fulfilled!

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

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Tuesday, March 26 2013

SarahAshton.com - The Best Place To Start!

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.

The Captiva video on the  right is a great way to check out Captiva Island and what it has to offer. I also have a Captiva webpage, a "Downtown" Captiva webpage along with links to our restaurants and marinas! I also have a video of my Gulf front Captiva listing for you to enjoy.

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!

Other fun things you can do on my website -
How about a visit to our lighthouse?
Check out where our miles and miles of walking/bike trails lead!
How about how to go "Green" or to download my Green Guide!
Check out my listings along with videos!
Tips for the Buyer and the Seller!
And, of course, Contact Me for answers to ALL your questions!
Or you can just connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest!

My site has lots more to offer and please feel free to check out all my pages and links!

When it's time for you to buy or sell I'll be there for you! I am a long-time island resident and I love to show off my islands! This is your year to follow your heart to Sanibel And Captiva Islands!

Call Me!
239-691-4915
or use my Contact Form

Thanks!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate, Captiva & Sanibel

 

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Friday, March 15 2013
Gulf Front Gulfside Place, Sanibel Island

 

This week I want to talk about Sanibel real estate and another fantastic gulf front condo - Gulfside Place. Located at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive, this condo has just about everything you need. It's perfect for either personal use or to put in the rental program - or both!

Gulfside has 2/2 units as well as 3/2 units. You can check out my Gulfside Place webpage and  Virtual Tour Here!
 
Gulfside Place has easy access to Sanibel's miles and miles of beautiful sand and shell beach. You can also jump on the over 20 miles of walking/biking paths that pass right in front of Gulfside.

Sanibel has so much to offer and Gulfside Place is the perfect location to take advantage of all Sanibel has to offer.
 
  Gulfside has two large swimming pools (both with beautiful gulf views) and six tennis courts for your enjoyment. An exercise room is available for you, as well as BBQ areas.

The Sanibel Island lifestyle is waiting and I'm sure I can find just the right place for you! Condo, home or vacant homesite - I can show you all the listings available.
  Currently there is one condo listed at Gulfside Place, a two bedroom, two bath listed for $955,000. This unit has been completely remodeled and overlooks the gardens, pool and Gulf of Mexico.

Gulfside is a popular location and always in demand. Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or use my contact form for all the latest listings at Gulfside Place!
I have information on ALL the listings for Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Fort Myers, so contact me with any questions you might have for our islands. I am a long-time resident of Sanibel and I'd love to speak with you and talk about my home island as well as all our surrounding areas!

Our "season" is here and we have a great inventory of available properties. Interest rates are still at historic lows and prices are reasonable - This is the year for you to consider our islands!
 
  If you aren't quite ready to buy, I can insert your search criteria into my automated system and you will be emailed every new listing that fits your needs! No hassle and no pressure!

We can search using just about any criteria you want - price, size, location, pool, condo, home or homesite!

Give me a call at 239-691-4915 or through my  Website.

Thanks!
Sarah

 

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Thursday, December 20 2012
Gulf Ridge

Last time I wrote about Sea Spray, which is just down the road from today's topic - Gulf Ridge Community. Slightly larger than Sea Spray, Gulf Ridge has about 60 homes/homesites, with some being direct gulf front properties!
Gulf Ridge also has two pools and two tennis court for your enjoyment! This community is located near the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and also just a short drive to Blind Pass and Captiva Island.

Over 20 miles of biking/walking trails are located at the entrance to this community!
Currently there are four homes listed in Gulf Ridge. The asking prices start with a three bed, three bath for $760,000, up to a four/four for $3,990,000. There is currently one vacant property available - over an acre for $469,000.

Contact me
for all the latest information on our island listings! You can also watch a video tour of Gulf Ridge on My Webpage.
Sanibel is starting to get busy with our winter season almost upon us! Our islands are colorfully decorated for the holidays and we have lots of events coming up. This is a great time to think about looking at island properties! We have a great inventory, and I'm sure I can find just the right location for you.
For Sanibel homes available, we have 209 currently listed in our multiple listing service. The asking prices start with a 3/2 for $250,000.

For Sanibel condos, we currently have 193 listed, starting with a 1/1 for $129,000!


You can see that we have something for everyone! You can search our MLS Here.
I also want to tell you about my latest listing. It's a homesite located in Sea Oats Subdivision (off West Gulf Drive). This is one of the few remaining vacant lots in Sea Oats, one of our most sought after communities. The property offers views of conservation property, and includes a deeded beach access just a short walk or bike ride away. The asking price is only $315,000! Contact Me or call 239-691-4915 for more information.
You can check out Sea Oats with  a video tour on my webpage.

Thanks!
Sarah
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Sunday, November 18 2012

Our Favorite Sanctuary - Ding Darling

The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is known worldwide for its mangrove ecosystem and its incredible migratory bird population. It's also an easy way for visitors to enjoy nature and learn about our wildlife through our educational Visitor's Center. Driving and walking trails through the Refuge allow people to get close to our island wildlife.

Wildlife drive is a five-mile loop road that takes you through the 6,400 acre preserve. Over 220 species of birds call the sanctuary home and low tide is the best time to watch them feed and play in the shallow salt water and fresh water flats.

At the entrance to the Refuge there is the Visitor's Center where you can explore the in-depth workings of our mangrove ecosystem. There is also a hands-on area for kids!

To tour the preserve you can sign up for a narrated tram tour, or you can walk, bike or take your own car. Besides Wildlife Drive, there is the four-mile Indigo Trail, the quarter-mile Wulfert Keys Trail and the quarter-mile Shell Mound Trail. You can also tour by canoe or kayak! Just be sure to remember your camera.

Fishing is allowed and you can relax while fishing for snook, redfish, sheepshead or sea trout. The Visitor's Center can fill you in on what's in season and where to fish. Boating is also allowed in designated areas of the Refuge.
In 1967 the sanctuary was renamed for the political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. Ding was an avid conservationist and in 1945 he was instrumental in having President Harry Truman sign an Executive order creating the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. Currently approximately 2,800 acres are designated by Congress as a Wilderness Area.

The Refuge offers much more than I can mention in this blog, and you can find more information at this Website. You can also visit my new webpage and check out my video of the Refuge. You can see roseate spoonbills along with egrets and herons feeding on the flats. You can check out the video Here!

I hope you remember to make time for a visit to the Refuge on your next island visit, but until then, please give me a call at 239-691-4915, or use my contact form for all the latest information about my special islands! Miles and miles of beach, our historic lighthouse, condos, homes and vacant land - this is the year for you to explore Sanibel and Captiva real estate!

Thanks!
Sarah
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Wednesday, September 26 2012
The Luxury Gulf Front Sedgemoor Condos 
 
This time I want to tell you about another of our popular gulf front condos! Sedgemoor of Sanibel is located at 2529 West Gulf Drive, close to wildlife preserve properties, shopping and our favorite restaurants!
Sedgemoor has only 12 units, and every unit is gulf front! The 3956 sq. ft. units are three bedroom, three bath so they are perfect for you and your guests, or to put in a rental program.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and serene. Sedgemoor is the perfect place to relax and enjoy our Sanibel lifestyle!
Currently there are two units available, one is listed for $2,499,000 and the other at $2,999,000. Both listings are three bedroom, three bath. Both units are fully furnished and the condo listed for $2,999,000 is a penthouse suite!

If Sedgemoor sounds like something you might be interested in, please
contact me and I can fill you in on all the details of these great condo units.
For more information about Sedgemoor you can check out my Sedgemoor webpage! I also have a virtual tour of this property for you check out.

You can also view other Sanibel condos, as well at watch virtual tours, by going to
my condos page and picking your favorite condo from the menu on the left.
Everyone seems to agree that our real estate market is gaining speed and prices are starting to rise, so now is the time for you to seriously start thinking about island property! Interest rates are still very low and our inventory of homes, condos and land has something for everyone!

Our beaches are waiting! Give me a call at 239-691-4915 and we can talk about your next step!
If you aren't ready to buy, but you know you will be interested in the future, I can enter your buying criteria into my automatic system and you will be emailed each new listing that fits what you're looking for as soon as the new listing becomes available! No pressure, no hassle, no problem!

Thanks for reading my blog and I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Sarah
 
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Thursday, September 13 2012
Blind Pass
Instead of continuing to explore the various condos and neighborhoods on Sanibel, I thought I would just share some photos of a gorgeous day at Blind Pass! For those of you not familiar with the area, Blind Pass is located at the northern end of Sanibel and crosses over to Captiva Island.The pass has been dredged and opened recently and it is fantastic! It's a great place to shell, fish or just relax.
  
  
Blind Pass has always been a favorite spot for shelling. Or maybe just bringing your umbrella and a book for some first class relaxation! When lunchtime rolls around you just have a short drive to some of Captiva Island's famous dining locations - The gulf front Mucky Duck is always a favorite.
  
  
There are a few properties located near Blind Pass so if this looks like just the area for you, give me a call 239-691-4915 or use my contact form here. Autumn is a great time to check out properties and to have miles of beach to yourself.
  
  

I hope you enjoyed the photos of Blind Pass! You can see more of Captiva Island on my webpage, as well as watch a video! Captiva is always a fun time so when you get to the area I can help you with all the latest information on my islands! 

Thanks
Sarah

 

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Sanibel, FL 33957

 

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