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!
Sarah Ashton, Broker Associate
Royal Shell Real Estate
Check out my new page on the www.sanibelislandsensations.com website that features the Loggerhead Cay Condo community. http://www.sanibelislandsensations.com/loggerhead_cay1 Over time we will post additional information and add pages featuring additional condos. Let me know what other information you would like to see.
Sanibel Island real estate is still active and condos on Sanibel Island are at some very attractive prices. Is it time for you to get your piece of paradise?
Sanibel Island's Lighthouse Beach has been selected as the top Family beach on the Gulf Coast by Men's Journal. In their recent edition, Men's Journal ranked the 20 best beaches in America by location and best amenities. They also categorized the beaches and Sanibel Island got the number one ranking in the Family Beach category.
Anyone who has ever wanted a beach vacation knows that what makes a great beach is the sand, the water and the density. Well, Sanibel Island is top of class in all of these. This is also what makes Sanibel Island Real Estate a solid performer over the long haul. There isn't anymore beach being made so the fact that Sanibel Island has such long stretches of uninterrupted beach makes it special.
The news through May of 2009 about real estate sales on Sanibel is mixed.
We are looking somewhat similar to last year in number of sales. This year so far, 48 homes have closed which averages roughly 10 per month or 120 for the year. In 2008, 146 house were sold so we are down in the house category. In the Condo category, thus far 48 condos have closed which averages roughly 10 or 120 for the year. In 2008, 95 condos sold so we are up in the Condo sales category. We have 30 homes and 24 condos that are under contract to close so things are definitely moving. We also have many people here looking so my belief is that things will continue to be busy for the next 6 weeks or so.
What is also true however, and good news for buyers, is that the average sales price of both homes and condos is off by about 15 - 20 percent. There continue to be some great values out there so what are you waiting for?
If you would like more detail on the current market and how this affects your Island real estate decisions to buy or sell, contact me. It's a sensational day in paradise.
After 10 days with rain dominating all or part of the day - it is great to see the sun shining again on Sanibel Island. And the outlook for the weekend is sunny! This is true both actually and metaphorically.
It is true that it has been raining for most of the past 10 days - we desperately needed the rain so we are grateful. An unusually early 'tropical wave' and stalled low pressure system were the cause.
What is also true is that the sun is shining on Sanibel Island Real Estate at this time. There have been many people visiting here and bringing their check books. Contracts are being written and properties are selling again. It seems as though the cloud has lifted slightly and the folks that have always wanted to own on Sanibel Island are coming back. May 2009 (through the 22nd) are outpacing the previous 4 months. We have had 16 homes and condos close already and the number of properties under contract is growing. With the prices as relatively low as they are and the interest rates being at such low rates, it is truly a great time to buy.
A very exciting announcement came out about Sanibel Island's first GREEN residential development. As most know, there is very little property remaining on Sanibel Island that is able to be developed. Over 65% of Sanibel is under conservation restrictions so any building of multiple units is big news.
This project is a collaborative arrangement between Benchmark Construction, the Florida Community Design Center and the University of Florida School of Architecture that will bring forth a cluster of 12 single family homes on a 12 acre parcel along Periwinkle Way. The project will be located on the previous site of the Old Schoolhouse Theater. The mission of the project is "to create and optimize a sustainable, environmentally sensitive design that could become a model for future development of coastal communities in our region."
The objective of any GREEN development is to create a more sustainable situation for the environment. This is done, for example, through the use of cluster housing - less impact on the environment, building materials that are energy efficient, renewable and kind to the environment, building systems that conserve water and power.
This is totally in keeping with Sanibel Island and I am really looking forward to seeing where it goes. I'll keep you posted. For more info
Continuing with my recent discussion about where Sanibel Island Real Estate is at this time - Condos are our topic today. This isn’t pretty so hold on. In 2006, the median sales price of a condo on Sanibel was $768,000 and was on the market for an average of 119 days. In 2008 - the median condo price had dropped to $612,500 or down 20.23% and the days on market had climbed to 223 days. WOW - a world of difference. In 2009 we are continuing to see prices fall some - not as in a Ft. Myers fall but still a fall. Sanibel Island Real Estate continues to hold better than many markets but it is still not pretty. Until next time
Sanibel Island Real Estate is moving. There is no doubt about it, the showings are up and the contracts being written are up. As in most years, the more serious buyers come back after Easter to do their looking. This is for a couple of reasons. 1. It is easier to get into properties after season, the occupancy is lower and 2. They aren't trying to combine a vacation with a property search. It usually works better. Anyway, the folks are here and they are looking to pick up a well priced piece of Sanibel real estate. I think we may be seeing our low.
Ok - I admit it - I am a Sanibel Island Realtor and I am always optomistic! There, I said it - I am optomistic. This time it is about some of the signs we are seeing, nationally and locally about the state of Sanibel Island Real Estate.
On the national scene, the stock market has been posting fairly consistant gains and yesterday we saw all the indices rise with some good news about retailing and even - banking! It is commonly believed that the stock market begins to rise about 6 months before an economic turnaround so, given that we have about 5 more months to go. The interest rates continue to be low and the credit, that has been strangling the most credit worthy of folks, is finally loosening just a bit! The employment data is really the big wild card. With so many jobs being shed it will dampen any uptick in the retail improvements - but time will tell. Having been a victim of the 1991 recession, being laid off, I can only tell you that things do improve and businesses respond in healthy ways
Locally - our tourist season on Sanibel has been healthy. Most businesses are reporting the same if not a bit improved figures over last year. And in Real Estate - we are seeing deals coming together. After one of the slowest starts in a very long time, we are now finally seeing properties go under contract. Since the beginning of the year, the low end is where the activity has been and now it is moving to the middle and high end. It is quite exciting to see. Personally I have a number of clients looking at coming down in May and June to look in earnest. There is a ground swell of opinion that the bottom, of the Sanibel Real Estate market, may at last be in sight. So maybe I'm not the only one who is optomistic!