Sanibel Island Reports Early Snowbird Arrivals

This Friday I again am touting how wonderful our weather is in Southwest Florida. We have had over a full week of night temperatures in the 60’s, low 80’s days, plus low humidity and gulf breezes. One of our local weathermen this morning announced that it was the “best weather week” since April and it is expected to continue for a few more days. How nice is that? Makes one want to close up the office and head to the beach.

I have shown a few properties this week and traffic along Periwinkle Way is picking up a little. Although we do not have flocks of snowbirds yet, the early birds are arriving. Below are a few news items, followed by the Sanibel real estate activity since last Friday, as reported in our island Multiple Listing Service. We had a good turn-out at our Realtor Caravan Meeting yesterday. Things are picking up. More properties are selling, though price reductions still are the norm.


Sanibel Restaurant Happenings 

It is the time of the year when islanders anxiously await reopening of those local establishments that have closed late summer to spiff up and restock for our busy winter season.  This week, there are quite a few nice restaurant changes to report. The SanibelSusan Team loves to eat!

Twilight Cafe is in the process of moving to the former location of Sanibel Sweet Treats, 2420 Periwinkle Way. With this move, Twilight is returning to its more intimate approach to eclectic American cuisine. At Twilight’s current location at 2761 West Gulf Dr, their new sister restaurant will open on October 12. Called The Stone Crab – A Shrimp & Seafood House, it will be family-friendly, & open for both lunch and dinner. In addition to the seafood, rumor has it that it will have a salad bar with take-out, a raw bar, burgers, & live entertainment.

Another new restaurant is coming to the former Mermaid Kitchen at 2025 Periwinkle Way. Cip’s Place in the Forever Green Center will open there sometime before season.

The former Biddles Bucket at the corner of Periwinkle & Tarpon Bay Rd is under renovation expected to open in early Dec, called George & Wendy’s Corner Grill – “Where Sanibel Eats”.

McT’s Shrimp House & Tavern closed last month, but will open this winter, under new ownership.

Still with fine Italian dining, Il Tesoro has gone all organic. In coordination with a book signing later this month, Chef AJ Black is preparing a new chef’s tasting menu.

At Ellington’s Jazz Club & Restaurant, owner Sharon Wise posted this week that they have booked Dana Paul for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Great music and a gourmet 5-course meal, sounds good.

Several others that were closed for summer hiatus, remodeling, vacations, etc. have reopened, including Traders, The Island Cow, & The Over-Easy Cafe, and “thank goodness” The Sanibel Bean (we like our afternoon coffee).

Upcoming Island Events 

New events are being posted almost daily now that fall weather is here and the island is getting busier. For a quick snapshot, you can always go to my website for a quick calendar. Here is a:

This month, you will notice that the 10K Race for F.I.S.H (Friends in Service Here) is next Saturday, October 16. More than 500 runners are expected this year.

The 21st Annual Ding Darling Days begins with a Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 17 and festivities run all week long, through October 23. SanibelSusan Realty Associates is one of the proud sponsors.

Bailey Fest is Sunday, October 24. Your favorite REALTOR® again is singing this year with the BIG ARTS Chorus. Our first performance kicks off BaileyFest at 1 p.m. There will be lots of music, fun, and activities for all ages – all afternoon. Hope to see you there.

Local Chart Reading Course  

As an island boater, I can tell you that with Florida’s shifting sand and many shallows, it’s not usually a matter of “if you will go a-ground” but “when”. Even if you rely on a GPS is good to know the local waters. Captiva Island Yacht Club in conjunction with the Sanibel Captiva Sail & Power Squadron is presenting a 2-hour course on October 30 on how to avoid the hazards. Other classes are offered by the Power Squadron through season too.

New Florida Residential Sales Contracts

Revised and renamed this summer, the new Florida residential sales contracts contain a number of enhancements developed in cooperation with Florida REALTORS® & the Florida Bar. Beginning October 1, the older contracts were no longer available; so this week, we tried our hand in using the new version. A little intimidating at first, because of their size, the basic residential contract is 11 pages, while the “as is” version is 10, some of the bulk is due to the larger print size which is a terrific improvement. We now are ready to sell plenty of property this winter. 

Sanibel MLS Activity from October 1 to 8, 2010: 


3 new listings: Loggerhead Cay #544 2/2 $599K (our listing – SEE PHOTOS ABOVE), Sunset South #5B 2/2 $999K, White Pelican #111 2/2 $1.189M.

9 price changes: Tennisplace #B21 2/1.5 now $275K;  Captains Walk #F5 2/1.5 now $295K (our listing); Mariner Pointe #1062 2/2 now $359K; Sanibel Siesta all 2/2: #104 now 299.9K, #101 now $379K, #803 now $429K, #403 now $449K; Loggerhead Cay #101 2/2 now $799K, Plantation Village #112 3/2 now $1.15M. 

4 new sales: Sanibel Siesta 2/2 listed for $299K (short sale), Sanibel Siesta #108 2/2 listed for $299K, Sanibel Arms West #L7 2/2 listed for $474K, Sanibel Sunset #201 3/2 listed for $1.625M.

4 closed sales: Pointe Santo #E33 2/2 $735K, Gulfside Place #104 2/2 $865K, Blue Gulf #102 3/2 $945K, Gulfside Place #118 3/2 $1.1M.


11 new listings: 3965 Coquina Dr 2/1 $389K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 $449K, 940 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/2.5 $695K, 1247 Par View Dr 3/2 $797K, 6101 Castaways Ln 4/2 $875K (short sale), 1048 King’s Crown Dr 5/4 $1.485M, 730 Birdie View Pt 3/2.5 $1.495M, 768 Limpet Dr 4/3 $1.925M, 4809 Tradewinds Dr 3/3.5 $2.199.5M, 4617 Rue Belle Mer 4/3 $2.495M, 5035 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 $4.2M.

7 price changes: 1647 Atlanta Plaza Dr 2/1 now $199.9K, 6072 Dinkins Lake Rd 3/2 now $564K (short sale), 1311 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $697K, 751 Sand Dollar Dr 4/2.5 now $875K, 5230 Caloosa End Ln 4/3 now $1.3M, 4717 Rue Belle Mer 3/3 now $2.675M, 1751 Jewel Box Dr 4/4 now $1.75M.

2 new sales: 997 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 listed for $649K, 4039 West Gulf Dr 4/4 listed for $3.495M.

1 closed sale: 2407 Shop Rd $225K.


No new listings.

2 price changes: 1306 Par View Dr now $275K, 2337 Starfish Ln now $485K.

1 new sale: 255 Hurricane Ln listed for $229K (our buyer).

No closed sales.

Until next week, enjoy the weather, where ever you are.