Families Love Sanibel & Captiva Islands

Sanibel weather this week has been terrific, though nearing summertime temperatures. All of a sudden, we have seen a huge drop-off in traffic and phone calls. Other offices report the same and our friends in the vacation-rental business said that rental inquires have dropped off to almost nothing this week. It is pretty typical for this time of the year with school years finishing up, graduations etc. Activity should pick up some over the Memorial Day weekend and then more as summer vacations begin.

There was light turn-out at our first off-season biweekly Realtor® Caravan Meeting yesterday. Only a handful of new listings were “open” for viewing, mostly properties that could not be viewed during high-season because of heavy rentals.

Here are a few island news items, followed by a report of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service activity over the past seven days. To especially honor all the Moms, included are some fun postings for families.

Happy Mothers’ Day weekend to all!

Family-Friendly Destination

Below is an excerpt from an article posted Monday on a Canadian site called “Just the Facts Kid”. (www.justthefactskid.com/) It says:

Parents would be hard-pressed to find a more family-friendly destination than Sanibel Island, Florida.

“It’s convenient…Located on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. Sanibel Island is just 45 minutes from the Fort Myers airport.

“It’s the perfect combination of nature and fun…Sanibel Island is just 12 miles long and five miles wide. More than 60% of the island is protected wildlife reserve and its white sand beaches go on for miles and miles. There is little to do besides swim, relax, play in the sand and hunt for seashells. (Sanibel boasts over 250 varieties!)

“It will make you feel like you’re in the islands…with all the American conveniences just a three-mile causeway ride away.”

Summer Happenings for the Kiddos

Every year it seems that there are more and more offerings on Sanibel and Captiva in the off-season for children. Here is a summary of some of the camps and special summer programs coming up:

BIG ARTS Summer Arts Camp – BIG ARTS is now accepting camper enrolments for its weekly “creative” sessions beginning in June. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning June 4 and running through July 27. Activities include acrylic painting, ceramics, dance, glass fusing, photography, puppetry, improvisational acting, music appreciation, film editing, folk art, and general arts and crafts. Middle and high school students have the option to attend camp solely as a student or select to participate in the fine arts apprentice program, spending half day as a student and the other half assisting instructors of K-5 classes. Tuition assistance is available too. For more info, stop by BIG ARTS at 900 Dunlop Road, call 395-0900, email info@BIGARTS.org, or log on at www.BIGARTS.org.

“Ding” Darling Brings Back Family Programs – June 4 through August 15 the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel has free, fun programs designed especially for families. With support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society – Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), the refuge is offering five free education programs this year. No pre-registration is necessary:

  • Natural Wonders, held every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 1 p.m. – What makes a bird a bird? Why is a manatee called a “sea cow”? Is it a crocodile or alligator? Find the answers to these questions and more by joining a naturalist in exploring the refuge’s unique eco-system. Geared for adults and children, this 30-minute program meets in the Education Center Lab.
  • Indigo Trail Hike, held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. – Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour identifying and discussing the eco-system’s plants, animals, birds, and reptiles. Fun for adults and children alike. Bring water and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center.
  • Refuge Caravan Tour, held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Ride along on a car caravan tour of the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. This 90-minute tour highlights the natural wonders of the unique mangrove ecosystem and the wildlife that call it home. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Education Center.
  •  Family Beach Walk, held every Thursday at 9 a.m. Back by popular demand and in partnership with the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the program convenes at Gulfside City Park for a one-hour exploration of the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. (City parking fees apply.)

For more info on the refuge summer programs, call 472-1100 or visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org.

Summer Day Camp at Sanibel Recreation Center – Summer day camp at the City of Sanibel Recreation Center begins on May 29. This year, the camp has 10 one-week sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Children who are entering first through eighth grade may attend one week or more. More info at www.mysanibel.com/Departments/City-Manager-s-Office/News/Sign-Up-Now-For-Sanibel-Recreation-Department-Youth-Summer-Day-Camp.

Junior Sailing Camp at Captiva Island Yacht Club – Registration is now open for the 3rd season of the Junior Sailing Camp to be held at the Captiva Yacht Club. The program is open to children ages 8 to 18 of all experience levels. At the end of each 2-week session students will be able to sail a boat single-handedly, be certified in powerboat safety, if they choose, and properly handle a kayak. The 1st session is from July 9 to 20 and will be geared toward the beginning sailor. The 2nd session is July 16 to 27 and will be geared toward sailors who have had an introduction to sailing and want to learn more about racing and tuning the boat for speed. Each Friday, the program will have “Fun Fridays” including paddle boarding, kayaking, and a sailing outing. At the conclusion of each session, students will demonstrate their new skills at a Parents’ and Friends’ Day Luncheon held at the Club. Get more info, including qualifications, at 472-9627 or www.CaptivaIYC.net.

Florida in Top Five for Home Price Appreciation

An article posted on Florida Realtors® today, says:

“Tighter housing inventories are starting to lift home prices, says Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic’s CEO. CoreLogic’s latest home price index, which includes distressed sales, shows a slight month-over-month nationwide increase of 0.6% in home prices from February to March. But some markets are seeing much more of a price boost this spring, including Florida, which ranked No. 5 overall for home price increases. “This spring, the housing market is responding to an improving balance between real estate supply and demand, which is causing stabilization in house prices,” says Mark Fleming, CoreLogic’s chief economist. “Although this has been the case in each of the last two years, the difference this year is that stabilization is occurring without the support of tax credits and in spite of a declining share of REO sales.”
States with highest appreciation – According to CoreLogic, the following states had the highest appreciation in March (this includes distressed sales):
• Wyoming: +5.9%
• West Virginia: +5.3%
• Arizona: +5.1%
• North Dakota: +4.7%
• Florida: +4.5%
States with biggest depreciation – Meanwhile, the states with the greatest depreciation, when also figuring in distressed sales, are:
• Delaware: -10.6%
• Illinois: -8.3%
• Alabama: -8%
• Georgia: -7.3%
• Nevada: -5.8%”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity May 4-11

No new listings.
7 price changes: Sundial #D412 1/1 now $315K, Pointe Santo #C4 1/1 now $494K, Kimball Lodge #263 1/1.5 now $496K, Pointe Santo #D24 2/2 now $655K, Pointe Santo #D35 2/2 now $679K, Oceans Reach #2D2 2/2 now $749K, Beachcomber #A101 2/2 now $1.495M.
4 new sales:. Captains Walk #D3 1/1 listed for $140K, Sundial #F407 1/1 listed for $297.5K, Pine Cove #102 3/2 listed for $879K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #4 3/3 listed for $948K.
5 closed sales: Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 $300K, Coquina Beach #4G 2/2 $385K, Tarpon Beach #104 2/2 $645K, Sayana #202 2/2 $825K, Sundial #T306 3/2 $900K.

3 new listings: 1809 Bowman’s Beach Rd 3/2 $600K, 1405 Jamaica Dr 3/2.5 $659K, 2498 Harbour Ln 4/3 $995K.
2 price changes: 1339 Par View Dr 3/2 now $659.5K, 2964 Wulfert Rd 5/5.5 now $2.464M.
5 new sales: 1657 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 half-duplex listed for $349K, 533 Rabbit Rd 3/2 listed for $499.5K, 740 Durion Ct 3/2 listed for $599K, 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 listed for $858.9K, 926 Whelk 4/3 listed for $1.295M.
6 closed sales:  3812 Coquina Dr 3/2 $405K; 1417 Causey Ct 3/2 $525K; 215 Robinwood Cir 3/2 $590K; 231 Daniel Dr 3/2.5 $725K; 1735 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 $747,757; 440 East Gulf Dr 3/2 $885K.

No new listings.
1 price change: 133 Butterknife Pl now $339K.
No new sales.
2 closed sales: 555 Piedmont Rd $140K (our listing), 1326 Junonia St $267K.

No new listings.
1 price change: Gulf Beach Villas #2116 1/1 now $439K.
1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5234 1/2 listed for $315K.
No closed sales.

No new listings or price changes.
1 new sale: 11512 Andy Rosse Ln 2/2 listed for $945K.
2 closed sales:  14981 Binder Dr 3/3 $824K, 1 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2.5 $1.35M.

Nothing to report.

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the association nor its MLS guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. The information provided represents the general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions. If your property currently is listed with another broker, this is not intended as a solicitation of that listing.

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