It’s All About the View at SanibelSusan’s Newest Listing

It’s Susan with another Friday real estate and news report about what’s been happening on the islands over the last week. With the Monday Columbus Day holiday and winter residents returning, activity and traffic increased a little. With owners getting their properties ready for “season”, most of the real estate activity this week has been new listings – seven new condo listings and seven new home listings on Sanibel alone. One is our new gulf-front west-corner unit at Island Beach Club with direct beach plus sunset views. No professional photos yet, but being filmed soon. Here are a few snapshots taken by cell phone. It’s all about the view!

Some of our listings had inquiries or were shown this week while teammate Dave held open houses too. Below are a few news items, followed by the action posted in the Sanibel/Captiva Multiple Listing Service over the last seven days.

Island Weather, Happenings & Upcoming Events

The island had wonderful weather this week – partly cloudy to sunny skies, plus lower temperatures and lower humidity. Pre-season events are beginning. Here are a few:

FISH 2015 10K logoTomorrow, Oct 17 – 7th Annual 10K Race 4 FISH – With the start-finish line at the Community House, this is an annual fundraiser for FISH of San-Cap (neighbors helping neighbors). Start time is 7:30 a.m.

pigs_in_paradise_logo_2015_correctedSunday, Oct 18 – Pigs in Paradise 2015 – Children’s Education Center of the Islands family-friendly fundraiser at Sanibel Community House from 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

ding darling goose logoSunday, Oct 18 to 24 – 26th Annual “Ding” Darling Days – kicks off with Sunday Family Fun Day and ends with Conservation Art Day next Saturday. Event schedule at

BIG Arts logoMonday, Oct 19 – BIG ARTS Monday Night Film Series Begins – The Monday night film series begins at BIG ARTS Schein Hall with “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window & Disappeared”. Every Monday at 7 p.m. through April a new talked-about and award-winning film is featured. Tickets are just $10 followed by moderated discussions and complimentary receptions. See the full schedule at

Baileyfest2015-save_the_dateSunday, Oct 25 – 30th Annual BaileyFest Celebration – From noon until 4 p.m. at the Bailey’s Shopping Center, this event is free to the public and includes live entertainment, games, raffles and giveaways, face-painting, pony rides, food and refreshments, and local service organizations. The BIG ARTS Community Chorus kicks off the fest at noon with “The Star Spangled Banner”, followed by lots more music and fun.

A Few Sanibel Projects Still Underway

In our travels this week, we couldn’t help but notice a few annual projects underway including plenty of landscaping crews engaged in post-summer end-of-rainy season tree trimming and mulching. One of the big trees was taken down at Periwinkle Place yesterday. Other summer/fall construction projects seen in progress include:

Mariner Pointe

Mariner Pointe

Intersection of Periwinkle Way & Casa Ybel – New crosswalk work in progress, expected to be done in November.

Mariner Pointe – Piling repairs and dock improvements canal side.



Poinciana – Balcony restoration work.

Pointe Santo

Pointe Santo

Pointe Santo – Balcony and concrete restoration work continuing in Buildings A and E.

Seascape – Balcony restoration project.

Sundial Resort – Balcony and concrete restoration work in progress in Buildings S and T.

Sundial East

Sundial East

Also at Sundial, Sanibel Planning Commission this week approved a permit for a new Japanese hibachi-style steakhouse and sushi bar. Remember Noopies? This won’t be exactly the same, but will bring back more variety to island dining. The new eatery is expected to be open in December or January.

Villa Sanibel

Villa Sanibel

Villa Sanibel – Crane on premises with work underway on what appears to be new roof(s).





Sanibel Seeking Feedback on Shares Use Path Improvements

Sanibelcityseal logoCitizens of Sanibel have been invited to submit their input on each of the recommendations included in the draft Shared Use Path Intersection Improvement Study. Before Fri, Oct 30, you are asked to submit your input in one of three ways.

  1. On-line at
  2. Attending the Thursday, Oct 22, Open house at the Sanibel Rec Center (3880 San-Cap Rd) from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 7 p.m.
  3. Submitting written comments by mail or in person to Sanibel City Hall.

See more info on

Homeowners Insurance Protects You from Halloween Horrors

Halloween treat-clipart-halloweenYesterday, NAR’s (National Association of Realtors®) on-line “Weekly Report” posted the following article by House Logic:

“When zombies, Snookies, and Lady Gagas storm your front door…, don’t fear! Your homeowners insurance will protect you from Halloween mishaps.

“Halloween is all fun and games until a trick-or-treater trips, knocks over your jack-o-lantern, and sets your front porch on fire. Fortunately, most homeowners’ insurance policies cover these common Halloween home mishaps:

“Tricksters damage your home. Standard homeowners’ policies cover vandalism, such as dents in your siding caused by eggs thrown at your home, when repair costs exceed your deductible.

“Candles or decorations cause a fire. A fire started by a Halloween candle or a string of holiday lights will be covered. If the fire makes your home unlivable, your homeowners’ policy will pay your living expenses while you wait for repairs.

“A trick-or-treater gets hurt on your property. Injuries to trick-or-treaters or your party guests are covered by the homeowner liability portion of your policy. The injured person files a claim with your insurer.

“You crash your car into a telephone pole to avoid hitting a trick-or-treater in your driveway. That accident would be covered by the collision portion of your auto insurance (if you have it). If you hurt anyone, the liability portion of your auto insurance would cover the cost of their treatment.

“If everything on this list of Halloween home horrors occurred, your umbrella insurance would kick in to cover costs — if you have it.

“To make your property safe for Halloween, the Insurance Information Institute has these recommendations:

  • Pick up anything in your front yard, sidewalk, stoop, or porch that a person could trip over.
  • Turn on your outdoor lighting so kids can see where they’re going.
  • Use battery-powered lights in your jack-o-lanterns.
  • Don’t put matches, lighters, or candles in places children can reach.
  • Pets, candles, and trick-or-treaters don’t mix. Keep pets away from the front door on Halloween.
  • Look for safety certifications, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories), on your decorative lights.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity October 9-16



7 new listings: Seawind #A101 2/2.5 $514.9K, Seawind #A105 2/2.5 $524.8K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #1-1 2/2.5 $710K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #2-2 3/3 $795K, Island Beach Club #260D 2/2 $1.1M (our listing), Compass Point #151 3/2 $1.245M, Sedgemoor #102 3/3.5 $2.695M.

2 price changes: Sanibel Arms E8 2/2 now $487K, Sanibel Seaview #C3 4/4 now $1.895M.

3 new sales: Captains Walk #B8 2/2 listed at $335K, Spanish Cay #C5 2/2 listed at $369.9K, Gulfside Place #203 2/2 $1.295M.

3 closed sales: Sundial West #H303 2/2 $572K, Signal Inn #18 3/2 $1.05M, Sedgemoor #202 3/3.5 $2.3M.


7 new listings: 2407 Shop Rd 3/1 $379K, 848 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $449K, 746 Cardium St 4/2 duplex $649K, 720 Elinor Way 3/2 $649K, 2449 Harbour Ln 2/2 $989K, 2543 Tropical Way Ct 3/2.5 $1.15M, 1126 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 $1.649M.

3 price changes: 9477 Peaceful Dr 4/2 now $469.9K, 575 Piedmont Rd 3/2 now $499K, 1525 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 now $799K.

5 new sales: 1806 Ibis Ln 3/2 listed at $450K, 1593 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $529K, 420 East Gulf Dr 3/3 listed at $679.9K, 1220 Morningside Pl 5/5 multi-family listed at $1.198M, 1490 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4.5 listed at $1.695M.

2 closed sales: 1537 Sand Castle Rd 4/3 $760K, 2255 Troon Ct 4/5.5 $1.5M.


1 new listing: 1226 Isabel Dr $1.8M.

1 price change: Lot 27, Leisure Acres now $149K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 2142 Starfish Ln $383.5K.



No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5144 1/2 listed at $299.9K.

No closed sales.


1 new listing: 1135 Longifolia Ct 4/4.5 $4.495M.

1 price change: 16464 Captiva Dr 8/8.5 now $7.1M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 16785 Captiva Dr 3/3.5 $1.26M.


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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

Until next Friday, happy weekend to all…Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan