Winding Up July 2016 on Sunny Sanibel

Island Real Estate Happenings

Sanibelsusan LogoThis week, SanibelSusan Realty worked with the first of this year’s “pre-season” buyers. It’s a little earlier than we typically see those folks, as that wave of business usually begins shortly after schools are back in session. school busHere, Lee County Schools go back early – on August 10 – so maybe some island lovers already are thinking about winter!

We received another nice home listing this week – a rare 5-bedroom in a unique private lake-front location – on Sunrise Circle. Following some exterior spruce-ups this weekend, it will be professionally filmed next week with photos featured here next Friday.

The action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items below. First a quick update on island inventory:


98 condos for sale today, average asking price $740,536, average days-on-market = 214

94 condos sold this year, average sale price $753,658, average days-on-market = 189


(6 of these sales were SanibelSusan listings, 3 were condos sold by Susan)


135 homes for sale today, average asking price $1,533,126, average days-on-market = 250

125 homes sold this year, average sale price $980,527, average days-on-market = 171

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(2 of these sales were SanibelSusan listings)


62 lots for sale today, average asking price $476,355, average days-on-market = 430

17 lots sold this year, average sale price $584,074, average days-on-market = 684


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(2 of these sales were SanibelSusan listings)



32 condos for sale today, average asking price $774,122, average days-on-market = 402

13 condos sold this year, average sale price $940,846, average days-on-market = 209


31 homes for sale today, average asking price $3,166,664, average days-on-market = 326

17 homes sold this year, average sale price $3,017,500, average days-on-market = 252


3 lots for sale today, average asking price $2,015,000, average days-on-market = 626

2 lots sold this year, average sale price $3,150,000, average days-on-market = 365

Local Happenings, Openings/Closings

bleu rendezBleu Rendezvous French Bistro – has invited their friends, locals, and stay-cationers to join them over the next couple of weeks, before they close for a short break on August 21 – reopening early October. In the meantime, they are open at 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. They have some fun special summer foodie events too.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille – Elise and I got a late lunch here Wednesday after preparing an inventory at our new listing on Rabbit Road. Manager, Liz, told us that as final inspections are being completed, the staff is happily unpacking their new kitchenware at their new building on Tarpon Bay Road. Doc Fords SanibelThey are so excited to have all new stuff and to be moving soon – probably in just a few weeks. In the meantime, their Rabbit Road location remains open.

San-Cap Road Vegetation Trimming – from Tarpon Bay Rd to Blind Pass continues through tomorrow with one lane of traffic intermittently closed.

The Real Scoop About Local Water Quality

sccf marine lab headerThis afternoon, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is holding a public meeting at SCCF’s Nature Center to discuss their RECON (River, Estuary, & Coastal Observing Network) and Florida Atlantic University’s IRLON (Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors). Both of these provide real-time monitoring of water quality conditions and produce real-time data.

This capability gives scientists, water quality managers, and the public the ability to observe present conditions and plan for the future. SCCF pioneered their new technology beginning in 2007 and they manage eight sensors in the Caloosahatchee and around Sanibel/Captiva.

This is good information – unlike the plethora of recent hype and negative press. Here’s what the “Santiva Chronicle” has to say about today’s presentation as it relates to the islands:

“Dr. Eric Milbrandt, Director of the SCCF Marine Laboratory, will be presenting data from RECON to show how freshwater and subsequent algae blooms affected the lower estuary as a result of the 2015-2016 El Nino. The record breaking rainfall and flood control policies caused unusually low salinities and high tannins (colored dissolved organic matter) around Sanibel.

“At locations in the lower estuary, such as McIntyre Creek, in “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Tarpon Bay, phytoplankton blooms occurred when Lake Okeechobee and the watershed flows exceeded 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). Other observations from the upper Caloosahatchee by Dr. Rick Bartleson showed the unusual blue-green algae bloom that was prevalent for the past 2 months.”

Island waters gulf side remain clear, but we have had little rain this week. Here is a photo taken bayside near the lighthouse, followed by one on the other side of the island and further up the beach on West Gulf Dr.

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HealthPark  – A Most Beautiful Hospital

Golisano CHildrens HospitalMost of us don’t like to think about days when it may be necessary to have a hospital stay, but the “Island Sun” reports today that “HealthPark Medical Center (just off island) ranked 18th in the Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the United States for 2016 by Soliant Health, a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services whose travelers have observed the link between beautiful hospitals and pleased patients as they work in facilities around the country.

“In addition to being an award-winning hospital recognized for high quality cardiology, pulmonary, critical and surgical care, HealthPark Medical Center is also known for its beautiful design – both inside and out – which promotes healing and comfort for patients and their families….” It also “is home to the innovative Shipley Cardiothoracic Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida – which is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami….”

Utah tops the list this year with four hospitals in the top 20. Florida has three, including HealthPark. More about Soliant Health’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals at

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 22-29, 2016



4 new listings: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 $229K, Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 $399.9K, Sandpebble #3D 2/2 $449.9K, Somerset #A302 3/2.5 $1.951M.

1 price change: Blind Pass #D105 2/2 now $449.9K.

2 new sales: Colonnades #C8 1/1 listed at $229K, Sundial #A203 1/1 listed at $724.5K.

2 closed sales: Heron at The Sanctuary II #2B 3/3.5 $645K, Sundial East #M301 2/2 $675K.


2 new listings: 1295 Par View Dr 3/2 $829K, 2010 Sunrise Cir 5/3 $899K (our listing).

2 price changes: 956 Dixie Beach Blvd 2/1 now $369K, 789 Pyrula Ave 4/2.5 now $1.19M.

2 new sales: 1635 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $464K, 4440 West Gulf Dr 3/3 listed at $1.29M.

3 closed sale: 676 Emeril Ct 3/2 $729.9K, 1487 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $758K, 4353 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2.5 $1.355M.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 5290 Punta Caloosa Ct listed at $299K.

No closed sales.



1 new listing: Beach Villas #2525 2/2 $649K.

1 price change: Tennis Villas #3131 2/2 now $405K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5302 3/3 $602.5K.


1 new listing: 1114 Schefflera Ct 4/3.5 $2.35M.

2 price changes: 11537 Laika Ln 4/3 now $1.595M, 1135 Schefflera Cct 4/4.5 now $3.995M.

No new or closed sales.


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, here’s another Sanibel sunset.

They are also so special in the summer!

Happy weekend…Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

2016-07-29 Sanibel Sunset