It is quiet at SanibelSusan Realty Associates this afternoon. The team is now off for the holiday weekend, so you-know-who is manning the fort. The last few days, the island slowly has filled up with visitors. Those from the north particularly are loving that Southwest Florida set records this week for highest temperatures ever recorded here in December (91 degrees F).
Wednesday morning – on the 1st day of winter – as teammates Dave, Elise and I were powwowing about listings and showings, I remarked that the rare overcast sky looked like it sometimes does up north, just before it snows. That’s when a vacationer ran by our back door dressed in just shorts. Gave us all a giggle since that was after the temperature had dropped to a cool 68 degrees. We hope the warm weather brings more buyers!
We had no weekly Realtor® caravan meeting yesterday because of the holiday and though the roadways and bike paths are busy, Dave only one couple visit his Open House midweek.
Below, after a few news items, is the activity posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service.
- Totally Baked – now open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2407 Periwinkle Way. Serving homemade cakes, doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, candies, biscuits, freshly baked bread, plus breakfast & lunch menu.
- Sanibel Sea School Winter Camp – Has a different theme each week this year. This week the theme is “Polynesian Ocean Traditions; Dec 26 through 30 “Ocean Tribe Traditions”, and Jan 2 through 6 “Japanese Ocean Traditions”. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sanibel Farmers Market – will be closed Sunday for Christmas, but will have a make-up day on Monday, December 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then through May 28, including on New Year’s Day, the market will be open every Sunday during the same hours. (at City Hall)
- Sanibel Café Re-opening – Wednesday, December 28, after renovations following their fire in late September. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Community House – Construction is nearing completion, with landscaping going in now. Opening in January.
87th Master Gardener Lecture Series
Free, open to the public, but limited seating, at Sanibel Library on Thursday January 5 at 10 a.m. Speaker is Rick Joyce, nationally-recognized expert on pruning of landscape plants, especially trees.
Captiva Beach Tilling Starts January 9
An article and this photo posted on-line Wednesday at “Santiva-Chronicle” says:
“The Captiva Erosion Prevention District will till the sand placed in the 2013-14 re-nourishment project starting in January.
“The staging area for the contractor is the Alison Hagerup parking lot. The work is being performed by Perry’s Beach Service of Fort Myers.
“Tilling is scheduled to begin the morning of Jan. 9 and proceed north to Redfish Pass. After completing this segment, work will continue south of Hagerup Beach to Blind Pass. All work is estimated to be completed by the end of the day, Jan. 13, weather permitting. All operations will occur during daylight hours.
“Tilling is permit-required to lessen the impact of compacted sand on sea turtle nesting and hatching activities. The turtles prefer soft sand for digging their nests and laying their eggs. The work is scheduled so that it will not interfere with piping plover nesting, which begins Feb. 1, and sea turtle nesting, which begins May 1.
“The project includes tilling and dressing the sand and leveling any escarpment that exceeds 18 inches in height and is more than 100 feet long.
“A tractor pulling a rake with tines will till the approximately 25,600 linear feet of re-nourished beach to a minimum depth of 36 inches. The use of horns, whistles, and signals will be kept to a minimum to ensure a quiet operation while maintaining job site safety. There will be minimal disruption to traffic on roads adjacent to the beach.
“Residents, beachgoers, and businesses are required to remove all obstructions, including umbrellas, chairs, and canopies, between the dunes and high tide lines, that might interfere with the work. Beachgoers are asked to avoid the area where tilling is being done until the tractor is a safe distance away and to heed all signs and instructions from tilling personnel.
“Questions should be directed to CEPD by calling 239-472-2472, or by firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Fire at Blind Pass Condo
Last Sunday afternoon, a fire at a condo at Blind Pass condominium (#G201) was quickly extinguished, but it burned out the vacationing family of seven. City Manager Judie Zimomra commended the Sanibel Fire District, Sanibel Police, and neighboring fire districts for their quick response. I heard that the fire was caused by a charging electronic device. This upstairs unit was destroyed and the unit below had significant water damage. The family – father, mother, and five children – had its belongings wiped out. The City coordinated with F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here) and the Tourism Development Council to provide relief.
“Here Comes Santa Claus”
Fellow BIG ARTS Chorister, Mike Bugler, penned the following words to a new song he calls “We Love Sanibel”. Sung it to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus”, it’s pretty cute.
“We’re on Sanibel, we’re on Sanibel
We just got here by plane
Escaped the snow and the bitter cold
Snowbird is my name
“Seashell bringin’, ocean swimmin’
The sun is always real bright
So let’s give a thought to our friends up north
While we’re having fun tonight
“We love Sanibel, we love Sanibel
Warmer down here than Maine
Deck chairs set out on the beach
More sunshine here than rain
“Sip that cocktail, spray that suntan
All here just seems so right
We’re-not-going-north for another-few-months
So let’s all have fun tonight”
Sanibel YouTube Video
If you need a little Sanibel pick-me-up. Here is a link to a video I saw posted on Facebook this morning. It’s terrific.
SANIBEL TRIP, ALTERNATE EDIT. MUSIC BY CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG.
Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 16-23, 2016
3 new listings: Loggerhead Cay #234 2/2 $579K, Sundial East #O401 2/2 $729K, Sundial East #O407 2/2 $1.199M.
2 price changes: Lighthouse Point #129 3/2 now $599K (our listing), Shorewood #1C 3/2 now $889K.
2 new sales: Seawind #103 2/2.5 listed at $564K, Cottage Colony West #137 1/1 listed at $649K.
6 closed sales: Kimball Lodge #263 1/1.5 $395K, Sundial West #C310 1/1 $429.5K, Sundial East #P401 2/2 $852K (our listing), Surfside 12 #B3 3/2 $899.75K, Sunset South #15B 2/2 $950K, Kings Crown #105 3/2 $1.19M.
11 new listings: 1709 Sand Pebble Way 3/3 triplex $510K, 5299 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/3 $749K, 5406 Osprey Ct 3/2 $889K, 1073 Fish Crow Rd 3/2.5 $899K, 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/2/3 $989K, 5313 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 $998K, 1511 Angel Dr 3/3 $1.25M, 924 Pecten Ct 4/4 $1.965M, 5606 Baltusrol Ct 4/6 $2.995M, 2964 Wulfert Rd 4/5.5 $3.495M, 1206 Bay Dr 4/4.5 $3.99999M.
4 price changes: 1585 Serenity Ln 3/3 now $549K, 465 Lake Murex Cir 2/2.5 now $599K, 1212 Par View Dr 2/2 now $629K, 5105 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3 now $649K.
No new sales.
4 closed sales: 4215 Old Banyan Way 3/3 $690K, 400 Rabbit Rd 4/3 $757K, 232 Robinwood Cir 4/3 $1.1125M, 626 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 $1.635M.
2 new listings: 1550 Centre St $199K (our listing) $199K, 1026 Fish Crow Rd $430K.
2 price changes: 644 Sea Oats Dr now $325K, 2401 Blue Crab Ct now $789K.
No new sales.
2 closed sales: 9211 Dimmick Dr $139.5K, 9426 Sage Ct $250K.
4 new listings: Sunset Beach Villas #2324 2/2 $645K, Captiva Shores #8A 3/2.5 $1.795M, Beach Homes #7 2/2 $1.795M, Beach Homes #8 3/2 $2.7M.
No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.
HOMES & LOTS
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.)
Merry Christmas from all of us!
The SanibelSusan Team – Dave, Elise, Lisa, & Susan