It was another busy real estate week at SanibelSusan Realty. We got another new gulf-front condo listing, had a nice gulf-front condo closing, and showings and offers at our only two listings. One now is under contract while the other in negotiations. So, if you are wondering, the market still is HOT and the SanibelSusan team continues to look for more listings – since as soon as we get them, they sell!
The full details on the real estate activity here and the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service are after a couple of news items below.
Weather-wise, it has been another week of beautiful bright summer days, followed by some evening showers in inland Lee County.
I took a spin at noon today to check out beach parking since social media lately has been full of comments about lots often being full. That certainly was the case at Lighthouse Beach where the gulf was busy with swimmers, beachgoers, shellers, fishermen, and boaters. There were nine vehicles lined up looking for spots at their main parking lot with the fishing pier lot also full.
Check out the water photo below. It continues to sparkle in those Caribbean-blue-tones. Fingers crossed that it continues!
Lee County Begins Causeway Islands Project
There was lots of social media chatter this week about the Australian pines coming down on the causeway islands. Here’s the full report by Wendy McMullen that was posted on the front page of today’s “Island Sun”:
“Trees are already coming down on the Sanibel Causeway islands in preparation for an $8.5 million plan to enhance the amenities and control erosion on the islands. The trees being removed – such as the Australian pines – are non-native and considered exotic and invasive. They will be replaced eventually with native trees.
“Among the improvements envisioned for the islands are structured parking (it is not known if this will involve paid parking of some sort), pavilions, pathways, additional restrooms, landscaping, T-groins and erosion control structures.
“On Island A, the furthest from Sanibel, picnic and recreational vehicle parking areas will be added at the northern end along a more formalized event space. There will also be a paddle-craft loading and unloading area, restrooms and an equipment storage area, along with parking for 83 vehicles on the southern end. Island B will have parking for another 213 vehicles.
“Both islands will have erosion control structures designed to keep bay waters from covering the road in storm conditions. This will include two rock groins and renourishment of the beaches. The causeway road itself will not be elevated.
“Work is already starting on erosion control structures and the design of the upland structures. Building the amenities will begin in spring 2022 and continue until the summer of 2024.
“The project will be funded using tourist development taxes and state funds. Lee County plans a public meeting later this summer or fall. Announcements about its time, date, location and how to participate will be forthcoming.”
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® July Membership Meeting
Yesterday at the July Membership Meeting of the local association of Realtors®, the speaker was Tim Moore, from Sanibel’s Planning Department Code Enforcement. He provided handouts and info on the island’s Dwelling Rental License and Registration process. This is required for every Sanibel property that rents.
Begun in October 2019, the forms for this process are on-line at www.MySanibel.com (under Planning Dept forms). Approximately 2,200 properties already are licensed. Form completion is required for an initial license and registration, annual license and registration renewal, and for any revision to the license and registration.
The first step in the process is applying for a Business Tax Receipt (formerly occupational license) at the City Finance Department. The 2nd step is completing and submitting the Dwelling Rental License and Registration form.
The type of rental dwelling could be:
- Limited Rental, for properties rented via written lease for longer than 6 months (so exempt from Florida Sales Tax), this includes annual rentals;
- Limited Rental, or those limited by City Code to 28 consecutive days per occupancy;
- Unlimited Rental, rentals not limited by City Code to a minimum number of days.
Once a Dwelling Rental License (DRL) number is issued, it must appear in all advertising, as must the minimum rental period if not in a resort district.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 16-23, 2021
2 new listings: Sanibel Moorings #512 2/2 $1.195M (our listing), Island Beach Club #330E 2/2 $1.295M.
1 price change: Tarpon Beach #305 2/2 now $1.1M.
6 new sales: Sundial #I103 1/1 listed at $499K, Sundial #J301 1/1 listed at $605K, Mariner Pointe #631 2/2 listed at $695K, Breakers West #A5 2/2 listed at $749K, Gulf Beach #106 2/2 listed at $899K (our listing), Sanddollar #C101 2/2 listed at $1.21M.
3 closed sales: Tarpon Beach #102 2/2 $1.125M, Gulfside Place #124 2/2 $1.385M, Gulfside Place #115 2/2 $1.995M (our listing).
6 new listings: 9032 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 $799K, 460 Sawgrass Pl 2/1 $849K, 565 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $939K, 5817 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/2 $1.25M, 9464 Calla Ct 3/2.5 $1.45M, 1304 Seaspray Ln 3/2.5 $4.695M.
No price changes.
4 new sales: 754 Donax St 4/2 duplex listed at $599K, 1702 Bunting Ln 4/3 listed at $749K, 1270 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $859K, 5268 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $999K.
5 closed sales: 1612 Serenity Ln 3/2 $672K, 4505 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/3 $675K, 1376 Jamaica Dr 2/2 $750K, 1426 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $1.15M, 1218 Ferry Rd 3/2 $1.231M.
2 new listings: 3308 Saint Kilda Rd $582K, 470 Sawgrass Pl $795K.
No price changes.
1 new sale: 2133 Starfish Ln listed at $529K.
No closed sales.
2 new listings: Lands End Village #1633 2/2 $1.599M, Beach Homes #33 4/3 $3.2M.
No price changes.
1 new sale: Beach Villas #2414 2/2 listed at $875K.
No closed sales.
HOMES & LOTS
Nothing to report.
This representation is based in part on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® 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.
Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan
(a couple more photos below taken today on way to the Lighthouse)