More Delightful Island Weather & White Pelicans Return

SanibelSusan reporting another week of delightful island weather with plenty of blue skies and sunshine. No rain, though there is a chance of a couple of quick showers over the weekend. A few vacationers have complained that the shelling is not so great, but without storms stirring things up in the gulf, finding special shells is more challenging. It cannot always be both ways – great weather and great shelling. Here are a few photos taken this week bayside.

On the real estate front, there were a few more island listings and sales this week. The article below posted yesterday by FloridaRealtors® describes how the market is doing state-wide. Island activity is much the same.

Year-to-date, there have been 680 sales on Sanibel, 102 on Captiva. That compares to just 73 Sanibel properties for sale (all property types) and 11 available on Captiva. It is going to take a very long time for supply to meet demand.

After the news items below are the details on the residential activity posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

Florida’s Housing Market Shows Rising Prices, More All-Cash Sales

Below are excerpts from an article posted on-line October 21, 2021) on FloridaRealtors®:

“Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices, a rise in all-cash sales and constrained inventory levels in September compared to a year ago, according to Florida Realtors® latest housing data….

“The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in September was… up 18.3% from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Research Department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations. Last month’s statewide median price for condo-townhouse units was… up 17.2% over September 2020….

“Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor said, “However, a year ago in September, we were in the midst of a huge surge in sales resulting, in part, from the pandemic shifting transactions that would otherwise have occurred during spring, into the late summer and fall. If we instead compare this September’s sales counts to those two years ago from September 2019, closed sales of single-family homes were up by over 20%, and closed sales of condos and townhouses were up by 31.5%. And so, relative to pre-pandemic levels, the Florida resale housing market is still performing exceptionally.”

In a continuing trend, the share of closed sales that were all-cash purchases rose last month compared to the previous year. In September, single-family existing home sales paid in all cash increased by 38.5% year-over-year, while all-cash sales of condo-townhouse units rose by 22.9%.

“On the supply side of the market, new listings and inventory (active listings) remained restricted last month, O’Connor said. “New listings of single-family homes only increased by 2.2% year-over-year in September, the lowest increase since February 2021,” he noted. “New listings of condos and townhomes, meanwhile, declined on a year-over-year basis for the first time since January, down by 7.3%. This slowdown in new listings relative to the pace of sales has resulted in our levels of inventory stalling out. While it’s good news that inventory isn’t falling again, that scenario isn’t entirely out of the cards in the coming months. In the longer run, the only way this shortage can be addressed is by building more new homes.”

“Single-family existing homes continued at a very low 1.3-months’ supply in September, while condo-townhouse inventory was at a 1.7-months’ supply.

“According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.90% in September 2021, a slight uptick from the 2.89% averaged during the same month a year earlier.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Commercial Real Estate

If you are wondering about commercial offerings (that sometimes comes up when we report just residential, which covers homes, condos, and lots), today there are only four commercial properties for sale on Sanibel according to the local MLS. A couple came on the market this week. There are none for sale on Captiva.

  • Tipsy Turtle, real estate & business at 1223 Periwinkle Way – $6,500,000
  • Fish House, real estate & business at 1523 Periwinkle Way – $4,950,000
  • Office building condo, real estate at 1149 Periwinkle Way, #2 – $969,000
  • Office building condo, real estate at1025 Periwinkle Way, #1 – $799,000.

White Pelicans

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge posted this message yesterday, October 21, 2021:

SCCF photo

“NATURE NEWS by sightings volunteer Ed Combs: American White Pelicans will return soon — perhaps some time this coming week. Look for them flying very high in large migrating flocks or feeding and resting along Wildlife Drive. They are very large birds, weighing 16 pounds as compared with our year-round Brown Pelican’s 8 pounds. With a wingspread of approximately nine feet, they, along with the California Condor, are the largest North American birds. Thanks to Bob Pelkey for our in-flight photo. Be on the lookout!”

In seeing that message, I immediately thought of friend Cheri Hollis, who posted a Facebook photo two days earlier on Tuesday, October 19. Her post said: “They’re backkkkkk…. At exactly 4:00 pm today, snowbird season officially started in SWFL. Huge flocks of migrating white pelicans were circling overhead, caught a thermal and headed off due east.”

Here is her photo. Thanks for sharing, Cheri.

Cheri Hollis photo 10-19-2021

COVID-19 Improvement

Good news today when Lee Health reported fewer than 50 cases in their hospitals. That is a big change from their peak of 690 on August 25. Here is hoping the trend continues. Stay safe!

Sanibel 2022 Beach Parking Permits

Beach parking permits for Sanibel residents and property owners go on sale Monday, October 25 at the Sanibel Recreation Center, 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Rd, which is open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The vehicle registration or lease agreement for each vehicle to be permitted must be presented. Acceptable proof of residency or property ownership are:
Driver’s License with Sanibel address
Valid government-issued photo ID with Sanibel address
Lee County voter registration card with Sanibel address
Tax Bill with Homestead Exemption for Sanibel property, the applicant owns
Tax Bill with property ownership on Sanibel
Notarized Declaration of Domicile listing Sanibel residence

To save time, it is suggested coming with completed application. Those are on-line at

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity October 15-22, 2021



2 new listings: Coquina Beach #3E 2/2 $852K, Nutmeg Village #308 2/2 $1.2999M.

2 price changes: Sanibel Surfside #213 2/2 now $899K, Gulfside Place #117 2/2 now $1.82M.

4 new sales: Spanish Cay #F8 2/2listed at $479K, Mariner Pointe #141 2/2 listed at $695K, Heron at The Sanctuary III #2B 3/2.5 listed at $849K, Sand Pointe #111 2/2 listed at $1.099M.

1 closed sale: Sundial #C308 1/1 $575K.


4 new listings: 773 Cardium St 2/2 $685K, 5307 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/3 $865K, 1666 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.2M, 1347 Jamaica Dr 2/2 $1.498M

No price changes.

7 new sales: 647 Rabbit Rd 3/2 listed at $699K, 1437 Causey Ct 3/2.5 listed at $1.395M, 3840 West Gulf Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.595M, 924 Pecten Ct 4/4 $1.795M, 1511 Angel Dr 3/3 listed at $1.995M, 1114 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/2 listed at $1.999M, 1665 Sabal Palm Dr 3/2 listed at $2.25M.

4 closed sales: 9214 Kincaid Ct 2/2 $695K, 1886 Farm Trl 3/3 $880K, 939 Beach Rd 3/2.5 $1.45M, 544 Lighthouse Way 4/5.5 $3.8M.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 0 Bowmans Beach Rd listed at $145K.

No closed sales.



No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

3 closed sales: Lands End Village #1633 2/2 $1.534M, Captiva Shores #8A 3/2.5 $1.795M, Captiva Bay Villas #E 3/3.5 $3.55M.


No new listings.

1 price change: 14991 Binder Dr 4/4 now $5.795M.

No new or closed sales.


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.

Below is our ad from the “Island Sun” today.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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