Island Luminary 2021 & Real Estate Scoop

Susan reporting what has been another special week on the islands, including a surprise sale.

Sanibel & Captiva Luminary

Periwinkle Way is getting more festive by the minute as more holiday decorations go up in preparation for Sanibel’s Luminary celebration tonight. The tunnel of lights on the bike path that borders City Park across the street from our office is ready and twinkling. By 5 p.m., luminary candles will be lining the paths too, as many shopping centers and businesses will have special events tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Here is just a partial list:

Olde Sanibel Shoppes – live music with Island Brass.

Bailey’s Shopping Center – live Jazztet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine, food, & live music at George & Wendy’s. Hot chocolate & cookies at Joey’s Custard.

Village Shops – Live music.

Periwinkle Place – Live music 6 to 9 p.m.

Tahitian Gardens – Live music.

Sanibel Community Church – Live nativity scene, music, food, & children’s activities.

Jerry’s Shopping Center – Live music, photos with Santa, Sanibel Spirits tastings.

Huxters – Live music & tastings.

East End Shops – samples of Homemade Ice Cream. At Sanibel Sea School: music, outdoor activities, bonfire, ornament/cardmaking for kids, snacks.

Tomorrow night, Sat Dec 4, Captiva Luminary includes the golf cart parade which begins at 3:30 p.m. It lasts about an hour. It starts at South Seas, winding down Captiva Dr and then along Andy Rosse Ln, Chapin Ln, and Wiles Dr before going back to the resort. Judging is at 2:30 p.m. near Doc Ford’s. Following that parade, Captiva Luminary features fun and freebies, like on Sanibel. Luminaries are lit from ‘Tween Waters to South Seas.

Reception for Retired City Manager

Also tomorrow, Sat Dec 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Community House is a thank-you reception for retired Sanibel City Manager, Judie Zimomra. Until I met Judie, I thought I was hard working. She beat me by a mile. I once saw her on a Sunday at a car wash. She had a phone in each hand with calls in progress and another electronic device in her lap where she was typing like mad. She is a master at multi-tasking.

You can be sure I will be at this event thanking her for her 20-years of service. In addition to the typical day-to-day running of City government, she got us through some difficult memorable times including Hurricanes Charley and Irma, the Sanibel bear, red tide of 2018, and with accomplishments like the Donax Water Treatment Plant and Sanibel Recreation Center. Always cool calm and collected, she will be missed. Thank you, Judie!

At SanibelSusan Realty

Wednesday, we found out clients were the successful offerors on a just-listed home in Gulf Pines. It is always nail-biting when there are multiple showings, which could result in multiple offers. Prospective buyers thinking of making a bid in a situation like this should always make their offer terms the “best”. Best usually means over asking price, with significant deposit(s), “as is”, cash or pre-approved financing, and with a minimal inspection period, if any at all.

Wednesday evening also was the Association of Realtors® charity event, FISHmas, where holiday donations for needy children, teens, and adult gifts were collected and will be distributed by F.I.S.H. of Sanibel & Captiva. The SanibelSusan Team contributed items, I attended the event, and Elise helped with the donation delivery this morning.

At the Thursday morning Realtor® Caravan Meeting, I announced that our new listing at Donax Village #7 would be open. Those Open Houses typically are from 9 a.m. until noon; but, since winter-long renters arrive today and we had several prospects walk-in plus Realtor® previews, teammate Dave kept it open until mid-afternoon.

The action since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service are posted after another update of the islands inventory table below.




Condos Homes Lots Condos Homes Lots
# Avg $ # Avg $ # Avg $ # Avg $ # Avg $ # Avg $
For sale 17 1,063,341 21 2,701,119 21 667,095 4 2,709,750 8 5,627,375 0 N/A
Under contract 27 1,005,475 40 1,704,699 7 530,982 7 732,000 3 4,715,000 0 N/A
Sold to 12/3/21 269 863,076 330 1,318,094 67 707,619 58 1,199,912 42 2,920,950 2 2,950,000
Sold 2020 192 733,876 290 954,718 23 606,233 47 821,713 27 2,923,148 4 2,537,500
Most Sold 2005 232 758,507 260 1,028,584 68 496,726 45 863,642 31 2,309,758 0 N/A


Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity November 26-December 3, 2021



2 new listings: Blind Pass #D102 2/2 $625K, Sand Pointe #222 2/2 $1.125M.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Breakers West #C4 2/2 listed at $749K, Pointe Santo #C3 3/2 listed at $1.095M, Sundial #R402 2/2 listed at $1.249M.

7 closed sales: Sundial #D304 1/1 $550K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #A201 2/2 $650K, Mariner Pointe #622 2/2.5 $855K, Sundial #L402 3/2 $1.389M, Pointe Santo #B36 2/2 $1.3891M, Pointe Santo #A43 2/2 $1.5M, Pointe Santo #E37 3/2 $1.6M.


2 new listings: 1841 Ibis Ln 2/2 $628.5K, 853 Tulip Ln 3/2 $1.735M.

No price changes.

6 new sales: 4226 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $850K, 4285 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $895K (our buyer), 1943 Sanibel Bayous Rd 3/3 listed at $1.095M, 1585 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $1.5M, 807 Limpet Dr 3/2 listed at $2.295M, 1320 Seaspray Ln 3/4.5 listed at $4.195M.

4 closed sales: 773 Cardium St 2/2 $650K, 696 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $820K, 4221 Old Banyan Way 3/2 $1.305M, 5418 Osprey Ct 4/3.5 $1.31M.


1 new listing: 2356 Wulfert Rd $280K.

No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.



Nothing to report.


No new listings, price changes, new sales.

4 closed sales: 14865 Captiva Dr 4/4 $1.45M, 11520 Murmond Ln 5/5 $1.935M, 11530 Paige Ct 4/4/2 $4.375M, 14991 Binder Dr 4/4 $5.675M.


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 today’s “Island Sun”.

Enjoy your weekend! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan


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