It’s Gonna Be a Sunny Warm New Year on Sanibel Island

Another Friday is here and though it now takes longer to make the trek to and from the island and Jetloop to get mail, it has been a sunny couple of days since midweek when SW Florida got back to favored winter temperatures, mid-70- to mid-80-degrees F.

Wearing a sweater and having the heat blasting on Christmas Day was a first in many years. Today, it is back to air conditioning and great to again drive with the sunroof open while checking out restoration progress and seeing summer-like vegetation coming back.

By the way, if like me you think it inconvenient for us to make the hour-long trek to 14080 Jetport Loop for mail, wait until next week, when we also must pay the causeway toll to get back on island. I drive by the Sanibel Post Office every day and have seen no action there in weeks. Let’s email the Postmaster General ( or call (202-268-2550). If Captiva can have their Post Office open, why can’t Sanibel at least have a temporary one? Our wonderful island postal workers undoubtedly also are anxious to be back “on island”. Meanwhile, their smiling faces greet us at Jetport Loop. (This pix taken earlier today.)

Sanibel Update

The City did not have a post-Ian progress update this week, but another is scheduled on Facebook Live Tuesday Jan 3 at 5 p.m.

It sure has been different over the last week not seeing many debris-removal and construction vehicles. Many workers had not been home to see their families in weeks, so it was a much-deserved holiday break for them.

More progress is expected when the causeway reopens on Monday. There still is plenty of debris, with more pushed to the curb as more buildings are demolished. It was sad to see Beachview and Castaways cottages coming down. Often a surprise to pass a lot that now is empty, thinking back to the cute property that was there just days ago.

On the business front, Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen opened this week. I also heard that a couple of other restaurants that lost their locations have found new digs. More on that in the days to come.

At SanibelSusan Realty

At Sanibel Square, debris from other tenants has been brought roadside for removal. Like my home, no start to rebuilding has begun, but we remain hopeful that it will be soon. Meanwhile, new roof installation has begun at many homes. Based on the continual vision of blue tarps, new roofs are coming to many SW Florida properties.

Below is a summary of inventory in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service, followed by the details on activity since last Friday.

# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 25 1,142,756 75 70 1,527,198 59 10 728,600 114
Under contract 9 1.133,077 56 32 1,084,853 19 4 1,459,500 72
Sold 2022 To-Date 123 1,136,199 44 183 1,600,589 51 26 779,528 223
Sold 2021 287 875,127 113 355 1,341,881 89 69 698,862 442


# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 7 1,237,571 156 7 7,369,150 158 1 15,500,000 279
Under contract 1 700,000 7 6 3,533,000 19 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2022 To-Date 28 1,458,983 52 22 5,636,386 133 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2021 64 1,150,373 145 44 2,988,520 261 2 2,950,000 731


Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity December 23-30, 2022



1 new listing: Gulfside Place #201 2/2 $1.425M.

1 price change: Sunset South #10B 2/2 now $650K.

2 new sales: Sundial #G406 ½ listed at $624.9K, Sanctuary Golf Villages #3-PH5 2/2.5 listed at $1.299M.

1 closed sale: Sanctuary Golf Villages #1-4 3/3 $1.45M.


6 new listings:3354 Saint Kilda Rd 3/2 $699K, 996 Greenwood Ct N 3/3 $779K, 1834 Long Point Ln 3/2 $799,999; 2402 Wulfert Rd 4/3.5 $1.1M, 1121 Sabal St 3/2.5 $1.5M, 915 Pecten Ct 6/5 $2.595M.

3 price changes: 1153 Shell Basket Ln 3/2 now $625K, 747 Birdie View Pt 3/3 now $999K, 526 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.595M.

6 new sales: 860 Rabbit Rd 2/1 listed at $375K, 2623 Tamarind Rd 2/1 listed at $379K, 1977 Roseate Ln 2/2 listed at $549K, 1925 Roseate Ln 2/2 listed at $599K, 1206 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $995K, 844 Lindgren Blvd 3/3 listed at $1.349M.

3 closed sales: 677 Durion Ct 3/2 $600K, 1129 Sabal St 2/2 $625K, 1028 Demere Ln 4/2 $929K.


Nothing to report.



1 new listing (under contract below).

No price changes.

1 new sale: Beach Villas #2617 1/1 listed at $700K.

No 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.

Until next Friday, wishing you a Happy New Year!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

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