When Island Waters Resemble the Caribbean

It’s another sunny Friday here in Southwest Florida. Following the Wednesday shower last week, we also got a good dousing over the weekend, so the islands are greening up nicely and the wildlife likely thankful for fresh water.

When I saw SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) aerial posted this morning in their weekly update, I had to share it. Taken at high tide (which was 2.1’) on April 17, it shows the brilliant colors of the gulf and bay waters surrounding the lighthouse. It always reminds me of the Caribbean when I cross the causeway and see it like this. Their report also said that flow from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River was optimum for the last seven days. These vivid water colors are typical this time of the year, or until the rainy season picks up. Enjoy the view!

At SanibelSusan Realty

It is a bit discouraging on our daily island treks to check the status at the office and not see much recovery progress. Thankfully while Sanibel Square construction is slow, work has picked up at my home. After taxes, last weekend, I even did a little furniture shopping with deliveries arriving early May. This week, new countertops and windowsills were installed, plus plumbing. Some hardware, electrical and paint fixups remain, then appliances. I should be back living on Sanibel in just a few weeks. It will be sooo great to be back home.

Real estate sales activity may be slowing down now that the weather is turning and some residents head north, but there continue to be new listings and plenty of price adjustments on those that may have been priced ambitiously. Following a couple of news items below is the action posted since last Friday in the island Multiple Listing Service.

It continues to be a surprise when we see more properties demolished. Having lived here for 31 years, I still sometimes forget where I am when an area has changed so much that it is no longer recognizable.

Island Happenings

Sat, Apr 22, Conservation Carnival – Join J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge at their Earth Day celebration at Lakes Regional Park (Ft Myers) tomorrow. Free family fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. including music, food, conservation-themed carnival games, ranger-led programs/walks, rock-climbing wall, archery, facepainting, & more.

Sun, Apr 23, Sanibel School Seahorse Festival – This annual event is for a great cause and lots of fun. Open to the community from noon until 4 p.m. on the Sanibel School lawn. Entry is free with game tickets available. Enjoy inflatables, music, facepainting, food, crafts, and more. Mayor Johnson also will be ready at the “dunk tank”.

Sun, through end of May, Sanibel Farmers Market – Sunday morning markets (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will continue in the Jerry’s parking lot through the end of May.

Wed, May 3, Islands Night – The 30-year tradition continues at the Hammond Stadium in Ft Myers when the Mighty Mussels play the Dunedin Blue Jays. The islands Association of Realtors is one of the sponsors. Tickets are free, pick them up at the Refuge Nature Store (open Sat through Thurs in “Ding” Darling Visitor and Education Center).

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Real Estate

# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 70 1,094,852 72 139 1,553,459 72 24 1,295,240 70
Under contract 15 893.736 65 29 1,624,344 47 3 358,333 8
Sold 2023 to 4/21 43 948,709 45 115 1,120,620 46 8 1,034,250 105
Sold 2022 123 1,136,199 44 184 1,597,868 52 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 11 1,549,681 81 8 6,637,375 165 1 15,500,000 391
Under contract 2 1,375,000 4 2 3,195,000 47 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2023 to 4/21 3 984,000 140 6 3,008,166 64 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2022 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 April 14-21



1 new listing: Sunset South #8A 2/2 $849K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: Island Beach Club #340B 2/2 listed at $699K, Sanctuary Golf Villages 1 #5-5 2/2.5 listed at $1.298M.

2 closed sales: Sunset South #10B 2/2 $580K, Sanibel Surfside #122 2/2 $900K.


9 new listings: 9210 Dimmick Dr 2/2 $659K, 9431 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $714K, 1377 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $799K, 1089 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/2.5 $1.295M, 896 Angel Wing Dr 3/2.5 $1.649M, 2501 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $2.15M, 815 Birdie View Pt 3/2 $2.195M, 1175 Bird Ln 4/3.5 $4.5M, 3635 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 $4.95M.

13 price changes: 1937 Roseate Ln 2/2 now $495,555; 922 Main St 3/1 now $549K, 1448 Albatross Rd 3/2 nor $879K, 438 Lake Murex Cir 2/2 now $899K, 2042 Wild Lime Dr 3/2 now $929K, 540 East Lake Rd 3/2 now $1.025M, 241 Violet Dr 3/2.5 now $1.179M, 997 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $1.195M, 9048 Mockingbird Dr 3/3 now $1.199M, 3205 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 now $1.295M, 3050 West Gulf Dr 3/2.5 now $1.45M, 566 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.495M, 2540 Coconut Dr 4/3.5 now $1.599M.

1 back on market: 1242 Par View Dr 3/2 $899K.

4 new sales: 2479 Blind Pass Ct 3/2 listed at $1.15M, 1507 Angel Dr 3/2.5 $1.222M, 663 East Rocks Dr 3/3 listed at $1.348M, 3941 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 listed at $4.25M.

4 closed sales: 996 Greenwood Ct S 3/2.5 $669K, 1679 Serenity Ln 3/2 $700K, 985 Oyster Ct 4/4 $1.65M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 4/3.5 $2.496M.


2 new listings: 6019 Clam Bayou Ln $997,775; 6017 Clam Bayou Ln $1.1M.

1 price change: 5086 Joewood Dr now $950K.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 460 Sawgrass Pl $850K.



No new listings or price changes.

1 back on market: Lands End #1667 2/2 $1.599M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3227 1/1 $477K.


No new listings.

1 price change: 11516 Wightman Ln 5/4.5 now $3.75M.

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.

Until next Friday, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan