Labor Day Weekend 2023 on Sunny-Again Sanibel

Another week, another hurricane. It certainly was not fun awaiting the landfall of Hurricane Idalia. Though the islands came through with mostly just minor flooding, the anticipation and storm preparations were stressful.

During teammate Dave’s travels today, he noted that standing water remains in many areas, particularly the west end. The City reports that the public beach parking areas remain closed at Lighthouse Beach and Turner Beach on Captiva.

With bright blue sky and plenty of sunshine, I decided to do another island drive-around myself. I also saw partial flooding in a few locations, but what was most surprising was the lack of vehicles on the road and few workers at properties. I took the back way from the east end to the end of West Gulf Dr and back, circling through a few neighborhoods.

I bet I didn’t have five vehicles pass me going the opposite direction. If work vehicles and equipment are an indication, not much happening at most properties. Continued roof work was obvious, however, at some of the same complexes mentioned last week: Seashells, Sand Dollar, Sandpebble, and Sunset South. Below are a few photos I snapped along the way:

Shell Harbor canal between Beach Rd & Lindgren Blvd

Sanibel River aka the Panama Canal between Middle Gulf Dr & Beachview.

Beach access at Fulgur St

There is no doubt that it is going to take many months before most complexes will be ready for occupancy. Here’s hoping that recovery progress picks up soon!

Bridge/Causeway Update

Some storm washouts meant additional causeway work both yesterday and today with traffic limited to one-lane as repairs are underway on the island closest to the big bridge and the mainland.

On a lighter note, several photographs were posted on social media Wednesday morning, as the storm passed, showing a flamboyance of flamingos on a causeway beach. Those birds being here definitely is an oddity, as flamingos are rarely seen in this part of Florida.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Real Estate

The local Association of Realtors did not meet this week, but with data from the islands MLS (Multiple Listing Service), below are updated summary tables of the residential sales statistics, followed by the island MLS action this week.



# Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM # Avg Price DOM
For sale 57 1,131,502 141 78 1,613,708 101 27 879,274 138
Under contract 9 972,211 120 20 1,647,544 93 5 1,635,800 128
Sold 2023 to 9/1 74 921,082 57 211 1,233,291 66 21 820,738 65
Sold 2022 123 1,136,199 44 185 1,602,745 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 21 1,621,333 90 12 7,077,250 122 1 12,000,000 1
Under contract 2 1,089,000 13 2 2,672,500 54 0 N/A N/A
Sold 2023 to 9/1 10 888,200 111 15 2,738,866 71 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 August 25 – September 1



2 new listings: Sanibel Arms #C7 1/1 $399.9K, Sand Pointe #116 2/2 $980K.

1 price change: Spanish Cay #D4 2/2 now $579K.

1 new sale: Sanibel Arms #H7 1/1 listed at $399.9K.

3 closed sale: Loggerhead Cay #133 2/2 $980K, Heron at The Sanctuary 1 #2A 3/2.5 $1.075M, Gulfside Place #318 2/2 $1.2M (SanibelSusan listing). 


2 new listings: 1450-1460 Court Pl 5/4.5 $1.35M, 1828 Buckthorn Ln 4/4.5 $2.25M.

4 price changes: 3312 St Kilda 3/2 now $847K, 9126 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 now $999K, 3302 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2.5 now $1.299M. 2255 Troon Ct 4/5.5.5 now $3.355M.

2 back on market: 1377 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $724K, 2479 Blind Pass Ct 3/2 $1.15M.

1 new sale: 924 Kings Crown Dr 4/3 listed at $1.69M.

5 closed sales: 530 Piedmont Rd 3/2 $370K, 951 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $530K, 313 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 $750K, 1550 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $1.4495M, 5271 Indian Ct 4/4 $2.385M.


2 new listings: Sanibel Highlands corner $325K, 1032 Sand Castle Rd $499K.

2 price changes: 1321 Seaspray Ln now $959K, 4657 Rue Belle Mer now $3.5M

1 new sale: 5633 Baltusrol Ct listed at $499K.

1 closed sale: 5116 Sea Bell Rd $335K.



No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5344 3/3 listed at $1.7M.

No closed sales.


No new listings.

1 price change: 57 Sandpiper Ct 3/2 now $1.749M.

No new or closed sales.


1 new listing: 16280 Captiva Dr $12M.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

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.

Enjoy your long weekend! Happy Labor Day!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan