Island Sales This Week, 2018 Forecasts, & More


great-white-pelican-namibiaIt’s SanibelSusan with another weekly report of real estate happenings. You are probably sick of me blogging about Sanibel’s summer-like weather and the traffic, so just a quick update, that it’s more of the same. A mini-cool front arrived today, bringing temperatures that will be only mid-70’s for the next few days.

Sanibel-shells-from-storm-windsMeanwhile, the 81st Sanibel Shell Festival across the street from SanibelSusan Realty at The Community House appears to be a huge success. It wraps up tomorrow afternoon.

An interesting mix of articles is below, followed by the activity posting in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service this week.

  • 2018 national trends include big shifts in housing
  • good news from Sanibel police department
  • Sanibel Planning Commission ordinance action relating to pools and flood insurance
  • annual Market Watch with real estate outlook.

2018’s Top Trends

From the March 2018 “Florida Realtor®” logos

“Big Shifts in Housing…® predicts four developments this year.

  1. Inventory Will Increase. Starting in August 2017, the U.S. housing market started to see a higher-than-normal month-over-month increase in the number of homes on the market. Based on this trend,® projects that U.S. year-over-year inventory growth will tick up into positive territory by fall 2018, for the first time since 2015.
  2. Price Appreciation Will Slow. Home prices are forecasted to slow to 3.2% growth year-over-year nationally, from an estimated increase of 5.5% in 2017. Most of the slowing will be felt in the higher-priced segment as more available inventory in this price range and a smaller pool of buyers forces sellers to price competitively. Entry-level homes will continue to see price gains due to the larger number of buyers that can afford them and more limited homes available in this price range.
  3. Millennials Will Gain Market Share. Although millennials will continue to face challenges with rising interest rates and home prices, they are on track to gain mortgage market share in all price points, due to the sheer size of the generation. Millennials could reach 43% of home buyers with a mortgage by the end of 2018, up from an estimated 40% in 2017.
  4. Southern Markets Will Lead Sales Growth. Southern cities should beat the national average in home sales growth in 2018, with Lakeland – Winter Haven leading Florida. Sales are expected to grow by 6% or more in these markets, compared with 2.5% nationally. The majority of this growth can be attributed to healthy building levels combating the housing shortage.” 

Report from Sanibel’s Finest

santiva chronicleAn article in this week’s “Santiva Chronicle”, shows a big drop in island crime. Some of the statistics in the associated article include:

“Crime on Sanibel was down in 2017, including a huge drop in burglaries, according to statistics released Monday, Feb. 26, by Police Chief William Dalton. The police department tracked 72 federal reportable crimes in 2017, the only time in the past 11 years that that number has been below 100…

“Sanibel continues to be murder-free and no armed robberies have occurred since 2013. No vehicle thefts were reported in 2017, the only time in the past decade that has happened….

“Sanibel residents accounted for just 15% of the department’s arrests in 2017 with nearly half – 46% – coming from elsewhere in Lee County….

“Although crime numbers were down in 2017, the phone was still ringing at police headquarters. The department took in 26,140 calls. That’s an average of 72 per day or one every 20 minutes.”

Planning Commission Acts on Ordinances Re: Pools & Flood Insurance

Sanibelcityseal logoAs reported this week in the “Santiva-Chronicle:

“An ordinance amending the height of a swimming pool and decks in relation to the adjoining structure was unanimously approved by the Sanibel Planning Commission at MacKenzie Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

“It is a move the commission said is grounded in common sense and will help streamline approval of pools and decks. Because of the current wording, the commission was forced to hold hearings about them when their approval was a matter of common sense. It was also costly to applicants.

“Wording of the ordinance to go to the City Council for approval is: “Any swimming pool elevated higher than three feet, six inches above the ground cannot be higher than the lowest floor of the associated structure. For the purpose of this height limit, a mid-level entry or other area devoted only to building access shall not be considered the lowest floor, even if constructed above the base flood elevation.”

“The current elevation is seven feet, but that is not based on the lowest floor. The change will allow the Planning Department to grant approval without it coming to the Planning Commission, Benjamin Pople, city planner, said in his presentation of the ordinance….

“Also Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved an ordinance to go to City Council that would bring the city in line with the Florida Department of Emergency Management pertaining to flood insurance.

“The ordinance about flood insurance is mandatory to preserve the city’s status and rating as a continuing participant in the National Flood Insurance Program’s continuing rating system which benefits Sanibel residents with a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums.

“Commission members cautioned residents that flood insurance rates still apply and that 25% savings aren’t always realized if insurance companies raise rates….”

Annual Market Watch – Lee & Collier Counties

News Press logoEach year, the Fort Myers “New-Press” hosts an event, where local real estate experts share their outlook on the real estate market. Here are excerpts from their on-line article posted this week.

“A recession may be on the way, but first-time home-buyer millennials and retiring Baby Boomers looking for a deal may be coming to the rescue in Southwest Florida’s residential market.

“That was among the big takeaways Tuesday at The News-Press Market Watch Real Estate 2018 at Germain Arena, where more than 1,000 people were on hand to gauge the market pulse from industry experts.

“Presenters included Randy Thibaut, land sales and development expert and owner and founder of Land Solutions Inc.; Denny Grimes, residential real estate expert and president of Denny Grimes & Co.; and Stan Stouder, CCIM, commercial real estate expert and founding partner with CRE Consultants.

“As Thibaut entered the stage, a screen showed a roller coaster on its way up a track. “We’ve been climbing this roller coaster that’s behind me for almost nine years since the downturn,” he said. “Are we going to go up and over and are we going to lose our lunch, or are we just going to have a little hiccup? One thing is for sure: we’re going to have change.”

“Total single-family and multifamily permits increased 28% in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties year-over-year, with Lee leading the way.

“Why? “Apartments and assisted living were again on fire,” he said. “That changed the dynamics of the market.” On the home front, more buyers are looking for “value” properties, those under $300,000, and builders who cater to that demand are benefiting. “The millennials are coming and they are buying homes because they’re having families,” he said. “There’s a different type of baby boomer – they’re coming here with less money in their pockets. They’re coming. The difference is they’re not looking for $500,000 homes.”

“On the other end of the market, there’s strong demand for luxury high-rise condos in Naples and Bonita Springs, in developments such as Aqua and Seaglass at Bonita Bay. “The product came out and they gobbled it up,” Thibaut said.

“Downtown Fort Myers is a bit of a different story, where developments such as ONE, The Place on First and Prima Luce are in the works. “These projects are still trying to get started, and I think some of them will,” Thibaut said. “It hasn’t been for the lack of trying.” Market watchers should also keep a close eye on the Corkscrew Road corridor, where there are a lot of development plans.

“But ultimately, how are things? “We’re not going down into the abyss,” he said. “Are we going to have a little hiccup? I think so.”

“Prior to the event, Thibaut was asked about impact fees, which are a hot topic in Lee County. “The impact fees that are scheduled to be looked at in March will be the deciding factor over whether we’ll be able to serve our workforce and Middle America employees,” he said. “If they raise the impact fees a lot, they will hurt the biggest percentage of the buying sector. Now is not the right time for a full increase.” Thibaut said people looking to buy a home under $300,000 are the sector that “can’t afford the increase or they won’t be able to own and live the American Dream.”

“Grimes was next on stage, touching on seemingly controversial topics — fake news, the wall and DACA — in a nonconfrontational way because his points weren’t really about those topics at all.

“National headlines about the hot real estate market are giving some buyers and sellers a false perspective on the local market, which isn’t so hot. “There’s a party going on and we’re not part of it,” he said. “But that’s OK. We’ll win in the end.” The number of home sales was down 3% in Lee and up 3% in Collier year-to-year. Grimes used the words “steady” and “stable” in describing the market, with an exception here and there.

““Cape Coral was the star performer in Lee County,” he said. “Collier South is the star performer there.”

In the Cape, dry lot prices have been rising, commanding $20,000 and up, while Lehigh lot prices start at $5,000. “Cape Coral is in for another growth spurt,” Grimes said.

“Home prices, however, have hit a wall. The median sales price for an existing home was $238,500 in December, compared to $250,000 a year earlier. That median price is close to $450,000 in Collier County and $217,500 in Charlotte.

“On DACA — homes where you can dock a boat — Grimes said the cost to live on the waterfront in Cape Coral averages $479,000, not far below the cost in Fort Myers. “It’s the best waterfront value and it’s gaining on Fort Myers,” he said.

“Stouder started out by saying self-storage is going gangbusters. Eight self-storage businesses went up between 2010-14, with 12 built between 2015 and now, with another 12 under construction. “There’s a correlation between those and the robust number of apartment units being built,” he said.

“Senior housing, too, has also continued to surge. Ten senior housing projects were completed between 2000 and 2014. In the past three years, 21 senior housing projects have come to market.

A few notable projects for market-watchers to keep an eye on: Meridian Place industrial property near Southwest Florida International Airport, where a 201,000-square-feet of space is expected to be built.

“That’s a big industrial project and that’s because the vacancy rate is so low,” he said.

“Stouder also talked about the likelihood of a recession. “The stock market is having heartburn, but not a heart attack,” he said. Stouder pointed to the fact that it’s been “about eight and a half years since the last recession was declared over in June 2009,” so a recession is inevitable due to market cycles, it’s just a matter of when.

“Stouder also offered a “what’s that?” segment. In the “what’s that?” segment, market-watchers should look for the Grand Central project to come out of the ground across from Page Field Commons. That project will have the area’s first Krispy Kreme location.

“For people who might be wondering what to do with their money, whether after a property sale or because they simply want to make a smart investment, “it’s time to sell.” “How many of you wished in 2009 that you’d have sold in 2006,” he said. “If you get greedy, you will get burnt.””

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 23-March 2, 2018

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6 new listings: Mariner Pointe #241 2/2.5 $629K; St.Croix #4 2/2.5 $995K; Yacht Haven #2 3/2 $1.099M; Pointe Santo #C3 3/2 $1,184,415; By-The-Sea #C102 2/2 $1.349M; Tamarind #B302 2/2 $1.824M.

4 price changes: Sanibel Moorings #941 2/2 now $529.9K, Pointe Santo #D32 2/2 now $779K, Island Beach Club #220E 2/2 now $949K, Island Beach Club #340D 2/2 now $1.324M.

4 new sales: Sanibel Moorings #212 1/1 listed at $425K, Beach Road Villa #104 2/2 listed at $455K, Loggerhead Cay #264 2/2 listed at $598.3K (our listing), Blue Gulf #101 3/2 listed at $1.42M.

10 closed sales: Tennisplace #D21 1/1 $235K, Lake Palms #6 2/2.5 $339K, Seashells #40 2/2 $320K, Sundial West #F308 1/1 $415K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2 $455K, Mariner Pointe #733 2/2 $475K, Loggerhead Cay #402 2/2 $560K, Sanibel Inn #3535 2/2 $745K, Nutmeg Village #201 2/2 $965K, By-The-Sea #C302 3/2 $1.675M.


3 new listings: 1283 Par View Dr 2/2 $574K, 4239 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $735K, 4171 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $3.248M.

24 price changes: 813 Rabbit Rd 2/2 half-duplex now $399K, 1940 Periwinkle Way 3/2 half-duplex now $470K, 1938 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $499K, 3043 Poinciana Cir 3/2 now $525K, 998 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $629K, 1020 White Ibis Dr 3/3 now $649K, 1342 Junonia St 3/3 now $669K, 1450 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $749.9K, 5430 Osprey Ct 3/3 now $764K, 5690 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/3 now $979K, 938 Pecten Ct 3/2.5 now $1.135M, 1747 Jewel Box Dr 3/2 now $1.165M, 1349 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 now $1.175M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.179M, 529 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $1.22M, 519 Kinzie Island Ct 3/2.5 now $1.275M, 1672 Hibiscus Dr 3/2 now $1.179M, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 now $1.65M, 794 Conch Ct 3/2.5 now $1.679M, 267 Ferry Landing Dr 3/2 now $1.749M, 2029 Periwinkle Way 4/3 now $1.799M, 2167 Starfish Ln 4/4.5 now $1.875M, 5606 Baltusrol Ct 4/6 now $2.195M, 1552 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/5.5 now $2.425M

11 new sales: 970 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K, 1008 Demere Ln 2/2 listed at $615K, 678 East Rocks 3/2 listed at $829K, 4791 Rue Helene 3/2 listed at $849K, 3239 Twin Lakes Ln 3/2 listed at $899K, 1114 Captains Walk St 3/3 listed at $899K, 1275 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $949K, 4960 Joewood Dr 3/3 listed at $1.049M, 6412 Pine Ave 4/2.5 listed at $1.245M, 4265 West Gulf Dr 4/4.5 listed at $4.895M, 1310 Seaspray Ln 4/4 listed at $5.795M.

8 closed sales: 9446 Yucca Ct 3/2 $530K; 1341 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $820K; 765 Conch Ct 5/4 $810K; 701 Anchor Dr 3/3.5 $1,186,810; 3822 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.2M; 899 Almas Ct 3/2 $1.2M; 960 Victoria Way 3/3 $1.4595M; 547 Kinzie Island Ct 4/4.5 $1.7M.


1 new listing: 9232 Dimmick Dr $199,555.

3 price changes: 2307 Wulfert Rd now $219.9K, 2133 Starfish Ln now $399K, 1770 Dixie Beach Blvd now $689,999.

1 new sale:1312 Eagle Run Dr listed at $319K.

No closed sales. 



1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5102 1/2 $375K.

1 price change: Captiva Shores #8B 3/2.4 now $1.599M.

1 new sale: Bayside Villas #5144 1/2 listed at $385K.

2 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3210 1/1 $297K, Beach Villas #2621 2/2 $645K.


1 new listings: 11540 Laika Ln 3/3 $1.625M.

3 price changes: 11490 Dickey Ln 3/2 now $995K, 11535 Chapin Ln 4/3 now $1.359M, 11509 Chapin Ln 4/4 now $1,999.999.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 15154 Wiles Dr 4/3 $1.475M.


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, here’s hoping you have good weather too! If not, come to the islands, the bougainvillea and hibiscus are blooming everywhere. It really is a paradise here!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan (& please call me to help you with island real estate)


Sunshine, Shells, & Sales… oh, my

SusanSusan here reporting another beautiful Friday on sunny Sanibel with unusually warm summer-like weather most of the week. A cool front (or what the weathermen call a cool front) arrived last night so the weather today – and for the weekend – is expected to be breezy, a little cloudy, and only in the mid-70’s. Back to sunshine and higher 70’s by early next week. Either way, perfect for snowbirds, visitors, vacationers, and locals.


Traffic this week is better too. The 80th Sanibel Shell Fair and Show which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow at the newly-renovated Community House is expecting record crowds. But, cars are moving nicely along Periwinkle and in front of Sanibel Square thanks to the additional police aides directing traffic at the crosswalks.

Show award winners received their ribbons Wednesday night. Congratulations to friends Heather O’Keefe, Mindy Pierce, and Dianne Reich whose works all received ribbons.



Some of Heather’s shell jewelry


Heather also has been at the Show’s Author’s Table today to autograph her new book, “American Shell Craft” with vintage hand-crafted seashell jewelry made from 1930-1970. The show is open until 4 p.m. today and again tomorrow Sat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you don’t get to the Fair and want a copy of Heather’s book, it is at Sanibel shops: McIntosh Books and Three Crafty Ladies.


Yes, those are sea shells.



Thursday Realtor® Caravan

Sanibel realtors logoThe Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® weekly morning meeting was well attended yesterday followed by an east-end caravan. I was the only Realtor® who announced “three” sales, though several others were announced. A report of the Multiple Listing Service activity since last Friday follows a few news items below.

“Working Together to Make a Difference” – As Communications and Public Relations Committee Chair, I also was happy to report that our February progress report press release in our 2017 “Working Together to Make a Difference” campaign has been submitted to local publications. It is already posted on the “Santiva-Chronicle” on line.

Two Everglades Restoration Projects – Also announced was a new recently-released study by Clemson University for the Everglades Foundation. It covers the Benefit & Benefit/Cost Calculations for Two Everglades Restoration Projects.  One, called the South Reservoir is south of Lake Okeechobee and would provide storage when the lake is too full. The other, called the North Reservoir, would be storage north of Lake O to capture water before it enters the lake. A purpose of the reservoirs is to mitigate the discharge of excess water from the lake into the St Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers where it damages estuaries and negatively affects water quality.

government_affairs_rpac_logo_homeA FloridaRealtors® study funded by RPAC dollars is referenced in the study. If you are interested in what the study says about how these reservoirs could affect your property values, click on the blue link above. With several bills related to water quality on the state legislature’s docket, you can be sure that local Realtors® are staying attuned to them. Over the next few weeks, there likely will be “Calls for Action”. I will be asking you to join in them.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Real Estate “Season” Update

Now that the first two months of the year have flown by, it is a good time to see how the 2017 island real estate market is shaping up. Here is a summary of the statistics:

Available Today             Under Contract Today    Sold & Closed in 2017

No.        Average Price   No.      Average Price       No.     Average Price

Sanibel Condos          111             774,375            21             791,471                 19              821,921

Captiva Condos           30          1,198,683             3              427,667                 6               492,167

Sanibel Homes          196          1,535,822            37          1,156,577                34                941,162

Captiva Homes             33         3,063,936             9          3,420,000                 3             1,800,000

Sanibel Lots                  66            495,258              7              340,129                  7                419,617

Captiva Lots                    1             950,000            2           2,547,500                 0              N/A

Comparing current inventory to this “high season” rate of sales, there is just about a year’s worth of Sanibel inventory for homes and condos, and more than 16 months of vacant land inventory. That is a lot of inventory going into March, since sales usually slow down considerably after Easter.

On Captiva, there are 10 months of condos and almost two years of home inventory.

So, what is selling on Sanibel? Of the 19 condo sales:

  • Six are large units 2-bedrooms with den or bigger, or gulf-front, but with weekly rentals allowed – Average price = $973,200.
  • Five are 2-bedroom income-producers – Average price = $536,600.
  • Three are gulf-front residential condos – Average price = $1,246,667.
  • Two are condos with boat dockage – Average price = $569,000.
  • Two are condos at The Sanctuary golf community – Average price $602,500
  • One is a gulf-view residential condo – Price $592,000.

Of the 34 Sanibel home sales:

  • Ten are near-beach – Average price = $853,200.
  • Nine are canal-front – Average price = $1,252,111.
  • Seven are inland – Average price = $565,643.
  • Five are in golf communities (four in The Dunes, one in The Sanctuary) – Average price = $660,000.
  • One gulf-front – Price $2,400,000.
  • One bay-front – Price $1,700,000.
  • One on bayou – Price $830,000.

Of the seven Sanibel lot sales:

  • Three are on golf course (Two in The Sanctuary, one in Beachview Estates) – Average price = $263,333.
  • Two are near-beach – Average price = $395,000.
  • One is on deep-water-access canal – Price $1,050,000.
  • One on bayou – Price $307,318.

Twenty Sanibel price reductions were announced this week. March is when sellers with time constraints, should re-evaluate to ensure that their property is positioned to sell when they want. We know that it only takes one serious buyer to make a sale, but with just a few weeks of “high season” left, the pool of potential buyers will be diminishing soon.

Sanibel Designated 7th Safest City in Florida

As reported on line yesterday at “Island Reporter”, “Captiva Current”, “Sanibel-Captiva Islander”:

Sanibelcityseal logo“The City of Sanibel has been designated as the seventh safest city in Florida based upon a report “Safest Cities in Florida” released by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. There are 410 municipalities in Florida.

“Upon reading the report, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane stated, “Our community places the highest priority on the personal safety of our citizens. We consider community safety an investment not an expenditure; an investment in our daily quality of life as well as our property values.”

“The methodology utilized by the National Council for determining the designations included a review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report (U.C.R.), as well as population and other data. The study did not include any cities that failed to submit an FBI U.C.R. report, or cities with populations less than 5,000 persons.

“The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%.

“In 2016, the City of Sanibel experienced a 6% reduction, from 112 in 2015 to 105 in 2016, within the federally reportable crimes. The City of Sanibel’s 2016 UCR of 105 crimes is the lowest recorded in the last 13 years.

“In 2016 there were 43 reported burglaries, 41 reported theft, 15 reported assaults, two reported vehicle thefts and four classified as other. The year prior, the federally reportable crimes included 24 burglary, 56 thefts, 27 assaults, three vehicle thefts and two rapes.

“”Our greatest asset to maintaining a safe community is a diligent, alert population committed to working in partnership with the police. We always urge our residents and visitors to report any type of suspicious behavior or activity. We always prefer to be in the crime prevention rather than response mode,” Chief of Police William Dalton said.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity February 24-March 3, 2017



5 new listings: Seashells #11 2/2 $395K, Seashells #3 2/2 $405.4K, Donax Village #1 2/2 $539K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5 2/2.5 $749K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #2 3/3 $789K.

5 price changes: Sanibel Inn #3512 2/2 now $659K, Sunset South #2A 2/2 now $729K, Kings Crown #211 3/2 now $849.9K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 now $1.05M, Pine Cove #102 3/2 now $1.397M.

2 new sales: Mariner Pointe #842 2/2 listed at $499K, Nutmeg Village #303 2/2 listed at $774K (our listing).

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View from Nutmeg Village #303


3 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #234 2/2 $537K, Heron at The Sanctuary II #1B 3/2.5 $580K, Sundial East #L402 2/2 $735K.


9 new listings: 644 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $699K, 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/2 $749K, 999 East Gulf Dr 3/2.5 $1.099M, 4080 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $1.195M, 9019 Mockingbird Dr 4/4 $1.199M, 408 Bella Vista Way 4/4 $1.595M, 2981 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 $1.695M, 1149 Paper Fig Ct 4/3 $2.495M, 3547 West Gulf Dr 4/4 $5.25M.

15 price changes: 9436 Yucca Ct 3/2 now $619K; 545 Piedmont Rd 3/2 now $649K; 1478 Albatross Rd 3/2 now $649K; 3152 Twin Lakes Ln 3/3 now $697K; 5100 Sea Bell Rd 4/2.5 now $699K; 1052 Fish Crow Rd 3/2 now $724K; 243 Southwinds Dr 3/2.5 now $855K; 941 Pecten Ct 3/2 now $949K; 1035 Kings Crown Dr 3/2 now $1.15M; 1656 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4 now $1.199M, 732 Windlass Way 4/3.5 now $1.295M; 1525 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.949M; 2451 Blind Pass Ct 4/4.5 now $1,949,999; 6494 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 now $1.995M; 1083 Bird Ln 4/2.5 now $3.495M.

3 new sales: 4239 Gulf Pines Dr. 3/2 listed at $549K, 1683 Bunting Ln 3/3 listed at $779,555; 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 listed at $1.425M.

8 closed sales: 980 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $470K, 1851 Farm Trl 3/2 $505K, 1153 Sabal St 3/2.5 $707K, 5406 Osprey Ct 3/2 $830K, 1174 Harbour Cottage Ct 3/3 half-duplex $1M, 1089 Skiff Pl 3/2 $1.089M, 539 East Rocks Dr 5/5 $1.275M, 1314 Seaspray Ln 3/3 $2.4M.


1 new listing: 9023 Mockingbird Dr $389K.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 1550 Centre St listed at $199K (our listing), 1048 Fish Crow Rd listed at $399K.

1 closed sale: 629 Lighthouse Way $1.05M.



1 new listing: Tennis Villas #3237 2/2 $440K.

No price changes or new sales.

1 closed sale: Bayside Villas #5228 1/2 $320K.


3 new listings: 11461 Old Lodge Ln 2/2 $1.025M, 15147 Captiva Dr 6/5.5 $5.695M, 1121 Schefflera Ct 4/4.5 $5.999M.

No price changes.

2 new sales: 11514 Andy Rosse Ln 5/5 listed at $2.375M, 15843 Captiva Dr 3/3 listed at $5.5M.

1 closed sale: 11537 Laika Ln 4/3 $1.475M.


Nothing to report.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 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 sunshine too!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan


Pointe Santo View – taken from #C34

A December Week on Sanibel/Captiva

SanibelSusan here, reporting that there has been a little less real estate activity this week on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Many on the island now seem to be in the holiday-prep mode. Some snowbirds already are heading north to be with family for the holidays, and Christmas visitors have not started arriving yet. Several rental units and resorts have vacancies both this week and next.

Teammate Dave held an Open House for the better part of the day yesterday at Pointe Santo C34. There usually is good traffic at that complex both from those staying there and driving/biking by, but he had only a couple of curious tenants visit.


View from Pointe Santo #C34


Below are a few news items followed by the action posted since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

SanCapAssnLogoAt the Thursday morning Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting yesterday, members brought toys and gift cards for “Friends Who Care”. “Friends Who Care” is a non-profit started back in 1983 by island tax consultant Tom Louwers and his late wife Teresa.

For years, local Realtors® have worked with them, helping collect, wrap, and distribute gifts and toys to island children and children of island employees who need aid. Working hand-in-hand to provide gifts associated with local giving trees, this year six “Friends Who Care” Santas will make the rounds, just before Christmas, distributing the gifts.santa-toy-bag

If you also would like to give, there are giving trees in many locations including the post office, Bank of the Islands, and Bailey’s or call at 239-472-5152. Adult helpers are always appreciated for gift sorting Wednesday, December 14, at 2 p.m. in Sundial’s San-Cap Room, followed by wrapping the next day at 9 a.m. (bring scissors). Gift delivery – also known as the Santa Run – by the local Kiwanians – is the evening of December 23.

During the business part of the meeting, I was happy to report that our listing at Sunset South, announced last week as a new listing, already is under contract.

Sanibel Civic Core Project

Sanibelcityseal logoAt Tuesday’s Sanibel City Council meeting, council members unanimously agreed to move forward with putting the Civic and Cultural Core Project up for public referendum on the March 7, 2017 ballot. The project which is estimated to cost approximately $42 million is a proposed multi-faceted facility including a new Island Seniors Center (Center-4-Life) building, BIG ARTS performance hall, theater and learning center, all interconnected to the existing library, City Hall, and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village by way of meandering walkways, bicycle and pedestrian paths. The 25-acre site also would include green space and large community green for public gatherings.

Funding for the project is proposed to come from BIG ARTS ($12 million), City of Sanibel ($8M), and grants and other funding sources ($22M), in addition to the City’s contribution of 25 acres of land, long with BIG ARTS one acre. There is more info about the project at with upcoming “town hall” type meetings and additional press releases planned.

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Shell Harbor Dredging


Photo from taken from Mariner Pointe in 2000, just before an earlier dredging project.

The City began dredging the entrance channel to Shell Harbor, near the Sanibel Marina, on November 30. Work will be complete soon, but in the meantime boat traffic periodically may be stopped or slowed.

 More Boating News

The public boat ramp at the Tarpon Bay Recreation Area is closed due to limited parking during construction of the new onsite Marine Lab. The Refuge is funding the construction and providing access to Tarpon Bay in partnership with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, which will outfit the lab and collaborate with its research.

The ramp will stay closed until further notice, or likely until after the Lab construction is complete, slated for fall 2017.

Check Those Web Cams

Reports are that viewings on the various island web cams are up. Happens every year when winter weather sets in up north. If you too want to check them out, it is easiest to go to the Chamber’s website at Then pick and choose the location: Island Inn, Casa Ybel Resort, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, The Mucky Duck, or Pink Shell (on Fort Myers Beach).

For the traffic cams, go to and choose from: Causeway Span C, Periwinkle & Casa Ybel (looking east or west), Periwinkle & Tarpon Bay (looking north, south, or east).

island-cowReopening Soon

  • Sanibel Café – which has been closed since the end of September due to a kitchen fire is expected to reopen before the end of the year.
  • Island Cow – has been closed all week while the parking lot is getting pavers.

Got Shells? Give Shells!


Photo by Pam Rambo at

According to their Fall 2016 newsletter, “The Shell Museum needs shells. Not the world’s largest or rare specimens for …exhibits, but the kinds of shells anyone can find on our local beaches on any given day. Why this “shell emergency?” The daily Family Shell Art programs are so popular that the Museum is running low on raw materials, aka shells!…

“”The shells don’t have to be perfect, and they can be from any Southwest Florida beach…they do need to be clean, and they must not be what the museum calls “live collected”, in other words, …only shells that are empty when found.”

“The preferred types of shells are lightning whelks under 3” long, paper figs, tulips, rose petal telins, buttercup lucins, apple murexes, paired cockles, dosinias, coquinas, large scallops, kitten paws, turkey wings, and button snails.

“Anyone with shells to donate may bring them to the Museum…for information, call 239-395-2233.”

Shell Art at the Beach

Here are a couple of photos of some cool holiday beach art made from shells in the sand. The word on the beach is that this is the work of a visiting couple who come to the island every year now. The husband creates the displays for his wife. This year, they include: a reindeer, a penguin wearing a Santa hat, and Santa himself with a few gifts. Pretty creative!


Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity December 2-9, 2016



4 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #H2 2/2 $525K, Lighthouse Point #217 3/2/2 $569K, Lighthouse Point #211 2/2 $699K, Loggerhead Cay #181 2/2 $699K.

2 price changes: Donax Village #3 2/2 now $489K, Sanddollar #B204 2/2 now $895K.

4 new sales: Sunset South #11C 2/2 listed at $599K (our listing), Sundial East #P201 2/2 listed at $789K, Kings Crown #105 3/2 listed at $1.289M, Golden Beach #2 3/2.5 listed at $1.499M.

4 closed sales: Loggerhead Cay #452 2/2 $520K, Blind Pass #B203 3/2 $540K, Mariner Pointe #943 2/2.5 $555K, Chelsea Place #2 3/4 $3.65M.


6 new listings: 915 Main St 2/1 $449K, 1817 Atlanta Plaza 3/2 $504.9K, 1983 Roseate Ln 2/2 $539K, 3043 Poinciana Cir 4/2 $599K, 465 Lake Murex Cir 2/2.5 $659K, 539 East Rocks Dr 5/5 $1.3M.

3 price changes: 998 Greenwood Ct 3/2 half-duplex now $439K, 5105 SanibelCaptiva Rd 4/3 now $664K, 1272 Isabel Dr 4/4.5 now $3.45M.

3 new sales: 4215 Old Banyan Way 3/3 listed at $699K, 3019 Poinciana Cir 5/3.5 listed at $950K, 232 Robinwod Cir 4/3 listed at $1.195M.

2 closed sales: 677 Durion Ct 3/2 $733K, 526 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $945K.


2 new listings: 434 Lake Murex Cir $275K, 1301 Sand Castle Rd $380K.

1 price change: 1311 Par View Dr now $289K.

1 new sale: 592 Sea Oats Dr listed at $349.9K.

No closed sales.



Nothing to report.


1 new listing: 11530 Chapin Ln 3/2 $1.395M.

2 price changes: 14980 Binder Dr 4/3 now $1,377,963; 14860 Mango Ct 5/4 now $2,343,953.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: 1135 Longifolia Ct 4/4.5 $3.45M, 953 South Seas Plantation Rd 5/5.5 $5.8035M


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 16950 Captiva Dr now $2.995M.

No closed sales.

(This representation is based, in whole, or in part, on data supplied by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® or its 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 general real estate activity in the community and does not imply that SanibelSusan Realty Associates is participating or participated in these transactions.)

christmas-giftsUntil next Friday, enjoy your pre-holiday fun & please give The SanibelSusan Team a call if buying a piece of Paradise is on your Christmas list!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan