Sanibel Luminary & Island Real Estate


After what I hope was a nice Thanksgiving for everyone, it is SanibelSusan reporting that it has been a busy few days at SanibelSusan Realty. Two listings are under contract, one my sale, plus another sale, and another offer or two in the pipeline. Teammate Dave is busy with the closing action items, while our pals at Barrier Island Title likewise are busy, working on getting some of them closed by the end of the year. Last night, I posted a new listing on MLS too, so Teammate Elise is busy this morning with that one.

Very Thankful.pngWe are thankful for the nice, yet unexpected, spurt of activity!

Tonight is Sanibel Luminary, the 32nd year. For those here, below is a summary.

museum-luminary-2015Sanibel Historical Museum & Village from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a 50’s theme, will have holiday tunes performed by the Sanibel Ensemble (good practice for our upcoming concert), followed by a brass ensemble.

Flash mob inside Bailey’s General Store 5 to 5:30-ish (more of those chorus singers).

Then 5:30 to 9 p.m., lit paths marking the Luminary Trail will lead the way to merry landmarks from one end of Periwinkle Way to the other.

247There will be lots of events at shopping centers and businesses along the way; but no trolleys this year, it really will be a stroll. Mid-island, thousands of lights are sparkling at the Sanibel Community Church where there will be food, drink, live music, a petting zoo and kid’s tent, plus a presentation of “A Walk Through Bethlehem”. Next door, Santa will be at Jerry’s Center. At the East end, Sanibel Sea School and the San-Cap chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide have lots of luminary fun planned in the school parking area.

Tomorrow evening is the Captiva Luminary event, also from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane, with plenty of treats at various businesses and with several bands performing in the Village.

big arts logoAdding another event, if you are on-island, is the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Holiday Concert Tuesday evening (12/6) at Schein Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the box office. (Come to hear my first solo, it’s three words!)

Below after a couple of additional news items is the action posted this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Sanibel realtors logoThere was a big turn-out yesterday at the islands’ Thursday morning Association of Realtors® Caravan Meeting. I was happy to announce our new sales and new listings. During the following 9 a.m. to noon, Realtor® Caravan our Open House at Hight Tide was successful and Dave/Elise worked on the inventory too. Next week is West-End Caravan, followed by the monthly membership meeting and East-End Caravan on 12/15, when we will have another new listing open.

Water Improves on Sanibel

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Nice to read this article in the December issue of “The Junonia” by The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, Inc.:

“If you were on the beach during Thanksgiving week you may have noticed how clear the water was in comparison to earlier in the season…Just west of Lighthouse Beach…people were in waist deep water and bending over to pick up shells they saw on the sandbars. Many live shells and sand dollars were observed. Likewise, live animals could be seen on the beach and in the shallow waters. It was satisfying to watch people turning shells over and then returning them to the sand or water when they discovered they were alive.”

SanibelSusan’s 2-cents worth:

The clear water likely is weather and rain-related. After setting rain records early in the year (wettest January ever), it is obvious from the yellow grass along island roadways, that it is very dry here now. News reports say that since Hurricane Matthew in mid-October, which was Florida’s first hurricane in more than a decade, the rainy season essentially stopped, though it had been an unprecedented 53+” of rain in ten months. Since they, we have seen little if any precipitation in some areas of the island.

This lack of rain has allowed the Army Corps of Engineers to get the water level under control on Lake Okeechobee, which has meant fewer and lower-volume water releases coming down the Caloosahatchee.

Mother Nature has treated Southwest Florida well this year. Let’s hope the clear water stays!

2017 Sanibel Beach Parking Permits

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2017 Sanibel Beach Parking Permits may be purchased at the Sanibel Recreation Center seven days a week during operating hours (Mon through Thurs 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; Fri 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., & Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. To qualify for any Beach Parking Permit, bring a valid vehicle registration for each vehicle AND a valid government-issued identification. Permits are valid through 11/30/2017. The permit decals and fees are:

“A” Resident/Property Owner $12 – A driver’s license showing a Sanibel address or proof of Sanibel property ownership is required to purchase a resident/property owner “A” sticker. Beach Access Lots 1 through 7 on West Gulf Dr require “A” permits.

“B” Non-Resident Permit $99

“C” Restricted Permit $90 (resident & non-resident) – “C” permits are required at Gulfside City Park (Algier’s), Boat Ramp & Causeway Parking Lot (or general parking at $4/hour).

“A/C” Resident/Property Owner Permit $102

“B/C” Non-Resident Permit $198

Time to File For Florida Homestead Exemption

LeePALogoThe time to file new Florida Homestead Exemptions is coming up. It’s January 1 to March 1. Wondering what the Homestead Exemption is? From www.Leepa.org:

“Homestead Exemption is a constitutional benefit of up to a $50,000 exemption removed from the assessed value of your property. It is granted to those applicants who possess title to real property and are bona fide Florida residents living in the dwelling and making it their permanent home on January 1. Documentation that proves you were a resident at the homestead property is required.

“Rental of the homestead property (exclusive use by a tenant on a temporary, seasonal or annual basis) constitutes abandonment of the homestead – if you plan to rent, contact the Appraiser’s Office to determine your exempt status.

“Properties granted Homestead Exemption automatically receive the “Save Our Homes” benefit. This is a constitutional benefit approved by the Florida voters in 1992. It places a limitation of 3% on annual assessment increase on Homestead properties beginning with the 1995 tax year.

“For properties granted Homestead Exemption in the prior years, that assessed value will be the base value for the implementation of “Save Our Homes”. Thereafter, the assessed value will not increase more than 3% or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Exceptions to that limitation include new additions or construction that escaped taxation in the past. Another exception would occur when a homestead property sells: the assessed value returns to fair market value in the year following the sale. That fair market value assessment then becomes the base value for “Save Our Homes” purpose for the new owner/homestead applicant.

“You may file for your homestead exemption by mail, in person or on-line at www.leepa.org…”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity Nov 25-Dec 2, 2016

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Mariner Pointe #322 2/2.5 $529K, Sunset South #11C 2/2 $599K (our listing), Sundial East #L402 2/2 $749K.

2 price changes: Mariner Pointe #1412 1/1 now $385K, Sand Pointe #113 2/2 now $749K.

5 new sales: Mariner Pointe #522 2/2 listed at $449K (our listing & sale), Sandpiper Beach #504 2/2 listed at $789K, Sundial East #P401 2/2 listed at $899K (our listing), Sanibel Surfside #127 2/2 listed at $1.15M, Gulfside Place #115 2/2 listed at $1.595M (our buyer).

1 closed sale: Sundial #P205 2/2 $745K.

HOMES

3 new listings: 5308 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $625K, 9436 Yucca Ct 3/2 $649K, 1561 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/4 $2.895M.

2 price changes: 9209 Kincaid Ct 3/2 now $479K, 1842 Woodring Rd 3/3.5 now $1.95M.

7 new sales: 671 Rabbit Rd 3/2 listed at $649K, 750 Nerita St 3/2 listed at $699K, 2549 Harbour Ln 3/2 listed at $749.5K, 1559 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $799K, 1146 Buttonwood Ln 3/3 listed at $975K, 5751 Baltusrol Ct 3/4 listed at $1.05M, 1717 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 listed at $2.1M.

4 closed sales: 970 Palm St 3/2 $519K, 1076 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $575K, 588 Hideaway Ct 3/2 $670K, 3675 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $2.8M.

LOTS

2 new listings: 2998 Singing Wind Dr $199K, 978 Main St $210K.

No price changes, new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

2 closed sales: Lands End Village #1639 2/2 $1.35M, Seabreeze at South Seas #1253 3/3 $1.497M.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11505 Gore Ln 5/5 $1.895M.

3 price changes: 11537 Laika Ln 4/3 now $1.549M, 11526 4/4 duplex now $1.799M, 14860 Mango Ct 5/4 now $2.34396M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

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.)

luminary-116Until next Friday, hope your Luminary Trails are as bright as on the island!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Almost Thanksgiving 2015 on Sanibel Island


BeachIt’s Sanibel Susan, reporting that this week, the record-warm temperatures continued on Sanibel and Captiva Islands along with sunny weather. As the islands get busier, so do the bike paths and beaches with snowbirds and vacationers already enjoying pre-holiday festivities.

Weather reports say that a cool front is arriving later today (Friday) with a few occasional showers that may hang around over the weekend and Monday – possibly a few daytime temperatures down into the mid-70’s too. We are ready for that.

By Thanksgiving, it’s likely to be back into the low 80’s.

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

Red Tide

Sanibelcityseal logoIt certainly is not unusual this time of the year, after a rainy warm summer to hear about red tide blooms in Florida. But, it has been a few years since Sanibel has experienced what is occurring now. Fingers crossed that the upcoming cool front pushes it away. In the meantime here what the City posted late yesterday on www.MySanibel.com:

City Reminds Private Property Owners Proper Pickup Techniques for Removal of Debris from Sanibel’s Beaches

“At this time, the City of Sanibel is experiencing moderate levels of Red Tide impacting a small portion of the Island. We are monitoring conditions very closely. Excellent sources of additional information on Red Tide are available at:

http://www.leevcb.com/sites/leevcb.com/files/red_tide_rack_card_generic_web.pdf

http://www.leevcb.com/content/water-quality-issues

http://coolgate.mote.org/beachconditions/

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Beach%20Hazards%20Statement

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/

“Currently, Sanibel Public Works Department is picking up dead fish along the public beaches as conditions warrant. Property owners and managers authorized to remove dead fish from the beach along their respective properties. Anyone removing fish from the beach should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only dead fish may be removed from the beach. This ensures that beach habitat for Sanibel’s wildlife is protected during the cleanup process.
  • Dead fish may only be removed by hand, using hand tools such as pitch forks or grabbers. The use of shovels and mechanical equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • All fish should be double bagged and placed in an onsite dumpster for disposal.
  • At this time, NO large sea life has been impacted. If you have large fish, marine mammals or sea turtles that are too large to handle, please contact the City of Sanibel Police Dispatch at (239) 472-3111.
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted on the beach and only those vehicles authorized by the City Manager may be used in cleanup activities.

For further information regarding this matter, please contact the City of Sanibel Natural Resources Department at (239) 472-3700.”

SanibelSusan Realty Happenings

Sanibelsusan LogoAgain this week, several of our listings had showings. On Sunday, I opened two homes for showings. A condo listing sold this week, we received a new canal-front home listing which had its first showing yesterday, and I met with some other owners also thinking of selling in 2016.

Teammate Dave has been attending inspections, holding open houses, and following up on sales that are in process, while Elise continues to follow-up on our listing activity and marketing material. Lisa will be manning the fort tomorrow updating our inventory documents as she does each week. All of us are off on Thanksgiving Day (we are only closed two days a year – Christmas will be next). The team also will have next Friday off, while I will be showing property, then in the office sending you next Friday’s real estate update.

I had lunch today at Sundial Resort. They have a new menu, with a Caesar salad big enough to share if you are looking for a meal with a view. The new Japanese restaurant there is not open yet and it was pretty quiet for a Friday afternoon, but plenty of check-ins are expected tomorrow. Here’s hoping they are all buyers!

(Picture below taken today from the dining deck at the Sundial Beach Resort.)

Sundial deck view 11-20-15

 

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors November Membership Meeting

The Sanctuary club aerialYesterday, was the monthly breakfast meeting of the islands’ Association of Realtors®. Held at The Sanctuary, we were treated to a terrific meal followed by a presentation by Ken Kouril, the Golf Club General Manager. His pitch centered on the upcoming 2016 Capital Project planned at The Sanctuary which will provide more outside dining, redecorating and refreshing the Clubhouse, and constructing a state-of-the-art Fitness Facility. Here are a few more details from his handout:

Redecorate/Refresh the Clubhouse – Redecorating by Peacock & Lewis, a highly recognized and awarded architectural and decorating firm, will focus on such key components as the color palette, repainting, new carpets and drapes, reupholstering and replacing furniture, new lighting fixtures, improved acoustics in the main dining room, an audio-visual system, and modernization of the bathrooms.

Outside Dining – The porch adjoining the Grill Room will be transformed into a pleasant dining venue for Members. The project will involve a minor renovation to eliminate visual obstructions (the lower wall) to improve the view, and a complete makeover (e.g. floor, ceiling, lighting, furniture, fans, etc.) of the space to create a comfortable and attractive setting in harmony with the Grill Room.

Fitness & Wellness Center – A 5,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Facility will be constructed comprised of a 1,800 sq. ft. equipment room housing cardio and strength training equipment, a dedicated stretching room, a 900 sq. ft. group exercise room for Pilates, yoga, and similar activities, comfortable and well-appointed rooms for massage therapy, and restrooms. There will be a new outside pool (75’ long x 25’ wide) for recreation and lap swimming with both deep and shallow water. Aerobics classes also will be an addition to the existing wellness programs currently offered.”

So as not to interfere with the upcoming winter activities at the club, the demolition of the current Fitness Center and construction of the new one will not begin until May 1, 2016 (expected to take a year to complete), while the Clubhouse work will begin May 15, 2016 and be completed by mid-October. (The Clubhouse will be available during construction. Tennis will continue through construction, however, the Fitness Center will not be available during this time.) More info at www.sanctuarygc.net

If you would like to enjoy these upcoming improvements at The Sanctuary, our listing at 5743 Baltusrol Court overlooking the 9th fairway to lake is available. This unique custom villa home has a spectacular grand foyer, stunning great room opening to expansive outdoor living spaces with pool and spa plus pool bath. Inside, the split floor-plan has 3 bedroom suites with separate office/den, utility room, gourmet kitchen, and powder room. An oversized 2-car garage (really 2-1/2-car) completes the picture. The adjoining lot also is available. Please contact me for more details – or click on the tab above.

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Upcoming Island Events

With holiday celebrations beginning, here is the big event of the weekend:

pilgrims-and-indians-and-turkeySun – Nov 22 – Annual Sanibel Thanksgiving Celebration – at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way at 6:45 p.m. This is a non-denominational celebration of Thanksgiving in music, words, and song. Admission is free. Local community leaders and representatives from island churches take part. Singers include The BIG ARTS Community Chorus (SanibelSusan in the alto section). Cookies and apple cider follow the celebration. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation for FISH of Sanibel-Captiva.

For those that follow our community chorus, here are a few other upcoming performances:

children-singing2Sat – Nov 28 – During the 25th Sanibel Masters Art Festival (which is both Fri & Sat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on the grounds of The Community House, the Sanibel Chorus will perform a preview of their holiday concert twice on Sat morning, once at 10 a.m. and again about 11:30 following a short break.

Sat – Nov 28 – South Seas Tree Lighting is 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the entrance to South Seas. Free and open to the public, this kicks off South Seas holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony featuring the BIG ARTS Community Chorus, cookie and ornament decorating, and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. www.southseas.com

historical village logoFri – Dec 4 – 31st Annual Sanibel Luminary Festival – from 3 to 5 p.m. before the Luminary Trail begins, The Sanibel Historical Village will celebrate Christmas will a free public event. The theme is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The event will highlight what it was like on Sanibel during Christmas 1945. The Sanibel Community Chorus Ensemble will perform and each village building will incorporate patriotic pieces of the time in celebration of the theme, with live interactive events.

BaileysAlso on Sanibel Luminary eve, at approximately 6 p.m. there will be a surprise flash mob inside Bailey’s Store, followed by the singing of carols outside. (Hope I didn’t spoil the surprise.)

Sanibel Luminary Trail is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, while Captiva’s Luminary is the next night, Sat Dec 5.

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity November 13-20

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CONDOS

3 new listings: Sand Pointe #217 2/2 $789,999; Kings Crown #315 2/2 $899K; Gulfside Place #317 2/2 $1.495M.

2 price changes: Casa Blanca #6 1/1 now $250K, Snug Harbor #113 2/2 now $985K.

Sundial B206 Ext Back4 new sales: Seashells #28 2/2 listed at $365K, Sanibel Arms West #M8 2/2 listed at $519K, Sanibel Arms West #B1 2/2 listed at $525K, Sundial West #B206 2/2 listed at $579K (our listing).

2 closed sales: Lighthouse Point #221 3/2 $569.9K, Somerset #B201 3/2.5 $1.85M.

HOMES

From Street 38 new listings: 1429 Sandpiper Cir 3/3 half-duplex $429.9K, 9475 Beverly Ln 3/2 $534.5K, 1258 Par View Dr 3/2 $799K, 4215 Old Banyan Way 3/3 $825K, 918 Lindgren Blvd 3/3 $1.495M (our listing), 1688 Hibiscus Dr 3/3 $1.895M, 4190 Dingman Dr 4/3.5 $2.995M, 1196 Bay Dr 4/4.5 $3.195M, 2405 Blue Crab Ct 4/4.5 $3.295M.

1 price change: 1004 Fish Crow Rd 4/3 now $874.9K.

4 new sales: 2065 Wild Lime Dr 3/2.5 listed at $579K, 9445 Beverly Ln 3/2 listed at $699K, 236 Palm Lake Dr 3/2 listed at $879K, 5436 Shearwater Dr 3/3 listed at $989K.

3 closed sales: 426 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $645K, 1490 Middle Gulf Dr 3/4.5 $1.583M, 2963 Wulfert Rd 4/6.5 $2.5M.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Sabal Sands Rd, lot 8 $195K.

Captiva

CONDOS

4 new listings: Bayside Villas #5208 1/2 $287K, Marina Villas #807 2/2 $670K, Gulf Beach Villas #2127 2/2 $750K, Beach Homes #20 3/3 $2.595M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 14981 Binder Dr 3/3 $1.095M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

LOTS

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.)

Thanksgiving wordsUntil next Friday, Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan