What a week – with real estate, summer weather, pickleball, spaghetti, shells, bathtubs, & more…

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Mariner Pointe #1061, with this lanai, a fantastic interior remodel, 2 community pools, tennis, boat dockage, private fishing pier, bbq areas, plus deeded gulf beach access





SanibelSusan here, reporting more terrific summer-like weather. The island was packed with people last weekend. With the long holiday weekend, the causeway islands were jammed from Saturday through Tuesday. (Local schools were out both Monday and Tuesday). Periwinkle Way was especially slow going during the Saturday/Sunday Arts & Crafts Fair, while the on-off-island traffic in early morning, midday, and late afternoon continues to be challenging. Lotsa folks are here enjoying the wonderful weather and all the islands offer.


Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors®

Yesterday, there was just an average turn-out for the islands Thursday Realtor® Caravan Meeting. It was a west-end Caravan which means properties from west of Tarpon Bay Road to Captiva. Only six properties where on the tour list, including an east-end canal-front home, so teammate Dave held our Lighthouse Way listing open at the same time hoping to attract some of the same lookers.

Ext Front

569 Lighthouse Way


Caravan rules permit properties on the other end of the island to be on the schedule, only where there are not enough properties signed up to fill the 15-unit maximum. Next week is East-End.

The details the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service are after a few news items below. Check out the huge number of price reductions. As season winds down, it’s a great time to buy!

Island Events


Pickleball courts at Sundial Beach Resort


  • Inaugural CAN AM Super Slam – today through Sunday, Feb 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., pickleball tournament for seniors at Sundial Beach Resort & sanctioned by both the USA Pickleball Association and the Super Senior International Pickleball Association (SSIPA), free & open to the public. Because it is a SSIPA tournament, all players are 60 or older and already USAPA ranked. Competition features five age categories: 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79, and 80 plus, with each event broken down by “skill” or the points the players have. Based on a bracket-type of play, every event is a double-elimination round. For more info contact pickleballcip@gmail.com or call 231-676-9681. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America!
  • spaghetti dinner38th Annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner – tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb 24, at The Community House, dinner served 4 to 8 p.m. followed by raffles, silent & live auctions, music, & fun. All to benefit island youth. Can’t beat the all-you-can-eat price – $11 at the door, kiddos 9 and under free.
  • Sanibel-Shell-Festival-3-Sanibel-Rentals-Photo-Courtesy-of-Sanibel-Shell-Festival81st Sanibel Shell Festival – next week, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, Mar 1, 2, and 3 at The Community house. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturday when it’s over at 4 p.m.
  • Octifest on The Beach – Sunday, Mar 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Causeway Island A, annual Sanibel Sea School fundraiser to purchase equipment and support outreach programs for landlocked kids. Tickets at www.octifest.org or call 239-472-8585.

New Sanibel Sea School Offering

Sanibel Sea SchoolAs announced in the “Island Sun” this week, Sanibel Sea School has added seasonal classes for 4- to 6-year olds to the organization’s schedule of field-based marine science learning opportunities. The program will be called Sea Squirts, and will be offered through mid-April. Like the nonprofit’s classes for 6- to 13-year olds, Sea Squirts Day Camps will cover a different topic each week, and activities including crabbing, rock flipping, mud walks, and more… each class will be two hours long. More info and registration at www.sanibelseaschool.org or call 239-472-8585.

Just How Important Is a Bathtub for Resale?

From “Realtor®Mag” February 2018: “It’s long been believed that every home needs at least one bathtub to attract the widest group of buyers. But with increased interest in big, well equipped, walk-in showers, does a tub really matter that much?bathtub clip art

“Bathrooms reflect trends as much as any room in a house does. Back in the 1980s and ’90s, whirlpool tubs with multiple water jets were all the rage. They fell out of favor as many homeowners found they just didn’t use them as much as they expected to. Other users were frustrated by the time deeper tubs took to fill. Some tubs even posed health concerns due to piping that was tough to keep clean.

“The basic rectangular tub returned, although it was soon eclipsed by the oversized, deluxe shower, big enough for two and with multiple controls and rainfall heads offering a personalized experience.

“So where does this leave the bathtub? Many buyers still think they need one. But is this must-have really more akin to the desire for a separate dining room, in an era where families congregate, cook, and eat in their kitchens every day?

What About Walk-Ins?

“For the aging boomer population, the walk-in tub market continues to expand with more manufacturers offering new designs to serve their needs. The big challenge for this style is to remove the stigma of being a geriatric product, says Joe Pilato, vice president of sales and marketing for Hydro Dimensions, which helped to start the walk-in tub niche back in 2000. They offer 15 different models—most with built-in seats, easy-to-open doors, and a low threshold at the bottom—along with custom designs. “Buyers should make quality a high priority since they vary greatly from company to company,” Pilato says. He estimates fully installed designs range from $6,000 to $14,000 and says those who plan to age in place should also ensure they have a wide enough doorway to enter the bathroom using a wheelchair or walker. For real estate pros showing a listing with such a tub to younger buyers, Pilato suggests marketing it as a step-in spa.

The Must-Have POV

“Home appraiser Jonathan J. Miller, president of New York–based Miller Samuel, which tracks trends in 30 housing markets throughout the country, considers at least one bathtub a must. “The tub falls into the category of another commodity in a house. Sellers who have the most commodities—or amenities—win because their houses appeal to the widest audience and you’re always trying to expand the buyer pie,” he says.

“Los Angeles interior designer Erica Islas of EMI Interior Designs agrees, and says her clients want at least one tub or a tub-shower combination. “Some even add a bathtub before selling to improve the odds of resale,” she says. Kristie Barnett, a designer who founded The Decorologist and is a professional stager in Nashville, Tenn., is even more adamant about a tub’s importance. “There absolutely has to be at least one bathtub in any condo or home. When you sell, you’re also selling a lifestyle and having no tub will hinder a sale to most buyers,” she says.

“Research backs up the anecdotal evidence. Third-party market research firm Vital Findings, based in Culver City, Calif., found in a study commissioned by Jacuzzi Luxury Bath that 38% of U.S. residents bathe weekly and half of them are men.

another clip art bath“The need for at least one tub is most common among two specific homeowner groups. The first is young families with small children, since many parents consider a traditional tub safer than a shower, says Stephanie Mallios, a sales rep with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Short Hills, N.J. The second group is luxury home owners whose houses usually have multiple bathrooms….”

Here on the islands, unless the property is a 1-bedroom condo, a tub or tub/shower combo is a must. Big showers may be the rage, but where children and grandchildren are plentiful, and the beach is part of the lifestyle, a tub is an important and desired property feature.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 16-23, 2018



1 new listing: Sundial #Q404 2/2 $975K.

3 price changes: Mariner Pointe #1061 2/2 now $555.5K (our listing), Gulfside Place #222 2/2 now $1.15M, Compass Point #192 2/2 now $1.175M.

6 new sales: Blind Pass #D101 2/2 listed at $439K, Loggerhead Cay #332 2/2 listed at $474.5K, Sand Pointe #215 2/2 listed at $719K, Loggerhead Cay #134 2/2 listed at $995K, Sanibel Seaview #C2 3/3 listed at $1.15M, High Tide #B102 2/2 listed at $1.795M.

2 closed sales: Spanish Cay #A4 2/2 $360K, Blind Pass #D105 2/2 $407K.


15 new listings: 317 East Gulf Dr 3/2 half-duplex $575K, 236 Hurricane Ln 2/3 $699K, 4439 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 $725K, 978 Black Skimmer Way 3/2 $725K, 2073 Wild Lime Dr 4/3 $779K, 678 East Rocks Dr 3/2 $829K, 950 Cabbage Palm Ct 3/2 $848K, 3320 St. Kilda Rd 4/2.5 $1.049M, 852 Lindgren Blvd 4/3 $1.195M, 3832 Coquina Dr 3/4 $1.25M, 1743 Venus Dr 4/3.5 $1.67M, 2263 Starfish Ln 5/4.5 $1.699M, 4809 Tradewinds Dr 3/3.5 $2.395M, 1083 Bird Ln 4/2/1 $3.999M, 3767 West Gulf Dr 3/4.5 $7.995M.

23 price changes: 1438 Sandpiper Cir 3/2.5 half-duplex now $399.9K, 4542 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 now $460K, 972 Fitzhugh St 3/2 now $454.9K, 5299 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2.5 now $519K, 9477 Peaceful Dr 3/2 now $527K, 4542 Bowen Bayou Rd 3/2 now $530K, 5306 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 now $539.9K, 984 Black Skimmer Way 3/2 now $575K, 1410 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $609K, 1190 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $635K, 1008 Demere Ln 2/2 now $615K, 753 Cardium St 3/2 now $655K, 585 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $699K, 1183 Kittiwake Cir 3/2 now $769.9K, 1043 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $799K, 5739 Pine Tree Dr 3/3 now $829K, 2490 Coconut Dr 3/3.5 now $848K, 5313 Punta Caloosa Ct 4/3 now $985K, 534 N Yachtsman Dr 3/2 now $1.3M, 2462 Wulfert Rd 4/4.5 now $1.75M, 2984 Wulfert Rd 3/3 now $1.8M, 6021 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 4/3/2 now $2.499M, 1561 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/4 now $2.5M.

7 new sales: 1806 Ibis Ln 3/2 listed at $679K, 1342 Junonia St 3/3 listed at $679K, 1245 Anhinga Ln 3/2 listed at $799K, 924 Beach Rd 3/2 listed at $895K, 6047 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2.5 listed at $1.295M, 1475 Angel Dr 3/4.5 listed at $1.549M, 900 Snowberry Ln 4/3 listed at $2.995M.

3 closed sales: 1743 Jewel Box Dr 3/3.5 $1.2M, 900 Snowberry Ln 4/3 $2.9M, 4641 Belle Mer 3/2.5 $3.255M.


1 new listing: 1226 Isabel Dr $1.995M.

3 price changes: 1550 Centre St now $199K, 1770 Dixie Beach Blvd now $694K, 6000 White Heron Ln now $795K.

No new or closed sales.



No new listings.

1 price change: Sunset Captiva #204 2/2 now $1.195M.

No new or closed sales.


No new listings

2 price changes: 11509 Chapin Ln 4/4 now $1,999,999; 16163 Captiva Dr 3/2 now $2.495M.

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, hope you have enjoyable weather too! & pickleball, spaghetti, shells, & bath tubs! For island real estate, give SanibelSusan a call!

Susan Andrews

Savoring Another Sunny Sanibel Day

SanibelSusan here reporting more beautiful weather on sunny Sanibel Island. The beaches, bike paths, roadways, shops and restaurants continue to be filled with happy visitors and vacationers. Families on spring break are on the island this week, with more to arrive over the weekend as other states begin their school vacations. There are a few weary business folks looking forward to Easter being early this year, but at SanibelSusan Realty, we have our second wind and look forward to more “season” action.

The beach looks great and many were out enjoying it today. On my way back to the office this afternoon I stopped to take these photos at the Fulgur Street beach access. It was a breezy 81 degrees at 1 p.m.

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Where Is the Great White Pelican Now?

Great White PelicanAs follow-up to last week’s blog, this week it was reported that The Great White Pelican spotted at “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge from Feb 28 to Mar 1 has not been seen since. It may still be there, or moved on.

Congratulations to the birders and photographers that did capture sight of what they say is the “rarest” bird ever spotted at the refuge. It was ~4000 miles away from its native range.


Sanibel – The Smartest City in Florida

Sanibelcityseal logoI almost hesitate to write that the island made it to the “top” of another list, but why not. Sanibel Land Development Code only allows so much building and the infra-structure can only support so many vehicles, so why not toot Sanibel’s horn again?

Sanibel not only tops international and national lists for best family vacations, shelling, beaches, biking, healthy living, and schools, but now it also is Florida’s smartest city – or so says an article posted on Zippia zippia_logo_headerwhich is a career oriented web site (https://www.zippia.com/advice/smartest-cities-in-florida/). According to their recent article:

“These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Florida…

  1. Sanibel
  2. Neptune Beach
  3. Gulf Breeze
  4. Key Biscayne
  5. Palm Beach
  6. Longboat Key
  7. Islamorada
  8. Cocoa Beach
  9. Parkland
  10. Maitland”

Robots Can’t Replace REALTORS®

realtor logoGood article posted on line at Realtor®Mag on Tuesday – sums my thoughts about the new wave in this real estate business.

“New technological advancements will never supply the human factor consumers need in the transaction.

“Every day, there’s a new threat to the way real estate professionals do business. There’s always a startup looking to rope in a chunk of the home-buying market by promising to undercut standard agent commission rates or even offering an online transaction platform that bypasses the need for an agent altogether….

“And there’s the advent of virtual reality in the real estate space, which has designs on offering consumers a fuller home-shopping experience with a virtual guide online.

“We’re only at the beginning of this transformative age where new technology and business models seek to reform the traditional real estate industry, hoping to gain the first mover advantage that comes with being the latest innovative brand. The rise of Redfin and even newer startups boasting other revolutionary models is an indication that the ranks of disruptors aiming to be game changers in the real estate space is only increasing.

“Despite their strong efforts, a total reboot of how real estate is done won’t happen quickly, and today’s top real estate companies won’t lose their command of market share anytime soon. But these newer “Walmart brokerages” — which grab attention with low prices and buyer kickbacks and operate with the advantage of a monstrous scale of resources — are putting change in the air and luring market share. How long can individual agents and brokers compete? Will they eventually have to throw in the towel? … New technology will only be able to make limited inroads into gaining consumer trust in managing the most important transaction of their lives.

“That’s where REALTORS® have won the game for years.

“Real estate continues to be — and will always be — a relationship-centric business. So practitioners must never underestimate the importance of the human factor in the transaction, and that’s where we need to master our skills the most. That cannot be replaced by algorithms and technology platforms, and drastic discounts on commissions aren’t enough to maintain a high quality of service. The professionals who will adapt most successfully to the changing landscape will be the ones who fulfill their role as a trusted guide and fierce guardian of their clients’ interests, not simply as a salesperson who just happens to be administering a transaction. These are some of the most crucial skills we need to master right now:

“High ethical standards: The Code of Ethics is the most powerful tool we have to differentiate ourselves from the competition today. Purchasing real estate will continue to be the most important transaction in the lives of consumers, so convincing to them to work with you requires demonstrating a strong sense of integrity and loyalty. You must fulfill a crucial role acting as both an honest professional to the public as well as a trusted guardian of your clients’ core interests. Now is an important time to live by the Code more than ever.

“Beyond fact and figures: Consumers are better informed about the real estate process than ever before because of the availability of information online. So while it’s even more necessary for you to know market statistics like the back of your hand in order to compete, you also have to focus on the skills that a computer can’t perform for a consumer: negotiating, understanding the nuances of sensitive situations, and conflict resolution. We have to be better at the relationship-building part to show our clients that a positive transaction requires some with social intuition, which cannot be replaces by technology.

“Understanding the technology that threatens us: Technology is changing the way everyone lives, and we can’t continue operating our businesses like it’s not. We must understand that the magnitude of change that we have seen in the industry is only beginning. So we need to be better prepared for it by continually updating our knowledge of new technologies and concepts, and finding the piece of the puzzle these advancements can’t perform better than a human. By understanding the methods and incentives which are driving these new challenges, we can adapt our business models to address new demands and survive in the industry of tomorrow.

“None of this is to say that a portion of us won’t lose to new technology. Part-time agents who don’t commit themselves to education and keeping their business up-to-date will likely fall to the wayside and be unable to sustain a business. Those who lack a strong work ethic or fail to focus on self-improvement will face increasing difficulties in earning a living as the traditional industry model faces an increasing barrage of threats.

Those of you who manage to survive and thrive in the real estate industry of the future will be the ones who have earned it.”

Sea School’s Octifest Celebrates 10 Years of Ocean Education

Sanibel Sea SchoolThe “Santiva Chronicle” recently posted the below article about Sanibel Sea School. That was a fast 10 years!

“Octifest on the Beach, Sanibel Sea School’s annual ocean celebration and fundraiser, will once again be held bayside on Causeway Island A on Saturday, March 19.

“This year’s celebration marks 10 years of ocean education and outreach on Sanibel by the nonprofit marine conservation foundation.

““It’s really incredible to look back at the past decade and consider how much our organization has grown,” says Dr. Bruce Neill, who opened Sanibel Sea School in 2006 with his wife, Evelyn Monroe Neill.

“What started as a tiny school offering ocean-themed day classes for kids now also offers summer camps, boat trips, adult programs, and more – and all outings are field-based, so students build meaningful connections with the marine environment while getting their feet wet, and leave feeling inspired to be better stewards of our seas.

“Sanibel Sea School has also forged strong partnerships with local organizations including the Heights Foundation, Pine Manor Improvement Association, and Gladiolus Center for Learning and Development, bringing hundreds of at-risk kids to experience the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants each year.

““We call them our landlocked kids,” says Neill, “they live just a few miles from the coast, but some have never set foot on the beach. Showing these kids a seahorse or a manatee for the first time is pure magic – it opens their minds to a whole new world.”

“It is thanks to support from the local community that Sanibel Sea School is able to provide these outreach programs, which are fully funded by donors. Octifest is the largest source of funds for the organization each year.

““We hope you will come out to enjoy the sunset, eat a delicious meal, and help us continue to do great things for our oceans and our kids,” Neill says.

“Sanibel Sea School is a marine conservation nonprofit whose mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. To learn more about Octifest or to purchase tickets, visit octifest.org or call 239-472-8585.”

Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service Activity March 4-11, 2016



3 new listings: Sundial West #G404 2/2 $559K, Sundial West $A205 2/2 $829K, Tanglewood #1A 3/2 $1.299M.

8 price changes: Sanibel Arms #F2 1/1 now $559K, Sanibel Siesta #402 2/2 now $559K, Coquina Beach #2C 2/2 now $659.9K, Heron at The Sanctuary II #2B 3/3.5 now $665K, Sanddollar #A104 2/2 now $779K, Pointe Santo #C41 2/2 now $815K, Pointe Santo #B25 2/2 now $819K, Sanibel Seaview #A1 3/3 now $1.199M.

3 new sales: Sanibel Arms West #J4 2/2 listed at $429K, Sunset South #4C 2/2 listed at $784K, West Shore #3 3/3 listed at $1.699M.

3 closed sales: Sandpiper Beach 3101 2/2 $765K (our listing), Heron at The Sanctuary II #3B 3/2.5 $825K, Island Beach Club #350D 2/2 $1.025M.


10 new listings: 1631 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex $479K, 693 Rabbit Rd 3/2 $589.9K, 5306 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 $635K, 1858 Farm Trail 3/2.5 $649K, 1478 Albatross Rd 3/2 $689K, 5279 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/2 $695K, 526 N Yachtsman Dr 2/2 $1.079M, 169 Southwinds Dr 3/2 $1.249M, 2311 Starfish Ln 4/3 $1.395M, 6192 Henderson Rd 4/4 $2.05M.

13 price changes: 848 Rabbit Rd 3/2 now $379.9K; 9292 Belding Dr 3/2.5 now $464K; 1322 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $539K; 4452 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 now $639,999; 887 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex now $675K; 5303 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 now $699K; 1258 Par View Dr 3/2 now $749K; 1429 Jamaica Dr 3/3 now $799K; 1121 Skiff Pl 3/3 now $995K; 1740 Dixie Beach Blvd 3/3.5 now $1.16M; 830 Limpet Dr 4/4.5 now $1.545M; 513 Lighthouse Way 3/3 now $2.297M; 5125 Joewood Dr 3/4 now $2.95M.

7 new sales: 3870 Coquina Dr 3/2 listed at $585K, 1216 Par View Dr 3/2 listed at $779K, 5267 Ladyfinger Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $794K, 249 Daniel Dr 2/2.5 listed at $814.9K, 1270 Bay Dr 3/2 listed at $1.35M, 6011 Clam Bayou Ln 3/3 listed at $1.395M, 1688 Hibiscus Dr 3/4 listed at $1.849M.

7 closed sales: 9455 Calla Ct 3/3 $750K, 1525 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $755K, 979 Oyster Ct 2/2 $800K, 437 Lake Murex Cir 4/3 $852.5K, 3724 Agate Ct 3/3 $922K, 1555 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/2.5 $862.5K, 1503 San Carlos Bay Dr 4/4.5 $3.4M.


2 new listings: 5847 Pine Tree Dr $379K, 6159 Starling Way $619K.

1 price change: 2626 Coconut Dr now $297K.

2 new sales: 255 Hurricane Ln listed at $339K, 3723 West Gulf Dr listed at $2.775M.

No closed sales.



1 new listing: Bayside Villas #4102 1/2 $305K.

1 price change: Gulf Beach Villas #2127 2/2 now $720K.

No new or closed sales.


No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11535 Wightman Ln 3/3 listed at $1.175M.

No closed sales.


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.)

Here’s to another weekend of great beach weather!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan