When It Rains on The Islands, Just Wait a Few Minutes


It has been another week of typical July weather on Sanibel and Captiva Islands – bright blue skies with big white puffy popcorn clouds often rolling in, bringing along a quick shower and resulting in some terrific sunsets. I took a quick detour on my way back to the office about 1 p.m. this afternoon trying to capture a photo of those clouds. My quick trip up Bailey Road was not fast enough, so I tried Dixie Beach Blvd. You can see from the photos below that it was already raining off island with waves forming on San Carlos Bay and Pine Island Sound. Now the rains have stopped, with both islands first getting a good dousing.

From the lot at the end of Dixie Beach looking toward Woodring Rd

Already raining across Pine Island Sound.

A few little white caps on San Carlos Bay

New real estate action was down a little this week following the departure of holiday visitors, but overall, closed sales are doing well. Below is a summary comparison of island sales (from January through today) over the last three years. Current inventory also is shown.

For those who can work from home or want to spend more time here, there is plenty of inventory and lenders are offering some of the best programs in decades. Prudent buyers also will note that prices again are creeping up.

Residential Property – Condos, Homes, & Lots
Sanibel Captiva Total Both Islands
Sold/Closed from 1/1 to 7/17 # Avg Price # Avg Price # Avg Price
2020 214 879,346 32 2,024,593 246 1,028,321
2019 227 841,871 22 1,856,533 249 931,522
2018 272 1,011,547 29 1,430,385 301 1,051,900
For Sale Now 316 1,156,219 86 2,610,933 401 1,469,652

Looking more carefully at sales to-date this year, here are answers to some questions often posed to Realtors®. (My answers are based on the island Multiple Listing Service.)

What is the cost of a 2-bedroom condo on the gulf? On Sanibel, today there are 55 for sale, average asking price $815,576. On Captiva, seven are for sale, average asking price $1,285,214.

What if I need 3 bedrooms? Expect to pay a lot more. On Sanibel, 16 are for sale, average asking price $1,634,125. On Captiva, six are for sale, average asking price $2,456,500.

How much do properties sell off their asking price? Looking at those same property types and sales this year, 33 Sanibel 2-bedroom gulf condos sold in prices ranging from $508,000 to $1,200,000 (a huge spread). Average sale price compared to average list price = 94%. On Captiva, there were just four gulf-side 2-bedroom condo sales. Prices ranged from $674,500 to $1,480,000. There, average sale price compared to list price is 96%.

What is the cost of a single-family 3-bedroom home with pool near-the-beach? That is the most popular island property. On Sanibel, 14 are for sale, average asking price $855,278. Year-to-date, 13 have sold at prices ranging from $447,000 to $1,167,500. Average sale price $875,657 is 94% of the average asking price. On Captiva, four are available, average asking price $1,818,500. Year-to-date, just two have sold. Average sale price of $1,862,500 is 94% of average list price.

Below are a few news items followed by the activity this week in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service. You will notice that there was just one new Sanibel condo sale, while there were eight home sales. Closings were similarly split this week with no Sanibel condo closings, but 11 Sanibel homes closed. Usually condo buyers are here now… hopefully they are coming soon!

City of Sanibel

On Tuesday, Sanibel City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting. One item discussed was the City budget and the expected 2020 millage rate.

As reported in today’s “Island Sun”:  “Despite COVID-19, island property values are projected to have risen this year, although by less than one percent, and the City is projected to have the lowest tax rate since 2007.”

There was no change in the Mayor’s State of Emergency Proclamation Due to COVID-19, other than extending it until July 21.

Great News from Turtle Patrol

Posted Wed on SCCF’s (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) FaceBook page:

“Captiva has broken its record for the most loggerhead sea turtle nests ever documented! With 231 nests, the island is well ahead of last year’s record of 193 loggerhead nests.

“On Sanibel, we are up to 585 loggerhead nests with a couple weeks of nesting still to go. The previous record on Sanibel was set in 2017 for loggerheads, with 649 nests.

“We are now tracking three loggerheads that nested on our beaches this summer. Last week, our team tagged a loggerhead named Periwinkle…. Pepper, Junonia, and Periwinkle received satellite transmitters this nesting season to learn more about the inter-nesting movements, migratory pathways, and foraging grounds of loggerheads nesting on our beaches. Click here to track these turtles! https://www.trackturtles.com/

Why We Love It Here

Here are a few reminders of why so many love Sanibel and Captiva:

Tops in Nation – Widely recognized & consistently ranged as one of the country’s top destinations for beach combing, shelling, kayaking, bird watching, and biking. Family Fun magazine has rated Sanibel a top overall family attraction.

Popular Winter Destination – The American Society of Travel Agents has ranked the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva in their top ten most popular winter destinations. The Weather Channel also has ranked the islands in its top five winter escapes, along with Key West, Kahului (in Maui), Honolulu, and Miami.

Sanibel Shell Festival – Beaches are ranked some of the best in the world for shelling. More varieties can be found here than anywhere else in North America. Shelling posture is so common, that it has a name – The Sanibel Stoop. It also is no wonder that the Sanibel Shell Festival will celebrate its 84th year in 2021. Among the rare shells collected here are the brown speckled junonia, sculpted lion’s paw, coveted golden olive, golden tulip, and Scotch bonnet. Live shelling is banned, but shell seekers are encouraged to pick up abandoned treasures that wash up on shore.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – Occupying more than half of Sanibel, the national wildlife refuge was named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, who also was the first environmentalist to hold a presidential cabinet post (Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration).

Boating – There are plenty of opportunities on the islands and surrounding waterways for water enthusiasts, from easy kayaking to serious tarpon fishing. Boat straight across the state from Fort Myers/Sanibel to Palm Beach via the Caloosahatchee River and Okeechobee Waterway, both part of the intra-coastal waterway.

Creativity Abounds Here – From authors to artists to musicians & more – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of America’s famous aviator, wrote her best-selling book, “A Gift from the Sea,” without identifying it as Captiva Island.

Gladiolus Capital – Some of Lee County’s original settlers were flower growers from the Benelux region of Europe. At one time their horticultural efforts made nearby Fort Myers the “Gladiolus Capital of the World.”

Update on The Wildlife Refuge

From the July 16, 2020, “’Ding’ on The Wing”, News from the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society:

Tarpon Bay Explorers has restructured its Sealife and Nature Cruises schedule. Currently, the tours depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 11, 1:30, and 6. Keep current on developments via our COVID-19 web page.  In the meantime, we urge you to #StayHome as much as possible, get out in nature when you can, and maintain social distance and mask guidelines when you must go out.”

At the Refuge store, their special edition Sanibel Shells masks are in stock and more Roseate Spoonbill masks are expected to arrive soon. Easy to order at ShopDingDarling.com.

Realtor.com’s Website Has ‘Record-Level’ Buyer Interest

Posted July 10 on FloridaRealtors® on line:

“The site created a Housing Market Recovery Index just a few weeks ago to gauge the market’s return to “normal,” and real estate is already close to pre-pandemic levels.

“Realtor.com says its monthly website traffic hit an all-time high of 86 million unique users in June 2020, breaking May’s record of 85 million unique users. It also broke its daily record on June 25 when 7 million unique users visited the site.

“Realtor.com created a new Housing Market Recovery Index in early June to gauge how fast the pandemic-slowed real estate market returned to “normal.” The index considers a score of 100 to represent the real estate market on Feb. 1, 2020 – before the pandemic hit – and any current metro score below 100 represents its relative weakness compared to the pre-pandemic market.

“In many metro areas, however, the index has returned to something close to normal; in some areas, it’s even improved.

“In the four Florida metro areas realtor.com includes in its Index, one has already passed the Feb. 1 baseline – Jacksonville with an index of 100.4 – and the other three are only slightly below for the week ending July 4.

Nationwide, the index number reached 97.8, which is the largest weekly increase since the index was introduced. The week’s 2.1-point increase week-to-week brings the index just 2.2 points below the pre-COVID baseline. However, supply remains the biggest factor that will slow a recovery, realtor.com analysts say. Total listings on realtor.com are down 31% year-to-year.

“All-time low mortgage rates and easing job losses have boosted buyer confidence back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com. “With supply at record lows, the backlog of demand portends increased competition and a seller’s market in the weeks ahead. While buyers are back, growth in home sales this summer will be constrained by the slow return of sellers and the limited amount of homes hitting the market.

“Nationwide, listings spent three days less on the market year-to-year the week of July 4. Asking prices on realtor.com were up 6.2%, and the number of new listings were down 4%. Out of the 50 metros included in the Index, the Boston area ranked first with a score of 119.9; the Milwaukee metro area ranked last with a score of 85.8.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity July 10-17, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

5 new listings: Spanish Cay #F4 2/2 listed at $399,999; Kimball Lodge #263 1/1.5 $525K; Loggerhead Cay #542 2/2 $699K; Sundial #T201 2/2 $830K; Surfside 12 #A4 3/2 $849K.

4 price changes: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 now $419K, Sundial #C301 1/1 now $460K, Mariner Pointe #421 2/2 now $589K, Kings Crown #306 2/2 now $838K.

1 new sale: Sanibel Surfside #126 2/2 listed at $799K.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 1304 Par View Dr 3/3 $775K.

1 price change: 1720 Dixie Beach Blvd 3/3 now $995K.

8 new sales: 9426 Beverly Ln 3/2 listed at $575K, 1827 Middle Gulf Dr 2/2 listed at $589K; 6033 Dinkins Lake Rd 3/3.5 listed at $698.5K; 1515 Angel Dr 3/2 listed at $849,948; 1358 Sand Castle Rd 4/3.5 listed at $995K; 1010 Kings Crown Dr 3/3 listed at $997K; 3706 West Gulf Dr 4/3 listed at $1.325M; 3615 West Gulf Dr 3/2 listed at $2.995M.

11 closed sales: 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 $514K, 3947 Coquina Dr 2/2 $550K, 990/992 Greenwood Ct N 3/2.5 duplex $640K, 9418 Moonlight Dr 3/2 $655K, 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 $680K, 1285 Par View Dr 4/2.5 $700K, 1220 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $775K, 676 Emeril Ct 3/2 $830K, 847 Lindgren Blvd 3/2 $850K, 1230 Bay Dr 3/2 $1.45M, 2460 Harbour Ln 3/3 $1.75M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 0 Island Inn Rd now $599,555.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

2 price changes: Bayside Villas #5234 1/2 now $399K, Beach Homes #30 4/4.5 now $3.65M.

2 new sales: Tennis Villas #3114 1/1 listed at $329K, Beach Homes #21 3/3 listed at $3,000,050.

No closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11520 Wightman Ln 3/2 $2.589M.

1 price change: 16500 Captiva Dr 6/6/2 now $6.389M.

1 new sale: 11547 Laika Ln 4/4 listed at $1.995M.

2 closed sales: 11520 Wightman Ln 3/2 $2.5M, 16221-16217 Captiva Dr 5/5.5 $3.6M.

LOTS

No new listings, 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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Until next week, Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

The Last June Friday & It’s HOT!


Lighthouse this week 06-26-2020

It’s time for another Friday update about Sanibel & Captiva real estate. Island weather has been mostly hot and sunny this week. A good time for our photographer to capture blue skies – always a plus in listing photos.

another beach 06-26-2020Our listings are getting more inquiries and showings. We are handling showings cautiously, wearing masks whenever social distancing is not possible, and requesting that prospective buyers do the same.

Obviously, this is not the case everywhere as the number of COVID cases in Florida is increasing, including in Lee County. This week, again during my (at least) two daily passes up and down Periwinkle Way, it has been disheartening to see crowds and lines of patrons at restaurants along the way. Only once did I see a family wearing masks. Grrr! (Yes, they were outside, but they were squeezed together, young and old alike.)

Sanibelcityseal logoNo wonder Sanibel City Council has called another special meeting. It will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. which is when the current city Emergency Declaration expires. (I will be at the meeting.) You can listen to the audio through a link on mySanibel.com (click agendas & meetings and follow the link).

Though both the Sanibel July 4th parade and fireworks are cancelled, the number of holiday visitors arriving tomorrow and next week will increase. We hope they respect the situation and those around them.

The Luxury Housing Market Is Back & Vacation Destinations Are Hot

realtor.comThe below article by Clare Trapasso was posted yesterday (Jun 25, 2020) on Realtor.com. Though not mentioning Sanibel and Captiva specifically, much of what she writes applies here. Though there were several weeks on Sanibel/Captiva with little to no sales (late March and April), island popularity has grown. As we follow our listing hits on Realtor.com, the MLS systems, and other real estate sites, the numbers have increased dramatically over the last few weeks. It is more than just folks being stranded at home and having more time to search the internet. Sales are occurring. Read about that after the Realtor.com article below:

“The middle of a pandemic-induced recession, with millions of people out of work and the future uncertain, does not seem like the best time to drop big bucks on a home. That is, unless you’re a wealthy city dweller and that home is a luxury property with an in-ground pool and plenty of acreage, far from the potentially infected urban hordes.

“Interest and prices in the luxury housing market rose sharply in May, according to a recent realtor.com® report. (Realtor.com defines luxury as the top 5% of the most expensive homes in a given market.) And demand in that sector has shifted from sleek, urban high-rises to popular vacation destinations where buyers can score larger, more private residences in less populated areas.

“”COVID-19 and the recession have not affected everyone equally,” says Javier Vivas, realtor.com’s director of economic research. “We’re coming off a great economic boom … and home buyers in the luxury tier have accumulated wealth for these types of purchases. This is not atypical, as high net worth individuals are traditionally less affected by recessionary blips, and some see it as an opportunity to invest or offload cash into real estate.”

“This increase in demand for high-end homes is driving prices up. The entry point for luxury homes rose to a median $2.97 million in May. That’s up 0.5% from April and 6.1% from the previous May, when no one had even heard of COVID-19.

“In addition, views of luxury home listings on realtor.com shot up 7.3% year over year in May. That was a departure from April, when views of such listings plummeted 9.5% compared with the previous year.

“In the New York City region, an early U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, members of the richest 1% focus their home searches on the Hamptons, a string of exclusive beach communities on the eastern end of Long Island; in upscale parts of New Jersey; and the New York City suburbs. (Prices for luxury properties in the city itself remained steady though, a slight improvement over the mild declines they were seeing before the pandemic.)

Views per property on luxury listings rose 72% annually in the Hamptons in May. They also shot up 40% in Union County, NJ; 30% in Bergen County, NJ; and 28% in Somerset County, NJ. Before the pandemic, listing views were up only 10% to 21% in these areas.

“”COVID-19 hit these regions hard and early compared to the rest of the country, prompting potential buyers to reassess their needs and priorities,” says Vivas.

“”With the lockdowns and lingering health concerns, buyers of all ages are placing more value on extra space and privacy, with more opting for safer and larger spaces at the expense of [the] urban living lifestyle,” he adds. “That’s made the suburbs and exurbs more attractive, particularly for households who can afford the price tag and those who can work virtually.”

“Other popular destinations were the desert getaway of Palm Springs, CA and Greenwich, CT, a wealthy enclave just outside of New York City. Luxury listing views rose 28% and 24% in those locations, respectively.

“However, not all high-end markets fared as well. Interest has waned in Honolulu, Key West, FL; Pebble Beach, CA; and Colorado ski towns in Eagle and Summit counties.

“There was also still a shortage of luxury listings. The number of $1 million-plus homes on the market dropped 15.6% year over year in May. These homes also took a bit longer to sell—a median 89 days on the market in May compared with 71 days a year earlier.

“Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at the College of Mount Saint VIncent. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com.”

At SanibelSusan Realty

2017-09-12 OfficeIn the office, our listings got good action this week. We had several inquiries and showings (including with our new listings). We also got another new condo listing and have a new home listing that begins tomorrow, plus we received a price reduction on a lot listing. I was out showing homes this afternoon and will be showing condos on Monday.

The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is below.

On Sanibel, there were another seven home sales and two condo sales. Homes sales continue to prevail, but the summer months often are when more condo buyers are here, particularly those looking for a weekly rental. We have some listings that are priced well and should move. The low interest rates will help.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity June 19-26, 2020

realtor-mlsSanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Blind Pass #E101 2/2 $499K (our listing).

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Blind Pass clubhouse, pool, tennis…

4 price changes: Colonnades #C3 1/1 now $259K, Sanibel Moorings #1512 2/2 now $534K, Sanibel Arms West #M2 2/2 now $546K, Pine Cove #202 3/2 now $1.395M.

2 new sales: Heron at The Sanctuary #3B 3/2.5 listed at $799K, Island Beach Club #340E 2/2 listed at $1.149M.

2 closed sales: Sand Pointe #131 2/2 $709K, Tantara #203 3/2 $1.095M.

HOMES

3 new listings: 799 Casa Ybel Rd 5/3 duplex $585K, 1114 Sabal St 2/2 $795K, 3850 Coquina Dr 3/3 $1.048M.

12 price changes: 1684 Bunting Ln 2/2 now $459.9K, 9465 Calla Ct 3/2 now $499K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $549K, 1567 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $595K, 1031 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $695K, 934 Cormorant Cir 3/2 now $729K, 9128 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 now $739K, 5304 Umbrella Pool Rd 3/3 now $770K, 5659 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 now $790K, 734 Anchor Dr 3/2 now $889K, 6176 Henderson Rd 3/2 now $998K, 1081 Captains Walk St 4/2.5 now $1.04M.

7 new sales: 3947 Coquina Dr 2/2 listed at $569K, 1593 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $589K, 701 Nerita St 3/2 listed at $698K, 1220 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 listed at $795K, 5056 Joewood Dr 3/2 listed at $824.5K, 660 Durion Ct 3/2 listed at $849K, 5615 Baltusrol Ct 4/6/3 listed at $2,999,999.

2 closed sales: 2065 Wild Lime Dr 3/2.5 $582,950; 1828 Farm Trl 3/2 $675K.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 1894 Farm Trl now $199K (our listing).

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1894 Farm Trail lot

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings.

2 price changes: Tennis Villas #3120 1/1 now $308K, Lands End Village #1667 2/2 now $1.098M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: Beach Villas #2414 2/2 $674.5K.

HOMES & LOTS

No new listings, 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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Island Sun 6-26-2020

Enjoy your weekend! Stay safe & well!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Sanibel’s Social Distancing Continues… Carefully… Safely


It is another happy Friday at SanibelSusan Realty. Happier than last week because the sun is shining, the humidity is down, more showers have vegetation greening up, and best-of-all, a phased reopening of the island is underway. Periwinkle Way even had more vehicles this morning. Hooray!

Gulf waters are beautiful too and the local wildlife seem to be enjoying less human interaction. On the east-end, I have noticed more bunnies, while snowy plover hatchings in the area of Olde Sanibel, also are ahead of schedule. A large area of nests is roped off with itty bitty babies already running around.

Trasi from Over Easy Café recently posted a cool Facebook photo of a large bobcat crossing West Gulf Drive while Bridgit from The Pecking Order is forever capturing amazing animal close-ups during her dog-walking adventures. As mentioned last week, island sea turtle nests also are ahead of schedule with 13 nests now documented, including two rare leatherback nests (one on each island).

Sanibel City Proclamation Re: Covid-19

I listened live to both the Monday and Wednesday City Council meetings. Wednesday’s was a long one from 4 to 9 p.m. including almost two hours of public comments. The City’s earlier “State of Local Emergency” order was expiring. It closed public beach parking areas and most businesses (other than those deemed essential) and stopped occupancy by incoming vacation rental and hotel guests.

The Wednesday meeting resulted in the following proclamation changes.

  • City-owned beach parking areas will remain closed until May 15.
  • Restrictions on residential accommodations/lodging remains in effect until May 15.
  • The Governor’s Executive Order for Phase 1 for Re-Opening Florida was adopted.

To clarify reopening of restaurants and outdoor seating, today the City issued guidance and is temporarily permitting Sanibel restaurants and food establishments up to 1,800 sq. ft. for outdoor dining, with social distancing and other required criteria. Go to www.MySanibel.com for all the details.

City Council has a regularly-scheduled meeting coming up on Tuesday at 9 a.m.  Their agenda and link to the audio also are posted on the City website. Listen in, if you have time. Our councilors and City staff really are working many extra hours for all of us.

In other Covid-19 news, this afternoon, Mayor Ruane posted the following message on his Facebook page: “Today Lee County Commission in coordination with the state of Florida announced the new Covid 19 testing site at the Twins Stadium starting on Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm drive thru testing, no prescription is requested and free to all people. Another location will also be at the Walmart in Lehigh through private labs with a cost to the patient. Lee County is looking out for our residents!”

Real Estate Happenings

I have been in the office most afternoons with teammate Elise and I crossed paths today for the first time in six weeks. Where have the weeks gone?

The details of all the action posted this week in the Sanibel and Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a couple of news items below. The good news is, there were five new island sales, four on Sanibel and one on Captiva.

Since some island listings expired the end of April and a few others were withdrawn, below are inventory summaries with sales to-date as of today, May 1.

  Condos Homes Lots
  # Price $* # Price $* # Price $*
Sanibel
For sale 115 775,591 164 1,400,585 70 794,631
Under contract 12 821,416 17 980,058 0 N/A
Sold/closed thru 5/1/2020 59 731,060 81 1,113,106 4 849,666
Sold/closed in 2019 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200
Sold/closed in 2018 155 720,617 218 1,112,748 21 602,095
Captiva
For sale 44 1,067,769 42 3,231,880 3 3,563,000
Under contract 1 1,795,000 2 2,847,500 0 N/A
Sold/closed thru 5/1/2020 9 803,111 7 3,331,142 2 1,925,000
Sold/closed in 2019 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000
Sold closed in 2018 27 797,532 25 2,127,352 0 N/A

Note: “For sale” & “Under contract” prices are asking prices.

Though the last few weeks saw few sales, I remain optimistic. The islands will bounce back, better than ever. Many stranded in less desirable locations, certainly will view it as more of an island paradise. If one must be stranded at home, it really is a wonderful place to be.

Social-Distancing Together in April 2020

If you are on social media where I advertise to attract those followers, you may have noticed my Facebook postings about a cookbook called “Social-Distancing Together in April 2020”. With recipes from SanibelSusan and Facebook friends, everyone that contributes recipe(s) gets a freebie cookbook which I hope will be a positive remembrance of the last month.

If you want to be included, please become a Facebook friend (I have both personal and business pages) and email me your recipe(s) this weekend, as it will go to the printer soon. It already has nearly 250 recipes!

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 24-May 1, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

1 new listing: Sundial #B406 2/2 $799K.

3 price changes: Sundial #F205 1/1 now $419K, White Caps #8 1/1 now $799K, Pointe Santo #A1 2/2 now $925K.

2 new sales: Loggerhead Cay #461 2/2 listed at $539K, Sand Pointe #111 2/2 listed at $679K.

3 closed sale: Casa Blanca #5 2/1 $425K, Sand Pointe #132 2/2 $690K, Tigua Cay #485 3/3.5 $1.95M.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 401 Lagoon Dr 4/4 now $899K.

2 new sales: 836 Donax St 3/2 listed at $549K, 1345 Eagle Run Dr listed at $1.049M.

7 closed sales: 1856 Ardsley Way 3/2 $470K, 1573 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $503K; 500 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $680K; 261 Ferry Landing 2/2 half-duplex $900K; 457 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $900,050; 4739 Ruelle 4/3 $985K; 500 Sawgrass Pl 8/8/3 $2M.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: Tennis Villas #3220 1/1 $309K.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 11542 Wightman Ln 5/5 listed at $3.2M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings, 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.

Below is our ad from today’s “Island Sun”.

Enjoy your weekend! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

It’s The Little Things… Staying Positive on Sanibel Island


It’s lonely in the office again this afternoon. Yesterday, teammate Dave stopped by the back door briefly when he was on the island doing a couple of real estate errands. First time I’d seen him in almost a month and hardly recognized the scruffy bearded guy. (Smart boy didn’t mention my ugly hair.)

Real estate is considered an essential business, so I’m in the office a few hours here and there, though our office remains physically closed. Mostly, the team is working at home as we can, using social distancing.

Yesterday also brought my first home delivery grocery order from Bailey’s. It was like a kid at Christmas, amazing what becomes exciting when we are stuck at home.

I’ve even enjoyed admiring the gardenia bush by my front door which I’m sure has bloomed year-after-year, but this time of the year, life usually is too busy to notice. So, as inconvenient as this is, it’s been wonderful to “stop and smell the gardenias.”

Also, yesterday, a friend dropped a homemade gift in my mailbox. See photo – how special is this? The sweet message that accompanied the gift: “And then the whole world walked inside. Shut their doors & said “We will stop it all – EVERYTHING – to protect our weaker ones, our sicker ones, our older ones.” And nothing – NOTHING – in the history of mankind ever felt more like LOVE than this.”

So, as we all work our way through a special, but unusual week of Passover, Easter, and spring – I hope you all are safe, well, and part of the crowd that individually is flattening the curve.

As far as number of virus cases here – as of 10 a.m. today, April 10, the Florida Department of Health reports that Sanibel has 6 and Captiva 1.

Who knows what one can really believe from the news these days, but it seems to be a consensus that the peak here will be in about two weeks. Local schools remain closed until May 1 and last night the news included information on how a virtual graduation will happen at Florida Gulf Coast University on May 3.

Through the week, I have been in touch with our local banks and title company where loans and closings continue to occur. Some are working from home, thank goodness today’s technology makes things easier.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity April 3-10, 2020

Since a few listings have been withdrawn or terminated early, below from the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service is a summary of the islands’ condo, home, and lot inventory today, compared to units under contract, sales year-to-date, compared to the same period last year, and total sales in 2019.

As the table shows, our market was improving nicely before this happened.

Condos Homes Lots
# Avg $ # Avg $ # Avg $
Sanibel
For sale 120 790,000 185 1,320,474 76 724,707
Under contract 17 890,617 34 1,029,244 1 2,600,000
Sold 1/1-4/10/20 52 718,195 67 1,119,889 4 849,666
Sold 1/1-4/10/19 39 638,608 46 1,086,050 2 250,000
Total Sold in 2019 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200
Captiva
For sale 46 1,059,692 46 3,309,217 3 3,563,000
Under contract 2 1,150,000 1 2,495,000 0 N/A
Sold 1/1-4/10/20 7 917,714 7 3,331,142 2 1,925,000
Sold 1/1-4/10-19 7 1,292,571 1 2,800,000 0 N/A
Total Sold in 2019 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000

Note: For sale & Under contract = asking prices.

Below, also from the MLS, is the action posted since last Friday. The most activity this week was Sanibel closings, likely from contracts written before the shutdown. There was no activity at all (new listings, price changes, new or closed sales) on Captiva.

Sanibel

CONDOS

No new listings.

1 price change: Captains Walk #B3 1/1 $219.9K.

2 new sales: Kings Crown #110 2/2 asking $795K, High Tide #A101 2/2 asking $1.295M.

5 closed sales: Sandpebble #2F 2/2 $425K, Sundial #D205 1/1 $435K, Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 $450K; Mariner Pointe #642 2/2 $550K, Sundial #L404 2/2 $1.2M.

HOMES

1 new listing: 1430 Sanderling Cir 4/3.5 $999K

4 price changes: 2065 Wild Lime Dr 3/2.5 now $599K, 433 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $569K, 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $725K, 1271 Par View Dr 3/3 now $899K,

No new sales.

7 closed sales: 1607 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 1/2 duplex $530K; 5297 Punta Caloosa Ct 3/2 $610K, 1410 Albatross Rd 3/3 $745K; 822 Beach Rd 4/4 duplex $775K; 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 $794,208; 599 Lake Murex Cir 4/3.5 $1.225M; 4709 Rue Belle Mer 3/2 $2.952M.

LOTS

No new listings, price changes, or new sales.

1 closed sale: 1331 Par View Dr $340K.

Captiva

CONDOS, HOMES, & LOTS

No new listings, 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.

Looking forward, SanibelSusan’s crystal ball says “everything’s gonna be alright”. I bet when this is over, many will want a peaceful vacation, with Sanibel/Captiva preferred over international or cruise travel.

Here’s our ad from today’s issue of the “Island Sun”.

Happy Easter!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

P.S. The Easter bunny may be lost, but look at this little guy munching what’s left of my side lawn last night. The Sanibel bunnies have returned & I love them even if they do a number on any new green shoots.

Don’t Forget to Spring Ahead… Island Life is Better Longer With Sunshiney Evenings!


West Gulf Drive beach this week!

It’s Susan and rather than report about how wonderful the weather is on the islands again this week, I am going to give a special shout-out to the two gals who stopped into the office Wed and thanked me for writing my weekly blogs. (Thank you, June and Kelly (and your friend Katherine). Your kind words are much appreciated.)

These blogs evolved from my team’s Friday updates to our sellers. Some years ago, when a seller’s property sold, she said, “but I like getting those weekly updates, can I still get them?” So since then, I have called it my real estate therapy to create these Friday blogs. Through the week, as part of our efforts to keep our clients informed, I watch for items that may be of interest and compile the newsy part. Then on Thursdays and Fridays, teammate Elise adds the Multiple Listing Service part. We all contribute to the feedback from showings and Open Houses; then, once teammate Dave provides his 2-cents worth, Elise sends an email that we call our “Friday Update” to all who have their property listed with us.

Then, I strip out the personal info about the property inquiries and feedback and the details if any new sales are contingent. After adding a few photos, graphics, clip art, and links, I then upload the post to WordPress. That is where our website is hosted and where the blog gets published on the internet and syndicated to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter where it has a few thousand followers.

Sometimes the posts get comments, but usually those only occur if it is a busy Friday and the blog is posted late (after 5 p.m.) and readers send messages asking where it is. In two more weeks, I will have posted my 500th weekly bog.

Followers, by far, come from the United States (4,505), followed by Canada (97), United Kingdom (81), Germany (57), and France (18). Since I also have a page for each of our listings on our website, we also can track what listings get attention via the blog too. That tracking is similar to how we can see who looks at our listings through our Multiple Listing System with syndication to Realtor.com, Zillow, etc. And, ListHub, where we can syndicate to up to 81 additional real estate search engines, plus WorldProperties.com where our listings are translated into 45 different languages thanks to my TRC (Transnational Referral Certification).

It’s all about the internet these days, except when visitors are on the islands. That’s when they relax and usually want to do things the old-fashioned way.

Island Happenings

It is a good indication of high season when we hear that some of the many upcoming ticketed island events are sold out. Even if they are, if you are interested in one of them, I encourage you to put your name on a wait list or hope for a last-minute cancellation.

Shell Fair – The 83rd Annual Sanibel Shell Festival which began yesterday at The Community House always has room for more visitors, but it makes for slow going past SanibelSusan Realty through tomorrow. We are ready to deliver keys and/or open properties for showings if it helps our colleagues. After our closing yesterday, I delivered keys and commission checks from the title company to the selling office up the street. His support staff got such a kick out of it. Whatever it takes to get the deals done, we are happy to help!

Spring Concerts – Speaking of tickets, it is not too soon to get your tickets for the BIG ARTS Community Chorus Spring Concerts, which will be April 1 and 2 in the new performance hall. Our accompanist, Erik Entwistle, has composed a new piece which will be premiered at the concerts. It got a wonderful write-up in the new issue of “Times of the Islands”. Called “Build A Nest”, the song is a celebration of the islands’ sea turtles and the many volunteers that help them. Here is a link to the article:

https://toti.timesoftheislands.com/dm/2020/mar-apr#page/125

Real Estate Is Selling

In a 4-week period in “high season”, we like to see at least 30 condo and 30 home sales with a few lot sales sprinkled in. Over the last four weeks, like much of the last year, more homes sold than condos, and unfortunately not a single Sanibel lot sold in February.

Below is a summary from the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service showing the islands’ real estate inventory today and sales to-date this year. Teammate Elise says if anyone wants to know how many price reductions there have been so far this year, “there were too many”. There were 228 on Sanibel and 22 on Captiva, with more being posted every day. With only five more weeks of ‘high season” remaining, there likely will be more.

Inventory remains high for the time of the year, but that means more choices for the prospects looking over the next few weeks.

Sanibel Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For sale 3/6/2020 131 843,259 204 1,450,665 77 681,165
Under contract 22 766,455 46 1,183,078 3 1,056,333
Sold this year 29 684,592 39 986,842 2 1,434,333
Sold last year 127 694,392 211 949,790 15 372,200

 

Captiva Condos Homes Lots
# Avg Price $ # Avg Price $ # Avg Price $
For sale 3/6/2020   47 1,143,911   48 3,056,354   3 3,563,000
Under contract 4 1,368,225 2 6,400,000 2 3,399,500
Sold this year 5 688,800 5 2,863,600 0 N/A
Sold last year 29 1,037,077 17 2,737,503 1 1,375,000

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

As a reminder, sea turtle nesting season in south Florida began March 1. It is usually not until April that the turtle volunteers start scouring the beaches each morning looking for evidence of a mama coming ashore to lay her eggs. More info on the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Sea Turtle Program at http://sccf.org/our-work/sea-turtles In the meantime, please help keep our beaches sea turtle friendly:

Sea turtle nest

  • Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. If necessary, use amber or red LED bulbs.
  • Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.
  • Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach at night.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.
  • Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles.
  • Do not disturb nesting turtles – please do not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.
  • Pick up litter.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 28-March 6, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Colonnades #C3 1/1 $279K, Sand Pointe #132 2/2 $709K, Sanctuary Golf Villages I #5-4 3/3 $790K, Kings Crown #110 2/2 $795K.

8 price changes: Sanibel Arms #B1 1/1 now $439.9K, Sand Pointe #227 2/2 now $719K, Island Beach Club #310A 2/2 now $739K, Oceans Reach #4C1 2/2 now $849K, Oceans Reach #4D1 2/2 now $859K, Blue Gulf #201 3/2 now $1.199M, Sunward #201 3/2 now $1.299M, High Tide #B302 3/2 now $2.295M.

6 new sales: Seashells #3 2/2 listed at $469.5K, Sundial #C210 1/1 listed at $485K, Sanibel Arms West #I7 2/2 listed at $579K, Sunset South #2C 2/2 listed at $599K, Gulfside Place #221 2/2 listed at $1.179M, Gulfside Place #214 2/2 listed at $1.28M.

2 closed sales: Sundial #A306 1/1 $720K, Anglers Key #202 3/3 $2.045M.

HOMES

5 new listings: 4606 Brainard Bayou Rd 2/2 $479K, 1573 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $585K, 1326 Tahiti Dr 2/2 $797.5K, 660 Durion Ct 3/2 $895K, 3615 West Gulf Dr 3/2 $2.995M.

21 price changes: 1890 Farm Trl 3/2 now $555.4K; 9418 Moonlight Dr 3/2 now $689K; 4339 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 now $695K; 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $727.5K; 5834 Pine Tree Dr 2/2 now $749,555; 1223 Par View Dr 3/2 now $749.9K; 1676 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2 now $799,999; 1220 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 now $825K; 1589 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $877K; 4345 Gulf Pines Dr 4/4 now $895K; 770 Conch Ct 3/2 now $899K; 1271 Par View Dr 3/3 now $929K; 1437 Causey Ct 3/2.5 now $985K; 261 Ferry Landing 2/2 half-duplex now $995K; 1667 Venus Dr 3/2 now $1.02M; 355 East Gulf Dr 3/2 now $1.095M; 550 N. Yachtsman Dr 4/3 now $1.275M; 2284 Troon Ct 4/4.5 now $1.799M; 418 Bella Vista Way 4/4 now $1.99M; 2460 Harbour Ln 3/3 now $1.999M; 4701 Rue Belle Mer 4/5 now $3.395M.

9 new sales: 4245 Gulf Pines Dr 3/2 listed at $675K, 1014 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/3 listed at 710K, 500 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 listed at $739.9K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 listed at $879K, 3358 Saint Kilda Rd 3/3 listed at $1.047M, 3851 Coquina Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.389M, 1230 Bay Dr 3/2 listed at $1.619M, 4709 Rue Belle Mer 3/2 listed at $2.999M, 4143 West Gulf Dr 3/3.5 listed at $5.1M.

8 closed sales: 4619 Brainard Bayou Rd 3/2 $552K, 970 Black Skimmer Way 2/2 $592.5K, 1740 Middle Gulf Dr 4/3 $640K, 247 Christofer Ct 3/2 $700K, 257 Daniel Dr 3/2 $735K, 592 Sea Oats Dr 3/2 $975K, 911 S. Yachtsman Dr 3/3 $1.13M, 842 Limpet Dr 3/3.5 $1.9M (our Seller).

We’re gonna miss this house. From the backyard of our listing that sold this week at 842 Limpet Dr.

LOTS

2 new listings: 2095 Wild Lime Dr $269K, 1159 Golden Olive Ct $1.685M.

3 price changes: 3013 Poinciana Cir now $219K, 667 Birdie View Pt now $329K, 6141 Starling Way now $897K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

2 new listings: Captiva Shores #C6 2/2 $1.019M, Lands End Village #1637 2/2 $1.495M.

2 price changes: Bayside Villas #5104 1/2 now $400K, Lands End Village #1667 2/2 now $1.175M.

No new or closed sales

HOMES

1 new listing: 6 Sunset Captiva Ln 2/2 $2.695M.

2 price changes: 15147 Captiva Ln 6/5.5 now $4.3M, 956 South Seas Plantation Rd 6/6 now $5.25M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

No new listings or price changes.

1 new sale: 15295 Captiva Dr listed at $899K.

No 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.

Until next Friday,

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

A Critical Look at Sanibel’s Real Estate Market


If you are lucky enough to be here this week, I bet you are enjoying the fabulous weather, yet occasionally grumbling about the traffic. It has remained remarkably summer-like for days. A mini-cool front is here today (has already cooled into the 60’s), but it will be back into the 70’s tomorrow and expected to continue like that until the end of next week when another cool front is expected. More about that then.

The extra visitors from the Monday holiday have made it challenging for those coming on-island in the morning and traveling off- in the afternoon. Periwinkle Way has not been our friend, but those directing traffic at the 4-ways should be commended for keeping things moving even when it is at a crawl. Seriously, the great weather makes up for it. Nothing like having the sunroof open to a bright blue sky in February.

Beach

Mayor Ruane Speaks at Association of Realtors® Membership Meeting

Yesterday, was the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® February Membership Meeting and breakfast. Those events usually are held in the Association’s building, but this one was hosted by The Community House (Sanibel Community Association.

2020-02-20 Membership Mtg

Community House logoThe Community House – has been serving the islands since 1927 as a gathering place for social events. It was there that many island organizations and non-profits began – and where the City incorporation vote took place in 1974. Remodeled just three years ago, the new historic Community House today is a meeting place for many island clubs and the venue for island events, like the Shell Fair. Classes are held there, the facility rooms are available for rent, and the new Culinary Education Center of Sanibel is there with resident chef and cooking classes offered. The buffet breakfast spread put out yesterday was amazing.

Sancapbank logoSanibel-Captiva Community Bank – Big thanks to David Wright and the Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank for sponsoring the breakfast. If you don’t know David, he is the bank Senior Vice President and heads their lending department. His segue into telling attendees about the bank was without a doubt the best segue ever. It is a great bank providing funding for many local businesses, renovations, mortgages, and more.

Sanibelcityseal logoMayor Kevin Ruane – This is the Mayor’s last term (his 11th) as he is running for a Lee County Commissioner seat. His speech on “the State of the City” included such tidbits as Sanibel’s millage rate now being the lowest in its history and how he has become a “professional beggar” to be successful in getting state and national attention and funding for the island’s biggest and most important resource – water quality. Not only are the City’s finances now in excellent order (as an accountant that’s what he knows best), but his leadership as President of Florida League of Cities (412 cities) continues to help us. He threw out such statistics as the real estate and tourism value of Florida cities affected by water quality. That number is mind-boggling at $2 trillion. Another excellent tidbit he mentioned is a quote that he remembers from Florida’s former Governor Scott: “One out of every ten visitors to Florida, eventually lives here.” That’s music to Realtors®’ ears. (Though I try to keep my Friday updates free from politics, I hope you vote for Kevin Ruane for County Commissioner. After cutting Sanibel’s taxes by 24% and increasing City reserves while reducing City debt by nearly 74%, it sure would be great for the county to also benefit from his financial prowess.)

Caravan Meeting – During the Caravan portion of these Thursday meetings is when Realtors® announce new listings, new sales, price reductions, and changes in homeowner and condo associations fees and assessments. The postings since last Friday in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follow a couple of news items below. The first one may shed some light on why few sales were announced.

How’s The Market on Sanibel?

Realtors® are frequently asked “how’s the market”, so we often quiz each other with that very same question, comparing notes and trying to figure out why some properties are selling, and others are not. Is it easy to say, “business is always off a little in an election year”? Sure, and it usually is. But another complication is that the islands still are recovering from the effects of red tide in 2018/2019.

As a statistics-loving gal, I always find that trends also pop up when you least expect them.

The first table below confirms that home sales continue to outpace condo sales. It also shows that both condo and home sale prices over the last 12 months, as compared to the last election year (2016), are less than they were then. Exceptions are near-beach homes where the average sale price is up 5% and inland homes, where average sale price is up 25%, compared to four years ago. Other home category locations like gulf-front, bay-front, and canal-front show average sale prices down compared to 2016.

Looking at Sanibel condos, average sale prices are down when looking at total condo sales, especially those in residential complexes.

ON
SANIBEL
Sold in Last 12 Months
For Sale 2/20/2020
Sold Last Election Year, 2016
#
Avg $
#
Avg $
#
Avg $
All Homes
221
920,715
209
1,473,571
181
979,576
Homes on Gulf
3
3,033,333
12
5,902,833
7
3,604,500
Homes on Bay
4
1,708,625
11
3,646,909
2
2,132,500
Homes on Canals
40
1,177,078
40
1,315,162
38
1,232,362
Homes Near-Beach
101
827,585
78
999,398
83
788,889
Homes Inland
40
719,237
38
740,452
34
570,029
All Condos
136
699,373
140
819,776
143
717,768
 Residential Condos
16
866,615
22
1,019,172
32
931,230
Income-Producing Condos
120
677,074
118
781,736
111
656,229

The next table looks strictly at the number of Sanibel sales. There is about a year’s worth of inventory in homes and condos. Considering vacant lots, there is more like a four- to five-year supply.

Was there a dip in the number of sales during the 2016 election year? Absolutely. Was the market rebounding at a healthy pace when the red tide arrived in the summer of 2018? That analysis involves digging in the number of sales by month, but I can tell you that 2018 was a very good year until that happened. Then heavy red tide effects were felt last year. Since the water cleared last October, sales have been good – not excellent – but good.

crystal ballThe crystal ball (which I now keep on my desk) says that 2019, even with the upcoming election year, but barring an unforeseen international event, will continue to show market improvement on the islands, though supply and demand, as always, will rule. With inventory high for the time of the year and just eight weeks of high season left, it is going to be interesting to see how this year compares to 2016.

SanibelSusan always is optimistic, but cautiously this year.

# for
Sale
# Sold
2020 to-date
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
All Homes
209
24
211
218
186
181
236
206
197
183
180
Homes >$2M
35
2
10
23
12
14
14
7
18
12
13
Homes <$600K
28
7
51
57
49
50
81
81
83
101
91
All Condos
140
20
127
155
140
143
160
164
162
151
141
Condos >$1M
36
3
21
27
22
23
29
22
12
11
15
Condos <$500K
52
12
44
48
49
47
71
71
82
79
67
All Lots
74
2
15
21
32
25
43
27
26
33
19

Thinking of Retiring to Southwest Florida & Wondering About Health Care Here?

lee_health_logo_masterHere is an article I saw on the internet this week: “Six Southwest Florida hospitals are among the top 250 hospitals in the nation for overall clinical excellence, according to Healthgrades. The private rating firm in Denver, Colorado, has released its report cards for the top performers among 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

“All four acute care hospitals run by Lee Health in Lee County are among the top 250 hospitals, or best 5%. (Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and HealthPark Medical Center)

“Dr. Larry Antonucci, President and CEO of Lee Health, said in a statement the system is proud its four acute-care hospitals are among the best 250 hospitals. “Over the last few months our hospitals have received superior marks from the most-respected hospital-rating organizations in the country, and the consistency of these scores show that we are providing exceptional care to Southwest Florida,” he said in a statement.

“Overall, patients treated in top-performing hospitals have a nearly 27% lower risk of dying than if treated at a hospital that are not among the best, according to Healthgrades. Data used in the analysis is from the three years from 2016 through 2018 and involves Medicare data only.”

Gov. DeSantis Launches $8M Initiative To Make It Easier for Veterans To Buy Homes

pensacola news journal logoPublished February 19, 2020 in the “Pensacola News Journal”: Gov Ron DeSantis announced a new $8 million initiative to provide veterans with down payment and closing costs assistance to purchase new homes in Florida, part of a broader effort to ease veterans’ transition from active duty service to civilian life and attract more veterans to the state.

“The governor announced the initiative, officially called the “Salute Our Soldiers Military Housing Loan Program,” at the University of West Florida on Wednesday. The announcement came just hours after he was at the Pensacola International Airport to announce a $4.8 million grant for the expansion of ST Engineering’s new campus in Pensacola.

“The military housing loan program will take effect March 2, the governor told reporters, veterans and UWF staff gathered in the president’s office building on Wednesday. It will be available to both active duty military personnel and veterans, and will be administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corp. The plan will also offer assistance for securing low-interest mortgages.

“”These funds will assist over 1,000 veterans and active duty members by making the home buying process easier and more affordable. … More veterans calling Florida home is good for our state,” DeSantis said. “We look forward to the positive impacts that this program will have on the lives of our veterans. But this is also a selfish thing, because the veterans have a very positive impact on communities here in the state of Florida.””

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Sanibel realtors logoActivity February 14-21, 2020

Sanibel

CONDOS

4 new listings: Tennisplace #B24 2/1.5 $339K, Casa Blanca #4 1/1 $360K, White Sands #23 2/2 $1.199M (our listing), La Playa #B3 3/2 $1.595M.

White Sands Aerial With Yellow Arrow on 23

The yellow arrow points to White Sands #23 where the gulf view is fantastic!

 

10 price changes: Mariner Pointe #952 1/1 now $389K; Sundial #I405 1/1 now $419K; Pointe Santo #D21 2/2 now $569K; Loggerhead Cay #263 2/2 now $628K; Compass Point #222 2/2 now $649K; Villa Sanibel #2H 2/2 now $717,007; Heron at The Sanctuary #3B 3/2.5 now $799K; Sanibel Surfside #126 2/2 now $824K; Gulfside Place #222 2/2 now $1.195M (our listing); Atrium 103 2/2 now $1.248M.

IMG_7811

This view at Gulfside Place #222.

No new sales.

2 closed sales: Sandpebble #1A 2/2 $400K, Surfside 12 #A1 3/2 $690K.

HOMES

6 new listings: 2150 Egret Cir 3/2 $678K, 1021 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $710K, 975 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 $789K, 1761 Venus Dr 4/4 $2.3M, 1558 San Carlos Bay Dr 3/3.5 $2.989M, 4381 West Gulf Dr 5/5.5 $11.5M.

20 price changes: 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $549K, 970 Palm St 3/2 now $559K, 1973 Wild Lime Dr 4/3 now $574.9K, 1954 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $579.9K, 550 Leather Fern Pl 3/2 now $629K, 1014 S.Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $710K, 701 Nerita St 3/2 now $712K, 1085 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $719K, 1978 Roseate Ln 3/2 now $730K, 1285 Par View Dr 4/2.5 now $839K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 now $879K, 401 Lagoon Dr 4/4 now $920K, 979 Whelk Dr 3/2.5 now $969K, 792 Birdie View Pt 3/3.5 now $1.027M, 3358 St.Kilda Rd 3/3 now $1.047M, 6425 Pine Ave 4/3 now $1.395M, 2391 Shop Rd 3/2.5 now $1.799M, 1323 Seaspray Ln 4/4.5 now $1.975M, 2964 Wulfert Rd 5/5.5 now $3.35M, 4014 West Gulf Dr 4/3 now $3.499M

10 new sales: 430 Old Trail Rd 3/2.5 listed at $547K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 listed at $609K, 5303 Lady Finger Lake Rd 3/2 listed at $679K, 1410 Albatross Rd 3/3 listed at $779K, 822 Beach Rd 4/4 duplex listed at $819K, 1283 Isabel Dr 3/2 listed at $1.1M, 532 Sea Oats Dr 3/4 listed at $1.195M, 637 Lighthouse Way 3/4 listed at $1.2799M, 4630 Rue Bayou 4/4.5 listed at $1.389M, 5044 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 listed at $2.15M.

2 closed sales: 1851 Farm Trl 3/2 $545K, 1414 Causey Ct 3/2 $851K.

LOTS

2 new listings: 971 Main St $205K, 5749 Sanibel-Captiva Rd $672K.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5110 1/2 $369.5K.

No price changes.

3 new sales: Tennis Villas #3119 1/1 listed at $285K, Tennis Villas #3220 1/1 listed at $329.9K, Lands End Village #1619 2/2 listed at $1.549M.

2 closed sales: Tennis Villas #3137 2/2 $465K, Beach Cottages #1404 2/2 $1.245M.

HOMES

1 new listing: 11542 Wightman Ln 5/5 $3.2M.

No price changes, new, or closed sales.

LOTS

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 your weather is like Southwest Florida, where it’s fantastic even when the sun isn’t out! Enjoy your weekend,

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

Happy Valentines’ Day & Presidents’ Weekend on Sanibel


Reporting another summer-like week on sunny Sanibel. Recent daytime temperatures have hit 80°F almost every day. Similar weather is expected to continue for the next week, probably much to the delight of vacationers and holiday visitors. The island is packed, so careful planning, dinner reservations, and patience are needed, but there certainly are no complaints from The SanibelSusan Team. Our listings are getting inquiries and showings.

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The action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Multiple Listing Service follows a few news items below. You may have noticed from these weekly MLS reports that the number of new listings each week and the number of price reductions exceed the number of sales. Price reductions are common in February and March, even with Easter late this year (not until April 12). It is unusual though to have so many new listings this far into “high season”. The SanibelSusan Team is looking for listings though – so if you know of anyone thinking of selling, please let us be referral.

Presidents’ Weekend on Sanibel

rotary logoRotary Arts & Crafts Festival This Weekend – As mentioned last week, tomorrow begins the 37th Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts & Crafts Festival which is held at The Community House and City Park across the street from our office. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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At the Wildlife Refuge on Monday – In honor of Presidents’ Day and by federal order, all motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can enjoy Wildlife Drive and its trail fee-free on February 17. The Refuge Visitor & Education Center, Bailey Tract, and Tarpon Bay Explorers will remain open for normal operating hours, while all Refuge and Ding Darling Wildlife Society offices will be closed.

Green Iguanas May Be Prohibited Here

SCCF logoA guest commentary by Chris Lechowicz, SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Wildlife and Habitat Manager, was posted in this week’s “Island Reporter”. It says that SCCF urges islanders to support a bill currently making its way through Florida’s Legislature. Here are excerpts from the article:

“The exotic green iguana may join the Burmese python and Nile monitor lizard on Florida’s list of prohibited reptiles if a bill makes it through the Legislature this session.

“Approved unanimously by a Senate committee on Jan 21, the bill is awaiting discussion in committee in the House, and second committee discussion in the Senate. The bill would add green iguanas as well as black and white tegus – another invasive lizard – to the state’s prohibited list that bans the importation, possession, sale and breeding of those species in Florida. Some other species already on the list are Burmese pythons, both African python species and Nile monitors due to their threats to natural ecosystems.

green iguana“Introduced into Florida in 1964, the green iguana became established as a sustainable breeding population just a few years ago. The green iguana was first reported on Sanibel in 1970. These exotic lizards are native to most of Central America, over half of South America, and parts of Mexico. Wild-caught green iguanas have been imported as pets since well before that time and still are today. Currently, however, most are farmed for export.

“In several of their native countries, they are prized for their meat and can be scarce as a result.

“There are a few scattered Florida records from the central peninsula and the Panhandle but the majority of their range is the state is right along the coast from Lee County on the west coast and St. Lucie County on the east coast all the way through the Florida Keys to Key West.

“Their range in Florida is restricted by cold weather, hence most of their range is along the coast and throughout the Keys where temperatures stay higher than in inland areas. During extended cool weather snaps in the 30’s or low 40’s in South Florida, green iguanas, which are an arboreal species, become unable to hold on to their perches and often fall to the ground immobilized.

“They are relatively common on Sanibel where 4,915 green iguanas have been trapped and removed since 2015, at the annual cost of about $40,000 to the city. In October, Lee County approved $25,000 to trap and remove them from Captiva.

“The green iguanas prefer to live, although not exclusively, in developed areas around homes and businesses where exotic vegetation such as hibiscus, colorful exotic flowers and vegetable gardens are plentiful. If left unchecked, they can become very dense in these areas and are considered a nuisance, especially in March here on the islands when they dig multiple large burrows in order to lay their eggs in. Damage is primarily caused when iguanas dig their burrow under a sidewalk, along sea walls or canal banks.

“The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation urges islanders to support this bill. Sign up for Action Alerts at sccf.org to know when and who to contact on this and other important issues being considered in the current legislative session.”

Sanibel Gets Serious About Short-Term Rentals

Sanibelcityseal logoInteresting article by Wendy McMullen in today’s “Island Sun”:

“Owners of rental properties beware. A new code enforcement officer has been hired to check that homes and condos are being rented in accordance with city rules.

“Concern has been growing among city council members about the possibility of the state banning cities from restricting rentals and the grown of multiple platforms for renting homes short term.

“There was a time when almost all rentals on the island were done through licensed rental agencies abiding by the rules. Now Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast), VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and a myriad of other sites make it easy for homeowners to rent their properties for a day, a week or a month without necessarily following city regulations.

“The minimum rental period for single-family homes on Sanibel, with a few exceptions, is one month. The minimum rental period for condominiums varies according to the condo association rules….

“In order to counteract the growing number of private rentals, the city is hiring a code enforcement officer to focus specifically on rental violations and sending out advisory letters and applications to holders of business tax receipts for property rental on Sanibel.

“But there is concern about the application for a city license being overly intrusive, requiring owners to agree to things they could not possibly control. For example, owners could not agree to a demand that they ensure renters do not contravene city laws…. Several residents and organizations also had problems with the (application) fees charged…

“City council agreed to revise the application and to look at the fee structure.”

Stay tuned.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity February 7-14, 2020

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CONDOS

5 new listings: Casa Blanca #6 1/1 $363K, Sundial #D205 1/1 $465K, Mariner Pointe #542 2/2 $590K, Sanddollar #B104 2/2 $1.175M, Sundial #L404 2/2 $1.35M.

10 price changes: Captains Walk #B3 1/1 now $229.9K, Sanibel Arms #C7 1/1 now $368K, Sandalfoot #4B2 1/1 now $499K, Seawind #A107 2/2.5 now $559.9K, Mariner Pointe #421 2/2.5 now $599.9K, Yacht Haven #2 3/2 now $999K, Gulfside Place #221 2/2 now $1.179M, Seascape #304 3/3 now $1.2499M, High Tide #A101 2/2 now $1.295M, Sandals #A 3/3.5 now $1.937M.

5 new sales: Blind Pass #C204 2/2.5 listed at $489K, Mariner Pointe #1052 2/2 listed at $499.9K, Mariner Pointe #642 2/2 listed at $570K, Island Beach Club #220B 2/2 listed at $700K, Cyprina Beach #1 3/3 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: Sundial #H210 1/1 $369K, Kimball Lodge #223 1/1.5 $395K, Blind Pass #F204 2/2.5 $427.5K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 $580K, La Playa #B1 3/2 $1.15M.

HOMES

12 new listings: 968 Greenwood Ct S 3/2.5 half-duplex $414,999 (our listing); 9036 Mockingbird Dr 3/2 $679K; 987 Sand Castle Rd 4/3.5 $749K; 1296 Par View Dr 3/3 $779K; 1589 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 $895K; 3751 Coquina Dr 3/2 $895K; 1430 Causey Ct 3/2 $972K; 776 Conch Ct 3/2 $995K; 2439 Harbour Ln 3/3 $1.295M; 3706 West Gulf Dr 4/3 $1.375M; 1175 Bird Ln 4/3/2 $3.395M, 4577 Waters Edge Ln 4/3 $3.395M.

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Aerial showing location of new listing at 968 Greenwood Ct S, convenient to causeway & bay, plus community beach access on East Gulf Dr

17 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $469K, 1856 Ardsley Way 3/2 now $499K, 730 Cardium St 2/2 now $554K, 1717 Sand Pebble Way 3/2 now $609K, 718 Durion Ct 3/2 now $645K, 1559 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 now $690K, 1807 Serenity Ln 3/2 now $725K, 731 Durion Ct 3/2 now $737K, 1031 Sand Castle Rd 3/3 now $775K, 5422 Shearwater Dr 3/2.5 now $849K, 1501 Sand Castle Rd 5/3.5 now $889K, 1752 Jewel Box Dr 2/2 now $889K, 2385 Wulfert Rd 4/5 now $1.099M, 6101 Starling Way 3/3.5 now $1.149M, 1671 Hibiscus Dr 5/3 now $1.199M, 2477 Wulfert Rd 3/4 now $1.249M, 1460 Middle Gulf Dr 4/4.5 now $1.8M.

7 new sales: 1607 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $579K, 1800 Ardsley Way 3/2 listed at $679K, 9057 Mockingbird Dr 4/2 listed at $679K, 1740 Middle gulf Dr 4/3 listed at $799K, 1244 Par View Dr 4/3 listed at $849K, 675 Gopher Walk Way 3/2.5 listed at $1.195M, 872 Limpet Dr 3/3 listed at $1.395M.

5 closed sales: 668 Anchor Dr 3/2 $885,250; 5402 Osprey Ct 4/3 $955K; 1717 Venus Dr 3/2.5 $1.03M, 430 Glory Cir 4/5.5 $1.14M; 5250 Caloosa End Ln 3/2.5 $1.2M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 1226 Isabel Dr now $1.239M.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Captiva Shores #7B 3/2.5 $1.55M.

1 price change: Tennis Villas #3120 1/1 now $312K.

1 new sale: Beach Homes #33 3/2 listed at $1.799M.

No closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

2 price changes: 11540 Laika Ln 3/2.5 now $1.235M, 15879 Captiva Dr 3/3 now $2.389M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 11501 Laika Ln 3/3 $1.225M.

LOTS

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.

valentineEnjoy your Valentines’ Day!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

2020 Already Lookin’ Good on Sanibel & Captiva Islands


The SanibelSusan Team and I hope that you all had happy healthy holidays. It has been hard to remember what day of the week it is with all these mid-week holidays, but our 2020 has started out with a bang.

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It’s a white pelican convention!

The islands typically are their busiest the week between Christmas and New Year’s with traffic at its heaviest, particularly midday coming on island and late afternoon leaving. I showed a couple of condos on Saturday and don’t ever remember it being so busy on the beach in front of Pointe Santo, while further up West Gulf Dr at The Atrium, there was hardly anyone.

Sunday traffic was heavy and by Monday, Periwinkle Way was gridlock. Tuesday through yesterday morning were better, until VP Pence arrived about noon which added a few security and news vehicles to the mix. He is here until Sunday. Can’t blame him, the weather is wonderful – including mostly sunny warm days with temperatures from the mid 70’s into the 80’s.

The next cold front is due to arrive this weekend with Sunday temps not expected to get out of the 60’s. If that’s winter, we’ll take it!

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Kite boarder heaven when a cool front arrives & it’s windy!

With the island busy, there was plenty of real estate action here this week too. The SanibelSusan Team had one of the last sales in 2019, both our listing and sale. Then New Year’s, after showing just one home, our first deal of 2020 got done too! Now, to keep that string going!

After a couple of news items below is a report of the all action since last Friday in the Multiple Listing Service.

New Title Company In Town – Knight Barry Title

Many of you know that Barrier Island Title sold a few years ago to Fidelity National Title. As 20+year fans of the Barrier team, SanibelSusan Realty’s business continued with them until Fidelity closed their doors on Sanibel at the end of the year.

Knight Barry logoThe good news is that Heidi Koch, island title and closing industry veteran, and her two closer colleagues, Michelle Landl and Jackie Martin, all formerly with Barrier, have moved right across the hall in the same building and now work for Knight Barry Title.

This week, Knight Barry Title opened their new office at 1456 Periwinkle Way, Suite C, to serve Sanibel and Captiva. Knight Barry Title is an independent family-owned company in the business for over 40 years and now with its 5th office in the Sunshine State. Other locations are in Destin, Crestview, Panama City Beach, and Pensacola. In addition to Florida, Knight Barry has 60 offices that service many small towns across the Midwest in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Congratulations, Heidi, Jackie, and Michelle! We brought them our first 2020 sale and hope to bring them plenty more.

Condominium & HOA Boards, Beware of Holding “Executive Sessions”

henderson-franklinPosted on-line, Dec 16, 2019 by Amanda Barritt, real estate attorney with Henderson-Franklin, Attorneys at Law, in Ft Myers:

“I am often asked by association boards if the board can meet in “executive session” to discuss a sensitive topic, such as a personnel matter or dispute with an owner or neighborhood association, without members present.

“Florida homeowners’ and condominium associations are subject to what many refer to as association “sunshine laws” (which are different than the sunshine laws the Florida government must follow). Under Florida Statutes Chapter 720, for HOA’s, and Chapter 718, for condominiums, Association board meetings are deemed to occur when a quorum of the board gathers to conduct association business. All board meetings must be properly noticed and open to the members, with the only exceptions being:

  • Meetings between the board and its attorney with respect to proposed or pending litigation, or
  • Meetings of the board to discuss personnel matters.

“Such “closed” meetings must still be properly noticed to the membership in accordance with the association bylaws.

Take-Away – Boards should consult with their legal counsel prior to holding a closed meeting to confirm whether the particular meeting may legally be held behind closed doors and whether the Board has complied with the proper notice requirements.”

Why Do Some Water-Related Projects Take So Long?

ding darlingGood article in the Dec 26, 2019, ““Ding” on The Wing”, News from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, written by fellow Realtor® Sarah Ashton and her husband Jim Metzler who are DDWS Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs:

“Not long after the 2018 outbreaks of blue-green algae and red tide subsided, a newly elected Governor DeSantis issued an executive order that promised rapid improvement in the quality and quantity of Florida’s water. Soon thereafter, Governor DeSantis began overhauling the board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with the goal of making the board more responsive to south Florida’s water-related challenges. Given the urgency of eliminating future algae outbreaks combined with all the public statements that help is on the way, many members of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society have questioned why the projects to address our water-related issues are taking so long to implement.

“This report will provide insight into that question by discussing two such projects: controlling Florida red tide and building the C-43 reservoir.

Controlling Florida Red Tide – Because red tide is a worldwide phenomenon, it’s reasonable to think that Florida can leverage the red tide research being done elsewhere to significantly shorten the time it takes to develop techniques to control red tide in Florida. Unfortunately, only in Florida is red tide caused by the species of phytoplankton called Karenia brevis, and because of that uniqueness, our version of red tide is often referred to as Florida red tide. Because Florida red tide has a unique cause, techniques that effectively control red tide somewhere else may not be effective here. As a result, we are not likely to be able to take any significant short cuts on the research that must be done to find solutions to control Florida red tide.

“A previous newsletter mentioned that in 1957, Florida tried to mitigate a red tide outbreak by using crop-dusting planes to drop copper sulfate on the bloom. That action did kill some of the red tide, but it also led to the release of toxins that killed marine life. The likely path forward for scientists is that once a solution is shown to work in a lab environment, it gets tried in a small body of water such as a pond. If that trial is successful, it gets repeated in increasingly larger bodies of water until the state feels comfortable that it can safely and effectively use the solution in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, to avoid implementing a solution whose unintended consequences are more harmful than the Florida red tide it is intended to control, this path is inherently lengthy.

Building the C-43 Reservoir – The C-43 reservoir is being built on 10,700 acres of former farmland in Hendry County, Florida, slightly west of Labelle and just south of Route 80. The SFWMD has identified the following as the goals and benefits of the reservoir:

  • Capture and store stormwater runoff from the Caloosahatchee River basin, reducing excess water flow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary.
  • Capture and store water that is released from Lake Okeechobee, reducing the discharges to the coastal estuaries.
  • Improve the salinity balance for the Caloosahatchee estuary by controlling peak flows during the wet season and providing essential flows during the dry season.

“The reservoir was first envisioned in the early 2000s, but its construction was delayed in part by the economic downturn that occurred in the late 2000s. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) began construction in 2015, and the expected completion date is December 2023. To get a sense of the scale of the reservoir, assume that a person in good physical health goes for a two-hour walk without stopping. That person would have walked one side of the C-43 reservoir which when completed will measure 6×3 miles. The water level will range from 15 feet to 25 feet and, as a result, the reservoir will hold approximately 170,000 acre-feet, or 55 billion gallons of water.

“In addition to storing water, the previously mentioned executive order signed by Governor DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to work with the SFWMD to add a stormwater treatment component to the C-43 reservoir. The goal of this component is to provide additional treatment and improve the quality of water leaving the reservoir. This initiative is being implemented through the C-43 reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study.

One of the reasons that building the C-43 reservoir will take years is the massive scale of the reservoir and hence the huge amount of work that must be coordinated… However, the scale of the reservoir is not the only reason causing a lengthy construction process. To both ensure that they settle properly and to minimize the seepage of water out of the reservoir, as part of the construction process the dirt berms that surround the reservoir must sit in place for 16 to 18 months and nothing can be done to shorten that time frame.

“Not Every Project is Inherently Lengthy – As discussed in this report, many water-related projects are inherently lengthy. However, that is not true of all such projects. In the recommendations that they made to the Governor and to the Florida legislature, the Blue Green Algae task force stated that agricultural operations are one of the primary causes of increased nutrients flowing into Florida’s water bodies. The runoff from agricultural operations is supposed to be minimized by the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs). However, the effectiveness of these BMPs is often criticized because compliance with the BMPs is largely voluntary.

“Strengthening the BMPs to the point that they achieve the stated goal of reducing the nutrients that flow into Florida’s water bodies would have a significant impact on the quality of those water bodies. In contrast to projects such as controlling Florida red tide and building the C-43 reservoir, strengthening BMPs can happen in a relatively short period of time. Several organizations, including the SFWMD, have indicated their desire to move in that direction.

“In Case You Missed It: A recent article in Field & Stream documents some of the progress that has been made in the battle to improve water quality in Florida.”

2020 Ongoing Programs

SCCF logoThe recent merger with Sanibel Sea School and Coastal Watch with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation results in some continued popular activities:

  • Weeds & Seeds – Mondays at 8:40 a.m., Native Plant Field Trip at SCCF Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd.
  • Making the Land Work Walking Tours – Mondays 10-11 a.m. & Thursdays 2-3 p.m. at Bailey Homestead Preserve, 1300 Periwinkle Way
  • Bowman’s Beach Walk – Wednesdays 9-11 a.m., meet SCCF guide at bridge at 1700 Bowman’s Beach Rd.
  • Interior Wetlands Trail Walks – Starts Jan 14 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon at SCCF Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Rd.
  • After-School Survival Skills – Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m., register at SanibelSeaSchool.org
  • Discover Beachcombing – Thursdays 9-10:30 a.m., register at SanibelSeaSchool.org.
  • New Moon Meditations – Thursday January 23 5:30 p.m. at Alison Hagerup Beach Park, 14790 Captiva Dr., info@AmbuYoga.com
  • Community Bonfires on the Beach – Saturdays January 11 & 25, 5:30 p.m., RSVP to Nicole@SanibelSeaSchool.org.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity December 27-January 3, 2020

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CONDOS

5 new listings: Island Beach Club #220B 2/2 $725K, Heron at The Sanctuary II #3A 3/2.5 $850K, Sundial #K103 2/2 $889K, Gulfside Place #121 2/2 $1.198M, Tigua Cay #485 3/3.5 $2.295M.

3 price changes: Blind Pass #F204 2/2.5 now $445K, Sanibel Arms West #B2 2/2 now $549.9K, Sand Pointe #137 2/2 now $1.149M.

4 new sales: Sundial #H210 1/1 listed at $379K, Sundial #F408 1/1 listed at $499K, Mariner Pointe #321 3/2 listed at $569K, Snug Harbor #312 3/2 listed at $619K.

3 closed sales: Tennisplace #A33 2/1.5 $315K, Sanibel Arms West #M1 2/2 $494K, Mariner Pointe #842 2/2 $555K.

HOMES

7 new listings: 1085 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 $725K, 1236 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $845K, 1414 Causey Ct 3/2 $850K, 1348 Eagle Run Dr 3/3 $998K, 1358 Sand Castle Rd 4/3.5 $1.1M, 5773 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 $1.19M, 1490 Angel Dr 4/3.5 $1.695M.

4 price changes: 513 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 now $688K, 1307 Par View Dr 3/3 now $1.099M, 550 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $1.295M, 3757 West Gulf Dr 4/4 now $6.499M.

8 new sales: 1611 Sand Castle Rd 3/2.5 half-duplex listed at $479K, 1558 Sand Castle Rd 3/2 listed at $599K (our listing & sale), 749 Cardium St 3/2 listed at $689K; 218 Daniel Dr 3/2.5 listed at $745K (our buyer); 238 Daniel Dr 3/2 listed at $777,126; 1414 Causey Ct 3/2 listed at $850K; 932 Whelk Dr 3/3 listed at $1.065M; 1730 Jewel Box Dr 4/3 listed at $1.499M.

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Aerial of The Dunes showing causeway & 1558 Sand Castle Rd

2 closed sales: 632 Lake Murex Cir 3/2 $697K, 1269 Par View Dr 3/2.5 $975K.

LOTS

1 new listing: 978 Main St $169.9K.

1 price change: 9056 Mockingbird Dr now $380K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Bayside Villas #5304 3/3 $649K.

1 price change: Tennis Villas #3220 1/1 now $329.9K.

No new or closed sales.

HOMES

No new listings.

1 price change: 11501 Laika Ln 3/3 now $1.275M.

No new sales.

1 closed sale: 17041 Captiva Dr 2/2 $1.6M.

LOTS

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, enjoy you weekend! Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan

 

Sanibel Scoop & Captiva Chatter


The SanibelSusan Team has been busy this week preparing for a 7,000-piece mailing that will be going out next week. If you are not already on our mailing list and want to receive an island inventory list, be sure and let us know.

Below are a couple of news items, followed by week’s action in the islands’ Multiple Listing Service.

BIG ARTS Performance Hall Update

Reported in the “Island Sun” this week:

”BIG ARTS has been a Sanibel-Captiva treasure for decades. It began as a dream in 1972 inspired by a small band of artists who felt the community needed a special place for arts and enrichment on the barrier islands. That dream is stronger than ever and 2020 is a landmark year: the creation of a new home for BIG ARTS. The building is nearing completion, and its opening will be heralded with a grand gala, A Dream Come True, on Friday, January 24 and a free public open house on Saturday, January 25.”

Santa Run

Also in the “Island Sun” this week,

“Once again this year, Santa will be making a visit to Sanibel homes on Monday, December 23 before he heads out for his worldwide route. Santa’s Santa Run is organized and assisted by the local Kiwanis Club, and those young and old will remember the experience for years to come. If you would like to have Santa visit your home while he’s in town, Kiwanis will be happy to oblige.

“Any adult who would like Santa to deliver gifts to their household can arrange a Santa visit. To do this, you should secure an appropriate gift for each recipient (young or old), wrap and address each gift, then place the gifts into one sack for each household, along with your address information and any special instructions for each gift recipient. Then deliver the sack to the main Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, 2361 Palm Ridge Rd no later than 5pm on Monday, December 23. Santa and his elves will leave the fire station around 5:30pm and make deliveries between 6-8pm.

“The Santa Run is still going strong and has grown considerably. Kiwanis now recruits six Santas, each with a helper elf and driver/navigator. In the course of the night, each of the Santa teams makes about 125 stops! If you have questions contact Muench at 472-2812.”

Island Store Construction Update

Here’s an article from the “Islander” this week:

“Renovations at The Island Store are ongoing, with an undetermined completion date, as issues with the building’s structural components were discovered by the contractors when they started the project.

“With coordinated help from the Lee County Historic Preservation Board and RLR Investments – the building’s owner- Bailey’s has been working to rebuild and renovate the exterior and interior to the business from its former operator and signed a new lease with the building’s owner.

““After beginning construction, the contractors found significant deterioration of the building’s structural components,” Calli Johnson, whose family owns Baileys, reported last week. “Structural engineers are currently drafting the plans to ensure the structural integrity of the building, in order to safely welcome shoppers upon reopening and for future generations to come.”

““Unfortunately, due to the age of the building and the significant structural issues, a timeline on completion is impossible to predict,” she added.

“At two Captiva Community Panel meetings this year, Bailey’s held presentations for the group. They explained the project would entail renovating the store’s interior and exterior, while maintaining Captiva’s architectural standards for historic buildings like it.

““With the same charm shoppers have enjoyed since ‘Ding’ Darling opened it as a general store in the early 1900’s,” Johnson said.

“Registered as a historic site and building, it once served as a boarding school, as well.

“At the panel meetings, Bailey’s also explained that the planned project would retain the building’s “look”, but use modern materials built to last longer. The store’s footprint will stay the same.

““All involved in the project are working to reopen the business as quickly as possible,” Johnson reported. “The operators of The Island Store understand this leaves a significant gap in the amenity offerings on Captiva. Fortunately, they are prepared to serve you form Bailey’s General Store.”

“She explained the Sanibel store provides delivery services throughout Captiva.

““And can even stock your home or rental before you arrive,” Johnson added.

“Bailey’s and RLR Investments thanked the public for its patience.

““The same folks that welcome you to Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel have enjoyed serving you over the past year on Captiva at The Island Store,” she reported. “Upon completion, the store will reopen as the same quaint Island Store that shoppers have come to know, love and count on, year after year.”

The Island Store is at 1500 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva.

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity December 6-13, 2019

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Coquina Beach #5A 2/2 $468K, Sandalfoot #2D2 2/2 $699K (our listing), Pointe Santo #C23 3/2 $1.15M.

1 price change: Sandpiper Beach #205 2/2 now $860K.

7 new sales: Donax Village #10 1/2 listed at $358K, Blind Pass #E207 2/2.5 listed at $399K, Ibis at The Sanctuary #B102 2/2 listed at $489K, Loggerhead Cay #581 2/2 listed at $689K, Sanctuary Golf Villages #2-5 2/2 listed at $714K, Golden Beach #3 3/2.5 listed at $1.499M, Angler’s Key #202 3/3 listed at $2.195M.

3 closed sales: Surfside 12 #A3 3/2 listed at $700K, Tarpon Beach #104 2/2 $1.07M, Wedgewood #203 3/3.5 $2.4475M.

HOMES

8 new listings: 1695 Serenity Ln 3/2 $569K; 1076 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 $699,555; 1014 S Yachtsman Dr 3/2 $749K; 5089 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 3/2 $749,999; 792 Birdie View Pt 3/3.5 $1.047M; 532 Sea Oats Dr 3/4 $1.275M; 1564 Middle Gulf Dr 3/2.5 $1.295M; 2411 Blue Crab CT 4/4.5 $2.495M.

7 price changes: 1027 Sand Castle Rd 2/2 now $479K, 836 Donax St 3/2 now $549K, 5659 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/2 now $825K, 401 Lagoon Dr 4/4 now $970K, 550 N Yachtsman Dr 3/3 now $1.325M, 1230 Bay Dr 3/2 now $1.649M, 5075 Joewood Dr 4/4.5 now $2.9M.

5 new sales: 9446 Beverly Ln 3/3.5 listed at $620K, 1396 Tahiti Dr 4/3 listed at $779K, 668 Anchor Dr 3/2 listed at $958.5K, 2569 Coconut Dr 3/2 listed at $989K, 1333 Eagle Run Dr 3/2.5 listed at $1.095M.

3 closed sales: 198 Southwinds Dr 3/2 $675K, 256 Daniel Dr 3/2 $740K, 747 Windlass Way 4/3.5 $2.4M.

LOTS

No new listings.

1 price change: 3308 St Kilda Rd now $475K.

No new or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

1 new listing: Lands End Village #1602 3/3 $2.015M.

No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

HOMES

1 new listing: 16221/16217 Captiva Dr 5/5.5 $4.389M.

1 price change: 11505 Gore Ln 5/5 now $1.695M.

No new or closed sales.

LOTS

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

It May Be Warm & Sunny, But The Islands Are Transitioning From Thanksgiving to Christmas


Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday is continuing right through the weekend. On Sanibel, the island has quickly flipped into Christmas mode. Teammate Elise had our office decorated before she headed out Wednesday.

Many other businesses have done the same. This year, with Thanksgiving so late, it makes sense to hurry and get ready. Island luminary celebrations are next weekend and Christmas is in just 26 days!

Below are some upcoming local events and news items, followed by the weekly report of the action posted in the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service.

Upcoming Events

  • Sanibel Masters Art Festival– today & tomorrow, 11/29 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Community House & Community Park (across the street from SanibelSusan Realty)
  • 35th Annual Sanibel Holiday Luminary Stroll – next Friday, 12/6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • 35th Annual Captiva Holiday Luminary Stroll – next Saturday, 12/7 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., the annual Golf Cart parade from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. precedes the holiday stroll
  • BIG ARTS Community Chorus Holiday Concert – Tues, 12/10 at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel Community Church. (We thank them for the use of their sanctuary while the new performance hall is under construction on the BIG ARTS campus.) Tickets are just $12, children free. Get them at the door or on-line at www.BIGARTS.org.

 

Real Estate Happenings

Because of the holiday, the local Association of Realtors® had no Caravan meeting yesterday. However, below is a summary of 2019 Sanibel sales stats. Overall, sales continue to lag last year, while in our office our sales this year are better than 2018.

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Association of Realtors® has 245 board and MLS members. With these statistics showing just 320 closed sales this year, there unfortunately are members with no sales. Many years, SanibelSusan has ranked 9th in number of sales but this year, so far, I’m in 8th, with 20 sides closed. Being top dog is not my goal, but this year’s number of closed transactions is a good indication that our business is improving. When teammates Dave and Lisa are not in the office supporting our listings, they also are selling. So far, they have two sales on-island and one in town.

Sanibel Condos Homes Lots
Status as of 11/29 # Avg Price Avg DOM # Avg Price Avg DOM # Avg Price Avg DOM
Available 127 810,576 173 182 1,428,182 142 74 755,033 433
Under contract 16 757,278 77 15 1,037,560 99 1 170,000 239
Sold/closed 2019 112 683,554 156 194 952,490 168 14 387,357 715
Sold/closed 2018 155 720,617 178 218 1,112,747 164 21 602,095 240

Weather Update

Being the time of the year when we are especially thankful for Florida’s weather, shellers today are posting about the hundreds of sand dollars covering the flats at low tide. Bright blue skies and sunshine with temperatures in the 70’s have made for continued wonderful days, while clear night skies have made evening star watchers happy too. Daytime temperatures in the high 70’s are expected until Tuesday when the next cold front arrives and a high of just 64 is forecast.

One of the best postings that I saw this week was on Wednesday by SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) which says “The coast looks clear for a beautiful beginning to Thanksgiving weekend on our beaches based on one forecasting tool. For the first time since the launch of #HABscope last month. The respiratory irritation forecast due to red tide is very low to none on Sanibel beaches today through tomorrow night. Scientists at our Marine Lab provide testing of water samples three times a week from Bowman’s Beach and Tarpon Bay Beach. Sanibel Sea School does sampling at Lighthouse Beach for this Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System – GCOOS tool….”

That post coincides with what happy beach-goers and boaters have been saying – gulf waters are clear, with no red tide evident. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Study: Lots of Listings Coming as Baby Boomers Age

Posted on-line this week from Florida Realtors®: “Boomers own about 1/3 of all U.S. properties and 27% of them will sell their home within the next 20 years – but some metros will feel the impact more than others.

“SEATTLE – Builders have struggled to overcome land scarcity and rising labor costs and materials. But a flood of homes will come on the market over the next 20 years as baby boomers age – enough to affect local economies in traditional retirement areas.

“Northerners are struggling. They love winter sunshine and low taxes, but a decision to move 1,000 miles to Fla. isn’t easy. Will homesickness set in? How much does a trip “back home” to see family cost? And how much tax savings are we talking about?

“The boomer generation, once 76 million strong in the U.S., dwarfed the 55 million Gen-Xers and 62 million millennials it preceded. Today, the 60-and-older generation owns about a third of America’s homes, and a new analysis by Zillow attempts to show how their aging will impact the housing market.

“The study predicts that a “Silver Tsunami” of sellers will build slowly as the number of adults aged 60 or older pass away each year. However, a rise is expected in the 2020s and 2030s.

“In the decade from 2007 to 2017, roughly 730,000 U.S. homes were released into the market each year by seniors aged 60 or older. From 2017 to 2027 and from 2027 to 2037, that number is set to rise to 920,000 and 1.17 million per year, respectively. This means more than 27% of today’s owner-occupied homes will become available by 2037.

“While virtually all areas will feel the effects to some degree – between one-fifth and one-third of the current owner-occupied housing stock was impacted in every metro analyzed – the wave won’t hit all at once and won’t strike all markets equally.

“Retirement hubs like Florida and Arizona are likely to feel the sharpest impact. If demand erodes because fewer people choose to retire there in the coming years, those areas might end up with excess housing. Also heavily impacted will be regions like the Rust Belt, which saw younger people move away in recent decades, leaving older generations to make up a larger share of the population.

“Some regions will be far less affected. These include Salt Lake City, where a much smaller share of homeowners are in their golden years, as well as Atlanta, Austin, Dallas and Houston – all of which are vibrant but relatively inexpensive places that tend to attract younger residents looking for an affordable alternative to expensive coastal cities.

“Still, the differences in the share of homes released by seniors among metros are small compared to the differences within them. Palm Springs, for example, will see 45% of its owner-occupied homes vacated by 2037, compared with 23.8% of the combined L.A.-Riverside metro area overall. El Mirage and Sun City figure to see nearly two-third of their homes available, compared with 28.2% of the Phoenix area at-large.

“Housing released by the Silver Tsunami – upwards of 20 million homes hitting the market through the mid-2030s – will provide a substantial and sustained boost to supply, comparable to the fluctuations that new home construction experienced in the 2000s boom-bust cycle. Whether this housing is appropriately located, priced and styled to meet future demand, however, will be an important factor in how it pairs with new construction to alleviate today’s housing shortage.

“It seems likely, however, that the construction industry will, over the next 20 years, start to put a greater emphasis on updating existing properties rather than building from the ground up.”

Sanibel & Captiva Islands Multiple Listing Service Activity November 22-29, 2019

Sanibel

CONDOS

3 new listings: Sanibel Arms West #B2 2/2 $569.9K, Loggerhead Cay #324 2/2 $589K, Sanibel Sunset #301 3/2 $2.15M.

3 price changes: Blind Pass #E202 2/2 now $429K, Sunset South #2C 2/2 now $599K, Atrium #103 2/2 now $1.2999M.

2 new sales: Seashells #37 2/2 listed at $429K, Surfside 12 #A3 3/2 listed at $749K.

2 closed sales: Sanibel Arms West #E2 2/2 $825K (our listing), Villas of Sanibel #A102 3/3 1.15M.

HOMES

10 new listings: 1856 Ardsley Way 3/2 $525K, 3947 Coquina Dr 2/2 $595K, 550 Leather Fern Pl 3/2 $639K, 3570 Bunny Ln 3/3 $739K, 934 Cormorant Cir 3/2 $749K, 668 Anchor Dr 3/2 $958.5K, 6101 Starling Way 3/3.5 $1.189M, 1671 Hibiscus Dr 5/3 $1.299M, 228 Violet Dr 4/2 $1.749M, 1018 Dixie Beach Blvd 4/5 $2.449M.

4 price changes: 760 Cardium St 3/2 now $649K, 1223 Par View Dr 3/2 now $760K, 919 Pecten Ct 3/3/2 now $1.19M, 1898 Woodring Rd 2/2 now $2.5M.

1 new sale: 747 Windlass Way 4/3.5 listed at $2.45M.

4 closed sales: 1731 Serenity Ln 4/3 $583K, 6492 Sanibel-Captiva Rd 2/1 $842K, 788 Nerita St 3/3 $865K, 1345 Tahiti Dr 3/2.5 $1.075M.

LOTS

1 new listing: 638 Lake Murex Cir $565K.

No price changes, new sales, or closed sales.

Captiva

CONDOS

2 new listings: Bayside Villas #4216 1/2 $374.9K, Bayside Villas #5104 1/2 $410K.

2 price changes: Bayside Villas #5228 1/2 now $399K, Bayside Villas #5136 1/2 now $399K.

1 new sale: Ventura Captiva #2B 3/3 listed at $915K.

1 closed sale: Gulf Beach Villas #2008 2/2 $631,750.

HOMES

No new listings or price changes.

2 new sales: with contingencies: 11509 Chapin Ln 4/4 listed at $1,799,999; 11559 Laika Ln 2/2/2 listed at $4.9M.

No closed sales.

LOTS

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.

Best wishes for a continued & wonderful holiday season!

Til next Friday!

Susan Andrews, aka SanibelSusan