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Sanibel Named One of the Most Charming Beach Towns

Widely known as a fantastic place for shelling and for having some fun in the sun, Sanibel Island also happens to be one of the most charming beach towns around. At least that’s what the experts at say.

Deciphering Sanibel Island Neighborhoods

While only about 12 miles long, the neighborhoods of Sanibel Island are decidedly different. Essentially, the island is broken down into three main geographic areas.

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Best Condo Investments on Sanibel & Captiva

Whether fishing, boating or shelling, an island lifestyle is certainly appealing. That’s often what draws people to visit, and even invest in properties on Sanibel and Captiva.

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Demystifying Island Names in the Sanibel Area

If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind some island names in the Sanibel area, you’re likely not alone. The area is rich with history, and some of that history is tied directly to the names of the islands today.

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The Iconic Sanibel Lighthouse

An island known for its beautiful beaches and plentiful shelling is sometimes recognized for an entirely different reason. The iconic Sanibel Lighthouse welcomes visitors to the island today just as it has for generations.

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Fort Myers: A Biker’s Paradise

From paved bike trails to trails that take cyclists off the beaten track, Fort Myers proves to be a true biker’s paradise. The city is filled with opportunities for cyclists, whether it means a simple commute from place to place or a way to explore the region in an entirely new way.

Bailey s General Store: A Sanibel Treasure

Locally owned and operated for well more than a century, Bailey’s General Store remains a true Sanibel Island treasure. A staple in the community for at least 120 years now, Bailey’s officially got its start back in the late 1800s.

Blind Pass- One of SW Florida’s Best Kept Secrets

For some of the region’s best shelling and fishing, make time for a visit to one of Southwest Florida’s best kept secrets. Blind Pass cuts between Captiva and Sanibel islands, and offers an ideal spot for beachgoers, including those simply interested in taking in some fantastic views of the area.

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Why Sanibel is a Sheller’s Paradise

You’ve no doubt heard great things about Southwest Florida beaches, but you’re in for a real treat when you visit Sanibel Island. That’s because Sanibel is virtually a sheller’s paradise.

Mike Pence a Fan of Sanibel

The president may be partial to Mar-a-Lago, but it seems Vice President Mike Pence has taken a liking to Sanibel. The vice president has reportedly visited several locations on Sanibel Island in the past, including just a few months ago. Pence and his wife commonly make a stop at Sanibel[…]

Why October is Amazing on Sanibel & Captiva

It may be cool across most of the country right now, but the fall season is actually the perfect time of year to visit Sanibel and Captiva islands. October is an amazing month, not only because of lower humidity in this part of Florida but also because of all the fun events happening in and around the region this time of year.

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Why Sanibel is Perfect for Raising Kids

While Sanibel Island is a great place for those of all ages to see and explore, it’s a perfect location for raising kids. Not only is it popular for its award-winning beaches, but it’s simply a fantastic place for young minds to explore.

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Summer is a Great Time to Vacation on Sanibel and Captiva

If you’re still trying to plan your summer vacation, consider a trip to Sanibel and Captiva. While the cooler months of the year often bring in visitors eager to escape snow and dipping temperatures, the summer season is also a great time to vacation on the islands.

Our Favorite Sanibel Restaurants

While many people come to Sanibel Island for its beaches, there’s plenty more to see and explore in this Southwest Florida locale. This includes dining in some of our favorite Sanibel Island restaurants.


Butterknife: Near the Beach on Sanibel

For a gated community near the beach on Sanibel, consider searching for your new home in upscale Butterknife. Filled with around three-dozen single-family homes, you’ll find the community just across West Gulf Drive.

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Pointe Santo de Sanibel: Beachfront Sanibel Condos

For beachfront condos on Sanibel Island, consider the many desirable offerings of Pointe Santo de Sanibel. The large condo development provides space for around 140 private condos, coming in one-, two- and even three-bedroom designs.

Sanibel Shell Festival

Visitors from around the world are expected to soon start flocking to Southwest Florida to take part in the annual Sanibel Shell Festival. Now in its 82nd year, the festival comes to Sanibel Island March 7-9.

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Bowman’s Named Top Beach in FL

Long celebrated by locals and visitors, it seems Bowman’s Beach is now gaining worldwide attention. The beach was just named one of the top 50 beaches in the world, the only beach in the entire State of Florida to make the list.

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Celebrate Island History at the Sanibel Museum

For a taste of the history of Sanibel Island, consider at visit to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Not only is it a place to celebrate the island’s history, but also to give a better understanding of its present and potentially its future. Dedicated to telling the story of[…]

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Sanibel Recognized as Bike-friendly Community

In some of areas of the country you rely on private vehicles or public transportation to get around, but on Sanibel it’s just as easy to get around and explore the sites on two wheels. While perhaps better known for its beaches and its seashells, off the sand and water[…]

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Bowman’s Beach: A Sanibel Gem

A true gem of Sanibel, Bowman’s Beach is likely one of the most popular beaches in the area. That’s despite a quiet setting, for it feels more like an undiscovered stretch of sand then a popular beach when you first arrive.

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The Sanibel School: Educational Excellence

The school year is once again in full swing at The Sanibel School, a place of true educational excellence. The island school serves kids in grades kindergarten through eighth on Sanibel and Captiva islands, with nearly 300 public school kids enrolled this school year alone.

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Sanibel Named a Top Vacation Destination

It appears the secret is out when it comes to the beauty and enjoyment of Sanibel Island. US News & World Report just came out with its list of the nation’s best vacation destinations and, unsurprisingly, Sanibel makes the cut.

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Sanibel Beaches Top Ranked in Florida

If you hope to experience some of Florida’s best beaches, Sanibel Island is the place to be. In fact, the Travel Channel just ranked Sanibel beaches as among the best. It’s hardly the only honor for beaches on the island, though.

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Exploring Bowman’s Beach

Void of any nearby development, Bowman’s Beach provides a peaceful and remote location to simply enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Located on Sanibel’s west end, the beach is the place to explore white sand and partake in world-class shelling.

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Sanibel Named Top Small Town Destination

It may exude more of a small town feel, but Sanibel is certainly overflowing with opportunity. In fact, some of Florida’s larger cities are no match when it comes to Sanibel Island and its showing on the list of the “11 Most Popular Small Town Florida Destinations”.

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The Sanctuary Turns 25

Now celebrating a quarter century of history on Sanibel Island, The Sanctuary Golf Club has been a staple in the community for decades. Although first settled in the late 1880s, it took nearly another century before investors started dreaming up plans for an upscale golf course community on the site where the Sanctuary now stands.

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Shelling on Sanibel

Southwest Florida is filled with an array of outdoor adventures, from fishing and boating to kayaking and other water sports. But in one particular area, some of the best adventures can also be found in slowing it down a bit.

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Sundial of Sanibel: Beachfront Condos

With a coveted location right on the beach, the Sundial of Sanibel Condos enjoy a delightful setting and abundant amenities. This condo resort of Sanibel Island is made up of two separate condo associations: Sundial West and Sundial East.

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Sundial of Sanibel: Gulf-front Resort Living

With the enjoyment and luxury of a gulf-front address, Sundial of Sanibel presents resort living on Sanibel Island. This popular haven for vacationers is complimented by condo ownership, with more than 400 condo units spread out across 20 mid-rise buildings making up the development.

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Plenty of Fun Things to do on Sanibel

From beaches and museums to wildlife and golf, there’s plenty of fun to be found on Sanibel Island. Only about 10 miles from Fort Myers, Sanibel routinely draws in visitors in search of fantastic beaches and natural surroundings.

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Mike Pence Visits Sanibel

Locals already know all to well the appeal of Sanibel Island, the sensational beaches, the comfortable hotels and cottages and the memorable restaurants. It’s that appeal that’s even stretched to Washington, recently attracting one of the nation’s most powerful leaders to the region.

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Sanibel Named Top Family Beach Vacation Destination

U.S. News & World Report has named Sanibel Island on its list of “Best Family Beach Vacations in the U.S.A.” The magazine cited factors such as safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, overall accessibility, spacious accommodations, dining options, and multi-generational appeal.

Our Sanibel Restaurant Picks

For a real dining treat, we have chosen a few of our favorite restaurants on Sanibel Island for you to try the next time you are in the area. Il Cielo Il Cielo has garnered acclaim by Gulf Shore Life, Florida Weekly Cuisine, as an Open Table Diner’s Choice Winner,[…]

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Southwest Florida Fishing Piers

One of our favorite pastimes is fishing. Southwest Florida has many great spots for fishing, as well as catching great views of the beach and the sunset. We’ve put the spotlight on our favorite fishing piers in the area: Cape Coral Yacht Club, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel.

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Sanibel Named #1 Family Vacation Destination

With the school year coming to a close, many parents are planning their family vacations with the kids. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Fort Myers area is Sanibel Island. Sanibel is one of the best places to go for fun, relaxation, sparkling beaches and outdoor activities. As featured on the “Today Show,” Sanibel has been named the #1 Family-Friendly Vacation Destination in the United States by Family Fun magazine.

Our Favorite Places for Breakfast on Sanibel

Sometimes you wake up and you’re in the mood for a simple quick bite to eat for breakfast before heading out the door, but other days you want a more leisurely bacon-and-eggs type of breakfast with charming atmosphere as you peer at the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Either way, Sanibel Island can meet all of your culinary needs with an array of cafes splayed across the town

Find Romance in Fort Myers

Hearts are aflutter about now at the thought of Valentine’s Day coming up on February 14. Imagine finding romance in Fort Myers—a beautiful location in southwestern Florida where snow is only in the imagination and where warm temperatures reign supreme. The only thing that melts here are hearts upon seeing puppies, newborn babies and sweethearts holding hands in out-of-the way restaurants and aboard gently moving trains.

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Tennis Place Offers Value on Sanibel

If you have ever dreamed of living on Sanibel Island but hesitate to look at real estate properties because you expect to see high price tags, you should check out Tennis Place, an affordable and high-value condo development.

Beachview Estates at The Sanibel Island Golf Club

Beachview Country Club Estates is one of the most delightful neighborhoods on Sanibel island. Both year-round and seasonal residents enjoy living in this friendly community featuring 215 upscale single-family homes.

Sanibel Recognized as Bike-Friendly Community

Bike paths are everywhere in Sanibel, which on November 18 received the Silver Bicycle Friendly Community award by The League of American Bicyclists. How did the city of Sanibel celebrate this latest honor? By opening a new bike trail. Only 3 other communities in Florida hold this prestigious designation.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is Sanibel Fixture

Sanibel Island is one of the best seashell collecting spots in the world. So it’s only fitting that there is a shell museum in the city of Sanibel. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum displays many exhibits that were collected on the island’s own beaches.

Discover Nature at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

For all residents and visitors who enjoy the natural beauty of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed have the nonprofit Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) to thank. Dedicated to the conservation of these coastal habitats and resources, SCCF is responsible for the care of more than 1,300 acres of land on the islands.

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J.N. “Ding” Darling Is A Must Visit On Sanibel

Thousands of visitors are drawn to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge every year. This is a place of awe and wonderment on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico. It is famous for its migratory bird populations. With its large size and biological diversity, it is home to 230 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 32 species of other types of mammals.

Bennett’s Fresh Roast: A Fort Myers Favorite

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, Bennett’s Fresh Roast coffee shops in Fort Myers and Sanibel serves up old-fashioned good service, ultra premium fresh-roasted coffee everyday and hand-cut from scratch donuts. As seen on The Food Network’s Donut Showdown, Fresh Roast has been one of the most successful new businesses in Lee County.

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The Sanibel School Offers Academic Excellence

A National Blue Ribbon Award winner, The Sanibel School boasts more than 100 years of educating islanders from grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. What once began as a 1-room schoolhouse has blossomed today into a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School placing The Sanibel School in the top 5% in the nation.

Kinzie Island: Live In Style On Sanibel

If you like to boat and want to live in a super-luxurious setting on Sanibel, then Kinzie Island is a neighborhood to put on your list. Being part of a close-knit enclave of 21 homes located on an island within Sanibel Island offers the utmost in privacy and exclusivity. Every home in the community has a boat dock with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, Pine Island Sound and the tranquil waters surrounding Sanibel Island.

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Sanibel Named Top Family-Friendly Spring Break Destination

Morning television show The Today Show’s travel expert Julie Loffredi called Sanibel a top family-friendly location to recharge this Spring Break. Loffredi said Sanibel is a destination that is ideal for families, because it’s affordable and won’t break the bank as well as a great location. It came in at #3 of her Top 4 Spring Break destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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Sanibel Fishing Pier

Grab your fishing pole….bait…..cooler and and head on over to the East End of Sanibel Island. Fishermen find Sanibel a great place to fish, especially the pier, the point and the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach. One of the classic sightseeing spots on Sanibel Island is the fishing pier area, which is 100 yards from Lighthouse Beach.

Sanibel Bike Path Offers Healthy Fun

Bicycling is a terrific way to slow down and explore Sanibel Island. Cyclists who ride from Fort Myers to Sanibel will travel across 3 bridges that connect man-made islands. Bikes are allowed on the bridges, and pay no toll. On the Causeway, it’s a 2.8-mile ride to and from the beaches, shops and restaurants of Sanibel.

Sanibel Causeway Spoil Islands

The spoil islands—linking the mainland to Sanibel– are the two islands between the bridges on the causeway that are called spoil islands. Located on SR/CR 867, the causeway goes through San Carlos Bay from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River that allows both Bay and Gulf access.

The Sanibel Island Lighthouse

The 120-year old lighthouse on Sanibel Island may not be open to the public but the grounds are, and it’s worth a close up look since there is convenient beach access to get here and take some nice photos and to collect seashells. The Sanibel Island Light is the first lighthouse on Florida’s Gulf Coast north of Key West.

The Sanctuary: Nature Meets Luxury on Sanibel

The Sanctuary Golf Club located on Sanibel Island is home to golf and tennis as well as a showcase for the natural preserve that surrounds the course. The perfectly manicured Arthur Hills’ designed par 72 and 6,657-yard Championship golf course and the 5 Har Tru clay tennis courts intersect with nature on the 240-acre community.

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Casa Ybel: A Spectacular Sanibel Resort

One of the best resorts on Sanibel, the Casa Ybel Resort has been named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Places To Stay In The World. Travel and Leisure Magazine includes Casa Ybel as one of the “500 Greatest Hotels in the World.” This all-condo property features 23 acres of prime Gulf-front land, and beautifully manicured landscaping along Sanibel Island’s pristine white sandy beach.

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Sanibel Resort Condos Draw Beach Lovers

Several resort-style condominium developments with direct beach access and stunning Gulf of Mexico views are located on Sanibel Island. Three outstanding resort-style developments are Sundial of Sanibel, Loggerhead Cay and Ocean’s Reach. Each offers its own menu of top-shelf amenities but all are exquisite surrounded by the natural beauty of Sanibel Island’s white sand beach, and deliver gulf-front lifestyles to residents who expect the best in luxury living.

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Shelling On Sanibel

As the sun sets and the tide is low, Sanibel beachcombers hunch over the sand, dig and look at lumps in their search for a beautiful variety of seashells. Actually, the search doesn’t take long. The treasure hunt unveils vast amounts of shells of every kind: large and small, cone-shaped and scalloped and spiraled, pink or white or orange. Sanibel Island, and its sister island, Captiva, off the Southwest Coast of Florida are the mother lode for shell hunters, and it is all due to the area’s geography.

Golfing on Sanibel Island

World-class golf against a backdrop of natural wildlife is at its best on Sanibel Island. You can’t get better than this. Sanibel Island and its neighbor island, Captiva, are barrier reef islands secluded off the western coast of Florida. Here you can find breathtaking beaches together with first-class golf amenities. Sanibel Island features spectacular golf courses, including two semi-private courses open to the public.

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Blind Pass Offers Hidden Beauty on Sanibel Island

The tides, the seasons and the graceful surf continue to bring in unbroken colorful shells to Blind Pass on Sanibel Island. Blind Pass is one of the best shelling spots in Florida. Considered a landmark destination, the little waterway called Blind Pass separates two of southwest Florida’s most beloved barrier islands, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

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The Beaches of Sanibel

One of the unique barrier islands of the world, Sanibel has an east-west orientation when most islands run north-south. For that reason, the island is favored with pristine white sandy beaches, and Sanibel is known around the world for its abundance of seashells. The island’s geography and Gulf tide currents result in great quantities of shells washing up on the sand.

Bowman’s Beach named Top 10 in World

Bowman’s Beach, a secluded Gulf of Mexico beach on Sanibel Island, was named one of the best beaches in the world in list compiled by U.S. News Travel. Bowman’s Beach shared elite company with other world-renowned beautiful beaches like Kauai, Hawaii and the Cayman Islands in the Top 10 category.

Sanibel and Captiva Have Top May 2013 Home Sales

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during May 2013 was a gulf front, single-family home located on Sanibel Island. This home is located at 3441 W Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL and features 4 BR / 6 BA / 5,115 SF and expansive water views.

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Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – April 2013

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during April 2013 was a gulf front, single-family home located on Sanibel Island. This home is located at 3517 W Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL and features 4 BR / 5.5 BA / 5,831 SF and direct access to the beach. The selling price was $5M / $857 SF, which was 91% of the asking price.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – March 2013

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during March 2013 was a gulf front, single-family home located on Captiva Island. This home is located at 16730 Captiva Drive, Captiva, FL and features 5 BR / 4.5 BA / 5,242 SF and a private boardwalk path to the beach.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – December 2012

Honorable mention for 2nd most expensive Lee County residential property sold in December 2012 was a Sanibel waterfront, single-family home. This 5,087 SF home is located at 3705 W Gulf Drive, Sanibel FL and features 5 BR / 7 BA . The selling price was $3.625M / $713 SF, which was 91% of the asking price.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – November 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during November 2012 was a Sanibel waterfront, single-family home. This 4,316 SF home is located on the East End of the Island at 1191 Bird Lane Sanibel, FL and features 4 BR / 3 BA and is sited on a 1.09-acre gulf front parcel in Richardsons.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – October 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during October 2012 was a Sanibel gulf front, single-family. This 2,421 SF home is located at 3825 W. Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL and features 3 BR / 3 BA and is sited on a 1.21-acre gulf front parcel. The selling price was $2.3M / $950 SF, which was 98% of the asking price.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – July 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during July 2012 was a lake front, single-family home at the Sanctuary on Sanibel. This 4,845 SF home is located at 2564 Wulfert Road, Sanibel FL and features 5 BR / 5 BA.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – June 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during June 2012 was a gulf-front, single-family home on Sanibel. This 4,409 SF home is located at 3401 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel FL and features 4 BR / 4.5 BA. The selling price was $4.1M / $930 SF, which was 86% of the asking price.


Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – April 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during April 2012 was a gulf front property featuring a main house and guest cottage located on Sanibel Island. This 3,716 SF home is located at 3805 W Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL and features 4 BR / 4.5 BA.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – January 2012

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during January 2012 was a Sanibel single-family home located in the prestigious Gulf Shores community. This 2,742 SF gulf front home is located at 4449 Waters Edge Lane, Sanibel, FL and features 3 BR / 3 BA. The selling price was $3.55M / $1,295 SF, which was 91% of the asking price.

Sanibel is Frommer’s Top 2012 Destination

Sanibel Island topped legendary travel destinations including Bali, Paris and St. Johns as Arthur Frommer’s 2012 favorite places to visit in the world. It is easy to fall in love with Sanibel during a visit to this beautiful barrier reef island.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – September 2011

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during September 2011 was a Sanibel single-family home located on the 17th fairway of the Sanctuary. This 5,634 SF home is located at 2596/2598 Wulfert Road Sanibel, FL and features 5 BR / 4.5 BA. The selling price was $2.225M / $394 SF, which was 89% of the asking price.

Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – May 2011

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during May 2011 was a Captiva single-family, waterfront home located within South Seas Resort. This 3,455 SF home is located at 945 South Seas Plantation Road, Captiva, FL and features 5 BR / 4.5 BA.

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Fort Myers Commercial Real Estate

With its quirky and historic downtown and status as the county seat, Fort Myers serves as a major commercial hub for Southwest Florida.

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Top Fort Myers Area Home Sales – December 2010

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during December 2010 was a Sanibel condo located at Tantara Condos. Tantara is an eight-unit, luxury condo development located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. This 2,270 SF penthouse condo located at 3049 West Gulf Drive #301 Sanibel Florida features 3 BR and 3 BA.

The Worst Deals in Southwest Florida Real Estate

We are wearing the contrarian hat this morning…..instead of discussing the hottest new listings to hit the MLS, lets take a look at the oldest, stalest listings in our MLS. These are the certifiable dogs of the market, all have been active since…….2005! Yikes, these owners have had their property for sale with the same Realtor for nearly five years.

The general consensus in the real estate industry is that listings have the most activity in the first seven days, have the best chance of selling in the first 30 days and become stale in the 90 day time frame. It is hard to imagine any buyer giving a second thought to a listing that has been on the market over 1700 days like these 2005 listings.

Top Lee County Home Sales – August 2010

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during August 2010 was a Fort Myers riverfront home located in the Seminole Estates neighborhood of old Fort Myers. This 5,150 SF home located at 3908 W. Riverside Drive Fort Myers, Fl features 5 BR / 7 BA. The selling price was $1.6M / $310 SF.

Congratulation to selling Realtor Kay Lani Atkinson of Coldwell Banker for closing the most expensive residential property in August 2010.

Honorable mention for 2nd most expensive Lee County residential property sold in August was a Sanibel gulf-front condo located in the Gulfside Place development. This 2,298 SF condo located at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive, #201 Sanibel, Fl features 3 BR / 3 BA. The selling price was $1.5M / $653 SF.

Top Lee County Home Sales – July 2010

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during July 2010 was a Sanibel gulf front home located in the Gulf Pines subdivision. This 3,716 SF home located at 906 Snowberry Lane Sanibel, FL features 4 BR / 4.5 BA. The selling price was $2.4M / $646 SF.

Congratulation to selling Realtor Eleanor See of John R. Wood Island Real Estate for closing the most expensive residential property in July 2010.

Honorable mention for 2nd most expensive Lee County home sold in July was a single-family home located in Bonita Springs the Quail West community at 28901 Girard Terrace, Bonita Springs, Florida. This home is 4,600 SF and features 4 BR / 4.5 BA with water and golf course views and a stunning porte-cochere covered walkway. The selling price was $1.3M / $283 SF.

Top Lee County Home Sales – May 2010

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County, Florida during May 2010 was a Sanibel home on nearly an acre gulf-front parcel. This home is located at 4099 W. Gulf Drive in Sanibel 15017 and features 5 BR and 4.5 BA. The home was built in 1992 and features panoramic views of the beach and gulf. The selling price was $3.275M / $963 SF.

Sanibel Named Top 10 US Destination

TripAdvisor named Sanibel as one of its Travelers’ Choice 2010 winners in the beach & sun category. A TripAdvisor award is the real deal as winners are derived from millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions on the TripAdvisor website.

Sanibel has almost completely erased the damage caused by Hurricaine Charley and is back firing on all cylinders as a world-class destination.

Affordable Sanibel Condos

Have you ever looked at Sanibel condos and passed because the prices were outside of your comfort zone? It just might be time to take another look as prices have compressed in the Sanibel condo market.

At present, there are nine condos listed for sale with asking prices below $300,000. Six of these are 2 BR units with a minimum of 750 SF of living space.

Top Lee County Home Sales – January 2010

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County Florida during January 2010 was a Fort Myers riverfront single-family estate located at 14000 Schultz Road, Fort Myers.

Cramer Optimistic on Florida Real Estate

For those of you considering dipping your toe in the Florida real estate market, Jim Cramer believes that we are at the bottom. The supporting logic behind this proclamation is that builders stopped new construction in Florida two years ago and inventory is being absorbed by our continued low interest[…]

Top Lee County Home Sales – March 2009

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County Florida during March 2009 was a single-family bay-front home located at 1571 San Carlos Bay Drive on Sanibel Island. This recently renovated home overlooks San Carlos Bay with expansive views to Punta Rassa and Pine Island. This home offers 3,121 SF[…]

Top Lee County Home Sales – January 2009

The most expensive home to sell in Lee County Florida during January 2009 was a single-family home located at 11515 Wightman Lane in Captiva. Whightman Lane is located in the village of Captiva and is one block north of the famed Andy Rosse Lane. This home is 2,650 SF and[…]

Sanibel is Boca Grande Alternative

The New York Times published an informative column on the Lee County barrier island of Boca Grande. Boca Grande sits just north of Cayo Costa Island and offers unprecedented peace and tranquility. Boca Grande residents have the opportunity to rub elbows with the rich and famous as recent visitors have[…]

Sanibel Vacation Homes

Humorous column about vacationing on Sanibel in the Sunday Times UK by Irish columnist Terry Prone. The second home market in Southwest Florida is busier right now than it has been the last two seasons. Throughout the real estate market downturn, the Sanibel real estate market has remained relatively stable.[…]

Sanibel New Construction Approved

Sanibel Planning Commission Approves Chateaux Sur Mer project After a nearly a year of contention between Chateaux Sur Mer homeowners, their neighbors and the city planners, the Sanibel Planning Commission gave the go ahead to building a new waterfront home. This case was a classic, “we don’t want a trophy[…]

Ocean’s Reach Sanibel

Congratulations Ocean’s Reach, the first development on Sanibel Island to be designated a Florida Green Lodge by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Ocean’s Reach was awarded this designation by demonstrating best practices in communication, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and clean air. Ocean’s Reach is a beachfront development[…]

Sanibel Condo Deals

Ever thought about getting a place on Sanibel? I know, during your last visit you checked out a few units and cringed at the prices……..Might it be time to rethink Sanibel as a viable 2nd home option? Today there are four Sanibel condos available for under $300,000 and a total[…]

Not So Big Architectural Movement

Here is an interesting concept from a local firm, the Seacoast Cottage Company. This company is developing a niche focusing on high-end not-so-big construction. In this era of trophy homes and over-zealous mcmansions, a focus on quality over quantity is a fresh and welcomed approach. The Not So Big movement[…]

Second home tax trap

Passive losses not sure thing Sanibel rental property owners Ed and Susan Hanna have learned a costly lesson about taking passive losses for rental property. In a nutshell, the IRS disallowed their taking passive losses and ruled that Susan Hanna could not work as a full-time database consultant and also[…]

Sanibel starter homes

The bar is high and the ammenities are sparse The phrase Sanibel starter home is truly an oxymoron, but for the ambitious dreamers there are some options. For starters, the bar is pretty high on Sanibel…….it takes a cool half a million to get into the game. The average asking[…]

Captiva and Sanibel tourism

Normalcy returns to barrier islands Sanibel and Captiva are the bellwether for tourism here in Lee County. The success of our real estate market is interwoven with the ability of these resort communities to draw visitors to the region. The continued health and growth of our market is dependent on[…]

Casa Yucca Sanibel

Sanibel Waterfront Estate for $18.9M Casa Yucca, the former Sanibel home of CIA Director Porter Goss, is listed for $18.9M. This is currently the highest asking price for a home in SW Florida. The nearly 3.5 acre waterfront site has 315 feet of gulf frontage along Sanibel’s gold-plated West Gulf[…]

Spec vacation homes

Investors building high-end spec homes in luxury areasA growing trend in the luxury vacation home sector is the spec building of second homes by investors. Many investors are focusing on the ultra-luxury communities like Boca Raton and Park City, Utah. According to the National Association of Realtors, 13 percent of[…]