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Best of the Sanibel and Captiva - The Bell Team Best Team

The Bell Team Won Best Real Estate Team on the Islands for the 8th year!Best of the Sanibel and Captiva - The Bell Team Best Realtor®

The Bell Team of VIP Realty Group, Inc. has won its 8th BEST REAL ESTATE TEAM award from the Islander Newspaper. 

We are so honored to announce that we have won this award for our area. We love the Sanibel and Captiva Island area and specialize in clients buying second homes, vacation homes and other properties in this beautiful part of the country. 

 As the Founder of The Bell Team; Karen together with her team members are committed to providing the highest level of real estate services in a professional, competent, and ethical manner. ...

Creating Wine Storage that Becomes a Design Feature in Your Home

Wine enthusiasts all around the world have recently begun creating gallery-like storage spaces that not only efficiently store their collections but also display them as art. In-home wine storage as a design feature was a luxury home concept that began in France in the 1970s. The first wine storage as focal art is attributed to a Frenchman named Georges Harnois.Creating Wine Storage that Becomes a Design Feature in Your Home

Harnois began this trend by digging a 6 ½ foot wide hole in his garage floor and lining it with wood and refining it with concrete modules. He created a spiral wine cellar which has evolved over the years.

Today most spiral wine sellers are not only stunning...

What Millennials Want in a Home

Born between 1980 and 2000, millennials are thought to be a group driven by the technology revolution and fed by avocado toast. Certain characteristics and manners have influenced society’s overall viewpoint of this generation, such as the increase in single-parent families, the higher likelihood of college enrollment — and student loan debt — and many observations on their work ethic. Because millennials are so dominant to the housing market, it is critical that sellers adapt to the increasing demand. Learn more from the accompanying infographic and be prepared with our tips on how to appeal to millennial homebuyers.

What Millennials...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 812 Birdie View Point - MLS#2210376

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold

812 Birdie View Point


Beautiful near beach home overlooking the Golf course in the Beachview community. Home has a split floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and is wonderful for entertaining friends and family. Formal dining with French doors, wet bar with 2-drawer refrigerator and it's own dishwasher, formal living room with tray ceiling, family room with gas fireplace, office with built-in custom cabinetry, plantation shutters and crown molding throughout. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, island and double...

Sanibel Frequently Makes 'Best Of ' Lists

Sanibel Island is one of the most amazing places in all of the world. It is no surprise to those who live here or come to vacation often that Sanibel Island frequently makes best-of lists or categories year after year. In the year 2020 for example, Sanibel Island ranked in several best-of lists on the U.S. News website Travel section. U.S. News is well known for producing several “Best of” lists for countless categories. They are ranked 50% on voter input and 50% on editor criteria.Sanibel Frequently Makes "Best Of " Lists

Here are some of the “best of” rankings that Sanibel earned in the year 2020 from U.S. News Travel:

#2 Best Florida Beaches by U.S. News Travel...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 255 Hurricane Lane - MLS#2191201

sanibel real estate - just sold

255 Hurricane Lane


Just a short walk to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Sanibel's shell strewn beaches! Build your island get-a-way on this beautiful lot that has been cleared of all invasive trees or shrubs and is well maintained to allow a walk of the boundaries. Lot overlooks "Sanibel Gardens" and is located in zone "G".  Situated at the end of a private and quiet Lane. Perfect building site to enjoy the islands wildlife and natural surroundings. Sold 9/10/2021 for $370,000


What are the Forms of Contemporary Architecture?

Contemporary architecture design and luxury homes throughout the Sanibel and Captiva real estate area. From high-end luxury properties in Sanibel to beachfront properties in the pristine Metes and Bounds neighborhood, contemporary architecture can be found throughout the Sanibel area in addition to old Florida design. Perhaps you've just gotten started looking for contemporary architecture or contemporary. You may wonder where to start. Are there different types of contemporary architecture or different forms? This article will discuss the different forms of contemporary architecture you might find in our area. 

What are the Forms of Contemporary Architecture?


The term...

Private Tennis Courts are Growing in Popularity

Like many other luxury recreational amenities, tennis courts have received a renewed amount of interest among homeowners and buyers over the past year and a half. As the unfortunate events around the world saw many luxury homeowners suddenly spending much more time inside their homes, luxury property buyers were interested in properties with larger full-service amenities. This has led to a surge in luxury homeowners adding items such as personal tennis courts to their homes.Private Tennis Courts are Growing in Popularity

For a certain amount of time before the pandemic, many people were looking for smaller more manageable properties, but as several people spend long periods of time in their home they began to...

Enjoying Jensen's Marina on Captiva Island

A fun way to experience old Florida is to spend some time at Jensen’s Marina on Captiva Island. You’ve probably heard the term old Florida before, many use it to refer to getting back to simpler times of just enjoying the tropical atmosphere that Florida has to offer. Hanging out at Jensen’s Marina allow you to take some time to enjoy a laid-back atmosphere with nothing but fresh salty air, and incomparable views of the Gulf of Mexico, and the amazing Florida sunshine.

Here are some fun classic Florida activities you can enjoy from Jensen’s Marina on Captiva Island

Enjoying Jensen's Marina on Captiva Island

Take a water taxi to Cayo Costa or North Captiva

Jensen’s Marina offers...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 565 Lake Murex Circle - MLS#2210577

sanibel real estate - just sold

565 Lake Murex Circle

Walk to the beach from this Southern exposure, lake-front home offering 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with a screen enclosed pool and spa. Great room, cathedral ceiling, tile floors throughout and sliders that open to the deck overlooking the pool & spa with expansive lake views. Kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances. New roof 2021, dishwasher 2020, washer & dryer 2020, hot water heater 2020 and updated landscaping/mulch 2021. Impact windows, garage...