Sanibel and Captiva Real Estate Blog

Sanibel Island Real Estate, Just Sold


Great neighborhood and only steps to the beach! Wonderfully built 3 BR/2.5 BA home with a fantastic floor plan on a large lot. Spacious layout includes a screened front porch with bay window and slate floors, an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinets. Double sided fireplace opens to the family room and the more formal living room and dining room. Laminate wood floors and tile throughout. French doors open to the large sunroom with sitting area and hot tub overlooking the large private backyard. All baths have custom vanities with granite. Large driveway and two car garage....

Sanibel Island Real Estate, Just Sold

Beautiful 2 BR/2 BA, furnished condo with spectacular Gulf Views from the living room and screen enclosed lanai. Remodeled kitchen with granite counters, bathrooms, and new appliances. Condo amenities include a pool, tennis courts, deeded beach access, clubhouse, BBQ grills, and hot tub. Enjoy Sanibel's beautiful beach and excellent shelling. Situated close to great island amenities, restaurants, shopping, biking and more. Sold 6/21/2013 for $625,000

Sanibel Lighthouse Rehabilitation Project

On Monday, June 17, 2013 the City of Sanibel will begin a rehabilitation project to the Sanibel Lighthouse and construction will continue through September 2013. The road leading to the Lighthouse starting just beyond the fishing pier parking lot will be closed for use during this construction project. The fishing pier and adjacent parking lot will remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience while this important public improvement project is completed.
Anyone with questions regarding the Sanibel Lighthouse Rehabilitation Project is invited to contact the City of Sanibel Public Works Department at (239) 472-6397.


Sanibel Island Real Estate, Just Sold

Great views of the Gulf of Mexico from this 2 bedroom and 2 bath condominium in a beautiful Sanibel Island complex.
The master bedroom opens to the screen enclosed lanai. Sold furnished in a nice island style decor. Sold 6/14/2013 for $575,000

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Francis P. Bailey - Celebration of Life

??????The Celebration of Life for former Mayor Francis P. Bailey Jr. will be held at:
The Bailey Homestead
1300 Periwinkle Way
11 a.m.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Attendees are urged to walk, bike, and carpool. Bikers should follow the signs to the on-premise bike corral for bike parking.
Parking will be available at the following locations:
Matzaluna Restaurant - 1200 Periwinkle Way
The Jacaranda Restaurant - 1223 Periwinkle Way
Roadside City Park - 1380 Periwinkle Way
The Bank of the Islands - 1699 Periwinkle Way
Adventures in Paradise and Sanibel Taxi will provide shuttle services to the Bailey Homestead from the Bank of the Islands.
Handicap Parking will be at the Homestead. Please display your handicap placard & follow the signs to the area designated for special needs parking.

From Our London Office!!

?Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty takes a seasonal look at the property market.
It has been a long time coming. The seasons in many regions are out of kilter and
flowering is very late. But now the climate is warmer. Things are stirring. People feel
better. There is a mood of renewal and a fresh start. I speak of course of the real estate
market. It has been a very long winter - about seven years of real estate winter in market
terms. Some people who are new to the property industry have never had experience of
working in a burgeoning market. All they know are falling prices, low...

In Honor of Francis P. Bailey & The Bailey Family

Francis P. Bailey, Jr., the remaining son of a pioneering Sanibel family that opened Bailey's General Store in 1899, died Saturday. He was 92.
Born in Fort Myers in 1921 to Francis and Annie Mead Bailey, the oldest of the Bailey boys went to boarding school and college in Virginia and served non-active duty during World War II before eventually returning to settle on Sanibel. He began working at the store when he was 27.
He ran it by himself for years until his brother Sam, who died in 2010 at 86, moved from Tampa to help.
Francis was active in the community, serving with the Lions club, where he sold Christmas trees, and donating the land that is home to the Bailey-Matthews Shell...

Sanibel Island Real Estate, Just Sold

Castaway Estates 
Great buy on Sanibel Island. Michigan built CBS home with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, situated on a canal with a boat dock. Gulf & Bay access with 376 ft. of water frontage on a canal. Great water views on a .86 acre lot. Room for a pool. Sold 6/8/2013 for $480,000
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Island Legend

Launch Of Francis Bailey Memoir
My 92 Years On Sanibel, Francis Bailey's long-awaited memoir and homage to the island he loves, will be officially launched at a celebration on:
Tuesday, June 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.
at the old Bailey Homestead on Periwinkle Way
at the intersection of Donax Street.
"Francis worked very hard on this book, and he did it primarily for his children," said Emilie Alfino. "He wanted them to know his story, and Sanibel's story." The book is written "as told to" Emilie Alfino, formerly a reporter for the various Sanibel newspapers and now the manager of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. "Francis and I spent a lot of time together over the past two and a half years," Alfino said. "Honestly, every minute of it was a pleasure. I say now what brother Sam often said of their father Frank: Francis is one of the finest men I have ever known."
The format for the June 18 event will be an open house, so people may...

Ding Darling Sanctuary Is Closed, Looking For an Ecology Adventure

?With the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge drive closing for the summer (May 20-October 1), where can visitors get there fix of mangroves, spoonbills, alligators, anhingas, herons and more? Don't despair! The Everglades Day Safari will continue to offer tours throughout the summer as we have since 1991.
Each trip includes:
Naturalist-guided transportation from Residence Inn Sanibel Gateway.
An amazing AIRBOAT RIDE.
A NATURE WALK through an ancient cypress forest surrounded by climbing vines, wild bromiliads and orchids.
A VAN TOUR through Big Cypress National Preserve where turtles, gators and birds of many species congregate.
A relaxing 90-minute...