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High-End Buyer Luxury Real Estate

High-End Buyer Luxury Real Estate Search

Searching for and securing the perfect home always comes with a few challenges. This is as true when it comes to luxury real estate as it is for properties at lower price points. Here are five luxury real estate tips for finding a property that suits you perfectlyLuxury homes for sale on Sanibel Island

Not every seller wants to spread the word about their home far and wide.

For a variety of reasons, which include the desire for privacy, many prefer to keep their properties off the MLS. These homes are known as exclusive listings, and having access to them can increase the chances that you’ll find that one-in-a-million...

Buyers are Considering Relocation to Upsize Their Home

As mortgage rates are rising and home prices are continuing to see record highs there are several homebuyers across the country who feel the pressure and are considering purchasing a home in different areas.Buyers are Considering Relocation to Upsize Their Home

Research recently conducted by and shared in a recent report show that the majority of homeowners planning to sell this year are also planning to purchase another home. But 63% are expected to find themselves priced out of different locations as costs are continuing to rise. This information is based upon data collected from a survey of 3212 adults taken in mid-April 2022.

Prices have increased 14% year-over-year in the entire country and consumer prices have...

Celebrities in Sanibel and Captiva Island

Celebrities in Sanibel and Captiva Island

Visitors are likely to wander past some of the biggest celebrity names as Captiva is historically a popular destination for A-list visits. Captiva is approximately 5 miles long and half a mile wide and is accessible by road from Sanibel. The island’s only road, Captiva Drive, which runs the length of the island, is lined with spectacular multi-million dollar properties, stretching the width of the island. There are no eye sores here with Captiva developments fitting into the lush, tropical scenery with nothing built higher than the tallest palm tree.

Visitors in Captiva can relax on the islands pristine beaches, which have the world’s best shelling, and go fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and exploring.

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Is it a Good Idea to Get Rid of a Tub and install a Large Luxury Shower?

If you are shopping for a new home and the main bathroom is not quite the way you want it, or you are updating your current home to better fit your wants and dreams, you may be considering installing that dream extra-large walk-in shower. There has been a resurgence in interest in walk-in showers with plenty of room and luxury water features. Many homeowners are taking out bathtubs to create room for luxury super showers.Here are some things to consider before installing a giant luxury shower in your home

Here are some things to consider before installing a giant luxury shower in your home

The Benefits of a Large Luxury Walk-in Shower

In some cases, a luxury...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 1985 Wild Lime Drive - MLS#2220365

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1985 Wild Lime Drive


Remodeled 3 bedroom and 2 bath pool home. Home has a metal roof, new A/C, freshly painted inside and out, LVP throughout, new kitchen appliances and quartz counters, new bathrooms, custom closets and a 2-car garage. Great mid-island location, close to Bowman's Beach and Captiva Island. Enjoy miles of biking and running trails, wonderful island shopping and restaurants. Sold 6/21/2022 for $1,280,000

To Buy or Sell....Call Karen Bell & The Bell Team!!


Sanibel Real Estate - Price Improvement - 2474 Wulfert Road - MLS#2220332

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2474 Wulfert


This beautiful 3-bedroom En-suite, 3 bath, 2 half bath home is in the prestigious "Sanctuary" community. Spectacular floor plan offers vaulted ceilings, great room with a double-sided coral fireplace, gourmet kitchen with 2-dishwashers, breakfast room, formal dining room with wood beamed ceiling, living room with wet bar, screen enclosed pool with spa and Italian tile, high ceilings, outstanding wood details and workmanship throughout, bamboo wood flooring in the great room, library/office, formal dining, stairs and loft area. The primary suite boasts a den with...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 15261 Captiva Drive - MLS#2220198

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15261 Captiva Drive

CUSTOM BAY-FRONT OASIS                

Impressive home with panoramic Bay views in this one-of-a-kind design by John Cooney of Naples. An immaculate show case of luxury. Property is tucked away for maximum privacy. Stunning lush tropical grounds with a circular driveway that meets an expansive staircase to your tropical oasis. Step into paradise as you enter the large foyer and experience this perfectly designed “Island Style" home as your eyes meet the deep blue and turquoise view of the Bay. Featuring expansive windows...

What Makes a Home More Expensive?

If you are shopping for homes, or are deciding what price to list your home at, you may be wondering why homes for sale that seem to be almost identical are listed at different prices.

The Top Contributing Factors to Home Value

LocationWhat Makes a Home More Expensive

When it comes to assessing the value of a home because of the location there are some factors that come into play. Factors of a location that increase the market value include its proximity to employment opportunities, quality of local schools, and proximity to other modern amenities.

Other factors that play into location are homes in highly desirable dream destinations such as on the water near another large tourist attraction.

Functional Space and Overall Size

The larger a home is, the more...

Can an HOA Deny a Buyer the Purchase of a Home?

Many communities including some on Sanibel Island have homeowners’ associations (HOA). HOA associations are very helpful in a majority of situations to retain a quality of atmosphere within the community. But there have been some not-so-pleasant situations regarding these associations as well.

In some communities, HOAs will ask to screen residents before a sale can be closed on a property in the community but it can be rare. Florida is actually a state where this happens more frequently than other locations. If an HOA has a screening process, it must openly communicate it and state it within the HOA bylaws.Can an HOA Deny a Buyer the Purchase of a Home

Does an HOA have the right to block a buyer from purchasing a property?

In some locations where screening...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 2549 W. Gulf Drive #101 - MLS#2220047

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Sedgemoor 101


This gorgeous, direct Gulf-Front condo lives like a home offering over 3,300 sq.ft. of living space. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, den/office, plantation shutters, tray ceiling, wood flooring, laundry room, impact windows & doors and breathtaking views! This private, exclusive Gulf-Front complex on Sanibel Island only offers 12 condos and has restricted rentals. The floor plan is open and spacious, gourmet kitchen with new appliances, pantry and quartz counters overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sliding glass...