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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


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

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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...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 734 Anchor Drive - MLS#2210653

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734 Anchor Drive


Situated on the quiet East end of Sanibel, this beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath canal home offers dock and deeded beach access. New roof 2019, New a/c 2020, New cap boards on dock 2020, New exterior paint 2020, New exterior mahogany shutters 2020, New pool and screen enclosure 2021, New landscaping 2021, New wall mounted transformer for landscape lighting 2020, New exterior and lanai lighting 2020, New Smart switches throughout 2020, New LED can lighting throughout 2020, New shower heads in both baths, New primary bath sink and New kitchen faucet. Laundry room...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 5270 Indian Court - MLS#2201052

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5270 Indian Court


This 1.25-acre, 2-building family compound sitting on almost 500 ft. of Bowen Bayou frontage with forever views of conservation land offers boundless possibilities. Designed to maximize water views, wildlife viewing and to allow natural light to flow through this contemporary upside-down floor plan. Owned by just one family. Deep water dock allows for quick access to the intracoastal waterway. Main House boasts 4-bedroom en-suites, powder room, large great room w/fireplace, Chef-sized kitchen/pantry, private library with built-ins, beautiful oak...

Rainy Day Fun in Sanibel Island Florida

There is always some level of rain in the state of Florida, we are currently rounding the corner into what is known as rainy season across the state. While rain is needed to help maintain the lush natural environment that makes Florida so beautiful, sometimes the rain can put a damper on your Sanibel Island adventure plans.

The good news to the rain in the summer is that it is usually predictable with guaranteed afternoon thunderstorms allowing you to make a loose plan for your days. Some storms are stronger than others and it is always a good plan to have something to do to get you out of the heavy rains.

Here are some of the most fun Sanibel Island activities that will keep you dry while you are waiting out the rain:

Rainy Day Fun in Sanibel Island Florida...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Listed - 518 N. Yachtsman Drive - MLS#2210647

518 N Yachtsmand Drive


Incredible near beach 3 bedroom (2 - Master Suites), 3 bath canal home on the East End of Sanibel situated in the small enclave of Yachtsman Cove. Home has a private dock w/25,000 lb. lift (2019) with direct access to the Bay. New fenced, heated, pool and spa (2020) surrounded by a paver deck and newly landscaped yard. Impact windows and doors w/exception of front door, lower lanai door and 3rd floor slider which have manual hurricane shutters. New hot water heater 2020, whole house water filtration system 2019, Hardi board siding 2018, roof 2018, 3 a/c units & handlers 2019, luxury plank flooring...

How to Give Your Cabinets a Facelift

Give a thrifty facelift to outdated, careworn kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint and updated fixtures. This is ideal for vacation homes, investment property on Sanibel Island or just trying to find a budget-friendly way to update your kitchen or bathroom. How to Give Your Cabinets a Facelift

Adding a gel stain, glaze or high-gloss or chalk-style paint can change your cabinets’ appearance from plain-Jane to shabby chic, rustic, farmhouse, modern or your own special style. An updated color can turn attention away from door styles that are no longer popular and spruce up builder-grade cabinetry.

Of course, it is important to prepare your cabinets for new paint by ...

The Pros and Cons of Pocket Listing

Prior to the pandemic, some homeowners chose to keep their home sales more private with a pocket listing. In today’s very lucrative real estate market where many more buyers are interested in a small number of homes, more sellers are considering taking the unconventional approach of intentionally limiting their house visibility to prospective buyers by going the pocket listing route. A pocket listing is a home that is not put on the MLS for the general public to see and know about.The Pros and Cons of Pocket Listing | The Bell Team

Most real estate is listed with the multiple listing service (MLS) by a real estate agent. The MLS is a regional database of homes for sale across the country available for anyone to look up online. When the...

Sanibel Real Estate - Just Sold - 625 Nerita Street, 2B - MLS#2210492

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625 Nerita Street 2B


Wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo just steps from the sparkling pool and beautiful Sanibel beaches. Sit on the beach and enjoy the gentle waves and world famous shelling. This condo was sold fully furnished and is a weekly rental, perfect investment or vacation get-a-way. Sold 8/13/2021 for $585,000

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


Top Three Qualities in a Luxury Listing Agent

A Luxury Listing Agent - When it comes to listing your luxury property, you're probably not going to turn over your home to any Joe Blow or amateur Realtor®. You're either going to go on referrals or do the research and find someone that is well-versed in luxury home sales and has the experience of your market, niche, and neighborhood. As experts in the Sanibel and Captiva luxury real estate market, we specialize in helping folks sell their custom homes and help them stand out from the crowd. Your home is unique and your marketing should be as well. When selling and listing your Portland home, here are the top three qualities in a Sanibel Island luxury listing agent to look for.Top Three Qualities in a Luxury Listing Agent