Sanibel and Captiva Real Estate Blog

How to Always Be Ready for Storms on Sanibel Island

How to Always Be Ready for Storms on Sanibel IslandThe Atlantic Ocean has had a pretty active storm season over the last few years. Everyone knows Hurricane Ian brought quite the activity to Sanibel and Captiva islands last fall and the island is still recovering. Now Hurricane Idalia (and the King Tide) is on the way from the Caribbean to the Gulf Coast of Florida and is expected to have a harsh storm impact on the islands. Out of an abundance of caution, the island is making several preparations in advance. 

If you have just moved to Sanibel Island or are considering a move here you may be wondering what it requires to be ready during what is ...

Taking Care of the Roof on Your Sanibel Home

Taking Care of the Roof on Your Sanibel HomeWhen you are purchasing a home in Sanibel it is good to know how old different systems in the home are as well as their current condition. For example, it is good to know how old the air conditioning unit is and the general lifespan of an air conditioning unit. If you find a home on Sanibel you are interested in and it has an air conditioner that is 15 years old and the average lifespan of an AC unit is 15 to 20 years this is important information. The home is probably going to need a new unit very soon and will affect you as the homebuyer soon after you take ownership of the home. 

One of the largest parts of a home is...

Amazing Opportunity! Nicely Renovated Waterfront Home for Sale on Lighthouse Way Sanibel Island

488 LighthouseWay

The property at 488 Lighthouse Way is available for sale! This is a rare opportunity to purchase a waterfront home on one of Florida's favorite islands and on one of the island's most sought-after private streets. 


Sanibel Island beachfront home for sale

488 Lighthouse Way is located on the island's east end on the bay side....

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 11535 Murmond Lane - MLS#2230597

captiva real estate - just sold

11535 murmond lane


Spectacular "Old Florida", 3 BR/3.5 BA, 2016 custom beach home. Located in Captiva's "Village" just steps from the sugar sand & shell strewn beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Built with the highest standards in mind this house is incredible inside & out. Hardie-board siding, all impact windows & doors, whole house generator, Azek trim & decking. Heated, fenced sport pool. Lanai w/ new no-seeum screen & exterior wired speakers. Custom millwork includes cabinetry, pickled cypress feature...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 11407 Old Lodge Lane - MLS#2230788

captiva real estate - just sold

11407 old lodge lane


Cozy Captiva Cottage just steps from the Bay and just a short stroll to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, wood beamed ceiling, wood, tile and laminate floors throughout, 2 screened lanais, interior & exterior storage and a 1-car garage. Situated in Captiva’s “Village” and close to shopping, restaurants, Chapel By the Sea, Marina, Library and more! Sold 8/15/2023 for $1,600,000


Reasons to Grow Native Plants Around Your Sanibel Home

Reasons to Grow Native Plants Around Your Sanibel HomeIf you have just purchased a Sanibel Island home you may be looking for ways to improve it and make it your own or to help it gain equity. Or maybe you are a current Sanibel owner looking for ways to add curb appeal as you consider listing your Sanibel Island home for sale. A great way to increase the value of your Sanibel home and increase curb appeal is with landscaping. Outdoor spaces are increasingly popular among homebuyers and as such it is a great area to help increase...

Lighthouse Cafe has Plans to Reopen on Sanibel

Lighthouse Cafe has Plans to Reopen on Sanibel About 67 years ago the Sanibel Island Lighthouse Cafe opened on the east end of Sanibel Island at 362 Periwinkle Way. The cafe has been closed since September 2022 when Hurricane Ian came through and destroyed the shopping center that once housed the restaurant. 

In addition to losing the restaurant, Lighthouse Cafe owner, Dan Billheimer, was focussing on putting other areas of his life on Sanibel Island back together. Dan and his wife also lost their home and cars. Now that Dan is able to put more focus on the cafe he has signed a lease for a new property on Sanibel and...

Captiva Real Estate - Just Sold - 11511 Laika Lane - MLS#2230482

captiva real estate - just sold

11511 Laika Lane


Charming, near beach, Captiva cottage situated on a quiet and private lane in Captiva's "Village. This 3 bedroom and 2 bath, split floor plan home offers vaulted ceiling in living/dining room, remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and sliders that open to a screen enclosed porch. Newer front staircase with composite stairs and an outdoor elevator. Impact windows and manual shutters for all sliders. Wood deck on side of house in the shade, perfect spot to hang out and BBQ...

Are Mortgage Rates Still Expected to Fall for Sanibel Buyers Despite Recent Increases?

Are Mortgage Rates Still Expected to Fall for Sanibel Buyers Despite Recent Increases?Hopeful Sanibel Island homebuyers saw a window of hope in the cost of buying a Sanibel home through the help of a mortgage when interest rates took a slight decrease and headlines predicted even larger ones on the horizon. 

In the last few weeks, however, the Fed hiked rates and mortgage interest rates rose again. This has led some homebuyers to question if the original forecasting and expectations of real estate and financial experts will ring true. Will...