Captiva FL Homes and Condos

Listed below and updated daily from the MLS are homes and condos for sale in Captiva, FL, a city located in Lee County.

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Living on Captiva Island FL

Captiva Island is located just off the southwest shore of Florida and is only accessed by car through its sister island, Sanibel Island on the south via a small bridge over Blind Pass. The island was actually once part of Sanibel Island but a rough hurricane in 1926 created what is now known as Blind Pass. Blind Pass had filled in since then but was drudged in the summer of 2009 to make it a permanent water passage between the islands. Captiva may be the younger or smaller of the two sister islands, but it has much to offer. The island was voted along with Sanibel Island by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "10 Best Places for Second Homes" in 2010. 

History of Captiva

Captiva is a small and laid-back island that keeps the feel of "Old Florida" alive. Some people may not realize this small island is here, but it has been inhabited for more than a century. The first resident of Captiva was an Austrian named William Herbert Binder. His gravesite can be found on the island today next to the Chapel by the Sea. Binder set up his homestead on the island in 1888 and passed in 1932. He built the first home on the island, though the Calusa Natives inhabited this portion of Florida for several hundreds of years prior before dying out from illness and casualties of war. Binder arrived at the island as a result of a shipwreck of a German freighter that crashed off Boca Grande when he washed ashore on Upper Captiva. For his first 10 years on the island, he was all by himself. 

There are rumors that Captiva got its name from a pirate who held women captive on the island for ransom. His name was said to be Jose Gaspar and he was known as the pirate Gasparilla. There is no evidence to back this claim up however only a brochure marketing real estate development from the early 1900s. 

Fun Facts and Notable People

There was a cookie named after Captiva Island produced by the Pepperidge Farm company the famous maker of Goldfish Crackers and the Milano cookie along with others. The Captiva as it was called was a dark chocolate brownie cookie. The film G.I. Jane released in 1997 starring A-list movie star Demi Moore was partially filmed on Captiva it was the sight of the navy training entitled S.E.R.E a fictional training regimen in the storyline. 

Many famous people have also visited or at one time owned impressive luxury vacation homes on the island. Roosevelt Channel which is located on the east side of Captiva is named after former president Theodore Roosevelt who loved to fish the channel. The beach in front of Tween Water Resort on the south end of Captiva was once the spot where Charles Lindbergh would land his private plane when visiting the island. 

Things to Do On Captiva

Captiva is a small island only about 7 miles long. it is mostly quiet as far as modern amenities go to keep the island feeling that that perfect Florida island oasis getaway. There are some commercial services scattered throughout Captiva the largest collection of them is found in the center of the island around Andy Rosse Lane. 

Aside from the white sugar sand beaches where it is easy to find some of the most beautiful seashells and enjou a swim or watersports in the turquoise waters Captiva is known for great local restaurants, resorts offering scheduled activities, charter boats and tours for hire, quaint boutique shops, biking, and fishing. Some of the most popular notable restaurants include the Mucky Duck, the colorful Bubble Room, and the upscale dining venues of Tween Waters Resort. Of course Sanibel Island is just "next-door" with even more beaches, the Ding Darling Nature Preserve, shops and restaurants mostly located along Perriwinkle Way, and more. Just across the water is the town of Fort Meyers. 

Real Estate on Captiva Island

Captiva offers a great collection of both vacation homes and year round properties. From the luxury palatial single family homes of "Millionaire's Row" to the quaint beach cottages and condos located within the resort villages on the island. Many homes are located right on the waterfront with private docks allowing for the ideal dream island getaway. If you are looking for something with less maintenance check out the cottages and villas on the island within resort communities where association dues cover the upkeep of exterior landscaping and other shared ownership areas. 

Finding available homes for sale in Captiva

If you are searching for currently available homes for sale in Captiva Island Florida please check the available active real estate listings included below. For more information on a listing or to schedule a private showing please contact us right away. If you would like to start a personalized custom home search of Captiva properties we are also happy to do so. We are happy to help you find a home that you love on Captiva Island. 

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