Sanibel FL Homes and Condos
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Sanibel FL Real Estate
Sanibel is an island and a city in Lee County Florida. It's home to about 7000 residents and is part of the Cape Coral/Fort Myers Metro area. Because it's an island, it's also known as Sanibel Island, which really covers the entire city. This barrier island is a collection of sand on the leeward side of the coral rock of Pine Island.
This fabulous tourist destination is known for its beautiful shell-covered beaches and wildlife refuges. More than half of Sanibel is made up of wildlife refuge, the largest being the J.N Darling National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to this one, the island is also home to the Sanibel Historical Village and a variety of museums.
Just a short drive from Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is known for its gorgeous sunsets, beautiful beaches, and luxurious resorts. But of course, are shell-laden beaches are probably the most significant features of Sanibel.
The history of Sanibel has been around for hundreds of years with legendary tales and rich history surrounding the islands. From Pirates to unique legacies, a gorgeous lighthouse, and a vibrant community, Sanibel has been building the development for hundreds of years. In 1963, a causeway linked Sanibel and Captiva to the mainland, which definitely drew a lot more residents. The city of Sanibel passed new restrictions on development after it was incorporated and currently, the only buildings on the island taller than two stories date back prior to 1974. A new causeway was completed in 2007 and features a "flyover" span tall enough for sailboats to pass under replacing the old bridge.
The main town of Sanibel is located on the eastern end of the island. Technically formed in 1974, certain restrictions and building codes have long since been a requirement for new construction after this date. Its sister city of Captiva Island, are prevalent in preserving the natural state is wildlife refuges as much as possible. Visitors and locals can drive, walk, bike, or kayak through the wildlife refuge and the most famous landmark is the Sanibel Lighthouse, located at the eastern end of the island adjacent to the fishing pier.
We feel that the wildlife on Sanibel Island deserves its own special acknowledgment. The islands curved shrimp-like shape forms Tarpon Bay to the north linked by the Sanibel Causeway. In addition to billions of shells along the beach, there's also a population of American alligators, native C grapes, sea oats, mangroves, and palm trees. The Australian pine tree is an introduced species that has spread throughout the island and the natural ecology to the island has been important to its citizens and visitors alike for decades. The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, formed in 1967, has a mission to preserve the natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around the islands. Over 1300 acres of land on Sanibel are under the supervision of the foundation with the Marine laboratory, estuary, and a network of eight in-water sensors that provide real-time, hourly readings of key water quality parameters. The main Darling National Wildlife Refuge covers over 5200 acres keeping the lands preserved, restored, and maintained for indigenous and migratory wildlife.
Why Choose Sanibel Island?
Clearly, for those that love this area, love nature. The beautiful shelled beaches, biking or kayaking along the tangles of mangrove islands and over 25 miles of high quality paved trails, as well as browsing on the beach, are just some of the amazing things that locals and visitors love to experience. Check out Lighthouse Café, located in a little plaza just two blocks from the main lighthouse. It has some of the best breakfasts in the area. You'll want to also visit the east end of the island where the fishing pier is a great place to people watch, check out some of the native pelicans, herons, and egrets, and get to know some the local fishermen. The aviary at 1119 Perry Winkle Way is home to colorful parrots and macaws with a free bird show at 10 AM nearly every day. But that's just some of the fun things to do on Sanibel Island. What did the locals say about one of the best places to raise a family in Lee County?
"Maybe I am biased because I've lived here my whole life, but I am truly in love with my island. Not only are we completely welcoming to tourists, but for anyone looking for a beautiful, close community to settle down in, I 100% suggest Sanibel. Our beaches our magical, our crime rates are ridiculously low ( we joke that our police officers are bored because they have nothing to do) and our nature is not comparable in beauty. For new families or those looking to find a forever home, just come to Sanibel!"
"This was truly one of the my favorite places I have ever been to. The beaches were absolutely amazing and best of all was there were not many people in the area I was at. The beaches were not crowded by any means, sometimes it was just myself and my family who were there. The sunset was the most spectacular thing to see setting over the water. The food in Sanibel was even better. Ever restaurant served fresh fish daily. Can not wait until I can go back, and hopefully stay longer!" - Niche.com
Residents of Sanibel Island with school-age children are all part of the Lee County public school system. There are several schools in the area but the closest is the highly-rated Sanibel school. It is located right of the island and receives a 10 out of 10 from great schools.org. There are less than 300 students and it really is a beautiful, tight-knit community with excellent education opportunities. Other schools nearby include goals elementary school, Fort Myers Middle Academy, Cypress Lake middle school, Cape Coral high school, Cyprus Lake high school, South Fort Myers high school, and Fort Myers high school. The rest of the schools are between 12 and 20 miles from most homes on Sanibel Island so it's important to talk to your student and the local school district to find the best school for you and your children.
Sanibel Island homes for sale
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