At the heart and soul of Southwest Florida's lower island peninsula lies the most exotic and highly prized real estate imaginable - Sanibel. Known for it's crown jewel crystal blue ocean hues and white sandy beaches, Sanibel Island presents beachfront and oceanfront luxury that only a few will ever get to call home. USA Today ranks it in the top 10 beach towns several times over. Coupled together with Captiva, the islands span for 15 luscious and unspoiled miles of beachfront. Along with this you can be sure to go bike riding for another 25 miles along it's paths. The best part of Sanibel is defined in one true statement, they say - home is where the heart is. If you have been looking for Paradise, then Sanibel is it. No traffic lights, only old Florida beach charmed living. With easy access through the causeway, Sanibel is considered a vacation haven for the wealthy.
There are typically 50-75 total listings on Sanibel Island at any given time. Single family homes under the $1 million mark are becoming scarce, rare, and sought after. There are still some, but not very many. The majority of the luxury real estate on Sanibel is comprised of luxury homes ranging in the $1 to $8 Million Range. The absolute best listings are located on the gulf beachfront side and will usually command well over $5 Million or more. Condos on Sanibel are another really clever investment option. The prices usually range from $500,000 to $2 Million. Most offer 2-3 bedrooms and will either be direct oceanfront or within walking distance to a sandy beach. Land is also prevalent on Sanibel with the average number or market listings hovering around twenty. Vacant land prices start as low as the $200,000's and tend to climb quickly to $3 and $4 Million respectively.
The island of Sanibel is 15 miles long and 5 miles wide at it's most thickest part. The rich history of Sanibel highlights it's pastel beach shells and offers that dreamy beach town feel. The tides from the gulf bring in approximately 250 types of shells, all due to it's east west orientation. People from all over the world come to Sanibel just to stay for a week including shell collectors. Lots of marine life can be sought here. Ship wrecks and artificial reefs are also to be explored and enjoyed. Several upper tier restaurants exist on Sanibel for fine dining including Jacaranda, The Bubble Room, and Keylime Bistro. Golf on Sanibel consists of three golf courses, two public and one private (Sanibel Island Golf Club, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, and The Sanctuary Golf Club). The Florida Peninsular Land Co. first started to advertise and market Sanibel in 1832. The approach was to have it "Become the Garden of Florida". Today it is all of that and more.