Posted by Valerie Tutor on Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 6:26pm.
It is June already and the SW Florida summer tourist season is poised to begin. Summer afternoon rains are the norm and we have been getting more than our share lately but we still have loads of sunshine!
Father’s Day was Sunday and the Causeway Islands were jumping with families and friends rocking the islands with cookouts, jet skis, boats, and folks celebrating Dad on this beautiful day.
I hosted an open house that day in Fort Myers at a gorgeous community, called Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club with luxury villas & condos designed for those who love to boat and/or play tennis. The condo I have listed there overlooks the marina and private island this gated community offers and it has a spectacular view of the Caloosahatchee River! I could think of worse ways to spend my afternoon than hanging out in this spacious condo that is bigger than my island house – and looking at the great water views down the river!! I love the Fort Myers area as much as I do the islands. There is such a wide variety of communities available - historic, waterfront, golf, tennis, resort-style "have it all," great family communities, you name it we have it (except ski resorts & snow). I recently visited a couple that are selling their townhome in Paseo, one of the newest communities here. Wow. It is close to I-75, the airport & both the Minnesota Twins & Boston Red Sox training facilities. It is stunning, done by Stock Development, and boasts Italian- Tuscany style architecture in single family homes and townhome/villas (or casitas, as they call them). It is one of those resort style communities that work for both vacation homes and families here full time. Within their gates they have a town center with a movie theater, a library, a hair salon, bistro, coffee bar, ice cream shop & a huge fitness center with all the latest stuff. Their pools look like they came right from Disney World with waterfalls and bubbling streams, a kiddie pool and more. It is huge - oh, I don't want to forget the incredible Tiki Bar (heaven's no). All of this and the prices for the casitas are in the low 200's for the most part! What a great value and only 25 minutes to the beaches too.
Real estate has entered a balanced market as I said last month. Prices are stabilizing and more inventory (although not a plethora) is hitting the market. Homes or condos in the $250,000 range seem to be the most popular as well as high-end property over $1,000,000 - which sold briskly the first half of the year. Both buyers and sellers need to take advantage of this opportunity to make that move, get that vacation home, or invest in the best of all investments – real estate. The rental market is so strong here that good rental income is well within reach.
I celebrated my birthday the other day by doing my favorite thing - going out on the boat, fishing and cruising around stopping at great pool bars & restaurants on the water. What a day! Sun shining & a breeze blowing that kept it from being too hot. It was so pretty. Motoring along the shoreline, you view the gorgeous homes that make Sanibel and Captiva islands a sought-after getaway for folks from all over the world. We stopped for lunch at one of our favorites – the Green Flash on Captiva Island. The owners are dear friends. We also like to boat over to Useppa Island from time to time for a relaxing lunch or just cocktails sometimes at the historic Collier Inn. The homes there are straight out of a Hemingway novel & a make a great getaway from the mainstream. Another great trip is a leisurely ride up the Caloosahatchee to either Tarpon Point in Cape Coral or sightseeing the spectacular estates, including the Edison & Ford estates, on your way to Pinchers or Joe’s Crab Shack on the water. If you are a boater, you need to come see me – I am your waterfront expert!
The US Open was played this past weekend – so for you avid golfers out there …well, this is just paradise. We have three golf courses on the islands themselves and oodles of awesome courses and golf communities off island throughout SW Florida. I sell quite a bit in the golf communities from Fort Myers down to Naples. My hubby loves summer because he and his friends play a different course each week at discounted rates. They sure have a super time.
Time to end this day with a glass of wine by my pool watching the sunset over the islands and SW Florida and thanking God for this magical place & my wonderful friends and customers – to all of you, I saved you a seat!!
I am a true Florida native and proud of my heritage growing up in South Florida on an 80 acre cattle ranch only two hours from Sanibel. Since the early 1960s, my family loved to spend our free time on Sanibel and Captiva, so I pretty much grew up here. After living and working all over South and Central Florida, my husband and I were thrilled to be able to move home to Sanibel Island.READ MORE