Posted by Valerie Tutor on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 10:26pm.
Happy St. Patricks Day to you from our SW Florida paradise! The weather has been spectacular here in March and the island and SW Florida area are busy again. This has been a slower season with the colder weather here in January and part of February and the warmer weather in the northern states. However, March is business as usual with our seasonal residents and new visitors flocking to the area. Buyers are here and inventory is actually rising in some part of our coastal areas. Sanibel and Captiva have seen more property coming on the market each day, but we were so low that there is still keen competition for homes and condos with views or updates. Fort Myers has seen an increase in attractive properties hitting the market as well. We are beginning to enter what is called a “balanced” market with prices becoming stable rather than rising at the levels they have for the last three years. This is good news for buyers. The good news for sellers is that many have recovered the equity they lost through the recession since prices are near 2005/2006 levels. Average home/condo prices in Fort Myers are hovering in the $300,000 range and $700,000 to $800,000 on the islands of Sanibel/Captiva.
Our wonderful weather with temps in the 70’s and 80’s brings us a great opportunity for biking throughDing Darling Wildlife Refuge, or enjoying the beach and maybe a cocktail on the patio at Doc Ford’s Captiva – a favorite place of mine. Lots of St. Patty’s Day parties are planned all around the islands and at our outstanding restaurants such as Traditions on the Beach, the Sanibel Fish House and the Sanibel Seafood Grille. This month, the evening’s entertainment includes our newest production, Musical of Musicals, a hilarious spoof of famous Broadway musicals. It opens on March 18 at the Herb Strauss Theater & runs through April 16.
Easter is early this year – March 27 – and the churches throughout the islands and the SW Florida area have services and joyous events scheduled throughout the next two weeks. Sunrise services on the island are especially well attended and just incredible. My church, Captiva Chapel by the Sea, is such a grace-filled place in this historic chapel that includes outdoor seating under the sea grapes with the sound of the waves as background music. This is a wonderful time and my prayer for you is one of hope, peace and a blessed spring! I will be right here - your paradise fairy godmother – waiting to help you realize your goals and dreams in the beauty of the SW Florida coast.
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