Happy Thanksgiving From Paradise

Posted by Valerie Tutor on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 3:20pm.

November in Sanibel-Captiva-Fort Myers and our winter residents are back!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We have so much to be thankful for here in paradise.  I am so grateful to live here and for all my wonderful friends, neighbors and clients!    Right now, I am enjoying watching the Florida Gators play on the big screen while relaxing at Sanibel Island Fish House restaurant, great weekend specials and the best Fish Dip on the island!  If you visit the island soon, Sanibel Fish House and Sweet Melissa’s are just two “must do” restaurants.  The annual tree lighting ceremony at Tween Waters Inn is the day after Thanksgiving and folks from all over SW Florida come participate in this kick-off event to our holiday season.

I must also give a shout out to the incredible downtown Fort Myers River District that has been reborn over the last few years!  The art galleries, restaurants, theater, music, shops and more are a funky blend of historical and modern hip culture.  It is truly a great place to spend a day or an evening.  The river view from many of the shops and restaurants is a real plus.  “Arts for Act” is a big event this weekend downtown. This event benefits the Abuse Crisis & Treatment center in Fort Myers that is a lifeline for domestic abuse victims, rape victims and their families.

Get ready for this – the latest reports show that real estate in Lee and Collier County has seen increases over 15% in 2015!  Wow.  If you were waiting for a deal, you waited too long.  Inventory is low and it is a seller’s market.  There are still good values to be found in vacation rental condominiums and your dream winter home but you have to be prepared to look long and hard…or use a great realtor – like me!

Sanibel & Captiva are certainly paradise, but so are many other communities in SW Florida.  Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club, Gulf Harbour, Punta Rassa, and the riverfront in old Fort Myers are all wonderful places to live and vacation, just to name a few.  So are the communities in Bonita Springs and Estero.  You can often get larger/newer homes for less than you would find on the islands.  Keep an open mind and see what SW Florida has to offer and you could fall in love this season!!  Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, folks.  Remember, I am bringing you home…. and I have saved you a seat.  


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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.

Kingfisher Real Estate Inc National Association of Realtors Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist
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