Sanibel Island History
Sanibel is a paradise island that had its beginning over a thousand years ago. It has survived much in that time – the exploration by the early Spaniards, the derring-do of pirates (who are said to have buried treasure here), the conflict the early settlers had with the Calusa Indians and the difficulties encountered as an early farming community (there was a dis-connect between farming and salt water). But Sanibel did survive and evolved into the wonderful place it is today. The evolution started with fishing which attracted a lot of people from the north. They enjoyed the fishing but they also enjoyed the beauty of the island and invited their friends. Today, Sanibel is a city with its own government and support services. It has local police, fire, water and electricity. It is a unique and special community that is a surprise to many who come here for the first time – an island community in Florida with no theme parks, no hi-rises, no big signs, no big chain stores and no traffic lights. Just pretty blue waters, lovely tropical foliage and beautiful homes and cottages along quiet two lane roads.
Schools and Education
Sanibel is an established community with a year-round population of about 6,000. It has a public education system (K-12) that is highly rated by the state. You can move your family here knowing that your children will join schools that are among the top 5% of schools in the country with a range of classes that focus on both physical and artistic growth. There is also a unique emphasis on nature and wildlife conservation that comes from the community’s strong attachment to the island’s natural beauty and close proximity to so many nature preserves and wildlife habitats.
You can’t ask for a better place to live or retire. The winters are warm and the gulf breezes keep the summers from being too uncomfortable. The average temperature high in between May – September is 89 and the average low is 74. But the high season is when most people like to be outside because the average high is 76 and the average low is 59 from January – April. Don’t forget that the island is sub-tropical, which means a fair amount of rain and thunderstorms, but who doesn’t love a good book and a view of rain over the ocean? It also helps keep our island wildlife areas green and thriving, so we don’t complain about the quick, summer showers.
Nature and Conservation
The real value in owning real estate on Sanibel is the quiet charm of the island and the wide variety of things to do that give you the relaxation and pleasure that comes with island living There are the widely admired natural treasures – The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation which cover about half the island and give insight into the creatures we share the island with.
There are miles of beautiful white sand beaches, world renowned shelling, art venues – theatres, museums, music – bike paths, golf and, of course, shopping for any need and restaurants for any taste. There is something almost magical about sitting in one of the beachfront restaurants, after a busy day, and watching the sun sink slowly into the night. It’s Special!
Economy and Jobs
The island has a strong focus on the tourism industry, but there is more to the islands than just a beach town that attracts visitors. It has a thriving commercial life and a vibrant economy. It is an ideal place to become an entrepreneur and own property.
Special Community Events
We live in a tight-knit community typical of the “Old Florida” ways. There are many vacation rentals and condo rentals on the island, but that doesn’t stop Sanibel and Capitva neighbors from growing close. We see the same faces year after year and it only helps build a group that is dedicated to the natural environment and community events. You can find a variety of things to do throughout the year including parades, music festival and food tastings. Click to learn more about what the islands have to offer.
WHAT WE OFFER
The real estate market on Sanibel offers a wide range of opportunities. There are condominiums that are right on the beach and some that are further back in the inland areas. There are homes on the water or homes away from the water in quiet neighborhoods or on a golf course. Homes and condominiums range in size from 1 Bedroom Homes & Condos to homes with 3+ Bedrooms. Whatever your plans call for Sanibel can deliver. If your interest is in condominiums there is the luxury of Wedgwood or the more moderate living offered by Loggerhead Cay. If you are interested in a home there is the magnificent living in the Sanctuary or the more modest living in Sanibel Gardens or Gumbo Limbo. No matter what you need it can be found on Sanibel and David can help you find it.
DAVID IS YOUR GUIDE
The secret to a great real estate find is a great real estate guide. That is David Schuldenfrei. He is professionally trained and earned the designations of CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and GRI (Graduate of The Realtor Institute) and SCIS (Sanibel & Captiva Island Specialist). His effectiveness and skill has been recognized by his clients and customers and, importantly, by his colleagues. They have honored David by electing him to be president of the Sanibel-Captiva Real Estate Association 3 times and Realtor of the Year 4 times. He is a leading real estate producer on the island and has been for over 30 years. There is nobody who knows the island better than David. Let him guide you. Pick up the phone and call him. Discover the difference a Dave makes!