Sanibel Island

On a quest to discover the mythical Fountain of Youth, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon stumbled upon Sanibel Island, a barrier island situated off the southwest coast of Florida. He named the beautiful island “Santa Isabella” after Queen Isabella of Spain in 1513.

Years passed but the beauty of the area didn’t diminish. The erection of the Sanibel Lighthouse in 1884 brought attention and prominence to the island as a fishing haven, and today this area of Sanibel, known as “Old Village,” showcases historic landmarks such the Sanibel Schoolhouse, Lighthouse Park, and Periwinkle Way, a picturesque street with local restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops.

As the secret of Sanibel’s organic beauty became known, many celebrities, writers, business tycoons, and prominent politicians constructed winter homes along the pristine coastline. The island’s unobstructed coastline, tropical setting, and tranquil stillness lends to one’s complete relaxation and rejuvenation.

Real estate on Sanibel includes oceanfront homes, bayfront homes, golf course homes, condominiums, and villas. From an architectural standpoint, most of the homes reflect a mix of Spanish or Mediterranean influences, Key West style, or contemporary coastal designs. The homes themselves are as diverse as the island, with the singular commonality of exalting nature, tranquility, and quietness. Read More

Real Estate Statistics

Total Listings: 2,952
Average Price: $554,696
Highest Price: $35,000,000
Lowest Price: $90,000

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Photo of 6520 Pine Ave A, SANIBEL FL

6520 Pine Ave A

Sanibel, Fl 33957


Located On The West End Of Sanibel Island, This One Of A Kind Offering Is The Only Commercial Collection Of Properties Of Its Kind On The Island. Five Parcels In Total, Four Of Which Are Zoned As ...

1100 Par View Dr

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 6,538,356 SqFt

The Sanibel Island Golf Club Is A 18 Hole, Par 70 Golf Course, It’s One Of Two Semi-private Golf Clubs On Sanibel Island. The Clubhouse Has A Pro Shop, Office And Restrooms, There Is A Restaurant ...

1446 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, Fl 33957


Rare Opportunity For A Multi Parcel Commercial Property On Sanibel Island With Direct Frontage On Periwinkle Way! This Property Has Three Separate Parcels. The Main Building Is Sanibel's Only Anti...

5071 Joewood Drive

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Full Baths
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 4,056 SqFt

This Gulf Front Home Is Built Like A Fortress With 20’ High Concrete Pilings. Featuring Wide Sweeping Gulf Views And A Direct Walking Beach Access Path. The Home Is Particularly Wonderful For En...

435 Bella Vista Way E

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Full Baths
  • 3,138 SqFt

Rare Opportunity To Own One Of Only Three Single-family Direct Gulf Front Homes On The East End Of Sanibel Island. Located In The Gated Colony Beach Community, This Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom ...

488 Lighthouse Way

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Full Baths
  • 3,286 SqFt

A Rare Opportunity To Own A Bayfront Home On One Of Sanibel’s Most Prestigious Private Streets. Stunning Beach Home With Panoramic Water Views. Meticulously Built & Maintained: Metal Roof (2020), ...

568 Lighthouse Way

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Full Baths
  • 1 Half Baths
  • 3,534 SqFt

Diamond On The Bay! Reinvented And Expanded In 2019 This Gorgeous Beauty Embodies A Blend Of Contemporary Coastal Influences And Classic Cottage Charm. The Architectural Details Are Impressive. Fr...

4657 Rue Belle Mer

Sanibel, Fl 33957


Embrace This Incredible Opportunity To Build Your Dream Home On A Gulf Front Lot Perched On Just Under One Acre Of Land With 100 Feet Of Gulf Frontage In The Popular Chateaux Sur Mer Neighborhood ...

4155 Gulf Dr

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Full Baths
  • 2,992 SqFt

Offered At A Great New Price! Situated Perfectly On Sanibel’s Most Highly Desired Addresses And Location Near The End Of The Prestigious West Gulf Dr, Offering Privacy & Fantastic Opportunity. Thi...

1157 Bird Lane

Sanibel, Fl 33957


  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Full Baths
  • 1 Half Baths
  • 3,349 SqFt

Welcome To The Bird House! Panoramic Views From This Unique Bayfront Home With Attached Historic Cottage Are Being Offered For The First Time By The Original Owner. Permitted Dock – Which Will Be ...

Although Sanibel has grown in popularity, it fiercely protects its reputation as a slow-paced, sleepy beach town. A campaign for federal protection in 1945 for Sanibel’s mangroves, estuaries, and bay led to the Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a 6,3000 acre forest. Additionally, in 1973, the town council approved the “Sanibel Plan,” which restricts development to less than a third of the island. 

Full-time and seasonal residents, as well as repeat visitors, support the town’s promise to keep the island’s primitive state and abide by its vision to remain a barrier island sanctuary, one in which a diverse population lives in harmony with the island's wildlife and natural habitats.” Locals desire the unpretentious albeit opulent ambiance. In an interesting juxtaposition, fancy restaurants do not require formal attire; rather, casual shirts, shorts, and flip-flops are more than appropriate for white-table cloth tables, steak dinners, and expensive red wine dinners.

Encompassing 12 miles in length, Sanibel’s beaches are famous for its sugar white sand, azure ocean, gentle waves, and eclectic seashells. Public beach access points on Sanibel include The Lighthouse, Gulfside City Park, Tarpon Bay, Bowmans, and Blind Pass. Recently, Coastal Living magazine ranked Sanibel as one of the top shelling beaches in the United States. Collectors excavate more than 200 types of seashells, including rare ones such as lion’s paw, junonia, Scotch bonnets, and queen conch shells. Apart from shelling, beachgoers enjoy basking in the sun, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and fishing from the coastline.

When not enjoying a day at the beach, Sanibel residents participate in other outdoor activities such as golfing, biking, playing tennis, and exploring native wildlife and ecosystems. The Sanibel Island Golf Club presents 150 acres of natural terrain and views of the scenic Sanibel River, while the two private golf courses, Beachview Country Club Estates and the Sanctuary at Wulfert, offer waterfront views and clubhouse amenities. With more than 25 miles of paved bike paths, residents enjoy cycling to restaurants, shops, and picnic areas. The Sanibel Historical Society offers its own self-paced biking tour that highlights 19 specific historic sites.


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