Sanibel Island

According to local legend, the barrier island of Sanibel once served as a den for pirates, but today the three-mile causeway of Sanibel Island attracts vacationers and full-time residents looking to match gorgeous natural scenery with a very comfortable pace of life. Sanibel Island real estate is located just a short drive from Fort Myers, and all of the dining and shopping experiences of that city are nearby.

couple strolling on a sanibel island beach in florida at sunset

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $2M
Lowest Price $375K
Highest Price $38M
Total Listings 302
Avg. Days On Market 147
Avg. Price/SQFT $867

Property Types (active listings)

Sanibel Island Homes For Sale

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4405 W Gulf Dr, SANIBEL

$38,000,000

4405 W Gulf Dr, SANIBEL

6 Beds 7 Baths 10,183 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224012605

Kingfisher Real Estate, Inc.Naples Area Board of Realtors Logo

16486/488 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

$26,985,000

↑ $1,000,000

16486/488 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

6 Beds 13 Baths 12,284 SqFt Residential MLS® # 223092351

VIP Realty Group,IncNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

11531 Paige Ct, CAPTIVA

$11,995,000

11531 Paige Ct, CAPTIVA

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,691 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224015175

John R. Wood PropertiesNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

16512 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

$10,500,000

↓ $1,495,000

16512 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

6 Beds 6 Baths 5,813 SqFt Residential MLS® # 222057371

Royal Shell Real Estate, Inc.Naples Area Board of Realtors Logo

1245 Buttonwood Ln, SANIBEL

$10,000,000

1245 Buttonwood Ln, SANIBEL

6 Beds 5 Baths 5,210 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224024757

Premier Sotheby's Int'l RealtyNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

3767 W Gulf Dr, SANIBEL

$9,950,000

↓ $545,000

3767 W Gulf Dr, SANIBEL

4 Beds 5 Baths 6,639 SqFt Residential MLS® # 223088517

RE/MAX Realty GroupNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

16770 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

$9,900,000

16770 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

5 Beds 5 Baths 4,134 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224001787

John R. Wood PropertiesNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

16979 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

$9,250,000

16979 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

6 Beds 8 Baths 5,598 SqFt Residential MLS® # 223086211

Kingfisher Real Estate, Inc.Naples Area Board of Realtors Logo

4731 Rue Belle Mer, SANIBEL

$7,995,000

↓ $955,000

4731 Rue Belle Mer, SANIBEL

5 Beds 6 Baths 5,812 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224020155

Pfeifer Realty Group LLCNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

16632 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

$7,500,000

↓ $450,000

16632 Captiva Dr, CAPTIVA

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,681 SqFt Residential MLS® # 223043006

John R. Wood PropertiesNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

4443 Waters Edge Ln, SANIBEL

$7,490,000

4443 Waters Edge Ln, SANIBEL

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # 224028348

Premier Sotheby's Int'l RealtyNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

211 Kingfisher Dr, CAPTIVA

$7,150,000

211 Kingfisher Dr, CAPTIVA

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,938 SqFt Residential MLS® # 223057382

Century 21 Sunbelt RealtyNaples Area Board of Realtors Logo

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Explore Sanibel Island Real Estate

However, the island's beaches and sunsets are such a perfect escape from the clamor of city life that you'll have trouble leaving.

Sanibel homes for sale include some of the finest Southwest Florida waterfront homes and golf properties you'll find anywhere. Even within such a small community, there is a great variety of single-family residences that can accommodate families large or small. Many retired residents also quickly discover that it's hard not to relax when you live on Sanibel.

Starting around $200,000, Sanibel Island homes for sale are primarily detached, single-family residences that feature all the comforts of the mainland but typically take advantage of the island's pristine location through an array of exciting outdoor features, like lanais, heated swimming pools, and wrap-around porches. No matter where you live on Sanibel Island, you'll have views of oceans, lakes, and lush vegetation. Built primarily in the early 1980s, the homes of Sanibel showcase recent customizations and upgrades that make them feel strikingly contemporary. You should expect features like:

Sanibel Island's famous sunset

  • Modern tile or hardwood flooring
  • Gourmet kitchens
  • Granite countertops
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Breakfast bars
  • Enclosed garages

More affluent homebuyers should look to the many waterfront estates in the region, which often provide direct private access to the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva. These architectural masterworks are often custom built with unmatched luxury features that maximize the comforts of Southwest Florida. They make possible the kind of first-class living that only a select few get to experience.

Whether you're looking for an island getaway or a permanent place to settle, Sanibel Island real estate typically offers two to three bedrooms and full baths that make it easy to entertain guests or visiting family without stress. Of course, with so many luxurious features and amenities, you might just want to keep Sanibel Island to yourself.

Enjoying Life in Sanibel Island Homes For Sale

Island life is all about the water, so don't be surprised to learn that people who live on Sanibel Island can frequently be found shelling on Sanibel Beach, parasailing in the Gulf of Mexico, or fishing for snook and redfish in one of the island's many inlets. While all this activity goes on, there are wildlife reserves and refuges on the island to help preserve the natural beauty that attracts so many visitors each year. The region is also famous for its sunsets, so the more romantic beaches around Sanibel Island homes for sale attract crowds when the sun goes down.

While Sanibel can feel like a small village, it's also home to over 50 restaurants, many of which specialize in local seafood. There's a movie theater on the island as well as nightly chances to listen to live music and theatrical performances. And, each year, the island celebrates the best in classical music at the Sanibel Music Festival.

Sanibel Island may feel pleasantly remote at times, but it's actually just 20 miles to Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Southern Florida International Airport (RSW). After crossing the Sanibel Causeway in a car, or boating across Sanibel Harbor into the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, you gain access to great shopping, attractions, and many golf courses scattered around Southwest Florida. Access to Interstate 75 makes it easy to visit the rest of the state as well, from Tampa to the north to Miami to the southeast.

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