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Date Archives: December 2019

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Remodeling Contractor

Thinking of a remodeling project in 2020? Make your Southwest Florida home more appealing for your family, or get it ready to sell with a timely renovation. Just be sure to follow these 7 tips for choosing the right remodeling contractor. 

  1. Consult Your Network
    Before you begin your search on your own, consult your network for advice. Ask fellow homeowners or other industry professionals, including your real estate agent, who've had renovations completed on their own homes or businesses. Your trusted network will give you honest feedback on their experiences and potentially let you view the completed project.

  2. View Reviews & Portfolios
    After you've consulted those you know, seek out the feedback of other customers. As you vet potential contractors, go deeper than viewing reviews. If you can contact past clients online via message boards, consider asking for more detailed information about their experience. Although you can view photographs in a contractor's portfolio, you should try to see as many completed projects in person as possible. If any contractors have worked on commercial businesses, visit these buildings if you can.

  3. Evaluate Credentials
    Reviews are helpful, but you need as much reassurance as you can get that your renovations will be completed to the highest standard of quality. You should only consider contractors who are licensed, bonded, and insured. Look for a contractor that belongs to reputable professional associations within their industry and that have earned additional certifications relevant to their specialty.

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Our REALTORS® invite you to explore sun-soaked Sanibel. Located on the serene Sanibel Island and surrounded by the cool emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel puts paradise within reach. 15 miles of beaches are yours to enjoy on the Sanibel-Captiva Islands when you're not fishing, playing golf or dining on fresh seafood. Only a few miles from Fort Myers and Cape Coral, your life on Sanibel will be filled with sand, sun, and surf. Enjoy a relaxing life near the beach with these 7 Sanibel properties currently listed by our team. 

2255 W Gulf Drive

2255 West Gulf Drive, Unit 101, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by Carolyn Tongyai

  1. A residential condominium within Casa Ybel Resort, this beautifully decorated unit offers an unbeatable investment opportunity. 827 square-feet provides plenty of space for short-term renters or single individuals and couples who need nothing more than the warm breeze and a cold drink on the shores of the Gulf. Amenities like an Olympic-size swimming pool, private beach entrance, spa, tennis court, and on-property restaurant offer resort relaxation that makes everyday feel like a permanent vacation.

2959 W Gulf Drive

2959 West Gulf Drive, Unit 301, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by Lauren Thomas

  1. Feel on top of the world every time you enter this 2,035 square-foot penthouse unit in the Sanibel Sunset subdivision. Renovated in 2008 from floor to ceiling, you'll experience wall to wall luxury in every room. A split bedroom floor plan with trayed ceilings, grand living spaces, high-end finishes, and the finest craftsmanship will captivate you at every turn. Just outside rests an open balcony, your personal sanctuary where you can watch the dolphins play and the waves crash on the beach.

2445 W Gulf Drive

2445 West Gulf Drive, Unit D32, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by Brooks Selby

  1. A favorite vacation destination for families, this unit in the Pointe Santo de Sanibel subdivision was recently upgraded to deliver exceptional comfort. From the bathroom to the kitchen, every room throughout this 1386 square-foot condo boasts impressive features such as Corian countertops and Ethan Allen furnishings. Situated on the third floor, unspoiled views of the beach and sunset are unrivaled. Spend hours lounging in the community pool, spa, and clubhouse or stroll the sand with direct beachfront access.

255 Periwinkle Way

255 Periwinkle Way, Unit 7C, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by Carolyn Tongyai

  1. Gaze at the historic Sanibel Lighthouse from the cozy screened-in lanai of this beachfront condo in Shell Island Beach Club. 966 square-feet present a cozy retreat where you can let your worries drift away with the tide. A vaulted ceiling and guest rooms offer plenty of room to relax after enjoying the many community amenities, including a hot tub, spa, tennis court, and pool. Minutes from restaurants, fishing piers, and multi-use trails! 

1237 Isabel Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by Brooks Selby

  1. Become the envy of your social circle with this incredible property in Sanibel Harbours. With six bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and 4400 square feet of space stretched across two stories, you'll marvel at every inch of exquisite detail featuring the finest craftsmanship. Equipped with advanced electronics for enhanced living, custom cabinetry, a convenient elevator, pool and spa, and 70 feet of dockage with boat lift for your deep-water yacht. Fully furnished and ready to move in!

1755 Jewel Box Drive, Sanibel, FL 3957 | Listed by Barbara Maughan

  1. Set sail for the life you've always dreamed of in this Sanibel Isles single-family home. Upon entering, you'll immediately notice stunning white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous countertops, and spotless tile floors. Although the spacious great room and adjacent outdoor living space provide ample entertainment opportunities, you'll likely find yourself venturing down your private deck to the deep-water canal, which will cruise you directly to the bay in minutes. This boater's bungalow provides years of on-and off-water enjoyment.

1605 Middle Gulf Dr

1605 Middle Gulf Drive, Unit 121, Sanibel, FL 33957 | Listed by John Petel

  1. A two-bedroom two-bathroom unit housed within the Gulfside Place subdivision, this condo extends an invitation for couples to enjoy life on the beach. This furnished 1669 square-foot slice of heaven has everything you need to live easy and accommodate the occasional houseguest. Sit at the breakfast bar or relax on the lanai as you dive into a good book. Alluring amenities like a sauna, community pool, picnic area, and extra storage — not to mention beach access! 

Contact us and schedule an appointment to tour these remarkable Sanibel homes for sale.


The Paradise Coast Holiday Events

There's nothing like spending the holiday season on the beach! Those who trade the cold snow for the warm sand are in for a real treat this year! Naples and surrounding cities are hosting some spectacular celebrations for all-ages. Our REALTORS® invite you to attend these holiday festivities happening on the Paradise Coast throughout December.

  • Night Lights in the Garden — Naples Botanical Gardens 4820 Bayshore Dr., Naples, FL 34112 | Nov 29 – Dec 23, Dec 26 – 30
    For the last decade, the Naples Botanical Gardens has hosted an extravagant celebration of lights in their tropical paradise. From the end of November until just after the New Year, their Night Lights in the Garden event will feature a variety of live performances accompanied by beverages and specialty snacks. Stroll through their magnificent lighting displays around the grounds and enjoy a relaxing evening with your family and friends.

  • Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay — Naples Bay 1101 9th St. S., Naples, FL 34102 | Dec 14
    There are many perks to spending the holidays in Florida, one of which is attending the annual Christmas Boat Parade on the Naples Bay! Enjoy our cooler weather and hang out along the bay as dazzling boats decorated in lights cruise by. Many of the area restaurants along the Bay have tables in full view of the parade. 

  • Cookies and Milk with Santa — Mackle Park Soccer Field 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL 34145 | Dec 14
    Mark your calendar — Santa Claus is making a special stop at Mackle Park this December. He's leaving the reindeer and sleigh at home, opting to ride in on his private helicopter instead. After you walk a few of our gorgeous Marco Island homes for sale, join him for milk and cookies. Children are reminded to bring their Christmas lists, so Santa knows what to bring them!

  • Christmas Buffet at the Naples Grande — Naples Grande Beach Resort 475 Seagate Dr., Naples, FL 34103 | Dec 25
    Spend Christmas afternoon surrounded by your family and friends at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Their Christmas Buffet is bursting with delicious foods prepared by some of the best chefs in town. A beverage station with egg nog and apple cider will fill you with the warmth of the holidays as you make your way from station to station sampling amazing dishes. Soup, antipasto, and seafood bars offer appealing appetizers, but the Chef's Action Stations are the true highlights of the afternoon. From lamb and duck to ribs and beef, these main courses will satisfy everyone in your family. Be sure to leave room for dessert!

  • 9th Annual Coconut Point New Year's Art Festival — Coconut Point 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero, FL 33928 | Dec 28 – 29
    The Coconut Point New Year's Art Festival has brought art lovers from the Estero and Bonita Springs communities together for the last nine years. Over 200 exhibitors will fill the streets for this free two-day event. Artists from nearly every medium will be on-hand selling paintings, jewelry, photography, and more! Stop by and find a great work of art to display in one of our stunning new Estero homes for sale.

  • New Year's Eve Fireworks — Naples Pier 137 12th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102 | Dec 31
    End the year with a bang at the Naples Pier for their New Year's Eve Fireworks extravaganza! Find a comfortable spot along the Naples Beach or hop on a boat and watch from the water. Make an appointment to browse some of our waterfront Naples homes for sale and perhaps find convenient parking close to the beach before the event.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to view our waterfront properties all around the Paradise Coast.

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