Let’s leave the pacific northwest for a moment and travel south to the tropical, palm tree lined paradise known as Captiva, Island. The sun-soaked beaches glisten, white sand sparkles with crushed sea shells and coral, the Gulf of Mexico steadily unfolds gentle waves onto a picture-perfect shore. Captiva Island is a sanctuary, a place of pleasure, a place of natural and man-made luxurious wonders.
To get to Captiva Island, one must first cross the Fort Meyers - Sanibel Island causeway. Driving into Sanibel Island is like something off of an old film, something so beautiful, you might be able to find words to describe the sensation in a storybook. Sanibel Island is a wildlife refuge where there are no stop lights, and the highest speed limit on island is 35 mph. It is easy to get lost on such a small and intimate island because of the multitude of roads that intertwine with one another leading to beach after beach, quaint condominiums, weekend winter estates and island-life shopping.
Captiva Island is Sanibel Island’s little sister. Captiva is only 4 miles long, and a 1/2 mile wide. Driving along San-Cap road, passengers should pay attention to their surroundings; sightings of alligator, tortoise and other wildlife are not uncommon. Captiva has been referred to as the “Gold Coast”, and what a perfectly suited nickname for such an island of splendor.
When entering Captiva, grand estates peak out from the lush tropical vegetation and perfectly manicured lawns. Heavily ornate, iron gates create a real sense of privacy on Captiva.
If you dream of living amongst our nation’s wealthiest, be prepared for the luxury price tags of these island mega mansions. Many of the homes on Captiva are weekend vacation homes, and common winter estates. Pricing of these opulent estates range from $775K on up to the most expensive home currently listed at $13.5 million dollars.
The white house of Captiva looks like an island version of our state’s capitol doesn’t it? Someone on Captiva thought grandeur and luxury meant not only building this ultimate residence, but building a second residence of equal measure a few homes down on the same street for a loved one! Truth be told.
Now that you’ve been enticed with just a little bit of what Captiva has to offer, don’t you want to know more?
One reason to buy on Captiva, utter and total tranquility. If that’s not enough you’re living in virtually a no-crime island, a place where a beach is within steps, and island-life consists of: leisurely bike rides, key lime pie frequently, coconut shrimp and an island favorite, grilled or blackened grouper.
Captiva is not just an island, Captiva is a way of life. Hopefully beach lovers and luxury home enthusiasts will have the chance to visit Captiva and Sanibel Island one day soon to venture the sandy shores, and bask in sumptuous living.