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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mango Season Arrives on Pine Island

There are bumper crops of mangoes right now on Pine Island.  One of my favorite places to visit is Promised Land Mangos on Pineland Road, off Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia.  A great family grove, they have many varieties of mangos and it is one of the oldest groves on the island.



Besides fresh mangoes, you'll find mango butter, mango jam and mango chutney.  Also wonderful local mango and mangrove honey, and Stephanie's Farm Fresh eggs.  At this time of year, open most days except Sunday.  Call 239-369-3896 for hours.

Other farm markets are also brimming with mangoes, and at Fruitscapes on Ficus Tree Drive, you'll also find lychees, coconuts,  sugar cane, and other fresh fruit, local baked goods, and orchids and birds of paradise.  We on Pine Island are lucky to be surrounded by this beauty!  Mango season is roughly May through September and Mango Mania festival is in about a month, the weekend of July 22 and 23.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Launching your boat or kayak in Bokeelia





One of the best places to launch your boat in Bokeelia is at the Bocilla Island Seaport, right next to the Bokeelia Fishing Pier and Captain Con's restaurant.  Fees are affordable $5. for kayak launch and park, $10. for boat launch and park.   The back bay location leads right out to Charlotte Harbor, near Boca Grande pass.  Now is Tarpon Fishing Season, and Boca Grande pass is famous for tarpon fishing.

You can also rent a kayak or hire a captain for a half or full day fishing trip.  Bocilla Island Seaport is right off Charlotte Harbor.   

I got in a bike ride before morning thunderstorms rolled in across a glassy Pine Island Sound.  It's clearing up now, so I'm headed down to the Pine Island pool and library, two other fun and free or almost free past times to enjoy on Pine Island.

 
Hope the rain holds off so I can get out on the water tomorrow.  But it's good, we are getting the rain we've been missing all year.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rainy Season Arrives in Bokeelia

At last we are getting a long steady rain in Bokeelia.  Most of Florida (including Pine Island) has been receiving below average rain fall since January, so it is a big relief to get some rain, even though it cut my morning bike ride short.

Here's a scene of some roll clouds moving in across Pine Island sound this morning.  Hopefully in the next couple days we'll make up the 6 inches of rain we are deficient.


 
Since it is a rainy afternoon, I updated real estate sale statistics for 2017 in the Pine Island communities of Bokeelia, Saint James City, and Matlacha.
 
From January 1, 2017 to June 5, 2017 the following properties sold on Pine Island:
13 Bokeelia Waterfront Homes sold for a median price of $396,500.
26 Saint James City Waterfront Homes sold for a median price of $390,000.
 12 Matlacha Waterfront Homes sold for a median price of $327,600.
37 Bokeelia Off-water homes sold for a median price of $199,000.
8 Saint James City Off-water homes sold for a median price of $215,000.
 
Island wide, the following properties sold:
15 Water front home sites sold for a median price of $131,500.
54 Off-water home sites sold for a median price of $19,500.
8 Condominiums sold for a median price of $222,000.
45 Manufactured homes sold for a median price of $128,500.
 
Through June 5, 2017, $47,188,558. in real estate sold on Pine Island, representing a total of 232 closed real estate transactions.  The price of real estate was up 8.4% over 2016, and the number of sales was up 14%, compared to 2016.
 
To find out more about real estate on Pine Island, visit my website: www.pineislandhomesandland.com, or email me, Erika Foye, buyer's agent and real estate broker at erikafoye@embarqmail.com.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Fishing Season in Bokeelia coincides with Memorial Day

The windy weather finally died down after last week's much needed rain storms and I had a chance to go paddle boarding yesterday off Bokeelia, along Calusa Island (traveling out of Shell Cut from the Portobello Road small boat ramp - launch fee is only $5).   We saw lots of fish including sheepshead, sting rays, many large snook, mullet, and lots of bait fish.  Also, just a few hundred yards from the marina, a beautiful soft gray dolphin swam up to us and under our paddle boards!

The fisherman are happy that the wind has laid down to and were bringing in boat loads of fish to the Pine Island fisheries at the north end of Tortuga Drive.  I biked up there this morning and came home with two fine snapper, one a yellow tale, one a red snapper.

The prices are great and the fish couldn't be fresher.  I highly recommend Pine Island Fisheries!
We'll be grilling these two for our Memorial Day Dinner.  








Also at 16111 Tortuga Street, I came across this cute white cottage called "The Quarterdeck" which is offered for rent on Air n B, see photo's above.  It is right down the street from the Jug Creek Marina and across from this colorful boat painted with an alligator.  The cottage is just behind the Poinciana tree that is in full bloom out front. 

Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all our veterans!  For more information about real estate here on beautiful Pine Island (Bokeelia, Saint James City, and Matlacha), contact me, Erika Foye, Real Estate Broker and Accredited Buyer's Representative, at erikafoye@embarqmail.com.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quiet Spring Morning in Bokeelia


Now that it's mid-May, the winter residents (snow birds) seem to mostly left for the northward migration and it's nice and quiet on Pine Island, little traffic on the roads or the bike path.  There was a small crowd at the Bokeelia fishing pier this morning, May is one of the best fishing months on Pine Island.  You can fish all day long at the Bokeelia Fishing Pier for only $8.  Bait is also sold.




 
The Frangi Pangi trees and Royal Poinciana trees are coming into full bloom and it's just a beautiful time of year on Pine Island.  All we need is rain, most of Florida has been in an extended drought this year.  Our rainy season should start soon (a decent rain storm is predicted for this Wednesday May 24, and I hope this will be the start of relief from dry weather.
 
 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Real Estate Sales on Pine Island, Florida 2017


Real estate sales on Pine Island this year have been steady, with a sales volume of $39,268,653., representing 187 real estate transactions in the Pine Island communities of Bokeelia, Saint James City, and Matlacha this year (through May 5, 2017)

45 Water Front Gulf Access Single Family Homes sold at a median price of $375,000.

32 Off-water Single Family Homes sold at a median price of $203,000.

5 Condominiums sold at a median price of $228,000.

37 Manufactured homes sold at a median price of $128,750.

11 Water front Gulf Access home sites sold at a median price of $131,500.

47 Off water home sites sold at a median price of $19,990.

Now that May is here, the pace has slowed a bit and I've enjoyed bike rides nearly every day and was lucky to go paddle boarding twice last week.

After paddling up on Charlotte Harbor, we stopped at the Jug Creek Marina and bought some fresh mullet, which was filleted and skinned at only $3. per pound!  Other fish available yesterday included pompano, oysters, and porgie.   It was windy so the fishermen hadn't gone out that day, I hope to go back next week for a bigger selection.


The pelicans were waiting eagerly for scraps as were little white and great white egrets.  You won't find a better place for bird watching than Pine Island!

We finally got some rain earlier last week, a couple of inches, so hoping the drought of the last four months is over, or going to be over soon.   This photo is of the rain puddles up a little Jug Creek.

On national bird migration day, I saw great blue herons, a hummingbird, a king fisher, ibis, egrets, hawks, cardinals, blue jays, cardinals, and a bald eagles nest with two chicks.  Come to Pine Island to enjoy the great water access, the unspoiled nature, and the easy going life.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pine Island April Pictures


 So here are a few more photo's, a bowl full of beautiful gardenias, growing by the hundreds just outside my office, and my puppy Maize, at 4 months old.  She's a terrier mix of some kind.

 

Back to Blogging on Pine Island


 I've taken a hiatus from blogging about Pine Island the past four months, for lots of reasons, very busy working in both real estate and construction here on Pine Island, and having a new puppy takes a lot of time!

But I've missed posting my Pine Island photo's and experiences and hope to post more regularly from here out. 
 

Monday being May 1, I will post an update of real estate sale trends here on Pine Island, in the island communities of Bokeelia,  Saint James City, and Matlacha.  You can also search for all real estate for sale on Pine Island at my website, www.pineislandhomesandland.com.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years Day 2017 on Pine Island


It's a beautiful New Year's Day on Pine Island, sunny and warm with a light breeze.  On my bike ride, I was amused by a neighbor's life size diorama of gothic New Year's revelers!  Yard art is a Pine Island specialty, and this neighbor out does most!
 
Here's a look back on real estate that sold on Pine Island in 2016:
 
* 97 Gulf access single family waterfront homes sold - Median price $353,000.
*4 Lake front single family homes sold - Median price $231,750.
* 93 Off-water single family homes sold - Median Price $206,500.
*22 Condominiums sold - Median Price $203,000.
* 72 Manufactured homes sold - Median Price $140,000.
*33 Waterfront, gulf access, lots sold- Median price $152,500.
*8 Lake Front lots sold-Median price $25,250.
* 80 Off water lots sold-Median Price $17,570.
* 3 Commercial Properties sold - Median price $840,000.
 
Total real estate sales in the Pine Island communities of Bokeelia, Saint James City, and Matlacha was $90,000,000, and a total of 420 closed MLS sales.
 
Best wishes for a Happy 2017, Erika Foye, Real Estate Broker for All Island Realty, Inc., accredited buyers' representative, email: erikafoye@embarqmail.com,

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Boxing Day on Bokeelia



Boaters of all stripes were out on Bokeelia waters Christmas weekend.  Canoers, kayakers and a raft rigged with lawn chairs, boom box, fishing poles and coolers were all out enjoying the beautiful weather in Pine Island Sound this weekend.





I, myself, went out paddle boarding with one of my daughters, and had a wonderful time though it was a little breezy.  We saw some colorful tiny houseboats with the name "Sea Cottage" the reminded me of the "tiny house" movement.

For more information about Pine Island, contact me, Erika Foye, real estate broker for All Island Realty, Inc.  I'm based in beautiful Bokeelia and am an accredited buyer's representative.
erikafoye@embarqmail.com.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bokeelia Burro

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I thought I'd post a cute picture of Sparky, my burro.  He's smart, and quick and a good guard against coyotes. 

A pack of coyotes yipping and barking woke me at 2 a.m. the other night, maybe a quarter mile away, which was then interrupted by a sharp report of rifle fire.  The barking stopped suddenly and the typical quiet, dark Bokeelia night resumed. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Spooky Pine Island

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On Halloween Eve I was biking around Bokeelia and saw these fellows hanging from a tree on Bokeelia road.  I think they resemble the ghosts from Pirates of the Caribbean, fitting enough since Charlotte Harbor and the islands around here were "haunted" by pirates hundreds of years ago.   Lots of other homes on Pine Island have some fun yard art and decorations for the season.  This was the most amusing, plus you can buy fresh mullet from the home owners!



 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Windy Weather in Charlotte Harbor

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A cold front brought in some really windy weather this week, there was sea spray and white caps (fairly rare here) up in Charlotte Harbor yesterday morning.  But the cooler temperatures and low humidity felt great after a  long hot summer.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

King Tide and Harvest Moon in Bokeelia


 There was a gorgeous full moon over Pine Island Sound in Pineland this morning. 

 
 
A King Tide is one of the highest tides of the year, and usually occurs on a full moon.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

No Matthew Effects on Pine Island

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Massive media over coverage of Hurricane Matthew might lead people to think all of Florida was effected by Hurricane Matthew.  The only effect here on Pine Island were some nice breezes out of the northwest.  Hopefully our neighbors on the east coast will all be okay.

Here are some photos from dawn in Pineland the other day, one of the most beautiful outlooks on the island.






If you notice the ripple in the water in the last photo, a little wake, it was a manatee swimming just under the surface.  Pine Island has an awesome natural world.  This month the under water explorer Zeb Hogan (star of Nat. Geo Wild's "Monster Fish") is featured in the Nat Geo Magazine in the waters off Pine Island swimming with an 800 pound Goliath Grouper!  If I can find when that episode will air on TV, I will post it.

For more info about Pine Island, and real estate here, please let me know, ErikaFoye@embarqmail.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Finally Fall on Pine Island!

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More signs of fall on Pine Island:  Eagles Nesting up on Howard Road in Bokeelia; ripe bananas, mango and avocado from your backyard garden and a Harvest Moon setting over Pine Island Sound!

Now all we need is some cooler weather (and the white pelicans which fly in around Halloween!)