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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!)



 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall approaches on Pine Island

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August flew by, though lots of rain and heat held up my usual morning bike rides for most of the month.  I got back out on the bike path in Pineland and Bokeelia this morning.  The temperatures feel just a tad less hot and humid.

My mango trees (I believe are the Keit variety) are finally bearing nearly ripe fruit, September the last of the four months of mango season here.  I'll be picking them this weekend, peeling and freezing for coffee cakes when it is cool enough to cook.





Another sign of fall, I had a sighting a Baltimore Oriole this morning!  Usually they migrate through here in Spring and Fall, but it was awfully early to see one in September.  They are beautiful birds.

Hope to post more frequently now that fall and cooler weather is here.  For more info about Pine Island, contact me, Erika Foye, Real Estate Broker, at ErikaFoye@embarqmail.com.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Boating out of Pineland

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Pineland is a neighborhood and a zip code, an area of about 2 square miles on the far west side of Bokeelia.  In Pineland, there are two places to launch a boat.  First the Pineland Marina is probably the largest marina on Pine Island, with a large boat barn, big boat ramp, kayak put in, and ship's store.  Several charter boats and water taxi's to the outer islands operate from Pineland marina, and you can lease a boat from the Freedom Boat Club there.





There is a shady waiting area for boaters to relax under a palm thatched roof.  Nearby, just a quarter mile south on waterfront drive, is the public non-motorized boat put in known locally as Hattie's Landing.  Here you can put in a kayak, canoe or paddle board and glide out to beautiful Pine Island sound, where I have seen sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and many birds and fish.  Parking is extremely limited to 4-6 vehicles.  There is also a pier that is meant to be an outlook pier, not a fishing pier.



If you proceed north a few hundred yards to 13810 Waterfront Drive, you will come to the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Randell Research Center.
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Four Winds Marina and Lazy Flamingo in Bokeelia

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Four Winds Marina is located at 16501 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, about 1/4 mile from the tip of the island.  Four Winds has a large boat barn and wet slips available for rent, and also rents six different styles and sizes of boat, ranges from 21 to 24 feet, that will accommodate 4 to 6 people.
Rates range from $235 per half day to $350. for full day.

Fours Winds also offers gasoline and has a nice ships store with sundries like hats, t shirts, charts, sunscreen, snacks etc.  They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is no boat ramp, though.




Besides being a nice full service marina, Four Winds is home to the Bokeelia Lazy Flamingo Restaurant.  Lazy Flamingo is one of my favorite Pine Island restaurants.  Casual but delicious with beautiful water views, some of the specialties include peel and eat shrimp, fresh local fish sandwiches and platters; burgers and vegie burgers, and various salads and side dishes.  Very good smoked fish, too!  Not to mention ice cold beers and ice-t to cool off after a hot day on the water.  They'll clean and cook the fish you catch!
For more information, www.fourwindsmarina.com and www.lazyflamingo.com.

 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boat ramps and launches on the east side of Bokeelia

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There are two good places to launch a vessel in Bokeelia.   For a power boat, the most affordable option in Bokeelia is the public boat ramp on Barrancas Road, known as Lavender's Landing.  Here you can launch a boat and park your vehicle and boat trailer all day for $10.00.  T shirts, hats, charts, sunscreen and a small array of snacks and drinks are for sale.  Also at Lavender's Landing are some small rustic rental cottages, and you can rent kayaks and canoes.




Lavenders Landing is also the office location of Tropic Star cruises, which offers daily cruises to Cayo Costa State Park and a Nature Cruise to Cabbage Key.  The actual tropic star boats, Tropic Star and Calusa Star, leave from Jug Creek Marina at 16498 Tortuga Lane, Bokeelia, a couple of blocks away.  At Jug Creek there is no boat ramp, but there is a ship's store, gas station to gas up your boat, and seafood for sale.  For more info about Tropic Star cruises, visit their website at www.tropicstaradventures.com


A very nice place to launch a paddleboard, canoe or kayak is a "no-name" marina at the far end of Portobello Street, in Bokeelia (the next street over from Tortuga Street.)  Here for only $5. per vessel you can put in your non-power boat.  It just a short paddle to some of the most beautiful waters around.  We've seen dolphins, many fish, sea turtle, and crab there lately.  It is about 1 mile paddle to Calusa Island, which has picnic tables, a small beach, and fabulous views of Charlotte Harbor.



Next time, I'll post info about 4 Winds and Pineland Marina, the two largest marinas on Pine Island, but don't miss the little gems listed above, either.