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BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ON SUNNY MARCO ISLAND

South Marco Beach Access

South Marco Beach Access is one of the two public beach accesses on Marco Island according to the Collier County government website. For easy travel, the beach features a public parking lot with restrooms and a paved walkway over the road and on to the beach. South Marco Beach features one acre of beachfront property, lined with sabal palms and the large, luxury hotels of Marco Island. This beach is the less popular of the two Marco Island beaches, featuring virtually no amenities in addition to the picturesque scenery. Swimmers and sunbathers are allowed on South Marco from 8:00 a.m. until sunset each day.

 

Tigertail Beach

The most popular Marco Island beach, Tigertail features all the amenities one would expect to find at a Florida beach destination, plus a few unexpected pleasures. Adjacent to the parking lot, guests will find restroom facilities as well as a full-service snack bar. Wander across the white boardwalks to get to the sand and water. Situated on a lagoon, rather than the Gulf of Mexico, the water at Tigertail remains fairly shadow, ideal for kids to swim. During the summer season, lifeguards watch the beach during certain hours. Beach chairs and umbrella rentals are also available at Tigertail. Guests may also enjoy the adjacent butterfly gardens and playgrounds. For a family picnic, make use of the barbeque grills and picnic tables available at Tigertail. Perhaps one of the best things about this crescent-shaped beach is its inclusion in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s South Florida Birding Trail. Nesting shorebirds, including plovers, red knots, spoonbills, osprey, pelicans and even bald eagles are likely to make a home here.

 

Sand Dollar Island

For an even more remote encounter with South Florida’s shorebirds, the Beach Hunter recommends wading across the lagoon at Tigertail Beach to the offshore Sand Dollar Island. The lagoon is not deep, but some areas may be muddy, so water shoes are recommended. Beach Hunter also warns waders to shuffle their feet as a warning to the stingrays that sometimes rest on the lagoon’s floor. Like Tigertail, Sand Dollar Island serves as a conservation area for nesting shorebirds. Keep an eye out for posted signs, as sometimes portion of the island close to protect the nests. Sand Dollar island features flat, wide beaches accompanied by shallow, clear water. At low tide, the sandbar separating Tigertail and Sand Dollar is often visible.

Call the Walter Team today to find your piece of paradise on the beach!  PH# 239-821-0994

The rich and varied history of beautiful Marco Island Florida

The rich and varied history of Marco Island begins in 500 A.D., when a Native American people, known as the Calusa, settled throughout Southwest Florida. They developed a complex culture based on fishing rather than agriculture, and they adapted to the island by becoming skilled woodworkers who built their homes, docks and canoes from the island’s trees.

They also created some of the finest pre-historic art in North America, most prominently a wooden figure known as the Key Marco Cat, which is permanently displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. You can see similar artifacts from this period at the Marco Island Historical Society, where you’ll also experience the re-creation of a village depicting the day-to-day life of the Calusa.

In the mid-1500’s, Spanish explorers arrived and gave the island its name, “La Isla de San Marco,” but development didn’t begin until William Thomas Collier founded the village of Marco in 1870. His son, William D. Collier, opened the Olde Marco Inn, which is still operating in Olde Marco, on the North of the island. Today, visitors to Olde Marco can stroll through the brick courtyards of Royal Palm Drive, where small tin-roofed shops bring the island’s colorful history to life.

The modern period of Marco Island begins in the 1960’s when the Mackle brothers developed the island into a world-class destination for visitors, complete with the S.S. Jolley Bridge, which gave people access to Marco Island from Naples. When you cross that bridge today, you’ll be entering the modern Marco Island, a blend of old and new, of unspoiled beaches and elegant houses and resorts, of slow-paced living and adrenaline-pumping watersports. It’s this harmony of comfort and fine living within a setting of natural splendor that makes Marco Island the destination of choice for over six million visitors per year, from around the world.

You can find much more detailed area information within our office located at 291 S. Collier Blvd. #104 Marco Island Fl. 34145.   At Island Realty we will inform and direct you to Marco Island’s beaches, parks, attractions, restaurants, shopping areas, grocery stores and other important information you need during your stay on beautiful sunny Marco Island.  Call the Walter Team today because we are your Marco Island Specialists.  239-821-0994

What advice do you have for Marco Island visitors who fall in love with the Island’s real estate, and seek to purchase a property this year?

Our advice is first to hire a broker that has the knowledge of the island and can showcase all of the greatness it has to offer.  There are a lot of properties out there,  Some good homes, some bad homes, and some ugly homes, and this is where you need the right guidance.  Work with a broker or agent that is going to go above and beyond for you every step of the way.  Marco Island may be small, but there are a lot of factors to consider.  It is our job as a broker to guide you to the right place.  Second, determine what you want to do with the home or condominium you buy.  Is this an investment property or a seasonal home?  Are you planning on renting it?  Choosing the right rental or property management company that is going to act like a personal concierge is what each potential buyer needs.  Last but not least find a Broker or agent that you can trust and have a long-term relationship.  We have helped buyers, buy, sell, rent, and maintain their homes for years.  We have built trust within them, and have also built friendships into the relationship’s which have lasted for years.  Here at Island Realty, we want to be your Broker, and are honored to achieve a long-term relationship with you.  Call Island Realty Today and let us showcase Marco Island personally for you.  PH# 239-821-0994

 

 

 

MARCO ISLAND OTTER MOUND PARK

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Calusa American tribe inhabited our barrier island of Marco Island. These native people used what was provided by nature to survive including shells, oysters, clams and other shellfish. As time passed, large shell mounds were created as they disposed of these items after use. Evidence of these shell mounds still exists today including a massive mound that at one time stretched a whole 80 acres!

Because of Marco Island’s unique climate and soil, many Calusa artifacts including pottery, tools and bones remained preserved in the mounds for thousands of years. As the years passed, a tropical hardwood hammock formed atop the elevated landscape and created homes for wildlife.

Many years after the Calusa disappeared a local settler named Ernest Otter established his home on top of the shell mound in the 1940s. He used many of the shells to build his home. The area now known as Otter Mound Preserve opened to the public in 2004. Now protected by Collier County, visitors are encouraged to visit the site and travel back 12,000 years in time.

The site is now just 2.45 acres but provides visitors the opportunity to stroll along a trail lined by gumbo limbos, strangler figs, and swaying palms. A few structures from Earnest Otter’s settlement remain on the site and include walls constructed of lightning whelk shells. It truly is a unique can’t-miss destination during your stay on Marco Island.

Tucked away in a luxury estate residential area on the southern tip of Marco Island, Otter Mound Preserve is located at 1831 Addison Court. There is a small three car parking lot. Parking and entry is complimentary.  The Walter Team just sold a house on 981 E. Inlet Drive near this park.  What a beautiful area.  Call The Walter Team today for all your real estate needs. 239-821-0994

 

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Marco Island Florida Real Estate Report – May 2019

Marco Island Real Estate Report – May 2019

Inventory up 4% from Last Year

The inventory of homes, lots and condos for sale on Marco Island totaled one-thousand fifty-one (1,051), up 4% from a year ago. A total of one-hundred twenty-one (121) properties sold in May, which was an increase of 2% from May last year. Total dollar volume sold was $79.7 million, which was down 13% from May a year ago. One-hundred ten (110) new listings came on the market in May, down 21% from last year.

May 2019 statistics

Homes

There were three-hundred five (305) active home listings in May, which was up 5% from May 2018. Fifty-seven (57) homes sold for $52.1 million compared to fifty-two (52) and $54.5 million last May. Sales prices ranged from $335,000 to $2.7 million. Median price of a home sold on Marco Island in May was $780,000. Thirty-seven (37) new listings came on the market in May compared to forty-two (42) last year, which is an decrease of 12%. List prices for a home on Marco Island range from $369,900 to $7.5 million.

Condos

Inventory for sale was four-hundred nine (409) condos in May 2019, up 5% from last year. Forty-six (46) condos sold for $20.6 million compared to fifty-two (52) units and $30.1 million last May. Sales prices ranged from $112,500 to $1.35 million. Median price of a condo sold on Marco Island in May was $407,500. Fifty-one (51) new listings came on the market compared to sixty-eight (68) last year, which was a decrease of 25%. List prices for a condo on the island range from $119,900 to $9.9 million.

Lots

There were three-hundred fifteen (315) lots for sale on Marco Island in May 2019, compared to three-hundred five (305) last year. Fifteen (15) lots sold for $5.9 million compared to fourteen (14) and $7.3 million last year. Sales prices ranged from $104,000 to $850,000. Median price of a lot sold on Marco Island in May was $422,500. Eighteen (18) new listings came on the market which was down 36% from last year. List prices for a lot range from $45,900 to $6.75 million.

As usual there is a wide range of properties for sale on Marco Island. Please call the Walter Team today to help you find that just right property. Ph# 239-821-0994

MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE INVENTORY

A LOOK AT THE MARCO ISLAND REAL ESTATE INVENTORY 

 

The inventory of homes, lots and condos for sale on Marco Island totaled 1,156, up 10 percent from a year ago. A total of 58 properties sold in February, which declined 18 percent from February last year. Total dollar volume sold was $52.1 million, which was up seven from February a year ago. One-hundred eighty-seven new listings came on the market in February, up 13 percent from last year.

 

Homes

There were 366 active home listings in February, which was up eight percent from February 2018. Twenty-six homes sold for $33.2 million compared to 31 and $25.8 million last February. Sales prices ranged from $325,000 to $5 million.

Median price of a home sold on Marco Island in February was $989,750. Seventy-two new listings came on the market in February compared to 63 last year, which is an increase of 14 percent. List prices for a home on Marco Island range from $299,900 to $7.5 million.

Condos

Inventory for sale was 435 condos in February 2019, up 16 percent from last year. Twenty-eight condos sold for $18.3 million compared to 32 units and $19.1 million last February. Sales prices ranged from $107,500 to $2.5 million.

Median price of a condo sold on Marco Island in February was $562,500. Eighty new listings came on the market compared to seventy-four (74) last year, which was an increase of eight. List prices for a condo on the island range from $102,000 to $9.9 million.

Lots

There were 336 lots for sale on Marco Island in February 2019, compared to 306 last year. Three lots sold for $404,000 compared to seven and $3.7 million last year. Sales prices ranged from $85,000 to $180,000.

Median price of a lot sold on Marco Island in February was $139,000. Thirty-three new listings came on the market which was up 32 percent from last year. List prices for a lot range from $40,000 to $5 million.

As usual there is a wide range of properties for sale on Marco Island. Call the Walter Team today to help you find that just right property.  Ph# 239-821-0994

MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA IS PARADISE

The largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is located just south of Naples and easily accessible with two bridges allowing vehicle traffic on and off the island. 

The island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and offers access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the mangrove-lined estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands. More than just another pretty beach, Marco Island’s mood shifts from sophisticated resort area to historic nautical community and funky fishing village. Boating is a way of life for Marco Island residents and visitors, with many year-round and vacation homes located on the water. Bring your appetite for seafood, whether you plan to catch it on your own or at a local restaurant. For hidden gems, seek out the picturesque waterfront restaurants in the communities of Goodland and Isles of Capri. Visitors have their choice of beachfront resort hotels, several inland hotels, and many vacation rental properties and time share resorts.  But for the lucky few Marco Residents who own a piece of the picturesque paradise they call this their home.  Call the Walter Team today so you can own a piece of Paradise.  239-821-0994

MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA

On the southern most-tip of Florida’s West Coast, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, sits the majestic and pristine sub-tropical Marco Island.

Gateway to the awesome land of Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is about 4 miles wide, 6 miles long, and a mere 90 miles west of Miami and 157 miles south of Tampa.

History informs us that probably around 4000 BC the Calusa Indians, who may have been the descendants of the Mayans, inhabited the island. These Native People had built large mounds using millions of shells that offered them protection from hurricanes. The mounds were also used for religious temples and burial sites.

The Calusa were crafty and intelligent woodworkers, who constructed canoes, beams and planks for their houses, docks and piers. Due to disease brought to the island by the Spanish explorers, the Calusa were wiped out by the mid 1700s, later replaced by the Seminole. Until after the Civil War, there was little population occupying southwest Florida.

In 1870, W.T. Collier brought his wife and nine children to Marco Island. His son, William D. “Captain Bill” Collier, opened a 20-room hotel in 1896 that is today known as Olde Marco Inn. In 1922 Barron G. Collier (no relation to the other Colliers) purchased most of the island.

Unfortunately, the depression took its toll and development of the island was postponed until 1962.

It was at this time, when brothers Elliott, Robert and Frank Jr. Mackell developed a master plan for the island, after purchasing it from the Collier estate for the paltry sum of seven million dollars.

Not surprising, prior to its development in the mid-1960s, the population was a mere 550, as the only way to reach the island was by crossing a narrow, wooden, hand-operated swinging bridge. A trifle frightening!

Marco Island today has a permanent population of 15, 000 swelling to 35, 000 during the winter months.

Western entrance to the Everglades, and only 30 minutes away from world-class shopping, entertainment, fine dining and the cultural scene of affluent Naples, Marco Island offers plush accommodations to the discerning visitor. Additionally Marco Island offers some of the best Real Estate options in the World.  Call the Walter Team today to view this amazing piece of Paradise that you can call home!   239-821-0994