Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina, Captiva Island For Sale: $19.85.
Captiva Island Real Estate Report – Iconic Jensen’s Marina For Sale.
Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina, beautiful, idyllic, and longtime, family-owned “cluster of pre-World War II wooden cottages set in a grove of palm trees on Captiva’s backshore” (New York Times article on Hurricane Charley, 2014) has been put up for sale.
Jensen’s Marina has been owned by the Jensen family since 1977, for more than forty years.
“Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that it has been selected as the exclusive marketing representatives for Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina for sale.
It is the only marina currently on the market on beautiful Captiva Island. An iconic landmark that has been a part of Captiva’s landscape for generations, the property located at 15107 Captiva Drive is offered at $19.85 million.
Jeffrey Burns with The Burns Family Team at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Captiva office has the listing. For additional details, visit the property listing here.
Jeff Burns stated, ‘Few places in Florida offer the tropical tranquility of Captiva and even fewer opportunities exist to own a property as unique as Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina. The chance to own an acre of land, on the bay, in the heart of Captiva is rare, let alone a 35-slip marina with rental cottages.’
Located in the heart of Captiva’s Village area, the historic property combines old-world Florida charm with modern-day convenience, making Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina a unique opportunity for a successful marina business or for use as a private family or company retreat.
Featuring 35 boat slips and 14 quaint cottages, Jensen’s has been a go-to destination for generations of vacationers and locals alike seeking to cast their lines from the private dock overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, surrounded by pelicans, dolphins, and manatees.
The resort and marina’s features include:
More than an acre-sized lot on the Intracoastal Waterway
- 170-feet of water frontage
- 35-slip marina, including a fuel dock and ship store
- 14 guest residences, ranging from studios to two-bedroom/two-bathroom cottages
Judy Green, CEO, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty summarized the uniqueness of this historic listing. ‘Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages is very iconic to Captiva and a prime opportunity for a real estate investor to own a piece of history and a turn-key business.’”
Captiva Island: Background, History, Hurricanes & Rise As A Quiet Sport Fishing & Family-oriented Vacation Island.
“Where ‘somebuddies’ go to be ‘nobuddies.'”
Captiva was the full-time home of artist Robert Rauschenberg. His home still stands there.
Roy Lichtenstein, the American pop artist, also had a home on Captiva.”
supposed existence of José Gaspar is sourced from an advertising brochure of an early 20th-century developer and may be a fabrication.
Around 3000 B.C., the sands of Captiva started to erode, resulting in the eventual formation of Sanibel Island. The Gulf of Mexico waters were eight feet lower than they are today. It is said that the first inhabitants of Captiva were The Calusa Indians. The population of the Calusa is believed to have reached as many as 50,000 people. “Calusa” means “fierce people”, and they were described as a war-like people. The Calusa Indians were resistant to colonization and attacked any explorers who came into their territory. Calusa Indians built their houses on stilts without walls. They wove palmetto leaves together to build roves (twisted strands of fibers). The Calusa Indians fished for food on the coast, bays, rivers, and waterways.
They did not farm. “The men and boys of the tribe made nets from palm tree webbing to catch mullet, pinfish, pigfish, and catfish. They used spears to catch eels and turtles. They made fish bone arrowheads to hunt for animals such as deer. The women and children learned to catch shellfish like conchs, crabs, clams, lobsters, and oysters.” The Calusa Indians used the shells on the island for utensils, jewelry, tools, weapons, and ornaments.
By the late 1700s, most of the Calusa Indians had died out. Many were captured and sold as slaves while others died from diseases such as smallpox and measles.
An Austrian named Binder (b. 1850) was on a German freighter headed to New Orleans when the ship crashed and he was shipwrecked off Boca Grande. He then washed up to shore on what has been since 1921, Upper Captiva. “He lived for several weeks on what the unoccupied
island had to offer, built a makeshift raft, and got himself to Pine Island, where he was helped to return to his home. By 1888, due to his having fought with the U.S. Army, he became naturalized and was allowed to homestead on Captiva in 1888, when he was 38 years old. For 10 years he was Captiva’s first and only inhabitant. He died in 1932.” 
“Originally part of neighboring Sanibel Island to the southeast, it was severed in 1926 when a hurricane‘s storm surge created a new channel, Blind Pass. The channel filled in over subsequent years but was reopened by dredging in the summer of 2009. Like Sanibel, Captiva is a barrier island to Pine Island (to the east of Captiva and north of Sanibel), however, it is much narrower. The only automobile access to Captiva is via the Sanibel Causeway and Sanibel-Captiva Road, which ends in the CDP of Captiva, the island’s only CDP. Captiva was homesteaded in 1888 and a tiny cemetery next to The Chapel by the Sea has the grave of the original resident, William Herbert Binder (1850–1932), an Austrian. Half the island is in private ownership, with “Millionaire’s Row”, luxury homes on gulf and bay side of Captiva Drive. The South Seas Island Resort entry gate is at the end of this road. Roosevelt Channel on the east side of the island is named for Theodore Roosevelt who fished there.
North Captiva Island or Upper Captiva is another island, in turn, severed from Captiva in a 1921 hurricane, creating Redfish Pass. North Captiva has power from lines that originate on the north end of Captiva and is privately owned. With about 300 homes built and 300 vacant lots, the island is about halfway to build-out. Since the island can be accessed by boat or small plane only, North Captiva real estate values are generally lower than on Captiva.”
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Hurricane Charley, August 2004
Initial reports indicated that 160 buildings were destroyed and another 160 seriously damaged. Reports indicate that the storm surge cut a path 491 yards (449 m) wide across the narrowest part of North Captiva, separating the island. The separation of the two halves of the island began three years earlier during a series of tornadoes caused by Tropical Storm Gabrielle that passed through the area in September 2001.
The new pass filled in within a few years and is now back to its pre-Charley state. Most of the invasive Australian pines on the island blew over in the hurricane, making room for native mangroves and sabal palms.”
Captiva Vacation Rentals: Hurricane Irma, September 2017
Captiva Island escaped Hurricane Irma largely unscathed.
There was some tree damage and a lot of foliage cleanup post the storm, but the storm shifted