If you love quaint, historic neighborhoods, charming boutique shopping, fine dining – and most of all… sun, sand, and surf – you’re sure to fall in love with the city of Stuart, Florida. Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, about two hours north of Miami, two hours Southeast of Orlando and in close proximity to the Bahamas, Stuart is truly a treasure.
Though the city is far enough to the north to escape the crowds of Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and other Floridian cities, those who own Stuart, FL real estate still enjoy warm waters, brilliant sunshine, a mild climate, and a lush and beautiful natural setting. Known as the Sailfish Capitol of the World, Stuart is a fisherman’s heaven. Boating, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, and all things aquatic are all popular pastimes in the area. Several waterfront parks and riverside boardwalk complete the city’s image of a waterfront retreat.
With a population of around16,000, Stuart is big enough to be interesting, and yet small enough to maintain that all-important sense of community. As the county seat of Martin County, Stuart offers more employment opportunities than other communities in the area. Stuart also has an executive airport and has easy access to the I-95 and the Turnpike. Because of all this, there are a growing number of luxury properties available in this attractive community, and opportunities for investors and vacation homebuyers abound.
If you’re looking to escape the hectic pace of city life, or if you’re looking to retire in style away from the crowds in other Floridian cities, consider Stuart, FL real estate. From beautiful waterfront properties and luxury seaside condos to hip “downtown” digs, you’re sure to find a home in Stuart that’s perfectly tailored to you. If you’d like more information about Stuart, FL real estate, please contact expert Realtor Debra Duvall at 772.288.9020 today.
Stuart, FL was first settled in 1870 by settlers drawn to the area by the promise of treasure. With several Spanish galleons shipwrecked offshore, much wealth and treasure have yet to be found in this “Treasure Coast” called Stuart. Some treasure was indeed found in Stuart’s early days, as were planks from the downed ships that were eventually used to build some of the original homes in Stuart and in nearby Sewall’s Point. Today, snorkelers and divers still comb the waters in search of unfound treasures.
The land, which would become downtown Stuart, was originally owned by Otto Stypmann and his brother Ernest, originally from Potsdam, Germany. They named their settlement Potsdam and the name stuck until 1895 when the growing town was renamed Stuart in honor of another local landowner, Homer Hine Stuart Jr. With the advent of the Florida East Coast Railway, Stuart grew quickly. In 1914, the community incorporated as a town, and in 1925, it re-incorporated as a city, and claimed the title of County Seat of Martin County.
For those with an interest in historic properties, Stuart, FL real estate in the downtown area is definitely worth a good long look. The downtown historic district boasts several bed-and-breakfast establishments. The Stuart Inn’s guest roster from 1914 is on display at the local Elliot Museum, along with numerous other artifacts from Stuart’s history. Much of the downtown area has been taken over by retail establishments, which means a stroll down the quaint streets among the boutique shops is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The Lyric Theater, the Geoffrey Smith Gallery, and the Stuart Gallery are dedicated to showcasing local and national artistic talents. Tucked in among the old buildings, you’ll also find antiques dealers, specialty shops and even a cigar shop.
Fine dining is a tradition that’s been well preserved in Stuart. Along with many chain restaurants and fast food establishments, you’ll find a variety of culinary experiences near your new Stuart, FL real estate. Tempt your taste buds at one of the many breakfast cafés, or indulge in a raw experience at the local oyster bar. Handmade chocolates and ice cream, fresh local seafood, ethnic cuisine and even live acoustic music are just some of the treats that await you in historic downtown Stuart.
A Waterfront Wonderland
Life in Stuart revolves around the water. The town is located along the St. Lucie River, with the river’s South Fork to the west and the main body of the river to the north and east. Access to the Intracoastal Waterway is easy and quick: it joins the St. Lucie River south of the peninsula of Sewall’s Point. There are miles of beaches within close proximity to the city limits, rarely crowded and kept pristine by careful conservation practices. Particular favorites for owners of Stuart, FL real estate include Stuart Beach, with its concession and picnic area, as well as Bathtub Beach, which features a living coral reef, perfect for snorkeling and creating a shallow wading area for children to play.
Many Stuart luxury homes include private deep-water boat docks so that residents can easily get on board and sail across the water to wherever they please. If you’re a boat owner interested in Stuart, FL real estate, there are a number of marinas in the city perfectly equipped to “park” your yacht. However, if you don’t want to take your own boat when you go fishing for those famous sailfish and other big fish, there are a number of charters in the area that cater to both amateur and professional fishermen. Also available to rent: windsurfing equipment, snorkeling and scuba diving gear, jet-skis, and surfboards.
Of all Stuart, FL real estate currently on the market, properties in waterfront areas are certainly the most coveted. Running a close second are the lovely golf properties such as those found at Willoughby Golf Club and Harbor Ridge Yacht and Country Club. Willoughby community boasts million dollar estate homes, while Harbor Ridge offers properties that are equally as luxurious. Living in Stuart real estate means that you can hit the green whenever you feel like it or you can just sit back and take it easy in your own home.
No matter what your needs, your tastes, or your budget, you’re sure to find a property in Stuart, Fl that’s perfect for you. This lovely town truly has something for everyone. If you’re interested in Stuart, FL real estate, or if you have questions regarding a specific property in Martin County, please contact expert Realtor Debra Duvall at 772.288.9020 today. Why wait, when Stuart is waiting for you?
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