I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in July 1996. Having lived in South Florida for 14 years, I had heard of Stuart, but had never visited. I made up that it was a small town off I-95, somewhere north of Palm Beach, in the middle of nowhere.
Fast forward to 2010 and I start dating a guy who lives in the Stuart area, which results in me taking a drive. Holy Cow!! The first time I drive over one of the four major bridges (soon to be five) it takes my breath away. It's gorgeous! Gigantic waterways, painted with private residences along the shoreline. How come I've never heard of this place?!
Stuart, known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World", is famous for shipwrecks and small town charm. Though surrounded by miles of water and million dollar homes, you get a heck of a lot of value for the price you pay on a single family home here, compared to Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. This, I assert, is one of the reasons I see more people moving here from the south. Add to it that Martin County has one of the best public school systems in Florida along with a quick 25 minute commute to downtown Palm Beach.
Lots of bank owned property is being scooped up by investors. You'll also find 3 and 4 bedroom, 3000 sf homes for $250,000 and up - brand new!
I invite you to check out Stuart.